art by Eva Timothy I’ve noticed a negative thought the past couple of years that circles around my head when I am being productive or working towards a goal, but feeling discouraged by things I still have to do: “I am trying my best and it isn’t enough.” I know it is a negative thought … More It doesn’t have to be complete to be called good.
I was scrolling on instagram when a caption stopped me—with permission, I wanted to share it here “We were driving down a highway in Alaska alongside some of the most massive, beautiful mountains when my cousin pointed to some of the grooves winding down the mountain and said ‘it’s like nature’s stretch marks.’ I haven’t … More “All the beauty in the earth bears the fingerprint of the master creator.”
Charlie Chaplin, a famous actor and filmmaker, entered a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest in Cleveland, Ohio—figuring he was a shoe-in and would give everyone a good laugh. He came in twentieth. I’ve thought about this story a lot. If we let the world judge who we are, they will get it wrong. When Moses … More Satan attacks worth first. Because if we doubt it, we are crippled. And if we understand it, we can do anything.
One day a couple years ago, I was helping my dad in the garden. He asked me to unroll the hose. I did. He asked me to keep unrolling. To unroll the entire thing. I was a bit confused. Why do the whole thing? I had clearly unrolled enough. Then, when I saw how long … More “Obedience is a choice between our own limited knowledge and power and God’s unlimited wisdom and omnipotence.”
In 1952, Florence Chadwick attempted something no woman had attempted before: swimming the Catalina Channel. It was cold and extremely foggy the whole time she was in the water. She could barely even see the support boats swimming beside her. Fifteen hours in, she decided to quit. She went to get into the support boat, … More “Only faith that He suffered for our sakes will help us endure to the end.”
Michael Monsoor was a navy SEAL serving as part of a sniper overwatch team in Iraq. He was in the room with two of his SEAL friends when a grenade hit his chest and fell to the ground. Being positioned by both the grenade about to go off and the exit, he had two options: … More “Let us fully mirror His love, and love each other so openly and completely that no one feels abandoned, alone, or helpless.”
“I remember it clearly— the day I marched to the forge and locked myself in, refusing to come out until I made it. Until I finished what I started. This forge is busy and full to the brim with people and noise and talent and words. I took my tarnished metal and stuck it in … More “You are something divine, more beautiful and glorious than you could possibly imagine.”
I have been a bit MIA recently because we moved last week and now my husband is out of town for a couple of days. Life can sometimes feel like survival mode—especially at bed time. Bath. Brush teeth. Prayers. Kids to bed. Then I can get everything done!! Kids to bed. Kids to bed. Kids … More “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”
“Dreary and underdeveloped.”“Backwater trading post.”“Godless and rough.” These were the words to describe the land upon which Zion would be built. Many of the Saints were disappointed. Many couldn’t see how anything good could come from such a place. Joseph himself cried to the Lord in anguish, “When will the wilderness blossom as the rose?” … More “Sometimes, when you are in a dark place and you think you’ve been buried, you’ve actually been planted.”
I know that Jesus was perfect and people were offended by him. But that’s exactly it…Jesus was PERFECT and offended people. I am not. 😉 I dont have the perfect truth, either.I’m not trying to say it’s my job to never offend, but I do think it’s my job to be introspective when I do. It … More “We are not obedient because we are blind. We are obedient because we can see.”
Elizabeth Whitney longed for divine direction. While praying with her husband one night, they heard a voice from Heaven say, “prepare to receive the word of the Lord, for it is coming.” So she prepared and waited.When she heard the preaching of the restored gospel, she knew her wait was over. But some things she … More “Prayer is the passport for spiritual power.”
I was mostly a short-distance runner in high school track. But since one of my events was the 1500m, I would occasionally run with the distance team. My least favorite practices BY FAR were when the distance coach would have us run laps without telling us the number of laps we were going to run … More “Let us not give up. Let us be true to our covenants.”
You know that classic story of the switchman in St. Louis who moved a piece of steel three inches and a train that originally was headed for New Jersey ended up thirteen hundred miles away in New Orleans? I think about that story a lot. I thought of it just last night when I was … More “Decisions determine destiny.”
One day, a distraught girl came to her mother with a problem heavy on her mind. The mother let her daughter finish telling all about her hardship, then went to the kitchen. She got out a potato, egg, and coffee beans. Without saying a word, she put each in separate pots of boiling water, waited … More When life knocks you down on your knees, you are in the perfect position to pray.
There is a story about a prince named Arjun who was practicing archery with his many brothers and cousins. Their teacher put a wooden sparrow on a tree branch and told the children to aim for the sparrow’s eye. Before they began, the teacher asked the boys what they saw. The first boy responded, “The … More “Those who have eyes single to the glory of God are those who see the most of reality.”
There is a Greek myth about a boy named Phaethon. He went to his father, a God named Helios who was charged with carrying the sun across the sky every day. The father swore by an oath that he would grant his son one request. Phaethon asked to drive his father’s sun chariot. The father … More You can’t do everything and be everything to everyone – we have a Savior for that.
Have you ever heard the parable of the long spoons? A man visited Hell and was surprised by what he found. Men and women were sitting at a table of delicious food. They were holding long spoons in their hands, but their arms were tied to their sides, so they couldn’t bring the food to … More “Surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it.”
I started giving my young son allowance and he didn’t quite understand the worth of money. He thought the quarters were fun to play with, but he didn’t understand their value and inevitably they ended up disregarded. Until one day—we were at a koi pond that had a fish food dispenser next to it. You … More Our worth does not change just because we don’t see it. But WE will change as we start to see it.
Directly after Jesus had the “feed my sheep” conversation with Peter and talks about Peter’s mission and foreshadows his martyrdom, He says these words to Peter: “Follow me.” (John 21:19) The next verse is interesting. Instead of answering the call, Peter looks back. And looks at John, the disciple Jesus loves. The disciple that never … More Don’t look around to determine your worth. Look up and see the source of your worth.
About three years ago, I lost my keys at the park. I was locked out with two kids during lunch/nap time. I knelt down and prayed. Got up, looked for two hours, and still didn’t find my keys. The next day, after locking the house up and getting the kids in the car, I lost … More “…You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future”