Devotional

Why Does Denying Myself Matter?

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 28 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 682

Why Does Denying Myself Matter?

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, she's taking a look at what's at stake.

It's been roughly a half-year since I've been pondering "deny yourself." I've attempted to define it, and I've studied up on how subjects like self-indulgence, self-justification, pride, and submission intersect with self-denial. Now, I'm ready to ask, why does denying myself matter, and what's at stake if I don't?

Particularly, is my soul's salvation in jeopardy?

The B-I-B-L-E and Our Kids

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Tuesday, 26 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 711

The B-I-B-L-E and Our Kids

I was recently at the store, and when I went inside to grab a cart, a woman and her 5-year-old daughter were putting one back. I smiled at them as I picked out a cart, and the little girl started to sing. I was touched as she proudly sang these words, loud and clear:

The B-I-B-L-E!
Yes, that’s the book for me!
I stand alone on the Word of God!
The B-I-B-L-E!

It touched my heart. The mother immediately looked over at me, and I could tell she was wondering what my reaction would be. It's sad that so many are offended by God’s name these days — but not me. I smiled big and told that little girl how good she sang and that it’s a beautiful song to hear. The mother smiled big at me, and we totally had a “moment” where she knew that I loved God, and I knew that she did, too.

Finish Strong

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Tuesday, 19 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 690

Finish Strong

My daughter joined the school cross-country team this year, and one thing her coach would always say either in person or email is “Finish Strong!” Those words are easy to say, but in the heat of the moment, not always easy to execute.

My daughter learned a lot about endurance and perseverance in this sport; however, I think the most important thing she learned was pacing. The coach taught the team how to effectively pace themselves. She didn’t want everyone to run like a shotgun at the beginning of the race, quickly lose steam, and lag behind at the finish line. In pacing, the runners learned when to store up energy and when to use that energy to build momentum and ultimately finish strong.

Personal Freedom vs. Personal Savior

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Thursday, 14 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1440

Personal Freedom vs. Personal Savior

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).

If there's one value that Americans cherish above all others, then I'm going to say it's freedom. The pilgrims arrived here in search of religious freedom, and our founding fathers broke from Britain because they wanted political, social, and economic freedom. For decades, individual Americans have enjoyed the freedom to pursue any life path they choose.

The Early Bird Special

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, 12 July 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1014

The Early Bird Special

Beep, beep, beep, beep! Bee-wop! Bee-wop! Bee-wop! Bee-wop! Cheep, cheep cheep, cheepcheepcheep!

That is the sound of a 3-ounce, fluffy black bird who has been sitting on the roof outside my window mimicking car alarms for an hour starting at 5:30 a.m. every morning since the end of April.

I'm writing this in June.

My Buckler

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Wednesday, 29 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 1146

My Buckler

We are pausing our study of 2 Nephi this week, but keep an eye out for chapter 7 after the GMBA Campout.

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shall thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4.

As I read this verse one morning, I had no idea what an impact it would have on what transpired that day.

God Isn't a Glacier

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Tuesday, 28 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 720

God Isn't a Glacier

My husband and I recently had the opportunity to vacation in Iceland. I can't even tell you how many people asked us, "Why would you want to go there?" I wanted to see the Northern Lights and climb glaciers.

While hiking nearly to the top of a glacier, close to the top of the world, my breath was taken away. Our pictures, like the one in this post, don't do the beauty justice. I couldn't help but thank God for creating such an amazing place and allowing us to experience it.

Confidence in the Lord (Part 1)

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 23 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 729

Confidence in the Lord (Part 1)

“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save He shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which He commandeth them.” 1 Nephi 3:7.

This verse is from a passage of scripture in which God instructs Lehi to send his sons back to Jerusalem to get the plates of brass (the record of the Jews and a genealogy of Lehi’s forefathers) so that they would have the law and commandments in the Promised Land.

I Surrender All

Written by Sister Enza Pusillo on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 807

I Surrender All

“I Surrender All,” three words I know well from the hymn of the same name. Spiritually, I can define surrender as the act of submitting, yielding, acquiescing my will, wants, and desires to the Lord.

We often sing it at baptisms because it's our first act of surrender — but not our last. The reason is simple; He says, “Follow me.”

Since that day when, at 16 years old, I went to the water, I have learned that it's a continual process. To follow Him, I need to trust His plan for my life, surrendering my heart and mind since they rule my actions and thoughts.

Simply put, “Yes, there’s a master plan … it’s just not ours.”

Life's Lemon Juice

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 16 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 902

Life's Lemon Juice

As I went to get the mail from the cluster of mailboxes in our housing development, I noticed a few young children busily doing something on the corner. One of the little girls ran over to my car, and I waved. She was an adorable little blue-eyed, blonde girl of about 4 years old. I could see that she wanted my attention, but she was too shy to tell me what she wanted.

I drove up to the corner, and, lo and behold, it was what I suspected, a lemonade stand. I always try to support such entrepreneurial efforts.

Trying Too Little

Written by Sister Michelle Watson on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 803

Trying Too Little

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 self-justification.

After studying up on self-justification, I realized that a huge portion of scripture is devoted to reinforcing the fact that it's impossible. I can't justify my sinful self to a holy God. Scripture says over and over again that I can't possibly save myself by my good works, no matter how necessary those good works are to my discipleship. My sins require an infinite atonement, which can only be paid by Jesus Christ.

Back in Bible times, Paul had quite a time convincing the Jewish believers that Jesus fulfilled the law. The purpose of the Old Testament law wasn't to test humans and grant eternal life to those who "passed;" it was to show humans that they can never measure up to what it demands. They need a Savior. Here's some proof:

Seek Him First And …

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Thursday, 09 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 743

Seek Him First And …

Almost 20 years ago, my daily scripture reading routine took me through Exodus. The phrase "..the Lord said unto Moses..." is written several times in the book, 36 by my quick search using The Church app for the Bible and Book of Mormon.

I was going through a trial in my life back then and was seeking direction. I read that phrase in one of the chapters and stopped. I prayed, “Lord, I want to hear your voice like Moses did, out loud.” At that moment, all the thought went out of my mind and I audibly said, “Seek first the kingdom of heaven, and all shall be added unto you.” Then my thoughts returned. To this day, I feel that was God talking to me, out loud as I had asked. He gave me the direction I needed, to seek Him first and everything else would be taken care of.

Redefining Forever

Written by Sister Alena X. Ricci on Tuesday, 07 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 822

Redefining Forever

One of the latest issues of National Geographic looks into death and the ability to revive people from the dead, bringing them back into the land of the living.

The article tells a couple stories of people who have come back after some sort of trauma and of other people who did not. But then it asks the question, “How can death, the very essence of forever, be reversible?”

Reading this around Easter, I felt that this question is very powerful and convicting.

The Instrument of Prayer

Written by B. David Nolfi on Thursday, 02 June 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 784

The Instrument of Prayer

Is it an obligation? Is it an opportunity? Is it a compulsion? Is it a duty? Is it a habit? Is it a burden? Is it a plea? Is it a joy?

To commune with the Lord, we need to pray. Our prayers take many forms. Since most of us are blessed with frequent meals, we offer thanks and blessing over our food, often a simple prayer. Go without a full meal for a week, and the prayer of thanks and blessing takes on a different perspective; deeper gratitude and value! Circumstance often determines how loud we knock.

Entering the War Room

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 26 May 2016. Posted in Devotional Hits 741

Entering the War Room

Have you seen the movie “War Room”? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it! Talk about an eye-opening, heart-touching reminder on the power of prayer!

I needed to see that movie because I needed a boost in my prayer life. Not that it wasn’t up to par or anything, but once in a while, I just need a little push — a push to remind me that God can do anything, a push to remind me there is power in prayer, a push to remind me that God hears each and every one.

I’m fighting a battle. You are fighting a battle. We are all fighting some kind of battle — and you know what? We are at war! Spiritual war.

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