Thursday, July 28, 2016

100/100!! #15 The Only Way


I'm so grateful for the last
100 days of being able
to write on this blog.
I'm thankful for a husband
who took on putting 
the baby to bed most
of those nights so
I could do this.
I'm thankful for the
strength I found
in writing about my
life and search to
uncover more strength.
I'm grateful for a 
Heavenly Father who
loves me unconditionally
and for my brother
and Savior, Jesus Christ
and all they have done
to help me uncover
the strength I have
with them.

The Word

Mosiah 3:17
"And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent."

On my heart...

Well on my last day of this project
I thought I'd share the only
thing that really matters in
this search for strength.

I have learned and relearned when
I have forgotten that the only
way to have real lasting strength
is to come unto Christ.

He is the way.
Only we are weak,
but with Him we 
are strong.

I have learned this many time,
but still often forget.
I decide to do things my way.
I decide to do things myself.
I have learned that you can't
be strong by yourself.
BUT when I invite Christ
in, I find more strength than 
I ever imagined.

1 Nephi 15:15
"...receive the strength and 
nourishment from the true vine..."

I am taking this scripture
from a question Nephi
asks his brothers.
I love that it says it all.
The true vine is Jesus Christ.
He is where we receive 
strength and nourishment.

If you only get one thing
from all these 100 days
of reading my blog,
I hope you remember 
this one thing.
Christ is the only way.
Come unto Him
and you will find strength.
I know that it's true!

I love my life!
God is good!

P.S. I'm going to be taking a short break from writing.  But don't worry!  I'll be back August 1st with more exciting words!:0)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

99/100 #14 Gratitude

Today I'm thankful for...

Today I'm thankful for
all of L's new toys
from her birthday
that keep her busy.

The Word

Doctrine and Covenants 78:19
"And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more."

On my heart...

Read this.
There are more great posts
from my Soulful Brillance Sisters.
Go check them out at
Just type "gratitude" in to the blog search.
I'm so grateful for that time in
my life when I worked with my 
sisters to write on my blog.

Gratitude is one of the best 
ways to feel happier and
full of strength.
Heavenly Father really
blesses us with so much,
even in our trials.
We just have to open up
our eyes to see them.

Things I am grateful for:
-spending time serving my grandma
-my amazing husband
-my sweet baby
-that I get to be a SAHM
-being able to write this blog the
last 99 days
-the chance to share the Light of Christ
-the scriptures and words of prophets
-to live in a time with the fulness of the Gospel
-a home to live in
-good working cars
-a nice bed to sleep in

There is so much more!
When I need strength
I start listing all the things
I am grateful for and 
I am reminded that I
have Heavenly Father
blessing me and guiding
me each day.

I love my life!
God is good!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

98/100 #13 People


I'm so thankful for
all the amazing people
around me who help me
find strength and lift
me up when I need help.

The Word

Eccles. 4:9-10
"Two are better than one; because they have good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellows."

On my heart...

It's been so important 
in my own journey
of uncovering strength
to have good people in my
life who lift me up.
People who help me
work through the tough
times and help me work
through my thoughts.
People who don't judge me
and criticize me, 
but who encourage and
support me.
People who love me 
no matter what and
cheer me on in whatever
I am doing.
Their numbers in my life
have been few, but
they have been key
in helping me discover
my greatness--
my Soulful Brilliance--
over the years.
I have been blessed
with fabulous family
who know me well
and help me.
The best part is
that I always find a
way to help them back.
So we are always
helping and supporting
each other.

I love my life!
God is good!

Monday, July 25, 2016

97/100 #12 Celebrate


Grateful for friends and family
and time out in nature today.

The Word

 Alma 25:17
"And now behold, Ammon, and Aaron, and Omner, and Himni, and their brothren did rejoice exceedingly, for the success which they had had among the Lamanites, seeing that the Lord had granted unto them according to their prayers, and that he had also verified his word unto them in every particular."

On my heart...

Celebrating L's first birthday!

Celebrate your success!
Even if it is something
that seems small
and unimportant.
Every little step you
take and are able to
do is getting you closer
to your end goal.

It helps to celebrate
those small moments
because they remind you
that you are amazing
and brilliant
and can do anything
with Christ.

This is something
I'm going to work on
this week to help me!

I love my life!
God is good!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

96/100 #11 Faith


I'm so grateful for the last year 
I've had with this sweet girl!

The Word

On my heart...

Today's post is similar 
to yesterday's post.
We can dream and have hope.
But the big thing we really
need is Faith!
Faith in his timing that
we may not get the
dream we want
when we would like it.
We may have to wait.
For a long time.
We may be tempted
to give up wanting it.
But if we can have faith
in God and His plan
for our life,
we will be blessed
with exactly what we need.

I waited and prayed
and hoped and had
faith that I would
someday be a wife
and mother.
A year ago today
I became a mother.

Then I got to experience
a new level of faith in God's
timing when L was in the NICU
for 16 days after she was born.
I didn't get to cuddle with my
baby in our hospital room.
I didn't get to take her home
when I went home.
She would just start getting
to where the doctors and nurses
would tell us that it would only
be a couple days and then
something else would go wrong.
It was definitely a test of
my patience and faith,
but we got through it.
She came home and
now a year later she's
healthy and energetic.
You would never know
she had a rough start to life.
We're truly blessed!

A month or so ago
I was contemplating the
above quote again and
realized that when I think
about it I tend to think
about God's timing
as a time of waiting
for me because
that is what I've
experienced the most.
However, it could also
be when things happen
more quickly than you
were thinking.
That can be just as
scary and emotional
as having to wait.

No mater which way
it goes--having to wait
or having it happen
I have faith in
God's timing with
things in my life,
I get the most growth
out of those experiences.
They become less of
a "trial" or "hardship"
and more of a
"learning experience."
And thinking of them
in that way helps
me uncover strength
I never knew
I had.

I love my life!
God is good!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

95/100 #10 Dream


I'm so grateful for
dreams that do come true
and prayers that do get
answered even if it takes
what seems like forever.

The Word

President Dieter F Uchtdorf
 "The Infinite Power of Hope", Oct. 2008 General Conference
"Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to us. It is confidence that if we live according to God’s laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future. It is believing and expecting that our prayers will be answered. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance."

On my heart...

Today I've been thinking a lot about
what I was doing a year ago.
A year ago today I was in the hospital
waiting for L to come into the world.
I had dreamed about having a baby
for many many years.
Sometimes when I'd be 
feeling down, I would
feel like I wanted to give
up on the dream of getting
married to an amazing guy
and having a baby.
But dreaming is so important
in finding strength.
To help me remember my dream
and not give up on it,
I would find pictures like
the one above to put around
my space so I would see
them frequently.
It gave me hope.

And a year ago
my dreams became
my reality.
I married an amazing guy,
and I was having my baby.

Believe in your dreams!
And have hope that 
they will happen.

I love my life!
God is good!

Friday, July 22, 2016

94/100 #9 Service


Today I'm grateful for
little messes and
a little girl
who makes me laugh.
I turn my back for 
two seconds...

The Word

Mosiah 2:17
"And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."

On my heart...

Need some strength?
Go find someone to serve.
It's hard when you are
feeling depressed or
exhausted, but if
you stop and look
around you can
find something small
and simple to do to 
help someone.
You never know 
what a difference 
you can make for 
someone else.
A text message.
A smile.
A quick call to say hello.
Do it and watch
miracles happen.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

93/100 #8 Journal


Today I'm grateful for
a chance to babysit my 
cousin's son.
It was fun watching L
getting upset with
someone else playing with 
her toys and starting to
learn to share with others.
It was great!

The Word

2 Nephi 4:15
"And upon these I write the things of my soul..."

On my heart...
Read this.

One of the best things for me
to uncover strength is to 
write in my journal.
I was writing in my journal
yesterday and realized
that through the last 93 days 
this blog has been a journal
of sorts.
It has been a big step 
in helping me uncover some
strength that I really needed.
I've been able to do so much
more since I started
and I've been reminded of
all the tools I know 
to help me to live
in my greatness.
In my soulful brilliance.
Read this!

I love my life!
God is good!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

92/100 #7 My Body is a Temple Part 2


Today I'm grateful for
yummy nutritious food.

Here's one of my favorite
recipes from The Happy Gal.

The Word

Doctrine and Covenants 89:18-21
"And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen."

On my heart...

Another part of treating my
body like a temple to uncover
strength is to feed it good food.
First drinking lots of water.
Right now I'm not doing so well
with this and drink a lot of soda.
I am going to work on this the
rest of this week.

Also feeding your body good
foods is so important.
When I eat a lot of junk,
I don't feel very well.
I feel sluggish and tired.
When I eat healthy nutritious
food, I feel energetic 
and more focused.
More able to feel the Spirit.
It's amazing what it can do.

Wow! Just typing this makes me
want to do better!
It's the next thing on my list of
goals that I'm working on.

I love my life!
God is good!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

91/100 #6 Nature


Today I am so grateful for this 
beautiful world we live in.
I always enjoy spending time
in nature and today I got
to do it with a good friend in tow.
It was amazing and oh so beautiful!

The Word

Song of Solomon 2:12
"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle [turtle-dove] is heard in our land."

I love this verse!
I can picture myself in a field of wild flowers
listening to the birds sing in the trees.
I also love how it talks about the
voice of the turtle.
Turtle doves are a symbol of
love and faithfulness
truth and innocence.
All things that I can find
as I spend time in nature!

On my heart...

"In the woods we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life,--no disgrace, no calamity...which nature cannot repair."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can't even begin to tell you
what strength I uncover
when I spend time in nature.
Being outside in the mountains
and other places helps me
to connect with my Heavenly 
Father and receive personal
revelation that I feel I can
get no where else.

Taking in the beauty of 
God's creations and
being full of gratitude
for the creations that
make my heart swell
with love and light.

It's amazing.
Spending time enjoying
the beauty, seeing
the beautiful colors of 
flowers or a sunset, 
listening to the songs
of birds or the wind as
it blows through the trees,
even seeing the beauty 
in the storms all
touches my soul
and gives me peace.

I crave time in nature
and sometimes I forget.
Then I have a day like today,
where I remember how much
it replenishes me.
Find time to spend in your
favorite place out in nature.
Wherever it is,
it will bring you peace
and you will find 
strength to continue on
and endure the things
you are experiencing!

I love my life!
God is good!

Monday, July 18, 2016

90/100 #5 My Body is a Temple Part 1

L trying to get into her bumbo.  She won't get in when we try to put her there, but she's fine getting in herself. She's not even one yet, and she's already super independent! Love her!

Today I am thankful for...

I really am thankful for this body of mine.
I've really been struggling with loving
it since I had L.
I've gained a lot of weight and 
physically feel yucky,
and I'm starting to realize
that I struggled because
I'm mad at it for my high
blood pressure, which is
the reason L was in 
the NICU after she was born.
I'm working through these
limiting beliefs and learning
to love and take care of my
body again.

The Word

1 Corinthians 6:19
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

On my heart...

My body is a temple of God.
It holds the Holy Ghost in it.
Not so long ago it also held
and nourished a sweet spirit
waiting to be born here.

When I started my belief breakthrough
journey 5-6 years ago,
one of the big things I learned was
that I get to treat my body like
a temple on the inside.
I got to feed it good food and 
exercise to keep it healthy and strong.

I have found that exercise is a huge
thing when I'm looking not just for
physical strength, but also when I'm
looking for spiritual and mental strength.
When I exercise, I feel energetic and happy.

I also learned that when I exercise I
actually feel closer to my Heavenly Father
and His Spirit.
I have received personal revelation
more readily when I've been 
taking care of my body this way.
It is amazing!

I haven't been good at this since 
a year ago when I had L.
I've had a hard time being motivated
to go out and exercise when I 
have to take the baby with me.

Last week I reconnected with 
a friend and we are choosing
to exercise together.
If you are struggling with this
find someone to do it with you.
It is so helpful to have a friend
to support and encourage you
in your fitness goals.
I'm so excited to have
someone to exercise with!

I love my life!
God is good!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

89/100 #4 rest

I'm grateful for the fun with family this weekend. 

One thing I know helps me uncover strength is rest. Im exhausted after this weekend and am going to go now to put L to bed and the go crash myself. 

I love my life!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

88/100 #3 Scripture Study


Grateful to spend some time with MHG's family this weekend:0)

The Word

Romans 5:4
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."

On my heart...

Comfort of the scriptures. 
Isn't that beautiful. 
There were times in my life
that I didn't treasure the scriptures 
as I do now. 
It was just one more thing 
That I "had" to do to 
look perfect. 
I would read them, 
But I wouldn't study them. 
Then I started a serious study of them
and they became one of my greatest treasures. 
I learned the truth of the phrase
we often hear that if we want
to talk to God we should pray. 
If we want God to talk to us 
we should read the scriptures. 

I started finding answers in them. 
I started finding comfort written on their pages. 
I started finding strength from them. 

Now I'm not perfect at this, 
but I know it makes a big difference in my life
when I study the scriptures. 
When I don't, those are
the days I don't feel strong. 

I love my life!
God is good!

Friday, July 15, 2016

#2 I am a Child of God 87/100


I know I say this a lot,
and I'm going to keep on saying it.
I am so grateful for this little girl.

The Word

Moses 1:13
"And it came to pass that Moses looked upon Satan and said: Who are thou? For behold, I am a son of God, in the similitude of his Only Begotten; and where is thy glory that I should worship thee?"

On my heart...

Just a quick note, that 
my top 15 are not in
any kind of order.

Yesterday when I was writing my post,
I loved how it related to knowing
our divine identity.
The Bible Dictionary said,
"As soon as we learn the true
relationship in which we stand 
toward God (namely, God is our
Father, and we are His children),
the at once prayer becomes natural
and instinctive on our part."

Knowing and discovering my divine identity
has been a huge part of uncovering
strength in my life.

One of the first times I really 
understood what that meant 
was when I was 19 and
living in Wuhan, China.
I went on a trip one weekend
and as I was standing on a street
full of so many people,
the Spirit testified of the
truth of the statement
I've always believed.
I am a daughter of God
and He knows and loves
me personally 
and intimately.
Here I was standing
on a crowded street with
countless people
and I knew that Heavenly
Father loves me individually.
That I am His daughter.
Nothing can separate me 
from that love (Romans 8:37-39).
Nothing I do and nothing
anyone else tries.

I was created in His image
and I have the potential 
to learn and grow and
become what He is.
A God.
A Creator of Worlds.
A Parent of spirit children.

To help me get there
He gave me gifts and
talents that I can develop.

Sometimes I choose
to listen to Satan's lies
about myself.
When he tells me
I'm not worthy.
When he tells me
I'm not good enough.
When he tells me
I'm dumb/fat/small.
Sometimes I listen
and I forget the Truth
about myself.
I forget that I am a 
daughter of God.
And in that forgetting
I feel yucky.
I feel lost.
I feel depressed.

When I catch myself feeling
that I way, I know I need
to go back to this basic
truth and remember the
Truth about me.

So what is the truth about me?
I am brilliant.
I am beautiful.
I am smart.
I am a radiant light shining with
the light of Christ in the darkness.
I am an inspirer.
I am a daughter of God!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

#1 Prayer 86/100


This little munchkin is so
stinkin' cute.
She was dancing around this 
sign at the restaurant today.
I'm so grateful for her antics.
She keeps me laughing!
I'm letting her eat paper
while I write this.
Anything to keep her occupied
so I can write:0)

The Word

Bible Dictionary, "Prayer"

"As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part...Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already will to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them.  Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of blessings."

On my heart...

The first thing that I wanted to share was about
how prayer is a huge part of uncovering strength.
The other day I was thinking about something
my old stake president said to me.
I think I shared it here.
He was telling me that if I ever felt
like I was less than to get on my knees
and ask Heavenly Father to teach me how
to do better, to teach me the truth about myself.
Thinking more about prayer,
I've realized that it is so important to 
start our search for strength talking
to our Heavenly Father and asking
Him to grant us the strength we need.
After all, that strength comes through Him.

I can tell when I have forgotten that
I am His daughter because my prayers
aren't a real conversation with Him.
They tend to be more repetitive 
and not heartfelt and sincere.

I'm learning to think more before
I pray about what I want to say 
to my Heavenly Father.
It helps me to be more sincere.

Today I was having lunch with
an old friend and as we were 
talking she taught me something.
She has had some hard things 
happening in her life the last
few years and as she was telling
me about them she talked about
how she got on her knees and 
spoke to Heavenly Father about it.

I am still working on being more like this.
I'm trying to take my problems to Him
before I complain about them or
let them fuel my depression and anxiety.
I know that I can receive the strength I
need to conquer or to endure
whichever I'm asked to do by Him
because I have felt that strength
flow into me and help me.

One last thing I want to share
is that prayer is not only a 
huge answer to 
changing our circumstances,
but also our perspectives
and especially our hearts.
Satan is there.
He's waiting for us to listen
to the little lies he plants in our heads.
He doesn't want us to feel strong,
so he drags us down one tiny millimeter
at a time until we are drowning.

This brings to mind the prayer
of a young boy named Joseph.
Before his prayer was answered
that day in the Sacred Grove
He was seized upon by a dark
power that overcame him.
Here is what he said about this:
"...exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver meout of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction--not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any being--just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me" JS-H 1:16.
Just as he was about to give up
and sink into despair and 
abandon himself to destruction.
That is when He was delivered.

Sometimes we pray,
but don't receive answers
or strength right away.
Sometimes He doesn't deliver
us until the last moment.
I've learned in my life
that sometimes we get to
experience the darkness
and despair for a little
while, but He 
will deliver us from it.
He will 
give us strength.

And when He does
we  can receive the most
precious experiences of our lives.
I know this is true.
I have lived it many times.

God is so good!
He loves us!
He wants us to learn
and become like Him
and sometimes that takes
heartbreak and pain.
And other times it takes
joy and goodness.
We get to experience 
both so we can become
who He needs us to be.

I love my life!
Prayer changes not
just circumstances,
but our hearts!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My Beautiful Life 85/100


Today I'm so grateful for L
and her sweet happy spirit.
She was so funny today.
I was laughing so hard.

The Word

Gordon B. Hinckley
"Life is to be enjoyed not just endured."

One of my favorite quotes.
It's all about choice.
I often ask myself if I'm
choosing to just endure
or if I'm choosing to enjoy
the season I'm in.
Hopefully in the future
I can answer more
often that
I am enjoying the journey!

On my heart...

Today was one of my busy days.
I don't have those much anymore.
At least not this kind of busy.
I got to go sit with Grandma again.
L was a little more friendly with
her this time and it was cute
to see them clapping together
and L waving to her.

Then it was to the store
to pick up a few things
so I can make a treat
for our mini vacation
this weekend with MHG's family.
Nap time I had planned to get
a bunch of things done, 
but ended up only eating lunch
and creating the Facebook 
invites for L's birthday parties.
I can't believe she'll be one in 
a little over a week.
It's seems like it's been so
much longer than a year ago 
that I was pregnant.
Yet it seems like she's
grown so fast
from that little helpless
infant who needed me to 
do everything for her.
Now she's starting to want
to do things for herself.

MHG and I both had meetings
to go to tonight, so we have
maybe spent 15 minutes together today.
I know there are a lot of couples
who get to do this daily. 
I would really struggle with it.

I realized that after today
I only have 15 posts left
in my 100 day project challenge.

I've decided to give my top
15 things that I've learned in
these 100 days that
have helped me uncover
strength I forgot I had
and some I didn't even know I had.

I look at how I'm doing now
and compare it to how I was
doing when I started this,
and I can see a difference.
I feel more like the real me again.
I feel more like I'm living in my
soulful brilliance.
A huge part of that was being
able to go to a class called 
If you are interested in going
I still have a few free tickets left.
Let me know and I can get
you registered.

My life is beautiful!
I love it!
God is so amazing!
He is so good to me!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016



Today I'm grateful for books.
I spent most of the day
reading or attempting
to read at least with L around.
It's been a while since
I've been able to do that
and it was nice.

The Word

Joshua 1:7-9
"Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

On my heart...

When we follow the prophet,
we will prosper wherever we go.
In today's world it takes a 
lot of strength and courage.
But we can find that strength
and courage if we rely on the
Lord and remember He is with
us wherever we go.

Reading the scriptures
and meditating on them
and following the words
of the prophets found there
will also help us have
strength, courage, and 

I love my life!
God is good!

Monday, July 11, 2016



Today I am grateful for
the cooler weather.

The Word

Alma 36:3
"And now, O my son Helaman, behold, thou art in thy youth, and therefore, I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day."

On my heart...

Sometimes I feel pretty ornery.
Like today.
But tonight when I watched
MHG playing with L
it made my heart happy.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Heartbeat 82/100

Today I am thankful for a strong heart that has beat for a little over 33 years. And the little piece of my heart that resides outside my body. She is so precious to me. 

The Word

3 Nephi 12:8
"Blessed are all the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

On my heart...

I was sitting here trying to get L to sleep tonight and I can feel her little heartbeat against my leg (she slid down onto my lap to sleep). That little heart is such a miracle. It was one of the first things that grew when this sweet girl was growing inside me. It has beat for about a year and a half now. Giving this little girl life. Giving me life as I've learned and grown as her mother. 

My heart feels like it's grown ten sizes since I first knew she was growing there inside me. I can feel my heart breaking when she's in pain. Rejoicing when she has accomplished something new. So many feelings swirling around. Then I feel her heart beating against me and I feel peace. I am so blessed. She is my own sweet miracle. Reminding me of God's Grace and Love. Reminding me that He has better promises for us than we could ever imagine. I love my life. God is good. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Grace 81/100


Thankful we made it to 
the temple today.

The Word

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
"But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:"

On my heart...

So much juiciness in this scripture.
Sow bountifully.
Just make sure you sow
good stuff:0)
Then you reap bountifully.
So many blessings!

God loveth a cheerful giver.
I will be the first one
to admit that I have
a hard time with this one.
There are so many times
when I could go serve someone
and I go and do it,
but at the same time
I'm not doing it
Even while I'm complaining
I'm thinking how I "should"
be doing it cheerfully.

It's something that I've
struggled with for a long
time and continue to 
struggle with daily.

But luckily
I am able to work
on this with some
help from my Savior.
In my weakness
I can ask for his strength
to help me become better.
He will help me to
become the cheerful
giver that I know I
can be with him.
His grace is perfect.

I love my life!
God is good!

Friday, July 8, 2016

I am strong! 80/100

Today I am grateful for...

...some alone time with MHG.
Thankful for my aunt who
watched L so we could have
some fun. Thank you!

The Word

2 Corinthians 12:10
" Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong."

On my heart...

All those hard things.
They show how weak
we really are by ourselves.
In those weaknesses
we become humble.
We reach for the Savior.
We work with Him.
Adding His strength
to our weakness.
And we become stronger
than we ever thought possible.
He is the answer!

When I think back over
my life and all the
hard things I've had
the privilege to go through.
I can see the hand of God.
I can see that it wasn't
until I reached out
for my Savior and
His strength that I
truly found the strength
I needed to get
through the experience
or to sit and be
patient in the experience.

I love my life!
God is good!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Seasons 79/100


I'm grateful for L's
sweet laughter:0)

The Word

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

On my heart...

This scripture popped up
in my studies today.
It is such a good reminder
that there are seasons 
in life.
This had been something
that has been on my mind
for months now.

After I had L,
I had a hard time
adjusting to that new
season of my life.
I kept wanting to be
able to do all the things
I had been doing before.
All of the big goals.
But God showed me that
he had other plans for 
that season of my life.
I was in a season 
of waiting.

Waiting for a time 
to work on my big goals.
A time for waiting for
the answers I was 
searching for in my
new role as a mother.
A time of patience.

It was all worth it.
The waiting.
The wondering.
The depression.
The strength 
I've gained with
my Savior.

It lead me to a new path.
Answers I had been 
searching for for years.
That season of waiting
was preparing my soul
for something new.
Something better.
The somethings that 
God needs me to do.

Sometimes we get to
move into new seasons.
Sometimes we get to
just sit in the season
we are in and wait.
It's preparing us
for the unknown 
seasons ahead for us.
We are learning.
We are growing.
We are becoming.

I love my life!
God is good!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pulling Down Strongholds 78/100


Today I am grateful for
It help me with everything.

The Word

2 Corinthians 10:4-5
"(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"

On my heart...

I came across this scripture today
and found it relevant to all the
things I've learned.
I was thinking that when we
are thinking some of our
limiting beliefs,
they can seem insurmountable.
It seems hard to get them
under control and remember
the truth about ourselves.
when I have taken my 
meager strength and 
prayed for help from 
Heavenly Father.
He helped me pull down
those strong holds
of my limiting beliefs.
Only together with Him
do I have the strength
to beat my negative thoughts
and to remember the
Truth about myself!

It reminds me of something
my old stake president 
told me once when
he and I were talking.
He told me that if I ever feel
less than to kneel
and pray.
To ask my Heavenly
Father to help me 
know the Truth
and to live it.
It's good advice 
for all of us!

I love my life!
God is good!