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Remind Me Who I Am

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Friday, 31 October 2014. Posted in Holidays, Devotional Hits 3191

Remind Me Who I Am

Last night, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was on TV, and it reminded me of a beautiful conversation I saw unfold on Facebook a while back. One of my friends posted the following on her brother's timeline:

Friend: I think about all the stuff you and (other brother) are doing and I hear this little voice in my head that says..."I got a rock."

Brother: Huh? What do you mean?

Friend: You know, from Charlie Brown when everyone is showing all the good candy they got and Charlie opens his bag and says..."I got a rock."

God's Ways vs. My Ways

Written by Sister Jill Kovacic on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1543

God's Ways vs. My Ways

Have you ever asked the question "What am I doing?" Am I following my ways, maybe just taking up space, not truly listening? Or am I walking in the ways of God?

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). So, what does that say about my ways? I believe Jesus' ways trump my ways.

Abinadi quotes Isaiah in Mosiah 14:6: "All we, like sheep, have gone astray." Where have I strayed from God? The answer is clear. If my ways go against the teachings and preaching of Jesus, then the answer is a definite yes, I've strayed.

Do I place everything in my life over the things of God? To be fully a part of God's House, I must be a full participating part.

Are You in the Know?

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2147

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 1707

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 1777

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 1857

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 2059

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 2100

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 2236

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 1998

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 2323

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 1608

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 2085

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 2085

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 1636

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.

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