Put Him First

1 Kings 17:
8 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,

9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a awidow woman there to sustain thee.

10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.

11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of abread in thine hand.

12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.

15 And she awent and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.

16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.

Dear Family,

The other day I was a bit perplexed because it seems like there is never enough time to do all the things I want to do. After quite a bit of pondering and quite a few days and reflections later, this story came out of nowhere into my mind. It was personal revelation to me. What was the secret that kept the oil and meal from failing? The widow fed the Prophet first. It’s so simple. We have to have faith that God can work miracles with our time. If we put Him first, we WILL have enough time to do all the other things we want to do.

I decided to try it out. Opening my email, one day, I decided to try emailing the President first, reading his report and only after I had submitted my numbers to read my family letters and write home. I felt a peace in my heart that this is the secret to being organized with my time. As I finished, I truly had much more time left over than usual and was able to write everything I wanted to the family.

There is not enough time to do everything we want to do. That’s why we absolutley must put the Lord first. We need the miracle. We need His blessing to rest upon our day. He multiplied the loaves and fishes for so many people, the widow’s cruse never did fail. I think one of the biggest lessons He wants us to learn from these miracles is when He touches things, there is never a scarcity. There is never a lack. There is always enough.
How many problems in the world are caused because people are afraid that there won’t be enough? The Great Depression comes to mind, wars, bank failures, theft, greed…ect. Let us enter this next week with just a little bit more faith. Let us put the Lord first. Let us wake up and say our prayers even though we are tired and still half asleep. Let us tell him about our plans for the day and ask Him to bless them. Let us read at least a few verses of scripture over our morning breakfast to strengthen us to face the world. Let’s be on time to church. Keep going to the Temple. It’s more important that we have the capacity to understand.

I love you all. This week has left me super tired so I think I will go home and sleep for the rest of our Preparation Day. Grrr…they are playing american music again here in this internet cafe and it’s `Hey Sould Sister´ by Train. It’s making me homesick for Missy. If any of you can think of some good encouragement for a missionary who is very tired and needs to get better at inviting people to be Baptised, send it my way,

love,

Sister Thompson

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