Thursday, December 15, 2011

Where or where......

When I thought of this topic, I thought of the hymn, "Where Can I Turn for Peace?" Today in my life, I am busy trying to get Christmas done. I am working on finishing up the last present. I feel very anxious and nervous that I'm not doing the other "things" on my to-do list.

The hymn asks questions of where, when, and who. The third verse answers all the questions.
He answers privately, Reaches my reaching In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend. Gentle the  peace he finds for my beseeching.Constant he is and kind, Love without end.
Day 15
 Isaiah prophesied that Christ would be the Prince of Peace. (Handel also used this same passage in his Easter presentation of the Messiah. Interesting how we now use it at Christmas.) Christ promised "peace I leave with you, peace I give unto you." I can feel this promised peace through the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost can communicate with us the peace my heart craves so much knowing that it comes from Jesus Christ and him keeping his promise.

Some times the whispers are so quiet I can miss them in my hurry.
“If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most. . . . It is good advice to slow down a little, steady the course, and focus on the essentials when experiencing adverse conditions” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Of Things That Matter Most," Oct. 2010 general conference).
In our family we are really trying as parents to be consistent and to listen to the peace the Savior brings. We believe the peace starts with practice in our home.

“Since 'no other success can compensate for failure' here, we must place high priority on our families. We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together, like family dinner and family home evening and by just having fun together. In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. We talk with, rather than about, each other. We learn from each other, and we appreciate our differences as well as our commonalities. We establish a divine bond with each other as we approach God together through family prayer, gospel study, and Sunday worship” ("Of Things That Matter Most").
I hope that you can find the time to rejoice and feel the peace of the Savior today.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Wendy I needed to read and reread this post. Thank you for sharing some of your inner thoughts and feelings. I loved the quote by President Uctdorf, all to often I find myself talking about people, rather than talking too them. Thank you for the sincere reminder. God Bless your sweet family.