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Feb 19

2018

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Being Stretched

I love the BYU devotional “Healing=Courage+Action+Grace by Jonathan G. Sandberg. It is one of those talks I visit often. Here Brother Sandberg states: “How is it that a loving God would allow us to suffer? I have come to realize that my Savior cares more about my growth than He does about my comfort. One evidence of His love is that He does not spare me from the suffering I need for my development and progression, even when I get mad at Him.”

We are here at Earth School to learn to be like Him! And that is why we often have hard lessons to learn and difficult challenges to bear. He knows we grow as we are stretched.

Embrace the stretching and acknowledge your progress!  We are on a sacred journey home.

–Raychelle

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 →

Aug 07

2017

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Give Yourself Permission

Sometimes we get stuck. I have found that often the remedy for “stuckness” is simply giving yourself permission to do or become something.

Why? In the past, as children, there were always authority figures who granted us permission. But in adult life, they are merely memories.

We are our own authority now, but often don’t acknowledge it. Giving yourself permission opens doors, creates new patterns, brings positive energy, and removes mental blocks. It’s worth a try even if it feels, at first, uncomfortable. Read more →

Jun 14

2017

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What are you learning?

As my daughter was unpacking after her 2nd year of college, I picked up her book, “Becoming a Learner”, and leafed through the pages. Author Matthew Sanders’ main premise is that the primary purpose of college is to become a learner. That struck a chord within because I believe one of the main purposes of life is to become a learner! Read more →

May 10

2017

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Is it time to see what’s really there?

A few weeks ago, my husband, Tim, and I decided to finally update our bedroom. The past décor (or lack of it) had evolved from years of making do. It was definitely time for change! Monday, after setting up our new white bedstead, we realized how worn and mismatched the other furniture was and how our room had become a catch-all!  Read more →

Jan 10

2017

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What is your mission?

Zig Ziglar once said, “Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.” When your ‘whys’ are crystal clear and so significant you would sacrifice deeply for them, you will find the strength to move forward into your purpose.

If you are trying to figure out your mission or calling, here are a few ideas:  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 →

Jun 20

2016

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Are you getting the message?

Remember when you accidentally touched a hot stove or got too close to a fire? What was the result?

PAIN!

Have you considered the message of pain?

It was so you’d move your hand! If you hadn’t felt that searing, sharp signal of pain, your hand could’ve been seriously injured before you realized what was happening.

Physical pain was the messenger, sending a clear signal that something had to change. Physical pain keeps us safe by warning of further danger.

Emotional pain warns of danger in a similar way. It calls loudly and incessantly for change. Emotional pain invites us to consider a different path, to find new ways of thinking, or to seek help from someone else. Read more →