Sunday, March 18, 2012

Shalom!

A merry morning and Good Sabbath to you!  It is snowing here today.  We are having an interesting March.  From very warm to very cold in just a few days.
So I am sharing my progress of my wave painting.  I am really kind of pleased with it:)  Don't laugh!  It probably doesn't look like much yet, but it has all kinds of interesting color I think. Of course you probably can't see that in this photo.  It should make a good foundation for the rest of the painting....and that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!  It does feel good to have something to show in class tomorrow.  I won't work on it today.  I made a promise to myself that I would not do homework on Sunday, and it has been a good thing.
So I suppose I should share the rest of the bad luck we've had lately.  I wrote about the machine falling, and Max being attacked by coyotes. Did I write about the cars yet?  Mel took the Explorer into the dealer to see what was wrong with the transmission....they said we need a new one:(   Well, that is bad enough, but when he went to start his truck...it wouldn't start!  So now we are a one car family:( At least until we get the Explorer back from the dealer.  Mel said the Explorer will run for a while, so maybe that will give us time to fix the truck. But that does seem to be the way it goes....it's never just one bad thing that happens but a whole slew. I feel very blessed though. We have water and food and shelter and one car that runs great. So we are fine. I think it helps to have some knowledge of how the rest of the world struggles to put it all into perspective.  I just need to count my blessings to realize how very blessed we are!
And that is a good segway into my mini sermon for today:)  And it is to myself.   It is a poem I have that inspires me when things seem a little dismal.  So here goes:

ENDURE

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must---but don’t you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow---
You might succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up.
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out---
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit---
It’s when things seems worst that you mustn’t quit.
Author Unknown

Well, I hope this day finds you well and happy with courage to keep going forward.  Life is strange with it's twists and turns!  But I am enjoying the ride for the most part.  Take care and remember....Jesus Christ is really the Son of God.  And Joseph Smith really did restore His gospel to the earth.  It is all true!  And I am so glad!!!!!!  HAVVVVGS!!!!  Melody

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