Thursday, January 22, 2009
After our ward temple night, Meg called me and asked if I could come and jump her car. What a sight we were to see! Meg’s battery is harder to get to, so we were sticking our cell phones down in the engine to give off a little light so we could see what we were doing. We tried everything, and Meg’s car would not start. We must have adjusted the cables on the car at least 30 times. 20 mins or so into the ordeal, Anthony suggested we say a prayer. I had to chuckle a little at this, because if anyone knows me, saying a prayer or getting a blessing is my answer for most of life problems. But this particular situation, the thought of saying a prayer didn’t even cross my mind. I had to smile a little because Anthony is a convert to the church. So how fitting to have his faith come out in suggesting a prayer. We tried starting the car a few more times, adjusted the cables and then decided a prayer would be a good thing.
Danny was needing to get to the stake offices to be set a part. He said he could do it another time, but he told them he would go that night. So not only the need for the car to work was there, but also the need for Danny to make it to the church in time. A prayer was offered. We thought maybe we had a bad pair of jumper cables. Danny went across the street to ask some folks if we could borrow their cables-but no luck. They didn’t have any. I then saw a guy walking to his car down the hill. I tried to yell as politely as I could, seeing we were right by the temple. The guy heard my call and came over to let us borrow his cables. We hooked up the car again, and this time Meg’s car started right up! Success! And because the Lord is merciful, the Stake President was still at the church, even though Danny was more then 30 mins late. Heavenly Father is so good!
Well, Sunday night Meg stayed with me, and on Monday when she tried to leave, her car had decided to die again. We knew Meg’s cables didn’t work, so I went to a neighbors hours to borrow his. Embarrassing, I had never met this neighbor before... that is a call for repentance for sure! :D Amy, my neighbor grabbed a nice wrapped up set of cables from her car. I thanked her and Meg and I went to work. As I took the cables out of their zipper package, I though how they felt and looked like Meg’s bad set. But this set seemed to be new -- so they should work? RIGHT!? Wrong! We hooked up the cars and nothing happened. Meg thought for sure her battery was just dead, but I had my doubts about the cables we were using. I ran to Bob’s place, right above mine, and knocked on the door. Bob has a pretty big truck and I assumed that he would have to have a nice set of cables to go with his big truck! He pulled his truck over and got out this amazing set of jumper cables. Just one of the black and red clamps (I have no idea what they are called) weighed twice as much as meg’s whole set together. Add all four clamps together and we were looking at some serious, muscle building, jumper cables. Bob’s cables had what looked like earwig pinchers on the ends of the grabbers. Needless to say his cables were quite impressive. Once the car was hooked up right, Meg went into her car-- and what would you know, it started right away! We thanked Bob for helping us out and ran over to Walmart to see if we could make it to the auto apartment before it closed. I could not help but smile on the drive over.
Needed a charge/jump start
Jumper cables-low quality
- could not do a thing -
Good quality jumper cables
Dead car- got a charge/jump start
What made the difference?! Can’t this be the same for me?
Died spiritually twice (from heart ache, pain, sorrow, sin, circumstances,loneliness)
Needed a charge/jump start
Non-committed Home/visiting teachers or a non-exercised testimony
-could not do a thing-
Good quality Home/visiting teachers or an exercised testimony
Dead individual- got a charge/jump start
What is so interesting is that Meg thought she was prepared with the jumper cables she had... but when it came right down to it, her set wasn’t good enough.
Oh the need we have for always having/being a good set of jumper cables!! For ourself and for others.
If we will keep our “set” fully charged--then, when we find ourself in a tuff situations, we will be able to get a charge to our batteries. Like-wise when we find others stranded on the road of life, we can be “the cables” who give the charge and jump starts their life again! The cable is us! The eletricity/energy/power that flows through us--is from Heavenly Father!
Will I be a good quality jumper cable in his hand?! If my focus/and energy is not on His work and His glory--from where do I get my power from? Are my cables constantly being prepared by reading the scriptures, praying, and attending my church meetings?
When there is need for a “charge” either for myself, or someone else--WILL I be able to recieve/or give the charge/jump start they need?!
Ha ha, all of this from not having a good set of cables!
Be Good Cables!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I hand an amazing last night with Marshyl's kiddos. Marshyl took my place on the company cruise, for which I am deeply indebted to, and as a thank you to him and a spoiling to me, Jen dropped off the kids at my place so we could have a little slumber party! The night was great! We did pizza, watched a movie, and made sugar cookies. Then it was off for some Book of Mormon Sculpting and play dough marbles on my kitchen floor. Meg came over, which I know my nephews were quite happy about!
The evening was great! And to top it off Afton and Kenzi said their prayers before crawling into bed. I was touched when both of them asked -- "Help Jesus to hear my prayer". Oh the pride of this Aunt for her brother & sister-in-law who teach their kids about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Kenzi is not even three but she exercises all her faith by asking for Heavenly Father to please let Jesus hear her words... I stand all amazed.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I have since seen this scripture talked about a lot. Even an article in the Ensign was centered around these verses. Back in Oct, I was attending a baptism of a new friend. The whole service was given in Spanish so a sweet friend translated in my ear so I could share in what was happening. It was during this baptismal service when I was given some direct revelation concerning someone I had recently opened my heart up to. The answer came, "Bryndi, you are not for him". I questioned the Lord letting him know, I thought this particular person and I would be quite good together, after all it has been over three years since I opened my heart up to anyone. Didn't it seem fitting that someone who could actually open my heart-- be a keeper?! Didn’t this kid and I share the same goals and values? Didn’t he and I love the gospel and could talk for long periods of time on the scriptures and the sacred things in life!? I made quite certain that the Lord knew all my reasons for why His revelation was wrong. (Note: This is quite dumb! Don’t follow my example. Our Father in heaven knows everything! His ways are not our ways, and His timing is usually not our timing, but HE knows best!!)
I was quite sad with this revelation. By the end of the weekend, my sadness turned into grumpiness. Thank goodness the Lord is patient with all of my weaknesses!!
I went to my institute class at the start of the next week and my teacher led the class to read a verse in D&C 78. I don’t know if I have ever fully read through D&C 78 before, but my curiosity got me and the next hour I found my self enwrapped in the verses found in this amazing section. When I came across verses 17-19 my eyes became wet and I had a hard time seeing the page.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you;"
"And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours."
"And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.” (D&C 78:17-19)
Yea for Nephi telling us to liken all scriptures unto ourselves! :)
These verses spoke to me. I heard that I was a little child and I could not understand how great blessings Heavenly Father has with his own hands prepared/ing for me. I am to be of good cheer because the Savior will lead me along. And then I got to verse 19. I, Bryndi, needed/need to be thankful for all things. That means be thankful even for this guy I know was divinely brought into my life… and although he and I won’t be hooking up.. I am still to be thankful for him.
I left the library that day filled with amazing peace. I held my head a little higher as I walked to class. Heavenly Father is amazing at bringing answers through the scriptures! And I am of good cheer, for I know who is leading me along!
"Nevertheless, ye shall not cast him out of your synagogues, or your places of worship, for unto such shall ye continue to minister; for ye know not but what they will return and repent, and come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I shall heal them; and ye shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them. "
The Savior is talking to he 12 disciples he choose on this side of the world. In the previous verses he has taught the importance of prayer and that we all need to pray to our Father in the name of Jesus Christ.
He then talks about not letting anyone partake of the sacrement unworthily. Verse 32 follows right after this backdrop.
He tells us to not turn away people who have struggles/need help, but minister unto them for [we] "... know not but what they will return and repent, and come unto [the Savior] with full purpose of heart, and [he] shall heal them... (vs 32)". The Savior tells us that WE can be the means of bringing salvation unto those individuals. The definition of mean: an agency, instrument, or method used to attain an end. What a beautiful commandment! To be a means!
As you will soon come to find out, I am a freak when it comes to little thoughts from the scriptures. I have to come up with a sign to hang on my wall that reminds me of what I just learned. I normally just choose a nature shot, but today I found this picture of my uncle Paul. Anyone who knows my uncle Paul knows that he is one of the most giving/kind/service oriented man to walk our time. I happened to be over at his house late and he insisted that I not leave empty handed. The beautiful bucket of aprocots he is holding, was put in my car along with squash, tomatoes for my dad, and other wonders from his garden. I can not tell you how many different loads of food have filled that metal bucket. I can not tell you how many houses that bucket has traveled to! Paul never thinks twice to serve. When he is compelled to go a mile--he goes five! My food storage consists of bottled items coming from he and his loving wife Becky. The are, "Being the Means" to bless all those who come in contact with them. -- Oh how I want to be a means like they are!
I also love that the Savior tells us that those that do repent, and come with full purpose of heart--he SHALL heal them. How true is this for all of us. The Savior is the Master of all Healing!