The Battle in Our Brains – Part 2

Remember this post? Well, I believe it’s time to follow-up.

In January, I shared some life-altering concepts to which I’d been introduced. Ideas about brain patterns, neurological pathways, time with the world, and time with the Lord. Thanks to Tina Peterson, I had some serious questions to answer.

How was I spending my time? What kind of battle was being waged in my brain? And more importantly, who was winning?

I began to change some things, follow Tina’s advice. I kept a notebook, made scripture study a greater priority. I practiced listening, writing, and not dismissing. I’m still practicing, still missing a day here and there. But leafing back through my notes, as Tina suggested, I’ve found patterns – things the Holy Ghost has been trying to teach me. Promptings, messages, and repetitions have risen prominent off the page. It’s been electrifying, encouraging, and the process has helped me feel known.

Soon after writing that original post, my twin boys developed a stutter more serious than normal toddler development. I sought information from every reliable source. Interestingly enough, as I returned to my notebook I found the exact advice professionals were telling me.

“Slow down,” I had written. “Slow down enough to read to each child. Make time to listen. Love each child individually.” Similar phrasing had been scrawled at least once on every page for several weeks.

The Lord had already been whispering in my ear. He was more than aware, he was ahead of the game.

One March evening, while reading in Mosiah, a completely random thought came into my mind. The girls’ coats are in the backyard.

Really? I thought. In the cold dark, I stepped out back to survey the ground, and there they were. Three coats, frozen stiff. Had they been left outside all night, my girls wouldn’t have had warm coats to wear to school the next morning. A small but gracious gift.

The promises are real. Making time for the Lord opens the door for personal revelation, helps us crave the word, understand it, use it. President George Albert Smith promised,

Each of us is entitled to the inspiration of the Lord in proportion to the manner in which we live a godly life.

Most days I feel anything but godly, but I want to live a good life. I want to know God’s mind, learn his ways. And that isn’t going to happen twittering away on my iPhone (gospel library app excluded).

Would you like to hear Tina yourself? If you live local, please plan to attend the next MWP Salon Event. Photobucket

More details @ mormonwomen.com.

Update: A June 30th evening has also been added. You may donate a the door or register  ahead of time.

I’ll be there on the 29th and I’d love to see you.

Do you have a story to share? Have you been experimenting on the word, examining your own battle in the brain? If so, what have you found?

About Catherine A.

(Blog Team) is a mother of five small children including two sets of twins. She and her husband spent nearly eight years in Northern Virginia, but now call Utah home. She reviews books for Meridian Magazine, writes for Power of Moms, dabbles in poetry and works on the prose editorial staff for Segullah. She blogs about her wild and precious life @ www.wildnprecious.com.

12 thoughts on “The Battle in Our Brains – Part 2

  1. Thanks so much, Cath. I’ve been thinking about the concepts every since you told them to me and I appreciate this gentle nudge to recommit myself. How I’d love to attend the conference!– sadly, I’ll be out of town.

  2. Thanks for the reminder to go back and re-read your thoughts from the OP. I need to do better and those ideas were stellar. The commute it is a bit far from Texas, but I think I have convinced my Utah dwelling sister to go and listen for me.

  3. That quote by Pres George Albert Smith is very humbling. Makes me wonder how many times I may have missed inspiration because I was not in tune enough. I think this is a life long challenge.

    Any chance Tina will be recording her seminar?

  4. M – yes, sadly. I will miss you being there. Still loving Hans’ take on “scripture brain training” – xo.

    Sandra – good! send your “utah dwelling sister!” will you make it to the summer retreat by chance?

    Grandma Honey – In the past, Neylan has gone to extra lengths to record the salon events. I suspect they will record this one as well, so you can re-listen on the MWP site. But I’ll find out for you. (I find President Smith’s quote humbling as well.)

  5. Loved that you shared what you learned! I have been taking institute classes from Tina for 3 years and she always amazes me. MWP has included a Saturday night class on June 30th from 7-9 for those who can’t make Friday. Should be fabulous!

  6. Ah, I hadn’t made the connection with who Tina was. Now I’m all the more interested in hearing her! I do hope that there will be a recording. I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it in person.

  7. I have had a question on my mind for several months now, and recently I have received inspiration and direction from various sources. I know that it is because I have been righting things down and paying closer attention to what the Spirit is telling me. I don’t know why it has taken me 20+ years to figure out that taking notes in all my church meetings brings me closer to the Spirit, but I am grateful for the Lord’s patience.

  8. Cath, I also went back to reread your OP and was reminded again of how beautiful the scriptures are. I have been doing something so similar for almost two years, but have not gotten to the place of looking for patterns. I’m now so excited to go through my two notebooks full of scribbling to see what else the spirit can teach me.

    Until I kept a scripture/spiritual journal, I never understand what it felt like to feast on the word. Now I can honestly say I LOVE the scriptures. They are a personal gift to me and I have been taught and given answers to questions more often than not when I simply ask and show my willingness to listen and record the answers.

  9. Patti – You are wonderful to host. An advance thank you! And how lucky to have taken classes from Tina for so long! I updated the post to list the second evening. Thanks again.

    Sarah and Kerri – thanks so much for sharing your experiences here. I came across this quote in Nancy Murphy’s book last week about the importance of writing down impressions.

    “Recording… is a necessity. We cannot fill our bucket with spiritual knowledge and forget to plug the leak! We must find a way to keep all that the Spirit offers us… We trivialize the process when we fail to remember what [the heavens] say to us” (Whisperings of the Spirit, pg. 146-147).

  10. I just started reading this blog and hadn’t seen the original battle in our brains post until you linked to it. I am excited to try this notebook writing and pattern finding out for myself!

    BTW- I was really touched when I read your inspiration about your twin boys’ stuttering. As a speech therapist, those tips are exactly some of the ones I would give to a parent: http://www.stutteringhelp.org/Default.aspx?tabid=632. God is amazing in how he always teaches truth.

  11. I had to chuckle. I was doing a search for a post I made reviewing a book called “Wrong Way” and my name is Tina Peterson – and then I came across your post. What a treat to hear how you are learning to listen to God’s whispers. Have a wonderful week listening….

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