Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Close to the spirit

Do you ever have times when your heart feels so soft & the slightest tickle from the Holy Ghost makes the rivers run down your cheeks? When the tears aren't because of a trial you're facing or anything in particular, but simply because your heart is close to the spirit? I love those times. Those are the times when I feel closest to my Savior. Sunday was one of those days. Hollie was amazing through all of Sacrament. We didn't have to take her out once. I don't think that has happened in many, many months. With so much time on my hands, not wandering the halls or frantically whispering "shush" every 30 seconds, I actually got to listen to the talks. I found myself in tears as one of our sweet high council members talked of enjoying each moment & finding joy in the journey. I was uplifted & my heart was touched.

That was nothing compared to the emotional overflow that would occur in our Sunbeam class later that day, however. It was the Boy's turn to teach & the lesson was on the scriptures. Sam was telling the story of Christ coming to the Americas & asked the class if they remembered what happened to the Jesus when he died. When Noah began telling the class about the nails in our Savior's hands, the most profound silence came over our group of 4 year olds. I know that they could all feel the spirit as strongly as I did. It was almost palpable in our little classroom. I could not ebb the flow for the remainder of class. They ran freely.

Apparently today is one of those days, too. It began like any other day. I got up, got ready, edited, posted a session, then decided to read some blogs. I first read the inspiring story of my friend Lindsay & her little Andrew. So moving. I was in tears by the 3rd paragraph. Afterwards, I figured I was already bawling, so I might as well see how Stephanie Waite is doing. I don't know her. We've never met. But she is the strongest woman I've ever seen or heard of. I can't adequately tell her story. But she has strengthened my testimony. She does every time I read her blog.

I have many more things to post (you'll die when you see Hollie in her Halloween costume), but today I had to express my gratitude. For my Savior. For His gospel. For my Sam. And for her.

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12 comments:

Tammy said...

Thanks Sam...more than you know Thanks!

zazu and mufassa said...

this is beautiful :)

Kristin said...

I'm glad you liked the costume! I'm thinkng now that I could have used some pointers from Hollie though on my makeup. She seems like she's a natural! :)

Angela said...

Okay...I absolutely loved the talks in Sacrament meeting too and felt very emotional. They were such great talks and really helped to remind me of what is important in life. Time goes so fast...I can't believe my Breanna is almost 10! We really need to enjoy the moments we are blessed with each day. I also wanted to tell you and boy Sam thank you for being such great examples to Noah...he loves you guys so much! Thankyou for being great teachers to him...I really appreciate you.

Elissa said...

Of course I don't mind. I am so glad that we can keep in touch this way. Your little Hollie is so adorable. I can't believe they will two next month. Time flies. It was so good to hear from you again. Hope your family is doing well.

mommyoffour said...

Thanks for your thoughts... I agree, sacrament mtg was great. The spirit was so strong and my heart was touched. It has helped me this week to remember they are only little once. Enjoy them!

We had fun with you guys on Sunday night! Thanks so much for coming over. I love the fact that Sam and I are currently 5-1, but hey, who is keeping track??????? :) Better luck to you guys next time!!

stephanie said...

hey sam, i checked out that ladys blog and you were right on with how strong and incredible she is!! it made me rethink again of all the little things in life that dont matter and really focus on my babies because you really dont know when they will go! thank you!

Lindsay said...

I am so glad that you were touched by Andrew's little story. He is such a special baby and we are so lucky to be his parents! Thanks for your love and testimony! I am so thankful to have you as a friend!

Rob and Tiff said...

Those days are so special. The streaming tears are a true testimony of the spirit overflowing. I always cherish those moments of closeness.

Your Holy is adorable. You are a lucky lady to be her mommy. :-)

Becky and Bryce said...

So sweet. I remember sweet little moments like that as a primary teacher (miss those). I've had a week of the same thoughts. It's been interesting around here and I have had many moments to reflect on what I've been blessed with. I think we all are so truly blessed to have reminders, and the gospel to remind us of how much we have. Thanks for sharing.

Jer, Er and kids said...

Love your thoughts and insight into your heart. I have those days too. I think they are gifts we need along the way to keep going and know that we are loved and cared about by our Savior and Heavenly Father. Precious, truly!

Michelle said...

Ah Sam! I'm in tears. You are so amazing. Thanks for sharing your testimony!