Monday, March 4, 2013

Does anyone need this today?

After a sabbath day of fasting for some specific blessings and answers to prayers, I opened up my scriptures and this is the verse my eyes rested upon...

"...I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are." Mormon 9:11

What does that mean?
The God who made this
and these,
 is the same God who can help with this
 "Be still and know that I am God"

"Being still" absolutely does not mean doing nothing. "Being still" takes enormous amounts of faith and hope and a lot of time on our knees and in the scriptures. It means stepping outside of ourselves to serve others and helping others in their quest to "be still". It means trusting that God knows what He is doing and giving our fears over to Him to take care of. It means letting ourselves keep the commandment to be at peace and to even find joy and happiness in the middle of it all.

The God who organized the universe can take whatever is causing you to feel unorganized spiritually and emotionally and make it into something beautiful and glorious!

Think about that for a moment...maybe you feel chaos in your heart or in your mind and you just don't know how to settle things down and let yourself be at peace. Then, imagine the Savior, using His creative powers, scientific understanding, experience and LOVE to take that chaos in your heart and organize it into a beautiful creation of peace and love and hope swirling with the brilliant clusters of stars, cosmic gas and dust that have developed within our hearts.

 He creates galaxies within us.
He knows how to do that. Really! I actually think he loves doing that for us. He can and He WILL! I emphasize He WILL because if you are like me, you have faith that He CAN but you don't always have faith that He WILL. He will, if you let Him with your faith and your obedience. (Note: Creating galaxies takes time - lots of time.)

Let God be the Master Creator, Organizer, Peace Giver and Scientist - because...well...He is.

Maybe He says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways 
my ways, saith the Lord." Isaiah 55:8
But that doesn't mean that you won't get what you want. It just means that we are like the toddlers and He is the more experienced parent. The toddler knows what he wants but it isn't always what is best for him or even what is the most wonderful for him. The experienced parent, however, sees the whole picture and can and will give that toddler exactly what is needed and what is often more than the toddler could have even hoped because of the toddler's limited view of life.

Sometimes when He says, " thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways..." He isn't necessarily saying that we are wrong in wanting what we want. He is saying that in order for us to get what we want, we must be willing to do things His way. Or maybe He is just saying that He has something even better in store and He wants us to just trust Him and be patient. Trusting and patience can be hard for toddlers but it is what we are just gonna have to do! :)

Let God be the experienced parent - because...well...He is.

I want to write about how I know all of this to be true - but there is so much I don't even know where to begin. I have been learning this truth from the moment I was born and I know I will continue to learn it for the rest of my life. I'm getting better though and I'm trusting more and I'm more at peace at this time in my life than ever before - even though there is the potential for great heartache right now. I can see the glorious light of hope shining brighter than any dark cloud threatening a storm.

I'm learning how to "Be still" and it feels really nice.
I don't know how to create a galaxy (yet) and I am most definitely more of a toddler than an experienced parent. I'm going to let Him be in control. Things will work out better that way.

Here are some helpful talks I have read in the past couple of days that have reminded me of great and peaceful lessons:

"There Is Always Hope" 
John H. Groberg, BYU speeches 1984

"Prayer: A Small and Simple Thing"
Virginia H. Pierce, BYU Women's Conference 2011


  1. As beautiful as ever! Your faith strengthens mine. I love you, Lisa Love!

  2. My favorite hymn is Be Still My Soul.


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