Friday, August 1, 2014

Be Not Afraid

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What a crazy world we live in!

 







The other night my husband I were listening to the news and wondering if the world we live in is worse than any time in our personal existence or if we were just oblivious as we worked through our daily lives. I remember in the 50’s I was afraid to go outside if a plane flew over. Was I afraid of being bombed? In the 60’s there was a lot of turmoil in the world but I lived in an area of the country not affected by it. I lived in the Los Angeles area in the 70’s but the Watts riot was far away and not my problem. Now as I grow older, the world is my campus. Thanks to news coverage, wars, tornadoes and angry people are right there in my living room. 

We often hear about the “seven deadly sins” but do we know what they are?
I read in Somewhere I’ve Read by Lucy Gertsch Thompson 1957

“Seven deadly sins;
Knowledge without character
Business without morality
Science without humanity
Worship without sacrifice
Pleasure without conscience
Politics without principle
Wealth without works
Anon.”

Yes, I agree! Every bad news moment can be attributed to one of these sins.
I am grateful for Jesus Christ and the life he gave for our redemption. I just need to live to be worthy of it.

“[Jesus Christ] is the Savior and Redeemer of the world,” said President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. “He is the promised Messiah. He lived a perfect life and atoned for our sins. He will ever be at our side. He will fight our battles. He is our hope; He is our salvation; He is the way.”

2 Nephi 25:17
And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to restore his people from their lost and fallen state. Wherefore, he will proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder among the children of men.”

We can all live our  lives, choosing to avoid or help others correct their ‘7 deadly sins.” Bill and Melinda Gates are using their wealth to help others in Africa. People with moral values can run for political office. We can improve our worship by serving others.
Which one will you choose this month?

Hope the rest of the summer is good for you.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Debbies words


 












Building a Home

My life is a six-letter word
“Stress”
I’m excited,
Anxious for my new home;
Scared
For the health of my
Family,
Worried
About parents,
Grandchildren,
Friends.
Across the pasture
Our new home smiles
Its toothy grin
Seemingly taking delight
In my 2nd guessing and
Delayed action,
We are
Overpriced,
Over budget
Over worked
Overwhelmed.
My Brain goes on overload
At the telephone call,
Another item
back ordered
In tears of frustration I fell into the sagging couch
In my Mobile home
A Hopefully temporary home.
And then he takes my hand,
Puts his head on my shoulder;
And closes his eyes.
My home is a four- letter word
LOVE

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jemez Phoenix













Hot
100 degrees
dry, dry heat.
Mountains,
Green, touched by the flame
Blacken and die.
Reborn
In golden glory
Aspen groves like
Phoenix, rising
From the ashes
Life starting
New

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Not Good Enough!


I spent this morning perusing the Internet, looking for various things. I feel an urge to start a journal. I would like to get a five-year journal where you write a sentence or two each year to see how your life had changed. But I don’t want to spend thirty dollars on something that may slide by the wayside. I have started a journal numerous times. I have at least ten journals with three pages filled. I lose interest easily. Still I have the urge. This year on my computer I managed twenty-three days
---a record.
Why do I have the urge to write when I don’t seem to be able to follow through?
I like to think that I want to learn so many things that I can’t settle down and do one.
But maybe I’m just lazy.
I have talked to a friend who wishes she could write a journal but she just “Doesn’t Have The Talent For It!”
Actually I have a lot of friends who wish they could quilt, or paint, or sew, or sing, or cook…but they aren’t “Talented”
Aren’t they? Or like in the parable of the 10 talents in Mathew 25:14-29 , do we have that talent and just not practiced or used it, but hide it.

In Doctrine and Covenants 6:10 (a book of scripture for the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) we read,

“Behold thou hast a gift, and blessed art thou because of thy gift. Remember it is sacred and cometh from above.”

“You need never feel inferior. You need never feel that you were born without talents or without opportunities to give them expression. There is something of divinity in you. You have such tremendous potential because of your inherited nature. Every one of you was endowed by your father in Heaven with a tremendous capacity to do good in the world.  Cultivate the art of being kind, of being thoughtful, of being helpful. Refine within you the quality of mercy, which comes as a part of the divine attributes you have inherited.”
STAND A LITTLE TALLER—Gordon B.Hinckley

We each have a God given gift. We just need to search, and study, and practice.
What talent do you want to explore this month?
I want to work on oil painting.
-And I just bought a travel journal for an upcoming trip in August.
Hope you are having a wonderful summer

I wish I could play the Piano!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Minister

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Two weeks ago I made a friend cry. She is always happy when I see her. She exudes positive energy. So I was surprised when I teased her about forgiveness and she burst into tears.
As I listened to her story, as she told me she was at wits end, not knowing which way to turn. I knew! An inspiration hit me and I called my brother, a lawyer to ask if he could help. As he was talking to her, giving her legal advice, and recommending a couple of people who could help, I had another moment of inspiration. One of the people he was going to recommend wasn’t eligible and I knew before he even said the name.

‘As we minister to others, we become true followers of Jesus Christ, who set the example for us. President Thomas S. Monson said: “We are surrounded by those in need…. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and lift His Children.’”(June 2014 Ensign Magazine)

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, taught: “With practice, each of us can become more like the Savior as we serve God’s children. To help us better [minister to] one another, I would like to suggest four words to remember: ‘First observe, then serve.’ … As we do so, we are keeping covenants, and our service, like President Monson’s, will be evidence of our discipleship.”
“We can pray each morning to recognize opportunities to serve others. “Heavenly Father will guide you, and angels will assist you,” said David L. Beck, Young Men general president. “You will be given power to bless lives and rescue souls.”
As the Compassionate service leader in our church ward, I feel like my ears have grown bigger and my eyes brighter. As I look around me and listen to other people’s conversations, (accidently of course since it’s across a crowded room) I know there is someone who could use a little help.
“She’s having surgery on her foot next week”
“Her sister just died and she needs someone who knows what it’s like- to have empathy and comfort her.”
“He’s worried about supporting his family working just three days a week.”

How can prayer lead us to be instruments in the Lord’s hands?

If our home were going to be hit by a tornado we would want to be warned, but what about a prompting that inspires us to call a friend just to say hello? Or a prompting to buy a package of diapers when we don’t have small children. Following such promptings likely won’t lead to dramatic outcomes, but they’re still important.
The friend you call might be having a hard day. A phone call could cheer him up. Or the next-door neighbor may have used her last diaper and be out of gas just as you get home from the store. This happened to another friend and she had to turn around and go back to the store because she had ignored the prompting.

President Monson has taught: “We watch. We wait. We listen for that still, small voice. When it speaks, wise men and women obey. We do not postpone following promptings of the Spirit.”
Sometimes spiritual promptings are urgent. More often, however, they are gentle. Heavenly Father has promised to instruct us “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little” (2 Nephi 28:30)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Crazy Cats


 














Someone’s knocking at my door.
I wonder who it could be.
Thunder rumbling
Under the bed?
Flying Walendas in the kitchen?
Teens racing, chasing round the entry circle
Up and down the staircase,
 Jumping and flying the last 6 steps
Doing trills on the piano
Demanding breakfast at 4:30
“Oh weren’t you up yet?
Playing hide and seek,
Sneaking outside in a burst of energy!
Crazy Cats
Finally feeling at home

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Rolling in Sunshine


 










Rolling in Sunshine
Laughing at rain
Happy to be
Quilting again
Giving a joyous
Reason  for fun
Love to be rolling
Out in the sun
I’m just a cat but
I do my share.
What good’s a Quilt 
Without some cat hair?