Last week when I was commenting on my sister's blog, her posts and my own comments got me thinking. First she had a lot of great goals. I used to be pretty driven but with kids I have found I don't want to feel too busy or stressed. But now my kids are getting older and just naturally I think life will have more for us to do and it will be good for me to have some goals for myself. Also I really like it when my friends or family have new posts for me to read about. I usually only sporadically post about things we are doing. So I think I am going to make it a goal to try to write a little each week (usually either on Sundays or Mondays) just about my thoughts.
At church we talked about Elder Christofferson's talk "As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten." We talked about the difference between criticizing and correcting. I think I do fairly well at this with my kids, but it is a good reminder of how to teach them to make adjustments to do the right thing without judging them. Hopefully I can really think of Heavenly Father as my caring father and have faith in the corrections I need to make.
I also really liked his story of the current bush and the gardener, comparing that to Elder Brown's life and changes and corrections that were made but guided by Heavenly Father. I am just beginning to read Jacob 5 (it will take a few days...) So thinking about that current bush and the olive tree, what stood out to me was that it says the phrase that "it grieveth me to lose the tree" several times in just those few verses I read and that he wants to preserve it. The gardener does all these different things with the roots and branches to try to preserve them and help them have good fruit. Heavenly Father does want us to be happy and with him again and I do believe that he helps guide us back.