Our First Priority

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 04 August 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2161

Our First Priority

Priorities.

We talk about them a lot.

Spending time with our loved ones. Finishing the projects at the office. Saving for retirement. Watching the newest episode of our favorite television show.

We rank them in our own way, and our days are usually spent with one of them at the top of our mind.

But what about our relationship with the Lord? Shouldn't that come first? I hardly think we would have committed this verse to memory if it wasn't meant to be.

Miraculous Moo-lah

Written by Sister Debbie Kyriakakos and Sister Florence Perri on Monday, 03 August 2015. Posted in Miracles Hits 1939

Miraculous Moo-lah

As you know, each month, we introduce a different theme for Miracle Monday. Occasionally, a theme is super popular, and we get a lot of submissions — so many that we can't use them all before the month ends.

What do we do with the extra stories? We save them in hopes that we can share them at a later date. Guess what? That "later date" is now! We're dedicating each Monday during August to publishing beautiful experiences that we've been hanging onto.

Today, we're sharing two stories that Sister Debbie Kyriakakos and Sister Florence Perri sent to us for the money-related Miracle Mondays in November 2014. Enjoy!

Spread the Good Word: Acts 22:16

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 31 July 2015. Posted in The Good Word Hits 2146

Spread the Good Word: Acts 22:16

Today's Good Word reminds us not to wait. Why not whisper a prayer for someone who you know who's still waiting? Send us a scripture that's been on your heart, and we'll turn it into a pretty graphic that you can share, pin, tweet, and like.

What She Is Becoming

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 30 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2106

What She Is Becoming

I've done it, and no doubt every person reading this has, too — looked at a picture of yourself or a loved one from the past and compared it side-by-side to a recent photo or the reflection in the mirror.

A Facebook friend posted a picture of her daughter as a toddler next to one of her four years later. She tried to express and process, as we all do, disbelief at the speedy effects of time in her child's life. Her comments ended with something that really resonated with me. She said, "I love what she is becoming."

Blogger's Choice: Time to Level Up

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 29 July 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2878

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 2489

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 1866

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 2109

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 2338

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 2463

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 2372

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 2323

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 2214

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 8019

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 2486

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.

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