Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ponder anew

In April, my church held its biannual general conference, where our leaders share inspirational messages for members worldwide. Between talks, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang the hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.

When they came to the following stanza, I had one of those moments where the spirit grabbed a hold of me and I stood rooted in place, very still, while revelation poured down from heaven and into the deepest, most tender core of my heart.

I love how music does that for me.

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy way and defend thee.
Surely his goodness and mercy shall ever attend thee.
Ponder anew
What the Almighty can do,
Who with his love doth befriend thee.

Ponder anew, what the Almighty can do. That thought just kept circling through my mind.

Have you ever felt despair? Like you were stuck in a bad situation that had no way out? Have you ever felt hopeless? Discouraged?

Of course you have! We all have, me included, and at that moment I was feeling all of it, plus a good amount of resentment that I couldn't see a solution to my problems.

And then. I pondered anew. I thought about and meditated afresh, again, the kind of things that our Savior can do in our lives, when he fights our battles for us. I thought about how he makes our burdens light. He doesn't take them away, and I'm so happy about this! Our trials and struggles are what help us grow and develop.

I thought about His ability to make weak things strong. How he loves us for trying, even when we still don't get it right. Especially when we haven't got it quite right. And how with His help we'll keep trying until we finally do get it right.

I thought about His ability to actually change hearts. And the miracle of the atonement. How darkness can be turned to light, scarlet into snow.

And just yesterday, I was reminded of all of this again as I set aside some time to ponder and pray and seek some spiritual enlightenment. And boy did I get it. In a torrential downpour of tender mercies.

Have a wonderful day, my dear friends!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

writing music

here's a great playlist for a summer road trip or a morning walk. me, i've been writing to this music for a while now, and i really love these songs. when i'm brainstorming or writing, i like a song that makes me think, or gives me some insight into a character's personality, or sets the mood, or maybe even makes me stop short and feel something i've been needing to.

i've left off some songs that you're probably already listening to and tried to include the stuff you might have missed.

if you're interested in the playlist, email me as usual.

1. Lost In The Light  |  Bahamas
2. Take A Walk  |  Passion Pit
3. Walking Far From Home  |  Iron & Wine
4. Is It Done  |  J Mascis
5. Vultures  |  Jess Mills
6. Twigs And Stones  |  Siskiyou
7. Red Red Rose (Demo)  |  The Weepies
8. Ho Hey  |  The Lumineers
9. Until We Bleed (With Lykke Li)  |  Kleerup
10. Get Gone  |  White Arrows
11. Crystalfilm  |  Little Dragon
12. Safer Than Love  |  Bell X1
13. Shake It Out  |  Florence And The Machine
14. Walk Away  |  Luminaires
15. Feeling Without Touching  |  Glass Candy
16. Will Do  |  TV On The Radio
17. The Myth Of Youth  |  Geographer
18. Just Breathe  |  Pearl Jam
19. Cut It Out  |  Kitten
20. In the Dark Unknown  |  Holcombe Waller

Saturday, May 26, 2012

been a while

whoa. i've been putting in a garden and writing a story and figuring out how to keep my house clean and before i know it, two months have gone by without a post.

well, i'm working on a few things that i'm really excited about. and as long as i can slavedrive my kids to keep my house clean, i'll have the energy to share them with all of you.