Wishing you all a belated but very Merry Christmas as we Light the World!
“We should not demean or vilify ourselves, as if beating up on ourselves is somehow going to make us the person God wants us to become. No! With a willingness to repent and a desire for increased righteousness always in our hearts, I would hope we could pursue personal improvement in a way that doesn’t include getting ulcers or anorexia, feeling depressed or demolishing our self-esteem. That is not what the Lord wants for Primary children or anyone else who honestly sings, ‘I’m trying to be like Jesus.'” -Elder Holland
Merry Christmas 2020 everyone! As you can probably tell, the holidays were super hectic for me this year. Which is why this is coming out LITERALLY on New Year’s Eve. (Who else is ready for 2021 to finally get here already?)
Th “Give Thanks” challenge was really humbling and inspiring to me. If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to do so. In short, for a week, you post each day one thing you’re grateful for. Here were my 7 things, along with my accompanying thoughts that I “Give Thanks” for!
I was recently asked by someone though “What are you grateful for in 2020?” I sat there, thinking honestly, for longer than I probably should have. Ultimately, I came to the conclusion, that for me, 2020 has made me grateful for faith. Faith in God and Jesus Christ. Faith in others. And the faith that we will get through this worldwide struggle together.
Feels a little odd to be posting another rather short blog, but I’d like to invite you all, no matter your faith or denomination, to fast with me tomorrow on Good Friday.
Right now I realize is a time of much uncertainty in the world with regard to the recently named pandemic COVID-19 or coronavirus. I think it’s very easy when faced with the unknown to feel anxious, scared, or even depressed. So what is my reason for going into this? Why bring up all of these feelings of anxiety and isolation? Because I wanted to share with you all what GOT RID of them for me today.
I always feel that Christmas and the holidays during December are interesting – because they’re filled with a “mixed bag” of feelings, and quite often, I tend to hear more about the negatives. So the question to me becomes this: Why do we celebrate Christmas?
As I write this, my heart aches for the people of Paris, France, and the Catholic church who have lost much of Notre Dame. Watching the burning of this magnificent building was gut wrenching.
As Easter is upon us, I wish to express to you all some Easter Thoughts on why I rely on Christ in my life. Because for me, faith in Jesus Christ, has been about the most liberating force ever in my life. Many people have asked me how this is possible.