Showing posts from February, 2011

Finding Balance, Part 3: Patience and Contentment

Today, I'll finish up the discussion on Finding Balance by addressing two final elements to a balanced life: patience and contentment. (See part one and part two of this discussion.)

* Be Patient. We started our discussion last week by writing down all the things we are doing, want to be doing, or should be doing with our lives. I do this exercise every so often as I try to find the right balance in my own life. It can be discouraging to look at a huge list and realize all the things you're not doing or can't do because of the many other good things that fill your time.

That's why it's important to be patient. Wilford Woodruff counseled, “Do not be discouraged because you cannot learn all at once; learn one thing at a time, learn it well, and treasure it up, then learn another truth and treasure that up, and in a few years you will have a great store of useful knowledge which will not only be a great blessing to yourselves and your children, but to your fello…

Finding Balance, Part 2: Time Management

Last Friday, I posted part one of our Mother's Group discussion on Finding Balance. Today, I'll continue the topic with part two, Time Management. Because there is so much on this topic, I'll be posting part three later in the week.

As part of this, I'd love to hear your ideas, so I'll be including some questions at the end of each section. Feel free to answer one, all, or none in the comments.

* There needs to be a balance between being recognizing your limits and being diligent. I pointed out that there are two parts to this scripture: "And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order."

On the one hand, we all need to learn to say no, even to wonderful and good things (okay, usually to wonderful and good things), so that we …

Finding Balance, Part 1: Priorities

Our Mother's Group discussion this month was on Finding Balance in all of Life's Responsibilities. I led the discussion, and I will share a few of the things we talked about in three posts, Part 1: Priorities, Part 2: Time Management, and Part 3: Patience and Contentment.

The Myth of the Balanced Life

There is a strong myth circulating in the world today on the subject of balance. The idea is this: You can do it all, as long as you have balance! The truth is this: there will never be enough time to do everything you want. Finding balance is more about prioritizing and managing your time well than it is about fitting it all in. Finding balance in life is in many ways like finding balance in your diet. Life is like an enormous buffet with endless choices, offering you thousands of ways to fill your time. Trying to do it all is like trying to eat everything in this picture in one meal: Rather than finding balance by trying to do it all, we need to be wise about what …

One in a Million (Wordless Wednesday)

Sarah's picture is now on the main page of!
(Edited to add: It looks like the home page was changed again -- Ah! the fleetingness of fame -- but you can see her photo on the archive page)

I've submitted a lot of photos over the past few months for the Church to use
(if you're a photographer, you can submit yours too.)

I love that they chose a more casual photo of Sarah to use to direct members to a new feature: slideshows and videos introducing a few of the one million Primary children all over the world, "One in a million."

You may also remember that a photo of Allison and Sarah together are being used on this page with the fitting caption, "God knows us individually and loves us more than we can comprehend."

Sarah's thrilled that her photo was being used, and insisted on having her hair put into two ponytails on Sunday and Monday, "Because I look so cute with two ponytails." I hope the fame won't go to her…

Our Daily Bread (Favorites Friday)

When I listened to this talk last month, it was just what I needed. I've returned to its principles again and again, shared it via email and at Book Club, and now I hope you enjoy it as well.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread (to read it)
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread (to listen to it)

In it, Elder Christofferson shares some thoughts about the Lord’s prayer, in particular the words “give us this day our daily bread” – and compared it to the manna the Lord provided in the wilderness.

While it's good to plan and prepare for the future, he points out that we live in the present. It is intended for life to be a daily struggle at times, because we need to learn to pray daily for what we need that day. Sometimes when we feel overwhelmed it’s because we are looking too much into the future when all we need to do is have the faith to pray for strength for that day’s challenges. I liked this part of his message:
In the 1950s my mother survived radical cancer surgery, but difficult a…

Q&A Thursday: Another baby already?

Today's question comes from a dear friend who has her hands full with three young children. She recently found out she's expecting again and sent this question for my blog.

What advice do you have for expectant mothers (and fathers) that found they were expecting before they were ready to expect again?It's tough raising children, and sometimes when we feel we're stretched as far as we can go, some new challenge enters our life, such as an unexpected pregnancy. Here are a few suggestions:

* Go to the Lord to understand His will. This is important anytime our life goes in a direction we didn't plan, and such twists and turns happen to all of us. (I think planning your life is overrated, anyway, at least if you expect it to always follow the plan!)

Focusing on how your plans went awry keeps you from finding a way to enjoy the new plan. God can help you understand what blessings will come from this new direction in your life and can help this challenge shape you into…

Two for the Trail (Wordless Wednesday)


Happiness is . . . (Wordless Wednesday)

Nine precious months with this delightful girl!