Sunday, March 21, 2010

Serious Sunday-Individual Worth of a Princess.

I sometimes feel afraid to post my serious thoughts, but they are a part of me, and a part I like about myself. So those of you new to my blog... this is the serious side of me, it doesn't come out often, but it's there and it's me.

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I slowly walked through the aisles scanning books.

I wasn't going to buy, just look.

As I turned the corner I came into the Home Decor section. Not having a home of my own at the moment I usually walk quickly through these sections, because if I don't, then the pining for a home to decorate starts and I just don't want to do that to myself.

But that day I slowed down and looked. I don't know why? My situation has not changed and having my own home isn't going to happen tomorrow, but I just had this urge to slow down and look, so I indulged the urge.

Nothing was really jumping out until I hit upon a wood block that had been painted and then made to look like it had aged. On the wood block it said in BOLD bright pink letters, "PRINCESS" and right underneath that in small cursive black letters it said, "A Daughter of a Heavenly King". The first thing that came to my mind is, 'Hey! Validation that my little girl really IS a Princess, she's going to love that!' but then my mind started to wander more and think a bit more deeply.

It made me think of people and the worth they feel for themselves and how there isn't enough of it. Sometimes we do something we know we shouldn't and at first we know it's wrong and we feel guilt over it, but the more we accept it and do it the more it feels comfortable and okay to us and we become the ultimate justifiers! At some point we fall off our path that is so strait and narrow and lose our way. At that point is where you will find that person who has also lost their individual worth. As a parent our Heavenly Father cherishes each one of us and our worth to him is individual and great! No matter how much we fall off the path of trying to return to him there is a way for us to be forgiven.

People forget that, I forget that. They feel they have gone so far off and done so many wrong things that they could never be forgiven, that they aren't worth forgiveness. Or that they have been away so long that they feel uncomfortable calling out for help or redemption. That just simply isn't true. We are each royalty with our Father our Heavenly Father being the king of all. We are special and beautiful to him. He does not group us or over look us. If we call to him in prayer he will be there for us, that is how he works. No one is to far gone that he doesn't want saved or brought back to him.

Three Quotes I read that say it so much better:

"When we remember that each of us is literally a spirit son or daughter of God, we will not find it difficult to approach our Heavenly Father in prayer. He appreciates the value of this raw material which we call life. 'Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God' (D&C 18:10). His pronouncement inspires purpose in our lives." --Thomas S. Monson

"We are children of God. Each one of us is precious to the point of bringing the Lord God Almighty to a fulness of joy if we are faithful, or to tears if we are not."--M. Russell Ballard

and finally:

"Did you know that Heavenly Father knows you personally-by name? ... 'You may not have heard the Lord call you by name, but He knows each one of you and He knows your name'. Elder Neal A. Maxwell said...'I testify to you that God has know you individually...for a long, long time (see D&C 93:23). He has loved you for a long, long time. He not only knows the names of all the stars; He knows your names and all your heartaches and your joys!'"--Elaine S. Dalton

As I reflected on the aged wood block I realized that I'm lucky, I'm lucky that I know how special I am if not to anyone in this world, at the very most to my Father in Heaven.

PRINCESS--Daughter of a Heavenly King.

Have a good day guys!

Love,

10 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Love it, Shelle. I love your serious side!

Steven Anthony said...

Im so grateful that you posted your serious side...it was just what I needed. I am crying right now...I had always had a relationship with God, even working as an assistant pastor for yrs...then the death of my mom and many more things(to many to go into here) came along, I began to question him, his love...now 2yrs later I sit feeling so far away from him, his love...likke I have strayed to far. Then with tear filled eyes I read your post...a reminder of his love...one I desperatly needed...

thank you for sharing your heart;)

SciFi Dad said...

You mention the great contradiction that I found with Christianity (or at least Roman Catholicism - does LDS have something like confession and last rites?), namely that forgiveness is available and makes a sinner redeemed in God's eyes. What incentive is there, then, to not sin? I mean, ultimately, if I live a good and pure life I go to Heaven, right? But can't I also get there living a life of sin and then repenting at my deathbed?

I'm not trying to be argumentative; just asking a question.

Shell said...

This is a beautiful post. If we listen to the world, we aren't worth much, but, to our God, we have immeasurable worth.

Southern Sage said...

Well I have made some conclusions here. You think a lot about stuff that most folks don't!

I woulda seen firewood.

But to your point, it seems to me that people who do not have a religious belief to re-enforce their worth often flail wildly looking for it. Any religious belief. I know I see many things from a political stand point but when you see people marching for abortion and see people marching for other wild and insane causes it is to glean some self worth, some acceptance.

It is sad really. It also seems that these people are loud and the most anti-religious. They are also the loudest supporters of their "cause". It seems that the fringe of society here fall into a religion style following of anything that will make them believe they have self worth. Liberals, Marxists, socialists, think about it.

Lisa said...

Thank you...I wish I could hug you right now.
Knowing Im for really a princess...makes my heart happy.
I never thought of it that way.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Steve--You wrote that you were crying and I starting crying because you said that. :) It's funny how losing our way sometimes just happens little by little until we can only see our path from a distance which is uphill. I totally understand what you mean. Thanks so much for your comment!

Kristina--thanks :)

Shell-Amen and SOOOOO true! The world can make us feel small and insignificant. But we aren't.

Sage-It's true. When we don't find self worth within our selves then sometimes we feel that if we find a cause or a purpose to stand for that it will build our self importance... well self worth and self importance aren't the same, and one cannot fill the other.

Lisa--I had never thought of it either until I read that wood board! :)

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

SciFi-

I'm not sure if you wanted me to email you or answer here. For the sake of people that follow comments or come back I did want to address your question.

We don't believe in last rites as far as I know. Repentance is available to everyone but comes with it a process.

As a parent do you automatically forgive your children when they lie to you or do something against your wishes? I mean if they don't come to you with a change of heart and a true sense of forgiveness and promise to change and never to do that wrong thing again, then forgiveness isn't automatic or quick--trust and things like that take time to build back up... I don't assume Heavenly Father forgives just because we say we are sorry... without changing more, in order to repent your whole heart has to change about what you were doing wrong in the first place your attitude and desire should be not to do that wrong thing again.

ANd if that person didn't want forgiveness before their deathbed then shouting "I believe" and saying their "sorry" knowing they are going to see their maker isn't truly asking for forgiveness in my eyes...it's saying sorry because their "caught" in a way.. you know what I mean?

Okay I'll stop there for a bit but if you want to discuss more than I'm willing through email :) I'm not a KNOW ALL, but I know how I feel and believe... so let me know.

But I also wanted to say, one could live that life of sin sure... but what kind of life is that? Sin doesn't begat long term happiness... it has short bursts of thrill and excitement but not true happiness that I bet you find with your wife and children and the security that comes with that.

Tracie said...

It is a beautiful thing to realize that you are adored by the King....God Himself. Amazing!

mother goose said...

some totally rawkin quotes there! I love these thoughts!

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