Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Right This Moment...

I'm sitting in front of the computer, preparing for a presidency meeting tonight. My house is in shambles because we are painting the entire inside and although I am loving the fresh paint (not so much the odor) my house and mind are in shambles. It's very difficult to live in disorder.  I guess that could be a whole blog post in itself!

However, the thing that is most on my mind at this moment, other than my presidency meeting, is studying the scriptures.  I have found the most amazing web site called, the redheaded hostess. She is a former seminary teacher, about to be a new mom, and she has created some fabulous scripture journals, which are hopefully headed my way ASAP! She has some amazing suggestions for studying and recording what you learn.

This leads me to share, over six weeks late to be sure, my WORD[S] for the year 2012.

They are:  Listen and Document.

I guess I was kind of testing the waters, so to speak, to see if my words/goals would still be in effect by the time six weeks into the new year had passed.
So far, so good.

Last year my word for the year sort of went by the wayside. I think to sum it all up, the word was Grief. We had just lost our grandbaby and I had some other personal sorrows that found me often curled up in a fetal position, sobbing my eyes out.  But I learned more than I ever thought about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and patience and faith, so I suppose those could have been my WORD[S] for 2011.

But I digress......I had been thinking so much about how important it is to document the things you learn while studying the scriptures, insights received and inspiration that I felt strongly impressed that I needed to work on that this year. I can't believe how much I am learning just by stopping, slowing down and recording my thoughts as I read. It has opened up a whole new world, and I feel like I am "feasting" finally, rather than "picking" at the scriptures.

My other word I came up with just at the end of 2011, was listen. I  have determined that I finally need to LISTEN, especially listen to my body as time passes and it is not cooperating with me as easily as it did ten years ago.  I need to LISTEN to the Spirit, LISTEN to my kids, just plain LISTEN.

So though this is a rambling sort of post, I'm hoping that the objective is clear.....

And go check out the redheaded hostess!


Granny J said...

Yes, yes, yes...I have had the same insights (especially this week)...our lives are kinda spooky, ya know...we are so oddly connected!

Momza said...

there you are! Isn't it funny that even when we are silently struggling, others still hear our unspoken feelings? I wondered what was going on in your world, for I noticed a change in your posts. LISTEN and DOCUMENT are really inspiring words.
Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

Here's to a happier, healthier, and more organized (and beautifully painted) 2012!

Amy said...

I do the same thing. I read the scriptures and record my thoughts in a journal. I made it a goal during the Isaiah chapters to try to get at least one thing out of all the difficult language. It worked! And I love having something that future generations can one day read and hopefully know of my testimony.

Thanks for listening to me today, Mom. I absolutely love our conversations!!!

Joy For Your Journey said...

I don't know if my comment got through or not. They have changed verification to make it very hard to see what the letters are. I tried about six times to get it right and then my comment disappeared so I don't know if you got it or not.

But . . . if you did not . . . I am sorry your year last year was a hard one. I really hope this year is better.

Thanks also for the link. It was fun to see her scripture recording ideas.