Wednesday, May 5

Touched Today

I gave a lesson in church on Sunday about journal writing and I used the talk from Elder Eyring on remembering. He councils us to ask and answer this question each day "Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?" I loved this talk when he gave it and have thought of it often but this Sunday as I gave my lesson I realized that I have not heeded this council. It also became clear to me that I must begin doing this for myself and for my children.

Elder Eyring taught, "The challenge to remember has always been the hardest for those who are blessed abundantly. Those who are faithful to God are protected and prospered. That comes as the result of serving God and keeping His commandments. But with those blessings comes the temptation to forget their source. It is easy to begin to feel the blessings were granted not by a loving God on whom we depend but by our own powers." I was impressed by the clear connection between blessings and temptation. You can't have one without the other and taking the easy road will lead to sin and result in the loss of blessings.

I have been protected and prospered. My life is one of ease and comfort. I often think to myself "wow what a blessing" or " that was divine intervention" but then I forget.....I forget to write it down and most importantly I forget to tell my children. So with you as my witness -and my children as my motivation- I am going to actively fight the temptation to forget. I am starting what Pres. Eyring began so many years ago, "I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done. More than gratitude began to grow in my heart. Testimony grew." I know that the same thing can happen for me and my efforts will bless my life and the lives of my children. I hope as I share how the Lord touches my life each day you will remember what he does for you.

P.S. Today I have been blessed with promptings from the Holy Ghost, Personal Revelation, and a few minutes of free time.

1 comments:

DSMONE FAMILY said...

I loved that talk in conference. I kept up a gratitude journal for a long time after he gave it, but started slacking. It's totally true--when I take time to write it down, I'm more aware of the tender mercies Heavenly Father gives me on a daily basis.
-Chloe

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