Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1)  Good doctors that take care of my husband.  I am so grateful for my husbands pain specialist.  He has become such a blessing in our lives.  

2)  Our dog that barks and howls.  He is great!  

From the Camera:

I love these two.  Lexi told her Dad yesterday that she is going to miss her big brother when he leaves on his mission.  I remember when these two were little.  Curtis watched over and protected his little sister and he still does.  Even though Curtis is too "cool" to admit it.  He really cares about his little sister.  I love that!

From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea....

It's easy to put time and effort into tasks if we’re doing them for ourselves or getting paid to do them. But what about doing work for others when you aren’t getting paid? Why not do a job like mowing the lawn, cleaning the house or babysitting for someone, and surprise him or her by not charging.


If you have a friend or family member who is struggling financially, offering to do their house or yard work is a great way you can help them, even if you’re on a tight budget yourself. Plus, everyone appreciates a little extra help!

Step It Up

From babysitting, to helping someone paint their house, there are a million ways you can help others for free. Maybe you have a gift for fixing cars, or are really handy when it comes to organizing. Find out something you are good at and make a commitment to use your talent to help at least one person every week.

Keep It Simple

Helping someone for free is also something you can do in your own home. For some of us, that might mean challenging yourself to do a task like the dishes every night for a week, without asking for extra allowance money. For others, it might mean helping your spouse do the laundry every week. There is probably always something you can help out with in your own home. Get creative!

From the Kitchen:

Sorry, no recipe today.

From the Spirit:

Words from Jeffrey R Holland.....

First of all, revelation almost always comes in response to a question, usually an urgent question—not always, but usually. In that sense it does provide information, but it is urgently needed information, special information. Moses’ challenge was how to get himself and the children of Israel out of this horrible predicament they were in. There were chariots behind them, sand dunes on every side, and just a lot of water immediately ahead. He needed information all right—what to do—but it wasn’t a casual thing he was asking. In this case it was literally a matter of life and death.

You will need information, too, but in matters of great consequence it is not likely to come unless you want it urgently, faithfully, humbly. Moroni calls it seeking “with real intent” (Moroni 10:4). If you can seek that way, and stay in that mode, not much that the adversary can counter with will dissuade you from a righteous path. You can hang on, whatever the assault and affliction, because you have paid the price to—figuratively, at least—see the face of God and live.

Like Moses in his vision, there may come after the fact some competing doubts and some confusion, but they will pale when you measure them against the real thing. Remember the real thing. Remember how urgently you have needed help in earlier times and that you got it. The Red Sea will open to the honest seeker of revelation. The adversary does have power to hedge up the way, to marshal Pharaoh’s forces and dog our escape right to the water’s edge, but he can’t produce the real thing. He cannot conquer if we will it otherwise. “Exerting all [our] powers to call upon God,” the light will again come, the darkness will again retreat, the safety will again be sure. That is lesson number one about crossing the Red Sea, your Red Seas, by the spirit of revelation.

Every one of us runs the risk of fear. You do, and I do. Did you catch the line I tried to emphasize as I read the account from the Pearl of Great Price? For a moment in that confrontation, “Moses began to fear exceedingly; and as he began to fear, he saw the bitterness of hell” (Moses 1:20). That’s when you see it—when you are afraid.

That is exactly the problem that beset the children of Israel at the edge of the Red Sea. That is lesson number two. It has everything to do with holding fast to earlier illumination. The record says, “And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid.”

Some, just like those Paul had described earlier, said, “Let’s go back. This isn’t worth it. We must have been wrong. That probably wasn’t the right spirit telling us to leave Egypt.” What they actually said to Moses was, “Wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? . . . It had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness” (Exodus 14:10–12).

And I have to say, “What about that which has already happened? What about the miracles that got you here? What about the frogs and the lice? What about the rod and the serpent, the river and the blood? What about the hail, the locusts, the fire, and the firstborn sons?”

How soon we forget. It would not have been better to stay and serve the Egyptians, and it is not better to remain outside the Church nor to reject a mission call nor to put off marriage and so on and so on forever. Of course our faith will be tested as we fight through these self-doubts and second thoughts. Some days we will be miraculously led out of Egypt—seemingly free, seemingly on our way—only to come to yet another confrontation, like all that water lying before us. At those times we must resist the temptation to panic and to give up. At those times fear will be the strongest of the adversary’s weapons against us.

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not,stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. . . . The Lord shall fight for you.”

In confirmation the great Jehovah said to Moses, “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward” (Exodus 14:13–15; emphasis added).

........lesson of the spirit of revelation. After you have gotten the message, after you have paid the price to feel his love and hear the word of the Lord, “go forward.” Don’t fear, don’t vacillate, don’t quibble, don’t whine. You may, like Alma going to Ammonihah, have to find a route that leads an unusual way, but that is exactly what the Lord was doing here for the children of Israel. Nobody had ever crossed the Red Sea this way, but so what? There’s always a first time. With the spirit of revelation, dismiss your fears and wade in with both feet. In the words of Joseph Smith, “Brethren [and, I would add, sisters], shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory!” (D&C 128:22).

Another  lesson from the Lord’s spirit of revelation in the miracle of the crossing of the Red Sea is that, along with the illuminating revelation that points us toward a righteous purpose or duty, God will also provide the means and power to achieve that purpose. Trust in that eternal truth. If God has told you something is right, if something is indeed true for you, he will provide the way for you to accomplish it. That is true of joining the Church. It is true of getting an education, of going on a mission or of getting married or of any of a hundred worthy tasks in your young lives. Remember what the Savior said to the Prophet Joseph in the Sacred Grove. What was the problem in 1820? Why was Joseph not to join any other Church? It was at least in part because “they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof” (JS—H 1:19; emphasis added).

I acknowledge the reality of opposition and adversity, but I bear witness of the God of Glory, of the redeeming Son of God, of light and hope and a bright future. I promise you that God lives and loves you, each one of you, and that he has set bounds and limits to the opposing powers of darkness. I testify that Jesus is the Christ, the victor over death and hell and the fallen one who schemes there. The gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and it has been restored, just as we have sung and testified this morning.

“Fear ye not.” And when the second and the third and the fourth blows come, “fear ye not. . . . The Lord shall fight for you.” “Cast not away therefore your confidence.” I say this in the sacred and holy name of our Protector and Redeemer, even the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

From the Schmidt's:

There seems to be A Lot going on in our part of the world.

Today a QuikTrip employee was shot and killed while at work early this morning.  How sad is that.  The QT is right by my house.  I drove past it this morning on my way to work.  The QT was shut down, tapped off, and there were all kinds of law enforcement, fire, news crews, and helicopters in.the area too.  My heart goes out to the family of that QT worker.  Thankfully they caught the shooter after a high speed chase that ended at 19th Avenue and Buckeye in Phoenix.  Talk about a drive!  Wow!  I'm glad they caught him.  The news report said a witness ran out of the store and gave a description to a police officer of the car and shooter that resulted in his arrest!  Thank heavens for the quick action and great description provided by that witness.  Hopefully that brings s measure of peace to the victims family. 

Then at the end of this month we have the Phoenix Open.  Word has it Tiger Woods will be in the valley to play.  Not that I really care, but some folks might. I wouldn't mind watching him golf in person just because he is good, but that's not top on my "bucket list". 

Then Phoenix will host the Super Bowl too!  Phoenix has been preparing for all the festivities.  They have beefed up law enforcement, they are closing down entire streets to get ready, and as the days get closer there will be huge parties in Phoenix and Tempe to attend.  I for one will NOT be attending any of the Super Bowl Parties or the big game itself.  I will be watching bits and pieces of the big game from the comfort of my home.  That is, unless I get or win tickets to the big game.  Ha Ha!

Lexi made it to school today!  Woo Hoo!  Thank goodness.  That girl is stressing me out. I'm worried about her.  In fact, Kevin and I both are concerned.  

Well, I don't think we will receive a mission call today.  We will have to wait some more.  Looks like maybe next week his call will come.  I think the holiday played a factor in the delay.  Oh well.  We can handle waiting a little longer. 

Danielle has been sick lately.  She even got sent home from work the other day because she was so sick.  Luckily she had some antibiotics to take.  She said that seemed to be helping her.  

I've been thinking a lot about some of the experiences Kevin and I have had over the years.  One experience that I have thought about over and over through the years.  One time we had left our apartment to attend a family dinner or birthday party at my brother in law and sister in laws home.  After the party Kevin and I were on our way home and we both got this overwhelming feeling that we should not go home.  While we were driving in the direction of our apartment we stopped and called Kevins parents.  That was before cell phones.  Thankfully my MIL didn't even question it and we spent the night at their place.  We never knew why we had those feelings and it looks like we may never know.  It's times like these that am I grateful for the promptings of the Holy Ghost and hopefully some time we will find out what we avoided by heeding those promptings.  Time will tell.

Take care.  We will talk again soon.

Let's have some fun....with a few random questions

  1. American Idol is back for a 14th season. Are you watching? Have you ever watched? If you were to audition for the show (or were made to audition), what song would you sing? 
I started watching when the first season began.  Then at about the 3rd or 4th season I stopped.   I thoroughly enjoyed it until the tryouts just got so ridiculously silly and the judges even worse.  Well, apparently, I was not the only one that tired of it and they revised their tryouts and their judges BUT I'm still not back to being a fairly big fan again.  I don't really "get into" it anymore.  I can watch through the try outs and that's about it these days.  I just can't seem to get into it any more. 
If I were we're going to audition I have no idea which song I would choose.  I love singing along with some of the contestants but I don't have a "go to" song for myself.  Probably because I really never picture myself going through their auditions.  Too scary for me. ~grin~
2.  Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." 
So when did you last have to 'eat a frog'? Or two? How'd that work out? 
I think I go through some form of eating frog every day of one size and shape.  I would say things come up with work all the time and I would agree....get it done right away, first thing in the morning.  Of course there are other "frogs" in my life too.  I would say there are several at home too.  I think laundry tends to be a "frog" for me.  It is definitely not a job  for the faint of heart and I have set my mind to the task at hand and am very methodically working through this house.  I am a procrastinator and I own that title outright.  I do all of my best work under pressure or a deadline.  I wish I could say,  "if I have a job to do then I generally just "jump in" with both feet and go after it. I do not like to be rushed and do all in my power to allow myself plenty of time to "eat my frogs."  That just simply is not how I end up doing things.  I have the best intentions to get things done early, but I usually have to "choke down" quickly all of my frogs.  

3. If you were going on safari, what is the number one animal you'd want to see? 
Oh, definitely, a zebra!  I think they are so pretty with their stripes.  I would include zebra print or other animal prints in my decorating more, but some people laugh at that.  So we tend to stay away from that.  

4. January 21st is National Granola Bar Day. I know. Do you like granola bars? Chewy or crunchy? Your favorite flavor? How about regular granola? Let's exhaust this topic in honor of the holiday okay? 
Yes, I do like granola bars and like both chewy and crunchy but prefer the chewy ones at this point.  I like the chocolate and peanut butter ones.  I do like regular granola and often eat it with yogurt.  I feel like I've eaten something healthy when I indulge in granola.

5. If only I could snap my fingers and transform my husband's back to a strong healthy back.  Or snap my fingers and have enough money to build our own home, retire on now, and live out our days comfortably doing what we want to do.
6. You can add one item to your bedroom. What will it be? Keep it family friendly please.
I'm pretty happy with our bedroom just the way it is.  Maybe a dresser or two.  What's another dresser? ~chuckle~  

7. What is one thing you've enjoyed about winter thus far? If it's not winter in your corner of the globe, what season is it, and what is something you've enjoyed about whatever season it happens to be? 
Hummm...........I do like winter because of the weather, but I absolutely LOVE spring!  I love the weather, the flowers, and the change in work schedules too.

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