This guy…He was cut off completely from everything & everyone he’s ever loved
No support system. No hope. Disfigured and decomposing, the man with palsy was with chronic and the incurable—
and everyone believing he deserved it—so it wasn’t just fear from others, it was also shame.
What was there to look forward to? Could hope even be found w/ something so impossible?
Somehow the man “full of leprosy,” was able to dig deep to find whatever little bit of anything that was l
1. Praying out loud can help with a wandering mind.
2. Tell yourself you’re talking to God, instead of “praying.” My kids (& mine), prayers seem to have WAY more thought behind them cuz I guess switching my phrasing, switches our brain?
3. Picture Him standing right.in front.of you.
4. He is not a butler, we are not making a food order & leaving, it’s a conversation.
5. BE HONEST! Vent. Tell Him e v e r y t h i n g; when things don’t make sense, what & why things are hard,
when you sit down for dinner,
think of Jesus, sitting down for dinner,
with His friends, for the last time.
when you get up from eating,
think of Jesus, getting up,
making His way to a garden.
‘His sweat was, as it were, great drops of blood falling
down upon the ground’ (Luke 22:44). Tonight,
when you walk to your bed,
think of Jesus, walking to the start
of a night of illegal trials. Tomorrow,
as you awake after a night of rest
think of Jesus, after a
Palm Sunday: Triumphal entry
Monday: Cleansing the Temple
Tuesday: Teaching & Parables
Matt 22& 25, Mark 12:41-44
Wednesday: Healings, Miracles & Betrayal
Mark 4&5, Matt 26:14-16
Thursday: Last Supper & Gethsemane
John 13:1-35, Luke 22:39-46, Matt 26:36-57
Good Friday: Crucifixion & Burial
Saturday: Teaching in the Spirit World
1Peter 3:18-19, 3Nephi 8&9, Matt 27:62-66
Easter Sunday: Resurrection
Luke 24:1-12, John 20:11-17, Matt
Ben & I have been taking a lot of showers together to talk. It’s what we do. If you have been following us on social media, you know very well us moving from AZ to NY, and the dreadful challenges that have prevented us closing on our house. We currently have been in a hotel for 32 days and counting.
And although our situation has not changed & there is no timeline for an end,
we’re in a gooood head space. How freaky parallel we are to the whole barges thing. The barges are b
This isn’t how things are supposed to be going …!
I’m not where I want to be …!
Things… should be different…! And we plead and we pick apart and we demand why from God or where is God?! …It’s easy to think we know better when we observe things with our mortal eyes and with the knowledge we have been given.
When things don’t seem to add up for us, we ask God why He is doing something a certain way with us or our situations. Like in Jacob, when the laborer asks, “Why are you b
It would be so easy to quit, ya know?
To give up. To go back—
back where 21yrs of habit, tradition, contentment & culture lay DEEP within my ROOTS, in my being. I know very well the times where we are
losing our voice, losing hope, losing strength–
Those times that feel unheard, unanswered, unwanted, unfit, unworthy—
to feel lonely, lacking, tired, tried,
to wonder, to doubt, to guess, to struggle, to sink, to sacrifice— Like you, I know how it feels to think our faith is i
If it’s true we have an all- knowing, all-powerful God on our side, why does He feel distant from us sometimes? Why do we feel as though we sometimes cannot feel or see? Why does it seem sometimes that our time at the well, alone—has been too long and maybe He’s not coming? For one of my Sunday school lessons I did in the past, I had my husband sneak out during sacrament meeting and tape a gold star to the wall of our classroom because he is taller and can get it higher up th
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Two people are on an escalator when the escalator breaks down and stops moving. One says, frustrated, “I don’t believe this,” while the other one starts yelling for help, “Hello? Anyone there? If you can hear me, there are two people stuck on the escalator!” That’s right, an escalator. It’s funny because they aren’t really stuck. But it does pose valid questions we all need to ask ourselves at some point: Are we really stuck? Are we the ones getting in our own way? Are we see
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Ever wonder where God is?
Ever yell at Him wondering why things are/were so indescribably hard?
Wonder if all your prayers really are heard? Or why you were asked to go through something
Ever wonder if He cares about you?
Or if He is even there at all? ‘Cuz same. But I’ve dedicated so much to travel & talk about the
hard & real
& HOW to choose God in hard times. How to keep going when you feel like you can’t.
How to be happy & optimistic when you feel l
It is well known the raging storm that caused the apostles to yell, “Carest thou not that we perish?!” But perhaps maybe we can more see ourselves in our personal storms & our heavy thoughts & passing doubts & our pleadings of: ‘Carest thou not that I’m struggling?!’ Carest thou not that this is SO hard?! That this was unwanted? That I don’t deserve this? Thats this has been going on for TOO long? Carest thou not…that I don’t think I can go on…?! Carest thou not…about ME? Lik
INTERESTING, isn’t it? Because of Isiah’s prophecy, for centuries, many young Jewish women had dreamed & wondered, “will I be chosen as the mother of the Messiah?” But not Mary. When she was told she was going to be the mother of Christ, she tried to tell the angel –not her– ‘Cuz she saw herself as a “handmaid.” In Hebrew, handmaid translates to ‘slave.’ Interesting, isn’t it? How we as woman are so quick to do that to ourselves? How we are so quick to lesser ourselves? How i
For 3 ENTIRE DAYS & 3 entire nights – nonstop – he was in the MOST BITTER pain. Torment.
No breaks. No let-ups. Just paralyzing anguish that kept him crying to God. Completely consuming that whole time. But then… after the longest passing time of immobilizing struggle,
he found peace to his soul. And so sometimes we feel like things are THE MOST consuming & THE WORST anguish–
and we agonize over the passing time with no breaks or let ups–
and we have to make the decision
After I got baptized, my life fell.apart. And I’m not exaggerating. Now, if you’ve heard me speak or read my book, than you know this. But I also realized today that the 191K of you following me on Instagram have not heard me speak or read my book & this isn’t common knowledge to most of you guys. I’ve never known loneliness until I got baptized. I’ve never known such painful sacrifice & loss until I joined the Church. I’ve never known real pain until then. Indescribable ang
*THIS IS IT!! ** This was my apt. when I met the elders!!! This is where it ALLLL started.
This is where I told the missionaries I wouldn’t listen unless they brought me a steak to eat – and they did!
Those are the stairs we would sit on during my lessons.
I drove by it this weekend since THIS WEEK WILL MARK 9 YEARS OF MY BAPTISM!
I literally have no words. I was on a quest to prove them wrong — that you don’t need the gospel & all of these ‘blessings’ they were working
Maybe I’ll regret posting this. Maybe I’ll delete it later… I always have lots of thoughts – and most of them belong in my journal for only me to read. Maybe this is one of them. It’s easy to spot murmuring in scriptures – but maybe because we aren’t the ones going through it, or maybe because we already know the outcome and reason to what is being asked. But modern-day murmuring is different. It’s hidden behind and masked as concern or logic or passion. We unconsciously coun
HEAR ME OUT: I literally never thought I’d get married.
Lot’s of reasons & here’s a quick summary: -I would notice the kind of girls that were getting asked out & I began to be afraid that b/c I didn’t look a certain way, wasn’t a certain size w/ a certain style, or grow up in a strong gospel-centered family, or know how to cook or make my own skirts, I was forever going to be overlooked. -I didn’t look temple worthy. That not only did they not want to date me, but it was ha
I went to bed a few Saturday’s ago trying to think of an excuse so I wouldn’t have to go to church the next day. I don’t know why, either. I just didn’t wanna go, ya know? Ever get like that? Where you know it’s important to pray and to read, but it doesn’t take away from feeling that you just…don’t want to.
I told that to God as I fell asleep. It was just Gracie and I at church the following day, (Christian had a cold), and I woke up surprisingly anxious to take the sacrame