Sweet Hour of Prayer

These last couple weeks have been challenging with Lily being sick and trying to keep up with making some changes to the business. I am grateful for good people around to help when things are difficult, and I am also thankful for the power of prayer. Spencer and his dad gave Lily a blessing last week. I have always had a love and respect for the power of blessings. I feel like it’s a special prayer magnified by the power of the priesthood. More comfort has come from blessings in my life than any other type of prayer. Lily got over her sickness (finally!) and we’re getting back on track now. She also got her first bad skinned knee. She took it like a champ!

I really enjoy being her mom, even though I’m at my wits end sometimes trying to keep everything together.

I have found I pray a lot more as a mom. I pray for Lily. I have a deeper love for family, so I pray for them more. I have a deeper love for other’s children, so I pray for them, too. I’ve seen some of the horrible things the world can do to kids and I just don’t get why they have to suffer so much sometimes. It breaks my heart, so I pray for them. I pray for my husband more than I used to, because I know how much he means to Lily and his happiness is important to both of us. Overall, I have found I pray more.

I’m sure many of you pray a lot, too, and this download is perfect to hang to remind you of the gift and power of prayer. It is sweet to commune with our Heavenly Father, and I know He loves to encircle us in love and comfort when we turn to Him.

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Faith in Every Footstep

Mother’s Day is upon us! I am blessed with a wonderful mother, mother in-law, sister, sisters in-law, and tons of other women who are examples to me of Christlike love and charity. I am especially grateful for a mother who taught me so much as I was growing up and even still today. Moms have many Christlike attributes, but one that has stood out to me the most recently has been that of faith. Mom have so much to think about, worry about, and deal with, that utilizing faith is the only way to keep sane it seems! Moms show faith in Christ as they try to teach children correct morals, work to be examples to others, and in handing over worries or trials to Christ. Trusting in our Savior has become more necessary in my life as a mom. I worry about Lily’s health or if we’re making the right decisions for her. I try to seek inspiration to be aware of her needs. I feel like those who don’t have children do this with others, which is amazing! Many women do this with those they minister to or even with those they’re neighbors with. I hope I can display that type of faith with those around me as well as with my own children. I have a download for you that is perfect for a closet or entryway that has the quote “Faith in Every Footstep”. I love the song, and you can listen to it here or watch it below!

Be Still

This week we celebrated Easter with a wonderful program from our ward choir at church, then got back into the swing of things with Spencer starting up school again. Things get pretty chaotic with school, a toddler, and a business, especially with the load Spencer is taking on to finish his degree as fast as he is. I am thankful for the opportunities to grow and learn through the business and being a mom.

We started taking Lily to the pool recently, too. The first time we went, school was out for the day and there was a birthday party. Let’s just say it was busy. When we went today, it was much less crowded. The water was calmer, it was easier to navigate around with Lily and not have her get splashed or knocked over. Even though we can find joy and even fun in the chaos that comes along in life, I savor those still moments (as most parents do, I think!) where you can relax a little and enjoy the present.

This week, the digital download is of one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite hymns, “Be Still My Soul”. I hope you like it and can find joy in the chaos of life, but savor the lack thereof we are sometimes offered other times.

Easter

I am so looking forward to Easter this weekend! We were able to enjoy a family get-together here where the kids got to hunt for eggs just yesterday. It was a lot of fun, but it was rainy and cold, so the egg hunt went pretty quickly! We have over 30 people in Spencer’s side of the family, so it was a lot to fit into the house and a lot to have all inside (usually the kids just play outside!). We were glad to have everyone around, though, and Lily loved her first egg hunt! Like I said, it was rainy and kind of a mess, but we had fun!

I am so thankful for this time of year and it brings me back to the reverence I feel when we recognize the Savior’s birth. His birth was joyous. His death was not. But His death was the final service He completed in His ministry. He was able to overcome all Satan threw at Him during His short life. He was tempted beyond what we can imagine. This has allowed Him to understand and love each of us and our trials. He knows every little thing we deal with and He cares. He isn’t just a listening ear, He is able to ease those burdens and help us. Because He died, we can lean on Him for everything. Because He died, we can have joy in our lives with an eternal perspective. Because He died, we can live as He does. I am so grateful for that gift we’re given and thankful to be aware of it. I hope you all enjoy your weekend and take time to reverently reflect on the love the Savior has for you individually. Happy Easter!

Enjoy a download this week to remind you He lives!

Love at Home

General conference was awesome! The speakers did a wonderful job of lifting us up, reminding us of what’s important, and ensuring we understood the direction we needed to be going in order to keep our feet on the covenant path. They are wonderful people with strong testimonies that strengthen my own!

One of my favorite things the church is doing right now is encouraging us to learn in the home and have the church be more of a support for that. I feel like as we near the second coming, Satan is working hard to tear apart families, make us all lose sight of what’s important, put higher value on activities and demands that run our lives than the family/gospel centered things we sometimes put on the back burner, and he is definitely trying to get within the walls of our homes. It’s time to fortify! The strongest defense we have against his power is within our own homes. The leaders encouraging us to strengthen our homes is wise council as we need to know how to seek the Spirit and keep Him close. We need to know how to find answers to hard questions. We need to know how love and charity feel. Creating this within our homes will help us overcome trials and challenges that are sure to come to our families. Our priority MUST be on the home and family! If we are too busy to make time for family, then we need to step back and prioritize, make sacrifices, and seek for guidance. It’s too important to not take seriously right now. I am so grateful for the direction our leaders give us and cannot wait for the transcripts to come out so we can study the talks from this conference!

Enjoy this digital download and invite the Spirit into your home, creating a space for love and kindness to flourish!

Sunshine and Smiles

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We have had lots and lots of sunshine around here recently and we have been LOVING it! Lily has been enjoying the outdoors and loves rocks, grass, trees, birds, and potato bugs.

 

We hope you are finally getting some sunshine where you are, too! We also had a bit of rain around here a couple weeks ago and a beautiful double rainbow right by our house! Unfortunately, I didn’t snap a picture… BUT I have this adorable digital download for you that totally reminds me of it. Whether you have rain or sun, there is beauty to be seen and appreciated. Enjoy!

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Spring Is Here!

Spring is here!!!! Maybe some of you don’t feel like it is, but it is officially HERE! I can’t lie, I love the winter months with the beautiful snow (if we get it here) and warm coats, but Spring means sunshine, flowers, and birds. Lily and I spent most the day yesterday outside enjoying the almost 80 degree weather. It was a nice change! Spring also represents a rebirth to me, a time when life is given a new chance to come forth again, new and more vibrant than before. When it’s talked about life having seasons, I like to think of the “Springs” I’ve experienced in my life where I’ve had sunshine after a long darkness or warmth after cold. Spring brings hope. It’s appropriate we have Easter, where we celebrate the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Through Him we are able to change. Through Him we can be reborn. Through Him we find warmth, light, and life.

This download is one of my favorites. It’s perfect for Spring! May we always be ready to bring kindness, light, sunshine, and love to those around us. Happy Spring!

 

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