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Daily Inspiration: Whirlwind Warning- Quench Not the Spirit

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These are my words, I wrote in my journal back in February of 2008.

“I get caught up (again, again) with the whirlwinds of urgent tasks and forget to feed my soul on the word of God.”

Oh boy, that still sounds familiar.

As I read that journal entry of over ten years ago and looked at my life now, it occurred to me that no matter the season of life we are in, it’s always a battle to make time for spiritual things.

There is always something to do–ALWAYS.

It just may be that our “thick of thin things” may be quenching the Spirit in our lives and taking away access to a most precious tool we all need everyday.

However, I ended my journal entry with a quote by Elder Keith K. Hilbig, from a talk entitled “Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man”.

Do you wish to know the price to be paid for the privileges that are offered after we have received the Holy Ghost? The price is not a predetermined or fixed amount; rather, it is determined by each of us individually.

If you set your payment, which is your personal effort, very low, you may not be able to avail yourself of all the Spirit has to offer. You may even quench the Spirit! However, if you set your personal contribution high, you will reap an abundant harvest from the Spirit. The payment I reference is, of course, not money; rather, it is a greater commitment to and involvement in personal spiritual endeavors and behaviors.

If we undertake this effort and quench not the Spirit, our inner being is quickened. As we persevere, eternal life awaits us. Thus, we dare not quench the Spirit through disobedience or neglect. Rather, let us “live in the Spirit,”6 enhancing the sacred and essential role of the Holy Ghost in our individual lives.

Unbelievable

How is it that a full year has gone by?

This is the family a little over a year ago–August 2017.

I don’t have the energy to even think of what has happened since that hot, August day in Tucson.

But here are some much needed and embarrassingly late updates.

Two more grand babies are in the oven baking…. Yay!!!!  One is due any day now (Sept 2018) and the other one  Spring 2019…

LillyDill (our sweet granddaughter in the picture) is 16 months old as of this post and is the cutest and most energetic thing ever!

Babups graduated from Seminary and received his own mission call to Africa Botswana/Namibia Mission ~(holy hannah)~ and he is getting ready to leave for the South Africa Missionary Training Center on October 11, 2018…

JuBean is now 7, Presto is 12 (the lone Deacon in our ward), and Eboo is 15 ….with a driving license coming in the near future.

I wish I could show a current photo of the family in September 2018, but that is not possible because we have never all been together in one place since this photo was taken.

Nonetheless, here are some pictures from the past year.

(Disclaimer: These photos are the ones currently on the computer I am on doing this post… I’m sure there are many more, but don’t have access to them right now.)

 

Babups at Seminary Graduation.

Just an hour before Seminary Graduation, Babups opened his mission call to the Africa Namibia/Botswana Mission. We all are a little shell shocked!

Eboo and Babups, the early morning seminary DUO!

Presto is just here for the food.

Jubean, will miss her big (and quite tall) brother!

 

Preston finally turned 12 and gets to sit in the front seat….that is if his older siblings let him.

 

 

Getting some snuggles in with LillyDill!! 

 

 

Here we go!! Arizona Tucson Mission

tucson_arizona_postcard-r441f8f4a9912491d8bdf42b219680650_vgbaq_8byvr_512Everyone has heard our story of getting called to the Arizona Tucson Mission so I won’t belabor the story.

Plus, it’s all a blur to me anyway. So forgive my straight-to-the-point format.

EB and I were called to be Mission President and Wife, (MP and MPW), officially last November and then got our call in December (we opened it on our 27th wedding anniversary) to the Arizona Tucson Mission! Arrival date: July 1, 2017.

Here is an article about our call on lds.org. 

We were all thrilled to say the least! Our 4 children (Babups, Eboo, Presto, and JuBean) who are coming with us, were jumping up and down screaming with relief and joy!!

We love Arizona, the dry heat, the Southwest, and being in the United States of America. SWEET!!

Tucson-Skyline

In fact, my secret top place I wanted to go…my numero uno… was TUCSON!! There were 11 places in the United States that were Spanish speaking and opening up, and 45 or so outside of the U.S.  They are all wonderful places with amazing loving people and diverse experiences and culture, but I just wanted simple, sunny, Tucson.

Why? I don’t really know why because I’ve never been there.

Maybe calling to me was the warm winters, no earthquakes or hurricanes, and close proximity for children and future grandchildren to visit. Maybe.

Whatever it really was, we are just so happy to be “Tucsonan’s” for the next three years.

Thank you Lord for being so kind to our family.

 

 

 

 

Daily Inspiration: Putting Off the Natural Man

Another wonderful reminder, from a truly wonderful man.

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Elder Neal A. Maxwell

“We see in ourselves other familiar forms of selfishness: accepting or claiming undeserved credit; puffing deserved credit; being glad when others go wrong; resenting the genuine successes of others; preferring public vindication to private reconciliation; and taking “advantage of one because of his words.” (2 Ne. 28:8.) All things are thus viewed selfishly—what are their implications for “me,” much like the mattress on the highway which delayed traffic. When frustrated motorists finally got around the mattress, none stopped to remove it because now there was nothing in it for him.”

“Put Off the Natural Man, and Come Off Conqueror”

Heavenly Father Sent Me a Crib

In my Ensign Reading Project, (and I am still way behind…) this article, “Starting Our Marriage with Nothing but Faith” by Elisabeth Allen, touched my heart.  I especially loved the heavenly sent crib part. It made me tear up because EB and I started our marriage almost 27 years ago in the same way. It brought me back to those faith-filled GOOD ole’ days and driving cars that were named “the pumpkin”.

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Illustrations by Iker Ayestaran

If you don’t have time to read all of the article (it’s really short, only two small pages) here is my favorite part that you really need to read. It will put a bit of hope back into your day.

When we were expecting our first baby, a girl, we had no idea how we would pay the bills, but we believed that it would work out. Around this time we received an unexpected $1,000 check in the mail from Matt’s grandma. At that point in our marriage, $1,000 was more money than we had ever had at one time. Grateful, we thanked first God and then Grandma for it, and we set it aside to put toward the impending baby bills. Another day Matt got an odd job fixing a pothole—another $250. The blessings kept coming.

Two weeks before our baby was born, I called Matt at work and told him that even though I didn’t know how we were going to pay for it, we needed a crib for the baby. I told him I would pick him up at work and that we were going to go get a crib. While on my way, I pulled my car over to answer a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize.

“Hello, Liz? This is Katherine Anderson. I live around the corner from you.”

“Oh! Yes! How are you?”

“I am fine. I am calling because this morning I was praying and I had a feeling that you needed a crib. I have one here for you. I had five babies and couldn’t have lived without a changing table, so I have one of those for you too.”

I sat in stunned silence.

“I know your car is small,” she continued, “so I’d like you to come over and use my car to get these things over to your apartment.”

Tears and more silence.

I still think of how much God blessed us through that wonderful woman!

Even though we did not start our marriage with things—not even a dresser or a bed—what we did start with was a lot of faith and a lot of dreams. We started our marriage with the determination to always trust in God. We started our marriage with faith that if we worked hard, we would enjoy the blessings of providing for ourselves through the Lord’s help.

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