Challenging Week

Our younger son has autism but is considered high functioning. He has had problems controlling his anger, which both the doctors and therapists warned us would happen as our son navigates through his teenage years. He loves to play video games and hasn’t worked on his school projects, so I took away his game privileges, computer, and his phone.

He did NOT take it well and repeatedly hit my husband while I drove my son to work. My son has been at a local behavioral hospital where the doctor added some more meds to what he takes already. I have also set a goal to really research autism and how it effects the brain, new research findings, etc. and what essential oils I can add to help with any anxiety, frustration or anger that may seemingly strike him at random times.

The nurse called me today to tell me that my son and his room mate got into a physical fight, though they don’t know who started it since there were no witnesses. I’m worried about his future and will continue to pray that the Lord watches over my son and guides him, especially since deep down he has a sweet spirit.

Gosh, this is tough. So very tough.

But I refuse to give up on him. Heavenly Father gave me this sweet spirit to raise and He trusts me to do my best. And the Lord ALWAYS helps those who believe in Him. Tomorrow my husband, brother and I are going to the temple to work on our family names and pray about how we can help my son and focus more of our energy serving the Lord by praying more often and learning more about Him.

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Seth is 18!!

My son is 18 on the 18th! I can hardly believe that he has lived with Jim and I for over 13 years. He moved in with us when he was 41/2 years old with his little brother. We had the honor of adopting him in 2006.

Seth is funny, smart, sensitive and loyal. He has great potential to create his own path in life because he knows who he is: a son of God.

Happy Birthday, Seth, I love you!

Valentine’s Day

Jim took a vacation day yesterday and bought a sweet card and beautiful flowers that were waiting for me when I entered the kitchen. I thank Heavenly Father everyday that I am married to a righteous husband who loves and respects me. I thank God for Jim, my soulmate, because his very presence calms my soul.Β 

We ate an early dinner at Salt Grass Steakhouse and had an hour to ourselves where we could just focus on us and the love we have for each other. I’m beyond grateful that our marriage will last for time and all eternity!

Trusting in the Lord

Tonight my family held family scripture study. We are studying, not just reading, the New Testament as part of my church’s new home-centered and Church-supported curriculum. (I’ll write more about that in another post). We read Luke 4 and Matthew 4. Both chapters started with Satan tempting Jesus after His forty days and forty nights of fasting:

Luke 4:5-8

And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

These versus are a wonderful reminder to me that Jesus was tempted by Satan but easily overcame it because He is the Son of God. He fasted and prayed to the Father as He prepared to begin His three year ministry.

Jesus calling his Disciples. lds.org

Matthew 4: 18-19


18 ΒΆ And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

I have wondered, how can I follow Jesus and become fishers of men? By obeying His commandments and following his example of how to live. As I act on my trust in the Lord, He can help me do so much more then I could ever do on my own.

Let Him In Your Heart

Photo: Lds.org

This picture of Jesus knocking at the door hangs on the wall by my back door. It is a reminder to my family and I to invite our Savior into both our hearts (and homes) by the way we think and behave.

Because Jesus never forces His love or will on us, it’s important for us to ask: would this invite Him in, or would it send Him away from us? I know that when I become angry and yell (I grew up in Queens, NY with loud parents), I can sometimes feel the sudden absence of the Holy Spirit. I’m slowly getting better at controlling my frustration now that my sons are growing up, but wow, it’s been a tough road!

My goal as the heart of my home and family has always been to invite Him in, as we can not afford to live in this dark world without His guidance, love and protection. I’ve found that the more I remember to pray and read my scriptures, the closer I feel to the Lord. Every night we say “family prayer,” where we take turns praying for our family and friends. For a while we read scriptures together every night as part of my Pathway class assignment, and then when we went to California and Las Vegas to see my brother-in-law for Christmas, it threw us out of the schedule we had.

I believe that this blog, which I bought the domain for tonight, will help me stay focused on having a lifetime of faith and be a light to the world.

 

BYU-Pathway Program

Last fall I took two classes with BYU-Idaho’s Pathway Program because I knew it was time for me to refocus my life on the Savior and His Gospel. I have about sixty college credits from various schools, but I hungered for spiritual knowledge. I have been raising my two sons who are now teenagers, and I missed learning.

This program is inspired, and I LOVED the combination of spiritual and secular learning. It was mostly online, except for our Thursday Gatherings, where we met at a local church building and taught each other the lesson plan for that particular week. It is an active learning where we need to study the material. We discuss how to apply principles, such as developing deeper faith in Christ, and trusting Him to guide us throughout our life.

Due to my chronic pain, I had to withdraw from the winter semester. The math class required a ton of writing with my bad arm. I might have a torn rotator cuff. Ugh. As a result, I created this blog as a way to continue building on my increased faith.

Welcome!

I tend to become very distracted with various things in my day-to-day life that I created this daily blog to hold my self accountable to focus on my faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ. I will also be recording cover songs that uplift me through many of my challenges and hope that you will join me in living a life of faith!