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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Over The Rainbow

Dear Readers,

Today I saw a rainbow.  It was beautiful.

I remembered that the rainbow was God's promise to us that He would never flood the earth again.  It makes me smile.  He will allow all sorts of  trials and tragedies, mishaps and disasters, but He will not flood the earth again.  I'm so glad I don't have to worry about that.  Cross that off the worry-list, because let's be honest, "flooded earth" is not the way I want to go.

As I marveled at the beauty and colors (yes, I checked for all of them as they melded into one another), I had a thought pop into my mind.  I realized that a rainbow is also a symbol of God's love for us.  I was filled with love.  Wrapped in it.

And I felt God's love.

It was beautiful.

Both the rainbow and God's love.

I came home and opened my scriptures to Genesis so that I could read the promise for myself.

 ¶And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
 And I, behold, aI establish my bcovenant with you, and with your seed after you;
 10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a aflood to bdestroy the earth.c
 12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
 15 And I will remember my acovenant, which bis between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a cflood to destroy all flesh.
 16 aAnd the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the beverlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
 17 And God said unto Noah, This is the atoken of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
The scriptures use the word covenant.  A covenant is a 2-way promise.  God is promising to never destroy the earth again through flood, but I couldn't find what He wanted out of me.  I found the other part of the covenant in Genesis 6:18.

But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

Heavenly Father really does love me.  Because of Noah's faithfulness that he got on the ark, Heavenly Father made this covenant with all of his "seed" (that's me and you, verse 9), I will be spared.  Heavenly Father could have just said that it applied to Noah and his wife and sons and their wives.  They were the ones who had to keep up their part of the bargain.  They were the ones who had to exhibit trust and faithfulness.  What have I done?

You could say that there were many times that I stepped onto my figurative "ark", but those are different parallels and lessons for a different day.

The bottom line is that my Heavenly Father loves me.  Yes, He allows inconveniences to happen in my life, but He blesses me far more than enough to make up for them.

Somewhere over the rainbow,
way up high,
Smiles a Heavenly Father, 
promising I won't die.

(sing it, it works) ;)

Sunny and Smiling,

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Movie Day

Dear Readers,

Do you ever just have one of those days where you want to watch a movie?  Maybe curl up on the couch with some popcorn, and just laze around?

Consider the Bible Videos.  Today when I visited the first thing I saw was the Bible Video about Jesus calling the original twelve apostles.  So, I went and watched it, because I was tired, and it was nice to rest after my run, but yet get lifted up.

So far 27 of the 50 Bible Videos are completed and up for viewing.  They are amazing.  I can't believe we still have half to go!  This is an amazing resource and I'm so glad that the First Presidency gave me and you, and you, and you this gift for Christmas.

The words of the Savior are absolutely soothing.  Words of chicken soup for the soul.  Seriously, next  time you're home sick on the couch, instead of watching re-runs on tv, click on over to the Bible Videos.

In this particular video I loved hearing "Freely ye have received, freely give" (Matt. 10:8).  I'm not an apostle, but I am a follower of Christ and want to heed his counsel.  I have been blessed with so much.  Sometimes I hoard, sometimes I freely give, whether this be a simple smile or of my financial resources or precious time or even knowledge or expertise.

Freely give.  That sounds like the kind of thing to write on a 3x5 index card and stick it someplace.  Will you do it too?

Pass the popcorn, please.


Monday, June 11, 2012

A Simple Prayer

Dear Friend J,

I have been thinking of you.  You probably love to read the Friend Magazine, because it talks about kids just like you!  One of my favorite parts of the Friend Magazine is when different kids write in from all over the world about how they are trying to be like Jesus and living the gospel.

I am not in the Primary anymore, but if I was, this is what I would write to the Friend, because I just had a great experience recently:

"One day my lawnmower wouldn't start.  The Dad of the family tried to start it for a long time and it just wouldn't start.  I needed the lawnmower to start that day, otherwise it would create a bunch of problems the next day.  Right when the Dad of the family was about to give up, I said "Wait, let me say a prayer."  I bowed my head, and closed my eyes, and said a little prayer that Heavenly Father would help our lawnmower to start.  When I finished, the lawnmower started on the 2nd try!  I felt really good inside and knew that Heavenly Father answered my prayer."

I have a great testimony of prayer, and I hope you do too!