Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Feeling Grateful for Gospel

When Christ organized His church, as recorded in the New Testament, He ordained apostles.  Christ has again restored the priesthood and called apostles and prophets today.  I'm grateful for this talk I've been listening to.

Also, here are some pictures of our recent family night (where we have a little scripture lesson and then do something fun together).  We read Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not to thine own understanding.  In all thy ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path."  Then, we drew pictures of people in the scriptures who showed trust in the Lord.  Daniel in the lions den, Shadrack - Meshack - and Agednago (I have no idea how to spell their names), Jonah and the whale (Lily loves whales), Abinadi and Ammon.  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Teaching Prayer

 We've been teaching our children about our faith and religion since they were born.  We want them to grow up knowing of the faith we have.  But, the ultimate goal is for them to search the scriptures, develop their own relationship with God, and come to know Him for themselves.  You can imagine that we've been a little worried about the fact that our 3 year old, Lily, often refuses to pray.  She'll go in and out of the desire to pray, and will do it occasionally for family gatherings like dinner or family evening prayer .  But, when it comes to personal prayers, she gets nervous and hesitates.  Jon and I have been talking about this for a while.  We felt like it would be wrong to try to force her to pray or coerce her in any way - that would defeat the purpose of prayer.
Last night, Jon wrote this in the journal we keep for Lily:
Tonight, while praying with Lily, I started praying differently. It just sort of happened. It was much more conversational and feeling oriented. It was beautiful and the spirit was present. Lily repeated the phrases after me, which she hasn't done in a while. -Dad

He told me about how he was focusing on how Lily felt about the day - how she was sad when Suzy screaming at her, how she was grateful she got to play outside.  He described what Lily had done that day in first person - so she could repeat it back.  As he told me this story, the Spirit again came so strong.  I felt the reality of God's love for us as a Father - and that He wants us not to just talk at Him, but really talk with Him and tell Him about our day.

Recently, I saw an example of this type of prayer from an adult.  Jon and I have been attending counseling sessions together as a result of the post patrum depression I experienced after David was born.  We started, and its been so helpful that we haven't stopped yet.  Our therapist is Christian, but I'm not sure what denomination he belongs to.  We always start our therapy sessions with a prayer, and Jon asked him to offer one last time we went.  He spoke like Christ was in the room with us.

I'm so grateful that when I feel desperate and alone, I can pray.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Some of my favorite things

Berry picking - a new favorite.  We got 4.5 pounds of blackberries.  We also made a fresh berry pie when we got home.  Wow.  I have always used frozen fruit before.  I think I want to start a new tradition of a "good-bye to summer" party where we always have fresh berry pie.

David free-standing for the first time ever.  He didn't ever even realize that it was happening - he just wanted to get the piece of tall grass.
 David is into eggs lately.  He and Jon have 2-3 eggs each every morning.  And the girls are starting to play really well together consistently.  Its so much fun to hear them.
The other day, we were driving in the car and Lily said, "Mom, I feel Heavenly Father's love in my heart."  But she sounded sad, so I asked her how she was feeling and she said, "I am feeling sad that I don't get to be in heaven right now."  We kept talking about how we would get to see Heavenly Father and Jesus again, and I even sang the little song from Daniel Tiger, "Grown ups come back."  We also talked about how we probably wouldn't all die at the same time, and I would die first since I was older than Lily.  Phew - a lot to cover in a ten minute drive to Walmart.  So grateful to know those things and be able to tell my sweet little 3 year old what I know and believe.

I love being a Mom.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Family Pictures - at least we tried.

Lily's face cracks me up.  I have laughed so hard, I'm almost crying.