Sunday, June 29, 2008

Thoughts

The power of our thoughts has been on my mind lately. A few months back I read a book called "Dandelion" where a big theme was "thoughts become things". I started looking for scripture references and council from church leaders about thoughts and was surprised with what I found. The mutual theme last year was: "Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
“The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever” (D&C 121: 45–46).
Elder L. Tom Perry said, "Inescapably our thoughts shape our lives. The ideal is to keep our thoughts focused on spiritual things".
There are many, many more I wish I had time to post.
For quite some time I've let my thoughts drift to what I would do if Adam passed away. Yesterday I finally decided that I need not waste one more thought worrying about it, rather use my mental energy to improve the relationship that I do have. I thought about leaving a little love note out in the stack of wood I knew he would be working with yesterday. But I quickly became busy with the morning and forgot. At dinner time, I wanted to write "i love you" with some sort of eatable material on his dinner plate I gave to Kaia to carry outside to him. I quickly looked through the cupboards but couldn't find anything and before I knew it Kaia had already taken the plate. As I thought about it later I thought "Oh, I could have used Hershey's chocolate syrup. But Kaia would probably have licked it all away before it ever got to Adam." In another blog I read, called NieNie Dialogues, the wife writes little letters to her husband and titles them "Letters to Mr. Nielson". I don't think I can call Adam "Mr. Bennett" but I like the idea:

Dearest Adam,
I know you don't currently read this blog, but someday I think you will (even if it is just me reading it to you someday when we are old and gray). I love you. I love how you spent 10 hours working in your "wood shop" yesterday. I love how you gave Kaia and Sierra little jobs to help you. I love that you went to get Tristan out of his crib this morning so I could take a peaceful shower all by myself. I love days when you get home from work and see the frazzled look in my eyes you take over with creative daddy ways to get the kids to clean up and be friends. I love that even though you are very tired, you are up early to get to your church meeting. the kids and I are blessed when you serve. I'll always love you just because I love you, and everyday I'll find new reasons to love you more and more.
Mindi

2 comments:

Danny,Vycci & Kids said...

Thanks for sharing. I have been consumed by many thoughts lately, both good and bad. These were inspired words. I also just read another blog from someone who had read the new article in the Ensign about sharing the gospel via the internet. I am going to read it today. So just wanted to say thank you for your thoughts and testimony-it has helped to strengthen mine today!

marisa purcell said...

I think it is so good to be reminded why our husbands are so wonderful. They do so much for us and provide for our families in so many ways. Thanks for the spiritual thought and the kindness you share to your husband. He will read it one day and appreciate more that day.