Love thy neighbor when it snows

Fresh snow on driveways is God's way of reminding me to love my neighbor!
"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39)

When I don't make time to read my scriptures and do the essentials my family feels it and I feel it. I start getting upset over the smallest things the kids have done, bad thoughts about my marriage like if it's all worth it or not with my hubby (remember I love and adore my hubs!), I'm in the "poor me stage," and I can't even find enough energy to do anything or even just to get going. I start thinking I have something seriously wrong with me in my brain or body or something.

It's been that way for me for 3 weeks! Surgery does that to me I guess. And I was going CRAZY! I'm sure y'all are way more focused and disciplined than I am, but I really don't have room to slack on my essentials, it's like the adversary knows me and knows just one day missed is one day he can sneak in and destroy everything I've worked hard for. 

So because nothing was really getting me going, the Lord made it snow! After being raised in Florida for 20 yrs and never experiencing snowy adventures, moving to Utah with snow was magical. I love how white it makes everything, how perfect it all looks in a perfect white blanket especially super early in the morning. I think that's why the Lord loves white inside His temples, He knew white would make everything look glorious! Anyway.
The Hubs has volunteered to shovel a driveway for a family in our neighborhood. So he got up early on Sunday and started shoveling ours, well when I saw him I immediately wanted to send our 7yr old son out there to help his dad. Boys should always be with their dads, especially if you have a great hubby, who you want your son to grow up to be like. Then I realized that I haven't had the chance to do it in a while and I should probably be an example to the kids too and not just all talk. Must practice what we preach! Plus the 7yr old had shoveled a lot of driveways last snowy Sabbath and sure made his momma proud, so although I knew I'd probably be late to church I figured, I have plenty of time and I put my gear on and ventured out! I love doing anything along side my awesome hubs. You might be thinking wow, shoveling snow on the Sabbath? It gets better!

So after the hubs was all done he had to go in and get ready for his church meetings before church actually starts, and I got to shovel our neighbor's driveway and then I started on my amazing Visiting Teacher's driveway (longest driveway ever, more like a parking lot, great for parties I'm sure! not so much for shoveling), and she came out and joined me. What a treat! Did you know you don't have to ask people if you can shovel their driveway? It's fantastic! We had some great convos. Shoveling service is so therapeutic, and I got to know her and her family a bit better. We were having so much fun that we decided to do 2 more driveways. Crazy, I know! Because now it's like for sure I'm going to be late for 11am church! People who serve together are friends forever! {I'll tell you about my addiction to being late on another post. Yep, I purposefully try and inconvenience the whole world by being late because I don't care about others. No..no..no.. for realz! j/k j/k j/k. I'll save that one for later.}

Can I just tell you, I felt so happy and my energy was renewed after we were all done! Great mood even with the kids, and that's surprising, because I would have normally felt rushed. Smiling all day long. And I can't believe it but we were ON-TIME for church too! I'm going to just keep telling you that I really really really was happy, all day and smiled at everyone. Slowly realizing that service especially on the Sabbath has huge potential to unlock other hidden windows of blessings, I am living proof that the Lord will bless you in ways you never thought you'd need. We serve our own families everyday, but sometimes I need that little reminder from above letting me know to search outside of myself and serve our "other" neighbors to get me back into the groove so I can continue to serve my immediate neighbors, my family, with the right spirit and mind. 


We try to keep the Sabbath day holy just like anyone else, some things we do are; stay indoors, read church magazines (Ensign, New Era & The Friend), watch Devotionals, play games as a family, go to family dinners at my mom's or the Hubs' parents and try to Home & Visit Teach, oh and make sure the 2yr old takes a nap while we go to Choir. However, with this new time change (11am instead of 9am) I've been just dilly dallying, letting the kids do whatever they want, as if the Sabbath didn't start until after we got back from church or something and waiting until I actually NEED to start getting ready, instead of finding ways to make the Sabbath more holy for me and the kids, and being ready earlier rather than last minute. Let me tell you, I seriously LOVED doing service before church. When you take the opportunities He has given you to to be His hands, it's magical, and He changes you. 

You all know that service on any day is great, but we know the Savior served others on the Sabbath. 
 1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
 2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
 3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
 4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
 5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
 6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. (John 5:1-9)
And shortly afterward the Jews wanted to persecute Him for serving others on the Sabbath, he said, 
"...My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." (John 5:12
We can too! We're "allowed," no seriously though, I believe the Sabbath is not a day for "do nots" it's a day for "can dos." {Can dos on the Sabbath post coming soon with printable and everything.} We can do a lot of things to come closer to Christ, to be like Him, to serve like Him and to love like Him, and dedicating only 1 day out of 7 is essential to our physical, spiritual and mental well being. I'm motivated and I'm excited to start this new week, with the essentials. 
May the Lord bless you to feel His love for you as you strive to seek for opps to serve others during the week and even on the Sabbath. Seriously, how did I not know about this hidden treasure? I'm curious, what have you done and how has it blessed your life? 

Also...check out this video, it's titled "Jesus Heals a Lame Man on the Sabbath."
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