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Sep 23

2017

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What are you choosing?

Have you even considered the impact of all your little decision and reactions throughout the day?  I believe they are incredibly more important than we realize on a conscious level.

Snapshot:  Your alarm goes off…should I get up or stay in bed a few more minutes?  You choose to stay under the covers making the rest of your morning rushed and incomplete.  Should I fix myself something nutritious or go for a granola bar? Grabbing the granola bar, you remember that you never even opened your scriptures or read through your goals. As you drive to work…should I listen to the news or offer a silent prayer and contemplate blessings?  You listen to the news and arrive at work unsettled, stressed, and rushed.  Read more →

Jul 26

2016

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Viewing the Challenge

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about opposites and their role in our lives.

Consider the meaning of these words:

Light

Joy

Happiness

Success

Peace

Love

Courage

Health

Ease

How could we define…

light without darkness,…joy without despair,…happiness without sadness, …success without failure,…peace without chaos,…love without hate,…courage without fear, …health without sickness…and ease without difficulty?

To comprehend one, we must comprehend the other. And to experience each of these we must also experience its opposite. Read more →

Dec 23

2015

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Where does Christ fit into your life?

”Where does Christ fit into my life?” “Is He a part of all I do?” “Do I daily acknowledge all with which he blesses me?” “Do I exercise strong faith in Him?” “Looking at my motives, do I, at times, put other things before Him?” This Christmas season, these are some of the questions I have been asking myself while contemplating my relationship with my Savior. Read more →

Nov 14

2014

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Living in Gratitude

I love the concept of living in gratitude! Ephesians 5:20 speaks of “giving thanks always for all things…” All things? Gratitude naturally follows joy-filled moments, but can we really be grateful at times when our world has turned upside down? Read more →

Sep 17

2014

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Autumn’s Message

This morning as I stepped outside to gather cucumbers and tomatoes from my garden, I felt it! Autumn had arrived! That certain feeling in the air: a crispness, an expectancy, transient beauty–ever changing, earthy, yet almost surreal. I breathed it in—breathed autumn deep into myself, sensing a gentle tugging on my heart.  Read more →

Sep 10

2014

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Resistance or a Soft Heart

Why do we sometimes push away the very thing we desperately desire or need? This happened to me just yesterday. I was given a compliment but was not able to receive it fully. Instead of accepting it at face value and seeing it as a genuine gesture of love, I chose to hold it at arm’s length, analyzing it to death.  Read more →

Aug 09

2014

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Seeing with an Eye of Faith

How is your vision lately? Do you see with more than your mortal eyes? Boyd K. Packer states, “If all you know is what you see with your natural eyes and hear with your natural ears, then you will not know very much.”

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Jul 14

2014

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Miracles

Have you experienced any miracles lately? Last week I witnessed a miracle as my 2nd daughter gave birth! Welcoming this little newcomer to our world was a sacred experience. Seeing life in this tiny perfect infant as he was placed in his mother’s arms was truly a miracle. As the midwife showed us the placenta, she explained Read more →