Just got out of the bath. Sitting here eating fresh pineapple. Ahhh! What a way to end a day.
I woke at 3:45 this morning thinking it must be close to 6. I even held a conversation with the Warden, I was so sure it must be morning. When I looked at the clock, I was so embarrassed that I'd wakened him. Not sure if he knew the time or not, but he was a good sport about it all. I apologized, and he rolled over and went back to sleep. I tried, but no way.
I got up and got some things done for Primary.
At 7am, the women I work with in Primary, and I had breakfast together. We had a training at the church at 8am. It, as usual, was wonderful. I took pages and pages of notes. One of the scriptures that was shared was particularly significant to me right now. It was Doctrine & Covenants 84:85, "Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man."
This was important because I've been asked to speak in church tomorrow. Thoughts have been flowing through my mind all week. I've even had experiences with the topic this week as well and know exactly what route I'm supposed to take with this one. Tender mercies all over the place. It's now just a matter of getting an outline made up, so I can be organized as I share what I need to. I was impressed that this scripture was just an extra dose of encouragement from Heavenly Father to go with what the Spirit teaches.
Another thing that was shared during the training was that the new church handbook is to be used to fortify families. This idea has me intrigued. When we received these new manuals, and I had a chance to read through it, the idea to run family council more like how a ward council is held kept coming back to me. All we really use our family council for at this time is calendaring. I know it can be used for so much more to help our family run smoother. We just need to break tradition. I'll probably blog more about this topic later as I start to get it figured out. This, I'm sure, is another one of those line upon line lessons that I have yet to learn.
Immediately following the training, we had family pictures. I have a number of good friends who are talented photographers. Two, that I thought of asking to do these photos actually live about an hour away. While I thought the decision was going to be super tough, I read in the blog of one of these women that she had decided to close her business. I was sad to hear she was done. She has a number of health issues and homeschools her kids, so she's got a lot on her plate, but I know photography brought her a lot of happiness.
I've been learning a lot about confidence lately. I'm afraid that sometimes life's lessons are learned from making mistakes, changing and learning from the contrast between failure and success.
Right now, in so many areas in my life, I feel like a fish out of water. Being in a leadership role and being on the front lines, so to speak, is a new experience for me. This "young mother of the year" thing is also different. That, thankfully, hasn't been much of an issue, but it does make me analyze the way I do things quite a bit these days. Back to the post from a few days ago.
Anyway, I'm learning about being confident and cutting myself slack and being okay with me being me. I'm learning not to limit the Lord in what He can do with me. I'm particularly bad at putting myself down in front of others.
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I learned a lot from her today. Just another step on the ladder to another lesson I need to learn.