Devotional

Are You in the Know?

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1915

Are You in the Know?

Here are series of questions. Let's see how many you can relate to.

  • Do you sometimes find yourself tempted to bend with the social winds of the day?
  • Do you sometimes find yourself wondering why so many U.S. states are supporting same-sex marriage or why more aren't?
  • Do you find that you're influenced by a lot of "trending" concepts and ideals that, not so long ago, were unaccepted by society?
  • Do you find yourself being more tolerant because socially it's the right thing to do?
  • Do you find yourself consumed with so many activities and tasks in your busy life that you have less and less time to read the Word of God, pray, or meditate on the blessings of God or even attend Church?

Don't Let the Stones Cry Out: Following God's Prompting

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1374

Don't Let the Stones Cry Out: Following God's Prompting

The other day, while filling up my Honda at a gas station, I noticed a large, burly man in a beat-up pick-up truck a few fueling stations away. Out of the corner of my eye, I watched him grab a paper towel and the window squeegee and start walking over to my car. I was the only other car at the station, and I was a little nervous as he drew nearer, intimidated by his size.

I was opening my car door to get in and lock-up, when I heard his gruff voice say, "Excuse me." Halfway into my car, I turned my head to look at him as he began to speak.

Should I Be Doing More?

Written by Brother Rich on Wednesday, 15 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1539

Should I Be Doing More?

Have you ever wanted to do more spiritually? When I felt this way, a chapter in the Book of Mormon came to mind: Alma 29.

Alma starts by saying he wishes he were an angel so that he can speak with the trump of God and cry repentance unto all people. His goal is that they'd repent and be redeemed so that sorrow could cease.

I Look Good in That Picture

Written by Brother Jerry Valenti on Tuesday, 14 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1572

I Look Good in That Picture

Recently, my family and I attended a wedding reception. As often happens now when people get together for occasions at which everyone looks nice, cell phone cameras popped out to take pictures of various groups of people — two in this picture, three in that one, etc. Of course, after each picture is taken, everyone has to see it to make sure they look good. If you'd overheard the conversation at our table, it would've gone something like this:

One of the people (OK, one of the girls) in the photo with me: "I don't like the expression on my face — take it again."

Walk With Me

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 08 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1820

Walk With Me

Have you ever prayed like this: "Lord, please stay by my side all day" or "Walk with me wherever I go today"?

I prayed this the other day, and a very interesting thought occurred to me. Why, I thought, would God ever leave my side? What could possibly induce Him to step away from me or leave me alone?

What's on Your Bookshelf?

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 07 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1820

What's on Your Bookshelf?

If I could have any job in the world, it would be to own a tiny bookshop with hardwood floors and shelves of books. Floor to ceiling, novels would be lined up and ready for spine-cracking. I'd serve free hot tea and Italian cookies in the back and make recommendations to those needing help selecting one among the thousands.

What Does the Clock Say?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 30 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1809

What Does the Clock Say?

Which best describes you on a typical Sunday morning?

1
You get to church 15 minutes early. You straighten the songbooks in the pews. You decide to open the door for everyone as they filter into the building. You spend time greeting people and chatting. You select a seat near the front so you won't be distracted. Your mind is focused because you already spent time in prayer at home before you arrived.

2
You get to church 15 minutes late. You tiptoe into the sanctuary, trying not to draw attention to yourself. You slip into a seat in the back row, hoping not to disturb anyone. You try to concentrate, but you're brain is still slow — your a.m. cup of coffee hasn't fully taken effect yet. You're having trouble following the message because you missed the first part.

What's Your Motive?

Written by Sister Stefanie on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1702

What's Your Motive?

I'm a personal trainer, so part of my job is to help motivate my clients to exercise. Everybody needs motivation regardless of what they're doing.

For example, at least part of your motivation to go to work every day is getting a paycheck. Maybe your motivation for tackling a rigorous hike is enjoying the gorgeous view at the end. Perhaps you dream of fitting into a pair of jeans that you haven't worn for years, so you exercise every day.

The more motivation we have, the more likely we are to do what's necessary to get us to that goal.

Unwavering Faith: The Struggle Not to Waver

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1954

Unwavering Faith: The Struggle Not to Waver

I find it easier to pray for others with the faith James talks about. I find myself storming the gates of heaven for other people with such fervor and such a broken heart that I just can't muster for my own self.

James 1:6-7 states, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord."

I came to the conclusion that there is a difference between knowing that God can and knowing that God will. Based on this scripture, when I go to God, and I'm waffling in my faith, I shouldn't expect God to answer me.

What God Taught Me Through Football

Written by Brother Rich on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1285

What God Taught Me Through Football

It's September. That means summer's basically over, school's back in, and it's football season.

I've been a huge football fan since I was a kid. Saturdays were spent watching or listening to the Penn State game, and after church on Sunday we'd watch the Steelers.

I was born in 1977, so I'd never seen the Steelers in the Super Bowl, at least that I could remember. Then came the 1995 season, and the Steelers were headed for Super Bowl XXX. At that time, I'd been a member of The Church for two and a half years, and I was the local MBA president.

Fear Isn't Real

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1821

Fear Isn't Real

Right now on the Internet, you can find the story of a young boy battling brain cancer and the story of his bravery.

The tagline for this new campaign is "Fear Isn't Real" because that's what this little boy believes.

And this got me thinking...is fear real?

Affirm It Constantly

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1785

Affirm It Constantly

A while ago, a dear sister and fellow Gospelblogger invited me to participate in a study of Titus.

Titus is a teeny tiny book jam-packed with big advice, particularly for us ladyfolk (chapter 2 verses 3 to 5).

Something new struck me on this particular go-around, though. Two phrases jumped out at me: "pattern of good works" (2:7) and "affirm constantly" (3:8).

God Has a Plan

Written by Brother Andrew DiNardo on Thursday, 11 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1398

God Has a Plan

Take a deep breath in.

Breathe out.

Now say with me, "God has a plan."

Repeat as many times as necessary.

While things may currently seem unclear, the more I seek God's will for my life, the clearer things become. God has never revealed all of His plans, but He's also never left me in the dark. I get a piece or two at a time of the puzzle, and slowly but surely the picture becomes clearer.

It Is No Secret

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 09 September 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2011

It Is No Secret

I love the Bush's baked beans TV commercials. The brand's marketing plot is based on Duke, a loveable but ornery golden retriever who forever tries to share the family's prized recipe, only to be foiled each time by his owner, Jay who is just as determined to guard it. (Click here to roll that beautiful bean footage.)

When it comes to the recipe for my own joy, or for any success or achievement I may accomplish in life, I wonder sometimes if I am too often like Jay, who holds back and guards it like a treasured family secret.

How to Fly the Coop Like a Wise Old Bird

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 04 September 2014. Posted in Great Ideas, Devotional Hits 2407

How to Fly the Coop Like a Wise Old Bird

This week's Miracle Monday was titled "Schools Ain't Like They Used to Be."

Ain't it the truth?

From bullies to shootings, schools have — literally in some cases — become a battleground. Do you know that you can buy your kids bulletproof backpacks now? Times they are a-changin'.

But in many ways, they're not. Schools have always played host to moral battles (if not actual ones).

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