JOYFUL JOURNEY

We Are Creators!

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“Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.” ~ Gordon B. Hinkley

We live in an amazing time of life, I have been watching for and dreaming of this time for a long time. New things await us...we are moving closer to a new millennium. These are days the prophets have foreseen and I am excited to be a part of this age of faith, opportunity and wonder...and yes, JOY! Therefore, our ‘Joyful Journey is the perfect time and experience to embrace our Creators design for us.

HONORING OUR CREATOR AND CREATION

Before we can begin this journey, though, we must first do some discovering. We all know that we are a ‘Child of God’, right? But....what does that mean exactly? Who is God? How are we His child? How are we like Him? I also need you to realize Him as your Creator...what does that mean for you...if you truly are His child? What abilities and possibilities does that open to you?

I can’t begin to share with you the answers to all the questions you might have....but, this is where you will want to take some time to discover for yourself what it means to you individually...His child! Without this knowledge, you won’t be able to experience the depth of joy and wonder that is available to you. It’s worth the time you will invest.

For now...think about this,...being spirit children of God our Creator, shouldn’t we, be about our Father’s business? Shouldn’t we follow in His footsteps and go about our divine errand, to carve out the life that will bring His light, into the lives of our dear families and those that share this earth with us?

Do we honor Him and His power of creation? Do we understand that we are literally children of our Creator and that we also have divine powers that will work for us and with us? We have been blessed with so much more than we realize!

As we move closer to the millennium, you will want to take the steps to be who He needs you to be to help during this amazing time in our lives! Honor Him by using your power to see and create the possibilities that have been given to you.

OUR CREATIVE ABILITIES

When we open up to the realities of being a creator, we will find opportunities to expand who we are and what we CAN do. Hope will become our best friend, he will be there wherever we turn...in the storms of life as well as in the sunny moments.

If you find yourself feeling sad, disappointed, weary, troubled, or disillusioned, it’s time for a new view of what’s real. A new focus will allow you to create something extraordinary, something more fulfilling, something that is eternally significant.

Take all the opportunities that come to use your creative abilities in your own little world. Treasure the gifts and talents that you have been given. Use them to create better thoughts, actions, experiences, conversations and conclusions, not to mention, paintings, music, businesses, products, friends and memories! Anything that our life is in need of at this time. We can dwell on the storms in life or we can turn it into an opportunity where the sun can shine through the darkness and bring joy into the midst of the trial.

When we use our inherited, creative abilities, we will find that life is not drudgery. Our creation flows from love....ours and His. When we understand God’s love and purpose for our life and the challenges that come with it, we can love deeper and we can rejoice in all that comes.

“God left us the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity in the cloud, the oil in the earth. He left the rivers unbridged and the forests unfelled and the cities unbuilt. God gives to man the challenge of raw materials, not the ease of finished things. He leaves the pictures unpainted and the music unsung and the problems unsolved, that man might know the joys and glories of creation.” ~ Thomas S. Monson

As creators of our lives, there are many opportunities to carve out the lives that will fill the earth, our homes and our relationships with love and serenity. Rejoice in opportunity!

‘DRAWING EXPECTATIONS’

WE CAN’T CHANGE LIFE, BUT WE CAN CHANGE HOW WE VIEW LIFE!

Here is a fun exercise for the week: Take some time to ponder this quote from Gordon B. Hinkley, “Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.”

What images come to mind that can help you use graphics and imagery to change how you view life’s challenges?

Draw your images on the worksheet to the right. Just download and begin to create what is in your heart. Hang it as a visual to remind you to use your creative abilities to bring out the sunlight in troubled times.

Everyone’s ideas and drawings will be different. We want you to show your individuality in creating solutions to your life’s problems and challenges.

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Have Fun!

Remember, life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful!

Love, Jeannie