Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Well, did you know that reading the Book of Mormon in a week means 80 pages a day??? 80 pages a day = 3 1/2 hours per day. I had no idea what I was signing up for. Each morning I wake thinking - again??? Day one was kind of tough, I was stressed but I felt pretty good. Day two, got the idea to listen while running. Running to Isaiah is an unusual experience. Great prophet, bad beat. As the days go on, I am getting creative. I took the kids to the grocery store play land and I sat in the Deli reading. Today we went to a park and then a play land while I listened to my ipod. I have just finished Mosiah and am starting Alma.
I feel like a super hero. The thing is, immersing myself in the scriptures does amazing things. I don't have time for t.v., I spend what was before thoughtless downtime reading. I am hearing promptings better. I am a better mom, youth leader, wife and friend and I am only on day three! This is a challenge, but I am now equipped to do it. Heavenly Father seems to think this is a good idea and is helping me tons.
Once again I can see how much Heavenly Father truly wants to help me. I know that when I wanted to lose weight and included him in my efforts I was successful. I owe it all to Him and prayer. I am grateful for this crazy goal I set. I know that next week I will go back to the same old 1/2 hour to 15 minute study, but I hope it is more intense, more dedicated. I have learned that once again that "I can do hard things" - this is definately hard.
I am glad I posted my goal on this blog, I hear your cheers and I feel supported. I am reminded how much telling people my weight loss goal helped me. People are amazingly supportive, but the very backbone of my success was getting a priesthood blessing and then learning to listen to the still small voice. I will tell you all my snacks and ideas, my tricks and lessons learned, but remember to include prayer: "prayer changes things"
I only feel like a superhero because Heavenly Father gives me wings to fly. "Ye have seen...how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself." (Exodus 19:4)