Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gratitude for Family--(Unfinished & unedited thoughts that are not up to date)

My dad and I saw Wicked last week for our birthdays. Thanks to my Mom for thinking of us! Boy was the musical different than I had imagined--after all the hours I'd listened to the soundtrack! It's even better! I guess this abstract picture is a sort of tribute to that. It is kind of funny how something like this picture here can come out so different on paper (computer) than in my mind--just as in communication I suppose. It's pretty cool that what came out went along with the post though :) It's a better fit for the post than what I initially intended to draw :) Maybe one day I'll draw what I had in my mind. Maybe one day I'll design my blog space too :) This'll do for now though--it's enough to get me started.

Hi. this is a very special, awesome, and! So lucky I am very happy and pleased and excited and (really?) and

(My niece is writing this post with me. Every other word is hers. We're playing add on :) Sorry about not posting last week. This post should more than make up for it--once she and I are able to finish it...but she is in another state now so it may be a little while.)

My heart hurts every time my sister's visit ends. I love her and her family very much :)

Today was a special day though. My youngest brother gave a talk in sacrament meeting. He's leaving for two years to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was really impressed by his talk and I wish him the best. I am amazed at how much I learn from my younger siblings, at how many talents they have in greater abundance than myself, and at how much I have to learn from them :) It really is a beautiful thing to discover others' strengths, beside your own, especially when they are hidden strengths--it is somewhat of a miracle to discover gifts not as easily perceived, though equally precious.

I don't know why I should be amazed. It is not as if older siblings have an advantage over their younger siblings in developing their talents. We all have unique talents, and we can all learn from each other. I have always admired my older siblings and loved them regardless of anything that might be considered a flaw. It was natural to look up to them and to learn from them, and still is. 

But for some reason I am always surprised at how much I learn from my younger siblings as well, as if I am not expecting to learn from them since they are younger than I. Silly isn't it? But if the hope is that the younger generation will supersede the older generation in wisdom and talent and whatnot, then perhaps it is natural to expect to be surprised by my younger siblings.

Of course there would be more to learn from my younger siblings, of course, and of course I will learn and continue to learn from them when least expected. Each and every one of my siblings has unique gifts and talents. I feel very blessed to have them in my life. I know we are all different, but I hope that love will conquer all, always. And with so many siblings, I hope that I will love everyone individually, and appreciate everyone uniquely without comparing strengths and weaknesses to any other sibling. I believe that is something I can improve on. In some ways I do a great job, but in other ways I am lacking.

With the family all together, we just are. And we are all wonderful together. As we go our own ways and progress on our own journeys through life our individualities become more distinguishable. We are our own individual entities, as well as a family entity. I hope I can be a support to all of my siblings (and parents) individually, as well as in the intermeshed family unit.

If you can't tell already, sometimes I spend a little too much time over analyzing :) It makes things interesting though.

I am grateful for my family, one of God's greatest gifts to me, aside from the blessing of His Son's life, and the Holy Ghost's influence in teaching me truth as I am willing/ready to receive it. And also for prophets past and present--for their individual and collective witnesses of Christ, for their examples of faith, and for their priesthood. I am grateful for the foundation I have been given. It is priceless, and there is no way I can repay. It is all worth it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bubbles & Thoughts

Be a friend to vs. Be friends with. (mutual)

Dependent only on love for the other person vs. Dependent on mutuality

Isaiah 9:18, 21
For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke. Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Isaiah 9:13, 
 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts. The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. Therefore the Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day. For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Isaiah 10:1-4
 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; to turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory? Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Isaiah 5:25
 25 Therefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Exodus 6:6
Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

2 Kings 17:36
But the Lord, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.