Well this week might be a bit rough!
Why? well because my record keeping this week was less than proficient and my alpha smart electronic journal remained empty therefore this will be a little shorter...
you're welcome, or I'm sorry whichever applies to you :)
Ya'll it's been another week, how is time flying so fast? I can't hardly figure.
It's like you're at Disneyland and you think you're in the long line, but you're actually in the fastpass lane
I still feel as though I have all the time in the world
and that I'm
"lovin' every minute of it"
but really, this line has moved a lot faster than I thought it would, and before I knew it
I was on this ride
zippin along my zippity dooh dah way,
and now I am at the part of the ride that's so excting
that they take a picture of your silly face full of joy/panic because of the speed
or because of the steepness of the decline
but that picture, that flash is a reminder, that the ride is almost over!
It kind of wakes you up to a realization
and pretty soon I'm finna be lookin at that photo on the TV at the end of the ride,
looking at that picture, remembering that joy/fear/excitement
and I am going to have to walk forward
on to the next wild ride
I have been enjoying the journey
this journey to the center of myself
and my relationship with my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Wake up call number 1: the flight plan that came in the mail
Wake up call number 2:
The "My plan" email that I got a few weeks ago and finally opened today because I received a second reminder.. and figured I'd have to suck it up and do it eventually
Wake up call #3:
The fact that the tub of yogurt I just got expires the day before I get home, in other words, I will not be buying anymore yogurt
reasons why this is a good thing
1. I am rededicating myself to soak in every tiny detail, work my tail off, and grow another one to work that one off as well.
2. I'm learning that denial is not a good way to deal with things, and that honesty about the excitement of seeing my family again is not a bad thing.
Reasons why this realization has the potential to have a negative impact:
1. If my focus turns to seeing my family again instead of building the kingdom of God here in the Brewton area
2. If I get so pumped up about the plans my family shares with me about "when you get home" to eat real Mexican food, that I don't appreciate this pound cake, cheese grits, cabbage greens, and fried chicken that is OUT of this world, mmmmm mmm good.
So here is my resolve.
2. keep lovin' every minute of it
4. make goals and set plans for each day, week, and even "when I get home."
Any advice or input will be added to my list
Can you tell I like lists?
Well here is a list of things that happened this week in dash form-
|Curtis drew this...|
-lessons with Curtis and Rachel, they are so prepared it's amazing. Because of complications and moving and marriage licenses, they will be married in a few weeks and Curtis will be baptized shortly after. These two are awesome. We have talked a lot about the atonement of Jesus Christ and I learned something from the things that were said. Sometimes we want desperately to be good. To be perfect. To just make the right decision all the time. Say the right thing, withstand temptation.
Those desires are good. We desire to do and to be those things, but then when we are not those things we have a tendency to raise a fist
We get frustrated and say things like:
If He wanted me to be good, perfect, know what to say, kind, and holy than He would have made me that way but He didn't and I'm not
but I know that He wants me to be that way so that's unfair that I can't be and do all that HE expects
but He made me like this.
If we instead have an atitude of confidence in our DESIRES to follow Christ and our willingness to rely on His strength to do so, we can have hope and a happy disposition, we are blessed as our actions though imperfect improve each day, and our love for God and His promises grows, or love for Jesus Christ and gratitude for His atonement grows and our faith grows.
Wednesday was fun. It was a beautiful sunny day, the end of the month, and we didn't have miles to spare so we hit the bikes!
"get on yer bikes"
About ten minutes down the road, it began to POUR
I. Mean. Pour.
So we took the back roads and met a solid potential.
We were biking through a torrential downpour and I prayed that even though it was raining, God would send His elect outside.
Shortly after, we saw her on her porch.
We had a great discussion~looking forward to going back!
Shortly after that, amidst very tall trees, lightening was striking like crazy and we decided to get to granna and paw paws house
Brenda and Roland
where they forced us to eat soup and share a spiritual message/answer questions they had about church last week when they came.
---okay we were definitely not forced ;)
We taught Alex and a few others that day
We've seen more people and picked up a few new investigators, life is good, God is good, all is well, all is swell.
It's good to be alive
Keep reading your scriptures!
Pray for charity with all the energy of your heart
don't be harsh and don't be rash
"Be still and know that I am God"
I love ya'll
Pray for Diane's son Charles who we taught the Restoration to the other day.
God's timing is perfect. That's all I have to say about that.
Make it a great day!
God Bless America!