Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Scripture: Moral Courage

D&C 84:88

And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.

I haven't served a full time mission, I have never had to choose between the things in which I believe and my family and I have not faced eviction from my home due to my faith, yet everyday I am tested and tried to make correct decisions.

I was lucky/blessed to have been born with a natural stubbornness and forthcoming attitude. Some might not see that as being lucky, but for me it has served me well in instances when I could have been persuaded to do wrong but because I am stubborn I withstood those temptations. Have I always made all the right choices, no, that goes without saying, I think.?.

I believe that many of our true tests are not going to be when all eyes are watching, but perhaps in the moments when we think no one will know. I have experienced first hand, as well as watched family and friends make what seems as one harmless choice turn into a downward spiral that led to sorrow, pain, frustration, fear, and unforeseen consequences for years to come.

It can be a most difficult road back, but it begins with just one right choice and then another, until the path between right and wrong no longer seems blurry. The ultimate right choice is accepting the Lords help and assistance in your life, for when we have Him the line is drawn clearly and we will more easily know where we must stand.

There can not be any amount of teetering, when you begin mingling with even small amounts of dishonesty and moral filth, there is no way to come out unscathed. Dancing with the devil for even one dance will leave you with swollen toes and a lingering foul scent.

As the Wives, Husbands, Mothers and Fathers we must give our children the example of what is right, we have to walk that walk, otherwise they will see through our words and begin defining for themselves what they believe to be right.

Everyday I pray that I might be guided, strengthened, and encouraged by my Heavenly Father, sometimes that means I am putting one foot in front of the other, other days the path is more clear and I can run for miles in the right direction. I work hard to be honest, kind, patient, happy, patient, loving, forgiving, patient, trustworthy, humble, patient and patient. Asking for help from my Heavenly Father is essential in my efforts, for with out Him I would have been mulch years ago, trodden by cows out to pasture.

"Come Follow Me"
By Dan Freed

I wanted to leave you with a little inspiration and examples where I made both bad and good choices
Hiked up shorts, full side ponytail, rolled sleeves, obviously the WRONG choice!!

Matching pink off the shoulder sweater and corduroys, fashionable charm necklace, appropriate side ponytail, posing with a tree.........clearly the CORRECT choice

Happy Sunday

All My love


Shauni said...

Love this--thank you!

Amy said...

Thanks for the thoughts. I like your angel kisses. Which cat is in the picture? Maybe it is a stuffed one.