Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I have really enjoyed it. I am amazed at how he parallels my beliefs in so many things. There are a few things that he has very different views from me on, but the similarities are amazing. He really must have been a very thoughtful person.
One of my thoughts lately has dealt with the reality that there is a God. Everything good points to the fact that he is real and his hand is in our lives. I have many favorites songs I love to sing or play on the piano, but there is one in particular "From Cumorah's Hill" by Steven Kapp Perry and Brad Wilcox. There is a song, The Power of God, that goes with these thoughts. The chorus says:
"For the power of God is plain to see, there are wonders on every hand
To those who will see through eyes of faith beyond the mind of man
For how could we hope to see his face who never could see his hand?"
Recently as I was singing this song, I really thought about that last line, "how could we hope to see his face who never could see his hand", and I came to see that if we don't attribute blessings we receive to God and see that he is in our lives, we will not know him even if we saw him. Our faith must not be based on actually seeing Him, we must first have faith that he is there and blessing us (and recognize when he is helping us) then we will come to know him better so when we will see him we will know him at once.
Another favorite song I love singing and playing on the piano is "Learn of Me" by Janice Kapp Perry. The second verse says:
"When I was yet a child so clean and pure,
I doubted not and knew God's love was sure.
I knew he lived, for every bird and tree,
By breath and leaf were witnesses to me.
But now the world would fill my mind with doubt.
And so my soul, in search of truth cries out.
How my I know? I plead to Him above
Then I recall these gentle words of love:
Learn of me and listen to my words,
walk in the meekness of my light
And I shall give you peace,
my love will never cease,
For I am Jesus Christ.
Learn of me.
I have loved this song for many years and has taught me that we are blessed when we recognize Christ's hand in our lives. Even by just looking at birds and trees we can know that Christ lives. As we learn of him he will bless us with peace and happiness, he loves us.
So, although we have struggles and there is much of chaos and contention in the world, that doesn't mean there is no God, because if we turn around and see all the good and see it with an eye of faith, we can all see there is a God and go forward and spread that light and happiness.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Monday night we had family home evening at the temple, which was a fun treat since we haven't been able to visit a temple just to see it in a couple years. Even though we were able to go on the temple grounds we had fun sitting on a bench across the street and singing about the temple.
Tuesday we parked at the zoo and rode a "Sight Seeing Special" bus downtown to the Alamo.
Then we walked down the street making our way to the Children's Museum and we saw this fun building. I think it was a Texas museum, but we thought it was funny to see the animals on the walls.
At the Children's Museum we had fun letting the children explore all the fun. We especially had fun with this exhibit. Do you recognize these faces? (after we had fun sticking our faces in it, we realized we probably weren't supposed to... oops)
Clark and Maryann
Benjamin being cute
Saturday, March 14, 2009
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
We have had a friend over to play with us each week and have had a lot of fun. I was trying to think of new things for the children to do together, and then I came across something I forgot that we had. A few years ago my mother found this "children's parachute game" and gave it to us. We have played it a couple of times, but I often forget things when they get put away. (a lesson to learn: never put away toys, right?)
I pulled it out yesterday and the children loved holding on and waving their arms up and down. The game ended with just me waving the parachute up and down while all three children laughed and giggled underneath.
It reminds me of elementary school...