Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Making 2019 the Best Year This World Has Ever Seen!

Photo Source:  www.facebook.com

I'm a day late finishing the challenge to read The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ before the end of 2018, but I did finish reading this again today.  I recommend it to everyone, and I'm ready to start reading it again tomorrow!  

We live in a pretty crazy world today, but if everyone were to make the effort to study from The Book of Mormon on a daily basis this year and try to emulate the life and teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I'm certain that 2019 would be the very best year this world has ever seen!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

He Knows My Name

Painting:  "Light of the World"  by Brent Borup  Source: www.lds.org

I have not ever in this life seen our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, nor have I heard him speak or call me by name, but throughout my life there have been numerous times when others, acting in his name through the power of his holy priesthood, who have called me by my name to bless my life in many different ways.  As a baby, I was given a name and a blessing by my father, and when eight years old I was called by name when I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I have received many priesthood blessings of health and comfort, and I have been called by name as I have been set apart for various church callings.  When I went to the temple for the first time, I was called by name and blessed with many wonderful blessings and promises, and I continue to be reminded of these blessings each time I return.

I know that the Lord knows my name, and I fell his comfort and love on a daily basis when I reach out to him in prayer, whether vocally or through prayers of my heart.  He speaks to me in many ways, through thoughts and inspirations that come to my mind and my heart, through the comforting reassurance of the Holy Ghost, through reading the scriptures, and through the actions of many of my friends and family and neighbors who also listen to him.

We live in a difficult world that is filled with conflict.  I often wish that I could take away the pains, the sorrows, and the troubles that those I know and love experience.  I can't always do that, and don't think I would actually be willing and able to suffer those pains myself.  But I know someone who can, and who has already willingly taken ever pain, every sorrow, every sin, and every trouble upon himself.  The Lord Jesus Christ has already suffered every single pain and sorrow the world has ever known.  I'm very grateful to him for this gift.  I know he lives, and I'm very grateful to know that he knows my name.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Light of the Christmas Season

"The Nativity"  by Ted Henninger   Photo Source:  www.lds.org

"May the beautiful lights of every Christmas season remind us of Him who is the source of all light."---Elder David A Bednar

December 2018 ends a very blessed year for the Howes Family.  We have been able to travel and visit with loved ones, and have had our children come and visit with us.  DH made two different visits to the hospital, one planned and one unscheduled.   We are grateful for good doctors and medical care, and that he was able to return to work in very short order, and after several months of regular cardio rehab and fitness training, he is feeling better than he has for years!  We have been blessed with good jobs and steady work, and the other blessings that work brings with it. 

Now that the days are shorter, darker, and the weather colder, we especially enjoy having quiet evenings at home together, reflecting on blessings of dear family and friends, and the love and kindness they bring into our lives.  Our wish is that all who read this may also feel of the light and peace and love and joy that comes from our Father in Heaven and his gift to us, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the true source of light. 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very blessed and joyous 2019!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Grateful for Enough to Share

My niece shared this fun advent calendar on Facebook today:

Isn't it wonderful to have enough to share with others?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gratitude for Comfy Warm Slippers and Blankets

I love my comfy warm slippers and Sherpa fleece blankets and use them to snuggle up during the long winter months every single year.  Yes, it's that time of year again, and I have a nice new pair of slippers thank's to DD4's recent generous birthday gift.  It was just in time, cause my old ones have been pretty well worn out!  Add a cup of hot cocoa and I'm truly a happy camper!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Grateful to be Grateful

This talk from 2009 has inspired me to try and be more grateful each day for many years.  
I never have gotten to the point where I remember to write every day, 
But it has become a tradition for me to try and do so each day in November.  
April is blogging from A to Z, and November is blogging about gratitude. 
 I start with a simple idea on Facebook or in my personal journal.  
It may take a day or two for the thoughts to reach the blog, but I'm trying to keep a record.  
How have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch my life today?

Gratitude for Books and Scriptures

I am so very grateful for books!!  I have always had access to a wide variety of reading materials.  I had a mother who loved to read and who read to me often, and allowed me to read perhaps more than she should have.  I usually have quite a stack of library books on the nightstands and the floor next to my bed, and often have several tucked in with me!  I don't have quite as much time for leisure reading these days as I once did, but try to find time to read for at least a few minutes every morning and every evening before going to sleep.  I especially love to start my day by reading from the scriptures for 30 minutes or so before rousting myself out of bed to face the world.  In our children's primary class a week ago we had the chance to discuss how blessed we are to have access to scriptures in our homes.  In old testament times, the few copies of the handwritten scriptures that were available to the people were kept in the temple or the tabernacle, and often only the priests would have access to read them.  In the time of the prophet Ezra, the priests brought the scriptures out of the temple and read them aloud to the people in the streets, and they were overjoyed to be able to hear the word of the Lord.  Today anyone who would like to read from the scriptures has such ready access to them!  Books are fairly inexpensive and so many are available for free to download onto your computer or phone or other device.  What a blessing for the world today!!