What I Learned from Come, Follow Me: Week #17

Did you all have a happy Mother’s Day! I sure did. It redeemed “The Mothers’ Day from Hell” that I had two years ago. That happened as I was driving out of state and totaled my car in a head-on collision. Ugh, talk about no fun. This year I had the Mothers’ Day from Heaven. Yay!

 

I got to eat chocolate, play the piano, go to church, have homemade ice cream that my husband made, chat with all my kids and grandbaby, and play General Conference Jeopardy! (Not in that order, haha.) Jeopardy! is the best game ever! My family knows I have a long-standing love affair with Jeopardy! All the kids, even the four out of the nest, who live out of state, joined us via video chat to play so that was super fun. I am so impressed that my 14-year-old took second place. He showed so much diligence in looking up the answers in the 2019 spring General Conference Ensign for our “open book test” game. We used the questions and answers from homeschool mom Montserrat over here.

For gifts, I got two of the best material gifts ever:  a year-long subscription to Audible and Julie Andrews’ seasonal poetry collection. I am sooooo looking forward to using both of these every day in our homeschooling.

(I had some fun pictures from our Jeopardy game to show you all but they are not uploading so I’m including videos about moms from my church.)

It’s been a while since I posted what I’ve been learning from my Come, Follow Me study of the New Testament by using Hebrew pictograms so I thought I would share the latest revelation…it’s amazing! Yes, I know that the New Testament was originally written in Greek, nevertheless, whenever you translate any word into Hebrew pictograms, you get insight.

A few weeks ago for Come, Follow Me, we were asked to read John 7-10. John 8:29 says, “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”

What does it mean to please? Why is that important to God? Why would the Savior say that He always pleases His Father? I love this talk at BYUI from Elder Devn G. Cornish about why pleasing God the Father should be our #1 goal in life.

Here is the English word “please” translated into Hebrew:

אנא

The letters are, from right to left (or from left to right, since the order is symmetrical this time, LOL!):

(aleph) (nun) (aleph)

The symbols for these letters are:

(ox-head)  (sprouting seed) (ox-head)

The meanings for these symbols are:

(strength of the leader )  (generation/heir)  (strength of the leader)

So what is the composite meaning of this word as I combine the keywords?

Here’s how I interpret it:

The word “please” means “to do things as a generation/heir to become as strong as the parent/leader in order to receive or inherit all the strength and glory of the parent/leader.”

So “please” in Hebrew means following God the Father. It literally means to receive the strength of God the Father,  so that we as His children can partake in all that He wants to give us.

Jesus definitely gave us the example for that, as He said, “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” John 8:28

He also said basically that he does nothing except it is what He sees His father do. (John 5:19)

Isn’t that beautiful? I know I have a lot of growing to do in this area of pleasing God. Thankfully,  the grace from Jesus is there to allow me to be strong enough to receive all the strength and glory the Father has. Jesus helps me to receive the teachings of God the Father, so that I can be like Him, just as glorious and happy. For that I praise His name forever! I have felt a ton of weaknesses and negative emotions lately. It has felt good to remember that I can give it all to Jesus and move on.

 

 

 

 

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