Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Monday Musings...a day late: Angels

I have felt angels in my life, especially recently.

"...in times of special need, He sent angels, divine messengers, to bless His children, reassure them that heaven was always very close and that His help was always very near. 

"But when we speak of those who are instruments in the hand of God, we are reminded that not all angels are from the other side of the veil. Some of them we walk with and talk with—here, now, every day. Some of them reside in our own neighborhoods.

"Indeed heaven never seems closer than when we see the love of God manifested in the kindness and devotion of people so good and so pure that angelic is the only word that comes to mind."
(Jeffrey R. Holland The Ministry of Angels)

Thanks to all the angels in my life

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Musings: In Happy Ways

One of my favorite quotes about womanhood is:

Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world (in whom there is often such an inner sense of spirituality) will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.  (President Spencer W. Kimball Italics mine)

I hope to reflect righteousness and articulateness ...in happy ways.  Yet I'm fighting this monster called Depression and happiness is a goal I hope to reach soon.  

One of my daughters has a happy list.  So I am going to blog randomly some things that make me happy.  It's a "what makes me happy brainstorm":

My bright happy kitchen (thanks to Marc)
My Kids
Gerber daisies
any kind of daisies
deer frolicking 
Michael Buble
Friends who care
children's books
reading scriptures
walking barefoot in the grass
my bike 
Provo trail 
wild flowers
digital scrapbooking
Steven Wright quotes

Feeling happier just coming up with the list.  Now if I can just beat this Depression for good I will be happy and be a woman that can serve in the Lord's Kingdom.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Musings: Will the Real Me Please Come Back?

I feel like someone has hijacked my real self and replaced it with just plain ickiness.  A person that's not me.  I mourn who I really am.  So last night I decided to try as hard as I can to be the real me even though I don't feel like me.  Maybe it will trick my mind into believing and the real me will come back into my life. 

Today was a little better than yesterday.  I've tried to be myself and it helped but it's hard because the Depression and ocd are pretty powerful.   So it's like I'm fighting a battle that eventually, hopefully soon I will win.  I've been reading the Relief Society Declaration to remind me of who I want to be.  I personalized it, however.

 I am a beloved spirit daughter of God,
and my life has meaning, purpose, and direction.
As part of a worldwide sisterhood, I am united in my devotion
to Jesus Christ, my Savior and Exemplar.
I am a woman of faith, virtue, vision, and charity who:

Increase my testimony of Jesus Christ
through prayer and scripture study.
Seek spiritual strength by following the
promptings of the Holy Ghost.
Dedicate myself to strengthening
marriages, families, and homes.
Find nobility in motherhood
and joy in womanhood.
Delight in service and good works.
Love life and learning.
Stand for truth and righteousness.
Sustain the priesthood
as the authority of God on earth.
Rejoice in the blessings of the temple,
understand my divine destiny,
and strive for exaltation.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Five for Friday: Summer fun, Nerdy Glasses, English Trifle, Erickson Camp, Hiking the Y 2013

Jaycie doing Minute to Win It

Mikaela doing Minute to Win It

Our hike to the waterfall

Grandma and Mikaela with their cool sunglasses

Braden's Possum "trap"

Most of the family

Playing Horseshoes

Made to the Y on the 4th of July