Words, Words, Words

I got up at 4am this morning to do my mission work, finishing some Quality Assurance cases for research missionaries and sorting through some incoming research case requests.  I love this work because of the experiences with these precious spirits – the people researching their ancestors and the ancestors they find, as well as the incredible team of missionaries that I work with who teach me what diligence and sacrifice mean.  My heart is full of love for them, and I am so grateful for what I have learned on this mission.

I was blessed for the sacrifice of sleep and time, in that when I had cancellations today I used that diligence-lesson to use my time wisely (even though I just wanted to talk with my friend about Nathan instead of being productive), and I finished three talks for upcoming conferences.  This is a huge load off my shoulders, for the tweaking and editing that will come through prayer and study between now and then is an easy piece that is responsive in nature, different than the hard work of actually writing the talks.  It means I am free to finish this week focused on the extra meetings I have for work, trying to get my patients rescheduled around the meetings and still get everything done and everyone seen.

It was a day of essays that means when Nathan comes (counting down the days now!), I will get to enjoy the time we have without neglecting my duty or being distracted by guilt or the burden of my assignments.

It also means I can focus on helping my mom with getting her storage unit finished, and enjoy the time with her and Jess without losing time trying to get these talks finished.

It’s a good and perfect balancing of all things being in Order, of being quickened – enabled and empowered to do what is asked, of Him providing the way to accomplish the task.

I can hear Jessica’s little voice singing:

I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.

It’s a funny and simple way to be blessed, but a tender mercy that has “Emily” all over it.

I am grateful, and it makes me happy.

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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