Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Much Good

 D&C 2:1 - D&C 6:15

So I have this jar.

It's totally empty right now.  It has been since the day I bought it.  I purchased it because the red heart hanging from the lid made me feel good.

Next to the jar is a stack of green paper and a pen.

You might wonder what my plans are for all those little pieces of paper...

It's because this is the time of year that causes my heart to start to race.

So much to do. Too much.

The calendar fills, and spills over ...each day running into the next.

It is the time of year I love more than any other.  A time of counting blessings, and gathering together.  A season of giving.

And yet, sometimes in the bustle of it all the magic gets lost.

I have spent this week considering good, better, best.  I know myself well enough to realize that I don't like missing out on anything...my first response tends to be yes to everything.  I do not lack in spontaneity or enthusiasm for everything life has to offer.

But every now and then I feel a prompting.  Set aside time for what is best.  I feel it now.  A gentle whisper.

"Stop, and stand still until I command thee, and I will provide means whereby thou mayest accomplish the thing which I have commanded thee." (D&C 5:34)

"If you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation."  (D&C 6:8)

"...and you shall be blessed."  (D&C 6:9)

Of all of the choices life has to offer, the Lord can help us determine the things that are best.  There are moments when we must set aside our agenda to follow His.  In my life it feels like this is one of those moments.

One of those seasons.

A season for doing much good.  His good.

So I have turned my calendar, and my to do list, and my agenda over to Him.

I have decided to stop, and stand still, and wait for His prompting to come.  I will go where He wants me to go each day, knowing that He will provide the means whereby I may accomplish the thing He needs me to do.

I have come to realize that the true magic of the season comes when each day is filled with much good.

The moments when it is our heart that is filled, and spilling over...not our calendar.

He who is the High Priest of Good Things to Come knows every detail about being the means of doing much good.

I want to learn from Him.

It is true, this is a season of counting blessings.

And I am constantly reminded that there are so many blessings we stand in need of.  My prayers are filled up every night with pleading.  But as I read today I decided I want to be blessed in a different way this month.

I want to be blessed with the opportunity to do much good.

Every day.

Those are the blessings I want to count this month.

So I have this jar...

 

 

Emily Freeman