In our couple scripture study, Clinton and I came across Helaman 12:1-5 (1-3 are quoted here, this is from the Book of Mormon):
Anyway, this scripture struck a chord with me. It does seem that when things are going well in my life, I can get lax about saying my prayers and reading my scriptures, but when times are tough, my prayers become so much more fervent and sincere, my scriptures become my life-line and my time with the Lord is greatly increased.
How sad that it sometimes takes chastening for me to keep the Lord an active part of my life. He is so willing to bless me and does so when I put my trust in Him. It seems there is a pattern. We're blessed and content--we end up becoming lazy, the Lord sends trials our way to help us remember Him, we are humbled and seek His comfort and blessings, He blesses us, we're blessed--we become lazy/proud...etc.
If only I could keep my focus always on the Lord! I am so grateful for His love and mercy for me, despite my weaknesses. He is a wonderful example of how to love and forgive. I love that this scripture says He loves and prospers those who trust Him, and if people aren't loving or trusting Him, He'll provide trials that will bring them back to Him and He'll bless them even more! What a great way to be!
It feels like the innards of a tornado outside; the wind is a-blowin' somethin' fierce! Peter was fairly insistent that we "brave it" anyway and go for a walk. Well, as you probably imagine, the wind was blowing everything everywhere. Garbage cans were knocked over, branches had fallen from trees and leaves were everywhere.
Now, I won't call him an idiot, but this doofus in my neighborhood was actually outside blowing his leaves off his grass with a leaf blower...while the wind was still howling! I actually stood there and watched him for a few minutes, totally dumbfounded (or shall I say, I found the dumbo?). He'd blow the leaves, turn his back to work on another section, turn back around and re-blow the leaves that had blown back and then he'd start the cycle over again.
Um...am I the only one who thinks this is an ineffective way to clear one's yard of leaves?
2 weeks ago