That is another one of those things about the Sabbath that I had not thought about. Not only does our Sabbath observance affect our spirituality and that of our nation, but it will greatly hinder our efforts to share the gospel if we disregard the things God has said about it.
Naturally, if you think about it, the opposite must also be true, if there are blessings we desire, we need to keep the commandments upon which those blessings are predicated. And we are promised in the scriptures that the "fulness of the earth" will be ours if we keep the Sabbath Day holy. So basically....any blessing after which we seek can only be helped by keeping the Lord's day holy.
I absolutely LOVED this about women in the scriptures....
In Luke 23:55 through Luke 24:1-9, we read about a group of women who followed after the body of Christ to make sure it was properly prepared for burial/entombment after his death. They prepared spices to use on his body, but seeing that the Sabbath was upon them, they stopped short of their task and waited until the next day to look after Christ's body.
The "next day" was Sunday (since their Sabbath was on Saturday), and when they came to the tomb, they found that his body was not there. They were met by two angels who explained that He was risen. These women became some of the very first witnesses of the Resurrection of the Savior BECAUSE they observed the Sabbath Day as they knew it.
HOW COOL IS THAT!!!????!!!!
Now, I know we all want to be witnesses of Christ and we can be. We can receive these same wonderful witnesses of Him, but sometimes we make things harder than they have to be. Sometimes receiving a witness is mainly a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Keeping the Lord's commandment to observe the Sabbath can help us do that.
I have to say, this really hit home for me because, now hear me our here.....and remember, this is just me giving in to a few bad thoughts I was having.......I have often wondered why I was, what I called "past over" for callings that involved being around other adults for a while now. In fact, I was beginning to think I was purposely kept from having a Visiting Teaching companion, or having a calling in the ward that would put me in a place to actually get to know other members of the ward.
Now,let me stop myself right here.
After reading this. The only person I need to blame is myself. I know this isn't the case.
Right now, I'm doing all I can do right now. A big calling wouldn't be a good idea.
So, I get it.
Of course, that didn't stop me from allowing my mind to wander and fill my head full of crazy ideas.
Now, if I was where I needed to be and doing the things I should do(or in this case, should not do) on Sunday, then maybe my mind wouldn't go to these places, and I would actually be in the "right place" at the "right time"....so-to-speak.
I just need to remember this and never forget just how my actions or lack there of, affect receiving the things (blessings) I want and so desperately feel I need.
There was one more point in the article I wanted to point out.
This was a personal experience shared.
This was about a woman who's children's disabilities keep her family from going to church regularly, but she would still have her family dress up on Sundays when they were able to take the Sacrament as delivered by members of the Priesthood in her ward...and that is her personal sign to the Lord. A sign that is just between her and the Lord and her and her children....which most signs are truly meant to be.....PERSONAL!!!
I learned so much from this article. Things I should have remembered and things I probably would have remembered if I would have been where I know I needed to be....so I could give my own personal sign to the Lord as well.
Our family situation may not change anytime soon. In fact, if I had to guess, I would think it could actually get worse as time goes on. SO, there are going to be times when I flat out cannot leave my husband and I know the Lord knows this.
What I can do is make it to church more often, especially now that the schedule has changed and Kyle is available to be home while I go.
I can also do everything I can to make sure I do not shop on Sunday's anymore. That means doing everything I can to make sure SPR is covered, that if I need gas for Monday I get it Saturday, that Kevin has all of his medications to last so I don't have to make a special trip to the pharmacy, and that also means running to the grocery store Saturday so we have everything we need so I don't go on Sunday.
It's going to take some extra planning and preparing on my part, but it is so worth it. As I said before, I want every single blessing my Heavenly Father wants to give me and has in store for me. I want my children and their children's children to receive all of the blessings they want and I want us all to reach the promised land!! I also want to be a witness of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I so want these things!
Now I know, I decide, right here and now if I am going to show my Heavenly Father the right kind of sign.
I have said this time and time again that I am not perfect and I hope you understand this. I'm just trying to do the best I can and survive. It's as simple as that.
I also want to invoke the blessings that come from keeping this basic and simple commandment. I have a lot of repenting to do. What else is new, right?! In all soberness. My eyes have been opened and now I see. Now I know that I control my future and the future of my family. It really is that simple. Enough said.
In other news, we received a letter from our missionary, a few videos. Letter first, though.....