Monday, October 3, 2011

A voice of Hope

You know when something hits you and sticks? 
Yes baby food does that but I'm thinking more along the lines of ....truth.

Relief Society a few weeks back. I got hit. 

It was this (paraphrased)

The voice of the Spirit is always encouraging and always leaves us with hope.
Sooooo, if you don't feel encouraged or hopeful, your listening to the wrong voice!

Every day have an on-going inner-dialogue with ourselves of about 150 to 300 words a minute which adds up to 45 000 and 51000 a day. (talk I gleaned my interesting stats from)
That's a LOT of self-talk. ( I'm guessing I'm in the high-end of that estimate)

A lot of voices to discern. 

Julie B Beck:
In the growing climate of entitlement, excuse, apathy, and enticement, daughters of God who are not watchful, prayerful, and inspired are increasingly at risk of becoming what the scriptures describe as “silly women” 3 who worship a variety of “strange gods.” 4 Sadly, as a result of life’s difficulties and the world’s popular heresies, many sisters believe the myths more than the truth. Their misalignment with God’s plan is demonstrated in findings that many are not doing essential things such as praying and reading scriptures. 
...principles, purposes, and patterns we are to follow...[help] us know who we are and what we are to do, and it unites us in strengthening the homes of Zion and building the kingdom of God on the earth. "When we "[operate] in an inspired way, can replace

fear, doubt, and selfishness

with faith, hope, and charity." (whole talk)

What a trade off!

I know there are many days, days this week I let the wrong voices convince me of things, fill me with doubt, cripple me with fear and get me thinking and acting in very selfish ways. There was no encouragement and hope was waning.

When it's the Spirit filling our minds and hearts and days, there is so much hope. You can do it. Because you aren't doing it alone.

Brigham Young said: "I want to see men and women breathe the Holy Ghost in every breath of their lives, living constantly in the light of God’s countenance (DBY, 31).

Every breath I need to be listening AND discerning.