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Following Directions

Are you doing it alone?

Do you prefer to go at it alone?

If you’ve been following along on social media, you’ll see I moved recently. From PA, then back home to NJ and then finally over to GA. I came here all alone. Indepedent woman and all. I came here with no furniture. Not even a bed. I had to buy everything down here.

Perfect right? Well yes! I got to design my house the way I wanted. Expect some photos soon!

So I move to Georgia. I get everything delivered and I start to assemble.

My bed comes with directions, numbers and screws. Me feeling all indepdent decides, I just need to line the numbers up and screw the things in. I didn’t need the direction. That was my thought.

Fact: I did need the directions. Things were wonky when I went at it alone. There was no way I’d be able to sleep on that bedframe.

When I caved and turned to the direction, things made sense. Guess what? My bed is stable. Things are good. My room is together.

So is this a blog post about putting my bed together? Well, yes and no.

I had the directions the entire time when assembling my bed. Just like we always have the directions for life available. We have the scriptures readily available to us. We have the choice to pray about things in our lives aka direct communication with God. Every single day we have the choice to study the scriptures and to pray. Those two activities help provide the directions we need for our own lives. Rather than feeling unstable and unsure, like I did when I was building my bed alone, when I reached for the directions, I felt safe, secure and empowered. The scriptures and prayer can do the same thing for you. You can decide to feel stressed or you can decide to following the directions and guidance laid out for you. Which will you decide? 

The Power of Scriptures

A talk from LDS General Conference October 2011 on the power of scriptures.

Scripture Study Tips

1. Make a commitment

This maybe sounds crazy but make a time commitment. Decide when you’ll read, listen & study your scriptures.  

2. Ditch distraction

Put your phone down for the next 5-10 minutes. Those 5-10 minutes will make all the difference. Have children? Spend some quiet time alone before they wake up. You got this!

3. Write it down

One of the greatest gifts we have from God is being able to receive personal relevation. When we pray and study the scriptures, pay attention to the feelings you get while reading. Write those impressions down. You’ll be thankful for those written down impressions later on. 

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