Womanhood & Mothers

Partners In Love and Life

My sentiment today is on the beauties of womanhood and motherhood, as well as the irreplaceable roles they play. Womanhood is the great nurturer and softener in the world in which we live. They are the first to find beauty, give a helping hand without judgement, and believe that goodness is found in all things.

Mothers are brave, protectors of their little lambs, and guiders and feeders of the Lord’s sheep on all fronts. Women reach out to bless the lost, the awkward, lonely or misguided. They minister with the same tenderness and power as the Savior. It is a privilege to be a woman and mother.

“Joseph Smith taught in one of the first meetings of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, that they were ‘…to live up to [their] privilege.’ With that encouragement as a foundation, sisters in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been taught to live up to their divine potential by fulfilling God’s purposes for them. As they come to understand who they really are—God’s daughters, with an innate capacity to love and nurture—they reach their potential as holy women. With charity in their hearts, they fulfill the purposes of Relief Society: to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those in need.”

A woman’s true beauty is found and seen, in the loving service of others, as she lives for the divinity she is. Her beauty and peace will emanate, and be shown as the greatest beauty of all God’s workmanship.

Equally important, is the role women play for their husbands. A mother and wife gives great blessings to their spouses, and equally to their boys, who eventually become men.

Without a mother, a child knows not of the love of a divine parentage, and of their role as a son or daughter of God.

A mother is the sublime creation, an expression of mercy and forgiveness. A mother loves much, and echoes the cry of forgiveness from our Savior’s heart.

Consider this poem about beauty, as it relates to the stewardship of our bodies, as well as in the service of others, and the One we are to serve. It is called, Image.

Image

One special place,
Within each person’s face,
Says they know who they are,
More than any other.

It’s not just in their smile,
Or their pretty style,
But in their eyes,
Where this knowledge resides.

When the veil of forgetting is removed,
By feelings of true love from above,
All things in life have direction,
And move towards eternal progression.

Through the lens of wisdom they see,
That the kingdom of God is the key,
Which opens the door to peace,
Aiding the traveler to be free.

Life has great purpose and joy,
For they no longer grope at the wall.
As warriors they fight the beast,
And with valor conquer all.

Throughout seasons of fashion,
They hold to the standards of the wise,
Holding up the divine light with delight,
And always striving to do the right.

When this is done, then spirit, mind,
And body are in their proper place,
And true joy and peace will emanate,
From this person’s bright and enlivened face.

Shane

Relationships – We Can Change People: Part One

Influence Is Given To All

The cosmos…

In all the immensities of space, both inward and outward, where all entities, beings and elements have infinite influence and power to create and build upon one another, a simple formula is born. A thought that every thought, act and feeling, has power and a rippling effect to bring about change to all the universe we are a part of, and infinitely beyond. This is a fact to consider.

Influence itself is a power. Our thoughts, whether verbally spoken or not, effect, and make changes in our eternal surroundings.

Newton’s law – Every action, has an equal and opposite reaction. (Paraphrased by: Shane R. Brown)

Every action causes another action or reaction. A negative action can cause another negative reaction, or a negative action can set in motion a positive action or response. This is through the power of Christ’s atonement to accomplish this, for no good thing can be done without Him. We get to choose how we will act, or react. If the latter, than the outcome is predictable.

The ability to act in positive and righteous ways, is all sourced from our Savior. Without Him, all would be lost. There needs to be a balance in all things, even an opposition. Without the atonement of our God, all of us, as well as all the elements and intelligences, of souls and beings in the eternal making, would be lost. For in His atoning effort, He saves all, in due course, through the seasons of the eternities.

Particles, elements… What we all have in common.

  • Who are we really ?

We are all entities, yes, but infinitely much more than that. We are children of the Most High God, called up to be so. Individuals with varying traits, but not surprisingly, each with the same capacity and force as all other entities.

  • So, what else are we?

We are not only beings of energy, light and understanding, but also beings of emotional feelings. Yes, we are more than just chemical reactors, but more like agents made to act for ourselves. We all have the ability to choose.

  • Why relationships?

Another question to counter would be, why not?

Because we all are equal in entity and force, we need to understand, that continuing to treat each other with equality and respect is best. As children of God, we also face the undeniable truth and need, to have love and truth reciprocated back to us.

When practiced, we will have the need for righteous judgement, which comes only from God, and will be a great and positive influence. It is also important to help others exercise and build up their faith.

The healthiest and most productive people, have found a positive way to interact, which indeed comes from our loving, living and charitable God, whose light and care, are above all. This is also the most fulfilling and rewarding way to accomplish life itself.

Helping others fulfills an undeniable need placed in us as children of God in light . In doing so, we need to give our all, 100%. Because we are separate entities, there is a natural space between us. It is when we give our 100% to meet in the middle, that a true exchange can be given. Only then can relationships begin.

In working with this connection, we can then utilize our synergy, to begin to become one, in the very same way that the Father and the Son are one.

Maybe a more accurate term for describing the law between entities and beings should be: Every action has an equal and opposite action or reaction, meaning that we can react negatively to a negative action, or we can act positively to a negative action. The same would hold true for the opposite.

Let us retain the ability to act righteously, which is by definition the meaning of agency (the ability to do good), and choose to act and not react. In this way, we will continue in mutual enjoyment, giving equally in our relationships.

May we all strive to give our 100% and meet each other in the middle, thus failing to undermine ourselves, and eventually society as a whole.

Shane

Resolution Restitution

Ready For Real life Change?

A time for resolutions. A time to enact greater output with our lives through exerting more input. A place where greater growth from diligent sowing and harvest appears. The proper way to build up productivity, and all around health and habits, or, Resolution Restitution.

Never heard of it, well, it’s new! Actually, it really isn’t new. The subject of life improvement and growth has been around for as long as forever.

The correct principles and truths that govern our progress from grace to grace, have always been around. So, what is this sketch all about then?

This is a basic outline, built on doctrines of fundamental building points, to help you be successful in your new resolutions, in your life’s journey, and into the next! Simply put? The best things usually are.

Just think of it, an absolute point of fact knowledge, even beyond the mortal senses. Truth, which never changes, once understood, bears testimony and witness of itself. How, do you say?

Because truth, or things as they really are, only understood through our righteous living, and confirmed through the Holy Ghost, is always affirmed, and never fails. To put it point blank, the truth is indestructible, no matter who fights against it.

How does truth relate to our topic at hand of goals and resolutions?

The Lord says in scripture:

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.

The key principle taught here is this, come unto God in all your doings, and the desires of your heart, which are righteous, shall be added or given unto you. So, how do we accomplish this?

The best way to teach, is to give a principle, and then show an example of it in real life scenarios.

For this example, we will use a common resolution many have, better physical health.

Instead of putting yourself through a disadvantage, by telling yourself you have to do this a certain, and usually unjustified way, then barricading yourself every step of the way, by telling yourself you are not winning, let’s try a different approach.

Step 1. Putting First Things First

The best and really only way to exact change in a being, is to get them to see their situation at the ground level for what it is, and then give them the proper perspective and confidence they need to succeed, starting from where they are.

For example, let’s take me. I know I need to improve my health through cardiovascular and strength toning exercise. Now, I could be unkind to myself in thought and word and say in essence, “Hey, you are lazy! You need to exercise and lower your cholesterol. Why haven’t you done this?” Not a very proactive approach to bringing about change. Most people know that betterment doesn’t come from criticizing or putting down. What is the alternative then?

Let’s take a look through a spiritual context, as a proper lens to view things through.

In the morning I say my prayers. In my prayers I think of my Mom and feel inspired to pray for her, then call her, to give healthy praise for the good influence she is in my life.

While talking, we happen to discuss getting together for a chance to disscus my life and goals in general. Then when we do so, we go for a walk. As we walk, we get to talking about our faith. While this happens, the topic of conversation leads to how I feel I would be more spiritually strengthened, if I were to feel better physically (a true phenomenon by the way). My Mom suggests that she is going to be getting a pass to a recreation center, and wants me to go with her as a workout friend. We start going, and we bond as we share these experiences, talking and supporting one another. We begin to accomplish these worthy goals, because they were first seeded in the Lord and His kingdom! Working out becomes a pleasure, and is meaningful for us both, in more ways than one.

Let’s analyze this situation to see if we can deduce the evidence of what happened here, and why it was successful. First, I took mental thought and note of what I wanted, to workout. Second, I went about following and serving the Lord. I said my prayers and followed through with what the Spirit had told me to do. Third, the way was prepared, and I ended up loving and making a routine of working out, enjoying it. All parts of a successful recipe for achieving a desired goal.

Yes, I planned, I prepared, and I followed through, but all in a very natural and non-forcing manner. There are always going to be times we need to push ourselves to do what needs to be done, even when we don’t want to, but forcing ourselves to do something is only helpful in this context of building confidence, and achieving the necessary.

Step 2. Naturally, Never Forcing

The Lord needs to be the Master of our lives, and make of us all He means for us to be (even as He), as we live our lives for, and with Him. It is a process we are all meant to make, through consecrating our all to the Lord and His kingdom. As we do His will and not our own, His will and way is eternal life and exaltation. Our way and will only leads to a lesser path, and thus a lesser end. We are meant to follow our God and have joy in this life, and in becoming like Him in each trial we face.

Step 3. Following Through

As our hearts are tried along the way, as they most assuredly will be, we must continue with this faith, trust, commitment, keeping the commandments, and obeying personal commandments that the Lord will give from time to time. In so doing, we will be guided along the way, and our life carved, molded, and brought to a newness, in His most glorious, gracious and personalized plan, which will ultimately be for our utmost joy and involvement in the Kingdom of Heaven.

So, at this time of growth and new beginnings, let’s remember to:

27 …see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order. Mosiah 4:27

May we draw nearer unto the Lord, and find our path unto Him and his kingdom, every day and evermore.

Shane

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