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Suffering for Righteousness' Sake

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 09 April 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2090

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 1928

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 2253

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 1570

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 2971

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 2209

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 1698

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 2584

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 4250

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.

A Great Way to Live

Written by Sister Christina Miller on Thursday, 13 March 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1748

A Great Way to Live

I'm sure many of us heard that famous quote, "Live your life in such a way that if someone said something bad about you, no one would believe it." They truly are words to live by. It's something I often tell my children — as well as myself — when I need an example of how to live life.

Taking the Leap and Building Wings on the Way Down

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Wednesday, 12 March 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 9444

Taking the Leap and Building Wings on the Way Down

I'm sure a lot of you have heard or read the quote "She took the leap and built her wings on the way down." It's a quote from a book titled "Her" by Kobi Yamada, and for some reason, this quote is supposed to encourage or inspire us.

Bring on the Rain

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 11 March 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2788

Bring on the Rain

I strongly dislike the rain. It's soggy and dreary, and nobody in California knows how to drive on the freeway when the roads are wet. The second a few drops of water hit the pavement, vehicles engage "bumper car" mode and skid all over the asphalt. It's embarrassing, really.

The Good Lord Floats a Boat

Written by Sister Erin Light on Thursday, 20 February 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2319

The Good Lord Floats a Boat

With all the hype surrounding the upcoming film "Noah," I wonder how many people are going to dig into scripture to get the true scoop on this godly man. Since Noah adaptations are apparently à la mode, I decided to make my own Seuss-ian retelling of Genesis 6 to 9.

When God's Directions Don't Make Sense

Written by Brother Rich on Wednesday, 19 February 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2177

When God's Directions Don't Make Sense

When God commands us to do something, there may be a feeling of doubt as to how the task will be accomplished. It may appear impossible, but scripture tells a different story.

All of us know the famous verse of Paul's, Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." This verse alone should bring confidence that, through Jesus, all things can be done.

True Confessions of a Planner

Written by Sister Stefanie on Tuesday, 18 February 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1807

True Confessions of a Planner

I wish I could be more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, spontaneous person, but alas, I'm a planner. When I was in high school, I planned on going to college, meeting the man of my dreams, and being married by 21 — 23 at the latest — and being done having kids by my late 20s.

(Obviously, God's plan for me was completely different than mine.)

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