Saturday, May 16, 2009

My Angels!

Yesterday was kinda a funky day. I still hadn't received any word on the job that I interviewed for last week. I was sorta having my pity party ... feeling down, alone, no self-worth, a lot of doubt, and some discouragement. "Should I call the company?", I asked myself. And then I decided not to, because I didn't want to hear any discouraging news. So, I didn't.

I remembered a talk that Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland gave titled, "The Ministry of Angels" which gave me great comfort. Let me share:

"I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face. Nor will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man (or woman of child) upon the face thereof to be saved. On occassions, global, or personal, we may feel we are distanced from God, shut out from heaven, lost, alone in dark and dreary places. Often enough that distress can be of our own making, but even then the Father of us all is watching and assisting. And always there are those angels who come and go all around us, seen and unseen, known and unknown, mortal and immortal. May we all believe more readily in, and have more gratitude for, the Lord's promise as contained in one of President Monson's favorite scriptures: 'I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, ... my Spirit shall be in your heart, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up'. In the process of praying for those angels to attend us, may we all try to be a little more angelic ourselves-with a kind word, a strong arm, a declaration of faith and the covenant wherewith we have covenanted. Perhaps then we can be emissaries sent from God."

Having my pity party, while snacking on some chocolate chips, and drowning my sorrows in Wife Swap, the telephone rang. It was my son Ryan calling to see how I was doing. My angel ... always checking in daily to make sure that I'm o.k. How I needed that phone call and to hear his sweet voice of concern.
Shortly after Ryan called, Lori, my bestest bud called to see how I was doing. You can't tell me that they weren't inspired to call when they did. Lori has a gift to sense when she is needed. It makes me emotional just thinking about all the times at work how she always could sense when someone needed a listening ear and a word of encouragement. How I miss not seeing her every day. My heart is so full of gratitude for her!

Lo, and behold, I hung up the phone ... got back to my Wife Swap and my daughter Natalie from Oregon called to see how I was doing. By now, I knew that all three of these wonderful people were my angels helping me through my day. Even though Nat is my daughter I've always felt like she was much older than me in spiritual years. She's a very wise young woman and gives me such great counsel and advice. She told me to call the company ... but I still didn't do it. Perhaps I'll have the courage on Monday to call ... well, maybe! After the third phone call I decided that Wife Swap was making me even more discouraged than I was so I decided to do a little ministering of angels myself. I went to my visiting teaching reports and looked over my list of 156 women and decided to make some phone calls. I made a few changes with companionships and routes and lo and behold, I started feeling better about myself! It's amazing what happens when you start doing something for others ... you forget about yourself and your worries and problems.
Then I jumped in the shower ... well actually, I didn't jump ... I stood. :) Got my dress on and went to the temple with some of my family members. What a site to sit in the temple and look at my family members all dressed in white, knowing that they're worthy to be there. My heart was full of gratitude for my family and those angels that touched my life today.
My little boy Reese is going to Boot Camp in South Carolina Tuesday. We wanted to go to the temple as a family before he leaves. He'll be in SC for about three months, and then if he passes his basic training he'll go to Virginia for four months for advanced training. He joined the National Gaurd/Army division. I'm so excited for him. I think this will be a great experience for him. If I were his age I think I'd join too!
I'm going outside to do some much needed yard work. Ya'll have a wonderful Saturday. Thank-you for being my angels and staying in touch with me and helping me through this little bump in the road of life!


Jenn Greeley said...

Definitely call Monday. You were interviewing them as well. You are just wanting to check on the status. I've called to inquire about the progress of a job before and the person who interviewed me was impressed by the call. I ended up getting the job too!

stampsndeidre said...

My husband and I are moving to Virginia in July. He is active Army National Guard! I would love you give you our contact info(once we are there) in case your son, Reese, needs anything. I am not sure where he will be going out there since there are a lot of bases in Virginia, but I don't think we will be living too far from any of them. My email is stampsndeidre at gmail dot com if you would like to get ahold of me.
I am keeping my fingers crossed for you to get that new job! I just know that a talented lady like you will find something very soon!

DonnaJ9 said...

Hey, girl, that was a great reminder on your blog. I've been a little discouraged lately as well and it's hard to keep your chin up, but you're so right about the angels! There have been too many times to count when I've called upon them to help me out and even "loan" them out when someone needs help more than I do. It always helps.

Love you lots!

Charlene said...

I am always thinking about you and wishing you well!!!

Lydia said...

After you've poured yourself into a job for so long and as well as you did it, it's hard not to be defined by a job. But you certainly are not, Linda!! And as an old HR girl, I would say - call em. They need to see you're very interested. Then, if they don't hire you, you take a little vacation down here to Austin, and sample world class food, and go all Thelma and Louise with some crazy stampers and you'll be ready for the next challenge!!! ;)

I wish I could make the anxiety go away, I really do.

Love ya.


The Peton's said...

Are spiritual years kinda like dog years? Just wondering.

I always know when you're down. Good thing it's not that often. Glad you turned that frown upside down with service. It's like magic. Same with the temple. Magical.

Ernie and Anita Thornton said...

Linda --
When I saw Reese dressed in his suit yesterday, I kidded him about going to the temple, and sure enough -- that's where he was going. He seemed excited to be going with his family. You have a wonderful family and so much to be grateful for. Way to go!!

Wishing you luck this next week. I say call them as well! I agree that they need to know you really care and are interested.

Good luck with shipping off your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Shelly in the NW said...

i agree that you might want to give a call next week - maybe not Monday - Mondays are hard for everyone - but definatly on Tuesday :)

there are many of us in cyberspace that are supporting you on your journey.

everyone deserves a pity party now and then...just don't stay at the party too long :)

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

I've been away from home, so hadn't checked your blog in a while...Gosh,I really thought for sure someone would have jumped all over having you for an employee by now!! I'm sure there are great plans for you on the horizon... and being the angel that you are, it will come to you soon. Keeping you in my prayers!

Hendricksonblog said...

Hey Linda,
I was just scanning some old slides and ran across so many pics of your kids and Lynn and have had many fond memories today of your family. I love your family and one of my favorite things I remember about you is how you scared the crap out of you kids all the guys definitely did a lot right and taught them all how to have a great sense of humor.

Terry Molineux said...


I just know you will find the right job for you. God will guide you in the right direction. On calling, I would call. I had a job I really wanted because the hours were based around my taking and picking up my mentally handicapped sister and the salary was what I wanted. I didn't hear from them by the end of the week like I promised and I called. The woman doing the interview wasn't in and I told the person on the other end that I interviewed for a job and I really think I would be an asset t company to let her know I was definitely interested...I then sat down and sent a thank you for the interview letter and told her in writing I was interested. Still another three days went by and I didn't hear so I called again and you know what, "She hired me right then and there!" Once I got the job and started and we became friends I asked her why she picked me....she said because I was assertive and showed much interest in getting the job and wasn't afraid to show it! So give it a try. If it is meant to be it will happen!

Good Luck and I know there is something out there for you because you are a very talented lady and any firm that hires you will know immmediately what an asset you would be to them and their employees!!!

Butternut Sage Designs said...

Good Monday Morning Linda, I wish you sunshine a light heart today for FUN!!!!!! Go play for heaven sake! I am glad all your angels uplifted you this weekend, now your heart is full so if you want, just before you play call the company. My dad always told us when we were kids, give it a few days and if you do not here back from the interview call them. It makes them realize you are "really" interested and willing to take a step! It works for us older gals too! Hugs and happy day to you!!!! ~Donna

Maureen said...

Linda, I am so glad your angels have been with you...I know how much they are needed...And you have so many people praying for you that you may not even remember {like me;-)} - Best of luck to you...

sue said...

As to the call, don't call, dilemma. Always call. Every coupld of days. I was told once by an HR manager that everytime someone called their application was looked at and moved to the top of the pile. Then when it came time to narrow down the list it would be within the first few. Always a good idea to keep your name on top.