The Lord isolates the prophets and insulates them with knowledge, understanding and testimony. Then he sends them out to lead. Not to fit in, not follow – but to LEAD.
We follow this same pattern when we keep our children close until they know how to follow the Lord and the spirit says they’re ready to lead.
In 1939 it was proposed that the government get the children away from the moms and grandmas as early as possible, because this is when they are easily molded.
Heavenly Father’s plan is best – keep them with mom. But Father’s plan has a counterfeit. Satan has devised a plan to keep children away from their parents – today children are with their moms less than 2 hours a day.
For examples think of Moses in the wilderness, the call of Enoch or Isaiah…
How do you keep your children isolated from the things of the world?
How do you insulate your children from the fiery darts of Satan?
There is an obvious connection between the heart and the mind. God said he sends us answers, revelation, to the heart AND the mind. Both are involved in understanding. There may not be a logical reason for how they are connected, but we can use this knowledge in learning.
We first engage learning with God’s beauty. Through color, music, pictures, stories, etc. we can awaken the heart. When the heart recognizes God’s beauty curiosity begins to grow and questions spring forth ~ they are ready for knowledge of the mind, the mechanics, the how things work, the cognitive connections and the pulse of learning. If this stage of learning is allowed to become personal and self-directed drops of this knowledge drip down into the heart and understanding is planted. Each of these drops brings greater and greater understanding. A greater awe of God’s beauty once beheld as color now becomes understanding impressed upon their soul and new questions spring out and the cycle continues. The heart sparking the mind and the mind sowing the heart if cultivated will continue beating and learning forever.
Heart and Mind Devotional
We have prepared a PDF Heart and Mind Devotional for you to use with your family. Check out the video too.
What comes to mind when you hear “Lighten Up?” I’m not using this term in the sense that someone is placing too much emphasis on a trivial matter or has their priorities out of whack. I’m using it in reference to:
Jesus is the LIGHT of the World. Look up to Christ and bask in his sonlight.
Homeschooling our children is a big deal. It deserves heartfelt attention. If we try to do it in our own strength, we may become “too tense.” We need to give our efforts “a rest.” If we feel called to teach our children, and we are, then we need to “Lighten Up!” that calling with the idea that it’s not a chore, but a blessing, a gift Christ is giving us.
Satan wants to steal, cheat and lie. Don’t listen to him. He doesn’t want our children to learn God’s Glory. If he can worm his way in with doubts, comparisons, and reminders of past mistakes, this can cloud our attitude. Don’t let him.
Over the next few weeks in this blog, on our video podcasts, and in a live class, I will be teaching ways to “Lighten Up!” and give our efforts “a rest” and allow God to be the teacher for both you and your children. I hope you will join me.
Another special witness of the birth of Christ in the temple was Anna—the aged widow whose name means “full of grace.” She was a devout and saintly woman who worshipped for many years in the temple, she was undoubtedly well known among the faithful. Just as there are many widow serving and welcoming people to the house of the Lord today.
She approached the holy family and immediately recognized divinity. She then bore testimony to everyone in Jerusalem who “looked for redemption” (Luke 2:38) of the babe, Savior of the World.
Simeon and Anna, probably named after Hannah, Samuel’s mother, are often forgotten in the Christmas story, older people often are today. Such wisdom and friendships are not being shared. But God is aware of them and remembers them. My 80 year old visiting teaching partner, Dori, just went through 2 major artery transplants, it was touch and go whether she would stay in the mortal existence or not. After 10 months she and I got to go out again to visit our sisters again together and we wept. She thanked me for helping her “feel normal” again. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Please, remember the elderly, listen to their stories, how they met their spouse, how they gained their testimony. Invite them into your home as God invites them into his.
Anna is a wonderful example of faith and witnessing. She recognized divinity. When is the last time you saw divinity in someone? or one of God’s creations? I recently watched a video of a mother and her daughter-in-law whose relationship was not ideal. They were put together in an unique situation and ended up healing and strengthening that relationship. As I watched the healing process and the love ooze out of both of them for each other I felt divinity. I believe whenever there is healing and strengthening of relationships God is there.
This is a Tale of Two Mothers – Hannah of the Old Testament and Mary of the New Testament.
Hannah and Mary both lived in times of uncertainty and transition. Hannah lived in Israel during the time of Judges. After 350 years the Israelites were looking at other nations and noticing they had Kings at their head and started demanding a King to be their governor.
Mary, a young woman from Nazareth lived a thousand years after Hannah. After the Jews were carried away captive into Babylon a few returned to Israel to rebuild their nation only to see it taken over by the Selecids. A revolt by the Maccabees resulted in a free Jewish nation for a time. But, now the Romans and their appointed king, Herod, ruled over the Jews.
Hannah was the wife of Elka’nah who also was the husband to Penin’nah. She had bore him many children, but Hannah was barren. In Israel having many children was a blessing. Hannah pleaded with God at the temple, “Give me a son and I will give him back to you for all the days of his life.” Eli, the priest, told her that her prayer would be answered. Sure enough, Hannah name the boy Samuel, meaning, “I have asked him of the Lord. As promised when Samuel is weaned, she gives him to Eli to raise. At that time she offered up a song of thanksgiving.
My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in thy salvation.
There is none holy like the Lord, there is none besides thee; there is no rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.
The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world.
He will guard the feet of his faithful ones; but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might shall a man prevail.
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed.
Mary received a visit from the angel, Gabriel who told her she was to be the mother of the Messiah. Soon afterwards she traveled to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who is also pregnant. Elizabeth greets her warmly. Mary responds with a song of thanksgiving.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.
Many of the characters and event in the New Testament have types in the Old Testament. Hannah is a type of Mary. The parallels and imagery of the two prayers or songs are blatant. They both reference the poor and down-trodden, the mercy of God, etc. Mary must have studied the scriptures and read Hannah’s song many times. She may have memorized it and applied the words until they became her words, her feelings. What a reunion it must have been in heaven when the two met again. They may have compared stories of how they both handed over their first born sons to God to raise and their thoughts and fears and blessings and testimonies.
Who do you relate to in the scriptures? Who is your mentor and hero?
For me I have liked Eliza R. Snow and love to hear her stories and read her poetry (hymns). I admire her work and feel a connection to her. I look forward to meeting her one day.
“What? They have never heard the story of the birth of Jesus?” my son asked as we are read “The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever” as a family. In the story the Hurdman children, a poor, fatherless family wanted to join the Christmas Pageant and wanted to be the main characters. At the first rehearsal they asked many, many questions about the story. Finally the director read the story to them from the Bible to help them see the whole picture. They still had more questions. My sweet son was very concerned why they had never heard the story before. “Did they just forget it, mom?” I answered him with a question, “Have you ever forgotten the Christmas story?” “No” “Can you remember something you’ve never learned?” …Silence. I love when pondering happens. We spent the rest of the time doing a word study on Remember.
Teake went to the 1828 Dictionary, “to have in the mind an idea which had been in the mind before and which recurs to the mind without effort.” We learned that anciently recollect used to mean “using effort to recall an idea.” Today we interchange these meanings. We took time to think of things that took little to effort in remembering and things that took a lot of effort of recollect. It was a fun activity.
In pondering more I remembered (pun intended :)) the “Remember Cycle” We promise to “remember Him” in the sacrament covenant and we are promised to “always have the spirit” and the Holy Ghost “brings all things to our remembrance.”
The word remember is found in the Book of Mormon 157 times and the word recollect is only once. Since the language of the Book of Mormon was translated at the time the 1828 dictionary was written I believe the word remember is more about this first meaning of “recurs to the mind without effort.” When Helaman (Helaman 5) spoke to his sons about remembering their names and that the good works of their name sakes would come to mind without effort.
What comes to your mind without effort?
We haven’t finished the book, but we are sure that the Herdman’s will remember without effort the birth of Jesus for the rest of their lives.