Sunday, February 21, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: Prayer Edition

Right off the bat, to be clear and to alleviate any concern, let me state that this week has been fairly typical.  There have been no personal tragedies, no natural disasters in my area, no close calls to remind me of my own mortality.  I titled this TToT the Prayer Edition simply because I've been thinking about prayer this week. 

I taught the lesson in Relief Society today.  The basis of the lesson can be read at this link, if you are interested.  

1.  I'm thankful that Heavenly Father is quite literally the father of our spirits.




2.  I'm thankful that through prayer, we can talk to Him, as a child would to a parent.

3.  I'm thankful that He is willing to listen, and can provide guidance and direction in our lives.  
Perhaps no promise in life is more reassuring than that promise of divine assistance and spiritual guidance in times of need.  It is a gift freely given from heaven, a gift that we need from our earliest youth through the very latest days of our lives. . . . (Howard W. Hunter)
 4.  I'm thankful for all the tender mercies He provides, which can be seen in difficult times as well as easy times.  


5.  I'm thankful that we don't have to be perfect in order to approach our Heavenly Father in prayer.  


6.  I'm thankful that prayer takes many forms: silent, spoken, individual, family, even musical.  
For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. (Doctrine and Covenants 25:12)
7.  I'm thankful for those who pray for others.

8.  I'm thankful for those who are the answers to prayer.


A photograph of a woman sanding a ceiling, paired with a quote by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “Often, the answer to our prayer [comes] while we’re … serving.”
Photo caption:  "Often, the answer to our prayer does not come while we're on our knees but while we're on our feet serving the Lord and serving those around us."(Dieter F. Uchtdorf) source

9.  I'm thankful that the Relief Society sisters shared their experiences with prayer today, so the lesson was more of a discussion.  I always feel like lessons are better when everyone who wants to has the opportunity to share their insights.  

10.  I'm thankful for John, who had a very busy Sunday today, and yet always has a smile on his face.



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I'm obviously very late in posting this TToT, and I haven't been very connected this week.  I apologize for that, and apologize in advance that I will probably miss the next two TToT weekends. Though our house will not be empty nor unattended, John and I are going on vacation.  We're even leaving the laptops at home!  Unless I get super organized and get a post written ahead of time and scheduled to post (and at the rate I'm going with other preparations, I doubt this will happen), I will miss joining in.  So when I don't comment on your blogs, don't take it personally.  I look forward to catching up with you all when I return!


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11 comments:

  1. "We're even leaving the laptops at home!"
    ayiiee! lol… I joke, being connected to the internet is not nearly as critical as being connected to the world around us.

    that being said, you will, I trust, be taking along your camera! vacation photos are surely the pre-internet manifestation of the online community! (" …and in this one you can see how we're standing right at the edge of….")

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  2. Vacation!?!? YAY!! I hope that you'll have an amazing and relaxing time. I never leave my laptop at home... maybe I should... Also, I've found that when I am searching for answers and praying that they so often come later when I'm living and being. Thanks for the reminder of that.

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  3. oh have a wonderful ... and we will be here when you get back

    I am thankful for prayer too - the power of a pray circle is quite strong. :)

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  4. Wonderful thoughts on prayer.
    HAVE A GREAT TIME ON YOUR TRIP!! Can't wait to hear all about it.

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  5. Ohhhh I hope you have a GLORIOUS time away. What a wonderful break to indulge in, without wires, to just live and be and enjoy.

    I'm thankful for the times when I've been able to ask other people to pray for me, or for others in situations I've felt needed more than just human intervention.

    I'm thankful for the chance to talk to God, though I don't do it enough these days, and I suspect we're not really on speaking terms (though that's likely more my own prejudice than His)

    I'm thankful that yesterday whilst walking around the Arboretum, Neff wanted us to come up with songs about God, and the three of us enjoyed singing silly songs about how lovely He is (and, apparently, cuddly - why not!)

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  6. This is a very uplifting post, Kristi, but then, your posts are always uplifting.
    If you decide to schedule your TToT posts, let me know and I will be happy to link you up. Have a wonderful trip!

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  7. A beautiful, faithfuilled post. The song, "I'm a Child of God." and the video is a blessing. Have a wonderful vacation. There is something very freeing about enjoying the moment without social media and the internet.

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  8. Prayer is extremely powerful. My sister is in ICU and we're very thankful for all the prayers the last three weeks.

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  9. I love lessons and discussions that involve a lot of sharing. Everyone benefits more. As a young child I first began my journey of developing my relationship with God through prayer. I still remember the details of that day.

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  10. Hope you have a wonderful vacation with no computers!!! I'm thinking of disconnecting everything one day a week. People have meatless Mondays, I'm going to try Technology Free Tuesdays! Maybe!

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Thanks for making this a conversation. I love to hear your comments!