Blogger's Choice: Time to Level Up

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 29 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2598

Blogger's Choice: Time to Level Up

Today's Blogger's Choice highlight is from Sister Erin Light. She chose her article "Time to Level Up," originally published on April 30, 2013.

She says, "I like when God's inspiration surfaces to 'connect the dots' from our lives to His Word in peculiar ways; this article, for example, is a fun throwback to my 1990s childhood, reliving a familiar pastime!"

I will forever be grateful to my parents for making sure my childhood was chock-full of books, museums, and the great outdoors of trampolines and jungle gyms.

That being said, I secretly knew that when we took an airplane flight, Mom would reach into her purse and pull out the elusive Nintendo Gameboy, complete with "Super Mario Land 2." After takeoff, I'd have a precious hour to fight my way past acrobatic bears and zippy turtle shells until it was homework time and the video game disappeared until the next vacation.

Kids' Question of the Month – July

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 2278

Kids' Question of the Month – July

If there’s one parent-ism I’ve said to our kids a zillion times, it’s this: “You might not agree or understand this now, but someday you will.”

It’s different than “Because I’m the mom (or dad) and I said so,” although that’s been heard in our home too. Less dismissive and authoritarian, the first statement stems from a parent realizing (usually after intense bargaining) that no amount of explanation will satisfy the child and the awareness that he/she is not developmentally ready to fully grasp the gravity behind your decision or action. Born out of great love, it implies the child needs to trust you enough to accept what they do not like or understand at the moment.

Best of Miracle Monday: Miracle of the Stolen Books

Written by Brother Stephen Kyriakakos on Monday, 27 July 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1663

Best of Miracle Monday: Miracle of the Stolen Books

For today's Best of Miracle Monday, we're republishing "Miracle of the Stolen Books" from November 5, 2012 submitted by Brother Stephen Kyriakakos.

On January 29, 2012, I went out to my car to go to work. I noticed the driver's side door was open and several items were stolen. Among the missing items were my grandfather Rudy Meo's leather bookcase with his Bible and Book of Mormon inside (pictured here).

This devastated me because he had just passed away a year earlier. For a week, I was torn up at the loss of these books because they were one of only two things given to me that belonged to him — and they were just gone.

Spread the Good Word: Alma 26:12

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 24 July 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1814

Spread the Good Word: Alma 26:12

We hope today's Good Word inspires you to draw strength from God instead of relying on your own. Send us your favorite scripture, and we'll turn it into a graphic like today's. 

Godly Gifts

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Thursday, 23 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2028

Godly Gifts

When I was young, I heard much talk about the gifts given to men from God and desired to receive a gift also. While visiting in Pennsylvania, my brother had many in-depth scriptural conversations with Grandpap, who had been an elder in our church for many years.

After one of these discussions, my brother requested that Grandpap bestow or confer a gift on him like men of old did in the Old Testament. While praying, Grandpap was led to ask for two certain gifts for my brother. When my brother came home and told me about it, I was so happy for him and desired for Grandpap to do the same for me.

Blogger's Choice: Gideon Moment

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Wednesday, 22 July 2015. Posted in Testimonies Hits 2164

Blogger's Choice: Gideon Moment

Today's Blogger's Choice spotlight is from Brother Andrew DiNardo. He chose his article "Gideon Moment," originally published on September 12, 2013.

He says, "Now almost two years later, I'm 1,300 miles from family and where I lived my whole life but thriving where God has placed me. Being so far away from family and my perfect little nephew isn't easy BUT knowing that God has placed me here and watching Him move in my life makes it easier. These experiences still ring true in my life."

Taking the Gospel Where It Is Not

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 21 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2183

Taking the Gospel Where It Is Not

We recently had an evangelist ordination in our branch, and one of the definitions I heard is that an evangelist is someone who brings the Gospel where it is not.

And I like that definition because, in my mind, I immediately started thinking of those in Africa or in Nepal or the poverty I saw for myself in Guatemala City.

It was stressed, however, that this definition doesn't just apply to places that aren't Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It applies at home, too.

But what we didn't mention is that when we say, "An evangelist is someone who brings the Gospel where it is not," the "where" does not just mean a place or a group of people. It can mean a single person — literally anywhere.

Best of Miracle Monday: I Never Heard a Sweeter Song

Written by Sister Mandy Griffith on Monday, 20 July 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 2113

Best of Miracle Monday: I Never Heard a Sweeter Song

For today's Best of Miracle Monday, we're republishing "I Never Heard a Sweeter Song" from May 7, 2012 submitted by Sister Mandy Griffith.

When our first son, Wesley, was born, he was four weeks premature. As new parents, we naturally had many concerns, but the day after his birth, when his condition was stabilized, we had family come to visit.

As everyone gathered around to see the baby, the gift of tongues came forth, and the interpretation was, "My gift to you, thus saith the Lord." We were so blessed to receive that expression of God's love; it truly comforted us, and we felt reassured that all would be well with our son.

Spread the Good Word: Revelation 3:21

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 17 July 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1950

Spread the Good Word: Revelation 3:21

We hope that today's Good Word motivates you to draw on God's strength so that you can be an overcomer. Don't let past sins, future worries, or the temptations, failures, and disappointments of the present hold you back from your relationship with God. He has the power to help you overcome!

Send us your favorite scripture, and we'll make it our next Good Word Friday.

Which Kind of Pray-er Are You?

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 16 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 7633

Which Kind of Pray-er Are You?

This is part two of a two-part article. See yesterday's post for part one.

Yesterday, I confessed that I'm often more of a Prayer Worrier than I am a Prayer Warrior. Today, I'm going to share a few other examples of different prayer "personalities."

As you think about them, I hope they encourage you to explore your own tendencies regarding prayer in an effort to draw closer to the perfect pattern: "pray without ceasing" (#lifegoal) and daily communication with God.

Note: "Pray-er" (noun) Person who prays.

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 15 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2235

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

I've begun to realize that my prayers have a tendency to be driven by my worries. "Dear Lord, please help me so I don't _____," and "Dear God, I worry ____ in my life won't work out."

I know I'm supposed to be a prayer warrior, but sometimes I find that I'm more of a "prayer worrier."

My life is full of what-if scenarios and the anticipation of what might go wrong next. I expect rough patches. I stress and try to plan in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. I struggle to release control, and I worry if God will answer me the way I think it should be handled.

Blogger's Choice: Spinach Pie

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 14 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1948

Blogger's Choice: Spinach Pie

Today's Blogger's Choice highlight is from Brother Jerry Valenti. He chose his article "Spinach Pie," originally published on December 4, 2012.

He says, "I chose this article because I think it's a good illustration of how we need to make sure the primary ingredient of The Church (God) is not left out of our worship services. As a side benefit, nobody makes spinach when I visit their homes now."

Some years ago, I was in Detroit, Michigan on business, and the group I was with decided to go out to dinner in an area of Detroit known as Greektown. I was somewhat concerned as I'm not someone who typically likes to experiment with different cuisines, and as I started looking over the menu, my worst fears were realized as I desperately searched for something I thought I could eat. I finally settled on an entrée known as spinach pie.

Best of Miracle Monday: Before They Call, I Will Answer

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Monday, 13 July 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1510

Best of Miracle Monday: Before They Call, I Will Answer

For today's "Best of Miracle Monday," we're republishing "Before They Call, I Will Answer" from April 16, 2012 submitted by Brother Frank Natoli.

As a newly ordained elder in The Church of Jesus Christ, I was instructed to always carry a small bottle of blessed oil with me, in case someone contacted me and asked to be anointed (James 5:14-16).

One morning, I awoke, got ready for work, ate my breakfast, and got in my car to go to work. Before I walked out the door, I touched the outside of pants to feel for my little bottle of oil, but it wasn't there. I had forgotten it, so I went back to my room, placed it in my pants pocket and left for work.

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 133:1

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 10 July 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 1481

Spread the Good Word: Psalm 133:1

Today's Good Word reminds us of the sweet blessing of unity. Is there unity in your home? Your spiritual family? Is there anyone you need to restore unity with today?

Send us your favorite scripture, and we'll turn it into a beautiful image like today's.

Blogger's Choice: Live Fearlessly

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 09 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1927

Blogger's Choice: Live Fearlessly

Today's Blogger's Choice highlight is from Sister Alena Ricci. She chose her article "Live Fearlessly," originally published on July 16, 2014.

She says, "I chose it because with my upcoming departure for an extended trip in Chile, the idea of living fearlessly and taking that jump into the waterfall yelling 'Geronimo!' is a very critical feeling for me. I have spent a lot of time worrying about everything, from other people's opinions to variables that I can't even control, and this one reminds me to let it go and just live fearlessly."

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