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
I had an amazing week talking with and learning from my Jewish friends, as well as receiving input from a Rabbi. My love for Jewish traditions and beliefs always immensely grows when I further my knowledge. This week my eyes have been open with excitement when I made parallels to Boy Jesus teaching in the temple and Jewish practices. Although there is a gap between his birth and Jesus being found as a boy in the temple, we can assume it would have been what happened to any Je
Shortly after his baptism, Jesus goes into the wilderness to be with God. He purposely withdrew from people and distractions of his community to better learn of, and from, His Father. Weeks and weeks of seclusion to learn and to listen for what will have been forty days. As we know at the end of this experience, Christ goes and teaches in the synagogue where he finally, and publicly, speaks of who He really is. I am He, He will say. ‘This day is this scripture fulfilled.’ I a
PLEASE, LISTEN TO ME! Here is the truth.. ‘O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” was NOT in response to Peter’s sinking. It was not a jab to his faltering. Christ was not making a negative comment to make him to feel bad about his efforts, missteps or shortcomings. It was an immediate & loving response to Peter’s pleadings to be saved! “Lord, save me!” —“Wherefore didst thou doubt?”
As if saying, ‘of course I will save you, rescue you! How could you doubt t
It’s true, right?
That’s what we do with Peter on the water.
& that’s what we do to ourselves. but before we get trapped in the critique, please recognize:
PETER IS THE ONLY ONE WHO GOT OUT OF THE BOAT!! He is the only one who tried, who did SOMETHING.
He is the only one that experienced & accomplished something new & something different & something better!
& He was the one who made it closer to Christ b/c of it all. Like most things, the adversary skews our perspective–
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
Back in the days of Jesus, shepherds were considered dishonest, un-trustworthy, unclean thieves. According to many historians, shepherds at that time were considered the lowest of the low. The term used for them by the Pharisees is translated in the English Bible as “sinners.” It was a derogatory term meaning vile and unclean. They were shunned by “respectable” people and some scholars say they were often considered to be socially on par with tax collectors and prostitutes. W
Ben & I had an awesome morning together with great conversation. Soon after eating, he left to drop off packages at the post office. I was crawling under our table picking up things that fell off the table from the kids, and as soon as the door closed behind him, I unconsciously burst into tears. I sat underneath our dining room table and cried an ugly cry for twenty whole minutes. What a sight that was.
So there I was, alone. Under my table. Hysterical. Clearly, I was doing
Is God good even when things are not? I found myself saying, “God is so good,” the other day after finally hearing good news for once at the baby doctor. But was God still good all the times I left hearing bad news? Was He still good after I received a high-risk diagnostic? Was He still good after continued and unfolding complications? Was God good when I joined the Church and I lost my friends and had years of silence from some family members? What of mine and my husband’s
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
I have gone through too many trials that have left me literally yelling at God wondering where He is and why things were happening the way they were and why things haven’t ended yet. Almost every time, things never going how I had in mind and always going down the unwanted and unexpected and uncharted paths with unsure destinations. I think of how Christ loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus—one could argue that Lazarus and his two sisters were His closest friends. When near Jerusa
Joseph in the Old Testament was excited about the future he had. Visions of being a leader with parents who favored him, it definitely seemed like justified excitement for the path he was to live. Life was good. Until it wasn’t. He went from being abandoned in a hole – slavery – prison. This is most definitely not the life he wanted to live. And this is most definitely not the life he felt he was promised to live, either. Sometimes we feel like Jospeh where life goes unexpect
Like in Ether, sometimes we feel we are crossing great storms buried in the sea in darkness, but the light we do have, even if it may seem as small as a stone, will be what you need to make it through. And it’s just not making it through this lifetime, because it’s not ever about just making it to the end and hope for a better go at it in the next round; the hereafter. Because like in Ether, life didn’t end for them when they reached land. It wasn’t the end to the story or to
Maybe the woman at the well, as she sat alone drawing water, was thinking of the weight of her burdens.
Maybe she was thinking how she wishes she could change things & how she wishes things were different. Perhaps she was thinking how she was only there because she wanted to be alone. Or maybe that she deserved to be alone.
There was a straight shot shortcut to Galilee through the Bethsan gap. It was essentially the only route for Jews to travel for 2 reasons: it was fast
 Here’s a new thought I had the other day. And it’s not about Christmas. It’s about opportunities that have passed. It’s about doubtless, faithful perseverance. It’s about patience. Understanding. Perspective. It’s about knowing there is not something wrong with you. It’s about the ‘best’ rather than the good or better. I was reading this month’s Ensign article by Elder Russell M Nelson called The Savior Lives on pg 17. Something simple was said by him is what sparked a
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
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
I teamed up with the designer of the Gospel Library App for 5 tips you’ll want to know that will increase your study experience! Here are the times when each tip starts if you wanted to jump around out of order: 1. Settings 0:22 – Changing app color & text size.
2. Toolbar 1:17 – Select, highlight styles, delete, define, search, tags.
3. Bookmarks 4:24 – Creating, naming, changing, deleting, multiple.
4. Sidebar 5:36 – Tapping links & footnotes without changing screens,