Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 17:10

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 378

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 17:10

Many of you are in the thick of graduation season as we near the end of May. All this month, we've been offering graduates some pearls of wisdom from Proverbs to take with them as they embark on a new stage of life.

Today's verse deals with something that nobody likes: reproof. What is reproof?

It's when someone tells you what you're doing wrong. Here are some synonyms for reproof: criticism, admonishment, reprehension, reprimand, disapproval. It's when you get a rap on the knuckles.

Monday

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Thursday, 23 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 372

Monday

Sometimes on Monday I can feel a little weary and unfocused. I should be revved up and ready to go, but my heart and mind don’t want to leave the weekend: worship; fellowship; time with family; opportunity for catch-up, rest, and relaxation. Monday comes and it’s back to the races: work, schedules, appointments, deadlines, agendas. Sometimes it’s just plain hard for me to shift gears to re-engage in what my weekdays bring.

For Peter and the disciples, Monday found them hiding behind closed doors, afraid of the political unrest that followed the crucifixion of their beloved Master and friend. For three years, He had walked with them, teaching them, challenging them, encouraging them, and loving them. Then, suddenly and brutally, it was over. The reality of his absence was shocking and numbing; betrayal and denial were hurtful and cause for deep and humbling introspection. How were they supposed to move forward?

Is God Trying to Get My Attention? (Helaman 11)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 321

Is God Trying to Get My Attention? (Helaman 11)

In Helaman 11, Nephi invokes the power of attorney privilege that he was granted in the previous chapter. With war raging among the Nephite people and many dying due to their wickedness, Nephi presents this request to the Lord:

"O Lord, do not suffer that this people should be destroyed by the sword; but O Lord, rather let there be a famine in the land, to stir them up in remembrance of the Lord their God, and perhaps they will repent and turn unto thee." (Helaman 11:4)

As promised, God grants Nephi's request. For the next three years, there is no rain, so the crops don't grow, and there is a great famine throughout the land. Finally, "the people saw that they were about to perish by famine, and they began to remember the Lord their God" (verse 7). When Nephi sees that the people are humbling themselves and turning back to God, he prays for the famine to end. Then, the rain returns and the crops grow, and "the people of Nephi began to prosper again in the land" (verse 20).

He Knows

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 332

He Knows

Omniscient. All-knowing. All-seeing. Sometimes I think it would be nice if I could use those words to describe myself. There have been countless times that I’ve thought, “Man, I wish I had all the answers.” Have you ever wished that?

Where should I go to school? Who am I going to marry? Will I ever find a job? Is moving the best decision for my family? What treatment plan will work best for me?

It would be so convenient to ask these questions and immediately know the answer. I could glide right through life without a care in the world. I would always know the right thing to do, the right path to take. There would be no need for second-guessing, no need for pondering, no pros-and-cons lists, no sleepless nights.

The Prayer That Changed Everything

Written by Sister Rachel Cotellesse on Monday, 20 May 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 407

The Prayer That Changed Everything

For today's Miracle Monday, we asked Sister Rachel Cotellesse to share the remarkable story of her youngest son.

Our family has been blessed with many, many miracles. One miracle that happened, however, drastically changed the course of our lives.

As a mother, one of the things that I prayed daily for my children was that they would have joy planted deep in their hearts. When our son, Michael, was very young, we noticed that he struggled with a multitude of emotional issues that affected him and all of us daily. There was not a lot of joy in our home.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:32

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 340

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:32

If you picked up on the fact that we took a little liberty in the phrasing of today's verse, then well done, Bible scholar! The verse actually reads like this: "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."

We think that the second part of this verse is an excellent piece of advice for a new graduate. Why? Because it hits on the single-most important thing that any human needs to be successful.

Wow, what is it? What could it possibly be? How did I not know about this secret??

Are You Engaged?

Written by Sister Dianne Maddox on Thursday, 16 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 342

Are You Engaged?

"Married But Not Engaged" is the title of a book I recently came across. Interesting play on words, isn't it? For the sake of this blog, please allow me the liberty to change the word "married" to "baptized." My prayer is that the phrase "Baptized But Not Engaged" does not apply to you or me. Truth be told, there are probably times that we aren't as engaged as we should be with God, The Church or our brothers and sisters.

I believe we are all engaged with something or some things or some people. The true meaning of the word "engaged" is being busy or occupied. What occupies our life?

Speaking for myself, after I recently stopped working, I was no longer busy or occupied on an everyday basis. I had less stress in my life, but I felt a little lost since I no longer had revenue goals to meet and meetings to attend. Although this was a good change for my mental health, as silly as it sounds, I struggled with having so much free time. I had to focus on being productive and not squandering my time.

Am I engaged with the important things in life?

Power of Attorney (Helaman 10)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 15 May 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 345

Power of Attorney (Helaman 10)

Power of Attorney: An authorization to represent or act on another's behalf in any matter. The individual authorizing the other to act is the grantor (of the power). The one authorized to act is the agent.

As defined above, power of attorney is an instrument used to allow someone else to speak or do something on your behalf. There can be various reasons for creating such an arrangement. Perhaps you anticipate that you may be incapacitated for a period of time such that you will be unable to make your own decisions. Whatever the reason, this is an arrangement that you enter into when you find it advantageous to have someone else acting on your behalf.

If you decided to create such an arrangement, what factors would be important to you in selecting an agent? You would probably seek someone with the following qualifications:

You Can If...

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 334

You Can If...

What makes you think you can't?

Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Is there anything left out that can't be done if Christ is strengthening you?
Nope. So why do we question whether we can?

Keep Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Written by Sister Marie McGuire on Monday, 13 May 2019. Posted in Music & Singalongs Hits 336

Keep Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Today's Miracle Monday is an experience that the late Sister Marie McGuire had on May 9-10, 1991, almost exactly 28 years ago.

One morning, after awakening, some words came to me, and immediately following a melody came to me. I wrote the words down at once, and I then reached for the Saints Hymnal, searching and trying to connect the tune and words to any of the hymns in the hymnal. The closest I came was No. 146, where the poet penned, “And the toils of the road will seem nothing, when I get to the end of the way.”

I then called a sister to tell her what had just happened. I read the words I received and hummed the tune to her, and she reminded me that it was the same tune as “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” I then read the words of this hymn, and they were not the same as what was given to me.

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:8

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 May 2019. Posted in The Good Word Hits 392

Spread the Good Word: Proverbs 16:8

May is graduation month, so we're focusing our Good Word Fridays on advice for new grads. Today's verse talks about material wealth. Money is a huge thing for young people just starting out.

If you take the verse to the extreme, it's saying that it's better to be righteous and poor rather than wicked and rich.

The Fort of Refreshing

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 09 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 397

The Fort of Refreshing

"Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort; thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress." (Psalm 71:3)

The exact circumstances of the memories have faded, but the security and comfort lasted years beyond the conversation. At some point in my childhood, a discussion with my mom over something distressing me at school, in our neighborhood, or with my peers led her to explain to me that our home was a fort. She encouraged me to remember that whatever battles I faced during the day, I just had to hold it together until I made it back to the fort where it was safe to cry, rest, and prepare to face the world again another day.

And it was true. Many times, it was all I could do to limp to our fort, but somehow, time spent within those walls was what I needed to recharge. My problems didn’t always go away whenever I walked out of the fort, but they seemed more manageable after being reminded of my worth and that I was loved and part of a family.

Who Did It? (Helaman 9)

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Wednesday, 08 May 2019. Posted in Scripture Study Hits 335

Who Did It? (Helaman 9)

In Helaman 9, five men race to the judgment seat to see if the chief judge has, in fact, been murdered — as Nephi had revealed by inspiration at the end of the previous chapter. The five men find the chief judge's body just as Nephi had described, and they faint in astonishment. When they are later discovered at the scene of the crime, they are arrested for the murder! While in prison, they relate how Nephi had described the crime scene, so then Nephi falls under suspicion. Yes, he had an alibi for the time of the murder, but perhaps he paid someone else to do it?

So, who did it?

Losing Fat … and Sin

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 07 May 2019. Posted in Devotional Hits 387

Losing Fat … and Sin

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

At the nursing home where I work, we had this man who had a condition where his liver was not working, and his abdomen would fill up with fluid, which would have to be drained. My job was to get the guy up and walking, but as he would get close to his "drainage date," he would become more reluctant to ambulate.

His excuses were that his knees were bothering him and he had trouble breathing. Funny, he never noticed that the day after he had the fluid drained — once it was 26 pounds! — that he could walk farther, his knees felt better, and he could breathe.

The Breath of Life

Written by Sister Josephine Jasmin on Monday, 06 May 2019. Posted in Miracles Hits 682

The Breath of Life

For Miracle Monday, we're bringing you this beautiful Blessing Bit that appeared in the March 2019 issue of The Gospel News. After reading it, let's all thank God for the opportunity to live another day.

On September 27, 2018, I was admitted to the hospital for shortness of breath. On October 1, I stopped breathing and was placed on a respirator. 

While in this state, I had a dream in which I found myself in a wooden crate that had fallen out from the hospital. 

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