Elysha's World

Elysha's World

Sunday, May 22, 2016

It's a Sign!

I went shopping this week and found some new decor for my room. When I got home and looked around, I realized that I really do enjoy sayings posted around for me to look at throughout the day. They are little reminders to me, and while a lot of times I don’t notice them, when I do, they usually bring a smile to my face. 

It reminded me of another sign I saw a few years ago. I was lost as to the next step to take in my life, and one sign changed my whole perspective. I posted about in this blog Elizabeth Smart and My Story. Here is the part that I wanted to share:

“I remember a time last year when I was having a really hard time. I didn’t feel like my life had any direction to it, and I felt like it didn’t really matter what I was doing. I was home from a mission, I was single, I had graduated from college, and I wasn’t really sure what I should be doing. I had a part time job and I just wanted the Lord to answer my prayers and tell me what I should be doing. I’d applied for at least 20 different full time positions, but I couldn’t even get an interview. I felt lost and confused. 

One day, I was walking down the hall of the university where I worked at and I felt the need to look up. I looked up and right in front of me hanging from the ceiling was a sign that said ‘Be Patient.’ That’s all it said. The sign was actually talking about construction, or something like that, but I took it as a sign from my Father in Heaven that I needed to stop trying to control everything, and just let Him take the lead. I was always trying to take the next step, but I think He was telling me to slow down and let things happen the way they were supposed to happen.” 

I had a similar experience to the one mentioned above a few years earlier, when I was trying to figure out what to major in. I had just transferred from a college to a university and I wasn't sure what to major in. I prayed about it, thought about it, asked people what they thought, but I never felt like I got my answer. I decided I'd just stick with English, even though I didn't really want to major in that.

On the day that I went to sign up for my major, I tripped and found myself looking at this manhole cover. I looked up and I was right in front of the Humanities building. I had been debating whether or not I should be a Communications major, and I took this as my answer. I stood up and walked right into that building. That's how I decided which major I should go into.
Some, if not all people, might call that a coincidence. I don’t. I like to see them as helpful hints from a Heavenly Father. 

One of the signs that I bought this week is now posted above my door. I’m not 100% sure that it was actually said by Abraham Lincoln, but I liked the idea on it regardless. It says, “The best thing about the future is that it…only comes one day at a time.” I LOVE that idea! (Especially because one of my favorite talks is about taking life “one day at a time.”) I share a large portion of that talk on this blog I Love the Way You Hold Me

Here are some of my favorite signs and sayings. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Glad Game

This past weekend I watched the movie Pollyanna. I’m sure it’s been more than 10 years since I’ve seen it. Someone recently mentioned her happy disposition, and I wanted to be reminded of the story line. While it’s not my favorite movie, it definitely felt like I was taking a walk down memory lane.

When she started talking about “The Glad Game” all I could think about was my own mother. She basically taught us the same thing, except I think I’d call it “The Nice Game.” If you don’t know what “The Glad Game” is, or if you’ve never seen Pollyanna, here is a clip of it on YouTube. The explanation of the game starts at 2:40.

Here is how the game is played.  When something bad happens, you look for reasons to be happy. Like when you’re late to work, instead of being mad about it all day, you think to yourself, “I’m so glad that I have a car that can drive me to work, and that I got here safely.” I’ve had a cold this week, and instead of feeling down about it I think, “I’m glad that most of the time I am healthy. I’m glad that I have tissues and modern medicine. I’m grateful for sleep.” 

Like I said before, my mom is probably the queen at this game. When I was in high school I went through a few groups of friends and had some family drama going on. When my friends would get into fights, or when I’d have to go to my dad’s for the weekend, I’d come home very upset.  I’d sit and complain to my mom about how hard my life was. She’d listen and then she’d say, “Well now that we’ve talked about all of the bad things, it’s time to look for the good things and recognize all the great things in your life. For everyone you said something bad about, you need to say 5 positive things about them.” That is really hard to do when you’re mad at someone, but it always helped me look for the good.

While I was in the MTC learning Chinese and preparing to serve an LDS mission to Taiwan, I had 3 different mission companions. I was in the MTC for 12 weeks. This was in 2011. I was having a hard time being away from home, learning the language, and getting along with everyone. We had a speaker Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita come speak to us. His humble wife got up and said a few words to us. She was adorable, and made the point to us that even though her English wasn’t perfect we could still feel her love and understand her heart. That gave me a lot of hope as a Chinese speaking missionary. She told us to write down a list of 100 good things about our companions. It would force us to look at the good in them. 
I did this for every one of my companions, even the ones I really didn't like. It helped our companionship, and made them realize that I really did love them and want to work with them. One of my companions almost started crying, because she'd never received anything like it in her life. I would pull out my list, especially when I wasn’t getting along with them, and force myself to focus on the good.  

Sometimes my list would say something like, “I like your hair” or “You have cool mismatched socks.” They weren’t always brilliant, but it forced me to look for something, anything good about this person I was working with. I had one or two companions write me a similar list as well. I found when I was searching for the good; it was harder to see the bad. 

I told my co-worker about Pollyanna and so far this week every day she’s reminded me that we should play “The Glad Game.” Like today when something went terribly wrong with the system at work she said, “Let’s be glad that it wasn’t our fault, and that we’re not the IT guys right now.”That did make me glad, and it made me laugh pretty hard.

Here is another clip from the movie. Enjoy and be glad! 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

We Need to Ask

I’ve learned some new things the past few weeks. I would have a new thought, and then I’d forget about it. This was inspiration I was seeking for, however the answer wasn’t what I was expecting. One night as I was thinking about my prayers and the answers (or lack of answers) that I’d received, I realized that I have never really asked the Lord for anything. 

I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t think he’d answer me and I didn’t want to be let down, or if I was afraid to burden him with my childish wishes, but I realized that I would ask halfheartedly or just wish for something. The Lord often answered my prayers, and gave me the things I needed. I recognized his hand in my life, but I got by on these types of prayers. 

Recently I’ve had some issues that I couldn’t resolve myself, however I wasn’t sure if I wanted to trust the Lord with my problems. It was then that I realized that He can’t come in and fix our problems if we don’t ask for His help. There are some moments when we don’t have time to ask, and he comes to our rescue. He hears our silent pleadings and he sends us peace, however there are other things he can’t give us unless we ask. 

In church today a bishopric member got up and started talking about some memories he had in connection with his calling. He talked about some family trials and trusting in the Lord. He talked about healing. He talked about when the Lord heals a blind man in the New Testament. The Lord was walking through the streets and saw a blind man. Everyone tried to get Jesus to move forward, but He wanted to talk to the man. Jesus asked the man what he wanted. The blind man said he wanted to be able to see. 

It’s at this point that once again I realized that we need to come to Christ and ask for what we need. I personally have a hard time going to someone I know, looking them in the face, and asking for help. Sometimes it feels humiliating. However, it shouldn’t be. The Lord doesn’t judge us. With the Lord it’s an empowering moment. It’s us giving our will to the Lord. It shows Him that we trust Him. It builds our faith. It strengthens us. 

I think about times in my life when I’ve felt a prompting to call up a friend, or to visit a neighbor. The Lord is asking me to reach out to those around me. When those moments come I’m not embarrassed or ashamed that He’s asking me to do this small service. I think maybe that’s how He feels when we go to Him. He’s probably honored and happy we finally took down our walls and felt we could come to him. 

A video came out a number of years ago called “Finding Faith in Christ.” I’ve watched it many times, and I love the depiction of Christ in it. One of my favorite scenes in this movie is in the first minute of the video posted below. A man comes to Jesus asking for Him to heal his son. He ASKS for him to help his son. The Lord asks the man if he believes. Then once again the man ASKS the Lord, “Help thou my unbelief.” Jesus answers both of his requests, and changes this man and his sons life.

Sometimes we need to ask. Ask, Seek, Knock. It might seem scary, but it’s worth it.