Sharing my thoughts after reading our assignment each week in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families.
“As you read Matthew 8-9 and Mark 2-5, be responsive to impressions you receive from the Holy Ghost. Consider writing down the promptings you receive and the things you can do to act on those promptings.” [Header, Lesson for Mar 04-10, 2019, “Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole”.]
Journaling my impressions:
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As I read these chapters this time around, I was impressed yet again by Christ’s indirect focus and carefully indirect teaching about power—Spiritual power, political power, leadership power, community power, personal power, power over elements, power in every sense. In every sense, Christ is teaching-by-doing that real power is not at all about what the World perceives as power. Note that he uses power in all of these senses always in order to promote healing in these various senses. His clear message is that real power is about building family, about building stronger families, about connecting with God more powerfully, about teaching others with power and authority of God. Note well that these actions happen to be home-centered, church-supported actions.
What that means in our everyday lives, how that emerges in our daily to-do lists, depends on what Heavenly Father wants us to do and on what we ourselves want us to do.
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More on recording my impressions. (See also this lesson’s teacher manual version.)