Let me first start out by saying that I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father. I love Him so much, and He has done so much for me. All praises be to Him for evermore. He is far more than just my Father, and my soul does long to be with Him.
(Deep sigh) Where do I start? I cannot believe it’s been less than four months since I began this blog. A ton has happened in that short time, which makes me feel like I have been doing this so much longer than I really have. None the less, it has all been great! I said this blog was going to change my life, and it already has, but in ways I really did not expect it to. Even though I only blog once a week now, I am always thinking about what I wish to write before I actually sit down at the computer and begin to type. At first I thought I would dedicate this post to my six year sobriety anniversary that just passed on May 2nd, but I can just touch on that real quick. Basically, my heart was very full that day. Normally when my sobriety date occurs, I am just grateful. That’s it. I don’t really think about the past because I trained myself not to. Well, I have come along way between my fifth and sixth year, and this time I did think about the past. I could not believe all the changes I went through! It truly is a miracle! Christ’s atonement is a miracle! There is absolutely no way I would have ever been able to live with my Father again if it was not for the atoning sacrifice of His Only Begotten. I am forever grateful for my Savior, for He is exactly that – my Savior. You know I could go on and on from there, but I will continue on in a different manner.
I thought about where I was seven years ago, and was speechless. I was willingly entrenching my spirit in the darkest abyss, and had no clue how glorious true light felt. Now, my number one concentration is the Lord’s work, and how I can do it in the best possible way I am capable. Who knew? Not me. Seven years ago I would have probably cussed out someone who told me I would come back to church, and let them know how stupid they were. I never wanted anything to do with the church ever again. And thus we have a prime example of the Lord knowing us far better than we know ourselves. He knows His children, and He can save anyone who is ready to be saved. There is a great work in this world right now, and we dare not wrongly assume any specific person will never be an active member of the church. We must do our part, for the field is white already to harvest. Now, moving on.
As I mentioned, I contemplate and even pray over what I am to blog about and when. I have had this very title of this blog written out since before I even launched this. How appropriate. Well, my message to you is write it down! I had no clue how much that simple action was until I started doing it so often. That was only about six months ago. Since then, I have written every idea, every goal, and every inspiration down. Some of them I completely forget about and find them later. You know what happens when I do? I read what I had written, recall why I had done so, realize those things I wrote down had been worked on without any cognizant efforts on my end, and then smile and silently thank my angels. Let me paint a bit of a picture for you.
I, like many of us, have a smart phone. I received this specific one less than a year ago – probably ten or eleven months ago, to be exact. In that time, I have accumulated eighty-nine different “notes” on my app called S Note, in which most of them range from one to five pages, though some are twenty or so pages long, and one of them is one hundred and eighty-three pages long! That’s a lot of notes! But, let me tell you, it has been an awesome sight to behold. I create those notes in my phone, I write down inspirations that come to me on a piece of computer paper, and sometimes I even hang the really important ones on my wall! Well, you know how things can be. You hang something up and then you forget to look at it. Just this morning I was looking at one of those notes that have been on my wall for months. I read through it and giggled to myself. I realized that yet another written goal had been achieved, or rather was being achieved daily. I recognized that I wrote it down because I had been struggling in some areas of my life, and did not want those struggles anymore. I can happily say that I am in a far better place now than I was then – that short few months ago. Would that change have occurred if I chose not to take those matters seriously enough to write them down and put them up on my wall, regardless of simply passing by them without taking a look every day? I doubt it.
Goals are met when we write them down! It doesn’t matter what the goals are. Let me be more detailed with this next example for you.
I had a note in my phone specifically titled My Goals. Funny thing is that I made it, and then totally forgot about it, until I was scrolling through all my notes a couple months later. When I stumbled upon it, I curiously opened it up to see what I had typed up within it. To my surprise, some of the goals were already met, and I was far ahead of schedule for achieving the next ones. Here is a list of some of the goals:
- 500 followers on Instagram before May 2016
- 500 Facebook page likes by June 2016
- Pay $2,000 in tithing by the end of 2016, so as to make $20,000 in 2017
Now, those may seem like silly goals to some, but they were very important to me. I wanted followers because I wanted to reach people. And when I started out on Instagram about a year ago, I had less than 200. Conversely, when I started my blog page on Facebook in January, it seemed to just blow up. When I looked at this note in my phone, I was at about 650 Facebook page likes, 495 Instagram followers, and $412 in tithing paid. This was at the beginning of April, I believe. I had rejoiced, realizing that my goals I had written down were being met, without me concentrating so hard on each individual one! It was so wonderful to see! Now, I have edited those goals, so that my angels may notice where my desires lie, and start helping me achieve the next ones. I can already see them going to work, and I am thrilled to check up on those again within the next few months, and do some more altering.
One thing more, as I get a bit of subject here. I very recently added a bullet point to that list of goals which read:
- Speak somewhere (no directed subject yet) 5 times before the year is up
And guess what? I was inspired to alter my Facebook blog page. It was a bit intimidating to alter it in the way I did, but within the next day or so, I was offered a speaking gig. Now, I have three speaking gigs ahead of me, and it is only May. You bet my goal will be reached!
It doesn’t matter what your goals are, they are yours, and they are personal. But, do you really think you are going to reach them if you give them no tangible attention? A goal is a marvelous idea to have, but if it only stays in your head, then it is just that – an idea – and a fleeing one at that. Give your goals the attention they deserve. Even if you simply sit down and write out specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound (S.M.A.R.T) goals, and that is all, you are already putting them into motion. I am telling you, it is magnificent, and so fulfilling to see all your goals met, when you treat them with care. Remember, the Lord blesses those who take their righteous desires to Him. Ask and ye shall receive. It really is that simple. Write down your goals, thank the Lord for blessing you with your righteous desires, and live as if they are already being achieved today. Your mind is powerful, and so are your angels – allow them to be on the same team.