This semester is winding down and I'm reflecting on the last six weeks. Summer session is short. I've loved it. One class, and school has started which I've missed the kiddos but we are moving forward. I am finishing my last summer session and then I only have three more semesters and an internship. I am so ready. I've loved these weeks to relax a little and get things done, I will miss it but I have to stay focused and remember the end is near for my school also.
This week we are in the three epistles of John and what love is coming from John. Actually, from Peter, James and John. I've heard words like, beloved and my little children. The tone of these words and thier messages were spoken with love and deep appreciation for each other. I have really enjoyed this session of school and I am a little nervous about continuing without a scripture class. I also know I can do it on my own, I do worry that I am not disciplined enough to continue without accountability but then we are ultimately accountable but grades are just not due, yet.
I have enjoyed reading these words and I hope that by my example my children will love them also.
I don't have a picture that represents this week but if you'd like to find out more information about the work Peter, James and John did you can go to lds.org.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
At first this scripture can be a little confusing but take a breath and read it again. Faith is hoped for, the evidence of things not seen...faith is not seen. So what does that mean? How do I know what is faith or if I have faith or how to get faith and keep it? There are so many answers around you and I and look in the scriptures. Look further in chapter 11 and you see Abel had faith and Enoch and Noah. Abraham had faith and Sara to conceive at a older age then should have been possible. In this chapter alone I found more than 17 accounts of faith. What a beautiful blessing to know that even when we go in blindly but we believe, we have faith that things will all wok out.
When you look up faith in the topical guide it says in parenthesis, assurance, believe, obedience, trust. All of these things mean faith. In the bible dictionary it talks of faith in Romans 10:14-17 that strong faith is developed by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ, it comes by righteousness. I can think of many instances of faith in my life. Especially after I found the church. Just having faith to be baptized. I started the discussions in August and was baptized Sept 7th...I knew, I had faith that what I was doing was right, even though I didn't understand it all I knew it was right and there has been so many examples since then.
What a great example of faith. Jesus feeding the multitude with 5 loaves and 2 fished.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
This week in my religion class we hit lots of grace words...we read lots Romans, Ephesians, Acts, Philippians, Philemon and 1 Timothy. Many Grace words and I got to thinking what "Grace" means to me. And a song I sang lots as a child growing up in the Baptist church. The chorus goes, "Grace, grace, God's grace, grace....to me, to me..."BUT as I looked it up in the Bible dictionary other things popped out to me. It says grace is used frequently especially in the new testament in the writings of Paul. The main meaning is “divine means of help or strength” given through the mercy and love of Jesus Christ. I love this thought of grace. There are songs and endless scriptures about grace we even have friends whose names are Grace. So in Ephesians 2:8 for example it says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” and if we switch out Grace for divine means of help or strength. It gives it a bit of wow for me. I understand that it is not because of our supper smarts we are saved it is because of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that we are saved. Not by our own doing, but with help. What a humbling process for some. I know all that I have is because of the choices I make good and bad. Grace is the help and strength given to me to make the correct choices. Some one also recently said, grace is not just given to us but we have to work at it. There is a scripture that says grace without works is dead, or to that effect. Tell me your thoughts on Grace. There are many helps out there and some of my favorites are at lds.org
Saturday, August 12, 2017
I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.
I love this verse. To me it says our Heavenly Father loves us, no matter our faults, he has faith that we are strong in making good and right choices. It says that I don't have to be scared that he has my back, no matter what happens, if I make a mistake I can repent. If I do something good he is happy. That is just as we do for our family and children, love them unconditionally and cheer them on to be the best. Our Heavenly Father is doing the same. This truly hit home for me this week and it reinforced my decisions that were tough ones to make and I made them, not on my own and I feel I did the right thing. What a blessing this is to know what I did and see that he has confidence in me. So the next time you doubt or wonder. Remember it says it right here in the scriptures...I can touch it and see it. What a blessing that is for me.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
So I have started another class. A summer class which means it is religion and this is a continuation of my religion class of 211. But this means this is my last religion class, last summer class and one class and semester closer to graduating.
So this week our lesson focuses us on Acts 1-18. In those chapters lots is going on. Naming of the apostles, death of apostles and new apostles all preaching the gospel through out the Mediterranean Sea areas. This week through out of what I read I keep going back to Stephen in Acts 6-7. I struggle with reading it not because it is hard but because they stoned him. It is so sad and I don't understand why they didn't listen. Then I relate it to now, now we have people who just don't listen. That is their priority I guess they have that freedom to not believe, and most of the time we are not condemned to death for our beliefs and that is a good thing, so I guess we've moved forward on that end.
At lds.org it shows a video of these scriptures and shows it so lovingly and makes better sense. I'm still not certain what happened for Stephen to be chained in the first place and who the person was that brought him in but the story is so touching and sad and in the end he asks the Lord not to condemn them, Stephen was at peace.