Monday, July 14, 2008

Affirmation on Creativity

I am creative, giving shape and form to unlimited ideas. Blessed with talents and abilities that enrich my life, I express myself in meaningful, creative ways. As I pray and meditate daily, I build on a consciousness that encourages me to be creative. I am original in the way I speak and act. Rather than responding negatively to a perceived slight, I relax and reach out to others with patience and understanding. Having released limiting perceptions and habitual ways of thinking, I am free to be truly creative in every aspect of my being. Creativity is a capacity to be inventive that gives shape and form to unlimited ideas.

"For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating."
Isaiah 65:17-18

Police have praised the actions of two missionaries who came to the aid of a woman being attacked with a knife in Nollamarra.

Two missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints assisted in saving a pregnant woman’s life when she was being attacked by a man in Nollamarra, Australia, on July 10th. After getting the attacker away, the missionaries were able to get the victim to safety as the police retrieved the man. One of the missionaries said they are not trained for such situations but are always looking for ways to render service. See full story here.

A Glimpse Of Perfection

Grace is always with us. It flows like a river through our lives, artfully reminding us that there is magic and power beyond what our eyes can see. At times we catch its subtle beauty, like during chance meetings, near misses, and insights that seem to come from nowhere. Other times we experience grace in all its powerful surety such as when a job or relationship comes to an end. Though we may forget that this is grace at work too, it is indeed influencing our lives, helping us to move forward and take the next step. Grace exists in all situations, in every moment, yet all too often we may overlook its presence.
Imagine how it would feel to live an entire day in grace, to fully appreciate that your day is unfolding in absolute perfection. Whereas usually you might miss the magic in ordinary events and interactions, on this day you would recognize them all as little miracles. Perhaps you could begin with your first deep breaths in the morning, becoming aware that there is an abundant supply of air for you to breathe. Your lungs know just how to carry oxygen to your blood, and your blood knows where to carry it from there. This is grace at work. You might appreciate the brilliant sunshine, the warm summertime rain, or the possibilities for learning that greet you at every turn. You might notice the ease with which you do your job or laugh with a close friend. These things are also grace. Even laying your head down at the end of this day and resting in the stillness of night is grace.

With each opportunity you give yourself to enjoy this current of benevolence, you may discover a deeper peace. Your faith may strengthen and your heart may open. You might begin to wonder if struggle is really all that necessary after all. By living this one day in grace, you might open the door to many more.

On this day of your life, dear friend, I believe God wants us to know...
....that he who eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.
That is a Hebrew proverb, and it has to do with a lot
more than food. Look to see what behaviors you are
indulging in over and over again that are clearly not
serving you. Then, go on a "bad habit diet."
Pick one bad habit, one bad behavior, a day for five days.
Stop doing the stuff you're doing that obviously
does not serve you--or others.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Moving Forward

I have been thinking a lot of starting a blog which includes my LDS personna, who I am inside. I have been a sports writer and blogger for years. I write and research constantly. I am online more than I am not. My LDS-ness does not show in my writing.

What has been bothering me is I spend more time thinking about writing about NASCAR, than I do about The Gospel. Who is my God? Am I putting Him above all else? He has provided me with so many blessings and a talent that allows me to be creative, stay at home, and do what I love to do.

I can at least give Him as much time as I give NASCAR.

And so I shall.

Do I care that anyone reads what I write here? Not particularly, but yes, in some ways. I recently left an abusive marriage, and I know there are many LDS and non member woman dealing with the same, whether they are, or are not, still in the relationship. Bringing emotional and physical abuse into the Light is something I truly feel the Lord has called me to do.
We all have been created to be Goddesses. He loves us. He want us to honor ourselves as He does.
That is what this blog will be about. The role of The Gospel in our lives and developing a more loving relationship with ourselves, so we can truly love Him more.