Devotional

Not a Morning Person

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 08 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1902

Not a Morning Person

I am not a morning person, but rather one of those people described as "Instant human. Just add coffee." Before my initial java intake level reaches the bottom line shown in this photo, I consider the phrase "Good morning" an oxymoron.

Good news. I do not stay in this negative state long. I perk up, but it is a slow, unwinding process that cannot be rushed for people wired like me. So against my very nature, I get up an hour before I need to get ready for work, as every fiber of my being cries to stay in bed until the last possible second.

Four Steps to Forgiveness

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 06 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1534

Four Steps to Forgiveness

"Mommmm! Tommy cut all my doll's hair off!"

"Tommy! That's not nice! Say you're sorry."

(Giggling and mischievous) "Sorry."

"Mom, he's NOT sorry."

"Tommy, say you're sorry again — and mean it."

To Judge or Not to Judge?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 01 May 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2874

To Judge or Not to Judge?

My husband watches as I get another piece of dark chocolate out of the freezer. "Don't judge me," I say with a smile as I nibble on the corner.

Saying "don't judge" is really popular right now in a casual, slangy sort of way, but what does it really mean? What does scripture say about judgment? Most importantly, is judging someone right or wrong?

What do you think?

It's Friday...

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1707

It's Friday...

Have you ever heard someone say, "It's Friday, but Sunday's coming"?

The catchphrase refers to Good Friday (which is tomorrow). It's the day that the Christian world commemorates the death of Jesus on the cross.

Noah

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 16 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1780

Noah

A few nights ago, I watched the movie "Noah." I hadn't seen the movie trailer, but when my friends asked me to go, I said yes. I figured it would be like "The Ten Commandments" and "The Passion of Christ," two movies that depict biblical stories fairly accurately.

Rough Times and God's Will

Written by Brother Rich on Thursday, 10 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2103

Rough Times and God's Will

Have you ever experienced a rough time in life? I know I have. In these cases, there was at least one small moment, if not many, when I wondered why it was happening. It's human nature to question, but quickly, the Spirit kicks in and reminds me to trust in God. There has to be a purpose to the situation, especially if the cause is something outside of my control.

Suffering for Righteousness' Sake

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 09 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1829

Suffering for Righteousness' Sake

How many times have I suffered because of my own bad decisions?

Plenty, that's how many times.

I agonize over an upcoming apology because I spoke rash words and hurt someone's feelings. I toss sleeplessly in bed because I watched a movie that troubled me. I squeeze out a few tears when my jeans don't fit because I haven't exercised. I go home from church empty because I came with a bad attitude.

Impossible

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1737

Impossible

As children, we're told stories of things God has done that blows our minds. We've been told stories of Him sending ten plagues to Egypt, or even the fact that He created:
            Every.
                             Single.
                                                Star.

Take a Page From My Book

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 01 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1994

Take a Page From My Book

Just like the Song of Zion lyrics, "Not knowing how to go out or come in, Lord," I fret quite a bit. I ponder. I hesitate. I even "worry o'er the future." On those days when I wish I could have a face-to-face conversation with God about my worries, He reminds me that every answer to any question I have can be found in the pages of the word of God.

Let's take a look at His words of wisdom...

In the Shade of Trees of Righteousness

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 27 March 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1321

In the Shade of Trees of Righteousness

I often hear people say, "I wasn't raised in this Church..." or "I wasn't raised to have faith in Jesus Christ..." and then they proceed to say something like "...but I'm so thankful that I'm here" or "...I'm so thankful that He found me."

I, myself, was raised in The Church and taught to have faith in God, so I don't really know what life would be like without it. I've asked myself, "Do I fully realize what I have? Or do I take it for granted?"

Everyone Needs a Good Cry

Written by Sister Christina Miller on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2694

Everyone Needs a Good Cry

We've all heard the phrase, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Well, even the most optimistic person gets tired of lemonade, and sometimes lemonade does get old and sour.

One for the Dogs

Written by Sister Stefanie on Tuesday, 25 March 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1824

One for the Dogs

My husband and I adopted a dog named Milo from an animal shelter. The shelter was not helpful in providing us with any information about him, other than he was house broken and wasn't a fan of cats.

Prayers Big and Small, God Hears Them All

Written by Brother Rich on Thursday, 20 March 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1344

Prayers Big and Small, God Hears Them All

God always answers prayer. No matter what is prayed for — a healing, help with something, blessings on others — there is always an answer. It doesn't matter the size of the situation. He'll always take care of us. Two things recently happened in my life where prayers were answered almost immediately. One could be considered a pretty serious issue, while the other was a small thing.

Here's Looking at You, Kid

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 19 March 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2315

Here's Looking at You, Kid

"Jesus is always watching!" A little old sister in my branch scolded me, pointing to the half-eaten Sunday school treat in my tiny 7-year-old hand. "You have to wait to pray first!" I looked at her, wide-eyed and munching quickly to hide the evidence, thinking, "But I'm really hungry and it's just one little cookie!"

A Kind Word Goes a Long Way

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 18 March 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3767

A Kind Word Goes a Long Way

I'm a words girl, not a numbers girl. My husband is the numbers guy. He's the one with the budgeting spreadsheets and the mental calculator in his head. I, on the other hand, basically bring a lot of adjectives to the table. Beautiful, splendid, magniferous, wonderiffic words.

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