Saturday, July 28, 2018

Little blessings/Emma's Gift

I've been spending a lot of time in my car lately as I have become the taxi driver as we only have one vehicle for the time being. After dropping off my son and I was on my way home (only one in the van) gratitude filled my heart for all the little answered prayers.

On Thurs afternoon as I was pulling out of the driveway I noticed my neighbor from 2 doors down whose name is also Sally walking towards my house, so I was careful as I pulled out looking for her dog because that is usually why she walks outside to walk her dog. No dog, but instead I noticed something in her hands. After I backed out and stop to roll down my window so that she can talk to me she said, "Here, Harry ( her hubby) got these tickets and he had no use for him and thought of you and wanted me to give them to you. When she handed me the tickets I noticed they were for Fritz Adventure.(A huge indoor obstacle course.) I said, "Oh my!" and covered my mouth in amazement. My daughter who is turning 7 next month has been asking to go to Fritz Adventure every time we drop daddy off to work. We pass right by there and I told her we'll have to see.

I have been praying that I might be able to find discounted tickets or something so that either Megan our friend or Cliff could take her and that would be her birthday present. So when I was handed  5 tickets to go, I knew it was answered prayer and I said to Sally, "You don't understand" and explained the situation about how Emma really wanted to go and it's almost her birthday and I said, "Thank you so much and thank your husband for this wonderful birthday gift for my daughter! "

I realize that the Lord cares about what we care about and other instances flooded back to my mind.
Many times when we act on thoughts or impressions we are actually being used by the Lord and being an answered prayer for someone else. So next time you get that thought or idea in your head to do something for someone or or whatever- just know that it could be God working through you to bless and help his other children.

My neighbor Harry had no idea about Emma and her wanting to go and her birthday coming up and about me praying to be able to figure out a way that they she go because right now money has been very tight and so I was just asking the Lord you know to help me to come up with a way to be able to to do that and it was hand delivered to me by my neighbor. How awesome is that!

He answered in his own way- (through my neighbor) and in his own time- (way ahead of my timeline this time) Her birthday isn't for another 3 weeks. How and when was a totally surprise to me. We have a God that has a great sense of humor and enjoys to surprise us.

Have a delightful day in the Lord- Love, Sister Sally

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Go Visit Shirley

Had the desire to head to Target to check out their food clearance section to see if I could find some more gluten free cereal that I had previously bought from there recently (I hardly shop there)
as I was thinking about doing that the thought came in my mind that I needed to take David Joseph (he is our 5th child and miracle baby- will be doing a post on him in the near future)
to visit a nursing home. As I did the name Shirley popped into my mind. I knew we needed to visit her.
"Go visit Shirley" with the thought of nursing home attached to her name
 I said, "Ok Lord, I will visit Shirley"

 (I had no clue who this Shirley was) I then quickly thought of 2 different nursing homes that would kind of be on my way to Target. Soon as I was forming a game plan in my mind on which driving route to take, the Lord brought another nursing home- Point Lookout front and center to my mind. This one is actually real close to my home and also the least visited by me.

So I knew I needed to atleast visit that one as well and decided I would head to that one first on my search for this Shirley. As I was driving down the hill and across the little bridge I saw a couple walking on the sidewalk. The closer I looked I realized it was the couple that I have been thinking about off and on.
side story- up to a few years ago this couple had been homeless, when I met up with them on Halloween they had an apartment to live in and I gave them a ride home along with my mom's leftover tator tot casserole that I was originally going to take home to my kids but felt prompted to share it with them instead. Told them I would just need the dish back as it was my moms. I believe that dish is older then me. I remember that since my childhood.

Anyways I found a place to stop and got out and said hi and asked them if they needed a ride. They both recognized me as well and said, "hey we still have your dish." They needed to go to the south part of town which was in the same direction of the nursing home I was going to. So I dropped them off and told them that after I was done with the nursing home if I saw them walking on their way to the bank I would pick them up and take them.

I got to the nursing home and noticed right by the front door a white piece of paper with the notice that it was flue season (in our county there has already been 4 confirmed deaths and many people sick with the flue) and highly recommend that NO children under the age of 14 come and visit at this time.
So I check in real quick with the Lord and said, "You still want me here, right?" Or something like that and got a affirmative. So in I go with David Joseph in my arms. We let ourselves in after punching the code to let us in and saw  a lady sitting in a wheel chair with a colorful afghan. I introduced her to David Joseph and chatted with her for a few minutes before moving on. Peaked into the dinning area and surprised that lunch was still going on, it was around 1pm. It was still pretty full with the residents eating their lunch. I took David Joseph first to a table where a lady was sitting by herself near the piano.
I introduced her to David Joseph and started to give her a very short version of how he was our miracle baby. That he started off as a tubal pregnancy and how our Lord and Savior actually came to my bed and finished completely moving him into the womb. I testified that we truly have a God of miracles and she shared some things as well. We continued to move table to table introducing David Joseph one by one. About half way through I came up to a table with a much younger lady probably younger then me. She was severely handicapped (her body that is) I went up to introduce her to my son when she said very clearly- "Hi David Joseph!" Very clearly and full of love. She had great hearing. In that moment the Lord opened up my understanding about her and my son. I said to her, "You know David Joseph!" and my eyes started to tear up. She was very observant and ask, what is wrong? I said, I am just overwhelmed but a good kind of overwhelming moment.

Later at a table with 4 ladies we gave our introduction and noticed a worker helping one of the ladies and knew her face. She attends my ward, she is a recent convert. She asked me, "Who are you here to visit?"
I replied- "Everybody!"
She goes, "No, I mean who did you come to see? I first thought you knew people at the other table because you were so friendly and visiting with them."
 I said, "I don't know anyone that lives here. I just walked in with my son and we just started to make our rounds. Actually I am here (I started to point my finger up towards the ceiling) because God told me to come. I am trying to find Shirley. Do you have a Shirley that lives here? I still have 2 more nursing homes to find her. She told me she knew of 2 Shirleys here at this facility.

The lady that I talked to by the piano came to me and gave me a hug and thanked me for coming and sharing with her that she needed that so much- that encouragement.

After visiting with what I thought was the last table that had 2 men sitting there, movement caught the corner of my eye. In the middle of the room sat a man by himself at a table. He had been long done with his meal. He was waiting there very quiet and patient for his turn to visit with us. I said to him, "We haven't visited with you yet, have we?" He smiled and said, "No you haven't". So we went over there and he tried to get my son to play with him. It was a short and sweet visit.

We then headed our way to the nurses station where I saw another paper on the flue thing. I told the lady/nurse on the right side of the nurses station that I was here to visit with both of her Shirley's. She said, actually there are 3 of them that live here. Which one are you here to visit? What's her last name? I shrugged my shoulders and said, " I have no idea. I just know that I am here to visit Shirley." Asked her that I may visit which ever ones were available. She told me she would have to get clearance from the head nurse. The head nurse was to the left of me- the right side of this nurse. She looked at me and reminded me of the flue and their policy or was it just a suggestion? I just stood there and smiled real big and said, "yes I understand." Well after a few seconds of silence and no change on my part the head nurse relented and the other nurse asked her about Shirley S to which the head nurse just shook her head no . Then told her I could see Shirley X. She told me the room number and pointed to the correct hallway. I asked her if it was at the end of the hall. She said " no, not that far." Well I thanked both nurses, sending them more love and smiles and off we went. 

I came to her room and noticed to names on the wall next to the entrance as I looked in I noticed 2 beds side by side but only one person there. Her back was to me as she was sitting in her wheel chair looking out the window. It was a beautiful sunny day (cold and windy but sunny) I called out and said, "Are you Shirley?" She nodded her head. As I got closer I realized I knew this lady or rather I had already met her earlier. In fact she was the first person we saw when we got there. She still had that afghan on her lap. 

Alpha and Omega came to my mind. First is last and last is first. I am pretty sure I asked her her name when I first met her but did not hear her or it was veiled from me. BECAUSE had I known from the get go that she was Shirley, I probably would not of gone into the dinning room and visited with all those people. 

It was such a beautiful experience. 
Once in the van David Joseph started to chat. I decided to take the freeway and go into Branson that way and go to Target and did so. Having fun with David Joseph as I would push the cart them put my feet up on the bars and take a ride with him. We both thought it was fun and since no workers or other customers complained about it - we continued to do it. 

After words I texted the couple to see where they were at and headed back to my town- Hollister. I found them and took them to the bank and let David munch on some Cheerios (berry ones) while we waited. Then drove them to Walmart and found a place to park while they went inside to put more minutes on there phone. Thought came to my mind that on Thursdays I can offer them a ride to pick up their check and go to the bank. That would save them hours of walking and after all I had already told the Lord that this van isn't mine anyways but I gave it to the Lord and I was willing to help whoever needed help. After 30 min of waiting I texted asking if they were almost done. David Joseph was getting just a little restless and it was soon to the time my kids would be getting home from school. When found out it was going to take more then 10 min I told them I would need to leave and hoped that someone else would be kind and offer them a ride home. (It's like 6 miles back home) 

This account is from the end of Jan. Just posting this now. Have many other posts in draft form that will be finished and then posted in the near future. I realize I have a tendency to start many, many things/projects that I don't seem to finish/complete them. So working on this weakness of mine. 

We have an amazing God! We have an amazing Lord! We have so many opportunities to uplift, radiate the love of God, and serve one another. It is wonderful to see that no matter what I am doing or where I am, opportunities present themselves to me and I am able to help the Lord and my fellow man. 

Until next time- your sister in Christ, Sally. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

No < or > but ALL Are =In The Sight of God

No one is <Less than or > Greater than each other in our Heavenly Parents eyes.
They are NO Respecter of Persons. We would be wise to do the same. 
Q: What are Idols?
One way of defining it-

An idol is any thing which usurps the place of God in the hearts of his rational creatures.
Are there other ways at looking at the term idol?
Yep, here is just one way. 

WHO are your idols?
I honestly didn't think I had any but over the past 2 decades
they have been brought to my attention.
Q: What if an idol is Anyone you think is better than you? >
Wouldn't that person, or persons be your idol? 

1 John 5:21

21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Alma 17:15

15 Thus they were a very indolent people, many of whom did worship idols, and the acurse of God had fallen upon them because of the btraditions of their fathers; notwithstanding the promises of the Lord were extended unto them on the conditions of repentance.

WHO are "the least of these"?
Q: What if it is anyone you look down on, or think less of? <

Matthew 25:40,45

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have adone it unto one of the bleast of these my cbrethren, ye have done it unto me.
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the aleast of these, ye did it not to me.

In God's kingdom... In His eyes
We are ALL equal and worthy

Q: What does worthy mean?
Q: Something that is earned, or something completely different?
 How about worthy meaning= YOU are worth it!
worth=value given by blood of Jesus
Accept it. 

Be equal= have love for one another.

NO more > or < this. But this =.

Jesus sees the best of you, the potential in you NOT the wrong in you.
So he didn't get caught up with what you did wrong
He is caught up with what you can do right .
He is caught up with your purpose!

May we truly love one another and see ALL people how God sees them (see's their potential) is the desire of my heart. 

* The above is collected from scripture and other people who have received and delivered truth.
I was to combined it all together to make this blog post. * 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Purpose of the Scriptures????

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I read the following plea on facebook from a church friend of mine-

"Ok I need help. I'm going to open up and be “real” here....
Scripture study in my house sucks. We try and be diligent but fail more than we succeed. And I think most of it stems from “how” we study scriptures. We’ve tried multiple techniques but I don’t know how to make it anything more than just reading words on a page. We work on discussing, on choosing topics, reading stories that go with the Gospel Art pictures. We try just sitting down and everyone reading a couple verses. But it all feels like we are just going through the motions. And then it seems like...well if they aren’t going to get anything from it, why are we doing this???
Scripture time also seems to be the time that my children lose their ever-loving minds and decide to cause massive contention in the home. I know it is because they aren’t getting anything out of it.
What am I doing wrong?"

As I read this plea for help, insights came into my mind. Also, I have been pondering over the conversation/council from Alma to his son Heleman as well as talking to a dear friend about the scriptures. This has lead to me doing this specific blog post. 

It's great to ask questions, that is a big thing I have learned from the scriptures, is to ASK questions and more questions. I keep a pencil with me when I get the scriptures out. They go hand and hand. 

Q: What is the PURPOSE of the scriptures. Or asked another way Q: What is the intention/design of the scriptures?
Q: What constitutes scriptures/Holy Writ?
Q: What IF the purpose of the scriptures it to bring you to an awareness of others who have been brought back to the presence of God?
Would that give you hope?
Would that give you the faith needed to know that since God is no respecter of persons, then it is possible for you as well? 
That you and I can also receive revelation, and gain our own personal relationship with Christ? 
That the veil can be rent, and you and I walk and talk with God ourselves? 

Are you changed when you read the scriptures/study them? 
Or are you doing it because you are supposed to (duty bound) and the more you do it, you are forming a habit?
If you do the same thing over and over again and getting the exact same results but expecting different results- what would you call that? 

Have you had a mighty change of heart?
Have you been born again? Or in otherwords- Have you had your Baptism of Fire?
Are you a new creature in Christ?
Do you hunger and thirst after righteousness?

What does it mean to wrest the scriptures?

***Do not wrest the scriptures. Do not make excuses, or justify what the scriptures mean or why you are able to not follow them, or you damn yourself.***

So scriptures are a tool that shows the fullness of the gospel, and the restoration of the gospel ALL have the same purpose/ same goal, right? To show how man can be redeemed from the Fall (now- here in the flesh- while here in mortality) To help bring people back to the presence of God,-even the Eternal Father right?

In a way, it is one and the same. It's all about personal relationship with God. 
Scriptures gives eye witness accounts on HOW others have done it and how they brought others to Christ . I think of Ammon and his Brethren. 

Aid of the Book of Mormon-

as a friend of mine reminded me-
The scriptures have been changed, whether inadvertently or not, which inhibits them from the fulfillment of their purpose. Which of course is why the Lord brought forth the Book of Mormon to fix that

The following scriptures popped into my mind- 

5 Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates for a awise purpose in him, which purpose I know not.

7 And I do this for a awise bpurpose; for thus it whispereth me, according to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord which is in me. And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord cknoweth all things which are to come; wherefore, he dworketh in me to do according to his ewill.

1 Nephi 19:3

3 And after I had made these plates by way of commandment, I, Nephi, received a commandment that the ministry and the prophecies, the more plain and precious parts of them, should be written upon athese plates; and that the things which were written should be kept for the instruction of my people, who should possess the land, and also for other bwise purposes, which purposes are known unto the Lord.

Alma 37:12

12 And it may suffice if I only say they are preserved for a awise purpose, which purpose is known unto God; for he doth bcounsel in wisdom over all his works, and his paths are straight, and his course is cone eternal round.

Before my Baptism of fire- I read the scriptures, studied them. More duty bound then Love bound. I would look to others including scripture study guides to help me understand what I was reading. I was "going through the motions" but I was still constantly making errors, struggling with anger, pride, trying and trying to be better, be obedient, ect. 
I was also a master provoker and contention was my best friend. Sad but very true.
Why did I share that?
To show you what is possible with God. Yay God!!! 

Now for the past decade and a half- (After my Baptism of Fire)
I let the Holy Ghost guide me. By the spirit I understand the words of Isaiah. How exciting is that!!!!
I hunger and thirst after righteousness! 
I tell others to look to the scriptures especially the Book of Mormon as food. Spiritual food!
I don't let the Spirit of Contention in. Meaning inside me anymore. 
I am able to stay calm and just love when those around me are influenced by darkness or have unclean spirits in them or attached to them. 

Here's another way of putting it- thanks to my brother and this post he did. I am just doing an except from it -
"Following the scriptures with a pure heart will get a person filled with the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost will inspire a person to apply the scriptures in their unique circumstance.
Following the Holy Ghost will get a person into the presence of the Saviour..." 

Alma tells  his son Helaman:

 8 And now, it has hitherto been wisdom in God that these things should be preserved; for behold, they have enlarged the memory of this people, yea, and convinced many of the error of their ways, and brought them to the knowledge of their God unto the salvation of their souls.

9 Yea, I say unto you, were it not for these things that these records do contain, which are on these plates, Ammon and his brethren could not have convinced so many thousands of the Lamanites of the incorrect tradition of their fathers; yea, these records and their words brought them unto repentance; that is, they brought them to the knowledge of the Lord their God, and to rejoice in Jesus Christ their Redeemer.

10 And who knoweth but what they will be the means of bringing many thousands of them, yea, and also many thousands of our stiffnecked brethren, the Nephites, who are now hardening their hearts in sin and iniquities, to the knowledge of their Redeemer?

In the title page of the Book of Mormon written by the hand of Mormon it reads in part:

"And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God manifesting himself unto all nations—And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ."


Q: Are you not getting anything from reading the scriptures/studying them? Or your family is not getting anything from them, but maybe fighting, contention?

Maybe this will shed some light on the matter? This will not be popular and probably rejected, but's that's ok. I am not here to shove things down peoples throats or to be liked. But to just help and follow the Lord.

1 Corinthians 2:14

14 But the anatural man breceiveth not the things of the cSpirit of God: for they are dfoolishness unto him: neither can he eknow them, because they are fspiritually gdiscerned.

Mosiah 3:19

19 For the anatural bman is an cenemy to God, and has been from the dfall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he eyields to the enticings of the fHoly Spirit, and gputteth off the hnatural man and becometh a isaint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a jchild, ksubmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.
Q: What if scripture study is not the problem, but rather a symptom? 
Q: What if the problem is- you are still a natural man/woman? 
Q: Have you ask God for confirmation?
Q: Have I had my complete baptism-water + spirit?
Q: Do I manifest the fruits of the spirit? 
Q: Have I asked God where I am at on the path?
Is it enough to testify that you know the Book of Mormon is true?
Do you understand the purpose of the scriptures especially the Book of Mormon?
Do you realize that Moroni is speaking to US (LDS)- we are the GENTILES?
May we go further then just open up our scriptures and read them. BUT that we will open up our hearts to be taught what the scriptures actually say and not what we have been taught by others what they say. That it will enlarge our memory, that we will see the errors of our ways, see the incorrect traditions of our fathers, that it might bring us all to repentance or in other words-bring us to the knowledge of the Lord our God, and rejoice in Jesus Christ our Redeemer!
Q: What if to "know" means more then intelligent knowledge?
Q: What if to know or having knowledge = to having experiences?
Food for thought
Love, Sister Sally