|Sorry it's a little fuzzy, but you can tell we had a great time together. Here, we're at Chipotle. Yum!|
So here we are waiting for the show to start. We are all made up. I'm wearing earrings AND a necklace and no one has peanut butter or snot on her pants or shirt. Yes, it was a good morning. :)
Now, I realize it could have been so much worse. And I'm not saying that a pageant is necessarily even a bad thing. There are some really beautiful people out there. And I love to see beauty. I see it all over and I like to appreciate it. And, wow, having a group of physically beautiful women in one group is actually pretty great. The problem is when we take the focus away from all the good. When we take all the credit on ourselves. When we start to tear one another down. When we allow Satan power over us by thinking that maybe we aren't good enough and that we need to do some drastic work to make us better. I see the before photos here and think they sure look nice to me. Fit and healthy is good, of course, but the vendors' purpose was to focus on the flaws and let their self esteem take a hit until they bought into their product or service.
I prefer to be judged by my Savior and my Heavenly Father. They don't look on the outward appearance but on the heart.
We were excitedly going up the escalator to the learn more and become "Higher."
the Old Testament who so badly wanted a child. "And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore" (1 Samuel 1: 10). She "poured out her soul in prayer." When we are filled with sadness or anger or loneliness, there's no room for healing. We are already full. We have to first "pour out." Christ showed this to the apostles, on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24. They were mourning the loss of their Savior and Friend. Jesus, who appeared a stranger to them, was walking along the road also. He asked them why they were sad. They responded with surprise: "Don't you know? Are you a stranger here that you haven't heard?" And they tell him all that happened. Jesus then expounds the scriptures to them, explaining that it was part of the plan. It is coming on evening and they invite him to stay with them and eat with them. At dinner, their "eyes were opened" and they realize that He was with them. Then he disappears. Did you see the healing that happened? They were filled with sorrow. Of course our Savior knew why they were sad, as He knows why all of us feel. He wants us to tell Him, to "pour out," so He can fill us with the Spirit and to heal us. This completely changed the way I look at prayer. I want to be filled with the Spirit. He commands us to pray ALWAYS. What a connection that He wants us to pray and "pour out" so He can fill us with Healing!
You can probably see why I love these programs. They are so worth attending. They bring growth and closeness to the Spirit of God and to our Savior.