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When you pray, you don’t normally expect to get a bad head cold. It’s not usually the way to detect answers from our Heavenly Father. But maybe sometimes it is? I’ve been thinking a lot about the new Disney movie, “Moana,” especially since we’ve watched it for our family movie night five weeks in a row…! One part that catches me is when the heroine, Moana, realizes she needs major assistance after her boat capsizes on the open ocean. She calls to the friendly ocean for aid, who responds helpfully–with a storm! Moana is terrified...read more
“So what do you do all day?” An innocent, conversational question. But this time, I was speechless. We had invited some friends for dinner, a cute newlywed couple. The husband we’d known for some time, and we enjoyed a great evening catching up together. We got to know the wife and learned all about their plans for the future. After discussing education, children, and careers, there was a pause in the dialogue. Then our friend proffered that zinger of a query. “What? What do I do all day?” I spluttered on my words....read more
I don’t know how it works… but I know it does work. When we draw nearer unto God, he draws near unto us. When we ask Him questions, He gives us the answers. I recently attended a beautiful event with Sylvia Allan, who shared a message titled, “Scripture Study: The Lord’s Way”. Much of her message was credited to be taken from “LDS Scripture Proficiency” by Vern Sommerfeldt. Below is a summary of my notes from listening to her great message. I feel so inspired to improve and refine my morning spiritual...read more
Yes, I’m thinking like… Napoleon Dynamite style mom skills!!! I need better “skills” as a mother and I intend to do something about it. 2017 is my year to “Master Motherhood!” (or at least make some serious improvements) I have to thank a good Lutheran woman for posting this insightful article, calling for mothers to stop whining, step up their game and get some skills. How To Stop Whining And Learn To Love Being A Mother Specifically, I was troubled by and moved to action by this statement, “Women …have bought into a peculiarly...read more
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The Christmas season is always inspiring and motivating for me. This year as I’ve studied parts of the New Testament regarding the Savior’s entry into mortality, the story of humble and faithful Mary, the sacred mother of Jesus Christ, has spoken to my heart. Her wisdom and willingness to do hard things inspires me. This year it’s been easier to imagine her as a real person, one with worries and concerns, yet also with great faith and diligence. Explore for a moment what her reaction might have been to the situation in Bethlehem; the...read more
Through my recent research I have had this idea of “magnifying our efforts through Christ” on my mind. I was taught this principle again in the most unlikely circumstances: It was a really, really hard morning. My patience was gone before I woke up and a lot of stress was weighing me very low to the ground. Everything was a battle–full on battle–with my kids and I knew it was my fault. I didn’t have it in me to get on their level and explain so I was barking out demands and hating myself for it as soon as they left my...read more
This morning I had an hour-long cuddle session with my 2-year-old. You should be jealous–it was heavenly. He woke up an hour early and I decided not to stress about all that I could have accomplished in that hour. You could call it being lazy but I am choosing to call it taking time to just Be Still. Maybe some of you mamas have experienced this half-sleep cuddle fun when your little one starts tracing the features around your face. My little guy was drawing invisible lines with his finger from my eyebrows to my nose and chin. It was...read more
I have been reading about Martha and Mary and was surprised by the line that struck me with power during this morning’s study. Each part of Martha’s plea was expounded in my mind to teach me what I needed to hear: “Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.” First, “My sister hath left me to serve alone”–there is so much more here. In essence is she saying: 1-This isn’t fair (I am sure she would have loved to learn at Christ’s feet instead of cook). 2- Sister Bonnie D....read more
We live in a city in China where there are very few foreigners. With our four blondie children, we get a lot of attention, which some of us appreciate more than others. Yesterday we went to play as a family at a nearby plaza in the warm November sunshine. Our kids suggested a game of “sharks & minnows,” a version of tag in a confined space. I knew our wild shrieks and running would attract attention, but we also needed to play! And sure enough, no sooner had the chase begun then a small crowd ebbed and flowed around us (and...read more