A Beary Christmas

I would sew a dozen quilts just for a smile like that!

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I think he loves it

 

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img_1247Tender Mercy

I had the sweetest tender mercy…

I have been on the edge of melt down through Christmas and the days after. I have pushed and pushed my emotions and feelings down to keep them in check, but the other day, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I lost it…Don was wondering what in the world! (This is not like me at). Anyway, so many things on the “get the house ready for sale” to do list, mission paper work…it was just building up and building up and I exploded. BOOOOMMM. Problem number one…I really love this house, I really really do. I love the feeling of it, l love it when the kids come and I know the kids love it. I am struggling with letting it go, so there’s that! Then, add the whole mission thing, which by the way, we have talked about our whole married life…it is that “someday”. Well, someday is happening and in reality, I don’t know if I am ready for that. Do you feel the reason for my bubbling eruption. It just feels like so much and so fast, I am so out of control of my life and it brings on panic and anxiety.

After a good long cry and a 2 hour nap, I felt better able to cope…What is it about crying that brings on such a release.  I felt so much better just getting it out! (I do remember telling my girls to go have a good cry, it makes a difference as they would struggle with things)  apparently, we are never too old for a good cry.

The next morning at the gym, I listened to a talk by Anthony Sweat from a Time Out For Woman…It was called, Patterns for His Presence. Let me explain the tender mercy part…He read the few short verses Matt 19:16-22

16 ¶ And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

These are the insights:

This young man came seeking…What lack I yet? I don’t know if you have ever prayed that before, but its scary because you don’t know what might become of that. I have been praying that for at least two weeks with nothing but silence to follow the question…surely there is something!!!!

Then Jesus said to this young man, “Go and sell that thou hast” and this young man went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

The lesson from the Holy Ghost to Becky Corbett was YOU ARE THIS YOUNG MAN. You have lived the gospel your whole life and have been obedient. Now you are needing to sacrifice some things ie. my house that I love with all my heart, moving away from my children and my life as I now it. You are struggling to let go of something that are Gods from the beginning anyway. (Doctrine and Covenants 104:14-15)

14. I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine.

15 And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine.

You have only been the steward and now you need to give it back. You aren’t willingly giving it up.    Hold on, I’m not done…. more lesson… once you have been obedient and have willingly sacrificed, you consecrate , dedicate it to the Lord. Can you do that Becky?  Can I?

I knew that the Savior was aware of me in that moment and was teaching me in the sweetest and most loving way…My answer was and is, “Yes Lord, I will be obedient and sacrifice all that I have and give it to thee”. Whatever that looks like, I am all in.

I can’t pretend that there won’t be moments of doubt and questions, but I have this experience to keep going over to remind me that I can do hard things.

Girls Weekend

I feel blessed and honored to be called mom

A surprise lunch date

Who wouldn’t love to have his arms around you???

Lets go listen to the prophets voice at Women’s Conference

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I love to see the temple

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We thank thee of God for a prophet

President Nelson’s 4 Challenges in

Women’s Session 2018

1. Participate in a 10-day fast from social media

and any other media which may produce

negative and impure thoughts. Notice and

record changes, experiences and impressions

during this time. “The effect of your 10-day

fast may surprise you.”

2. Read the Book of Mormon between now and

the end of the year and mark each verse

which refers to the Savior. Doing so will invite

blessings of increased inspiration, revelation

and miracles by bringing you closer to the

Savior.

3. Attend the temple regularly and make it a

habit. Time in the temple will “teach you how

to draw upon His priesthood power with

which you have been endowed in His

temple.”

4. Participate more fully in Relief Society and

study the current Relief society statement of

purpose. Doing so will help women to better

understand their purpose at this precise time

and their role in the gathering of Israel.

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Hillary made this 85 day reading schedule and President Nelson’s Challenge.  I washi taped them inside these Books of Mormon and gave them to the sisters I minister to.

What is it about Mountains?

Favorite shots_20171030_IMG_1886Matthew 5:1 ….”and seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain and when he was set, his disciples came unto him…”

This sermon was/is meant only for those who were willing to ascend to it.

The first lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is the realization that a true disciple must go to the Lord to receive the message.

It is the choice of each individual. A journey. One has to come unto Christ to receive the lesson needed for the journey toward discipleship, the outline for who he or she might become.

Once we physically move to Christ then we can spiritually come to Christ by applying the beatitudes.

Another thought…

…moving to Christ  may mean that we have to give something up, leave things/persons behind, remove ourselves from something (fleeing).  What is it that holds us back from coming to Christ?

In the Book of Mormon Mosiah 18:1….”And now, it came to pass that Alma, who had fled from the servants of King Noah, repented of his sins and iniquities, and went about privately among the people, and began to teach the words of Abinadi–

In that moment that Alma fled, everything changed for him.  The course of his life changes forever.  He was ready and willing to ascend and come unto Christ.

Who else has FLED or ASCENDED the mountain to Come unto Christ….

Moses:   Exodus 3;1,  Exodus 4:27 and Exodus 24:12-13 …And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me… don’t you just love that, it is a special invitation to Moses and I believe it is extended to each of us…”come up to me…”

The Brother of Jared:   Ether 3:1 carried the stones he had molten out of a rock to the mount of the Lord

One of my favorites...I Nephi 11:1 & I Nephi 17:7

Nephi was caught away in an exceeding high mountain to see a vision , then instructed to “arise, and get thee into the mountain.  I ponder on those words and wonder, do I watch for and prepare for high mountain experiences??  (That will be a study to come!)

There are many examples in the scriptures of the journey that others went through to Come unto Christ.  The one thing that I do know, is that it is not a destination, it’s the direction we are moving.

Time and time again the scriptures tell us that Christ himself, went up into the mountain…where is your mountain?  Where is that holy space where you turn to Him?

 

 

 

Pumpkin Pumpkin who likes Pumpkin

I feel SUPER domesticated…Look at me baking pie pumpkins to make my own pumpkin puree.

I am scouring recipes from Smitten Kitchen this month.  I love everything fall and pumpkin, so it was just meant to be that I try my hand at homemade pumpkin.

 

Completely surprised at how easy this process was!!

Now lets get to the Pumpkin Bread, again by Smitten Kitchen….the magic is in fresh spices

 

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It turned out so goooooood!!  Now I need to find some friends to share it with so I don’t eat it all by myself…that could be troublesome to my waistline.

Lemons anyone?

Who knew that lemons are hard to find right now…4 stores later and tadaa, I have lemons.  Apparently a heat wave in California is causing a lemon and lime shortage…I had no idea.

Don’t they just look good enough to eat:)

Turn to page 309 in Joanna Gaines Magnolia Table Cooking Book….

Mina’s Lemon Bars

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This is the perfect way to finish off a luncheon with 20 of my favorite Senior Sisters luncheon.

 

To go to Jesus…

Faith
I was reading Matthew  14, particularly verses 25-30. This is where Christ had been teaching the multitudes and fed the 5000. He left the crowds and went up to the mountain to pray. Meanwhile, his disciples got into their boat and pushed out on the sea of Galilee. A storm arose and the disciples became concerned and afraid. Jesus watching from afar went to them, walking on the water. Peter, finding out it was Jesus walking on the water toward them said, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water”. Jesus said simply “come”. The last four words of verse 29 is “to go to Jesus”. These four words cause me reflection…To Go To Jesus…how do I go to Jesus? What does that look like and am I doing it every day?  What is distracting me from coming to Jesus?  The noise of every day is loud in my ears, pulling and tugging for my attention, taking away my focus.  I find that I must be intentional, purposeful and determined in my pursuit to go to Jesus.  His invitation is clear and is repeated numerous times, “come unto me”                   Incline your ear, and come unto me, Isa. 55:3.
Come unto me, all ye that labor, Matt. 11:28.
Suffer little children to come unto me, Matt. 19:14.
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, Luke 9:23.
He that cometh to me shall never hunger, John 6:35.
Christ invites all to come unto him, 2 Ne. 26:33.
Come unto me and be saved, 3 Ne. 12:20.
Come unto Christ, Moro. 10:32.
Invite all to come unto Christ, D&C 20:59.
Come unto me, and your souls shall live, D&C 45:46.

Peach Caprese Salad

My daughters and I have decided that we would create a Cookbook Book Club, since we don’t live by each other, we thought what a fun, creative way to feel like we are all in the same kitchen.

Each month, one of us picks a cookbook and that is the book we all cook from.  I was the first pick, so of course I picked the Magnolia Table Cookbook!  It is beautifully written and illustrated! ACS_0423

Here is my first attempt and success!

Peach Caprese   pg. 117

I will give it five stars!

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One of the rules, which was my rule, is that it is not only about the cooking, but the presentation as well. It tasted just as good as it is beautiful!