Hi friends! It’s Marissa from Prickly Pear Design Co. The recent General Conference has presented us with quite a bit of revelation and put us on the precipice of change. I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt the nudging of the Spirit as I’ve read and re-listened to the words that were spoken just a few weeks ago.
We’re ministering rather than “visiting”, moving to a shortened-block schedule in the New Year, teaching & studying from a new manual in our homes, and revising the way we refer to ourselves in a way that aligns us more with our Savior Jesus Christ.
It’s a lot of change, but it’s exciting!
Maybe you’re feeling like I am – the need to be a better wife, mother, daughter of God, and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Despite the excitement, I’ve been feeling the pressure that comes with change and raising the bar, so I took heart when I listened to Sister Michelle D. Craig’s talk from the General Women’s Session entitled Divine Discontent. She says:
“These prophetic calls to action, coupled with our innate sense that we can do and be more, sometimes create within us what Elder Neal A. Maxwell called ‘divine discontent.’ … Each of us, if we are honest, feels a gap between where and who we are, and where and who we want to become. We yearn for greater capacity…. These feelings are God given and create an urgency to act.”
She also warns us to recognize that Satan will try to counterfeit divine discontent with paralyzing discouragement.
Within the last few weeks, and well before that even, I’ve found myself questioning my abilities and overwhelmed with all that was on my plate. You might know the feeling – the one of overwhelm that comes as you stare at your to do list and wonder not only how but when you’ll manage to accomplish it all – it seems to happen to the best of us!
I knew I wanted to combat Satan’s attempts to deter me, with the feelings of peace and faith that came while reading Sister Craig’s talk, so I got to work to create a new to do list that would do just that.
Ideas for Ministering
If you’re looking for a fun way to get together with friends or the sisters you minister to, these prints work perfectly. I’m always on the hunt for things that won’t take a lot of time and that come in varying levels because the sisters I watch over have different needs and interests. So here are few ways I came up with for using these prints:
- Purchase or download and print a copy of Sister Craig’s talk for each of your sisters and your companion. Then get together to read the talk and discuss like a mini book club meeting. Brainstorm a few ideas or decide on a challenge that you want to take on that relates to the talk and then use your group as your accountability partners. *Tip: If your sisters aren’t up for a mini book club, print and drop the talk and the art print off and visit your sisters briefly on the doorstep.
- Print off the smaller version to do list (prints 2 to a page) then cut and make it into a to do list tablet with the simple DIY outlined below.
Sizes & Printing Helps
Because I know we all like our varying sizes when it comes to our To Do lists, I created both a large and small file to share with you all. Cost effective and cute is kind of my thing – so the files are black and white, but you can add color with stickers, washi tape, colored pencils or whatever you’d like. Print up one or two on your home printer, or really get cost effective and run the copies at your local copy center to keep your cost low.
DIY To Do List Tablet
Having plenty of to do list sheets on hand makes my life organized and the only thing I love more is a simple craft that I can do that helps me get more organized! Here’s what I did:
- I printed the smaller to do list prints on white cardstock. For this process to work you’ll need at least 25 sheets or have your thickness be around 1/4″ thick or greater.
- Cut your chipboard piece to fit the size of your sheets and stack them all so the edges are aligned.
- Use clothespins or paper binder clips to hold the stack together. Clothes pins seemed to do the job without making indentations on my top sheet of paper.
- Apply mod podge in thin layers on the top edge to create the glue-binding for your tablet. I used a hair dryer set on a cool setting to help dry the layers and did about 4 layers total. Then I let my tablet sit overnight so it could dry completely.
Some of my glue seeped over to the top page of my tablet and made it look a little crummy – I pulled that sheet off and tossed it, but adding in a top sheet of scrap paper to protect your tablet from any dripping glue is what I’ll do the next time around!I hope that you can put these to do lists to work and that it helps you on bridging the gap that is created by the divine discontent we each feel. Happy to-do listing!
I hope that you can put these To-Do Lists to work and that it helps you on bridging the gap that is created by the divine discontent we each feel. Happy to-do listing! We would love to hear how you plan on using this to-list, so be sure to leave a comment and let us know.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!
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