Monthly Archives: March 2016

With the Lord’s help, any fight can be won…

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I have to admit, reading the chapters this week made me realize how little I actually knew about David and what he went through after he fought Goliath. I am sure it was heartbreaking for him to have his father-in-law constantly trying to kill him and he didn’t even do anything wrong. It is crazy what jealousy can do to a person.

It makes me sad though that Saul let that happen to himself. I find it sad, that he let Satan get a hold of his heart and have Satan take over his life. It shows how careful we have to be and that feelings like jealousy, can quickly turn into something worse if we don’t watch out and try to keep it under control.

Love is what we should strive to have in our heart for those around us. We should take Jesus Christ as the perfect example because He truly loved everyone, even those who harmed Him.

Fighting Satan is a constant battle, but we can win it, if we keep the commandments and listen to the Holy Ghost. We can see our own struggles and can notice ourselves when we are drifting off and away from the gospel. Little things that pull us away from the truth are dangerous, and we should stop and turn around as soon as we notice it.

As I was reading the story of David ,and how he had to run away, live in hiding and leave his wife behind, I kept wondering what his wife thought about all that. Was she in love with David and did it hurt her immensely when her father tried to kill him? How did she feel when her father married her off to someone else? Did she have any say in what was happening to her or did she have to do what she was told? Thinking about this makes me so grateful that I live today and not in a time when women oftentimes were treated in a manner that was very degrading. Having to obey a man’s order, no matter what they tell you to do, doesn’t sound right to me. I love that my husband has the priesthood and I do think they should be the head of the house, but they should not treat their wife as unequal.

I am so grateful to know that I am a daughter of God and that He sees me as such and treat’s me as such. I am grateful that my husband honors the priesthood, presides and serves in the home, but doesn’t use it to show off his authority. Heavenly Father loves all of us and He loves us equal. Now it is up to us to see each other that way too.

Why did they not just obey?

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As I continue to read in the Old Testament I am simply amazed that the cycle of obedience, and disobedience, continues to happen. I guess to me it seems so simple to just do what the prophet (and the Lord) told them to do. I mean they had a prophet right there with them. First it was Moses, then it was Joshua. What a blessing it was for them to have such amazing leaders with them. I am just stunned that people can fall into their bad old ways after seeing plenty of miracles, after being rescued so many times, and after seeing God helping them get the land He promised them to have.

I love verse 15 in Joshua chapter 24. It says: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Reading that verse makes it clear how important it is to choose right and to follow the Lord. Following Satan or the world is not a good choice and will always end with some serious consequences for us.

I am still shocked though how much violence happened during that time and how much fighting and brutality took place. I know I have been writing about that a lot, but it stands out to me every single week. It makes me sad that things like that happened and yet the people still had problems listening to the Lord and obeying His commandments.

One thing is clear though, things have not changed much and are not getting better but worse. It makes me very grateful that I know what God’s plan is and what will happen in the future. It makes me sad and scared of the things ahead, but also looking forward to peace and a time of love when Jesus Christ has returned. If it makes me sad and down, I can’t even imagine how bad our Heavenly Father must feel and how it must hurt Him to see His children hate each other and torture and fight one another. His heart must get broken over and over again.

We can be so thankful that Jesus Christ died for us and that we can return to live with them again because of it. We would have no chance of returning if it wasn’t for Him.