Special Series

What Are You Waiting For?

Written by Sister Erin Light on Wednesday, 23 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1977

What Are You Waiting For?

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

More likely than not, you'll be spending time waiting for someone or something this Christmas season. Maybe you're traveling for a long-overdue reunion with loved ones, and you're excitedly awaiting long TSA screenings at the airport. (Just kidding.)

We're all enveloped in the hustle and bustle of the season, from Black Friday (which apparently now begins on Thanksgiving afternoon?) to the Christmas Eve "How-could-I-forget-to-buy-something-for-them?" dash to the greeting card aisle at the nearest pharmacy. Ironically, waiting is a big part of all that running around.

A Rainy Day, Lost Luggage, and Tangled Christmas Tree Lights

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Monday, 21 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 2008

A Rainy Day, Lost Luggage, and Tangled Christmas Tree Lights

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

"You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle these three things: A rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou

I laughed aloud the first time I read this quote, yet I felt immediately convicted. More often than I’d like to admit, I don’t deal well with simple frustrations like these.

Looking closer at the three common challenges in the quote and what they can represent, note that two are out of our control and one may be the direct result of poor planning.

Stretch Out Your Hand — and Heart

Written by Sister KarenJo Pandone on Thursday, 17 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1680

Stretch Out Your Hand — and Heart

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

This picture immediately brings my life and the way I was brought up to mind. It’s the Reason for the Season!

For many years as a child, I spent the Sunday before Christmas with my parents on the Muncey Reservation in Ontario, Canada and the San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona. The weeks leading up to Christmas Sunday were busy with planning the program, getting gifts for all the kids who attended Sunday school throughout the year, and preparing a Christmas dinner for all who entered the doors of the church that day.

Muncey was the place where I saw my first miracle happen right in front of me. Click here to read all about it!

The Real Reason for the Season

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Wednesday, 16 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1902

The Real Reason for the Season

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

With all the stress and hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, I am pretty positive that all of us have encountered or will encounter someone whose face matches that of this dog’s. And, most likely, we will feel the same way too, at some point or another.

Being a representative of The Church of Jesus Christ, I should try hard not to show this side to others, especially those who I've shared my testimony with. 'Tis the season to be joyful and cherish my loved ones — not to be a scrooge or a grinch.

Wrapped in Love

Written by Sister Betty D'Orazio on Tuesday, 15 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1354

Wrapped in Love

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image. Sister Betty's picture is "Home for Christmas" by Norman Rockwell, 1955. 

"Oh, that hug felt so good … Merry Christmas Mom and Dad!"

Family is so important, whether it’s the holidays, or just a normal visit or get-together. And hugs mean love. The picture shows smiles, happiness, and "I am so glad you are here." It evokes a lifetime of memories for me. Christmas is a time of laugher, presents, food, decorations, and the list goes on.

And then I think, “Wait a minute, what about someone who has no family?" Who then wraps them in love?

Runaway Christmas

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 14 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1821

Runaway Christmas

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

I've never made gingerbread cookies, but I do have this amazing copy of "The Gingerbread Man" in my collection of kids' picture books. (Yes, I actually do have said collection.)

I'm crazy about the illustrations in this particular book, but the story seems rather strange, don't you think? This old couple decides to bake a gingerbread boy. (Here they are giggling over the prospect.)

Gingerbread 2

Dodge the Christmas Blues

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 10 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1510

Dodge the Christmas Blues

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

Maybe this is how you feel as the holidays grow closer and finally arrive. The hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, cleaning, and company visiting just start to overwhelm. Maybe it just doesn’t feel like Christmas — or worse — the season resembles the Griswold's more than the Walton’s.

Either way, you find that you just want to find a safe place and cry it out. We’ve probably all been there, or close to it, at least once in our lives. What helps me to stay out of this trap is keeping close to the real meaning of the season. We all know that it’s not about presents, food, or trying to impress the in-laws with how clean our house is. It’s about one simple thing … LOVE.

Christmas Joy

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Wednesday, 09 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1847

Christmas Joy

Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

Christmas is a wonderful time of hope and joy reflecting on Christ's birth and salvation coming into the world. We even sing "Joy to the World," yet I can’t help but wonder about, Mary, His mother. We read and know of her story in Luke 1.

She was a young girl of probably no more than 15 or 16 years at most, engaged to Joseph, used to bring forth Jesus, Son of the Highest, because she was highly favored and blessed among women.

Spare Change

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 08 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1949

Spare Change

If you missed yesterday's post, today is the start of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo (Sister Natalie's is of a bell-ringer) and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.

When I was young I collected my spare change in a giant purple Crayola crayon bank. Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters would get tossed in each week. Clink, clink, clink.

Soon, the bank would get heavier and heavier, the coins adding up (literally).

It seemed like such a small effort — dropping a penny or two into the bank. And yet, after a few months it made me a tiny fortune.

'Picture This' Christmas Kickoff

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Monday, 07 December 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1539

'Picture This' Christmas Kickoff

When you think of Christmas, what is the first picture that pops into your mind?

Is it this?

Christmas collage1

Or maybe this?

Christmas collage2

Or perhaps something more along these lines?

Christmas collage3

Or does the picture have something to do with this?

Christmas nativity

Kids' Question of the Month – November

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Monday, 30 November 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1661

Kids' Question of the Month – November

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Miracle Monday to bring you the November Kids' Question of the Month. We got a ton of responses!

It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.

That's the lesson that Madam Blueberry learns in one of my favorite "Veggie Tales" episodes.

Although it's been years since I watched it with our kids, whenever I hear the word "thankful" my brain instantly fires up this song in my head...

"Because a thankful heart is a happy heart,
I thank God for what I have,
That's an easy way to start..."

Click here to enjoy Madam Blueberry's "Thankfulness Song," and read on to learn what makes our little ones' hearts happy and thankful! (We told them they couldn't answer "my parents" — too easy!)

Kids' Question of the Month – October

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 29 October 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1399

Kids' Question of the Month – October

When I was a little girl, Sister Lucy passed out butterscotch candies to all the kids in church. At region meetings, you'd find a pack of Wrigley's gum in Brother Buzzy's handshake.

Brother Jess and Sister Ruth gave me quarters to buy cheeseburgers after midweek church services, and when I was older, took me to GMBA campouts when my parents could not.

Sister Yolanda taught me how to make gnocchi. These are just a few of my fondest memories of my church family loving me.

Kids' Question of the Month – September

Written by Sister Vicki Ali and Sister Michelle Watson on Wednesday, 30 September 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1782

Kids' Question of the Month – September

When I was a kid, I could never understand how grown-ups could just sit around — for hours! — and just talk to each other … without even playing a game or pulling out a solitary toy. What strange creatures! And will I ever be like them someday?

That's why it always surprised me to learn that I had something in common with an adult. I remember admiring the older brothers who were artistically inclined — like me! — and the sisters who liked listening to "The Little Mermaid" soundtrack just as much as I did.

Kids' Question of the Month – August

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Tuesday, 25 August 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1786

Kids' Question of the Month – August

Not too much is written about the early life of Jesus. After the account of His glorious birth, His childhood remains a mystery until we read about Mary and Joseph leaving Him behind in Jerusalem when He was 12 years old.

As a parent who has survived various lost child incidents at the mall, the zoo, and Walt Disney World, I can relate to the anxiety Mary and Joseph must’ve felt when they realized Jesus was not with them after they left the big city. My emotions while one of my kids was MIA ran the gamut of paralyzing fear, immense relief upon seeing my child again, frustration at their constant wandering, and even shame at my less than stellar attentiveness to the most precious things in the world to me when it was my job to protect. I wonder if Mary and Joseph were worried about what God would think of them after they lost His only Son?

Summer Reading Challenge Wrap-up

Written by GospelBlog on Friday, 07 August 2015. Posted in Special Series Hits 1496

Summer Reading Challenge Wrap-up

To all of you who completed the Summer Reading Challenge, congratulations! We hope you recieved many blessings during your journey through the four gospels. 

We had over a dozen people tell us that they planned to participate. So, our question to ya'll ... how did you do? What did you learn?

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