Category: Faith

Why a Change of Heart is so Important

In ancient times, the heart was considered the center of knowledge and thoughts.  There are 1,475 references to the heart in the scriptures, and 66 specifically mentioning a change of heart.   I personally see proof of the importance of the heart in the simple fact that the adversary is so interested in it! Shortly after Christ was born, the Nephites …

The Love of the Good Shepherd

In the novel, Les Miserables, the bishop of Digne is faced with the decision of how to treat men who were despised in the community because of their past behavior.  Those of you familiar with the story will likely remember the mercy and empathy he demonstrated to the main character and former convict, Jean Valjean, even after he has betrayed the …

Our Newborn’s Heart Surgery and How we Survived

On an unusually warm February morning, I walked hand in hand with my husband, Chris, toward our 20-week ultrasound appointment for our third child. As we entered the doctor’s office, I had a startling impression everything would not be okay. I immediately wished we had prayed together before leaving the house, and offered a silent prayer for strength to handle …

Allowing Christ to Deliver You

Two years ago I had this sweet boy, and this photo was taken just a moment after his birth. I cherish this picture and have never felt like sharing it because it’s almost a sacred photo for me. I remember exactly what I was thinking and feeling when it was taken. Now as I look at it two years later, …

Choosing God’s Path, Not Mine

We spent the first five years of our marriage in the typical transient state of many young couples — moving from one rental to the next for a little more space, graduate school, an internship. I eagerly looked forward to the day we could “put down roots” so to speak.  Everything from building lasting relationships to buying the perfect laundry …

Learning to Listen

Some years ago, my in-laws generously took their entire family to the island of Oahu for a family vacation.  We enjoyed an incredible week of snorkeling, parasailing, hiking, sea kayaking, and making amazing memories together.  On the final day of our trip, we spent the morning packing our things. We were busy cleaning up the massive home that we had all …

The Place Which God for Us Prepared

  Life was lovely in Colorado.  My husband and I enjoyed four beautiful children, good neighbors, and fulfilling friendships.  We’d lived there for eight years, longer than either of us had lived anywhere.  Our older children didn’t remember living any place else — the younger hadn’t lived anywhere else. And yet, somehow, it felt so right to leave our home …

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