Sunday, August 30, 2009

Miracles never cease

So, our miracles have not ceased. Our water heater has been leaking pretty heavy and steadily for several weeks/months. I've been praying daily that it will last until we can afford to replace it. Friday was payday. On Saturday, Bro Ellertson was driving down 6th Street and saw one at a garage sale. They said it works great and were selling it for $20! I ran over and asked them to hold it for me while I ran to the bank for cash, and so it has been proven again - the Lord is mindful of our needs. Plus, it's even bigger than the last one we had. Woohoo!

He has definitely been mindful of me. The day before school began, I was all stressed. All of my work time had been taken up by stupid meetings and trying to schedule my students. I had no idea what to do with the students or even what their needs were. I had been reading the most recent conference issue of the Ensign, but for some reason it wasn't in the bathroom, and the only one there was from November 2008 (October Conference). The article that I opened up to read that morning was meant just for me at that moment.

You can imagine how moved I was when in the first sentence I read "...I wish to encourage (those) who at times feel overwhelmed with their responsibilities." And then"... Most of you have discovered that your ... duties will stretch you to the point that you wonder if you can stretch that far." "The more faithful service you give, the more the Lord asks of you... Your smile is a happy one because you know that He increases our power to carry the heavier load. The tough part of that reality, however, is that for Him to give you that increased power you must go in service and faith to your outer limits."

Yeah, I was completely reassured that this job is something I can do. That I'm serving some of his most courageous children, and that I can handle the increased pressure and responsibility - that my back will be strengthened to bear the burden as I serve him with all my heart, might, mind, and strength.

Here are a few more passages from President Eyring's talk, "O ye that Embark":

"It is like building muscle strength. You must break down your muscles to build them up. You push muscles to the point of exhaustion. Then they repair themselves, and they develop greater strength. Increased spiritual strength is a gift from God which He can give when we push in His service to our limits. Through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our natures can be changed. Then our power to carry burdens can be increased more than enough to compensate for the increased service we will be asked to give." When those feelings of inadequacy strike us, it is the time to remember the Savior. He assures us that we don’t do this work alone.
Also, for the past three weeks, I've had a toothache. Seriously, it has been miserable. For a couple of days, my cheek was actually swollen up like Alfafa's and I was down in bed the whole weekend before school started. I took some antibiotics and had it under control, but as soon as they ran out, it was killin' me again. I had it pulled on Friday and have wasted another weekend in recuperation. Thank goodness I was finally able to get it taken care of though...Walking around my classroom with an ice pack on my face was starting to be really silly.


Devri said...

girl how great that you got one bigger than before. great job.. and yes, he is mindful of you and me! Sorry you have a toothache, no fun! I know cuz I have one too, but I would rather have one than call that scary man they call the dentist! take care my friend.

Jen said...

That is such an amazing story! Heavenly Father IS mindful of our needs and blesses us.

Kristina P. said...

What a great story! You are always being watched and looked out for.

ValleyGirl said...

God is truly good.

Are You Serious! said...

♥ that's awesome!!! It always amazes me how Father makes things fall together!

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

What a great post. You have a boatload of faith and have strengthened me this night. Thank you.

Jules said...

So glad you can see His hand. When things aren't going well, that is something I struggle with. I have a friend who like you can see those moments. I know you are busy, but if you check out her Bucket List post you won't be disappointed.

Michelle said...

That was a good talk that Pres Eyring gave last October and how timely for you to find it when you needed it. The story of the water heater is awesome. Ours went out last summer and it was quite a chunk of change to cough up for a new one.

KATE said...

Holy cow... how perfect is that! the water heater and that perfectly timed talk!! :)
Love ya girl!!

Janna said...

I hear you!!! Miracles indeed.

Bob finally got a great job with the government. Things are slowly looking!

Thanks for always helping me and being so up beat!

Love ya

CC said...

You found a much needed water heater at a yard sale????? WOW!!!!!

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