I have a confession to make to my grandkids, in case they assume grandma is perfect and doesn’t make errors. My confession is that I haven’t been reading my scriptures daily. 😬
I actually didn’t mean for this to happen, but I got my priorities out of order, the last few weeks, and the next thing I knew Conference came and I was gently reminded that a BIG priority in my life was being over looked!
I wondered why I was feeling such guilt and even surges of doubt or shame antagonize me?!? When I am not daily seeking to learn from God, I get out of balance and I am more easily prone to allow negative criticism or even fear to influence my actions.
Thankfully I had enough courage to face this truth and opened my scriptures up and started to read them. Sadly, I did have to battle to do just that. 🤦🏻♀️ Oh how quickly one can lose their love and enjoyment of something, when it isn’t kept as precious as it should be. 💕
“Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again.”3 Nephi 17:3
As I read this very verse this week, a sense of comfort and understanding washed over me. I could feel that the Lord cared for my concerns and that He was uniquely aware of them. But I also felt cautioned that I need to also do my part, in order to understand His counsel for me.
“As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.Prayer, Bible Dictionary
How merciful the Lord is to point the gospel out so simply, so beautifully in 3rd Nephi. And how wonderful it is to understand the power of prayer in one’s life!
So, I will do just that! I will do my part to seek and knock, and then see if more understanding can come! It beats sitting around, hoping things get back to normal on their own. At least building my relationship with God allows me the process of seeking help and guidance to also understand the complexities of my current life. 💕
I also love this document! My family is working diligently to memorize it. We have 4 paragraphs completed. What a treasure it is to know these events have happened and that they are blessing are lives as we speak!