This is a continuation of The Invitation, a previously posted blog challenge from Dixie Dawn. We are now on Day 4.
Please feel free
to read the other days and start at anytime! You can incorporate this
challenge in ways that will help you. Work it monthly, weekly, or daily
as posted, the important thing is that your relationship with Christ is
All material is original blog material written by Dixie.
Scripture suggestions are from my personal study, all thoughts and
challenges are from my personal history and my future as I too continue
to strive for more closeness to Christ.
Thought for the day: As we strive to walk in Jesus’
footsteps, we must work to improve our obedience. As in all things the
Savior is our pattern, thus it is also so with obedience. The Apostle
Paul wrote of the Savior: “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience.” In our own finite way, we too can learn obedience
even as Christ did. As young children we learn respect for authority
as we obey our parents, earning their trust, it is the same with the
Lord. As we learn respect for his authority we must be inclined to obey
the principles of his teachings and as we do so, we earn his trust and
will be blessed more than we can imagine.
We will become free from the bondage of satan. When obedience
becomes our goal, it is no longer an irritation; instead of a stumbling
block, it becomes a building block. Let us this day begin again to
build our relationship with the Savior by looking within ourselves and
finding those things, even little things we can change, helping us to
become more obedient.
Scripture Suggestions: (reading made easy, just click a link! ) Hebrews 5:8 2 Corinthians 7:15 2 Corinthians 10:5 Romans 6:16 D&C 89:18
1 John 1 John 7 Liberty Salvation
Challenge for the day: Use the penny in your shoe
to help you think. As you feel the penny ponder on the things you need
to improve within yourself that will help you become more obedient. At
the end of the day pick one thing, just one, and write it in your
journal. Make a plan and give yourself a time frame to work on this one
thing and improve on it. Such as reading scriptures everyday, keeping
the sabbath day more holy, prayer twice a day morning and night,
changing tv shows you watch or putting the internet after your study and
prayer. Things, even little as they are, can be huge, so improving on
them will make a noticeable difference. As you strive to do this the
spirit will come to you and you will be strengthened and changed with a
greater understanding for the Principles of the gospel. Obedience will
become a goal not a burden…..expect trouble from satan. He will play
havoc in the lives of those trying to improve and walk with Christ.
However a strong self-discipline and determination to be with the Lord
will push him back. Don’t give up, you can do this.
Journaling thought: Is there one thing I could do
better just for today? Does God simply want us to obey a set of
commandments, or does he hope our obedience will build certain character traits?
To Keep you thinking:
‘Faith is a gift of God bestowed as a reward for personal righteousness.
It is always given when righteousness is present, and the greater the
measure of obedience to God’s laws the greater will be the endowment of
faith’ If we desire more faith, we must be more obedient. … Faith
requires an attitude of exact obedience, even in the small, simple
things. …“Elder Bruce R. McConkie ”
“As patterns of obedience develop, the specific blessings associated
with obedience are realized and belief emerges. Desire, hope, and belief
are forms of faith, but faith as a principle of power comes from a
consistent pattern of obedient behavior and attitudes. Personal
righteousness is a choice. Faith is a gift from God, and one possessed
of it can receive enormous spiritual power” (in Conference Report, Apr.
2009, 37; or Ensign, May 2009, 39).
This will be a great day leading to even better times!
Love from Dixie
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