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“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” –Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I have had this thought on my mind the last few days. This quote has created quite an impact on my thoughts and heart. 

This quote has reminded me of the wonderful idea it is to be children of loving Heavenly Father. We were spirits before we came to the earth and gained a body. 

As spirit children I can imagine we were very humble, willing to do anything the Father asked and be righteous.

I was thinking about these miracles of coming to earth and being a spiritual being while I was getting ready for the day.

Giving My Efforts

Today is my daughter’s 3rd birthday and I was pondering how much I wanted to make this day special for her.

I wanted to buy her and make all her favorite foods. I wanted to have her play her favorite things. Watch her favorite things and do her favorite things with all of us. 

I felt so much love in all my efforts to give her a great day. 

I reflected on how much I love her and am grateful for her to be a part of my family. 

One thing I remember and think about many times on my children’s birthday is that they were gifted to me from Heavenly Father. My children are also spiritual beings having an earthly experience and I love that I can share that with them and teach them what I can.

It’s special to be reminded of these miracles I have been given.

Small Yet A Powerful Miracle

One miracle I had while getting ready and pondering all of these loving thoughts is how much love I felt pour over me. 

I was thinking of Jesus Christ and His love for me. 

It is a miracle to love me or Him loving me sometimes. I make mistakes and I don’t feel very worthy of receiving love during my low points.

Yet, Jesus Christ continues to love me and keep loving, He keeps reminding me of how special I am and making my experiences special.

It was such a special experience for me having the spirit pour this love over me because I could feel it flowing through my fingertips. 

I started to think of so many people in my life that He does the same things for…which to me is everyone. 

He loves the poor, the sick, the rich, the happy, the sad, all races, genres, all statuses.

He loves all.

The miracle to me at that moment was me feeling a smidgen of that same love for all of these people. All of you. All of the world. 

I could feel love for everyone. 

I have been working on loving everyone as myself. 

As spiritual beings having a human experience I believe we can love others more fully with that quote in mind. 

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” 

Looking Heavenward As Spirit Children 

We will be able to see others for their potential and their divine value as children of God. 

We will be able to have more compassion and understanding. That same understanding, compassion, and ways that we feel special from Jesus Christ.

Love is miraculous. It can change our whole spiritual experience of being here on Earth. 

It’s one emotion that will keep us looking heavenward for gratitude and to be able to receive it.

On this wonderful birthday for my daughter I felt so much warmth and love for serving and giving to my daughter. But I also felt the same amount of depth of love from my Savior by receiving His love and comfort from the spirit by reminding me that we are all spirit children desiring to do our best efforts.

They both impacted me to want to strive to live with a spiritual mindset. 

It’s so empowering for me to feel this way. 

Not only do I want to give more of my love and efforts but I want to be open to receive more love from my Savior. 

They both seem to heal the body and mind experience. Yet, I feel more strengthened by the spiritual.

We are all living on Earth to learn and grow but I found myself finding that my learning and growing is growing as a spirit in my human experience. 

That perspective makes it feel more eternal for me and a little closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. 

About Author

My name is Brianna Marshall. I was born in Dayton, Ohio into a Air Force family. We moved to Colorado Springs, CO when I was 5 years old and lived there till I moved off to College to Orem, Utah in 2007. I was raised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm still actively practicing the same faith today. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors in Communications. I was married to my husband Dom in 2010 in the San Diego Temple. Dom and I have two children, one a boy, named Ronen, and a girl, named Ryen. I have been in and out of teaching physical fitness for over 10 years. I love to run and weight lift most days of the week. I also love to do yoga at night to calm me down before bed. I have always had a love for baked goods. My mom made a great dessert every Sunday and made them upon request growing up. I have always been really well at expressing my thoughts and feelings. I love to express a lot of my spiritual feelings with friends and family. As a young girl, I worked really hard to have a great relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have felt His presence from the time I was 8 and currently still feel his love and desire for me to become closer to Him. I desire to be a missionary as well as help others understand His love for all of His children. I find that being friendly, understanding and being compassionate to everyone is the best example of His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow His teachings. I also stumble with all of it. I'm so grateful for the atonement and repentance when I'm in need of change of heart and a compassionate spirit. I find life to be so beautiful and I'm grateful everyday for the experiences I have. I am a wife, mother, daughter of God, writer, runner, baker, and an imperfect being striving to be the best me.

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