Category: Guest Contributor

Having Faith in God and Not Results

Having faith in God, and not results; this was the biggest lesson I learned in 2019 and one I continue to learn. If we consistently put our faith in results, then we will only be disappointed when things don’t work out the way we envisioned. When we leave God out …

When God Says No

It’s not always easy to understand why God says no to our most earnest prayers. My friend, Maryn, shares her story of loss as she struggled to understand why God wouldn’t allow her sweet baby girl to live. For months after my baby girl died, I struggled with prayer. I …

From the Deconstruction Process to a New Life

Why does God need to put us through a deconstruction process? Why can’t He simply remodel? It’s because we all need our lives rebuilt. And sometimes those of us with the fanciest, well-made spiritual houses need the most spiritual deconstruction before reconstruction can begin. There’s always this impression, and I’m …

How I Learned What “Strong Enough” Really Means

When I got married, my head was full of dreams and wishes! I was blissfully in love and ready to take on the world with my husband. I was not naive in thinking life would never be hard— it knew it would be — but I felt we were strong …

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 …

The Gift of Experience and How it Improved My Perspective

Life is interesting and full of unexpected changes. Regardless of our location along the path, I have learned experience increases my faith and improves my understanding of life. The power of the Holy Ghost and the love God has for each one of us is undeniable. Children have an incredible …

Love is Like a Magic Eraser

Love comes so naturally in some cases.  In others, it doesn’t happen automatically so it must be learned.  This is true because we’re all different, just as we’re supposed to be. And that’s all well and good until we have to learn to love a difficult person. For me, it …

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 …

Can you Forgive without Forgetting?

We have all heard the old saying “Forgive and Forget.”  As an adult I know it is not meant to be taken literally, but as a child that is what I thought should happen. It took me nearly 40 years of emotional turmoil to unravel such a simple concept and …

10 Things Foreclosure has Taught Me

I prided myself on being a person of integrity — doing what I am supposed to do. A person who never lets people down. However, I was thrown into an identity crisis when we were forced into foreclosure on our family’s first home. It was a time where, with God’s …

Why Be Normal?

When I was in junior high, there was a button craze.  We could buy little buttons (pins) with cute sayings on them.  We would wear them on our coats and become walking billboards for things we thought were clever or cute or funny.  I had a lot of buttons with …