Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday pondering -- all those who diligently seek Him

As I was cleaning out my little office a while back I found this little note scrawled on a bike map from our summer trip to New York:
I don't remember if I was in New York when I wrote that, or if I was cleaning out my backpack and thought of it sitting here at home, but either way, it made me think.

This is how the scripture reads:
1 Nephi 10

17 ...I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men.

18 For he is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him.

19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.

Am I diligently seeking Him?

Not just when I'm at church, or studying my scriptures...do I ask "what would Jesus do?" in my daily life as much as I ought to?  Do I call to Him and reach for that "hand that is always outstretched" on a daily basis?  Do I really believe that He is there and that He can save me, that he can carry me through the depths of the valleys of life?  Do I give people around me the benefit of the doubt enough?  Do I reach out to those who may need a helping hand or do I let my life get too busy to see the needs of those around me?  (Including my family?)  And if not, how to I let a little more of that "seeking" light into my life?

I believe that there is a beautiful happiness that comes from SEEKING, diligently, that Savior who has paved the way for us if we'll only remember to lean on Him and take His hand.  And I do believe that promise: "he that diligently seeketh shall find."  There has to be effort on our part.

I am renewed to more "diligently" seek Him, especially as I prepare for General Conference next week.  How are you "diligently" seeking Him?  I'd love input if anyone cares to share.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this! I have been pondering something similar lately. I have been focusing a lot on seeking him in moments of anxiety or confusion. He so much wants to help us carry our burdens, we were never meant to carry our worries alone. In the last couple of weeks, I have been trying to hold this close and seek him when I need help or clarification.

    Sometimes I look at all the worry and anxiety of the world and wonder if we see so much of it now because we were never meant to be spiritually alone but we have forgotten to reach out to our Saviour and each other.

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  2. I often deal with anxiety issues. The minute I pray and turn my worries over to Him, I immediately feel a peace come over me. I know this, so I have no idea why I don't always seek Him first. It would save me so much time and energy. Thank you for reminding me to make this a priority!

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    1. Hi Carla,
      Thank you for these words, they really helped me & I will try to remember them the next time I'm stressed. x

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  3. Thank you for this. I often need this reset. I feel down on myself and my family when I focus too much on the have nots and struggles. When I can remember to redirect my focus to Him, I'm so much more grounded in love and faith and mercy for those around me.

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  4. This school year we’ve decided to do daily challenges to help us be more like our Savior. One day I’ll challenge my kids to learn three new names at school or invite someone new to play at recess. I’ll also do my own challenge at home, maybe texting someone who may need cheering up or visiting with a neighbor. I tend to make oversized goals, but keeping it small and simple helps me to channel my thoughts in the right direction all day without feeling overwhelmed.

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