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Overly Sensitive

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 1407

Overly Sensitive

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

Hello. My job is to help people who are in a nursing home return home or at least become more independent in functioning. Often, in order to get them moving, I ask them permission to take them on a walk. Most often they are agreeable, but sometimes they just don’t want to walk.

Just a Whispered Prayer

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 25 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 476

Just a Whispered Prayer

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on Aug. 21, 2012.

When I was little, I always believed you had to say a prayer out loud in order for God to hear you. When I would sit at the dinner table with my parents, we’d say our prayers out loud before we ate our food. When I would listen to brothers and sisters pray in church, it was always out loud. Even in movies when someone needed help, the actor or actress would kneel down and talk to God audibly.

Have a Heart in Your Prayer

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Wednesday, 24 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 432

Have a Heart in Your Prayer

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on Sept. 8, 2015.

My husband, Michael, had been ordained an elder for approximately a year when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At about 3 a.m. one Saturday night, I began having severe pain and woke Michael to anoint me.

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 472

Prayer Warrior or Prayer Worrier?

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on July 15 and 16, 2015.

I've begun to realize that my prayers have a tendency to be driven by my worries. "Dear Lord, please help me so I don't _____," and "Dear God, I worry ____ in my life won't work out."

I know I'm supposed to be a prayer warrior, but sometimes I find that I'm more of a "prayer worrier."

How’s Your Prayer Life?

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Monday, 22 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 762

How’s Your Prayer Life?

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to prayer. If there's one thing to commit to in the New Year, it's tough to top prayer. Today's article was originally published on April 18, 2012.

An uncomfortable question, maybe? If so, hang in there with me! Take a minute, and think about the following questions:

  • What is prayer?
  • Is it a monologue or dialogue?
  • Why is it important?

Deleted!

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 18 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 453

Deleted!

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on Aug. 15, 2013.

How often do you use the delete button when typing on the computer or texting on your phone? Whether it’s because you made a spelling error or decided to word things differently, it’s as easy as hitting a button. How many times do you wish you could delete hurtful moments in life, moments you said the wrong thing to someone or you gave into temptation?

Four Steps to Forgiveness

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 17 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 342

Four Steps to Forgiveness

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on May 6, 2014.

"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."

(With eyes rolled and arms crossed) "Sorry, Alice."

"Alice, now you accept his apology."

(With gritted teeth and evil eye) "I accept, I guess."

"Now you two play nice. I don't want to hear any more fighting."

Does this scenario sound familiar?

Divine Forgiveness

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 426

Divine Forgiveness

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to forgiveness. We hope this theme resonates with you as we start a new year. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 22, 2014.

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel: 36:36)

In yesterday's blog post, we saw how this verse epitomizes what happened to a man's heart when he prayed for the ability to forgive a person who caused immeasurable pain in his life.

The S-Diet

Written by Sister Betty D’Orazio on Thursday, 11 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 385

The S-Diet

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 21, 2015.

"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.

Spiritually Rotated New Year’s Resolutions

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 10 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 359

Spiritually Rotated New Year’s Resolutions

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 2, 2013.

I am not a mechanic. So when I took my car to the automobile shop to get new tires, I assumed they would do everything correctly. But my father is a fantastic mechanic, and he came with me to get new tires because he assumes there’s a good chance the mechanics’ work won’t be up to his standards.

So when my car was finished in the shop, it was time for the real inspection to begin. As Dad walked around my Honda to check the new tires, he immediately pointed to the front left tire and said, “That was put on backwards,” and then he pointed to the back left tire and said, “That’s not balanced correctly.” So the mechanics got back to work and fixed their errors.

Out With the Old and in With the New

Written by Sister Christina Miller on Tuesday, 09 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 371

Out With the Old and in With the New

This week, we're featuring a series of blog articles that all relate to the New Year — new beginnings, fresh starts. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 10, 2013.

My husband decided to clean out our basement. In doing so, he noticed many items we no longer used that were just taking up space, causing clutter. A lot of it was old clothing that we used to wear at one point in our younger days, worn out shoes that no longer fit, furniture that no longer had its shine, and our children’s baby items and toys they eventually outgrew. Some of our belongings brought back precious memories, and some brought back “not so pleasant” thoughts.

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 382

A Fresh Start — But Not Just for Me

As our Gospel Blog writers enjoy a few weeks of well-deserved vacation, we’re going to devote the next three weeks to some articles from our archives which focus on three different themes. This week’s articles will focus on the New Year, next week’s articles will be on forgiveness, and the following week will be about prayer. Today's article was originally published on Jan. 8, 2014.

At New Year's, we often evaluate ourselves based on how many pounds we weigh, how much money we make, our marital status, or the possessions we own. What if our biggest priority was to evaluate ourselves based on our relationships with other people?

In 3 Nephi 11:30, Jesus says, "Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away."

He Loves Us

Written by Brother David Nolfi on Thursday, 04 January 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 463

He Loves Us

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends

Greetings in the love of Jesus Christ. I recently posted an article titled "A Loose Society." Within the article, and in previous postings, I have identified some of the terrible, sinful conditions that exist in our society and throughout the world. In so doing, I have failed to identify and to proclaim the most important aspect of my writings. (Please forgive me.) That proclamation is that JESUS CHRIST LOVES US!

Please God First, Not Other People

Written by An Original Atlantic Coast Member on Thursday, 28 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 520

Please God First, Not Other People

Today's article is Part 4 in a series about meekness written by an Original Atlantic Coast Member.

Many people seem to be overly concerned about how they "look" to others. This should actually be our least concern. Our major concern instead should be how we "look" to God.

He is the only one who knows our deepest being — our heart and soul — so therefore, He also knows our true intentions.

One Size Fits All

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 26 December 2017. Posted in Devotional Hits 466

One Size Fits All

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of shopping for clothes. It can be easier to shop for my children, but when they are in between sizes, the task can still be quite daunting. Jean shopping for myself?! Yeah, that’s real fun … either the waist is too big but the jeans fit perfectly, the jeans are too tight but the waist is perfect, or they are too long on me. It’s a guessing game that I don’t like to play. Just point me in the right direction where I can find yoga pants and let's call it a day. Haha!

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