Devotional

What's Sunday "Normal" to You?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 03 March 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2446

What's Sunday

How would you describe the typical Sunday schedule in your branch or mission? I bet many of you would answer, "Sunday school followed by a preaching service."

Some might add that their Sunday continues with lunch at church and an afternoon service. Others might even continue on with an evening meeting or MBA that night. If I asked for times, what might the answers be? Some start early, some maybe a little later. What about where your service is held? The vast majority would probably say, "the church building," but at least a few might say a hotel, school, or community center — or even someone's living room or garage.

Are any of these "normal?" I guess it's all what we're used to.

To Whom Do You Belong?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 24 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2529

To Whom Do You Belong?

When my son was a little boy, I used to play a game with him. I would say, "Who are you, little boy, and what are you doing here in my house? Who do you belong to?"

At this point, I would begin to list off people we knew, our neighbors, friends, etc., and he would laugh and squeal and reply, "No mommy," each time. After going through four or five people, I would stop and say, "Oh, I know! You are my little boy, and mommy loves you very much, and you belong here."

How Excellent

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 19 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2435

How Excellent

Do you remember the first time you won an award at school? Or a gleaming trophy for playing sports? Or a bright blue ribbon at an art show? Maybe you've earned a certificate or plaque at work.

It feels good to excel. Our society promotes it, and there's a lot of competition to excel in academics and the workplace, everyone trying to get promoted, catch the coach's attention, stand out among other scholarship applicants, or win a client's approval.

There are plenty of people who excelled in scripture, too.

Do I Need to Detox?

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, 11 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1787

Do I Need to Detox?

I'm doing a detox with some of my clients. The purpose is to clean all the toxins from our bodies to help our liver and digestion system work at their best. We have to eliminate certain addictive and inflammatory foods. The dietician in charge gave us a list of the types of foods we can eat and a list of foods we can't have. We have a Facebook support group to encourage each other throughout the three weeks we are doing it.

It's been hard trying to find appropriate foods that we are allowed to eat, and it's requiring a lot of prep and cooking time so that my husband and I eat enough during the day.

Humble Abode

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 10 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1901

Humble Abode

My husband and I are in the process of looking for our first home. It can be daunting for a type-A personality like mine. So much is up in the air and left to wondering — what can we afford? How many bedrooms will we have? What school district will we be in? Will it have a front porch or finished basement?

When it comes to our first humble abode, I am certain that wherever (and however big or small) it is will feel like home to us. We'll paint the walls the colors we like; we'll host our first holiday meal with family and friends; we'll make thousands of memories inside those four walls.

Leaving the Waters of Baptism

Written by Sister Karen Watford on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1801

Leaving the Waters of Baptism

Numerous times I've heard that we must not stay by the waters of baptism because we are to grow in Him. Last night, as I was thinking on this and comparing it to the growth of my sons, "Following God" from "The Songs of Zion" came to mind.

When a child is born, he is kept close to the parents' hearts until he becomes strong enough to crawl and walk. As the child grows and strengthens, he ventures out a little from his parents by crawling and then walking. In order for the child to grow to his potential, the parents have to let go of the child's hand when he can finally stand. Because the child is still learning, the parents stay nearby and watch to keep him from harm. Sometimes the parents rush to his rescue. Other times, the parents allow the child to learn lessons from his mistakes.

The S-Diet in Action

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 03 February 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 3118

The S-Diet in Action

In a recent blog, we read about the S-Diet, the Spiritual Diet. Sister Betty had a self-test with six questions. One in particular played out in my life that very day. As I read the article and got to No. 3, "Do we praise God in all things, good or bad?" I thought that I did that pretty well. As the day went on, I got a "pop quiz" to see how I would react.

I was no more than five minutes from home, getting ready to exit the freeway, when the "bad" happened. The truck in front of me ran over a piece of 4x4 particleboard and literally caused it to fly right back into me. I was in the exit lane and had nowhere to go. I hit the brakes and swerved left, but it was too late. I hit the piece of wood going between 60 and 70 mph.

God's Unopened Messages in My Inbox

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 1950

God's Unopened Messages in My Inbox

Distractions, the great divider of attention... the cause of driving accidents, burned lasagna in the oven (the horror), and thousands of lost hours playing Candy Crush or updating Pinterest.

I am distracted more often than not. And the concept of multi-tasking is a myth. Research confirms that the brain can only concentrate on one task at a time, but our minds are somewhat effective at switching tasks rapidly to give us a feeling that we are efficiently handling multiple things at once.

Dream the Dream

Written by Sister Barb Nuzzi on Thursday, 22 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2602

Dream the Dream

Dream a dream, and each step brings you closer to living that dream.

Can my mind be boxed into little tiny thoughts and hopes, longing for small expectations day after monotonous day, or can I live with a dream, wrapped in joy, with an eye on the prize. I want to set my mind free. No walls, no barriers, no confines — just wide open sky.

The S-Diet

Written by Sister Betty D’Orazio on Wednesday, 21 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2464

The S-Diet

"Dieting" is the key word today, along with "better nutrition," "watch the fats," "lowering our cholesterol," and "exercise." This is very good advice for healthier living. And we need to keep this in check. But I would like to talk about a different diet, one that is also necessary for a healthy and long life.

This is our spiritual diet, or S-diet.

Floored (Again)

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 20 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2052

Floored (Again)

Let me give you a disclaimer before you read this article:

The brothers and sisters in my branch give me reasons each and every Sunday to realize and understand better just how deep the family of God is.

The Sunday when it was announced from the pulpit that the Lord had opened the door for me to meet the family of God in Guatemala, I had so many handshakes and hugs of congratulations after the meeting.

God's (Good) Plan for 2015

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 07 January 2015. Posted in Devotional Hits 2324

God's (Good) Plan for 2015

I'm a planner, for sure. I can appreciate spontaneity, but, in most situations, I like to know what to expect. I want to know what hotel I'm staying at on vacation. I want to know what kind of food the restaurant serves before I get there. When I get paid, I want to know ahead of time where the money is going.

How about you? Are you a planner?

Two Oft-Overlooked Christmas Values

Written by Sister Enza Pusillio on Wednesday, 31 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 1953

Two Oft-Overlooked Christmas Values

Happy New Year's Eve! On the last day of 2014, we leave you with one lingering thought about Christmas. Sister Enza reflects on two values that are integral to Christmas but often overlooked.

We just enjoyed Christmas, a time when we — and the world as a whole — celebrate and honor the birth of Jesus, our Savior.

We reflect on what it means. It is a time with expressions of joy and thoughts of peace on earth because love and redemption came to the world by way of a tiny baby born in a manger, Emanuel, God with us. We sing "Joy To The World," "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," and "O Come All Ye Faithful" while we ponder on Mary and Joseph and the birth of our Lord in a manger.

The Season of –ING

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 18 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 2338

The Season of –ING

Recently, our Sunday school teacher in Irvine said of Christmas, "It's the season of –ING." Immediately, I thought, "YES!"

ShoppING
CookING
BakING
PlannING
WrappING
InvitING
OrderING
CleanING
TravelING
DonatING
HostING
SocializING

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Written by Sister Jill Kovacic on Wednesday, 17 December 2014. Posted in Devotional Hits 3001

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Amid the many celebrations on Christmas Eve, in various places by different people, there is one thing that remains constant: love.

Dr. Clement C. Moore never expected to be a famous writer. Even if he did dream of earning fame for his pen, he probably thought it would be because of his Hebrew dictionary.

Dr. Moore had a wife and children and liked writing poetry for them, even more than he liked writing his Hebrew dictionary. He actually wrote a whole book of poems for them.

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