Category Archives: Come to Jesus Moments: Lessons Learned

October 24th 2010

Here is a journal entry from almost two years ago to the day:

My Wish List!

  1. I wish I had lots of money
  2. I wish I could go on a shopping spree
  3. I wish I owned Whole Foods
  4. I wish I could spend my time traveling the world with my friends and family
  5. I wish I could go skydiving
  6. I wish I didn’t have to take Statistics anymore
  7. I wish I had already graduated from college
  8. I wish I were married to my best friend
  9. I wish I never had to work again
  10. I wish I owned homes all over the world
  11. I wish I could buy whatever I wanted
  12. I wish I could play all my dream roles
  13. I wish I had the power to make others’ dreams come true
  14. I wish I was a guest on the Oprah Show
  15. I wish Oprah and I were good friends
  16. Ellen too
  17. I wish I were part of Oprah’s favorite things
  18. I wish I were on the Ellen show too
  19. I wish I weighed 120 pounds
  20. I especially wish that _____ would live the gospel fully and forever

Falling into Fall

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The fall for me has always been a season for renewal and new beginnings.  I love the cool crisp air with colors to match.  I love the long sleeves, the scarves and the hats.  I love the falling leaves and the scents of pumpkins and apple cider.  But there is a part of me that is starting to dread this time of year.  It has become a tradition that every fall someone I love…falls.   And when this happens I am reminded so desperately how much we need each other.  WE NEED EACH OTHER. We need each other to cry, complain and freak out.  We need each other to lift, encourage, sustain, build and protect.  We need each other to laugh and relax.  When we do not connect and confide then we cover, we run and hide.  We isolate ourselves.  We forget ourselves.  We lose who we want to be.  We hurt…alone.

Let us band together.  Let us notice each other.  Let us take care of each other.  Let us give God a chance in our lives.  I pledge to not forget about you.  I will pray for you.  Are you in?

My Friend

If you care from someone tell them so. No need to waste time. Alex, thanks for being my church husband. I am filled with regret that I kept my crush on you hidden for so long. The time we spent becoming friends and getting to know each other was lovely. I have learned a lot from you. Hard lessons but much needed lessons. You are still reminding me. Thanks. You are my dream. Love, Nicole

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5 minutes that changed my life….

I do not know who these people are but somehow I was lucky enough to run into their blog and it has changed my life. Please take a few minutes to read this entry:

http://echansen.blogspot.com/2012/06/my-funeral-remarks.html

Jodi List

A while ago a made a post about bucket list. It was inspired by seeing Jodi on Ellen. Jodi passed away this past Saturday.

Dear Jodi, I never knew you. I watched you on the Ellen show. Thank you for your life. Thank you for sharing it with the world. I am grateful for your family and your fun list. You inspired me to make my own. I love you. My God bless your family. Love, Nicole

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Hands

I was recently asked if there was one song that summed up my outlook on life what would it be.  The answer came to me quickly and it was a song that I actually had not listened to in years.  Hands by Jewel.  This song says it all.  There was a time in my life when I framed the lyrics and hung them in my room.

So this is it.  This is my outlook on life.

Jerusalem

I cannot wait to see this.  It comes out in 2013!  It is going to be amazing.  I have watched this 7 minute trailer almost a dozen times now.

A Letter to Glee

Dear Glee,

My love for you has not been consistent.  And I am not sorry.  But today my love for you is true as true can be. Thank you Mark for letting me use your Plus.

I have had a number of people in my life commit suicide.  I have often thought to myself that I could have or should have done something different.  That maybe things might not have turned out the way they did.  The truth is that none of us can afford to think like that.  Maybe things would have been different or maybe not.  We will never know.

To this day I am filled with regret and a deep sense of shame regarding one experience in my life.  Luckily this story ends on a happy note.  It was a busy day and I was tired, emotionally.  I received a call from a dear friend.  I saw who was calling me and I chose not to answer it.  I felt like I did not have the energy to give to this person.  They called a few more times and I still did not answer my phone.  A few weeks later I went to lunch with this friend.  He told me that he had tried to get a hold of me a while back.  I knew what he was referring too.  He confided in me that on that day he was in a very dark place.  For some reason he felt he could turn to me.  He wanted to kill himself and was seriously thinking about it.  He didn’t know whom else to call.  My friend did not kill himself and is in a lot better place now.  Thank goodness.  When I think about this conversation today I am just as disappointed in myself as I was the day I heard it.  I vowed that if I was able I would always pick up the phone when a friend called because one just doesn’t ever know.  I love my friend and I let him down in his time of greatest need. I never want to do that again, to anyone.

So Glee,  Thank you.  Thank you for bringing me back.  Back in time.  Back to my memories.  Back to the truth that life is too short.  Today I vow to always cheer for the underdog AND the champions.  I vow to never hold back love or kindness.  And I vow to never text while I drive.

Warm Regards, Nicole

The Great Thought

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I love this video.  It is beautiful.  It is so important to know who you are.  When you know who you are there is a kind of security that stands still as stone amidst a world and a life that is thrown about to and fro.  The world teaches us that who we are is determined by what we do for a living, how much money we make, our bodies, our sexual orientation or who we know.  But who we are, who we truly are has nothing to do with any of those things.  We are sons and daughters of God.  Children of a loving Heavenly Father.  How quick we are to forget.  How quick we are to ignore that fundamental truth when it suits us.  Regardless of our choices or what hand life deals us WHO WE ARE will not be removed from us.  We are loved fiercely by a God who fights for us.  Lets fight for ourselves by learning who we are, what our purpose is and where we are going.  I testify that God lives.  We are His Children.  Jesus is the Christ.  We are meant to live with them again.  To learn more visit mormon.org or just ask me:)

Love Nicole

Man is Greater Than All of His Sins

I have heard some talk recently that one cannot love the sinner but hate the sin.  That that idea or belief is totally wrong and offensive.  I disagree.  We learn from the Savior Himself that not only is such possible but expected.  Here is an example from the Holy Bible, John Chapter 8.   This little commentary is written by a man named Marvin J.  Ashton.  It is pretty short and I love it!

Lessons from the Master

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a special love for Jesus Christ. I was taught He was the Son of the living God. I was taught He was my friend, my teacher, and my strength. In years past, when the calling and responsibility and honor of bearing special witness of Him have come into my life, I have endeavored to be taught by His life and His ways. Truly, He is the Master Teacher. To assist me in my labors and commitment, I have found myself turning frequently to the eighth chapter of John in the New Testament for strength, for guidance, and for example. If you please, let us walk through some of the verses to strengthen our lives and our relationships with Jesus. These lines and words help me to better understand Him and give me the desire to do and be more like Him. …

[The scribes and Pharisees] brought unto Him the woman taken in adultery. These enemies … tried to trick Him. They sat her in the midst as an exhibit, as a sinner, as someone unclean. He didn’t flee from her presence. … She was taken in adultery—in the very act. There was no doubt about her guilt. They were setting Him up in what appeared to be an impossible situation. Moses’s law says to stone her. “What sayest thou?” [John 8:5] they asked, tempting Him, trapping Him—putting Him in a no-win position.

Whatever He said, He would be accused of wrongdoing, wrong judgment. They were tempting Him to see if they could get Him to lose His patience and forget who He was. Stoning her would be cruel. Ignoring her would be wrong. … He stooped down and wrote on the ground as though He heard them not (getting their attention and preparing everyone within earshot to be taught). … And while it was silent, they continued asking. I can hear the questions of mischief: “C’mon, say something. We’ve got you. Are you afraid to answer?” But Jesus was in charge. …

Jesus lifted up Himself, in humble and meek majesty, and said these most powerful words: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” [John 8:7]. A perfect answer from a perfect person.

Today in our responsibilities, situations, and callings, we need to be reminded of this over and over again. In our dealings with all people, let him who is without sin be the first to criticize or find fault or belittle. … He stooped down and wrote on the ground. They heard what He said. They felt the impact of His silence of spirit while He said nothing. Convicted by their own conscience, they left on their own, not driven away. They went out one by one—not to find stones but to nurse their spiritual wounds.

He was left alone with the woman. I’m glad that’s recorded. Some of us are inclined to avoid being with those who have fallen. … He said, “Where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?” [John 8:10]. … Jesus Christ took time to ask and to listen. Oh, if we could do more of that! Our answers would be so easy, so much improved. …

The woman taken in adultery answered the Lord’s question regarding her accusers by saying, “No man, Lord.” And then this powerful declaration came: “Go, and sin no more” [John 8:11]. The Master was teaching in that day and also teaching in this very hour. His great message: despise the sin, but love the sinner. I hope that can give us strength and confidence and a closer relationship to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus did not condone adultery. He gave the woman love instead of an authoritative lecture. She and the accusers needed a lesson in love. The situation called for mercy and compassion. How rewarding it is to know that Jesus believed that man is greater than all of his sins. Is it any wonder He was referred to as the “Good Shepherd”? He loved all of His sheep whether they were strays, hungry, helpless, cold, or lost.

At the conclusion of this great teaching experience, this lesson of love and compassion, is an important verse.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Let us follow His light. Let us refer often to these few words. I bear witness to you that they were preserved for the good of everyone.