Doctrine & Covenants 89: 18-19

"And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures."


Trials and Tribulations - Sassafrass

So I need to appologize for what you are about to read. As I read over it before I published it I thought, "Man, what is my problem?" Maybe it's that I'm sick and tired. Yes that's it, that's going to be my excuse. So I am sorry for the whine and yes, I would love some cheese to go with it. Only if it's good, though. Not like Swiss and not stinky either. (See? Whiney!! I crack myself up.)

Why is it so easy to do what is wrong? Or maybe I should say why is it so easy to NOT do what is right? In my last post I said that I was going to start a green smoothie experiment. I did have the best intentions and it did work for me for the first day. (What is that saying about the road being paved with good intentions?) I actually did really well and lost 3.4 pounds, which in and of itself is pretty miraculous. My body just does not do that. I can gain a pound or two, no worries, but losing that much in one day? Forget it. So, you would think that I would keep doing it, right? Nope, not me. It seems that the minute I say something out loud, it and all of my good intentions fly right out the window, door, or the universe for that matter. Do you think that I can motivate myself to get back on a mostly raw diet? (Even if I only did it for one day) Nope, not me.

As for my family? I get a fair amount of grief from them too: mostly my husband. He fusses a lot but then gags the smoothies down. I have only made one smoothie for my kids and they did drink it down without much lip. And I really haven't made dinner since. What is wrong with me? It's easy for me to say 'forget it' because all I get is grief no matter what I fix. So why bother at all? Man I am whiney today.

More trials and tribulation have come upon my family. This last week my husband was told that he has the mumps. Yep, you read that right. I asked the doc, "How on earth is that possible?" He said that when we were getting immunizations, they weren't as strong as they are today and we only got one shot. Nowadays the immunizations are much better and they get two shots. Even then, 2% of those immunized will still get the mumps if they are exposed. Husband initially went in because he had a rash, fevers, and it turns out, a sinus infection. The next week he had the swollen glands. It was then that doc figured it out. Although we have not gotten the labwork back with the confirmation, we are pretty sure it is the mumps.

Then, because he had the cold/sinus infection, I somehow managed to get it too. Which is a little weird to me. For the past year, maybe longer, I have been using my essential oils on a consistent basis and have not gotten sick, even when my kids brought home strep throat three times. I am prone to get that and then it would turn into a sinus infection for me. Then about a month ago I started learning about and using herbs. So I thought there was no way that I would get it, but sure enough I did. What gives?

Sometimes I feel that Satan sure is working on me. I do really well for a little while and then..... Isn't it always the "and then?" Although I am in no way, shape or form even remotely ready for the millennium I can't help but wish for it to come. If, for just a short time to have a reprieve from his ever-present, constant, consistent, searching, relentless, prying, slimy fingers.


  1. Congratulations, you're human! We're all doing the best we can, and when we're just getting started we all fall short more often than we measure up. But the longer we try, the more the balance tips in the other direction! You're doing great! Oh, and even herb-infused, whole food eating, essential oil using, regular exercising, Word of Wisdom perfectionists still get sick once in a while. Nothing we can do about that--it's just part of being mortal and having these darn imperfect bodies. Don't you just love this mortal probation??

  2. Heehee. So I only made it 5 days before eating some serious sugar. It happens. We work on making good habits and then keeping them. The keeping them is the hardest part, IMO.


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