Devotional

The Poverty of Pride

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 27 April 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 774

The Poverty of Pride

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's sub-theme is pride.

We all know that pride, in general, is bad. But after digging a little deeper in my quest, I'm convinced that pride is the sworn enemy of self-denial. When I'm puffy-proud, I'm not in any frame of mind to put myself second.

I realized that pride is a Pandora's box, so to speak. After studying up on this, I was shocked to learn how many other evils pride leads to. Here's just a sampling of what I found:

Being Submissive in a Willful World

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 07 April 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 745

Being Submissive in a Willful World

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's sub-theme is submission … again.

In case you haven't noticed, American culture isn't big on the whole concept of submission. We're more attracted to the rugged individualist — a Hemmingway-esque character who whistles Frank Sinatra's "My Way." We picture him seated atop a stallion, silhouetted against the setting sun. Alone. Self-sufficient. No strings attached.

Basically … I just want to do my own thing without anyone (including God) expecting anything from me or giving me grief for my choices.

What If I Wanted Different Things?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 31 March 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 737

What If I Wanted Different Things?

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's sub-theme is submission. Here's what she found on the topic.

Recently, a sister told me that her goal for 2016 is to "want different things." At first, I was like, "Good for you." Then, I realized … wow. That's, like, the essence of submission — which is the essence of self-denial.

I mean, think about it. This person is basically saying, "I'm willing to do different things — and I have been doing them — but I want MORE than that. I want to WANT to do different things." In a nutshell, she's saying, "Lord, please change my heart."

When that thought actually hit me, it hit powerfully.

My Master's Voice

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 22 March 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 714

My Master's Voice

About four years ago, our family adopted a Yorkshire terrier mix named Stetson (pictured here) from a rescue center. In many ways he has completed our family with loyalty, unconditional love, and obedience. However, he tends to obey my voice. I have taken on the role of his master since I feed him, walk him, take him to the vet, etc.

One evening, I came down with the flu, the kind that knocks you off your feet. At night, I routinely let Stetson outside before he goes to sleep. Since I was ill, my daughter and husband took over. I heard my daughter trying to lure him inside, and then I heard my husband calling his name. To no avail.

All Things Are Somethings to Him

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 17 March 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 698

All Things Are Somethings to Him

It was a typical Sunday morning.

I put on my makeup and moved on to drying my hair. Round brush in hand, warm breeze on my face.
Then I looked in the mirror.

The top half of my head had turned a strange orange color and there was a funny smell in the room.

I was puzzled. Did the heat have a reaction with the thickening spray? Hmmm, weird.

Gain Through Loss

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 15 March 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 775

Gain Through Loss

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's sub-theme is the concept of "gain through loss."

I can't study a topic like self-denial without taking a good, long look at the rich young ruler (RYR). His story appears in Matthew 19, Mark 10, and Luke 18.

The only three things we're told about this gentleman is that he's young, rich, and a ruler of some kind, which means he must have power. Being young, he probably still has his looks. Hot dog! This guy's got it all: wealth, status, and just maybe beauty.

Just Breathe

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 01 March 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1591

Just Breathe

It’s March – the Easter month – the third of the year. January and February have come and gone, and perhaps so have your resolutions. Did you know that just 8 percent of those who make resolutions keep them? Have you found yourself in that small group?

When I decided to make a resolution this year (to take more photos!), I also decided to choose a word for 2016. This word would be the focus of my 366 days and something that I would try to put into practice in big ways and small. It would stay at the forefront of my mind and be my theme and mantra for the year.

Would You Rather Be Kind or Right?

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 16 February 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1074

Would You Rather Be Kind or Right?

There is a saying that has become quite popular and it goes like this, “ Sometimes, it’s better to be kind than be right.” It seems reasonable and appropriate — what can be wrong with choosing kindness over being “right”?

But, something about it bothered me and I didn’t know why. I struggled a little every time I heard it, and then I finally understood.

What if being “kind” means sacrificing truth? What if "peace" comes because we no longer let light shine on darkness? What if "kindness" is really allowing a lie to stand instead of God’s truth?

Are we really being kind then?

Defining Denial

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 11 February 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1390

Defining Denial

This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30).

In wild excitement for a study abroad program in Florence, Italy, the summer of my freshman year of college, I read "The Agony and the Ecstasy" by Irving Stone. It's a biographical fiction about Michelangelo, and I remember the passages that describe his approach to sculpting. He'd look at a block of marble and think, "OK, the finished sculpture is in there somewhere. I just need to chisel away anything that is NOT my masterpiece."

It's kind of the same with definitions. When a word has a complex meaning, sometimes the first step in defining it is to describe what it's NOT. Self-denial certainly qualifies as complex, so I'm taking the "chisel away" approach.

Adapting to Endless Consistency

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 09 February 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 953

Adapting to Endless Consistency

In my one class, we’ve begun our talk of justice and equality with the general nature of humanity. Our professor asked us to list qualities of the human race, and he wrote them on the board as we gave our ideas.

One of the qualities was “constantly evolving.”

The word “evolution” can be a little controversial, so let me change that to “constantly adapting.”

Two Words You Never Hear Together

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 02 February 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1091

Two Words You Never Hear Together

When was the last time you saw a billboard, magazine ad, pop-up, or commercial that told you to "deny yourself"?

Never?

OK, well, how about TV personalities, celebrities, government officials, policy-makers, professors, and other intellectuals? Who is saying, "Deny yourself"?

… crickets …

We live in a society where the media tells us, "Indulge yourself," and voices from the podium declare, "Affirm yourself."

Yet, 2,000+ years ago, Jesus Christ told His disciples and followers, "Deny yourselves."

Memories ... How They Linger ...

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 770

Memories ... How They Linger ...

The brain is a powerful organ — and some may argue the most powerful of all. It reminds us not to touch the hot stove and to look both ways when we cross the street. It’s responsible for our range of emotions and our plethora of thoughts. It’s a pretty big deal.

Our brain, for better or worse, holds hundreds of thousands of memories inside of it. It remembers the time you broke your arm and the time your grandma gave you the best birthday present ever. It remembers the date of your baptism and when you met the love of your life.

And, if you’re a human like me, your brain remembers some not-so-great memories, too.

What's Your Mission Field?

Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Tuesday, 19 January 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1058

What's Your Mission Field?

Although I’ve been involved in missionary work since the day I walked out of the waters of baptism — as taught to me by Brother Joe Calabrese — we often think of "missionary work" as going to a foreign land or going to another culture to share the restored gospel and Christ.

Both definitions are correct!

In some circumstances, it can be harder to share your testimony with a neighbor, work colleague, or family member than to travel thousands of miles and teach or preach about Jesus and salvation. Both are needed!

Jesus, Our Superhero!

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 14 January 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1062

Jesus, Our Superhero!

In reflecting upon this past year’s teaching for our children in the Mesa Branch, AZ, I was reminded of our Vacation Bible School theme, which taught the kids about when Jesus was a kid. It was a powerful theme connecting some basic Bible points, such as Jesus

  • Had a Family
  • Had a Name
  • Went to Church

Many of the adults, including myself, played the role of various shopkeepers, and the kids paid a token to come to our "shop" and learn about events, customs, and daily life in Nazareth. We pretended that we didn’t know Jesus, and we asked the kids the question, “Who is Jesus, and why is everyone talking about Him?”

Own My Calling

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Thursday, 07 January 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1190

Own My Calling

Today's post was written a few months ago by Sister Alena Ricci when she was studying abroad in Chile. She's back home now with loads of stories and blessings to share!

"I am a free human being" – Jane Eyre

Earthquakes, tsunamis, more embarrassing moments than I can count…

With all of that, today I mark my halfway point in my study abroad program!

And with my halfway point comes more things to be understood.

A couple posts ago, I wrote about the woman at the well, but for some reason, I stopped writing right before the most important part of the entire story (at least, in my opinion).

<<  1 2 3 4 [56 7 8 9  >>