It hasn’t been my favorite week to belong to my church. Look down there, it says “I’m a Mormon” and it ends with “It makes me Happy” — and if I was being honest I’d say “It makes me mostly happy.” Being LDS has a lot of obligations that come along with it, and we have welcomed those obligations with open arms — but at the same point it leaves less margin in our lives. I’ve been living with a very slim margin this week, and I felt the church pushing hard on me.
I feel like our last General Conference, many of the talks were about how hard it is to be a Mormon — how much is expected and how the world sees their lives very differently than we do. I have actually listened to Elder Holland’s talk a few times. I know that the feeling I had last week will increase. I’m grateful that he gave that talk — it’s important to remember that life isn’t all roses.
But, on Friday night I fed the missionaries. I had a fairly strong desire to quit the church for much of the meal. Too much was asked, too much required. Again, I had added feeding the missionaries to a week that I was already working a lot, doing my regular PTO stuff, having 3 kids and this blog. The margins were PUSHED. Frankly, I hated most things at this point — but I know Satan pushes hard to make the church be my target of anger.
And then they showed me this movie.
Have you seen it?
Have you ever thought that every. single. good thing that happens happens #BecauseofHim
A humble carpenter saved the world. He brought good into the world. and so…
#BecauseofHim I have amazing friends, who choose the right and are amazing people
#BecauseofHim I have served in callings with AMAZING people. I am taught by them and learn from them, and have grown with them.
#BecauseofHim I moved to Arizona when Drew didn’t have a job. He gave us a job and found us a home with wonderful friends and amazing schools.
#BecauseofHim I am able to find solace when I am sad. When I fit too much into my day, He finds me a margin to take a breathe.
#BecauseofHim we have a wonderful Earth full of beautiful things to look at and enjoy
#BecauseofHim I have scriptures to turn to to find out what others have done when they reached a similar situation
#BecauseofHim I am able to let it go when I am angry. He takes that for me, so very willingly.
#BecauseofHim I see all the blessings I have. I look for things to thank Him for. It makes my life so much more golden.
#BecauseofHim life isn’t going to be easy. I think it is such a vivid example that he came into praise and worship on Palm Friday and they hated and killed him by the end of the week.
He was a wonderful man who lived on earth, was killed because people didn’t want to hear what he had to say. He rose on Sunday morning, perfect and done with a giant sacrifice for each of us. I’m am SO grateful #BecauseofHim.
What have you done #BecauseofHim? Happy Easter everyone. It is truly the happiest day of the year.