Our Direction

He rejoices every time we take a step forward. To Him, our direction is ever more important than our speed.

Larry R. Lawrence

This quote was from one of my favorite talks during General Conference. Elder Lawrence talked about asking, “What lack I yet?” We pray and seek answers on how to improve in our lives. We don’t need to be discouraged. We just keep trying with persistence.

Sometimes I want to improve all at once, but growth usually comes slow and steady. But it does come in small, simple steps.

Keep Trying

Our major success is simply trying—over and over.

-LeGrand R. Curtis

I think life is more about trying than succeeding. For example, I keep trying to exercise. I keep trying to be a good mother. I keep trying to find balance. I keep trying to not spend too much time on Facebook.

Sometimes I don’t seem to be getting anywhere. Progress can be slow. And sometimes I feel like I should just give up.

I can try as hard as I can and I can even fail sometimes. But success isn’t about doing well the first time I try. It’s about about picking myself up and trying some more.

Full Speed Ahead

I watched Elder L. Tom Perry’s funeral today. His son said that he lived life going full speed ahead. I liked that.

There are lots of things keeping us from moving forward or going full speed ahead. Fear. Laziness. Discouragement. Lack of self confidence. Lack of enthusiasm. Impatience. The wrong perspective.

But life really is quite exciting. Every moment we have in life can be exciting.

I want to live more like I’m going full speed ahead. Sometimes I slow down or I get too distracted or worried. But there are so many good things to do.

Live in the Present

This is not one of my strengths. I am often concerned with what happened in the past, particularly my own behavior, getting caught up in guilt. And even more, I think too much about the future: planning, dreaming, hoping, waiting for what is to come.

I read a book that suggested a short meditation where you focus on the current moment and what is around you. I was surprised when I first did this. My mind usually wanders and my thoughts go in so many different directions. But when I focus on the present, I feel happy and grateful.

Worries are not focused in the present. A lot of times when I am struggling, it is because I’m focused on the future. I try to bite off everything at once. But when you can live in the present and have that focus on a single moment, a lot of the worries go away.

We can only really focus and do one thing at a time, after all. Distractions and multi-tasking aren’t helpful. Be present with wherever you are at with whatever you are doing. Make conscious choices instead of just going with the flow. You have to plan for the future, but then live now.

I know who I am and I am not distracted

I know who I am and I am not distracted.

I am a woman of God, not a woman of the world. A woman of the world cares about how she looks more than who she is. I don’t receive any great acclaim in this life and most of my work goes unrewarded. I want to be more interested in pleasing God, striving to be who he wants me to be.

For so long, I was thinking that I needed to be this specific person–maybe one who could do anything and everything. Even good things became a stumbling block if I focused too much on being this perfect person who could cook, clean, write, sew, garden, earn lots of money, do creative activities with kids, take amazing photographs, get higher degrees.

But God was quietly and patiently guiding me to realize that I have my own unique abilities and talents. I many not ever be particularly skilled or successful compared to others. But with His guidance, I can come back to Him.

Distractions come in many ways, like television, websites, or gossip. But when I know who I am deep inside, when I remember that I am a daughter of God, those things don’t take me away from my identity and purpose. I can serve in small ways, completely unnoticed by most. But I know God watches over me, I know that he loves me, and that is enough.

Inspired by Linda K. Burton, who said, “He knew who he was and what his mission was and was not distracted by the evil that surrounded him.”

Be strong

“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.  Joshua 1:9

I can be strong. Sometimes I have felt so weak in my life, so unable to do that which is required of me. I don’t meet up to my own expectations.

But I am strong. I don’t need to measure myself against anyone else. I am strong because I can make choices. I can make the right choices.

And most of all, I am strong for the Lord is with me and can be with me wherever I go. I can rely on His strength when I seem weak. He will help me no matter how hard it seems.