Often I make plans that end up changing. Although I become frustrated, soon enough I see the Lord’s Hands creating something better than what I imagined. And while I don’t usually want the change in whatever it is I have pictured in my mind, accepting it is how I grow. It’s how I continue learning to trust Him, that He will do what He’s promised to if I exercise my faith in Him.
So when I drove to New Castle, Pennsylvania on May 1 to look at an investment house, I was bummed to learn that they just accepted an offer from someone. Seriously, I had an appointment to see it the next morning!
The highlight of the visit was when my brother met his girlfriend and they became engaged. I don’t know how they would have met if we hadn’t gone to Pennsylvania given that they live in NYC and the flights are NOT cheap. I will try to remember that the Lord is in control next time my life turns “off course” from the one I planned on and wait for His timing, because He will never abandon me.
I am one of the Sunday school teachers in my church for the 13 and 14 year old teens. Yesterday I taught about the importance of celebrating Easter.
I didn’t sleep well on Saturday night, so I asked my Jim to help me teach my class. I was so exhausted that I had trouble formulating my thoughts. I LOVE videos about Jesus and His apostles and disciples, and found a wonderful one on the LDS.org website that shows a powerful witness of one of my favorite apostles, John, the Beloved. The Apostle that Jesus loved so much that he trusted him to care for His beloved mother, Mary. I believe that they truly felt like brothers to each other, much like I feel about two of my closest friends.
I love watching John’s reactions to the Savior’s teachings, miracles, death, and His resurrection. I can’t imagine how confusing it must have been for these Apostles to witness the power that Jesus had performing numerous miracles and yet not one attempt to save himself from torture and a humiliating death.
We then explained to the class who the Elders were, along with the Pharisee and Sadducee leaders, to help them understand the politics and social norms of those ancient times. We read a small portion of the scriptures and then ran out of time. I was surprised when one of the teenage girls who asked if she could attend my class and then talked to a girl who is often chatty, thanked us for teaching the lesson. I welcome any teenager into my class because my goal is for them to feel the Spirit testify of the truthfulness of the Lord’s Resurrection. And to trust Him who suffered for us in Gethsemane and redeemed us if we will learn of Him, and give Him our hearts and our will. Because that’s really the only thing we can give Him. I’m grateful for this knowledge, to know that the Lord knows me, loves me, and trusts me enough to allow me to make mistakes. He allows me to fall and trusts me to pick myself up with His help. Because of Him I can repent of my sins, and come unto Him.
I often wake up in pain and forget to listen and sing along to a few of my favorite songs that often help ease me feel better. Research has proven that music influences people’s thoughts and mood. A love song makes me want to be with my husband, and a church song helps ease my stress as I remember that my Heavenly Father is aware of me and what is going on in my life. My son ALWAYS listens to music when he takes a shower. The combination of the water and loud music helps to clear his sleepy brain as he begins his day.
The above picture shows one of our family’s cats, Princess, on the upright piano. She likes to walk on the keys from one end to the other. And like a princess, her “playing/walking” actually sounds okay!
I’m grateful that the Lord gave us the gift of music, and need to be consistent with my vocal warm-ups and studying my piano music books again. As much as I love to play by ear, where there is a song in my head and I somehow know what keys to play.
Does anyone have a story involving music that you’d like to share in the comments?
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!