As a bit of a forward: I joined a group a few years ago in which we share compositions about Lessons of Life we have experienced. Part of the aspects of our writing for this group is that we include two scriptures and two leadership quotes that add additional witness to our perspective (by the mouth of two or three... and all that). I've written MANY of these, but share few here. I am considering sharing more... but I balk because these are my pearls. And we have been directed not to cast our pearls before swine lest they turn and rend us... and I've been sorely rent, my friend. So... just one here and there for now.
Ask And Ye Shall Receive (written during our van living period during 2014)
I recently read something in my meditation community by a woman who was asked a tough question. The question has been nagging at me, too. She was asked, "What do you believe that is keeping people from joining your meditation group?" Well, I'm not trying to run a meditation group, but I do desire to have an influx of money for some things that I do sell and a business or two that I desire to build.
The woman who was initially asked this question came to the conclusion that she believed people didn't really want to hear what she had to say. I'm not exactly sure what the root of my own belief is, but I'm certain I will find it as I prayerfully ponder over it. I hope that through finding it, I will also be able to release it to the Atonement and be healed and experience the true Prosperity that Father has for and desires to bestow upon me and mine.
I know He has far more than I am receiving at this time because of an experience yesterday. A man asked my husband and me for a few pennies. I literally had 4 pennies and a nickel. I asked my husband how much we should give him and he said, "Whatever you have in your hand." I had only what I've already shared. I refused to be so ungenerous and took another few moments to find a few quarters in another part of my purse.
Even as I was putting together a few coins, and often in the last 20 hours or so, I've thought of this interaction. While I was searching for the coins, I kept thinking, "If he'd asked for a few bills, I'd give it to him... I mean, I have a couple thousand with me right now!" I rarely have much cash with me but because we'd just sold something I had a lot. I wouldn't have given him all, as we need the majority of that money to just get by from day to day for the next month or so (until my husband gets a job). But if he'd asked for more, I may have given him as much as $5. But he asked for only pennies. I gave him that, and more... and still wonder if I gave too little.
So now I wonder how much more Father has for me... but I just ask for far less than He would give!
I truly beleive our Father in Heaven is the King of ALL. Don't Fathers desire to bless their children? Don't they want their children to have all that they need... ESPECIALLY if they are doing their pitiful best to improve and become all that He wants them to be? I believe He does. So, in addition to pondering over what belief I have that is holding me back, I'm going to ponder over what I need to ask Father for... and how!
The additional witnesses:
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
Doctrine and Covenants 84:38
"And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father's kingdom; therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him."
"It is evident that He intends that we do our part. But what, specifically, are we to do? No one would expect to receive a result from physical law without obeying it. Spiritual law is the same. As much as we want help, we must expect to follow the spiritual law that controls that help. Spiritual law is not mysterious. It is something that we can understand. The scriptures define it in significant detail."
(D&C 82: 10, 1 John 3:22, 1 Nephi 15:11)
"The Lord has the power to bless us at any time. Yet we see that to count on His help, we must consistently obey His commandments." Richard G. Scott General Conference Talk: Obtaining Help from the Lord, October 1991
"By keeping the covenants of the gospel, all of the momentary trials of life can be transcended." Paul E. Koelliker General Conference Talk: Gospel Covenants Bring Promised Blessings, October 2005