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Seek Me

For the past month there has been a theme repeating in my mind, quietly doing its best to teach my heart something important. Each time I have heard it, I have taken note and continued about my way…not really changing much in my day to day life.

This morning the birds awoke me with their songs and chatter. It brought a smile to my face as I thanked Heavenly Father for these sweet creatures. I noticed today was a bit overcast and cooler. I felt a pull to be outside, waking up with the day.

Seek HimThe contrast of gray with the emerald greens on the mountains took my breath away as I stepped out onto the deck. The smell of coming rain cleansed my heart and mind, allowing me to feel content and full of gratitude for all that Heavenly Father has created.

Quietly it came again…the message He has been doing His best to teach me….

“I am here. Seek me.”

All at once each moment He has spoken this to my heart came back to me. It was the times when I sat with my scriptures open rather than looking online. It was the times I spent in the temple rather than being tied to my computer. It was the time I went out with my family and played rather than ‘doing my homework’. It was all of the times I stepped away from a screen that so easily occupies my time.

This morning was a beautiful realization that life is to be lived, not watched on a computer screen. Funny how I am writing about this lesson on a computer screen.

As I continued to allow Him to teach me, I realized how much time I lose with those I love when I am tied to a screen (computer, Kindle, phone). It seems as though there is an invisible barrier created when I am screened. I am not as aware of them, the world and those I could be serving. My ability to create takes a backseat and my mind becomes a bit stagnant. Screen time for me is the easy, less-fulfilling path.

There are conversations to be had, books to be read, walks to be taken, fresh air to be taken in, ideas to nurture, people to serve, and inspiration to be received.

It is time to step away.

It is time to live again.

How grateful I am that He takes time to teach me simple lessons that are so important to growth and staying close to Him. I realized that as much as I desire to be near to Him and be His friend, He desires the same at a deeper level. I am grateful that He teaches me in moments that will last, if I choose to let them.

This morning was a beautiful, sacred time of teaching. I will seek Him.

 

Abundance

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were talking about life as it is, has been and where we want it to be. As we reviewed our past few years of specified growth, our eyes were opened as we saw things, that once allowed us to survive, that now hold us back from moving forward.abundance

I believe it is human nature to survive, however it is human choice to thrive. There are times in our lives for both actions, however to thrive we need to have open hearts and minds to the abundance that is in the world.

We have lived on faith, miracles and the greatest of generosity of those who love us for the past 3-4 years. It has been a path of scarcity, creativity and, at times, painful growth from the inside out. There have been more days than not that required fighting to keep my head and heart above water, hoping that at some point Heavenly Father would deliver us from it all.

And yet, I would not change a moment.

I love how Heavenly Father teaches me. He quietly unfolds the mysteries and answers the questions that are in my mind. I have watched so many people who thrive in their lives, they live and are so open to what the world has to offer them. I have wondered if that is something that I actually could attain, or if who I am meant to be was not that person. I ask a lot of questions to be taught as I am traveling on a dark, rough path. I truly want to understand so that I can have peace knowing it is His will.

As Kevin and I talked about our mindset it became obvious to us that we have lived for so long in scarcity mode that our minds have embraced it as how life is going to be. Truthfully, there was no peace with this realization. I looked at how I have talked, thought and acted as if there would not be enough and we needed to ‘pull in’ ‘hunker down’ and ‘not live’. While these actions are appropriate for very short periods of time to get our footing in rough spots, they are not meant to be long-term.

We were not created in a world of abundance to simply survive.

At some point in our conversation the word abundance was brought up. My mind caught hold of that word and it was as if an explosion took place. Where my mind and spirit was bound down before in scarcity, those walls were literally obliterated. I felt a freedom that I had not felt in so long I had forgotten about. I felt an openness in my mind and spirit….creativity returned, the need to reach out began to peek through, and the ability to receive inspiration opened up.

Each day I have found that when my mind is focused on abundance those things that would weigh me down have no effect on me. It is as though heaven opened up and I am able to understand why things happen at a new level. I see how the hand of God is working in our lives. Things that once caused so much fear and gut wrenching anxiety are now opportunities for ideas, creativity and blessings to be given.

I have found that within abundance we have the power to reach out, the ability to let go and the strength to move forward with faith…even when the road isn’t built yet.

God created this world with abundance everywhere. It is time for us to go get it.

He Knows I Can

IMG_6495To say that we have been on a strengthening journey would be an understatement. The thing with strengthening journeys is to be strong, we must feel weak at times…a lot of times.

I will be honest, I haven’t been gracefully strengthened through it all. There have been good days…and bad days. Days that I have felt the peace that can only come from Heavenly Father and days that I could not breathe because of the anxiety in my soul. I have learned that peace and anxiety cannot coexist. Peace is only given when we let go of fear, anxiety and disbelief.

In my desire to understand and become who He wants me to be I have asked so many questions. I have wondered at times if I had made a mistake somewhere and the blessings we desire have been withheld. I have wondered if I am not learning what He is so patiently teaching me. I have thought that maybe I didn’t listen or misunderstood when a feeling presented itself to my heart.

Many days it has been quite difficult to kneel in prayer, because my heart felt so abandoned. I felt like there was a pavilion covering me, therefore my access to Him was difficult. It can be a little painful when all your heart desires is that overwhelming peace that only He can give and what you feel is quite opposite.

As hard as it has been, I haven’t quit turning to Him. Quite honestly He is the last person I talk to in my heart and mind and the first one I speak to as my mind begins to take hold of a new day. It terrifies me to think of how desperate and empty I would be if I turned away from Him. I have always known He is there.

Letting go of fear has been a challenge for me. It felt like if I let go of fear then I would let go of any semblance of control I had. Truth be told, I have not one ounce of control over any aspect of my life. I have control over my choices and that is it. Recognizing this took a lot of tears, counsel and humbling. Realizing that fear has done nothing to help me through my journey was a difficult, yet liberating moment.

As I let go, my mind was able to open up and see things a little differently. This situation, this journey has been something that was meant to be. It is not a result of poor choices I had made, not listening to the spirit whisper to me or a punishment. It is something that has been there for us to grow, to become.

Realizing this, I learned that He knows I can do this (even if I don’t). He knows that even when I don’t feel like I can go any more, carry the load one more step or even face the day…I have a strength far greater than I ever even realized. He knows who I truly am meant to become and this is the path that I need to travel.

I have found so much peace and strength in this…. He knows I can.

Renewal

DSCN1954Yesterday, in our neck of the woods, was completely perfect. The sun was shining, the air was warm and my mountain beckoned us. My husband and I had an hour before our kids came home from school, so we answered the call.

The mountain is my sanctuary, my adventure and my inspiration. There is always something new waiting to be discovered. As it is spring here, the renewal of the mountain is stunning.

I have found that renewal comes in the most simple of packages. Little buds on the trees speak of shade to come. Flowers opening for the first time whisper that life is beautiful. Water cascading down the mountain sings of hope and life. Little creeping and flying things tell of life to come.

We experienced all of this as we hiked to our favorite spot in the mountain. There are several paths that lead us to the same destination…the waterfall. We selected the one that travels directly by the stream, because of the way the water speaks to our hearts.DSCN1926

It is a spot of heaven on earth for us. The stories the water tells as it crashes off of the rocks into a little pond below are tales of inspiration. The rocks below provide us with a spot to become one with these stories and give us a place to receive.

There is a quiet power that lives in nature. This power is incredible. It is ever changing and evolving to meet the needs of those that seek it. The waterfall has given me the power of sanctuary, protection from harm, joy, inspiration, connection, hope, adventure, laughter and renewal. It has seen a few tears and heard many moments of laughter.

It is a gift that I am truly thankful to have. While I may not know what is to come (however much I crave even a glimpse), I do know that renewal comes. The waterfall shows me the power that Heavenly Father has in our lives, as we seek Him. Just like there are many paths to the waterfall, there are many paths to Him. As I have taken my heart to the waterfall, I have taken it to Him.

LadybugsThe renewal I see on the mountain brings me hope that there is a renewal coming in our life. I simply need to be where He is and see the small evidences of His hand.

 

 

 

 

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Unknown Paths

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Behind our home is a beautiful mountain. I love my mountain. This mountain has been a source of inspiration to me on more than one occasion. The first time I saw it, I knew I was home…it almost didn’t matter if I liked the home we were going to move into.

As we have explored this treasure, we have found so many paths. It is almost magical when we set off to explore a new path, because we get to see everything for the first time. The views of the valley below are stunning and with each new vantage point we are able to see things that we weren’t able to see before. I love how my mountain shows me new and wonderful things every time I am there. (more…)

Healing Chats

This morning I was Facebook chatting with two of my dearest friends. After moving to a different city, Facebook has been a blessing to help me stay in touch. All three of us are traveling on our own roads offile000138289502 growth.

Life has a way of teaching us in the quiet, unassuming moments. I love these moments, because they are the ones that pierce my soul the deepest. Sometimes I watch others and find inspiration and strength through their actions and words. (more…)

The River

file0001978463429Tonight as I was kissing my sweet girl goodnight, I turned on her sleep music. It is a spiritual playlist. It creates a wonderful feeling in her room as she is falling into that wonderful world of sleep. One of my favorite songs came on, The River by Meredith Andrews. She has a beautiful voice that enables this message to travel to my soul. (more…)

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