Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunday

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Appointments already scheduled!  Thank goodness.

2) Daily prayers offered up.  

From the Camera:

My dad posted this photo of my Mom as a lumberjack several years ago.  Funny Funny!

From the Craft Room and Other Cool Things:

I absolutely LOVE the colors in this fall bridal bouquet.  It's so pretty.  I love it so much that I've decided to use these same colors in my fall decorating around the house.  Pretty.  Pretty.  Pretty.


From the Heart and Spirit:


Personal Revelation

1.Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “We prepare to receive personal revelation as the prophets do, by studying the scriptures, fasting, praying, and building faith. Faith is the key” 
(in Conference Report, Oct. 2007, 94; or Ensign, Nov. 2007, 88). (teachings of the living prophets pg.87)

2.“Expecting the spectacular, one may not be fully alerted to the constant flow of revealed communication. I say, in the deepest of humility, but also by the power and force of a burning testimony in my soul, that from the prophet of the Restoration to the prophet of our own year, the communication line is unbroken, the authority is continuous, a light, brilliant and penetrating, continues to shine. The sound of the voice of the Lord is a continuous melody and a thunderous appeal. For nearly a century and a half there has been no interruption” 
(in Conference Report, Apr. 1977, 114–15; or Ensign, May 1977, 77–78; emphasis added) (teachings of the living prophets) 

3.“Adam’s revelation did not instruct Noah to build his ark; nor did Noah’s revelation tell Lot to forsake Sodom; nor did either of these speak of the departure of the children of Israel from Egypt. These all had revelations for themselves, and so had Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jesus, Peter, Paul, John, and Joseph. And so must we.” 
President John Taylor (teachings of the living prophets) 

4."We all know that human judgment and logical thinking will not be enough to get answers to the questions that matter most in life. We need revelation from God. And we will need not just one revelation in a time of stress, but we need a constantly renewed stream. We need not just one flash of light and comfort, but we need the continuing blessing of communication with God." 
(Henry B. Eyring, Continuing Revelation, 2014, October Conference) 

5.President Boyd K. Packer described that identifying mark of the true Church this way: “Revelation continues in the Church: the prophet receiving it for the Church; the president for his stake, his mission, or his quorum; the bishop for his ward; the father for his family; the individual for himself.” 
(Henry B. Eyring, Continuing Revelation, October 2014 conference) 

6."Never postpone promptings because one of the greatest blessings in life is to be the answer to someone else’s prayer." 
(Thomas S. Monson, Consider the Blessings, Conference October 2012) 

7."It is through the repeated process of feeling impressions, recording them, and obeying them that one learns to depend on the direction of the Spirit more than on communication through the five senses."
(Richard G. Scott, Helping Others to Be Spiritually Led” CES fireside, Aug. 11, 1998) 

8."In many of the uncertainties and challenges we encounter in our lives, God requires us to do our best, to act and not be acted upon, and to trust in Him. We may not see angels, hear heavenly voices, or receive overwhelming spiritual impressions. We frequently may press forward hoping and praying—but without absolute assurance—that we are acting in accordance with God’s will. But as we honor our covenants and keep the commandments, as we strive ever more consistently to do good and to become better, we can walk with the confidence that God will guide our steps. And we can speak with the assurance that God will inspire our utterances." 
(David A. Bednar, The Spirit of Revelation, Conference April 2011) 

9."Revelation from our Father, in its most familiar form, comes through the Holy Ghost as thoughts to our minds and feelings to our hearts. Thus, God communicates with us through our very thoughts and feelings! It should not be hard to understand why we are counseled to avoid polluting our minds with pornography, watching R-rated and inappropriate movies and television programs, and taking into our bodies harmful and addictive substances such as drugs and alcohol. These tools of the Adversary can restrict and eventually destroy our ability to recognize and respond to the promptings of the Holy Ghost." 
(David A. Bednar, Receiving, Recognizing, and Responding to the Promptings of the Holy Ghost, BYUI Devotional, August 1999) 

10."Personal revelation is the way we know for ourselves the most important truths of our existence: the living reality of God, our Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ; the truthfulness of the restored gospel; and God’s purpose and direction for us."
"Personal revelation is the way Heavenly Father helps us know Him and His Son, learn and live the gospel, endure to the end in righteousness, and qualify for eternal life—to return back into Their presence." 
(Robert D. Hales, Personal Revelation: The Teachings and Examples of the Prophets, General Conference, Oct 2007) 

11.“You have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no        
 thought save it was to ask me. “But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind;  
 then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within   you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.”  This burning in the bosom is not purely a physical   sensation. It is more like a warm light shining within your being." 
(Boyd K Packer, Personal Revelation: The Gift, the Test, and the promiseOctober 1994) 

12."The flow of revelation depends on your faith. You exercise faith by causing, or by making, your mind accept or believe as truth that which you cannot, by reason alone, prove for certainty." (Boyd K Packer, Personal Revelation: The Gift, the Test, and the promiseOctober 1994)   

My thoughts on Personal Revelation: 
When I was young, I wanted so much to have revelation that was bold, powerful, and undeniable. It took some maturity and time to realize that personal revelation was dependent upon me-- I needed to show faith. By asking and expecting so much from my Heavenly Father, I wasn't showing faith in Him and His Son. I have learned that personal revelation is given to us to get to know God, His son, and to learn and grow in the gospel. Revelation is constant and I am the one that needs to be prepared for it. It is a two-way deal. I am grateful for the promptings I have felt and acted upon, and I am grateful for the spirit that has taught me the truth when I needed it. 

From the Kitchen:

Ecstasy Cake

1 box Dark Chocolate Fudge cake
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 jar caramel ice cream topping
1 large tub Cool Whip
1 (8oz.) Heath milk chocolate toffee bits

Prepare and cook cake as directed on the box in a 9x13 pan. Let cool. Take a drinking straw and poke holes close together all over the cake top. Slowly pour condensed milk over top of cake filling in the holes. Repeat this step using the caramel topping. Spread Cool Whip over the top and sprinkle toffee bits on top the Cool Whip. Chill several hours or overnight.


From the Schmidt's:

To say I'm stressed out would be an understatement today.
My nerves are shot!  I got up this morning, got showered, and fully intended to go to church by myself today, but that didn't happen.
Instead, we ended up picking my husband up off the floor because he slipped off the bed when he was trying to cath himself.  He has been loopy, slurring his speech, and down right hard headed.  He refused to let me take him to the Emergency Room.  After slipping out of bed 4 times I had had about all I could take and I threatened to call an ambulance.  He insisted that he needed to the bathroom and he was determined to get in his wheelchair and get himself in there.  Low and behold he really did need to go.  No joke!  He felt the urgency and he got himself in there and went without a catheter!  

Holy COW!!!

We have witnessed a miracle in our home today.

Here I was so mad at him for being so stubborn and NOT letting me take him to the emergency room.  I am tired and shaking, BUT...this is good news!

This is something the doctors said may never happen again.  

It's a modern day miracle!  

Kevin actually felt what you and I feel every single time we need to go.  Something he hasn't been able to do since his SCI (spinal cord injury).  I don't know if my tears are from sheer exhaustion or tears of joy!  I'm still in shock!

I never dreamed I would be so happy that a grown man could actually go pee in a toilet.  Funny how drastically life can change without any advanced notice.  

Kevin still has a doctor's appointment tomorrow.  
Looks like he will have some good news for her.

I'm still all stressed out.
Let's hope this week isn't too stressful.  I just don't have it in me.

 I need to go.  My new schedule starts tomorrow and I have a few things to get ready before tomorrow.  

Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.

From the Missionary:

Nothing today.  More next week.  

Quote of the Day:
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