Emily Belle Freeman




I have been thinking lately about Puddles and Potential and Promised Lands. What if we have become so content where we are that we are missing out on what the Lord would like to give us?

Because we haven't asked.

Because we haven't even thought to look.

Do you ever wonder if you are living up to your full potential?  If you have reached your Promised Land?

I can't help but consider that when I look at this photo my son sent last week.  These ducks are so content in their puddle.  Do you think they have any idea what they are missing out on?

It has made me take a closer look at the big picture.

I wonder what would have become of Mohonri Moriancumer if he hadn't turned to the Lord in prayer.  What if he was content at the tower of Babel?  Would he ever have found his promised land?

What if Peter hadn't asked the Lord to bid him out into the raging sea?  What if he hadn't stepped out of the boat?  Would he ever have walked on water?

What if Joseph had never asked which church he should join?

It has made me wonder what it is that I am not asking.  Are there blessing the Lord holds in store that He is just waiting for me to ask for?

I am reminded of a phrase found in the Bible Dictionary, "The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them."  (Bible Dictionary, Prayer)

Suddenly the act of prayer becomes so crucial to obtaining the promise.

As I was considering these things today I stumbled upon a scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants...

"Arise up and be more careful henceforth in observing your vows, which you have made and do make, and you shall be blessed with exceeding great blessings."  (D&C 108:3)

For just a moment, because of what I have been pondering, I switched out the word vow for prayers.

Be more careful.

I sense the importance of that lesson and it has prompted me to set some goals regarding the prayers in our home.  There is some refining that needs to take place.  We need to be more careful.

I don't want to be held back from promised lands because I don't take the opportunity to ask.

I don't want to live content with a puddle.