Once there was an (ugly) snowman…

Happy New Year! AND has anyone else’s family been fighting a fever-sickness that just keeps coming back!?

Enough little people in the house have been fighting fevers for long enough that we’ve used almost TWO 114ml bottles of kids Tylenol. (That doesn’t include all the Tylenol my husband and I have taken to continue taking care of these fever-ridden children.) And I’m not even a big medicine user.

So, when my three year old (just over a fever) begged me (still with fever) to go outside (8 degrees!) and build a snowman (8 inches of pretty, fluffy, not-snow-man-making snow), I suggested we read a book next to the fire instead.

Fast forward to the part where mama gives in #whenyouaskwiththoseeyes










Now before you laugh too hard at our ugly little guy, please take note of Henry’s comment.

“I LOVE my snowman!”

In Matthew 18:3, Jesus said:

 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

To the trained eye, this is not a snowman. This is a pile of snow made by the plow with a carrot nose, carrot eyes and a carrot smile.

But, in the eyes of a child, the absence of accepted snowman attributes does not deem his snowman any less wonderful. Jesus teaches that unless we can drop the accepted planet earth “perfect in order to be perfect” requirement, we will never see the beauty He promises.

During a terrible time, a dear friend gave me these words on a strip of paper:

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This is hard for me. To ring the bells that still can ring, even when it’s not how I would choose, takes heaps of faith and hope. But to embrace the imperfect moment for what it is stands as a testimony that we know God is at the helm.

With those thoughts in mind, here is a scripture smore for scripture study.

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S: (Prayer/Ask) How can I look around with the eyes of a child? How will that help me feel closer to Heaven?

M: (Study)

  • watch this video of Jesus teaching that we must become as a little child

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  • Read Mosiah 3:19. Look closely at the words used to describe a child.
  • …becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

O: (Ponder)

  • How do you think you are doing in each of attributes listed in Mosiah 3:19? (see above)
  • What is it about children that allows them to enjoy things uninhibited by what we deem imperfections?
  • Let’s be honest, children are also the first to cry when their granola bar breaks in half. How does this fit into what Jesus is teaching?

R: (Write) your thoughts, what you learned, impressions you received, and anything else in your scripture journal (include your thoughts on the study session question: How can I look around with the eyes of a child? How will that help me feel closer to Heaven?) Also consider writing down the following:

  • Write down a time recently when you felt close to heaven.

E: (Prayer/Thank)- thank God for what you’ve learned and ask if there is anymore.

The Challenge:  Look for a moment to day that you can celebrate despite it’s imperfections.  Tell me about it too! =)

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  1. Annette@FitnessPerks

    So I guess I am like a little child already, because most of my snowmen look like that one. 😉 haha.

    I can’t wait to study this one, because perfectionism is something I can always work on not having. It’s a catch 22 almost, how we should eventually become perfect, but only with and because of the Savior. Thanks for posting this!

    1. larabuckwalter (Post author)

      haha! I’m sure all your snowmen are works of heart =) Happy studying!

  2. joebuckwalter

    I still can’t believe you took the boys outside yesterday in that zero degree weather! You’re amazing

    1. larabuckwalter (Post author)

      brrrrr! We sure didn’t last long, did we? As soon as the sun goes down, it feels like the arctic!

  3. Summer

    i love that quote from L. Cohen too


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