Saturday, January 14, 2012

In God I trust

It's late--so ignore spelling or grammatical errors.

Been so long since I've blogged. Bad luck with cameras. 3rd one gone in a year and a half...hm, what does that mean? Anyway, nice to have pics to go along with the story of my life.
Set some goals this year. Haven't done that for a while. Felt pretty complacent with how I was doing things. Being a mom and a wife is enough, right? That urge came this year and I've decided to push myself a little more..stretch, maybe change a bit, evolve?

While visiting my cousin and his family up north, I was sitting in their Sac. Mtg. reading the program and came across this quote:

    • "I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life." -M. Russell Ballard

I'd like to at least try to reach my "potential". One of the goals I set this year was to complete my Young Women Personal Progress. I only made it halfway through when I was young, and thought it wonderful to do.. now that I care. ;)

Tonight I was reading the scripture heading under Divine Nature in 2nd Peter:

4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and preciousapromises: that by these ye might be bpartakers of the cdivinednature, having eescaped the fcorruption that is in the world through glust.

5 And beside this, giving all adiligence, add to your faith bvirtue; and to virtue cknowledge;

6 And to knowledge atemperance; and to temperance bpatience; and to patience cgodliness;

7 And to godliness abrotherly bkindness; and to brotherly kindness ccharity.

8 For if these things be in you, and aabound, they make you that ye shall neither be bbarren nor cunfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What stood out to me: The words "precious promises". I've always believed in God's promises. I've known that many times my unhappiness or discouragement was due to my idleness or poor choices. Never Him.

Reading on in verse four: "having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust". The use of the word ESCAPE! It's incredible! What a perfect way to describe what living righteously can protect you from! I thought of how cool using this word to teach my children the safety of living the commandments.

And verse 8 just needs a repeat since its promise is so beautiful and perfect: "For if these things be in you, and abound (!!), they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." ..these things being diligence, faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, charity.

Godliness before brotherly kindness and charity? Why? I'll have to study this some more. But what wonderful, absolutely divine character traits! Oh, to have them!

I love the scriptures.

3 comments:

Marisa said...

Love you Darla. You can do it! I loved getting to spend some one-on-one time with you over the break. You are such a great friend and everyone I talk about you to always exclaims how much they love you... you should be proud of the person you are! Geof.'s great too.

Emily said...

WHat a fantastic quote, yay for goals! My problem isn't the making them its the working toward them for a prolonged period of time. What is up with that?!

jordan and maci said...

i hope you know i think the world of you! thank you for sharing such insight...such a good reminder of where i want to be headed...