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When A Yes Feels For A While Like a No

I’m dealing with something right now that brings to mind a lesson I’ve learned many times over the years: sometimes a “Yes” from the Lord seems for a while a lot more like a “No.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve prayed and prayed for something—even something I’ve been prompted to pray for—and …

My Take on New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. The time when every other commercial on TV is either weightwatchers or NutriSystem. Now they’ve even got Oprah on board, so who wouldn’t want to jump on that bandwagon?? I certainly did—year after year after frustrating year. I dove into whatever the latest craze was that would hopefully help …

Let Him Warm You Like a Fire in Winter

  It’s December 16th, which means we’re right in the heart of Christmastime. And I’ve been busy doing what most of you have been doing–shopping, planning, baking, going to Christmas concerts, and trying to find ways to bless others at this time of year. And yet, again and again, I’ve felt a recurring prompting not …

My Current Workout Favorites

I know my blog is very Christ-focused, so some may think a post on workouts wouldn’t fit in with that theme at all. But I very much beg to differ. I firmly believe that the Lord is interested in every part of our lives—and that includes our efforts to take care of physical body. It’s …

A Letter to Young Women on the Temple

This week for Young Women, we spent an evening creating wedding time capsules with the girls. It was hilarious to watch how differently they all responded. Some had every detail already planned out in their mind, and others (like one of my daughters) didn’t even know where to begin (and didn’t even really care that …

I Need Thee Every Hour

It’s been a tough week. Well, maybe I should say a tough month. It’s not that everything is going wrong . . . that’s really not the case. So much is going right. But there are just several nagging issues that aren’t resolving as quickly as my impatient little soul would like them to. Funny …

The Beautiful Doctrine of Grace

I’ve been thinking a lot about grace. I don’t think there’s anything that has changed my life more than that one simple word. That’s why it was such a delight to hear President Uchtdorf talk on grace in the April 2015 General Conference. After defining the word, he then said this: “It is a most …

Wrapped in the Arms of His Love

It’s been a tough week. In addition to the hormones kicking in (oh, how I love PMS!), we have an awful lot going on right now. Our missionary leaves in a week so there’s that. But I also have some other stuff—stuff that I can’t really do anything about, but I keep worrying about it …

Confessions of a People Pleaser

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a people pleaser. And I made no apologies about it. I truly believed that’s just the way I was. Even as a child, I had a really hard time saying anything that would cause conflict or confrontation. Even the thought doing so would completely paralyze me. After …