Friday, November 25, 2016

December.....a month of pondering, reflection and hope.

December is a favorite month. Obviously because Christmas is big part of that month. But what is Christmas to me? Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 
     Some may wonder "Did he really exist?" That is when faith comes into it. I have the faith that there is a God in heaven, that he is my creator and Heavenly Father. That there was a plan that sent us all to this earth on a journey. God sent us to experience life--birth, choice and accountability, family and of course to test our faith. He wanted to see if we would have enough faith to return home to him. Part of that plan included a safe loop hole.--a Savior. Someone who loved us enough to make sure we had the help we needed to return to our heavenly home safely.
     The Savior came as our example of how to live. Because, as in our life here, there are rules and guidelines that must be met before we can be in God's presence again. God is perfection...we are not. So Christ is a our Mediator. He will stand with us before God when it is time to report what we learned on our journey.
    This earthly experience is different for all of us, but we have one thing in common. We will return to see faith has been convinced of this. I believe in God, so there for I believe in the Savior and I believe in all the prophets that were sent as our road map to return to heaven.
     Christ was sent as a baby to gain an earthly body as we had to...he had a family, that he learned from and spent time with in his youth before being sent out to complete his mission that he was sent to do. A pattern that our own life would follow. 
     Christ came to atone for the sins of all of us. God is a perfect being and no imperfect being can live in his presences. Christ is that key...our connection. He will stand with us, accepting all the mistakes and sorrowful moments we collect on our journey here. He will stand with us to make us whole, taking our sin upon himself...making us pure once again to stand with God.
           This is my testimony of God's plan and of the Savior. I know that God lives and loves us. That Jesus Christ is our Redeemer. I know that the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets...old and living...are tools to help us return to our Heavenly Father.
        Christmas...celebrating the birth of a very important part of God's plan for his children to return to him. Merry Christmas.

Monday, November 14, 2016

November !! Busy month...
#1--Daniel leaves on his Mission in 2 days!!
#2--We had my Holiday Cottage Boutique the last week of October instead of November.
#3-- Daniel, Gretchen and I went to Arizona so Daniel could see family before he left.
#4--My daughter from Missouri surprised us-with her 2 little kids.
#5--Had an early Thanksgiving with Daniel.

Had seven of my ten grand kids here with us.
Loved every minute!

Family makes the difference!! 
These days I hear of so many people who are squabbling with a family member--even within my own family.  Is it worth it to hold onto the grudge and anger?....Will it matter in ten years?
      All I know is that you have missed out on ten years of family closeness,  good times, and peace of heart. What can be so important to fight Hurtful words?  Jealousy? Oh, I know these are REAL feelings involved in such incidents. Pride stands in the way of apologies and lack of forgiveness.
     I love my family. I need my family! I hope all is well with yours!