- "You're in your forties. Are you telling me you personally have a shelf somewhere with five full sets of scriptures on it? Are you crazy?" My much-revered friend and mentor (of "If two of you think alike, one of you is unnecessary" fame) once told me that as an adult, he gets new scriptures every five years, and that was my reaction at the time. I admit I thought it was interesting, but kind of weird and excessive. I would like to publicly e-retract my initial reaction because he is right on. I just got a shiny new set for my birthday and I. Am. Thrilled. I can't wait! My new quad has a button! Oh, how I've longed for a button. Five years is about how long it takes before you need a fresh look with fresh eyes and a chance to take fresh notes, instead of having your old markings guide your thinking down the same old paths. Even if they're great paths, you know? You read differently when YOU'RE different! My last set is well-worn and well-loved but you know what, a lot has changed since 2004/2005ish when I made most of those markings and notes (and by "a lot" I mean pretty much everything. My life stage. My mind. My bum size. My name. I could go on...). So I didn't realize how cool it would be until I got them today, and whoa. I am really, really excited to take a brand new look, and will be adhering to the every-five-years plan from this moment forward.
- *ALERT: YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ ABOUT SCRIPTURAL BREASTFEEDING* Long before I had kids or a husband, I had a nice heart-to-heart about the Book of Mormon with a stranger, and the woman (who was probably in her twenties) said, "I knew my life had shifted when I started reading and identified more with Lehi than with Nephi. I relate now as a parent instead of a child." I laughed and couldn't imagine it ever happening to me. That had never occurred to me before. She also said that as a nursing mom, for the first time she appreciated the awesomeness of women living on raw meat in the wilderness but still being strong enough to make milk for their children. Gross! I thought that was super weird of her to have noticed and applied to herself. Yeah, again, I've changed my tune and get it now. Hrmmm. People say stuff I think is weird and then I realize they're right. Am I getting older or are they getting awesome? Maybe both. All of this is my way of saying I haven't read the New Testament or the Book of Mormon from my new vantage point in life and I'm looking forward to it. Annnnd go git yourself some new scriptures too!
- I stumbled into this gem of an interview with Julie Beck and her two daughters. Parts of it were definitely better than other parts, but the highlight for me was at the end where she says you can pretty much do anything that's asked of you. Just make it happen. I love that. Here's an excerpt:
I often think of the pioneers...and what happened during that most difficult time? The United States government came and said, "We need five hundred of your most able men," and off they went. And what did the women say? We're going to just sit here and cower and feel sorry for ourselves? No! They said, "You go do your job. We will meet you in the valley." And they did. That's the kind of feeling I have for the sisters of this church. Whatever's required, they can do it. They can round up their shoulders and do it, if it's asked of them...We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Amen and amen. I love buck-up-and-just-make-it-happen messages.
- And finally, I stumbled into this talk from 2002 this week and just have to share this, from Henry B. Eyring:
The Lord knows both what He will need you to do and what you will need to know. He is kind and He is all-knowing. So you can with confidence expect that He has prepared opportunities for you to learn in preparation for the service you will give. You will not recognize those opportunities perfectly, as I did not. But when you put the spiritual things first in your life, you will be blessed to feel directed toward certain learning, and you will be motivated to work harder. You will recognize later that your power to serve was increased, and you will be grateful.
Also, there is a heading in the talk above that says "God will multiply the effectiveness of your time." I think and hope that is true, because I've often felt like there is not enough of me to go around. Anyway, the God-knows-what-we-need-to-do-and-what-we-need-to-know thing has been absolutely true in my experience, especially recently, and I am grateful for the opportunities I've been given that have prepared me for stuff. I bet in five years (when I have NEW new scriptures!) I'll be grateful for stuff now that was preparing me for then.