Yesterday morning I did a really dumb thing. I’ve been striving to live a lifestyle being led by the Spirit each day, like the Nephites (in the Book of Mormon) were led by the liahona (a compass/director from God). However, when I looked at my day, all I saw were errands and pretty normal things, and so I made the decision to not even ask for the Lord to guide me because it looked like a day I could totally handle on my own.
What could have been just a normal day of errands turned into a disaster-day where I was at my wits end for the majority of the day. I had zero patience and was in a pity-party all day that things weren’t going the way I had planned. Ridiculous.
Trying to pick up the birthday invitations I made turned into a disaster due to time conflicts and printing troubles which made it so Claire couldn’t invite any of her ballet friends after all. Norah was late for ballet and – once again – missed the part of class where they’re rehearsing their dance for the upcoming recital/performance. Tate got CRAZY-sick amidst all of the driving and spiked a big fever which made him absolutely miserable and frustrated to be gone from home all day. We didn’t get over to our old house to finish cleaning it as planned either (CRAP!).
It was just nuts.
However, things did slowly work out as I remembered to humble myself and seek to have the Spirit guide me again. The night ended well as we came back to our peaceful mountain home and I was able to nurture my children. We had a great evening together while Randy taught his weekly class at the Institute of Religion.
This morning, as I was reflecting on how yesterday turned south because of me thinking that I didn’t really need God or the Spirit that day, I went and read one of my favorite chapters of scripture from the Book of Mormon to start my day (I always read a bit of scripture to get my heart centered on Christ in the beginning of the day). Here are a few verses that stood out to me:
“Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.
“Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things.” – Jacob 4:6-7 (Book of Mormon)
Needless to say, I will not be making the same mistake today and am excited to seek to do the Lord’s will today. It’s another BIG day with lots going on, but with the Lord guiding, I know it can be great and MUCH less stressful. 🙂
How do you tune in to be led each day? If you forget, how do you realign?