Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pride and Prejudice: Fordyce's Sermons

After some deliberation he chose Fordyce's Sermons. Lydia gaped as he opened the volume, and before he had, with very monotonous solemnity, read three pages, she interrupted him with,
"Do you know, mama, that my uncle Philips talks of turning away Richard, and if he does, Colonel Forster will hire him. My aunt told me so herself on Saturday. I shall walk to Meryton to-morrow to hear more about it, and to ask when Mr. Denny comes back from town."
Lydia was bid by her two eldest sisters to hold her tongue; but Mr. Collins, much offended, laid aside his book, and said,
"I have often observed how little young ladies are interested by books of a serious stamp, though written solely for their benefit. It amazes me, I confess; -- for certainly, there can be nothing so advantageous to them as instruction. But I will no longer importune my young cousin."
-"Pride and Prejudice," Jane Austen, Chapter 14

 Some days you need a sister. Some days, you need to have someone call just to shoot the breeze, and then you need to take that opportunity to have a COMPLETE MENTAL BREAKDOWN on them. I had one of those days earlier this week. (Erika, you're welcome.)

I can't even pinpoint why, but everything just started to feel heavy.

Let me assure you: my burdens are small. I have nothing to complain about right now, other than a busy life.

So having the wonderful sister and blogmate that I have in Erika, I basically started freaking out about all the things I SHOULD be doing; all the things I HAVE to do that aren't getting done; and all of the things I WANT to do that I haven't even been able to think about for weeks. And how no matter how much effort I put in, I just feel like I am failing at all of it.

She listened like a good sister, and she made me feel better like she always does. After I hung up the phone, I remembered a scripture that's been running through my mind this month:

"Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meed and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." 
- Matthew 11:28-30

I had been wanting to print it out for my nightstand as a good reminder to pray and study scriptures at bedtime, but hadn't found the chance. So I finally had a few moments around 2am a couple of nights ago, and whipped up the printable. I didn't have time to pick up a copy from the photo lab, so I just printed it out, which is why my copy is kind of purple.

I love knowing I can come to my Savior with the little problems that feel so big to me. And I love that He gave me a sister who is so willing to help me carry them. 

Happy Easter Season!

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  1. I, too, am feeling overwhelmed by all there is to do. Thanks for this reminder of our Savior's's like no other!

  2. I adore Pride and Prejudice and many other books from Jane Austin. I do like your framed print and it is sweet to have a sister or best friend for those low moments. I have found so much comfort from reading blogs and thank you for your post.

  3. Miriam, Sisters are the best! There's just nothing else like that connection! I hope things slow down for you soon. I am overjoyed to see that you're a believer and that you know to turn to God in difficult times. Thanks so much for this beautiful printable! ~ Jamie
    P.S. These verses always give me such comfort ~ Philippians 4:6-9, 13

  4. I often feel the same way. Life is full, but sometimes I fill mine with too much! I love this verse. Your printable is the chalkboard. I'd love it if you would share this at "What We Accomplished Wednesday," at Green Willow Pond. It is live right now. Have a great week!




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