Monday, July 24, 2017

Tenacity of a Sunflower

We woke up bright and early to run a few errands and then spent the remainder of our morning exploring a local sunflower field & playing at the park. It was so beautiful and the weather was reminiscent of fall, so it was pure bliss.

I'm also sharing something that I feel strongly about, and I often struggle with. It's at the core of who I am,  I'm hoping maybe it will be of help to someone else!
^Don't mind the no-makeup look (we were running late). Can we please talk about how cute Madison's curls are? They're so dang precious!
We just couldn't get enough of all these sunflowers. They were truly breathtaking! 
Have you ever seen a closed sunflower like this? It was a first for me!
When we were leaving the 🌻 field today, I couldn't help but be in awe of the tenacious nature of the 🌻, it's beauty and potential. 

Lately, I've been struggling with my potential; mainly trying to manage my energy, my ambitions and my responsibilities (to my family and my Heavenly Father).

I know that one day we will be confronted with our true potential, and I don't want to look back and see what I missed out on because I wasn't able to embrace the ultimate hope offered to us from our Savior.  I  truly believe that if we saw the vast void between where we are now and our actual potential, It would shock us and propel us to breach that gap!

Now, I don't say this to discourage anyone, but to remind us of that hope offered, no matter of where we are in our lives, or of our trials/struggles- we have infinite potential!

As we were leaving, I was reminded of a talk by By Elder Lynn A. Mickelsen where he speaks about the relationship between "Light & Growth" . If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. 

In his talk, he mentions how sunflowers always grow toward the light. And, how a sunflower follows the sun across the sky every day until it becomes “stiff-necked”; at which point it withers and dies.

This makes the un-bloomed sunflowers even more inspiring and beautiful, in my eyes, as they persist to bloom and tilt toward the ☀️.

It's so clear that in our spiritual lives, our growth is determined by how we follow the Son—the Son of God—and allow His light to be the controlling force. If we become stiff-necked and cease to look to His light, or if we allow sin to damage our receptors for light, we will die spiritually. But if we obey the commandments, we come closer to God and gain greater light. This increase in light stimulates our spiritual lives and governs our spiritual progress.

 How do you better focus on the "light"?