10 Day Social Media Fast: Day 8

Reading the news is not social media. Posting my thoughts and reactions on my blog is more like journalism.

When I read this article the other day on the Blaze I about tipped over backwards from rolling my eyes:

Yeah. Right. So now, after the election there is an alleged attempt to possibly have another feigned effort/promise to be finally kept by the GOP to do what the people have wanted done on Day 1 of the Trump Presidency? Now there is a bravado on the tail end of the small and #NotPermanentTaxCuts, #FullRepealEpicFail and the #Cromnibus?

Rachel Bovard discusses some of my thoughts in her article Building the Wall After All?:

“For the last two years, House Republicans have been frustrated as their leadership remains content to allow the Senate to call the shots, unwilling to engage openly in favor of their own priorities. (Or, for that matter, their own bills. Nearly 600 House bills are languishing in the Senate, waiting for action.)”

And this bill touted by Kevin McCarthy, who might be out to kill the Jim Jordan nomination for Speaker of the House as the Paul Ryan replacement?

Uh, it truly seems calculated, disingenuous, duplicitous, and extremely manipulative in this eleventh hour. I would have been more impressed if McCarthy insisted the House go on the record BEFORE this election cycle instead of afterwards.

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On another note…

Glenn Beck had a great program today with his guest Dr. James Lindsay.  Seriously, you have to listen to the entire interview. It is absolutely brilliant.

 

7/10-DF

 

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10 Day Social Media Fast: Day 7

Last weekend was General Conference and it was absolutely wonderful. This weekend has been Stake Conference and today’s Sunday session was every bit as wonderful as last evening’s session.

Inspired by the things I heard speakers share today, I went back to the talks from last Sunday to add additional insights as to what I understood from this morning’s speakers.

Deep and Lasting Conversion to Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

World conditions increasingly require deepening individual conversion to and strengthening faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement. The Lord has prepared us, line upon line, for the perilous times that we now face. In recent years, the Lord has guided us to address related core concerns, including:

  • Honoring the Sabbath day and the sacred ordinance of the sacrament has again been emphasized for the last three years.

Believe, Love, Do

The good news is, there is hope. There is a solution to the emptiness, vanity, and Weltschmerz of life. There is a solution to even the deepest hopelessness and discouragement you might feel.

Wounded

The Savior is our Good Samaritan,11 sent “to heal the brokenhearted.”12 He comes to us when others pass us by. With compassion, He places His healing balm on our wounds and binds them up. He carries us. He cares for us. He bids us, “Come unto me … and I shall heal [you].”13

Firm and Steadfast in the Faith of Christ

I am reminded of our mothers’ counsel: “Eat your vegetables; it will do you good.” Our mothers are right, and in the context of steadfastness in the faith, “eating your vegetables” is to pray constantly, to feast on the scriptures daily, to serve and worship in the Church, to worthily take the sacrament each week, to love your neighbor, and to take up your cross in obedience to God each day.24

Shepherding Souls

Brothers and sisters, our greatest challenges and our greatest rewards may come as we minister to lost sheep. The members of the Church in the Book of Mormon “watch[ed] over their people, and did nourish them with things pertaining to righteousness.”16 We can follow their examples and remember that ministering is to be “led by the Spirit, … flexible, and … customized to the needs of each member.” It is also critical that we “seek to help individuals and families prepare for their next ordinance, keep [their] covenants … , and become self-reliant.17

Luke 22: 32

But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

7/10-DF

10 Day Social Media Fast: Day 6

Today was the first day of the Montgomery Stake Conference. My husband sat in leadership meetings this afternoon and then I joined him for the evening session that is open to all adults 18 years and older.

Below are links to my additional research as I ponder over tonight’s discussions and how true principles apply anywhere and everywhere.

Ministering and Finding Common Ground.

Divine truth is absolute reality.

The Power of Teaching Doctrine – by Henry B. Eyring, quote:

The word of God is the doctrine taught by Jesus Christ and by His prophets. Alma knew that words of doctrine had great power. They can open the minds of people to see spiritual things not visible to the natural eye. And they can open the heart to feelings of the love of God and a love for truth.

6/10-DF

 

10 Day Social Media Fast: Day 5

Divine Discontent.

I love that phrase. I first heard it in a talk by Neal A. Maxwell titled Notwithstanding My Weakness.  Maxwell has other talks where he mentions divine discontent

  1. Settle This in Your Hearts
  2. Swallowed Up in the Will of the Father
  3. According to the Desire of [Our] Hearts
  4. Consecrate Thy Performance

Today is a day of divine discontent and as Elder Maxwell so pointedly states: 

  1. We can distinguish more clearly between divine discontent and the devil’s dissonance, between dissatisfaction with self and disdain for self. We need the first and must shun the second, remembering that when conscience calls to us from the next ridge, it is not solely to scold but also to beckon.

There is always “hope smiling brightly before us” and just like the Lord did for the children of Israel, He provides a path for us to “cross on dry ground.

5/10-DF

10 Day Social Media Fast: Day 4

It was a zoo day. Little Charlie R. and I went to the zoo. The weather could not have been more lovely with the passing of Hurricane Michael. The temperatures and humidity seemed to sort themselves out as a lovely breeze flowed through the partly cloudy day. It was simply lovely weather for this time of year.

I watched Jeffy on The Blaze this morning for a bit. Love that Kris Cruz. Other than that no news for me today. Just my little 2 year old and the zoo and the things that make a 2 year old’s life turn through the day.

Charlie R. fed the giraffes. He fed the ducks and the carp. And best of all he fed himself at lunch time. 

Simple joys.

My favorite part of the day was nap time once we got home from the zoo. He was singing the chorus to The Family is of God in that sweet little voice of his, as he drifted off to sleep. 

“…This is how He shares His love, for the fam’ly is of God.” 

4/10-DF

 

10 Day Social Media Fast: Day 3

Years ago Boyd K. Packer taught

True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.

The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior. Preoccupation with unworthy behavior can lead to unworthy behavior. That is why we stress so forcefully the study of the doctrines of the gospel.

He reiterated it years later in another sermon:

Doctrine can change behavior quicker than talking about behavior will.

What doctrine, or better yet, Whose doctrine are you following?

3/10-DF

10 Day Social Media Fast: Day 2

Kevin Ryan of The Blaze is a very interesting read. Here are links to his latest insights:

  1. In-Depth: Michael Rectenwald Crosses the Street

  2. In-Depth: Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin and the Long-Distance Call

  3. In-Depth: Dave Rubin’s Idea Revolution

Lots of changes going on at The Blaze. Pat Gray is going to mornings to take over the Doc Thompson slot. Doc is striking out on his own. Steve Deace from CRTV is moving into the Noon slot.

Thinking about purchasing #AddictedToOutrage by Glenn Beck.

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