Beds in Heaven?

From the mouth of babes (a conversation with Trey yesterday)

"Mom, are there beds in heaven?"
"What do you think?"
"I don’t know, but I think I will be sad if I can ‘t have my pillow and blanket in heaven."
"Well, we can’t take stuff like pillows and blankets when we die, huh?"
"Nope. Can we take anything?"
"Yep."
"We can? Like what?"
"Everything that is in our heads and everything that is in our hearts."
"Oh, yeah, that’s right."
"So what does that mean Trey?"

[thinks for a minute]

"That means (pointing to his head) we should learn as much as we can, and (pointing to his heart) love as much as we can"
"You know what Trey?"
"What"
"If people did what you just said, our world would be a happier place"

and, I might add … better prepared for Heaven.

I love Sundays by the way — and technically, I mean the sabbath.
Several people have emailed and said very nice things lately and asked
how I do everything I do. I’ve been pondering this and I believe it has
a LOT to do with the fact that I try my best to observe the sabbath –
not just by going to church, but by setting it aside, as different than
other days. A day to "rest" from my usual labors, a day to shift my
focus to spiritual things — to walk, read, listen, pray and think
about my relationship with God and others. Trust me, it’s not that I
get to hole up by myself in a quiet room or anything — I’m still very
much in the throws of family life — which means there is work to do. I
cook meals, and clean up dishes. I bake cookies or brownies — which I
love to do. I iron and straighten and plan and prepare. I often take
naps (I ignore the voice that tells me I have to much to do, and I lay
down in broad daylight and drift off to sleep — talk about
indulgences!) Mostly, I shift my thoughts — I think about how I am doing as a
mother (not to feel guilty) but to assess what I do well and what I
want to do better. I think about my goals and my potential and I
sometimes write down things I’ve been observing and learning. When Monday morning
comes around I feel refreshed and I feel a stronger sense of balance in
my life.

Geof and I get to teach 10 and 11 year-olds in sunday school,
where we are learning stories from the Old Testament — "Keeping the
sabbath day holy" isn’t a new idea and yet I think it is one of those
things that too many people consider out-dated, unecessary or just "too
religious," when, like many other commandments, it carries with it a
promised blessings which readily flow into your life when observed. I
love the predictability of our Sunday rituals and the wonderful way in
which this day begins our week.

What do you do to refresh and recharge and restore balance?

I found this quote today and really like it. I’ve got some decisions to make in the next several weeks and it reminds me of what I already know, but sometimes forget.

There comes a time in the spiritual journey when you start making choices from a very different place. And if a choice lines up so that is supports truth, health, happieness, wisdom, and love, it’s the right choice.   -Angeles Arrien

good "think BIG" stuff.

p.s. Just re-read what I wrote and thought, there might not be beds in heaven, but there are wonderful Heavenly Beds at Westin hotels across the world — have no idea what just made me think of that! Definitely time for bed.

Comments

  1. Keeping that day holy is something we should ALL try to do. I am inspired by that! :)

  2. lea marshall says:

    I had a similar conversation with my daughter a few years ago and I scrapbooked it and it is still one of my favorite pages.
    She wanted to know if she could take her toys to Heaven and I told her that she couldn’t. She was a bit upset about that but I reassured her that God would have everything we needed in Heaven and that everything would be perfect. She thought for a minute and said “oh, so there will be no broken pieces.” Which says a lot about the state that our toys are in, but says more about how wonderful Heaven will be and how sometimes a child sees things better than we ever could!

  3. What do you do to refresh and recharge and restore balance?
    I take a day off when all the kids are at school and my dh is at work… I put in a girly movie and do nothing but relax! After I have a nice break, I have more energy to work on whatever project I need to.
    Great post Stacy!

  4. Just wanted to let you know that after reading ‘The big picture’ I was challenged by a sister in my branch to do a half-marathon with her – normally I would have laughed it off, but having read your book, and admired your running layout, I accepted the challenge – and after four months of training, completed my very first half marathon in august! Thank you for your inspiration – and hopefully I’ll see you next year in Norway! (My boss is the one who invited you over for a convention…)

  5. I love that quote – thank you for sharing that.
    What do I do to refresh and recharge? I make time to get away from everything and refocus – to read my Bible, to pray – to spend time with the most important people in my life…the 4 people in my family who make me complete. Hard not to feel recharged and refreshed after that.

  6. aahhh, kids are often so much more wise than we give them credit for. I attended a retreat once where keeping the Sabbath was a topic. Thanks for the refreshing reminder. And, btw, after sleeping in one of those Heavenly Beds…we bought one – love it!

  7. wow, that conversation brought tears to my eyes. Kids are just so insightful. You are raising a wonderful family, Stacy. God Bless.

  8. Stacy, you’re just the coolest. Really. You are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Sabbath, I couldn’t agree more. Anymore it seems like a 2 day week; I call it the “week”day (where all the tasks and projects run into one another) and Sunday(ahh..a day to regroup and observe the Sabbath). I’m glad that Sunday stands out as being different from all the rest. :)

  9. stacy, what an incredible post. you are really an inspiration.
    lots to think about. thanks for that:)
    janna

  10. Perfect timing, Stacy! I didn’t have a very good Sunday yesterday and I really need to think about my perspective. I do try to not worry about how messy the house is getting while my kids are playing. I try to relax a little and not make my family crazy. But I really need to think about this and make some decisions about my expectations and my attitude.
    On another note, I am looking forward to your Library class starting in Jan!

  11. I was raised with a different Sabbath Day, but I agree with your sentiments completely, I especially love your P.S. ROFL! I love how your brain works! :o)

  12. I (unfortunately) was not nearly as moved by your conversation as I was by you teaching at church. I had to substitute for 11 year olds last week and it gives me lots of respect for those that go to sharing time. All the kids together sure can be hard to handle. Those leaders are amazing! CHECK OUT MY BLOG ON TYPEPAD – THERE IS A COUPLE PICTURES OF IDAHO THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE. P.S.-we met at CKU PROVO!

  13. This is so refreshing. Your life viewpoint is so inspiring. Taknig a day of rest is such a good idea. A day of rejuvination. And you cracked me up about the beds. My bed has been developing a butt divot (and I’m not really a big person but this is a repeat offense)… and we went to flip our bed and were horrified to discover that we had a once sided bed! Who would have thunk it!???
    As for my own rejuvination… I love to nap. Immersing myself in a good book (one that makes me think). Or a good journal whose blank page beckons me to write. The flame of a candle (I love Yankee candles the best in those fruity or baking scents). Laying on the hammock, gently rocking from side to side, while gazing up at the rays of sun peeking through the tree branches. Going for a run in a light misting rain. And I also love to cook and bake (chewy cinnamon chocolate chip cookies or some good fresh bread, ooooh and fresh pretzels are the BEST)!
    Thank you for your enlightening perspective today.

  14. What a wonderful post Stacy. Thanks so much . Tena

  15. Stacy, I so enjoy your busy life! I was watching Scrapbook Memories last week and heard you talking about your NEW SHOW! Please tell us more about it! I can’t wait!

  16. Gabrielle McCann says:

    I just love that conversation you had with Trey – what a smart little guy

  17. Thank you for the post. A great reminder to all of us.

  18. Thanks for the nice post!
    Loved Trey’s insight!
    When my daughter was 4 my mother passed away and it was a difficult time for me. I cried a lot and we had many conversations about Grandma. One night Natalie said her prayers and then looked at me and said, “What do you think Grandma Tina is doing in Heaven?” Like you, I asked, “what do you think?”. She puzzled for a minute and said, “I think she’s in line.” “In line?” I asked…not sure where this was going. “Don’t you think there is a long line to meet people? I wonder how long the line is to meet Nephi or Joseph Smith?” We had a nice long chat about that and it gave me such joy to think about my mother queing up to have conversations with people she admired – she always wanted to dance with Fred Astair, I wonder if she got to? Thanks for the trip down memory lane. We are so lucky that Heavenly Father sends us these blessings from Heaven to tend for him on earth!
    Have a joyful week!
    Meredith Shepherd

  19. Kristen Joshi says:

    Stacy – So glad your back posting. I always enjoy your insight! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Stacy, thanks for the beautiful post. Trey has such a beautiful energy and innocence about him. I’m so excited for him to be baptized. I wish we could be there. We’ll be thinking of you as we celebrate Payton’s birthday this weekend!
    Love, Hill

  21. Loving the story from Trey! What a sweet, insightful boy.
    Refreshing and recharing? Depends on what the situation is. In a regular week this is a long Sunday afternoon nap and the occasional bubble bath. Reading the Bible and finding scriptures that speak to how my life is at that moment. Then there are the times when dh goes away for long business trips. After he comes back, I usually take a night away and do something by myself. I never thought I’d be the kind of gal that would go to the movies or to dinner alone . . . but I draw so much strength from a little times alone.

  22. Catching up on blogs today and after reading your Playdoh post and now this one, I just have to smile!!! I LOVE how easily you share your heart! :) And about that “connection” thing I mentioned in my Playdoh comment…I teach 10 & 11 year olds for Sunday School too and that “keeping the Sabbath holy” topic is coming up in a few weeks in my curriculum! :) Thanks for the inspiration in advance!

  23. while i’ve never met you or your son, i’m in tears, reading what you just shared. how beautiful. thank you!

  24. Stacy, I just LOVE that post! It’s is so important to fit in that day of rest, especialy when it becomes a habit to stay busy.
    Thank you for reminding me and for the awesome inspiration you are to me to think BIG.
    blessings
    Lara

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