"Beam-ectomy should precede all mote micro-surgery. Just saying." Ginger Conrad paraphrasing Jesus Christ.

Paradigm Shift

“The list of health problems I think it would very hard to live with is SO much longer than the list of foods I previously thought I couldn’t live without,” Merrill Alley.

Monday, April 20, 2015

sweets and roses

"I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do," 1 Nephi 4:6.

"In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths," Proverbs 3:6.

If we so choose, we can be led by the Spirit to do the things God wants us to do. I remember just before we were called to serve our mission, we decided to adopt Nephi's resolve. "...I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them," 1 Nephi 3:7. We were tired of suffering consequences from choosing according to our worldly wisdom. We pondered, prayed, and did according to the direction of the Spirit, which put us in the right place at the right time to be called.

Was our mission easy? I'd say compared to Nephi's journey to the Promised Land, it was very easy. However, it had enough trials to keep us growing; it wasn't all sweets and roses.

At this point, people always try to pin down our plans. Yet, we truly don't know. We make tentative plans, but always leave a door open for any contingency. This uncertainty is a bit unsettling, but our unfailing routines of devotion, service, worship, movement, and study can be taken anywhere and help keep us on even keel.

"Through all our trials in life we must truly strive to be righteous. We may not ever be free from pain, We certainly won't be free from problems. We won't always have bright sunny days. Sometimes money, talent, opportunities, and tempers will be short...But through all this, we can be righteous!...We know we can't escape trouble, but we should do everything humanly possible to escape sin," Holland, For Times of Trouble.

"The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down," Psalm 145:14.

"The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous," Psalm 146:8.

Since we decided to let the Spirit direct our paths, we are happier. Don't we all want to be happy?