Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Look to God and Praise Him All Day Long


Today I'm grateful to have
spent time listening
to Lara Casey as she
did a webinar on goals.
I got some good inspiration
to help me get past some
fear and press forward
with some things I
feel like God is writing
on my heart to do.
If you'd like to get the 
replay and an ebook
on goal setting
click here.

The Word

1 Nephi 18:11-16, 20-22

"And it came to pass that Laman and Lemuel did take me and bind me with cords, and they did treat me with much harshness; nevertheless, the Lord did suffer it that he might show forth his power, unto the fulfilling of his word which he had spoken concerning the wicked.  

"And it came to pass that after they had bound me insomuch that I could not move, the compass which had been prepared of the Lord did cease to work.

"Wherefore, they knew not wither they should steer the ship, insomuch that there arose a great storm, yea, a great and terrible tempest, and we were driven back upon the waters for the space of three days; and they began to be frightened exceedingly lest they should be drowned in the sea; nevertheless they did not loose me.

"And on the fourth day, which we had been driven back, the tempest began to be exceedingly sore.

"And it came to pass that we were about to be swallowed up in the depths of the sea. And after we had been driven back upon the waters for the space of four days, my brethren began to see that the judgments of God were upon the, and that they must perish save that they should repent of their iniquities; wherefore, they came unto me, and loosed the bands which were upon my wrists, and behold they had swollen exceedingly; and also mine ankles were much swollen, and great was the soreness thereof.

"Nevertheless, I did look unto my God, and I did praise him all the day long; and I did not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions...."

(Nephi tells how many family members--parents, Jacob, Joseph, Nephi's wife and children--tried to convince Laman and Lemuel to let Nephi go.)

"And there was nothing save it were the power of God, which threatened them with destruction, could soften their hearts; wherefore, when they saw that they were about to be swallowed up in the depths of the sea they repented of the thing which they had don, insomuch that they loosed me.

"And it came to pass after they had loosed me, behold, I took the compass, and it did work whither I desired it. And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord; and after I had prayed the winds did cease, and the storm did cease, and there was a great calm.

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did guide the ship, that we sailed again towards the promised land."

I read this chapter this week and loved a few things about it.
First, I loved how Nephi had faith that the Lord was letting 
this hard thing happen to him so the Lord could
show forth His power.
It made me think about the hard things
in my life--past and present--do I 
have that faith?
That the Lord is letting it 
happen to me so that I 
can see his power
and share it with others so
they can see his power?
I believe I do now.
There have definitely been
times in my life when 
it took me some time
to see that.

The next thing that I loved
about this chapter was that
Nephi doesn't murmur because
of his afflictions, but he did look to God
and praise Him all day long.
I know that this is something
I would like to work on right now.
Looking to God and 
praising Him not once
or twice a day, 
but all day long.

I've decided to make verse 16 my scripture for this month.
I'm choosing to
Look to God and Praise Him All Day Long.
If you have any suggestions,
let me know!

On my heart...

My heart is so full of things
I want to share.
This entire month I've
had one thing after another
come to me that I wanted to
share with you,
but I let the moments pass.
I plan on doing much better
this month.

Also, if you don't already,
go follow my blog on Instagram
I decided to have a separate
account for my blog so
that I can leave it public
and get the message out there.
I'm going to start posting
there at least once a day.
It will be things that I 
share here and things
that I just share on


Well, August is over.
I feel like I did really well
with my August goals.

We went to the temple.
I cleaned out my nightstand.
I created and outline for my ebook.
I read 5 books.
I didn't learn an entire song on the piano,
but I got halfway through the song.
I looked back at my summer goals.

We didn't do so good with date night this month.
I also didn't write very often on this blog.
We went on a few family adventures.

I studied my scriptures almost every day!
I exercised almost every day the last two weeks.
I didn't do so good with my journaling.
I practiced the piano about three days a week.
I also did pretty well with my eating the last two weeks.


I'm really looking forward to September.
I have so much I'd like to share here
today, but it's so much I'd never get to bed,
so I'm going to stretch it over the month.

Here are my goals for this month:


-Enjoy our trip to Michigan.
-Read five books.
-Write 1,000+ words of my ebook.
-Do my visiting teaching.
-Continue learning my piano song.
-Love on my family.
-Be vulnerable on the blog and in the book.
-Be a prayer warrior and cultivate my relationship with God.

Weekly Goals

-Date Night/Temple Trip
-Write a post here.
-Read on chapter of The Finishing School.
-Work on ebook.

Daily Goals

-Scripture Study
-Send a love note to someone.
-Healthy eating.
-Practice the piano.
-Daily chores.
-Post on @uncoveringstrength (Instagram)
Click on the link!
This is an awesome challenge
I'm going to be participating in!

Looking at all these goals,
I feel ready to step in
and own them.
It looks a little intimidating, but 
with His help I'll accomplish
everything I am supposed to do!

God is good!
His love unconditional!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Hello August!


Today I'm grateful for swimming pools
on hot summer days!

The Word

Doctrine and Covenants 25:12
"For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart;
yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me,
and it shall be answered with a blessing on their heads."

On my heart...

I was reviewing my goals for July
and writing my new ones for August
this weekend.
July was an awesome month
full of getting a lot of my
goals accomplished!

Here they are with how I did:

-Go to the temple.
-Have a 4th of July picnic
-L's birthday parties
-Have fun at East Canyon
-Write my book outline--Yeah I didn't work on this:0)
-Read the books on my July list.
-Visiting teaching--I did visit with some of my sisters,
but not all of them.

-Date nights/temple trips--Did this half the time.
-family adventures--Lots of fun times!
-Plan healthy menu  --I planned a few things.
-Visit Grandma and Grandpa -- I got to help out
with Grandma before she passed away
on Saturday.
-Connect with friends -- I have had so much fun!

-Write on Uncovering Strength  -- Finished my 100 days!
-Book of Mormon study
-Exercise I did this about half the time. 
-Power hour

I got more accomplished on my goals
than I have in a really long time!

Here are my goals for August:

-Temple trip
-Visiting teaching
-Clean out my end table
-Write my book outline
-Read five books
-Learn a new song on the piano
-Look back and reflect on my summer goals
-Write my fall goals.

-Date/temple night
-Write on Uncovering strength
-Go on a family adventures.

-Daily house chore
-Book of Mormon study
-Practice the piano

My main goals this month are
learning a new song on the piano
and cleaning my house and keeping it clean.

I love my life!
God is good!