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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Little reminders

The other day at my parents' house, Chloe wanted to watch Evan Almighty. I have never actually seen this movie, but my mom assured me it would be fine for a five year old, and I completely trust her, so I put on the DVD.

A little while later, I came in the room just in time to hear the following quote said by Morgan Freeman who plays God:

"Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?"

After hearing that, I was instantly reminded of something I posted on this blog about a year and a half ago. I had actually learned that very lesson, but I had also forgotten it a little, as we all tend to do. I was really thankful for the reminder from God (even if it was just Morgan Freeman pretending) because I really needed it right about now.

I often get horribly discouraged with myself because I am not perfectly patient or calm or balanced or put together. I get frustrated when my prayers for patience (or whatever else I'm praying for) are seemingly being ignored, because instead of being given perfect patience, I'm only given the opportunity to be patient. Talk about a trial of faith.

There are a lot of personal weaknesses that I am currently working on, and I am so thankful for the quiet little nudge to remind me that I am doing okay. And to look at the opportunities to practice as great blessings instead of the trials I usually feel they are.

And most of all, I'm thankful for the gentle reminder that Heavenly Father loves me. He looks out for me, and He wants to help me be my very best self. I just have to let him.

20 comments :

  1. I believe that we will always have "something" we're working on. It's part of life and who we are. We just have to keep an open mind and notice those opportunities we get. You're doing great!

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  2. Lara Do Not pray for patience!! Lol
    Pray for strength.
    I didn't hear you yelling at the girls!!

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  3. That is a neat quote from the movie. I had never really thought of it like that.

    I always seem to think that I need to be perfect, and then something (or someone) reminds me that I just need to do my best. It's a constant battle in my mind! Thanks for another reminder to help me feel a little better.

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  4. Thanks for the great reminder.

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  5. That's a great quote. Thanks for the reminder that opportunities to DO things are often times more important than receiving instant blessings and answers to prayers!

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  6. Morgan Freeman is a God of acting.
    :)

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  7. I do think that quote is true, and it's something I've always believed.

    I generally pray for motivation and things to happen in my life to help me become more motivated. It doesn't happen overnight, that's for sure!

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  8. Yep, definitely true. I sometimes wish it weren't though. I'd much rather just have the patience! j/k

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  9. I was really pleasantly surprised with Evan Almighty. Bruce Almighty was hilarious, but a little irreverent. I expected Evan Almighty to be the same. It was so much better.

    I also loved that Morgan Freeman quote! It makes perfect sense, but is one of those things we don't always think about.

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  10. I LOVE that part of that movie for this very reason. Lovely post, lady.

    I too struggle with myself, being impatient with me for my seeming lack of growth.

    But God is never not working. There's a song I love that says, "You (God) make everything glorious...and I am yours."

    Sometimes I don't see myself as His, but being His makes me glorious, even when I don't act very glorious.

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  11. You don't need to watch the rest of that movie. That scene was the best part.

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  12. so true. something i definitely need to be reminded of constantly.

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  13. Thanks for publicly following my blog!!! I read yours everyday. Your daughters are adorable!

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  14. Great reminder. It always seems like I am working on something and it seems like what ever I am praying for I often don't get but I do get the chance to practice and get better.

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  15. Nice to know all of us Mothers feel we have things to work on. I pray for more patience every day.

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  16. I love that movie. That's a great reminder.

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  17. Love the quote, thanks for the reminder!

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  18. It's a great quote. Our Gospel Doctrine teacher showed us this part of the movie one day. LOL

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  19. I want to go to Karen's ward! :O)

    This is a great quote. One to keep handy and read (and re-read!) every day!

    Thanks for sharing it!

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  20. Thank you--I needed to read that post very badly!

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