I am already annoyed at having to log into blogger all the time so it's not going to be private anymore. Instead I decided I needed a fresh new start
Today's lesson in our Sunbeam class today is about being thankful for fish. Sometimes I think its impossible to learn anything uplifting when preparing a lesson for 3 year olds and something as simple as FISH and most weeks there is a hidden lesson involved in it for me. While preparing and looking for ideas online this morning on lds.org I came upon some words that I know were meant for me to read this morning:
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world … might be saved” (John 3:17). We have received this plan from the highest authority in the universe, even God, our Heavenly Father. This plan was prepared from before the foundation of the earth. It is a great plan of happiness, a plan of mercy, a plan of redemption, a plan of salvation. This plan enables us to experience a physical existence, including mortality, a time of probation, and to return to the presence of God and live in eternal happiness and glory.“There shall be no disputations among you. … For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another. Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away.”
Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals. George Herbert, an early 17th-century poet, wrote these lines: “He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven, for everyone has need of forgiveness."
“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. … For, if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not … neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”
You may be carrying a heavy burden of feeling injured by another who has seriously offended you. Your response to that offense may have distorted your understanding so that you feel justified in waiting for that individual to ask forgiveness so that the pain can leave. The Savior dispelled any such thought when He commanded:
“Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.
“I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.”
Don’t carry the burden of offense any longer. Genuinely ask forgiveness of one that has offended you, even when you consider you have done no wrong. That effort will assuredly bring you peace and will likely begin the healing of serious misunderstandings.
May we ever be exemplary in our homes and faithful in keeping all of the commandments, that we may harbor no hidden wedges but rather remember the Savior’s admonition: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
There has been contention and anger in my heart for the last few weeks and I've wanted it to go away but havent been able to get it to.
3 completely unrelated things have happened in the past few weeks that were starting to consume me, I told Eric just the other morning that I didnt know how I was ever going to get over it until things were made right to us. I had wondered why such bad things and bad feelings were going on in our lives right now that we felt were out of our control and that we could do nothing to fix. The little things that are important to us that we just want to brush off and say oh well it doenst matter anyway we're better off now, were weighing me down. I dont want to look back at my life and wish the little things we chose to stay angry over would have been taken care of a long time ago. I needed to read this today.
On a lighter note... I needed to put some pictures up of the most perfect sweetest baby in the whole world...
5 months old