Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sleep, Where Art Thou?

This morning I woke up sometime after 3.  I went to bed after midnight and 3 hours is not enough.  When I realized that I would not being going to bed (around 5-ish) I decided to go to Walmart.  When you're alarm to wake you up goes off when you're driving home, what are your thoughts?

I ran into a roommate walking as I was driving back.  I picked her up and took her to her brother's place.  Apparently she also woke up at 3.  Maybe my sleeplessness comes from her and its contagious.  Or maybe I'm the one who caught a disease and am spreading it to her.  Either way, I'm tired, but I have things to do today.  I can't really afford to go back to sleep.

Moral of this post: I like complaining and I want more sleep.

Let me sing you a song... Tra la la fal la la tralala fala trafala.  This kind of thing is likely to occur more often because my lack of sleep is making my brain do funny things.

Thank you for reading and for pitying me.  I feel your pity.  I'm feeding on your pity.  I am turning into a blob that is going to suck out the pity from all the world.

Is it bed time yet?

Friday, July 26, 2013

An Answer to Prayer

Today I was reading in 3 Nephi 28.  I want to reflect on verses 4 and 5.  "And when he had spoken unto them, he turned himself unto the three, and said unto them: What will ye that I should do unto you, when I am gone unto the Father?  And they sorrowed in their hearts, for they durst not speak unto him the thing which they desired."

This is the story of the Three Nephites that would never taste of death.  Theirs was a bold request, so bold they didn't feel comfortable even asking for it.  However, in verse 7 Jesus says, "Therefore, more blessed are ye."

It just goes to show you that we can ask for outlandish things.  Hee hee, I was just going to say that we probably couldn't ask for the same thing the Three Nephites did, but then I thought better of it.  They wanted to remain on the earth until the Savior comes again.  I think that is within our power to ask for, but that's a different story.

Heavenly Father wants to bless us.  Some things that we may think are outlandish are actually part of his plan as well.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dear Sleep

Dear Sleep,

Thou wert my friend
In times of old.
More precious to me
Then steel, silver or gold.

Why hast thou now
On me declared war?
A hole in my night
It seems you tore.

Could it be you're jealous
Of things I can feel?
For I am human
And can love a great deal.

I thought it was the heat
That stole you away,
But now I wonder
If something else is in play.

The air is cool
And darkness around me lies.
But I am restless
Because of butterflies.

How does one learn
To stay asleep
When feelings arise
That go so deep?

I need thee sleep
But I'll survive.
It's all about love
That let's me thrive.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Woe Unto Them


Isaiah 5:20
20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
There are a lot of voices in the world today.  I feel like there are a lot of good people out there, but they're just confused.  (Now it's time for someone to get offended because I said that people who think differently than me are just confused.  Your offense has been noted.) People want to do what's right.  They want to be fair and just to all.  But as people are being fair and just to all they are forgetting laws of nature as well as laws of their creator.  They can say that they don't believe in God, but that doesn't make him any less real.  
The argument is compelling.  When I hear something that I think is so blatantly wrong, I want to shout out the truth so that someone will hear me.  And then I realized one day that no one was going to listen.  I wouldn't change anyone's opinion.  The people who think differently would get riled up and fight harder.  The people who thought the same as me would give me a high five and the battle would continue onward.  So what do I do?
Staying silent isn't the answer.  There is power that comes from standing up for what you believe.  You miss out on that when you keep your head down and you bow to the nearest force.  
This war is so different than the ones we read in books.  Or maybe it's the same, I don't know.  Both sides think that they are right.  Both think that the other is blinded and must be yelled at to see.  There is truth.  Ironically, only one side can believe that because if you say there is no God you must also say there is no truth.  People try to 2-dimensionalize their opposers. No one is flat.  Of course, I'll admit that some people are straight up evil.  Concentration Camps and Genocides are evidence of that.  That's beside the point though.  
We have to keep doing the best we can.  We must stand strong for what we believe.  We must recognize that we won't always agree with our neighbors.  That doesn't mean we have to grab our pitch forks and start beating.  We will lose some battles, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't fight.  However, we should keep our honor as we fight.  I hate to say it, but I think losing is inevitable.  If we give up our honor for this fight, then we will lose everything.  If we fight with our honor, then at least we'll be on the winning side when it counts.