Monday, August 27, 2012

Wow... This really struck me.

The Bridge


here once was a big turntable bridge which spanned a large river. During most of the day the bridge sat with its length running up and down the river parallel with the banks, allowing ships to pass through freely on both sides of the bridge. But at certain times each day, a train would come along, and the bridge would be turned sideways across the river allowing the train to cross. The bridge was just wide enough for a train to cross it.

A switchman sat in a small shack on one side of the river where he operated the controls to turn the bridge and lock it into place as the train passed. One evening as the switchman was waiting for the last train of the day to come, he looked off into the distance through the dimming twilight, and caught sight of the train's light. He stepped to the controls and waited until the train was within a prescribed distance when he was to turn the bridge. He turned the bridge into position for the train to cross, and moved the lever to lock the bridge into position, but to his horror, he found the locking control didn't work. If the bridge was not locked securely into position it would wobble back and forth at the ends when the train came onto it, causing the train to jump the track and go crashing into the river. This would be a passenger train with many people aboard.

He left the bridge turned across the river, and hurried across the bridge to the other side of the river where there was a lever which he could use to operate the lock manually. He would have to hold the lever back firmly as the train passed. He could hear the rumble of the train now, and he took hold of the lever and leaned backward to apply his weight to it, locking the bridge. He kept applying the pressure to keep the mechanism locked. Many lives depended on this man's strength.

Then, coming across the bridge from the direction of his control shack, he heard a sound that made his blood run cold!-----"Daddy, where are you?" His four-year-old son was crossing the bridge to look for him. His first impulse was to cry out to the child, "Run! Run!" but the train was too close; the tiny legs would never make it across the bridge in time. The man almost left the lever to run and snatch up his son and carry him to safety, but he realized he could not get back to the lever. Either the people on the train or his little son must die.

He took just a moment to make his decision. The train sped swiftly and safely on its way, and no one aboard was even aware of the tiny, broken body thrown mercilessly into the river by the onrushing train. Nor were they aware of the pitiful figure of a sobbing man, still clinging tightly to the locked lever long after the train had passed. They didn't see him walking home more slowly than he has ever walked----to tell his wife how he had sacrificed their son.

Now if you can comprehend the emotions which went through this man's heart, you can begin to understand the feelings of our Heavenly Father when he sacrificed His son to bridge the gap between us and eternal life. Can there be any wonder that he caused the earth to tremble and the skies to darken when His Son died? And how does He feel when we speed along through life without giving a thought to what was done for us through Jesus? When was the last time you thanked Him for the sacrifice of His Son? 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


"I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men."

You know, before this last Sunday, I had believed that I had forgiven those who had trespassed against me.  That I had forgiven all those who may have hurt me, or offended me, or made me feel insignificant.  I had believed that I had forgiven myself.  But, that was not the case.

I learned a lot about forgiveness this last Sunday.  I learned that when it comes to forgiveness, it is not just "forgive and forget."  Heavenly Father forgives and forgets, but we don't always forget.  Sure, over time, we may forget the main details, or really forget what even happened that made us feel the way that we did.  But we won't ever forget the lessons that we learned.  We won't forget how that experience made us feel, and how we never want to feel that way again.

I have learned, while going through this process of forgiveness, that I don't need to forget the lessons that I learned.  What I do need to do is forgive without reserve, completely, wholeheartedly, and let go of the barrier that I have placed between myself and the person.  I need to realize that, with that barrier, nothing will get better.  I need to let go of the pain, but I don't need to forget th lesson I learned.

So, to those who I may not have forgiven yet, be patient.  It will take time, but trust me.  You will be forgiven.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

What was I thinking?


And, for some reason, I seem to always try to watch them.  Then I get freaked out.  And then I can't sleep.

So, here I am.  Trying various ways to fall asleep.

The most recent attempt?  Watching Harry Potter until I fall asleep.

Thankfully, my husband loves me enough to let me watch it.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I decided that I was going to start a new goal.

I have been putting it off for about a week now, but no more.

I am actually going to do it.


I am going to read all the books of scripture in one year.

Yep, you heard me.  The Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price in one year!

Crazy?  Maybe.

Excited?  Heck yes!

I am ready to say that I have read all the books of scripture cover to cover.  It's been a long time since I read the Bible (Old and New Testament), the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price cover to cover, so it will be nice to do that along with the Book of Mormon.

I already read the few pages I needed to today, and already I feel a change in my attitude.  It's amazing how much joy and peace the scriptures can bring into your life, even by just reading a few pages.

Anyone want to join me?  Just let me know!



Sunday, August 12, 2012

I am feeling a creativity itch.

I want to improve my photography skills.  I want to see if I can create a business of some sort with it.  My sister took the leap that I have been too afraid to take, and I am kinda jealous.  I want to do that, too.  The problem is that I don't know who would be interested.  That is something that happens with Mary Kay, or really anything else I am interested in.  I am not 100% sure if there is anyone who is actually interested, and therefore I do nothing about it.

Well, I am wanting to make a change.  I want to do more photography.  Now I just need to get out there and do it.

Creativity itch... You will be scratched.