Wednesday, March 30

Dreams

I turned to dreams in the bible dictionary today, and saw sixteen references to them - as a method of communication between God and man.
Now I know that many dreams can be just random, and sometimes a sign of worry or fear.  But I also know that they truly can be a source of personal revelation.  This is a fascinating subject to me, as I reflect on my own experiences with them.

George F. Richards, the   father of Brother LeGrand Richards said,
“I believe in dreams, brethren. The Lord has given me dreams which to me are just as real and as much from God as was the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar, which was the means of saving a nation from starvation, or the dream of Lehi who through a dream led his colony out of the old country across the mighty deep to this promised land, or any other dreams that we might read in the scriptures.
“It is not out of place for us to have important dreams,” he said. “And then more than 40 years ago I had a dream which I am sure was from the Lord. In this dream I was in the presence of my Savior as he stood mid-air. He spoke no word to me, but my love for him was such that I have not words to explain. I know that no mortal man can love the Lord as I experienced that love for the Savior unless God reveals it to him. I would have remained in his presence, but there was a power drawing me away from him.
“As a result of that dream, I had this feeling that no matter what might be required of my hands, what the gospel might entail unto me, I would do what I should be asked to do even to the laying down of my life.
“And so when we read in the scriptures what the Savior said to his disciples, ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions: … I go to prepare a place for you … that where I am, there ye may be also.’ (John 14:2–3.) I think that is where I want to be.
“If only I can be with my Savior and have that same sense of love that I had in that dream, it will be the goal of my existence, the desire of my life.”

We truly have small glimpses of heaven here which cause us to desire more than anything this earthly life can give to us, to acquire the faith necessary to return us to that God who gave us life.  There is a spiritual realm that is ever present if we choose to pay attention, in quiet moments, the Lord can reveal all things to us necessary and expedient to our eternal progression.
I believe that my experiences on this subject are too personal to share openly.  But know this ~ the veil can at times seem very thin to those who exercise faith in the unknown.  I know that God lives, and that He is with us always.

Dreams

My mind continues to reflect on a dream I had while staying in my parent's basement three years ago, in transition between military assignments.

I was on a street with many buildings, crowds of people going their different directions.  Ot was chaotic and dismal; cloudy-and somewhat dark.  In a way, it felt claustrophobic...something I'd learned to go with while living in Los Angeles.  Everyone was focused on where they were going, not paying attention in the least to each other.  I felt invisible as I often did there but continued walking, aware that the focus ought to be on things that really mattered.

As I continued to walk, a light began to grow around me.  The whole atmosphere and mood changed around me.  There were the most beautiful green trees around, and it seemed to turn into more of a college campus.  The people began to notice me, and clear a space around (rather than practically bumping into me because of the business).  The light continued to grow and seemed to come from somewhere ahead and above me.  As they acknowledged-and seemed in awe of something that was happening to me, I quickly pointed to where the light was coming from, and mentioned our Savior...wondering if He was coming.  I insisted that their focus be on Him and not on me.  Because I knew that's where the light was coming from.

Monday, March 28

Ten hours straight

Sewing...my friend is having a baby shower tomorrow night.  It is her first girl and fourth child.  So, this morning at four am, I couldn't stop my head from figuring out the design of a changing pad I've been working on for the past couple weeks.  I layed in bed for nearly an hour before I finally got up to put my ideas to work.

This is the result:


Upper left; quilted changing pad - Right: blanket-extra soft and snuggly -Lower right:
diaper holder with velcro - and last: an extra large diaper bag lined on the inside in case of spills.


My favorite thing is probably the diaper bag. It has a bunch of different size pockets  on the outside-big enough for wipes, baby powder, and even one just the right size for a cell phone.  The inside has a water bottle holder and large pocket, also lined.
(I used an old mattress liner that had a hole in it).

Monday, March 7

Two Front Teeth

Hyrum lost his first tooth when he was barely five, and six more over the next year.  But just recently his stubborn top two finally came out.
My handsome son
The toothless grin
He will be turning seven in a few months.  I cannot believe that just a year from now, my sweet little boy will be preparing for baptism.  How I love this kid!

Best Friends Forever

After our trip to Utah, it's SO good to be reunited as a family!  Tonight for the activity (family night) Hyrum gave us each a white sheet of paper and told us to make whatever we wanted.  Daniel crumpled his piece up and said, "It's a snowball."  Then Angie followed, and pretty soon we were all having a 'snowball' fight, with a couch cushion as a shield.  It was way too much fun.  Our kids LOVE family night of course...I mean, who wouldn't?  You get both your parents' undivided attention for an entire hour of singing, learning, praying, playing, and eating a treat.  This Family Night thing is a big hit at our house!

Wednesday, March 2

Scripture Study

For a few months now, I've been without journal pages.   I'm needing some journal fillers.
Meanwhile, please bear with me until I do...this is a typical journal study session.

"But behold, the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love."  2 Nephi 1:15


"O that ye would awake; awake from a deep sleep, yea, even from the sleep of hell, and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound, which are the chains which bind the children of men, that they are carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of misery and woe."  2 Nephi 1:13

Contrast these two.

Which person would you rather be?  And what is the main difference between these two types of people described?

Stellaluna and Cardboard Butterflies

  My thoughts have been turned to a famous LDS blogger.  Josh Weed is his name. He had come out with a post about four years ago decla...