Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Open your EYES

I am sitting here, with bleary eyes, mascara run, my heart is heavy and I am grateful. Life is so good to me and yet I find excuses to moan and complain. So sure some days are tough but don't we all have those days? Jesus Christ's entire life was challenge after challenge. I think of the scripture "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

I have to open my eyes.

And so I esteem my Savior by testifying that his greatest challenge; the atonement was for us. When we are struggling it is there to be used to build us up, to fortify us with an incredible strength, a strength so pure and bright. I know this because it has changed my life.

Did you ever stop to realize that your body is absolutely amazing? Because it is! I think we need to stop allowing the media to tell us what beautiful is and instead allow the beauty of life to shine forth, the beauty that God intended. When I think of what is beautiful to God I think of family. Parents madly in love with each other. Family time. Laughter. Hugs; lots of them. Tears of joy. Families praying together for each other. People Turning their hearts to God. Good works. Smiles so wide you see gums. Holding hands. Silly games. Listening ears. Willing Hearts.

Today I am thankful.

The ability to see is amazing. I love the color yellow. How blessed I am to see that vibrant color, I think God must love it too because most of the wild flowers are yellow:)

Sometimes all I want is peace and quiet, absolute silence but what a gift my ears are to hear my Jack say, "mummy I love you." To be told that I am beautiful by my sweetheart.

I love working my body hard testing its limits, a pounding heart is glorious knowing that it is getting stronger by the beat.

I love to think, most of the time...isn't the mind wonderful. My quirky thoughts and ideas bring me so much joy and Ben a lot to laugh about.

I am going to challenge myself. When I am feeling negative or irritated I will recite the scripture "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not" and ask myself "what do I need to change to insure my actions esteem my savior?" Simple enough. By reminding myself of what my savior has done for me I know I will be encouraged to be more like him.
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Lesley-Ann said...

Oh Jessie that was such a lovely post and very thought provoking, thank-you for sharing your wonderful insights X

Tamie said...

what a lovely post jess....thank you!
...we missed you last night!

Kat said...

Thanks Jess. I miss you and reading your wonderful thoughts raised my spirits. A good friend with Great advice even from miles away.

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