Satan's snares
By julieann
3/26/2007 9:10:20 AM
Alma 55:31 — But behold, the Nephites were not slow to remember the Lord their God in this their time of affliction. They could not be taken in their snares; yea, they would not partake of their wine, save they had first given to some of the Lamanite prisoners.
I read this verse this morning and just thought of my own struggles right now. I have been sick for almost a week now and I just find how much control my body has over my spirit - when my body doesn't function right, it seems my spirit doesn't either. It seems like this should humble me and as it is a trial for me, it seems I would pray more earnstly for help. However, I feel like I have tried to rely more upon myself, my husband, other people or other things for help and I have not necessarily been slow to remember God but have just not relied on him and thus I have been taken in some of Satan's snares. He knows I am weak of spirit right now and I have gotten much confused this week by some of my thoughts with this whole lust addiction. I know Satan has been working hard on me to forget who I am and what my real purpose here is. I am just glad I recognize what is happening and hope that I can turn things around and be more like Moroni and all his men and not be taken in these snares but to turn to God and remember Him always.


It seems to be going around...    
"I've been neglecting my personal prayers lately. I always have a prayer in my head, and a prayer in my heart, but I haven't been taking the time to kneel and pray one on one with my Heavenly Father. I hadn't even realized I was doing it until the other day, then I had to ponder on it for awhile to figure out WHY I'd quit. I think for me, things got so overwhelming that I started distancing myself from certain things, personal prayer being one of them. By not having personal prayers, it kind of kept me from having to face all the stresses in my life, and kept them a little less real. Problem is, you can't keep living in denial. Sooner or later, reality comes and slaps you upside the head and if you're not prepared then yeah, you'll find yourself right smack in the middle of one of Satan's snares (um, by "you," I'm really talking about myself!!!).

Thanks for the reminder, Julieann, because that is where I've been lately. Right in the middle of a snare. And believe me, I know exactly what you mean about getting run down physically and spiritually! It's so easy to listen to those stupid whisperings of Satan when you are tired and feeling crappy anyway. And then, when you're so tired, and you're doing everything you possibly can to just keep your head above water, and you're just killing yourself to maintain control, the absolute LAST thing you want to do is let it go and give control over to somebody else!!! Even if that somebody else IS Heavenly Father, it's still hard to do! Kudos, Julianne, for recognizing what's going on there, because for me, it's usually WELL after the fact, that I finally clue in and am like, "Oh, yeah, that totally was Satan making me feel that way!" Thankfully I have you and the other spouses here that are so good with the little reminders now and then!"
posted at 12:21:03 on March 26, 2007 by mcr285
So What I am Feeling    
"Thank you for the thought Julianne, I have been extremely sick for the past week, and with my husband taking care of me during the weekend i was good and appreciated, but during this week while I've been trying to take care of the kids to the best of mine ability while barely being able to crawl out of bed, well Satan has really gotten into my thoughts, I feel like crap, look like crap and my husband got ornery with me this mornig and I probably totally overreacted because of how I feel about myself. So today while I was upset and bawling my eyes out I realized that what ws missing was the peace I needed from prayer! When you body starts to feel weak, it is very hard to keep your emotions strong."
posted at 20:25:02 on March 28, 2007 by wife
Satan's a Jerk    
":) When my husband and I were in counseling, that's what our counselor would say to us. Satan is a jerk. He wants us to be miserable, and he is really good at finding little cracks to work his way in.

I've noticed lately, that I have become much more worried about my husband than I had been for quite awhile. I don't have any reason to be more worried, other than just being tired and I think satan uses that to his advantage."
posted at 13:06:59 on April 2, 2007 by sophie

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"In a decaying environment, the mind is the last redoubt of righteousness, and it must be preserved even amid bombardment by evil stimuli. Christ is competent to see us through, “for in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” As promised, He will make either “a way to escape” or a way “to bear it”."

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987