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A short post isn’t much consolation for four months absence on this blog, but I’ve just got to get it out of my system–

I absolutely believe that God knows me personally and is working miracles in my life.

Sure, the miracles I’m seeing aren’t as grand as the parting of the seas or the raising of the dead, but for several months over the summer, I felt like I was drowning. Caught in a riptide of work, personal, and familial situations out of my control, I was having a hard time keeping my spirits high. I wasn’t ever in serious danger, but as someone who generally feels a sense of control over most aspects of her life, I was in unfamiliar territory. And it was a drag. (For me and probably for those around me too!)

A personal Mormon prayerAbout a month ago I realized I wasn’t feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost nearly enough in my life. I promised God that I’d do all I could to recommit myself to doing his will and being a better servant. Not ten hours later, I received an email that’s changing the course of my life. I’ll get to telling that story on here a bit later, but the hours I’ve spent in church service have quadrupled overnight.

Busier, but couldn’t be happier.

While listening to a talk from our semi-annual church conference earlier this month, a quote from the apostle Richard G. Scott resonated deep in my heart. In fact, I can’t quit thinking about it:

An axiom we all understand is that you get what you pay for. That is true for spiritual matters as well. You get what you pay for in obedience, in faith in Jesus Christ, in diligent application of the truths you learn. What you get is the molding of character, the growth in capacity, and the successful completion of your mortal purpose to be proven and to have joy.

I wasn’t getting very much before because I wasn’t paying for very much. There really is no such thing as a free lunch–joy comes in extending ourselves in service to others. It takes faith and it requires obedience. I know this, I just forget when I turn my eye from the things that matter most. I’m denying myself personal growth, molding of character and joy! Heaven knows I need all of the above.

I’ll do better, I promise. I like the way I’m feeling these days. Still busy, still stressed, and a bit overwhelmed with what I’m being tasked with — but I’ve felt the guiding hand of the Lord as I’ve knelt in more earnest prayer and recognized His ideas and grand plans through the voice of the Spirit. This is Mormonism 101!; the love of God through revelation and I’m grateful for the reminder. Remembering will be like swimming in a life jacket! And really (as literally not a very strong swimmer) this sounds like the best idea of the year.

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