Monday, September 29, 2014

In God's Time

I heard this song on the radio on my way home tonight. I was touched by the lyrics. It also reminds me of a saying I came across one time: "God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and it takes a lot of faith. but it’s worth the wait."

                                                            "In God's Time"

In God's time
A million years might only be a single day
And everything He does gets done His own way
In God's time

And in God's time
You'll find that certain someone you've been praying for
And they'll be everything you dreamed of and a little more
In God's time

Oh, but no one knows
Not you or me
It might be tomorrow or it might never be
Oh, but don't lose faith
Put it in His hands
'Cause it might be that He might have a bigger plan
Than you had in mind
Miracles happen
In God's time

And in God's time
You'll finally get the chance to hold your baby girl
And all the sudden everything'll make sense in this crazy world
In God's time

Oh, but no one knows
Not you or me
It might be tomorrow or it might never be
Oh, but don't lose faith
Put it in His hands
'Cause it might be that He might have a bigger plan
Than you had in mind
Miracles happen
In God's time

And In God's time
You go to sleep and wake up with wings and learn to fly
And you finally meet your loved ones on the other side
In God's time

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Sunflower Miracle

The other night I was thinking about how much I need to stop thinking about myself and think of others more. As I was thinking this, the thought popped into my head that I needed to visit a friend the following day. And, I needed to take her flowers. Definitely a good thing. I was excited about it.

I got off work and headed to the store to pick out some flowers. While I was looking at what flowers they had, I noticed some beautiful sunflowers. I decided those would be good - bright and cheery.

I arrived at my friend’s house and she said something along the lines of, “Did you know?” I was confused. She proceeded to tell me she had been in the hospital for a couple of days and had been discharged the night before. I had no idea.

And then, I presented the flowers to her. She told me sunflowers are her favorite flowers. Again, I had no idea.

It was a powerful experience for me. God loves His children. He looks out for them. It reminded me that I should “never postpone a prompting" (Thomas S. Monson). I’m definitely not perfect at that and I’m sure I've missed millions of opportunities. But, for some reason I had things together this time and was able to act on the thought I had. And I’m so very glad. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

I Need Him

I know I need The Lord so much. I can't make it on my own. I'm so grateful He is there to help me - in every aspect of my life.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Marathon of Life

I love this! Such a needed reminder.  I haven't reached certain points in the "marathon" of life and have felt behind. But, it doesn't matter. What matters is where I'm going - not how long it takes me to get there.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I'm Not Ashamed

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth..." (Romans 1:16)

This scripture has been on my mind. I've felt closer to the Lord lately and when I feel that way I just want to share with the whole world what I believe and know to be true. So, I have been sharing my testimony a lot lately on many platforms.

My testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is something that is very precious to me. Sometimes I worry that I share too much (as in, too frequently. I worry that I am annoying.). (I'm not usually the sharing type in person. I'm usually pretty quiet. Writing is so much easier for me.) But then I remember that I shouldn't worry about that. I shouldn't be ashamed. The desire to share my testimony is a good one. (Of course, there are very personal, sacred things that shouldn't be shared - which I don't share). I shared my beliefs/testimony every day as a full-time missionary. Why shouldn't I share them now?

Tonight I watched a devotional given by an apostle of the Lord (D. Todd Christofferson) and he said the following: "finding our life by losing it for His sake in the gospel entails a willingness to make our discipleship open and public". ...'Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38). I needed to hear that.

I love the Gospel and know it's true with all of my heart. I am proud of my beliefs.  I absolutely love sharing them because the knowledge I have has blessed my life so very much. #sharegoodness

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Image of God

"The most realistic self-image of all is to conceive of yourself as made in the image of God." -Maxwell Maltz

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


"Those who are selfish seek their own interests and pleasure above all else. The central question for the selfish person is “What’s in it for me?”
When we seek self-service over selfless-service, our priorities become centered on our own recognition and pleasure.

Past generations had their struggle with variations of egotism and narcissism, but I think today we are giving them serious competition. Is it any coincidence that the Oxford Dictionary recently proclaimed “selfie” as the word of the year?

Naturally, we all have a desire for recognition, and there is nothing wrong with relaxing and enjoying ourselves. But when seeking the “gain and praise of the world” is a central part of our motivation, we will miss the redemptive and joyful experiences that come when we give generously of ourselves to the work of the Lord."

I was listening to this talk this morning ("Are You Sleeping Through the Restoration?", Dieter F. Uchtdorf) in preparation for the Relief Society lesson I'll be giving in a few weeks. I really loved this part. Selfishness is a huge problem in our society. And believe me, I'm not pointing fingers - I can definitely see it in myself. Being single is a very selfish time of life. It's so important to look outside ourselves.

He goes on to talk about how we can overcome selfishness. It is by thinking of and serving others. I know from experience that that is true. We can find great joy in serving others. It's truly when we lose ourselves in the service of God that we find ourselves.

Monday, September 8, 2014

God Knows

"God knows what we do not know and sees what we do not see." -Howard W. Hunter

These words have been on my mind. It seems obvious... yes, God is all-knowing. But, I think there is a definite need to constantly remind ourselves of this.

I wonder what the future holds. I wonder what God's plan for my life is. And I worry about it at times. And then I remember the truthfulness of these words. He's got it all taken care of. He's got a plan. I have to trust His plan. And trust that He knows what He is doing with my life.

I am so grateful to know that there is a plan. Heavenly Father is a loving Father. He wants what's best for us. He'll always take care of us. And things always work out.

President Gordon B. Hinckley said,

"It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is.
It all works out. Don’t worry.
I say that to myself every morning.
It will all work out.
Put your trust in God,
and move forward with faith
and confidence in the future.
The Lord will not forsake us.
He will not forsake us.
If we will put our trust in Him,
if we will pray to Him,
if we will live worthy of His blessings,
He will hear our prayers."

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Where I Am

"I may not be where I need to be but I thank God I am not where I used to be."

I heard this quote tonight and really liked it. I feel this way about a lot of things in my life (including recent weight loss/trying to be a healthier person). I'm striving to be better and sometimes it gets overwhelming when I think of how much better I need to be (in all areas of life). But, I have grown SO much in the past several years of my life. It is amazing to look back and realize how far you have come! And I really am thankful I am not where I used to be. (P.S. sorry for the cheesy mirror picture! :) )

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I've read Hebrews 11 a few times and have really come to love it. I read it again tonight and decided it's probably my favorite chapter in the Bible. It gives so many great examples of faith. It tells us what faith is. Faith is, "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

Faith is the first principle of the Gospel. It's huge! Everything we do is motivated by faith. (But, we must have faith in The Lord.)

I've been trying to work on having more faith. Yeah, it's been a long process. It's going to be a lifelong process, it appears. 

Sometimes the only amount of faith we have is the size of a mustard seed. And that's ok. God will take that. And He'll help us grow it. 

This life requires so much faith. Really, this life is all about faith! It's what helps us grow and become closer to our Father in Heaven.

The Whole Idea

"The whole idea of Mormonism is improvement. Mentally, physically, morally, and spiritually." - Lorenzo Snow