Devotional

E-M-P-W-R-D

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 239

E-M-P-W-R-D

While waiting at a traffic light, I noticed the license plate of the car in front of me had the letters: E-M-P-W-R-D. The Reading Teacher in me immediately decoded these letters to mean “empowered.” Then, I noticed a familiar image on the license plate that gave new meaning to this word, a handicapped symbol. Instantly, my views changed. I thought this individual is clearly displaying a growth mindset demonstrating that whatever handicap he or she may have, it is not going to create a feeling of being disempowered.

God is Not Arrogant

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Thursday, 16 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 210

God is Not Arrogant

Today's article is Part 2 in a series about meekness written by an Original Atlantic Coast Member.

Arrogant: Having an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities

Is God arrogant? Of course not! His importance or abilities can never be exaggerated. When He tells us to put Him above all things and people, there is a deep and purposeful reason for it.

The Importance of Routine

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 248

The Importance of Routine

It’s no secret that I’m a strict routine follower. I’ve written before about my type-A personality and planning to a fault. I often wonder how I’d operate without my calendar close at hand. And don’t get me started on list-making — friends chuckle when they see the pleasure I find in rewriting them and crossing things off the endless to-dos.

As a new mom, it’s more important than ever that I abide by a routine. We’re more likely to get a good night’s rest if we keep things exactly as we did the night before: playtime, dimming the lights in the house, bath time, bottle before bed, extra cozy pajamas and cuddles. The routine helps our son fall asleep at a normal hour and assures us he gets the rest he needs.

General Church Conference: More Than Just a Business Meeting

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 09 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 239

General Church Conference: More Than Just a Business Meeting

Every October, a meeting of the general priesthood of The Church, consisting of the elders and teachers, convenes at the World Conference Center in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The general session is held on Friday and Saturday, with committee and quorum meetings starting as early as the prior Monday. As I write this, I’m on a plane heading there now with great anticipation. Some might wonder why I’m looking forward to a business meeting so much. But I have to tell you, this weekend is not just a business meeting.

Letting God Fight My Battle

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 351

Letting God Fight My Battle

This article is Part 7 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

God can't win the battle if you don't let Him fight for you.

Amen to that, we all say! It seems so simple. It sure sounds simple. But what does it actually mean? Versions of this succinct little statement are probably illustrated on Pinterest and set to music on video slideshows across the Internet. It's a really nice little sentence, and it rings true … we're just not sure why.

Worthy of Showing Up

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 02 November 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 326

Worthy of Showing Up

A couple weeks ago, I had a conversation with my mom about how grad school is treating me, and I admitted to her that even though I am content with where I am in the world, I am not entirely comfortable with the program I am in. I voiced various insecurities to her but also told her I’m not the only one feeling this way. Many of my other graduate friends are facing similar issues, and we all feel like we aren't good enough to do what we came here to do. A couple hours after talking with her, mom sent me an article that has helped change my perspective of self-doubt.

“I may not feel ready, but I am still worthy of showing up” are the words Rachel Macy Stafford wrote in her article for The Hands Free Revolution.

Blessed Are the Meek

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 416

Blessed Are the Meek

Today, we're bringing you the first article in a series on the topic of meekness by an "original Atlantic Coast member." Enjoy!

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5)

Being meek does not mean that you are quiet or shy. A prime example of this is Moses who is said to have been one of the meekest people who ever lived, even though he was strong-minded and had a temper issue at times.

And the Righteous Need Not Fear

Written by Brother Justin Severson on Monday, 30 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 375

And the Righteous Need Not Fear

We're taking a break from our regular Miracle Monday to bring you a special devotional.

The fact that the opposition is building — and advancing — certainly needs no elaborate dissertation. Local and global newscasts bring that forth each day. Despite this disquieting time, the people of God are reminded that if God is for you, who can be against you? A situation that occurred prior to the coming of Christ supports this. In the Book of Mormon, a terrorist group called the Gadianton robbers emerged.

“And it came to pass in the thirteenth year there began to be wars and contentions throughout all the land; for the Gadianton robbers had become so numerous, and did slay so many of the people, and did lay waste so many cities, and did spread so much death and carnage throughout the land, that it became expedient that all the people, both the Nephites and the Lamanites, should take up arms against them.” (3 Nephi 2:11)

Is Jesus in You?

Written by Brother Justin Severson on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 314

Is Jesus in You?

Today, we're sharing a poem written by Brother Justin Severson, which he composed after the apostles made a special visit to the Lake Worth, Florida, Branch. The apostles' message was Urgency of Righteousness.

First, Check Yourself

Written by Brother P. on Thursday, 19 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 347

First, Check Yourself

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

Prior to working in a nursing home, I had to go to school to learn how to work with physical therapy patients. In one particular class, we were taught how to provide manual resistance to the patient’s muscles (kind of like using weights, but I am the weight).

Often, the patient would push the wrong way, and we had to figure out how to correct it. With a tremendous variety of patient presentations — dementia, stroke, Parkinson's, you name it — the task seemed daunting.

I remember the instructor saying, "First, check yourself."

The Hills and Valleys

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 296

The Hills and Valleys

A few weeks ago, I traveled through the picturesque hills and valleys of the Salt River Canyon (pictured) with my family to our Southwest Area Campout. We chose this route because of predicted traffic on alternate roads. What seemed to be a shortcut certainly presented a challenging drive. The road is filled with sharp turns, sudden inclines and declines, and a guardrail with a very limited protective barrier that, in my opinion, is a little too close for comfort to the edge of the road.

In any case, my husband safely drove through what seemed like an obstacle course of hills and valleys, and we arrived safe at the camp.

Spiritual Sense of Direction

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, 12 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 470

Spiritual Sense of Direction

Naturally speaking, I have a horrible sense of direction. I am also a terrible navigator. My husband tends to tell me this when I'm supposed to be helping him find a particular location. I've even gotten turned around on hikes where the path is fairly well laid out. I can't function without Google Maps.

Now, if the Google database is incorrect, then I won't find my desired destination even if I follow the exact directions. I experienced this in China, looking for a tea house that apparently was on the same named street but on the completely other side of the city — which was unfortunate since I walked three miles in the rain to find the place.

Chief Meteorologist, Jesus Christ

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 353

Chief Meteorologist, Jesus Christ

If Jesus hadn’t been the son of a carpenter with a fondness for woodworking, I like to think he’d have worked for the National Weather Service. Our Lord seemed to particularly enjoy using His creation — anything involving the weather — to His advantage. In His perfect way, the Master Weatherman helped those of His day (and us today) understand life’s spiritual lessons:

When God Feels Far Away

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 394

When God Feels Far Away

This article is Part 6 of Sister Michelle Watson's series "Dealing With Divine Delays."

Have you ever experienced a time in life when God felt far away — distant, out of the picture, unconcerned, aloof? Times like this are often characterized by not feeling God's spirit as strong — or at all — and apathy about godly things, such as churchgoing and basic Christian disciplines (reading, praying).

We Christians are always talking about how God wants to shower us with His love, so when we go through one of these dry spells, it's confusing. Why does God go silent sometimes? There are a few reasons.

Total Eclipse of My Heart

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 21 September 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 433

Total Eclipse of My Heart

I’ll bet most people never heard of Carbondale, Illinois, until August 21 when the Great American Eclipse passed over the U.S. Carbondale just so happened to be the closest city to the point of longest duration of totality, and I just so happened to be in the city to witness it myself. An estimated quarter of a million people flocked to the small Illinois town to spend the weekend on Southern Illinois University’s campus to watch the amazing phenomenon.

A total solar eclipse is when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, and its shadow completely covers the sun, temporarily blocking its light. On August 21, I sat in a stadium with 14,000 people waiting to watch the eclipse — with our eclipse-approved glasses, of course. Around 11:52 a.m., the moon started to pass in front of the sun. Totality wasn’t reached until about 1:20 p.m.

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