Sometimes when my list is a mile long, I procrastinate and sit down and doodle. Clearly I had other things on my mind when I was decompressing. Nothing fancy, but I have a few ideas that I might use these televisions for in the future.
When I quickly drew this late one night it was never my intention to offer it as a download, so please be aware that there are imperfections in the finished piece and that it is heavily inspired by Stephanie Ackerman. However after numerous requests here it is. It's not a very big piece and I'm not sure how it will print as I was in a rush to get it scanned, etc before running with the children. However I hope those of you that asked will enjoy it all the same.
"As daughters of God we are each unique and different in our circumstances and experiences. And yet our part matters—because we matter. Our daily contributions of nurturing, teaching, and caring for others may seem mundane, diminished, difficult, and demeaning at times, and yet as we remember that first line in the Young Women theme—“We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us”—it will make all the difference in our relationships and our responses." (Elaine Dalton, "We are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father", General Conference, April 2013)
"My beloved brothers and sisters, I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face. “[N]or will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man [or woman or child] upon the face thereof to be saved.”13On occasions, global or personal, we may feel we are distanced from God, shut out from heaven, lost, alone in dark and dreary places. Often enough that distress can be of our own making, but even then the Father of us all is watching and assisting. And always there are those angels who come and go all around us, seen and unseen, known and unknown, mortal and immortal." (Elder Jeffery R. Holland, "The Ministry of Angels", General Conference, October 2008.)
"Obedience allows God’s blessings to flow without constraint. He will bless His obedient children with freedom from bondage and misery. And He will bless them with more light.... Teach of faith to know that obedience to the commandments of God will provide physical and spiritual protection. And remember, God’s holy angels are ever on call to help us. The Lord so declared: “I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.” What a promise! When we are faithful, He and His angels will help us. Unfailing faith is fortified through prayer. Your heartfelt pleadings are important to Him." (Elder Russel M. Nelson, "Face the Future with Faith", General Conference, April 2011)
I learned that this is one of President Monson's favorite scriptures as I was looking up the quote reference. You can download both a color and black and white jpg version of this scripture. The frame was inspired by an image I found on pinterest.
"But every day, when I seek it, I experience the Lord’s love in my life and feel His arms encircle me. I see evidences of the Lord’s love in my morning walks when the air is clear and the first hint of light is in the east. I feel His love when a verse of scripture springs to mind and speaks to me in a new way. I recognize His love when I am taught by good women in Relief Society or by visiting teachers who care for me. I sense His presence when my heart responds to beautiful music or a memorable talk. Sisters, the Lord is everywhere when we open our eyes and hearts to His love.
But there are women among you, I’m sure, who are thinking now, “When do I have time for a morning walk? When was the last time I had 10 minutes of peace to read my scriptures?” Or, “When was the last time I had a day without pain? or worry? or heartache?” And I recognize how true it is that life often feels like a great pile of obligations, frustrations, and disappointments. But the Lord is there, always the same, His arms still outstretched. When we feel overwhelmed, we have to remember the peace He has spoken to us on previous occasions. His peace brings comfort and strength; the world cannot give that to us."
For the last couple of years I have created a volunteer calendar for a couple of my children's teachers. I'm sure there are easier ways to create this calendar, but I wasn't able to find a program that met my needs. So I had the basic calendar template and moved the numbers each month, which was quite simple after the initial set up. Rather than have the files sit on my computer I pulled them together in a kit.
The main calendar template is in jpg and png form. All the numbers, months and days are in png form so you can use them whatever projects you desire. Please remember all of the designs and downloads on this site are for personal use only. Thanks!
I have written before about a Hebrew word, transliterated as zohar (first appearing in connection with Noah and the ark), which means light, noon, midday, brightness, happiness, and blessing, and which comes from a root verb that means to press oil or press out oil and to glisten. What this word represents is the core of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as all light and truth and all that is good from before the creation is founded upon the Atonement of Jesus Christ that He accomplished in Gethsemane and Golgotha, Gethsemane literally meaning oil press and metaphorically representing the life and light provided by Christ through His suffering and death.
God communicates in symbolic terms, and it is interesting to take something like the word zohar as a metaphor and see what other symbols follow the same pattern—in this case what other examples are there of oil providing fuel for light in religious symbolism? I have been thinking a lot about one example of this symbolism this week: the parable of the ten virgins in which each virgin has a lamp containing oil that fuels light. Connecting the symbolism of the zohar, particularly in connection with the ark, with that of the lamps leads to a lot of fruitful questions: Symbolically what is the oil in the lamps if the oil related to the zohar is symbolic of the Atonement? What does it mean to take oil in their vessels with their lamps? How does receiving and storing the oil of the Atonement relate to conversion, and what is conversion in terms of both metaphors? How does possession of oil provide light in the darkness of the deep of the flood and in the midnight hour? How do the oil and the light involve or not involve appearances? How does possession of the oil and its resultant light allow entrance to the marriage with the bridegroom and participation in a new creation during and after the flood? What does it mean to go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves?.....
Christ’s parables contain so much depth that we can always ask more questions and find new insights into a very brief parable, and I believe that is one of the greatest blessings of the parables and of scriptures in general. It isn’t how much we know or don’t know that is important because compared with God at this point in mortality none of us know much at all; the important thing is if we are gaining spiritual insight regularly and have His spirit with us.
I was thinking about this point of gaining spiritual insight regularly, and about this parable and specifically what it means to take oil in our vessels, as yesterday we sang the hymn Abide with Me; ‘Tis Eventide, which involves so many themes also contained in this parable and in the symbolism of the zohar, including the comforting message that we can have God’s companionship with us regularly, in the daytime or in the lonely night, if He is Within my heart a welcome guest and we do whatever is necessary to walk and commune with Him. Following are the verses of this hymn, which links so richly with the parable of the ten virgins and with the symbolism of the zohar in so many ways:
Abide with me; 'tis eventide. The day is past and gone; The shadows of the evening fall; The night is coming on. Within my heart a welcome guest, Within my home abide.
O Savior, stay this night with me; Behold, 'tis eventide. O Savior, stay this night with me; Behold, 'tis eventide.
Abide with me; 'tis eventide. Thy walk today with me Has made my heart within me burn, As I communed with thee. Thy earnest words have filled my soul And kept me near thy side.
Abide with me; 'tis eventide, And lone will be the night If I cannot commune with thee Nor find in thee my light. The darkness of the world, I fear, Would in my home abide.
Text: M. Lowrie Hofford,1882-1937. Music: Harrison Millard, 1830-1895.
"Who among us can say that he or she has not felt fear? I know of no one who has been entirely spared. Some, of course, experience fear to a greater degree than do others. Some are able to rise above it quickly, but others are trapped and pulled down by it and even driven to defeat. We suffer from the fear of ridicule, the fear of failure, the fear of loneliness, the fear of ignorance. Some fear the present, some the future. Some carry the burden of sin and would give almost anything to unshackle themselves from those burdens but fear to change their lives. Let us recognize that fear comes not of God, but rather that this gnawing, destructive element comes from the adversary of truth and righteousness. Fear is the antithesis of faith. It is corrosive in its effects, even deadly.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
These principles are the great antidotes to the fears that rob us of our strength and sometimes knock us down to defeat. They give us power."
"They knew deep in their hearts that there was one The Savior who understood their personal adversity because He suffered it for them in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. He felt their fear, their doubt, their pain, and their loneliness. He suffered their sorrows, their persecution, their hunger, their fatigue, and their loss. And because He suffered all these things, He could say to them, 'Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'(Matthew 11:28)"