Sunday, March 26, 2017
Pic via: my bed one early morning (right, Olivia? ๐Ÿ˜Š) after an early morning meal for my Emmy. I've kept my scriptures right by my bed and pulled them up for that first feeding each day, so as to keep the Spirit extra close. Having Emmy here - that sweet, perfect newborn! - is so heavenly, and I can't lose the spirit of the whole experience. I just don't want to. I also don't want my spiritual guard to go down, knowing well that there's a devil out there that wants to see my fail in my new life as Mother to three.

Long story short, I'm reading first thing in the morning with this baby. And feeling all the better for it.

REAL QUICK - let me explain this study. I "just happened" to come across this lesson about hard work, persistence, and believing you can do anything (especially hard things!) from a former prophet, President Heber J. Grant, the very morning I went into labor with Emmy. My study ended up being quite long, actually, so I'm including only a portion of it here -- the part that I repeated in my mind as we sped off to the hospital in the middle of the night on March 15 to meet our baby girl. 

I had no idea at the time of studying how preparatory it was going to be for me that night, but oh how it was. My testimony of how God gears us up before we have to go into life's waves is stronger than ever (I mean, President Grant's word choice was "labor." Of all things)! How I believe He prepares us to do all that we need to do in special, tender ways. I am so grateful for Him. 


 Entry from Tuesday, March 14
"I feel that we should learn to never become discouraged...I believe when we determine with our hearts that by and with the blessings of God...we will accomplish a certain labor, God gives us the ability to accomplish that labor.

"God endows His servants...with all the ability, all the knowledge, all the power that is necessary...to discharge every duty and every obligation that rests upon them." 

These words from a prophet are so encouraging. As in I feel a literal surge of confidence that I can do everything I need and want to do right now.

I think of going through labor for Emmy and, ultimately, delivery -- nothing greater than that "rests upon" me right now and He really does have confidence in me to see that incredible task through. And then the follow-up work, too -- mothering Olivia, Claire and Emmy all together. Makes me think of one of my favorite scriptures ever:

D&C 6:36 "Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not." 

He believes in me. He will give me all the abilities I need to do it all for my life and the life of my little family. What a gift. 

I know He lives!


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