October 2, 2014

Full Heart, Healing Balm, Faith, and "Glorious"--HOPEful Music

My heart and mind are equally full today and I needed some place to record my thoughts.

I came across this truly HOPEful and inspiring song yesterday and it speaks to me.  It's message is one of HOPE, peace, love, purpose and direction and I love it already.

"Glorious"--David Archuleta
featured in *"Meet the Mormons" (see below)

There are times when
you might feel aimless
and cant see the places
where you belong
But you will find that
there is a purpose
it's been there within you all along
and when you're near it
you can almost hear it

It's like a symphony
just keep listening
and pretty soon you'll start
to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece
and there are melodies
in each one of us
It's glorious

And you will know how
to let it ring out
as you discover who you are
others around you 
will start to wake up
to the sounds that are 
in their hearts
it's so amazing
what we're all creating


And as you feel
the notes build, oh
you will see


I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  Music has such an INCREDIBLE impact on our souls, for better (or worse), and this song makes mine SOAR!

We often lose our way and wander, wondering just where we are going, and how it is that we are going to find our way there.  

That's how I've felt lately.  Wandering, lost, running out of HOPE and losing faith.  Feeling very weak in both body and spirit.  I had forgotten my purpose here (and I testify that God DOES have a purpose for every single one of us who lives and has ever lived on this earth) and it had me feeling pretty low.

As I shared my feelings, with a wise woman (my super mama), she encouraged me to look back on those things that in the past have brought me true happiness, and that if I would concentrate on those things, I would be able to find my way again.  

What else could I do?  I was desperate. So I took her up on it.

Now, if you recall from the past, I've often combined both exercise and scripture study (see post "Spiritually fed, calories shed") with amazingly uplifting results and decided to give it another try.  It has been wonderful.  Not a cure-all but a humongous help.  Something about the endorphins from the exercise combined with the lightening of heart and soul that accompanies indulgently "feasting upon God's word" has me feeling lighter than I have in MONTHS.  Add in this new song and I feel bursting with light and HOPE.

I wanted to share some of the jewels I came across in the last few days.  I chose to focus my study and my prayers, of direction, guidance and assurance, on a few topics:  #1 FAITH and #2 PEACE.  

If you are one of my "friends" on Facebook (personal account/not MMUW account), you may have already read this:

September 30, 2014
"There is so much contention and anger in the world and even among those who claim to be followers of Christ. It makes me feel very unsettled and uncertain of "things".
Yesterday, as I was studying in the Book of Mormon (Another Testament of Jesus Christ) about faith, I came across a few versus in the first chapter of Alma that brought me particular comfort and peace.

'Alma 1:24 For the hearts of may were hardened, and their names were blotted out, that they were remembered no more among the people of God. And also many withdrew themselves from among them.
Alma 1:25 Now this was a great trial to those that did stand fast in the faith; nevertheless, they were steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God, and they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them.'
And then in Bible, Romans 2:7 I read of those who 'by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life'

It was the soothing balm I needed. There is a lot of questioning, faltering, and spiritual unrest going on all around us. It's hard to take it all in sometimes. However, there is HOPE in these words of encouragement.

We must be steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God and continue to do good. We must hold tight to the truth and patiently endure and we will have that glory, honour, immortality and eternal life--with our Father in Heaven---that we so desire.

Thank you Mom for reminding me of the importance of studying the scriptures daily. (Hold to the rod, the iron rod.....)"


October 1, 2014
"More fantastic reads from today's scripture study on faith and peace:

St Luke 22:31-32:  'And the Lord said...behold, Satan hath desired you, that he may sift the children of the kingdom as wheat. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.'

Mosiah 4:11-15:  'Humble yourselves, even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith...if you do this ye shall always rejoice and be filled with the love of God and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.
And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably and to render to every man according to that which is his due. And ye will not suffer your children that they...transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin...but ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.'"

If you are feeling lost, HOPEless, contentious, angry, unsettled or struggling with your faith, I challenge you to jump into the scriptures, along with me.  Pray for purpose.  Pray for strength.  Pray for HOPE and I PROMISE YOU, the Lord will help you find it in his holy word and/or speak to you through the quiet whisperings of the Holy Ghost. 

So, GET ON IT....and we can enjoy our "symphonies" together.
P.S.  Don't forget to go see the movie "Meet the Mormons".  If you are not of our faith, this movie is meant especially for you.  If you've even been curious about "us" check it out.  It's supposed to be EXCELLENT!
*"Meet The Mormons" is a feature-length documentary that tells the stories of six members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) from around the world. The film will appear in theaters across the United States beginning on October 10th, 2014 (see here for locations/times near you). Our goal with this production is to help people understand our faith in a more complete way and to see how the gospel of Jesus Christ leads Church members in their lives. All net proceeds from the film will go to charity (The American Red Cross).
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