Thursday, October 16, 2008

The New Me

Today as I was folding laundry I started listening to the Saturday sessions of General Conference on the computer. I was immediately struck my Elder L. Tom Perry's talk entitled "Let Him Do It with Simplicity". (Read it here) It was a message that I needed to hear. Sometimes I don't seem to get a lot done, but I think it's because I make many things more complicated than they need to be. Not just projects, but the everyday business of life. If I could just stop trying to compete, stop comparing myself, my home, my kids, to others. If I could learn to find joy in being at home. That's a big one. Oftentimes my house feels overwhelming to me so I leave. I go get lunch, shop with mom, whatever, but it gets me out of the house for a while. If I could learn to find joy cooking dinner for those I love, doing their laundry, helping with homework. I'm working on it. I'm thankful to my Heavenly Father for good men who lead our church under the direction of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm thankful for their inspired guidance. To quote Elder Perry:
In our search to obtain relief from the stresses of life, may we earnestly seek ways to simplify our lives. May we comply with the inspired counsel and direction the Lord has given us in the great plan of happiness. May we be worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost and follow the guidance of the Spirit as we navigate this mortal journey. May we prepare ourselves to accomplish the ultimate purpose of this mortal test—to return and live with our Heavenly Father.
I "simplified" my blog today. Not because it wasn't adorable before, but because this is a place I come on a pretty regular basis. It will serve as a reminder to me of the changes I want to make. I'm sure I'll change the picture now and again, but I want my blog to be a place that looks inviting, peaceful, and simple.
See those little boys up there in the picture? Those are my three oldest children on their first day of school this year. Have I prepared them adequately for what they face out in the world? That is what truly matters. Oh, I think I do a pretty good job, don't get me wrong. But I can do more. We can always do more, but do it simply. For "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass." (Alma 37:6)


Robyn said...

Hi there! I stumbled upon your blog from another friend's blog. I absolutely agree with you about Elder Parry's talk. I felt the exact same way when I heard it!

Have a great day!

Ashley said...

Thanks, Robyn,
Now if I can just put it into action!

Bray said...

I loved this post and love the look of your blog. I did the same thing. So many blogs I go to are very beautiful but filled with lots of stuff and I just felt I needed to keep mine more in line with my personality.....very very simple. I love simplicity and love a simple life filled with laughter, family and friends. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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