Sunday, July 30, 2017



Someday I’m going to die.
I don’t think I will be finished yet!
Thirty years ago, I gave a talk in church. It was in January and it was about setting goals.
Since I’ve always been a list maker, I had a list of 357 or some things I would like to do. I typed these on adding machine tape end and at the end of my talk I said, “Here are a few of my goals >” and rolled the tape down the aisle to the back of the chapel.
Twenty years later someone who still remembered that talk asked me how many things on that list I had accomplished.
Last month I found the list cut up in strips and put in an old fashion bean pot (my dream pot!!
Going through them today I’m having a laugh and wondering how many I will ever do?
I know I won’t make plaid pants for my four-year-old, or knit a yellow dress for her Barbie doll.
And what was a Millennial wreath anyway? Some embroideries and quilts I have finished and they adorn my home and the homes of others.
As I age and I see the end of my lifespan creeping closer I am wondering about my priorities. Have I done what the Lord sent me here to do?
Have I learned those things I need to enhance my eternity and that of others?
1.    Have I been kind?
2.    Have I been honest?
3.    Have I taught lessons and skills to enhance other’s lives?
4.    Have I kept the promises I have made to God and those around me?
5.    Have I shared all the best things in my life to improve the lives of others?
6.    Have I forgiven, and been forgiven?
7.    Is the world better because I was here?

In an article in the May 2011 Ensign magazine “We Have Work To Do”
President Gordon stated
…I do not have a perfect knowledge, but I will try a little harder to be a little better

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lay It On Me


My cousin has been dreaming again. He dreamed that he was in a parking lot and a few people came out of the building and walked by. Two said hello and invited him to go with them. As they walked through the cars in the parking lot a couple would disappear. Then some more and some more till all were gone but him.
He asked what it could it mean. I said “Are you worried that you are being left behind?
He comes from a very religious family but decided in his young adulthood that it wasn’t for him. Are angels searching for him?
There are many times in our lives when we feel the burdens of our lives are too heavy to bear.
I know a man who lost a child to an illness. He couldn’t console himself so he left his family.
A woman suffered a terrible accident and her husband left the family on their own because he couldn’t help her. A girl left the comfort of her religion because she felt rejected by her church peers. Others say, If there is a God, why does he let bad things happen to people.

I like to listed to country gospel music. One of my favorite is

Lay it On Me by Christy Lane

When a hill seems like a mountain and some chain has got you bound
Lift up your knee to the Savior and He’ll say Lay it down.

 He said,lay it on me, lay it on me.  Lay it on me and I’ll set you free.
Lay it on me

It’s just a breeze softly blowing still you’re bending in the wind
And you’re too tired to lift your burden. lift your guilty hands to him.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
I will not forget the words He said
Or the promise that He made.

He said lay it on me, lay it on me.  Lay it on me, and I’ll set you free.
Lay it on me.

When I was first married and had three -year old and one year old sons we found out that my husband had cancer. The night of the final diagnosis, I was too upset to sleep. But with children that young I knew I had to be able to carry the burden. As I knelt to pray I begged the Lord to just help me get to sleep. As I climbed into bed I felt his hand on my shoulder comforting me, and I slept. A few hours later the baby woke up. After comforting him and meeting his needs I went back to sleep, again with His hand on my shoulder. God and his angels were watching over me. 

Take your burdens to the Lord and trust in him.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


Sometimes we have little flashes of insight and we don't recognize them . We don't act on them. Sometimes we don't understand until later that we could have saved time and anxiety by being more in tune with the Spirit.
I have a funny story for you.
This morning in the pre-dawn hours as I was going into a light sleeping period
I was dream/thinking about one of our sixty year- old apple trees. Two years ago, a big wind blew down from the mountains and ripped off a large limb. But the tree was sturdy and produced a decent crop. Last year a big wind blowing off the desert came through town and blew off the other large limb. We cut off a few of the small branches and brought them into the house to enjoy the apple blossoms.
Towards the end of the summer, I looked up at the poor twelve -foot tall stump of the tree in sorrow for its loss. I was surprised  to see a dozen leafy green twigs poking out of the top of that stump like a soldier with his crew cut. I’m trying he was saying to me. I’ve faced diversity many times, but I’m still trying. This spring, still trying, the tree put out limb, after limb, after limb. Suckers grew all the way down the trunk till it looks like a giant bush. We had our pear tree looked at by an expert years ago who told us that those suckers indicated that the tree was dying and we should cut it down. But, we saved it.  This morning I was trying to think of who we could get to come cut the suckers and excess limbs; to prune it and try to save it.
As the sun started coming up and the birds began to sing, my husband got up to feed the cats, who think that’s the first thing that he should do every morning.
“Oh! No! he cried. During the night Lenny the cat had pried open the sliding glass door to go for a stroll. My husband ran around the outside of the house in his pajamas looking for the cat. On the second rotation, calling the cat’s name, he heard a weak, frightened mew. “Lenny?” he called looking up. Lenny the cat, who had never climbed a tree before, was cowering at the top of that poor old apple tree, hidden from whatever creature of the night had spooked him, by a hundred little limbs. The tree was still trying. After feeling rescued, Lenny tore across the lawn; into the garage, scratching at the door. “Let me in! Oh please let me in”!
He was still terrified.
God loves the little creatures. He loves the trees and the flowers. He loves us, and he loves you. He is ever mindful of all our needs. If we listen, we can learn many things.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Sky is Falling

Do you remember the story of Chicken Little? An acorn fell on her head, and she thought the sky was falling. She ran to tell the lion about it. On the way, she met Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, and Goosy Loosey. Telling each one that the sky was falling. They all ran to tell the King.
Today I put my feet up to rest my poor tired legs and listened to the news. Our world today is filled with distress. Everyone seems to be fighting and hurting. As the news ended a hymn that I love filled my mind. How Firm a Foundation
Text: Attr. to Robert Keen,
The third and fourth verses go
3.Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
4. When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o'erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee, and sanctify to thee,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
In our latest General Conference
Reminds us. “We have all felt peace tonight. All of us would like to feel such peace often within ourselves, in our families, and with the people around us. The Lord promised peace to His disciples as He was about to leave them. He has made the same promise to us. But He said that He would give peace in His way, not in the world’s way. He described His way of sending peace:
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
You will at times have your faith challenged by Satan; it happens to all disciples of Jesus Christ. Your defense against these attacks is to keep the Holy Ghost as your companion. The Spirit will speak peace to your soul. He will urge you forward in faith. And He will bring back the memory of those times when you felt the light and the love of Jesus Christ.
Remembering may be one of the most precious gifts the Spirit can give you. He will “bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever [the Lord has] said unto you” (John 14:26). The memory may be of an answered prayer, of a priesthood ordinance received, of a confirmation of your testimony, or of a moment when you saw God’s guiding hand in your life.
This is the goal that your Father in Heaven has for you, His precious daughters. It may seem to you like a distant goal, but from His perspective, you’re not that far away. So He visits you with His Spirit to comfort you, encourage you, and inspire you to keep going.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Believe Him

On Easter morning
I dreamed I was at the
Garden Tomb
Purple and yellow flowers bloomed
Carpeting the path
The air was cool and glowing
Birds sang joyously.
A little lamb
Sat quietly enjoying the sun.
I joined him, thinking--
Am I willing to suffer?
To give up my sins?
Can I live Christ’s life?
Can I believe Him?
Am I ready for hope?
And joy?
And forgiveness?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

How Could There Not?


 OK, I confess. I’ve been on face book again. My cousin had a dream last night where he had an other worldly visitor. His guide in the next life was an atheist as my cousin  is. Among other things, He asked his guide,” What of religion? He almost angrily shakes his head and says "most dangerous invention ever! Imposing a value judgment on life, diminishes the experience, and damages the potential growth."
Another friend posted a site where you can find your Bible quote in your life. Curious, I tried it.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield. In Him my heart trusts.
I tried to look for the scriptural referencThe full quote is,
Psalm 28:7The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

The site went on to explain, ”The Bible has been your guiding light through all the ups and downs in your life. It has made you a strong individual and taught you that nothing is impossible if you believe In yourself. All true-Like most people I have had many ups and downs in my life and I do rely on my faith to get through them. I believe and trust in God for His help.
In this month’s Ensign magazine, there is an article by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf 
The Just Shall Live by Faith
In it, President Uchtdorf tells the story,

The Rabbi and the Soap Maker

“There is an old Jewish tale about a soap maker who did not believe in God. One day as he was walking with a rabbi, he said,
 “There is something I cannot understand. We have had religion for thousands of years. But everywhere you look there is evil, corruption, dishonesty, injustice, pain, hunger, and violence. It appears that religion has not improved the world at all. So I ask you, what good is it? ”The rabbi did not answer for a time but continued walking with the soap maker. Eventually they approached a playground where children, covered in dust, were playing in the dirt. “There is something I don’t understand,” the rabbi said. “Look at those children. We have had soap for thousands of years, and yet those children are filthy. What good is soap?” The soap maker replied, “But rabbi, it isn’t fair to blame soap for these dirty children. Soap has to be used before it can accomplish its purpose. ”The rabbi smiled and said, “Exactly.”
President Uchtdorf continues, “Faith is more than belief. It is complete trust in God accompanied by action.It is more than wishing. It is more than merely sitting back, nodding our heads, and saying we agree. When we say “the just shall live by faith,” we mean we are guided and directed by our faith. We act in a manner that is consistent with our faith—not out of a sense of thoughtless obedience but out of a confident and sincere love for our God and for the priceless wisdom He has revealed to His children.
Faith must be accompanied by action; else it has no life (see James 2:17). It is not faith at all. It doesn’t have the power to change a single individual, let alone the world.
Men and women of faith trust in their merciful Heavenly Father—even during times of uncertainty, even during times of doubt and adversity when they may not see perfectly or understand clearly. Faith motivates and, indeed, inspires us to incline our hearts to heaven and to actively reach out, lift up, and bless our fellowmen.
Religion without action is like soap that remains in the box. It may have wondrous potential, but in reality it has little power to make a difference until it fulfills its intended purpose. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of action. The Church of Jesus Christ teaches true religion as a message of hope, faith, and charity, including helping our fellowmen in spiritual and temporal ways.
I have several relatives and many friends who have left religion because of the wickedness that they see around them. How can there be a God if bad things happen? I plead with them, “Look around you. How can there not? Ask yourself, ”What Am I doing to help?”

Friday, March 10, 2017

Making Mistakes


 May 2000 When the forest service set our town on fire

I noticed the other day that it was the International Woman’s Day. Then I found out that March was National Woman’s History Month. One site had a list of quotations for each day of the month. For March I could choose quotes on the weather or mistakes. I didn’t think much of that pairing. My mother was a pioneer in her own way, in the thirties, for women’s rights. My daughter, in this century, is still fighting for many of the same rights as her grandmothers did.
In some countries in this world, it is considered a mistake to give women many rights. Even in this country some consider us property or chattel. A book I am reading this week with a Genealogical theme mentioned that in the 1800’s women’s names were not indexed in marriage records because wives were considered property
A Woman’s organization that I belong to is also celebrating its 175th anniversary this March. We are taught that we are creations of God and that He loves us.
I remember one quote from long ago that I always enjoyed.
Roughly it said that I am a creation of God, and God does not make mistakes.
So, looking back at my quotes:

Mistakes are a fact of life It is the response to error that counts.
--Nikki Giovanni 

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.
--William A. Ward

Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.
--John Churton Collins

and hanging on my studio wall is a sign I found in and antique shop in Wisconsin
which says, “We don’t make mistakes. We do variations”
Did you know that if you take a traditional quilt block and make a slight variation (or mistake) you can give it another name and it becomes a new block. If you change a recipe in a couple of ways, you can claim it as your own invention
(Rocket scientists didn’t quit when the first rockets blew up at ignition. They kept at it for ten years and put a man on the moon. In the mean time they created materials we use in everyday life.
I had a totally unsatisfactory day the other day and wrote in my journal that I had
Another failed day. I need to make an attitude adjustment. Humm Today I had another opportunity for growth and learning?
So, if you don’t do something you wanted too because you might make a mistake, get over it and go do it. (cut into that beautiful batik. Paint something on that odd canvas. My husband just brought in a beautiful 10x10” frame that Fedex put into our garage without saying anything. I’m off to use that saved canvas!
Don’t make a mistake. Go fulfill a dream, large or small.