Do you ever feel stuck in a rut? You're depressed or down about something but don't seem to have the courage or energy to do anything about it? Well, it just so happens I had been in said rut for a few months, until two weeks ago.
I have a tendency to save every handout I get from church. In my scripture case I have SO many handouts (especially from my seminary years in high school). There's just something about church stuff that I can't throw it away. I feel like I'm throwing away the scriptures or something. Well, the girls figured out that there are fun colorful pieces of paper in mommy's bag and they soon I found them strewn about the house. I thought I had picked up all the papers but a little while later I found a straggler in the girls room. I told myself I would throw away this piece of paper, no matter what it was. (I'm determined not to turn into a hoarder of church quotes) Well, I picked it up and happened to glance at it and if I didn't know any better I'd think this wrinkly piece of paper was really an anvil that was dropped on my head. Here's the quote:
"I do not believe people can be happy unless they have work to do. One can really be more of a slave to idleness than to work. Work also keeps us humble and reminds us of how all our blessings come to us from our Heavenly Father. The gospel of work is a very important teaching of the church. If we learn to work early in life we will be better individuals, better members of families, better neighbors, and better disciples of Jesus Christ. Who himself learned to work as a carpenter." -Elder Neal A. Maxwell
That was all I needed to get up off the couch and start working. Sometimes the hardest part about being a stay-at-home mom for me is being motivated to actually do things. My time is my own and I don't need to report to anyone on this earth. I'm not perfect and my Heavenly Father knows that, and I'm grateful for random things that remind me who I am and what I'm striving for. I'm working hard, but slowly because it takes time to change your life and develop habits. I'm feel that I'm slowly but surely climbing out of my rut and work is the only way to do it. I will share more as time goes, but I don't want to jinx myself. Just know I'm already feeling better after two weeks! And yes, I'm still holding on to random quotes. :-) This particular handout now currently resides on my fridge. Life is a continuous battle filled with never ending weaknesses we need to work on, but if we work hard, we will be blessed! Where do you find your inspiration?
"When you fail at something, that's when you learn and grow the most." -Jillian Michaels