Monday, March 3, 2014

WIP: Happy Birthday and Finding Myself (Yes, also a give-away)

The last two weeks, I haven't written. I haven't opened my stories or even blogged. Maybe the cold weather is eating at me. It does sometimes. Or maybe the reality of baby and no sleep is finally setting in. Or maybe I need to do something different.

I'm admiting that I've been sort of depressed the last few weeks.
Ugh. It's out. Don't judge me. Life can't always be lollipops. Right? This time of year feels so sad to me.

I'm trying to decide what I need. For my life. For writing. I learned some things yesterday at church.

One, the wife of the bishop bore her testimony. She mentioned how as mothers we start to feel exhausted with all our little ones and everything else we want and need to do. (I mentally perked up. Exhausted? Check! Large to do list? Check!) Then she said "Jesus Christ is in-exhaustible."

What?!! How profound is that?

I'm thankful for my Savior. In-exhaustible. Never failing.

It might be too much for me, but it's never too much for Him.

Two, we sang "Come unto Jesus." Verse 3 goes:

"Come unto Jesus; He'll surely hear you,
If you in meekness plead for his love.

Oh, know you not that angels are near you

From brightest mansions above?"
I was warmed with the thought of angels near me, right then, but also in the past two weeks while I've struggled to find myself and to be myself. "Oh know you not that angels are near you?" They are near me. In reality. Seen and unseen.

Then, I went to Relief Society and rubbed elbows with a few angels.

March is the birthday of the Relief Society.  It's also my birthday. So I'm celebrating my birthday and the birthday of an organization that I love by giving away a copy of A CIRCLE OF SISTERS.  To enter the drawing, just share a favorite scripture or conference quote. Share it on your Facebook page, twitter, or your blog. Then let me know in the comment section or in an email or Facebook message what you shared and where. Here is my quote. It's from Of Things that Matter Most by President Uchdorf, in the October 2010 General Conference.
"May I suggest that you reduce the rush and take a little extra time to get to know yourself better. Walk in nature, watch a sunrise, enjoy God’s creations, ponder the truths of the restored gospel, and find out what they mean for you personally. Learn to see yourself as Heavenly Father sees you—as His precious daughter or son with divine potential."
I'm a literal work in progress myself, and my writing is struggling. But I'm going to get back up. Writing sets everything mixed up straight again. It always has. I can't stop. My two week writing drought proves that. In the meantime, I'm going to spend some more time getting to know myself better.

I can't wait to hear from you! The drawing will end on March 14, 2014. Spread the word!

3 comments:

  1. This is great Jolyn! It actually inspired me. Also I am entering your give away. I shared my quote in my recent blog post :)

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  2. I love reading what you write. You are such a help to me.
    I've also been depressed for a while (month or two), and I appreciate the motivation to keep trying. :)
    Shared a scripture on FB.

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  3. I may be a month late getting to my blogs to read, but excellent post anyway, Jolyn! Love it. Just what I needed to hear.

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