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Filling my Spiritual Well at TOFW

After we moved here last year from Germany, I set up my vision board for the year. One of the things I put on there was to go to Time Out for Women since I hadn’t been since 2012. As the year progressed I could see that that year was not the year for travel, conferences (I was also wanting to go to the doterra convention). I patiently waited for the Lord’s timing and kept it on my vision board. When this year rolled around, a sister in my ward posted about this year’s Time Out for Women. I immediately said I was interested. She pm’d me that she bought my ticket! Talk about the Lord locking me into my dream! Woot! It was a wonderful weekend and I shared a hotel with three other ladies. We had so much fun getting to know each other better.

All weekend I scribbled notes. A few presenters had so much information that I didn’t get as much as I’d like. This may come across as choppy, but hopefully, it will make a great starting point for food for thought. Enjoy the notes!

We need to align ourselves with Christ.

To qualify ourselves for Christ is the goal. Then Christ will qualify us for heaven.

I can’t do perfect—but I can do loyal.
I can’t do perfect—but I can do obedience.

Mark 10:28-30 (This is a Divine pattern of sacrifice)

In my prayers at night, remember to ask,

“Are you happy with how I used my time, talents, and means today?”

“What do you want me to do with my time?”

 

We own nothing. We only own our WILL. God owns everything else.

Stewardship—recognize I’m not the owner.

Stand in the place of my stewardship.

 

Agency and Accountability

I’m an agent and represent God.
Everyone has needs and everyone has abundance.

 

Pearls of the Restoration

  • We lived with our Father in Heaven before Creation.
  • Life is not a tragic fall.
  • God’s heart beats
  • Christ is our healer.

If you are created, you cannot be the creator. We desire abundance because it is innate within us to desire the ultimate abundance which is eternal life.

It is a good thing to know there is evil too. Genesis 5: 2

Eve is with Adam in these scriptural references so it applies to both men and women.
Children are whole from the foundation of the world.

Not understanding the word evil is a problem.

—the children must taste the bitter in order to enjoy/savor the good.
—must experience the sorrow in order to enjoy—joy!

Moses 7— God weeps.
Jacob 5—the word “nourished” is mentioned 22x
“preserve” is mentioned 20x.
“Lord grieveth” 7x

We worship a God who loves us.

In Greek, the word “saved” can be translated to “healed.”

Matthew 1: 21 Read “Saved” as “Healed.”

We are conceived in brokenness and the Savior invites us into “healing.”

 

Questions Jesus asks us to help us stay centered in Him.

John 1—after Jesus was baptized He asks,

“What seek ye?”

This is our question. What is it I really want? (truth, spirit, wealth, comfort, happiness)

Simple question—what’s the simple answer?

(continuing in Matt 1) then…

“Come and see.”

“Every good thing in life is on the straight and narrow path.” -S. Michael Wilcox

Luke 17— the lepers asked for mercy. They were cleansed. One thanked and glorified God.

“Where there not ten cleansed?”

“Where are the nine?”

A prayer was given by the Savior in John 11:41. 

“Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.”

We all have empty tombs we look in from time to time in our lives.

“Why weepest thou?”

“What seek ye?”

(John 20:13)

He comes and asks us that question.

Choose progress over perfection.

The Savior wept frequently. Tears release sorrows and our deepest joys.

John 6: Jesus fed the 5,000. 2 powerful stories within this chapter.

After the complaint that Jesus was expressing “hard sayings,” Jesus asks,

“Does this offend you?”

“Will ye also go away?”

Dostoyevsky, “I believe there is no one deeper, lovelier more sympathetic and more perfect than Jesus…”

John 21: 15+

“Lovest thou Me?”

“Feed my lambs” 3x

“(fill your name in the blank here), loves thou me?”

John 21: After speaking to Peter, He explains that Peter will be crucified too.

“Lord, what shall this man do?” (John 21:21- its human nature to mind each other’s business.)

“What is that to thee?” (vs. 22)

“Follow thou me.” (vs. 23)

What our only concern should be is:

“How am I following?”

“Am I following Him?”

D&C 128:19

“What do we hear in the gospel we have received?” (In spite of our human blocks.)

Answer: A voice of gladness!

Have one goal—to bring as many people that are within my stewardship to Christ.

Shiloah Baker

My greatest dreams are to have a housekeeper; unlimited reading time; to travel wherever and whenever I want; to live in England, Italy and Hawaii; to go to Oxford University in the UK; to have all 11 children go on missions and to college; and to die peacefully in my sleep as an old, healthy woman. ♥

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