To Receive More

Learning to listen is not just a lesson I teach my children, it is a lesson I continue to learn myself, especially that I may receive divine communication.

For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.

The Book of Mormon – 2 Nephi 28:30

When my friend recently talked to me about taking away all the distractions and barriers so that she can have the Holy Spirit guide her, I could relate to that feeling. Often I feel a tight ball of stress swelling right in my chest. I know it is keeping me from more. More faith. More knowledge. More love. I know when I feel it, but sometimes it is hard to let go. But when I am willing, my heart opens, and I receive.

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3 Comments

  1. Ryan
    Jul 6, 2008

    I know the feeling. Doesn’t it just make you want to go live in a monastery, alone, in some remote mountain location? If only….

  2. ph
    Jul 6, 2008

    Ryan,

    I can appreciate your comments and thoughts. A couple of weeks ago, my family left me for about 4 days to visit family. I stayed home, alone. It was a very mixed blessing. I enjoyed the brief time of less “obligation” (I use the words in quotes because it’s close to the meaning I wish to convey but without negative connotations), but missed them. I think there is a very good reason we’re not left alone regulary. It’s not good for the soul. What good would it be for if we were all alone?

  3. Julie
    Jul 14, 2008

    I can definitely relate. It can be so difficult to rule out all the distractions and just be present in the moment. I have struggled with that my entire life and it’s still a problem for me. And the weird thing is that I know its a problem, have known for a long time, I want to change it desperately, and I still haven’t managed to change it. It’s something I am praying about, that is for sure!

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