Never Forsake

Oh man, I just got home from a stake choir practice. We have stake choir next week and I have been utterly privileged to be a part of the stake choir. The sister who conducts is AWE.SOME. The people playing musical instruments are fabulous. The accompanist are teenagers and they rock! The music is moving and uplifting and just perfect. Even the prayers uttered are filled with the spirit and give me a glimpse of what true communication with the Lord sounds like.

It is a spiritual feast to be a part of stake choir. I don’t know why more people don’t come! Every time stake conference comes around the Bishops are asked to petition the congregations to come for 3 (itty-bitty-measly) weeks to practice before performing during stake conference. But in reality, it is the choir that get the best seats and the purest experience.

It’s not like we only sing. Tonight a short video of a CES Fireside was shown. In it, Elder Bednar quoted Elder Maxwell when, after chemotherapy, he said, “I have learned that not shrinking is more important than surviving.” It was applied to the song How Firm a Foundation which we will be singing. At the climax of the song we sing the lyrics, “I’ll never, no never, I’ll never, no never, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.” We can think of this line in two ways. The Lord will never forsake us, but we should resolve to never forsake Him either. And as Elder Maxwell said, we should not only not forsake, but we should do what is in our power to not shrink. Again the lyrics to this beloved hymn mention “In every condition…as thy days may demand so thy succor shall be.” Just think of that. EVERY condition. As we demand. The Lord succors us just the right amount every time.

I suppose this hit my heart so hard tonight because of what I was teaching the Primary children earlier in the day. We were learning the second verse to I Stand All Amazed and I was explaining the line, “To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine.” We discussed how Christ rescues everyone, not just the good guys. ┬áSome of the kids were surprised by this. But the Lord’s love knows no bounds and he loves everyone no matter what the choices they make. And he “extends his great love” to exactly where we meet him.

Awesome. Marvelous. Wonderful.

I wanted to take the time to record my thoughts so I never forget or forsake Him.


Morning routine

For the last several years I have tried to become more of a morning person. It is a very slow process. But I am finally noticing some progress. Getting out of bed at 7 or 7:30 is much less difficult than it used to be, albeit still difficult. This morning I got up later than I had wanted and started to feel down on myself since I wouldn’t have time for exercise, shower or read scriptures before the kids needed to be up. So I had a thought to do a mini-morning routine. I stretched for about 60 seconds and opened my scriptures for a minute as well. I included prayer (this has been difficult for me to remember in the mornings also) in my routine before getting the kids up for the day ahead.

Perfectionism is definitely something I struggle with. Often, if I want to do something but I know I don’t have enough time to do it “right,” I just won’t do it at all. I have slowly been overcoming these tendencies, but it too is a long process. I know that the thought of doing mini morning routine was from the spirit and not from me. I am so grateful for that in my life! Hopefully this will help me in my journey to becoming a morning person!