Prayer to Restore Joy

Father, change us.

Help us to celebrate the change you have made in our lives, instead of constantly feeling guilty for our mistakes.

That’s not the way to live! No more head down, woe is me attitude! Give us a chin up, grateful attitude for how much you LOVE us in spite of ourselves!

– Amanda Carroll

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Prayer Recognizes No Boundaries

A good reminding thought. As difficult it is to pray for people, and things that we dislike. Prayer recognizes no boundaries. Pray for the president of this country, or any other, pray for the people or person who have caused destruction, pray for our enemies, pray for that one person who causes us to hurt a lot. Pray a day to keep the misquotes away.

“What a handsome fulla!! I pray that Obama will receive the right voice, the voice of the holy spirit, and the voice of the people.”
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Man Doth Not Comprehend All Things

A good reminder to keep in mind while researching cosmology, new ideas, near life death experiences, and so on is that “… man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.” (Mosiah 4.9) This is compelling scripture to me, and it spiritually talks to me. It also is one of the reminders that come to me today when I hear, and listen of especially people’s divine encounters, and yesterdays including Joseph Smith’s divine encounters; that the information still has to somehow filter through the human and limited minds. Also, it reminds me that what God reveals may only be a drop, or a speck out from the whole. Although, I feel the Lord can help us with this, it should be carefully considered that sometimes what man comprehends is possibly not the Lord’s full comprehension of things. Food for thought. Its a process that needs a lot of patience I would say. Take care my friends those who are investigating, and reconstructing your worldviews as I have been and remember to doubt your doubts first before you doubt your faith

Will with the Father’s

“Prayer is not a negotiation process. It is an alignment process. We don’t move God to our point of view. Prayer is less about changing our circumstances and more about changing us. It is about seeking His will and asking for His help to do what we need to do.”

Elder Kevin W. Pearson, June 2013 Ensign

A Sword or a Cest Pool

A sword or a cest pool. To me it has many meanings but I like that it could mean that our words give God the permission to work through us or give the adversary permission to work through us. Whatever it’s meaning, its nothing short of the teachings of Jesus Christ. To give focus on using the sword also means to me that our heartfelt prayers can allow the angels come and fight for us, and to never think our prayers, our worship, praise, and tears don’t do anything. The Lord listens, and assists us if we continually use his word, speak his word, and do His word. Amen to that!!

HUMANITARIAN SERVICES

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides relief and development projects for humanitarian purposes in countries all over the world. Projects operate without regard to the nationality or religion of the recipients.

Here, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are working with other religious groups and charity organizations to assist victims of a tornado that tore up to a two-mile-wide by 17-mile-long swath of destruction through the city of Moore, Oklahoma, on 20 May. The tornado claimed 24 lives and injured nearly 400 others.

Blessings from Adversity

When I was serving a Latter-day Saint mission in Australia, I remember using this verse to help lift my spirits, “Know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good” (D&C 122.7, Job 23.10). Back then I thought it was hard enough, but I know now that those difficulties and all the ones previous to then also were only preparing for more to come lol. The Lord definitely knows how to improve His children. Grateful for wise counsel that our Latter-day saint leaders give us that when we seek His help, our Heavenly Father will strengthen us and make us equal to the trials that come to us. May we take action and grow, accept adversity as a challenge, not feel sorry for ourselves and pray for strength (Family Home Evening Resource Book).