Sunday, January 4, 2015

an ant and a contact lens--a story that touched my heart!

 
 
My thoughts have been on a story that I heard today during church.  An elderly man went to the pulpit to share his testimony.  He shared the story of a young woman—I am not sure of her age but somewhere around late teens early 20’s.  I am not sure if it was his granddaughter—well, that really doesn’t matter because the most important thing is that I learned something from the story—something that truly touched my heart. 
Ok, back to the story… She was rock climbing and as she was almost to the stop of this cliff, her rope hit her in the eye and she lost her contact lens.  She needed her lens to see.  She said that she said a silent prayer that was something similar to ”Heavenly Father, you know every leaf that falls and every pebble on this mountain.  I know that you know where my contact lens is.  I need it.  I need it to see.  Please help me find it.  I cannot see without it.” 

She started back down the cliff when she came upon a group of climbers.  One of the climbers asked if she knew of anyone that lost their contact lens.  What?  Seriously??  He had been scaling the rock when he looked out in front of him and an ant was crawling across a rock with a contact lens upon its back.  Can you believe that?  That is too crazy!!
Her prayer was answered. 

She went home that evening and told her dad.  Her dad being a graphic artist drew a picture of an ant crawling across a rock.  He added the caption, “Father, I have no idea why you are asking me to carry this.  It does not taste good and it is heavy but since you asked me to carry it, I will carry it.” 
As I thought about my own life and some of the doubts that I have been having, I received a powerful witness that our Heavenly Father is there.  He understands what we are going through.   He knows are challenges.  He knows what makes us happy.  He knows us.  I truly felt it. 

Then,  I thought of my keys. Yes, my keys.  I lost my keys and I could not find them.  I prayed and I could not find them anywhere.  They were lost.  I prayed and prayed.  I searched and searched.  I could not find them.  Finally, already late for work, I found them.  Grumbling, I headed to work.  As I entered the freeway, there was an accident.  The thought came to mind, “didn’t you ask me to protect you first?” I had asked earlier in the morning for protection.   My prayers had been answered but He was protecting me first, delaying me so that I wouldn’t have been in the accident.  I forget how often our prayers are answered and most of the time, when I am not even realizing that they are being answered but they are.  He knows us.  He knows every leaf that falls, every pebble on a mountainside, every car on the freeway and most of all where every set of keys have been set.  He knows every heart that is ready to receive the gospel and every missionary that is serving.  He knows everything and everyone.  He knows exactly what is in our hearts and how we feel.  He hears our prayers even when it is locate a contact lens on the side of a mountain or a set of keys that have fallen behind a cabinet; He knows the heartaches that we feel and the failures that drive our hearts to become negative but through everything that we experience He is there for us…individually.  He loves us so much and all we have to do is be patient and listen and most of all, ask.

I don’t think that I have needed a testimony to be shared as much as I needed this one today.  I have thought about this elderly man’s powerful words all day long.  They have truly touched my heart.  I am so grateful that he acted on a prompting to share his beautiful testimony.  So grateful!!  My heart was touched in so many ways and it just created an amazing sense of peace that I have been feeling lately but needed to feel it even more today.  I am continuing to wake up spiritually and I am so grateful for it.  I am so grateful for these moments where my heart is blessed to have so much peace. 
Hmmm...just wanted to share today. 
~Michelle
*pictured borrows from here

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Goodbye 2014...Hello 2015!!


 
I am grateful to say goodbye to 2014 and I am ready for 2015.  I hope that this year, as I strive to do the best that I can, the following desires, hopes, and dreams become not just items written on paper but truly a part of my heart and soul.…

I want to grow more spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally.
I want this year to be the best year that I have had so far in the many years that I have lived.
I want to grow closer to our Heavenly Father.
I want to become the best person that I can be.
I want to live up to my full potential.
I want to become a better friend to my family and friends.
I want people to feel like they are a better person when they leave my presence.
I want to become more physically fit.
I want to stay out of debt so that money is not bondage.
I want to laugh more.
I want my heart to be touched in ways that bring me closer to the Spirit.
I want to feel good about myself.
I want to be more organized with items, time and stuff.
I want to smile more.
I want my faith to be unwavering.
I want to be a true follower of Christ.
I want to be a good example to others.
I want to become more knowledgeable in the gospel.
I want to become more knowledgeable in lots of things.
I want to love running. I want to run to relieve stress.
I want to be kinder in word, thought and action.
I want to attend the temple more often.
I want to trust people.
And of course—have a husband!! :)
 
I will try my hardest to make this year the happiest year that I have ever had.  I know that there will be trials and moments along the way but I am grateful for so many things in my life that truly make me ME!. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Are you up for a challenge?

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Who would like to join me for a 40 day General Conference reading challenge?

How does it work?

You read one conference talk per day for 40 days in a row!

You might ask…what is the challenge about this because you usually read it before next General Conference? This time is really a challenge because it starts next Sunday and it will end on Christmas day!  Just think about it…what better gift could you give yourself than the gift of following the prophet and honoring the Savior at this wonderful time of the year when our hearts are filled with gratitude and remembering the life of Christ!

What do you get in return (other than a stronger testimony of our Prophet, the Gospel and an amazing testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ)…a book mark to keep you on schedule. 

So…are you up for the challenge?

Let me know if you would like to join me and I will drop off a bookmark to you. Smile

~Michelle

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Team Brylie!

 

My beautiful niece, Brylie, was born with Chiari type 2 malformation. At two years old she had brain surgery at Primary Children's Hospital to have a shunt put in her head to relieve the fluid pressure on her brain which was caused by her Chiari. She has had many struggles to overcome and still has some to get through. She is definitely one of the strongest  and bravest people I know. 

So…today. we had the opportunity to participate and honor Brylie’s courage and participate in Annual Conquer Chiari walk.  It was so much fun.  I am grateful for this little girl.  She has truly changed my life and brings so much happiness into our family.  I love you Brylie.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Hmmm...



Really needed this tonight…
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Sometimes, the most important things you do each day are never even on your “to-do” list. You might worry about the things you never get done, but President Gordon B. Hinckley reminds us, “You never know how much good you do.”

There are times in life, when tender mercies come through a message in a little video.  I love those moments.

~Chelle!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Missionary Monday…

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One thing that I look forward to every week is Missionary Monday. I love receiving emails and letters in the mail from some of the most treasured young women in the world. I love watching my inbox fill with emails from these precious daughters of God. They are serving the Lord all over the world and not only blessing the lives of so many that they are coming contact with but they are blessing the lives of those here in their home stake. I am so blessed to know them and so grateful that they have come into my life. They truly are precious blessings that I treasure. Would you like to know what they had to say this week? Let me share a couple of comments…

From Russia, Sister Uhl shared her love of the temple with me. She said, “The temple is truly an amazing place and I'm sad that I can't go to one out here. I really look forward to the day when these European countries can have their own temple, the blessings are really amazing!

From Louisana, Sister Black wrote, “Sometimes we have to just let it be hard and trust that whatever it is we're going through is for our good. Like the scripture that says "be still and know that I am God." (D&C 101:16) So good. :)”

From Illinois, Sister Wells, shared, “…as you continue to do the Lords work, I know you will concur to feel reassuring peace come after you face the trials. :D I love you so much!!!”

From Guatemala, Sister Flewallen wrote, “I have learned that all I need to do is listen to the spirit and pray and lean on the Lord. Thank you for your example and for all that you do for me!”

From Poland, Sister Kuchar shared, “I know that God answers prayers and I'm grateful for the understanding I have been given this week.”

From Washington, Sister Hopkins said, “We all have different strengths and weaknesses. Heavenly Father knows this and out of His love for us He places us together so that we can continue to grow and progress towards our ultimate goal, living with Him in Heaven. :) This Gospel is, oh, so true! It is for everyone! It is a perfect Gospel that can touch the lives of us all.”

From Mexico, Sister Beckstead shared, “I feel like I’m in a huge spiritual bubble down here! I love that! 

I love hearing from these missionaries. I am so proud of what they are doing. I love how I feel inside when I read their letters and how my heart is filled with the spirit. They have such powerful testimonies!!! Aw…I love them so much and blessed to know them!!

~Chelle!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pumpkins…pumpkins…pumpkins

A few weeks ago, I was over at Mom’s and noticed three adorable pumpkins placed in the middle of her kitchen island. I asked her where she purchased them because I wanted some just like them. She said that she made them. HUZZAH!!! Do you know what that means? Well, when she says that…that means she knows to make them and she can help me too. My mom is very creative and talented. I love how she is always making something. She is incredibly talents. I know that she would argue that she isn’t but I know that she is. I have witnessed that for so many years.

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Today was the day that we found some time to make some of those adorable pumpkins. I was so excited because they were so simple and It didn’t take too much creative brain power to make them. HA HA  I love how they turned out and I am excited to put them in my entrance way.  AW…I love this time of year.    Thanks Mom for sharing helping me create this cute decoration.