Yep, I’m trying to blog again today. It still isn’t easy, but as I was studying the Come Follow Me lesson last week, a Conference talk was referenced. I decided to listen to it, hoping it might give me some added comfort or maybe even some direction in my life.
In the conference talk, the speaker referenced “ponderizing”. No, it isn’t a word in the dictionary. The speaker used this word to describe how he deliberately looks for a new scripture each day and then he ponders upon it for the rest of the day.
The speaker went on to say that he and his wife, as well as hundreds of missionaries that they were presiding over, made a 20 year commitment to do this small practice each day. He concluded that over the last 3 years, he and his wife had continued to complete this challenge and he shared the great peace it had brought to them, through the challenges of life.
I have been pondering on this talk the last few days, wondering how it could help me blog (especially when I don’t want to blog). I thought how I had also made a goal to do something each and every day, but I have been struggling terribly at doing it . . . Blogging.
I keep trying to motivate myself with one of my favorite bloggers, Stephanie Nielsen. She and her family have experienced all sorts of ups and downs in their lives, and yet she still blogs at least 5 days a week, no matter what! But then I stopped myself from comparing her strengths to my weaknesses, and instead I sought for an example of help in her blogging.
Over the years, Stephanie has blogged from many different perspectives, or with different intentions. But the last year or two, she has tried to focus on sharing the Light of Christ . . . Just like I am. She has done it at times with grand stories or simple moments in their daily lives. Then other days she doesn’t tie the gospel into any of their day at all. But no matter what . . . she ends with a bit of spiritual enlightenment!
I can’t even count how many times I have pushed the link to her spiritual enlightenment source and studied it for myself. Nor how many times the words she shared at the bottom of each post touched me and inspired me to change my path for that day.
So, I think I’m going to take the challenge that the Conference talk speaker gave and “ponderize” a scripture, or quote from the wonderful men and women of our church, and share it on my blog each day. This way, I can share the Light of Christ each day and maybe, just maybe, something else too.
Today’s spiritual thought is:
We know from the scriptures that some trials are for our good and are suited for our own personal development. We also know that the rain falls on the just and the unjust. It is also true that every cloud we see doesn’t result in rain. Regardless of the challenges, trials, and hardships we endure, the reassuring doctrine of the Atonement wrought by Jesus Christ includes Alma’s teaching that the Savior would take upon Him our infirmities and “succor his people according to their infirmities.”