Wading through trials

Today I was reading in the Book of Mormon, in 1 Nephi, Ch. 17.

It starts out talking about how they traveled through the wilderness for about 8 years.

Prior to this we know that they had set out seeking the Promised Land.

During this time, they had children.

They suffered various things that they couldn’t even mention.

They couldn’t even make a lot of fire to cook their meat, so they ate raw meat.

It says that during that time, they “waded through affliction”.

And that they were made stronger because of their afflictions.

After the end of the eight years, they arrive at a place which they call Bountiful because if had a lot of fruit.

There was an abundance of resources.

In fact, the Spanish translation for Bountiful is Abundancia which literally meansĀ abundance.

So they were blessed after wading through afflictions for eight years.

But why?

Because they were obedient to the Lord and His commandments.

I started thinking on that.

Wading indicates that you are moving through some water or mud.

It means that the going will be slow. There will be resistance.

But, you keep moving.

 

Now this principle can be applied anywhere.

You can apply it to your own spiritual journey, to your business, to your health.

Whatever you want.

When you have a goal, a lot of times there are going to be some trials that you have to go through to achieve that goal.

There will be some metaphorical (or maybe actual, depending on your goals) mud, muck, and mire that you will have to wade through.

However, wading through that resistance is what is going to make you stronger as you work towards your goal.

Sometimes the biggest reward isn’t achieving the goal itself, but the journey you made working towards that goal.

Taking Advice From God | ZAPSOCK

We read in Genesis 2:2 that “…on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”

It’s Sunday. Popularly observed as The Sabbath Day in remembrance of God resting after his labors of the Creation.

So what am I doing? Not resting.

I have a ton of homework to catch up on. Yet here I am, writing a blog post.

But with good reason. I’m trying to give myself advice. I need to take some advice from God. Even if you aren’t religious or even if you don’t believe in God, this is good advice.

It is important to take a break.

  • Turn off the TV.
  • Turn off the Facebook.
  • Go take a drive with the family.
  • If you do go to church, come home and discuss what you learned with your family.
  • If you don’t go to church, find a church.
  • Take some time to meditate. At least an hour.
  • Go visit someone you haven’t seen in a while.
  • Read a book.

    You will find that things go much better for you throughout the rest of the week.

    Now I need to go take my own advice.

    After I finish my homework.

    Taking Advice From God | ZAPSOCK

    We read in Genesis 2:2 that “…on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”

    It’s Sunday. Popularly observed as The Sabbath Day in remembrance of God resting after his labors of the Creation.

    So what am I doing? Not resting.

    I have a ton of homework to catch up on. Yet here I am, writing a blog post.

    But with good reason. I’m trying to give myself advice. I need to take some advice from God. Even if you aren’t religious or even if you don’t believe in God, this is good advice.

    It is important to take a break.

    • Turn off the TV.
    • Turn off the Facebook.
    • Go take a drive with the family.
    • If you do go to church, come home and discuss what you learned with your family.
    • If you don’t go to church, find a church.
    • Take some time to meditate. At least an hour.
    • Go visit someone you haven’t seen in a while.
    • Read a book.

      You will find that things go much better for you throughout the rest of the week.

      Now I need to go take my own advice.

      After I finish my homework.