Before It’s Too Late

Deception has a devious way of cheating us even when we think we are safe. The reason that this vice is so misleading is because we don’t even realize at the time that we are being taken (deceived).   But we can recover before it’s too late.   Please allow me to share...

Set Goals, Not Resolutions

As we begin a new year, one particular thing tends to be on everyone’s minds: New Year's resolutions. Making resolutions is easy; committing to them is much harder. So this year, I would challenge you to try something new: make goals instead of resolutions.  ...

Your Witness Matters

Who needs to hear your testimony of God, the Savior, or an important gospel principle today? Be the person God can trust to deliver it.

A Gift: He Doth Immediately Bless You

Several months ago, I prayed for greater understanding of some of King Benjamin's speech to his people, specifically his words about how God immediately blesses us and how we're forever in His debt.   I say unto you, my brethren, that if you should render all the...

Consider the Lilies

Today, I had the pleasure to spend some time at a park near my home. Aside from the mosquitoes that seem to be able to find me from miles around, I had a pleasant time. There is a pond and walking trail meandering through partially wooded areas. It’s a wonderful place...

10 Tips for Abuse Survivors

This blog post is second in a two-part series that deals with mature themes (primarily sexual abuse), and may not be suitable for all readers. Reader discretion is advised.   Please also note that this is one abuse survivor's experience and does not speak for all...

Be Thou Humble

The miracle of Christmas began with a humble birth—Jesus Christ, the Lord, Savior, and Redeemer of the world, was not born in a palace. His parents were not of significant wealth or fame. And while his birth was foretold by prophets of old, the leaders of the time...

Choose Grace

“For at some moment in the water he must have realized that he would not live if he continued to hand over the rope and ring to others. He had to know it, no matter how gradual the effect of the cold. In his judgment he had no choice. When the helicopter took off with...

Christ is the Center

When I was a little girl, I used to play for hours in our family’s little nativity. I carefully moved Mary and Joseph around the stable. The wise men had to be placed in such a way that they didn’t obstruct the view of the baby Jesus. The animals were all looking at...

Adjusting Christmas

If your family has members with autism, you already know that you need to adjust what you may be used to doing for the holidays to fit their needs. When I was growing up, one of my favorite things around Christmas time was going Christmas caroling. I loved it even...

Elisabeth: Woman of Faith and Power

Especially during the Christmas season, each character in Luke's record comes to life for me. I crave details and long to ask them about their experiences. So I search and search for tidbits that can enhance the story I've embraced in the New Testament.   Elisabeth...

Them

About two months ago, I was challenged to study a one-page religious document. Simultaneously, I have been studying documents related to the Civil War in a deeper, more thorough way, including looking at them word by word and studying their historical context.   I...

You Still Have Worth: Surviving Sexual Assault

While this post does not go into detail, it does deal with the mature issue of sexual assault, and may not be suitable for all audiences. Reader discretion is advised.    According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in three women and one in six men...

Patterns of Integrity

Art is one of the great joys of this world. During my life, I have had the privilege of associating with some really great artists. Maybe I have had more than my share—or perhaps we all just need to recognize the plethora of incredible souls that have lived in our...

My Life-Changing Prayer as a 7-Year-Old

This blog post contains mature themes dealing with abuse that may not be suitable for all readers. Reader discretion is advised.    At age 48, I sit reading my most prized possession. It’s worn from years of holding it too close to my panicked heart, yet the messages...

Simplify Christmas

I went to the craft store in June and found the Christmas aisle was already stocked and sparkling. I was surprised! But since I love Christmas and the joy it brings, it brought a smile to my face and then I completely ignored it. I mean, that is way too early by any...

Hidden Treasures—Dark or Bright?

A couple of days ago, for the hundredth-plus time, I read this scripture:   And it shall come to pass, saith the Lord of Hosts, yea, our great and true God, that whoso shall hide up treasures in the earth shall find them again no more, because of the great curse of...

Treasures in Heaven

One day as the Savior was with a group of disciples, He started talking to them about treasure and the importance of laying up treasures in heaven.   I was reading the verses depicted in this image and couldn't help but ask myself again, "What does Christ mean by...

My Conversion Story, Pt III: Lions

This is part three in Lauren's conversion story. See parts one and two by clicking on their respective links. The featured image for this post is an original painting by the post's author, Lauren McKinnon, and all rights for its use belong to her.   At this point, I...

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