Oh, that's every time, though. He's always right. Cause he's da bomb.
Anyway, last Tuesday Brett got the AWESOME opportunity to serve as a parking attendant at the open house for the new Gilbert Temple.
We went to lunch before I dropped him off, cause, that's how we roll. And we had a fabulous conversation.
I was telling Brett how I wanted to be better at certain things. One of my biggest problems is having grand intentions, worthy desires, and then, blip. No follow through.
I wasn't sure where it was coming from, or what exactly it was. For example, I have general desires to raise my children to be righteous, beautiful children who have perfect testimonies of the Gospel. Simple, right?
But it seems like life just keeps getting in the way.
So this is where Brett's advice came in.
"I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise."
Brett told me to hold the Lord to his promise. Pray to him with my desires, which were good and worthy desires, and He could help me figure out what it was I needed.
Once I had that feedback, he then instructed me to go back to the Lord, and request help overcoming those obstacles.
So I did just that. Dropped him off at the Temple, headed home, and prayed for guidance. My answer was immediate. I knew exactly what I needed to do to become overcoming my blip attitude.
I realized I needed more courage to say no to the good in order to accomplish the best.
The Lord never fails to follow up promptings and revelations with real-life, hands on experience. So just shortly after this happened, I got a text from Brett:
"Guess what! They said I can take you guys through the Temple and we don't have to wait in line. Get the kids ready, be here at 6."
Sounds simple, right?
Enter obstacles. I had a girls night planned that night. My monthly girls night. My beacon of all things laughy, girly, and full of delicious food. It was my good friends last GN before her belly burst and she gave birth, and my others friends birthday bash celebration. I had been waiting and waiting for over a month for this night.
Aw, now I see. Time to hold the Lord accountable. If I do what He's told me to, I know He will help me. So, post-surgery, highly uncomfortable, I got myself and four children ready to go to the Temple.
And was it hard to choose the best choice?
Surprisingly (or not, I guess, depending on where your faith stands) it was not!
Cohen bathed, without argument!
Chloe let me choose her dress!
Kian didn't have a blow out diaper!
All sorts of miracles started taking place. A lot of you may giggle at what I constitute as a miracle, but these were tiny sweet blessings all for me following revelation.
We showed up at the Temple at exactly 6 o'clock. It was peaceful, beautiful, and amazing. I cried. My kids were so excited to see the Eternity mirrors in the sealing rooms. It was the most wonderful feeling to show them the alter where mommy and daddy knelt (upon a similar one in the Salt Lake Temple) and were sealed together for time and all eternity. I touched it's soft velvety surface and let the tears fall. I was so grateful to be in that room with my family, I can't even describe the joy I felt. I honestly don't think I've ever felt anything like it. And I know they felt it, too.
My heart nearly burst when I saw Kembry reach out and gently brush the velvet of the alter. Her tiny hand on such an important and simple piece of forever. It was incredible.
And then we went to dinner. The Spirit followed us, our dinner was so peaceful (even though poor Cohen puked right before we went in.) And even though I had planned on meeting up with some awesome women later, I just didn't want to be away from my family. I wanted to kiss my kids goodnight and snuggle with Brett. And so I did.
Heavenly Father had given me direction on how I should act, and followed up with amazing blessings.
"...I give unto you directions on how you may act before me, that it may turn to you for your salvation."
This experience was almost immediately followed up by another where I had already RSVP'd to a rockin' birthday party for a good friend. But then Brett signed us up for the marriage class the Stake offers, which we've been wanting to take. I could have easily missed it. In fact, there were women who did miss it in order to go to our friends bash.
But I knew Heavenly Father had made me a promise, and I knew what I would get in return when I held up my end of the bargain.
Brett and I don't really need a marriage class (cause we're rockstars. Ok. He's a rockstar, but I get some glitter now and then.) We just love learning about the Gospel and ways to improve ourselves. And I did learn just that. Like a waterfall, more of my prayers and concerns were answered.
I got an answer to how I can better study my scriptures with Brett.
I realized we were lacking in saying prayers together.
And I learned again how very, very much our Heavenly Father loves us.
I'm so grateful I listened to Brett's advice, and so grateful that Heavenly Father blessed me with guidance and promises to help me succeed. I have a loooong way to go, but I also have that same feeling I get when I'm in the Temple.
Everything is possible. It's almost...easy. With His help, I can do anything. Even say no to a party or two.