Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Knock, knock...

Tuesday September 30~
Because of a blogger...
PERSONAL GROWTH
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Well who hasn't grown personally because of a blogger? I certainly have and there are many I could thank for that. But today I will focus on one blogger who posted a quote on her blog right when I needed it most. If you read my early posts on this blog you will find that during that time in my life I was struggling. Our move to a new town was kicking my fanny and the adversary didn't waste any time taking advantage of that fact. He pounced on me with all of his might and worked tirelessly to defeat me, but I fought hard to keep my head above water and one of the things that helped me keep fighting was this quote that I found on Jill's blog at: http://jmsmusings.blogspot.com/

"But the spirit who led the rebellion in the world before still opposes the plan and wants you to be miserable. He wants you never to find your way home again. That enemy of your soul knows you and your goodness. He knows that if he can turn you away from walking in the light, he can both capture you and stop you from helping others along the journey. He knows how good you are and your power to teach and influence hundreds of Heavenly Father's children in this life—and thousands over the generations that will follow your path. If he can get you to wander away from the light on your journey, he can do harm and bring misery to many." (Pres. Henry B. Eyring of the first presidency of the LDS church)

I love this thought and because of it, and other wonderful experiences that I have had, I no longer give Satan's lies place in my heart. I'm through wasting time on all of his nonsense. My life is too precious and there is too much at stake. Of course it's a continuous fight, I can never let my guard down, but I experience far more joy than despair these days. Joy in this glorious journey that was designed just for me. And I thank Jill and others for helping me to get back onto my right path.

I also have to thank Jill for another great post where she talks about the importance of leaving comments on one another's blogs. You can find it on her sidebar where it says to comment or not to comment.

I often compare blogging to driving past a home where the lights are all on and there appears to be something interesting going on inside so we approach the house to get a closer look. Once there we have a decision to make. Do we hide in the bushes and anonymously watch through the window or do we knock on the door and say, "I saw your lights on and wanted to stop by to say hi."


Well I hide in the bushes way too often, but thanks to Jill's wonderful post I'm going to do better at stopping in and saying hi. I'm going to leave more comments to let people know that I was there and that I enjoyed my visit.
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And who knows, I just might make some new friends in the process.

How bout you? Are you a hider?

11 comments:

Jill said...

Wow, thanks so much for your super kind words. I am so, so happy that that quote I posted spoke to you when you needed it most. It is such a fantastic quote, reading it again on your blog gave me chills.

I'm also glad you too my "to comment or not to comment" post to heart. I'm a big believer in letting people know you're there, especially when they've said something helpful, amusing or thought provoking to you. We all need to know we're heard and that we make a difference. Thanks so much!

Stoddard Family said...

That quote was exactly what I needed this morning. I just dropped my kids off at school (late again), and I had to apologize to my 8 yr old for yelling at her this morning over a silly little thing like not being able to find her shoes. Your blog cheers me up on some of my worst days. Thank You!

Becky said...

This is such a great post! I love your pic of you "hiding" in the bushes...what a great analogy. Isn't Jill amazing? She has touched so many women's lives!

Alisa said...

Great SPT- gives me something to think about.
I sometimes feel guilty about not commenting on blogs, but feel like it is not earthly possible to comment every single time I read someone's post. But I do believe in giving and being grateful. SO I comment some, and sometimes I don't.
I will go and re-read Jill's post on commenting.
Love your thoughts on this.

Missy :o) said...

OK, I have to leave a comment! I want to let you know I was here. I agree, I like to know when people read something I wrote! I love that quote, too! You seem like you have really taken it to heart and have really nailed down a particular thing that has touched you from another blogger. Thanks!

Alana said...

Thanks for the comment. I'm definitly a hider. Jill definitly inspires many.

wende said...

i'm so glad you stopped by my blog, it's great to meet you! your post gave me chills! i love that quote and had forgotten it until i saw it again here today. i will printing it out this time so i don't forget it.

blogging is such a powerful thing, i had no idea it would amount to all of this, but i'm so glad it did!

MaryRC said...

Once again your way with words astounds me. You always touch me with your creativity whenever I visit you here. How nice it has been to catch up with you again. Especially since we both hate the telephone. thank goodness for blogging, email and texting.

Rundells said...

Sometimes I hide in the bushes way too much. Blogs have been a great way for me to read about others, but I need to use it now to let them know how much I appreciate their words. Your quote was a great inspiration to me. Since we have moved to China I've let myself get down about it all too much, Satan's way of keeping me from experiencing and maybe influencing others while we are here. Thanks!!!!!! I'm going to stop hiding in the bushes.

Lene said...

thank you for this post. it is just what i needed right now.

Andrea said...

Jeanette I have to say i love reading your blog. I love your perspective on things. Thanks for the quote it is a great one!