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Father’s Day

This is the picture that I see every time I sit at my computer.  Not because it is posted on the wall, but because it is in a clear plastic wall file holder, nestled behind and over to the side of my computer.  This is probably not the best photo of my dad, as it was scanned from his California driver’s license, but according to the date, it was likely one of the last pictures taken of him.

The most vivid pictures I have of my father are those embedded in my memory.  I have a picture of me riding behind him on his horse, over the hills on our ranch, through the trees and across the river, feeling the splash, and his hand holding my leg securely so I wouldn’t bounce off his horse.  I have a picture of us laughing and teasing each other and talking endlessly as we rode.  I was measured by how far I could reach around him, and how sad it was when I realized my hands could touch, because that meant I was getting too big.

Sacred pictures emit similar feelings, and sacred places do too.

The temple – the hills where we rode the horse, my church – my home that I live in now, this photo of my dad – this artist’s conception of Christ

They all feel like hallowed space.  “Remove thy shoes”

Happy Father’s Day Dad.  I have never forgotten our pictures and the wonderful childhood memories etched, embedded, and echoed in my memory forever.

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Vision for life

Friend, if God himself trusted His own spirit to lead all people to Him, why did He inspire people from the beginning of time to keep a record of His dealings with people? By what you are saying, people have no value in the sight of God, for helping to spread His truth, unless there is no truth in the words of man. God inspires people to keep records (The Bible) and then witnesses to our soul of their truthfulness, through His Holy Spirit.

We have a project going on right now which will help put this issue to rest; the issue of knowing in whom a person can trust for truth. Why am I so passionate about this?

I wish you could have watched the episode on TV explaining this on Monday evening. Here is a broadcast, if you scroll “Live TV” to Monday Oct 19, and over to “Joseph Smith Papers”. Discussion of Doctrine and Covenants is also enlightening. Section 1 was not given to us, but to all mankind. God declares this revelation to be “for the benefit of the whole world”. Every Monday will be another segment on the Joseph Smith papers, and you can watch it on the Internet. Oct 12 tells the account of Sidney Rigdon’s falling away from Joseph Smith, believing he started out a true prophet, but died a false prophet. We are examining in great depth and detail our own history. Why now? Because technology has presented itself to make it possible.

It is no wonder there is such confusion in the world of Christianity, and in general, all religion. I find your discussions interesting, but you’re always going off on these little threads that fizzle out in the end, aisi. Perhaps we should all read, James 1:5-6

Re-read what you wrote here, and then look at the links I provided. A perfect match. Monday Oct 12 JSPapers episode is a discussion of many of the things we have been criticized so heavily for. This is real US History, exposed, and according to section 1 verse 3, “shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed”. We live in fulfillment of that today.

I’ll file this under “Teepee” because it is vision for life. I’m still dragging a foot about sharing the whole vision of life and symbolism of my teepee. But I will soon.

Dena Brehm said:
I have to wonder how much we really trust in the Spirit to lead us … it appears that most of us believe, or have been taught, or think, that God needs our help, and that unless we defend God, God’s reputation is smeared … that the Spirit doesn’t know how to lead us into all truth …
The meek man will attain a place of soul rest. As he walks on in meekness he will be happy to let God defend him. The old struggle to defend himself is over. He has found the peace which meekness brings. – A.W. Tozer I’m learnING this, am in the thick of learning it … am letting it transform me.

It seems to me that if a thing is true … it will be (or will become) self-evident.

No need for declarations, defenses, proofs, attacks, or mind-numbing doctrinal recitations. If it’s true, it just IS (& truth is strong enough to withstand all manner of scrutinizing, all manner of questioning, all manner of exploration).

Just share the thing, as you currently see it … (everyone bearing in mind that this is a journey into all truth, that only the Spirit can lead, and that all of us are doing the best we can, at any given time … God certainly knows how He has made us, and isn’t shocked).

If the thing is true, the Spirit is IN it, is OF it, and the Spirit, who alone can, will plant the seed in the hearts which are receptive, and cause it to grow.

The Spirit alone can dismantle whatever is in the way of each of us seeing, knowing, embracing, and living that truth. The Spirit, who alone can, will lead each of us into all truth — meeting each of us where we are, leading us, shining Light into our dark and blind spots, as we can bear it.

Our marching orders, while en route…?

Love.

Oh – and the Spirit alone can show us how that love manifests … in each and every situation, with each and every soul.

Unless, of course, we don’t trust the Spirit to do what Jesus told us He will, and we instead insist on leading the egoic charge into an egoic battle … attacking specks while ignoring our own logs …

“What is that to you? You follow Me.” (Jesus)

Shalom, Dena

P.S. I notice that Jesus said, “The Spirit will lead you into all truth.” He didn’t say, “a book will be compiled by councils of man, which will contain and spell out, and limit, all truth.” When we substitute the living-leading Spirit with even the most inspired of written words, we do so to our peril. Jesus said, “It is written, but *I* say…” & He’s still saying. The Dabhar of God (the living word) is that which the Spirit is saying, within … separating soul (ego) and Spirit (truth). Are we listening..? Or, do we think we already *know*…?

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The healing place

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I think I’d kinda like it here.  I’d write a story and my imagination would soar.

What if  this story really did happen, that it wasn’t just a novel, that the scriptures mean what they say and say what they mean about what will happen when the world is ripe in iniquity, when the world is as it was in the days of Noah.  All we’re waiting for seems to be legalizing and popularizing same sex marriage, to totally make a mockery of the family unit…..when corruption, secret combinations, begin to implode….oh they’re doing that right now….when all secrets will be revealed on the housetops….seems that is happening too….and all we need to prepare is our year supply of food and necessities, which will be just as important as building the ark was in Noah’s day. Today is the day to prepare to meet God. There is no time to bask in the sunshine or rest in front of the tv. This is a preparing time like no other has been. God is giving us ample time to prepare. The warnings are coming loud and clear, to those who are listening. Be motivated.

I’ll file this under wheels, the wheel labeled motivation.

My healing place is my teepee.   My healing place is my temple The words are almost similar. My healing is the wheels on my wagon. Exercise and nutrition, social support and love, I can change if I think I can change, and motivation and organization. Four self-propelling titles that have healing in their wings. all that’s lacking is social support.

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Are we pioneers?

 

Now I was a single mother of six young children. I frequently felt overwhelmed by the constant workload, financial worries, and endless decisions involved in my efforts to be both mother and father with no extended family to give me relief or support.
As I sat at the table pleading with the Lord for His help and mercy, the Holy Ghost opened to my view a beautiful and comforting manifestation of the Savior’s love. I was able to see the money owed for household expenses with a new perspective as the sacred priorities of life were brought to my remembrance. I knew that our Heavenly Father wanted me to have the blessings promised to those who faithfully paid tithes and offerings. I also knew that tithe paying should be a joyful act of love, devoid of fear and worry.
As the Spirit of the Lord filled me, I found myself bearing testimony of convictions I had long held firm and sacred. My voice broke the silence of the kitchen as I declared that I would rather lose the water source to my house than lose the living water offered by the Savior. I would rather have no food on our table than be without the Bread of Life. I would prefer to endure the darkness and discomfort of no electricity than to forfeit the Light of Christ in my life. I would rather abide with my children in a tent than relinquish my privilege of entering the house of the Lord.
The burden of worry immediately lifted. My love for the Lord overcame the weakness generated by my fears. Our Heavenly Father is our deliverer, our benefactor, and our protector. He truly does supply all our needs. His promises are sure and unfailing. He commands us to pay tithing on our increase so that He may shower down blessings from heaven—including peace of mind, freedom from worldly and material worry, and confidence in His holy name.

I’ve learned that 8 is a breeze.  Try 23, all under the age of 10, at the same time, after a rain.  I still haven’t cleaned up after the mud.

I read something the other day that pretty much expresses exactly how I feel, only in different words:

“Now I was a single mother of six young children. I frequently felt overwhelmed by the constant workload, financial worries, and endless decisions involved in my efforts to be both mother and father with no extended family to give me relief or support.

As I sat at the table pleading with the Lord for His help and mercy, the Holy Ghost opened to my view a beautiful and comforting manifestation of the Savior’s love. I was able to see the money owed for household expenses with a new perspective as the sacred priorities of life were brought to my remembrance. I knew that our Heavenly Father wanted me to have the blessings promised to those who faithfully paid tithes and offerings. I also knew that tithe paying should be a joyful act of love, devoid of fear and worry.

As the Spirit of the Lord filled me, I found myself bearing testimony of convictions I had long held firm and sacred. My voice broke the silence of the kitchen as I declared that I would rather lose the water source to my house than lose the living water offered by the Savior. I would rather have no food on our table than be without the Bread of Life. I would prefer to endure the darkness and discomfort of no electricity than to forfeit the Light of Christ in my life. I would rather abide with my children in a tent than relinquish my privilege of entering the house of the Lord.

The burden of worry immediately lifted. My love for the Lord overcame the weakness generated by my fears. Our Heavenly Father is our deliverer, our benefactor, and our protector. He truly does supply all our needs. His promises are sure and unfailing. He commands us to pay tithing on our increase so that He may shower down blessings from heaven—including peace of mind, freedom from worldly and material worry, and confidence in His holy name.”

I would rather be in the presence of children, than have everything done.  Children are a gift from God.  Grandchildren grow up way too fast.  I enjoy every moment with them that I can.  Once they reach the age of 12, they get too busy to come and visit.  Of course maybe not.  When cousins are the same age, the group will probably always like to gather. 

Aren’t we all pioneers when it comes to raising the next generation?  And with the attitude expressed by this single young mother, we’ll garner the courage to make it,  no matter what comes our way.

I think this should be filed under “teepee”.

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The River

Teepee frontWhen your past meets up with your future what happens to your river?  (The blue is my river).  Mine runs both directions at once) The stars are my children, innumerable, the sun and the moon-parents.  Horses-strength.  There are many other details: a hawk feather-direction, my fence posts are bullets to remind me that I was able to build a strong fence with pain.  I’ll write about the woolf on the teepee door later.

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Back of TeepeeI grew up beside the river, and was quite a river rat, spending much time there.  My mother didn’t have to worry about her children playing near the river.  We respected its power, and avoided the danger spots.   My river runs both directions, to my childhood and heritage,  and toward my future, providing safe passage both ways.  I have complete trust in my past, and hope for my future.  No matter what happens, I know it has worked and will work for my best good.   Everyone at some point might as well say, “everything from my past has been for my best good”.  And, believe it.

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I’d like to introduce the rest of my teepee, but, like my eagle, I am dragging one foot. So, maybe the eagle is a good place to continue.

The eagle soars toward the blazing Son

The eagle soars toward the blazing Son

My eagle represents faith and courage, but also fear and hesitation.

The eagle soars toward the blazing sun,

blinded by the light,

unaware of the dangers all around.

As long as he/she is focused on the sun, she won’t be tempted by the distractions. But she drags a foot, because she loves the place where she’s been, and isn’t sure if she’s quite ready to leave it all behind.

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