8.31.2010

I CAN do this.

Well, I've got some bad news:
it's only my second day of school and I'm already stressed.
My classes are going to be insanely hard this semester. I'm being forced out of my comfort zone in a lot of them, and that's kinda freakin' me out a little bit.
Plus, schoolwork aside, I made a goal to be more outgoing and branch out and meet new people this year.
I also want to exercise, have daily scripture study, blog, keep my room clean, cook real food occasionally, have time for my Gilmore Girls.... ya know. All the important stuff.
So when I was at the peak of my freak-out today, I luckily had some extra time, and decided to see if I could find a General Conference talk that could calm me down.
I typed in "Finding a Balance" in the search box, and the first talk that came up was this one.
Wow. It was perfect. Just thought I'd share a few quotes with y'all that really stuck out to me and helped me a lot....
(And hopefully I can stick to these suggestions and make it a great semester.)

"A periodic review of the covenants we have made with the Lord will help us with our priorities and with balance in our lives. This review will help us see where we need to repent and change our lives to ensure that we are worthy of the promises that accompany our covenants and sacred ordinances. Working out our own salvation requires good planning and a deliberate, valiant effort."

"Find some quiet time regularly to think deeply about where you are going and what you will need to do to get there. Jesus, our exemplar, often “withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed”. We need to do the same thing occasionally to rejuvenate ourselves spiritually as the Savior did. Write down the tasks you would like to accomplish each day. Keep foremost in mind the sacred covenants you have made with the Lord as you write down your daily schedules."

"Study the scriptures. They offer one of the best sources we have to keep in touch with the Spirit of the Lord. One of the ways I have gained my sure knowledge that Jesus is the Christ is through my study of the scriptures. President Ezra Taft Benson has called upon members of the Church to make the study of the Book of Mormon a daily habit and a lifetime pursuit. The Apostle Paul’s advice to Timothy is good counsel for each of us. He wrote: “From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."

"Many people have difficulty finding the time for sufficient rest, exercise, and relaxation. We must schedule time on our daily calendars for these activities if we are to enjoy a healthy and balanced life. Good physical appearance enhances our dignity and self-respect."

"When we focus on a few basic objectives, we are more likely to be able to manage the many demands that life makes on us. Remember, too much of anything in life can throw us off-balance. At the same time, too little of the important things can do the same thing. King Benjamin counseled 'that all these things are done in wisdom and order'."

"Just do the very best you can each day. Do the basic things and, before you realize it, your life will be full of spiritual understanding that will confirm to you that your Heavenly Father loves you. When a person knows this, then life will be full of purpose and meaning, making balance easier to maintain."

Awesome quotes, right? It really helped me to realize that I can and will conquer this semester!! I just need to remember:


3 comments:

Anna said...

I love that scripture. It was my trek ma's way of motivating us to do the women's pull. And let's face it, school is one giant women's pull.

Catherine Anne said...

That is probably one of my favorite scriptures ever. Thanks for the reminders, Ashley! I needed to read them and I'm sure many others needed this good advice! You are fabulous. We can all do this...College Round 2, here we come! :) Love ya!

Ayesha Sadiq said...

You have done a marvelous job! I am really inspired with your work.