Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

A Skewer of Fruit

Be Anxiously Engaged, Elder Russel M. Ballard, General Conference

"There is one simple daily practice that can make a difference for every member of the Church."

Do you remember that quote from conference?  My ears perked right up when Elder Ballard said there was one simple daily practice that would make a difference in my life.

One.

Simple.

I remember thinking, I can do that!

I couldn't wait to see what one simple thing, done daily, would make a difference.

"That simple practice is: In your morning prayer each new day, ask Heavenly Father to guide you to recognize an opportunity to serve one of his precious children.  Then go throughout the day with your heart full of faith and love, looking for someone to help.  Stay focused...if you do this, your spiritual sensitivities will be enlarged and you will discover opportunities to serve that you never before realized were possible." (Be Anxiously Engaged, Elder Russel M. Ballard.)

I have a testimony of the truth of this principle...I want you to know that it really can make a difference.

I hope you don't mind if I tell you that it has been a rough couple of weeks.

I have been under the weather...and you know how exhausting that can be.  Greg finally grounded me from going out anywhere, and everything came to a halt so that I could get some much needed rest.

One of my friends noticed I had disappeared from the radar for a few days and sent me a text around lunchtime...

You'll notice the text came just after noon.  I said what we always say in moments like this...something like, "thank you for asking, but I am fine...really."

At four o'clock she texted again, "Any ideas?  If I don't hear from you, I'm calling Greg!"

I will admit, she got a grin out of me with that one.  But I really couldn't think of anything I needed.

Just after 6:30 she texted again...

You know, at that very moment skewered fruit really did sound good.  So I texted back.  (You wished I would have chosen sing you a song don't you?)

A little bit later she was there at my door with a big bowl of oranges, grapes, and pineapple.  It was exactly what I needed.  And she was right, it really did make me smile a bit.

It's crazy...but every time I have peeled an orange this week I have thought of her.

I am so grateful for her persistence and her caring heart.  She is someone whose spiritual sensitivities have been enlarged, and she is willing to discover opportunities to serve in ways others might not have realized were possible.

Simple ways.

It's amazing how a skewer of fruit can make a difference.  ...how one simple act can lift a heart.

Deliberate Discipleship:

You might consider accepting Elder Ballard's invitation today...ask to recognize an opportunity to serve...then focus on finding someone to help.  Allow your spiritual sensitivities to be enlarged...discover opportunities.

While you're brainstorming, perhaps you could skewer some fruit...