February 5th - In The World, Not Of It

Sunday, February 5, 2017

I'm continuously amazed at how many days that I read of Sarah's and I can think of a quote or scripture that directly correlates with it. 

Today is about being in the world but not being of it.

"What I mean by living to one's self is living in the world, as in it, not of it." 

Well that's a saying we Latter Day Saints have heard a few times.
I found two great articles, this one and this one. Something old and something new. 

Of course those articles take it a step farther than Sarah does. We are taught that we have to live in this world, accept that reality, but you don't have to be of it. You don't have to live contrary to God's will and commandments just because other people are. 

Sarah is a little less drastic, but to the same effect. 

Start Quote
"Despite all the doom and gloom that constantly assaults our senses, there is a way for us to ransom our lives and reclaim our futures: it consists in turning away from the world to recognize what in life makes us truly happy. 
Today, deliberately turn away from the world. Don't read the newspapers or watch the nightly news for a week- longer if you can stand it. Shun the glossy magazines featuring expensive suits designed for success. Wean yourself away from the opinions of others-however talented, creative, and celebrated they may be...

Begin, instead, to listen for the whisper of your authentic self telling you which way to go...Only when the clamor of the outside world is silenced will you be able to hear the Deeper Vibration.

Listen carefully."
End Quote

We also have been taught about the still small voice, and how if you don't cut out the noise of the world you won't be able to hear it, or feel it. I also loved this article, about how to teach our children to feel the spirit, to listen. I think it applies to all of us, even as adults trying to teach ourselves to listen. 

I know that when I've listened to music all day, or the tv, or my kids screaming (alllllllll daaaaayyyyy) I have a very hard time listening to the spirit, or even hearing myself think, let alone my soul. 

Quiet time is good too. But we already knew that. It doesn't have to be quiet all the time, but let's turn off the tv. It's on just to have something on, so it's not so quiet...I know, I've done it too. 

Enjoy the silence, enjoy listening to yourself, to the spirit. 

Listen carefully.

Gratitude Journal

1) Revelation. Robbie has been working with the 11 year old scouts for awhile, and every Tuesday night he would come home, eat, help me with the kids as much as he could, and then leave for scouts. It was definitely getting hard to handle. He didn't get voted onto our HOA board, he stopped his independent business to focus more on his main job, and was thinking about asking to be released from scouts. Today he was released. I know that the bishopric are good men, called of God, because without talking to Robbie before hand they had the same impression from God that we had, that he needed some stuff taken off his plate. How amazing is that, to see direct evidence that God knows us individually and cares for us, and that Bishops do receive revelation for their ward families. 

2) Little kids. They are so adorable, saying hi to everyone, constantly moving and jumping and doing somersaults and running into things. Going from lap to lap asking for a bite of ice cream, making their way around the room like little birds.

3) Talented family. My cousins are awesome. I get so excited to play and sing with them. Check out our practicing

4) Superbowl. What a game! Did you see that! Holy Crap!

5) Sundays. A day of rest, a day of family, a day of trying to worship God. And sometimes there's football. Kind of hard to worship God when you're watching football, but we're working on it.