Whenever I hear the song of a bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face
Or the wind as it rushes by,
Whenever I touch a velvet rose
Or walk by our lilac tree,
I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heavenly Father created for me. #sunflowers#sabbathday#eternalperspective
Thank you @alisonskoff for sharing this today❤️ Manifest is my word for the year! .
What you speak about, you bring about! 🙌
Another year today. #trust#hope#eternalperspective Was a nice reminder waking up in the worlds widest enclosed canyon today - seeing my wild creators hand paint this picture. We will never (in this life) truely understand this strange blink of an eye existence of life on earth.
Have you ever heard Scottish bagpipes being played live?
Yesterday I was at a celebration of life for a dear friend from church who went on to be with the Lord, and the way the ceremony started was with bagpipes and the procession of the military. I had never heard them live until yesterday but now I understand why people love them so much. They are so captivating, but as I listened in more, I noticed something. •
While the higher octave tonic notes are being played, in different keys, notes and tones, there is this underpaying bottom noise almost in the background, otherwise known as the drone. The more I listened to them being played, the more I got lost in that noise. The quiet but ever-present foundational later still served a massive part in the whole of the bagpipes being played.
Then I thought, “That’s the Christian explained right there.” We are that slow, quiet, constant but mighty force. We don’t need any recognition, we don’t get the attention, we’re not all over the place, but we’re there, ever-present and ever-strong amidst the trials of life, and hate from the world. We love when it’s hardest to. We bear one another’s burdens, we hold each other up when the world mocks us, but we do not lose heart. This faith that keeps us steady like that drone, hold onto it dear friends.
For R E A L. 😬
Some days my mind operates with 1,308,389,309 tabs opened at once. Today’s one of them. 🤯
Kids, husband, school, work, writing, projects, relationships, the news, family, friends, health, finances, and the list goes on.
I can’t think straight when my mind is cluttered. So how, oh how, do we declutter the non-tangibles!? 📝
I’m working on a project that will help us all stay focused, keep our minds fixed where they should be, and filter the noise. Pray with me?
Truth is, I need it just as much most days! #slowdown#focus#eyesonHim#eternalperspective#Godfirst#mentalclutter#enjoythesimple#simplify#declutter#lovetheLordaboveall
“O, it chases me down, fights till I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.” •
Man these lyrics have been hitting me hard every since the beginning of this year. You see the fact that God’s love is relentless means that if you were meant to be saved, there is NOTHING that you can put between yourself and God to bring you Himself. He won’t stop in His pursuit for your soul. •
Doesn’t that just give you shivers? It’s not “positive energy”, or “good vibes”, or “putting it to the universe”. It’s the selfless, beautiful, un-escapable, love of our Creator, Jesus Christ. And he wants to be in relationship with you. So His love goes to the ends of the earth for you. It stretches as far as east is from the west. From the valley low, to the mountaintop, He is there waiting for you.
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.” – Psalm 103:11
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love. ~ sir francis drake -1577
#yourKingdomcome#yourwillbedone#togodbetheglory#eternalperspective#perspective#courage#myprayer 📸 @angelbespoke
Another of my favorite LDS couples @nieniedialogues ❤️and Christian 💪🏻 Their story inspires millions of people to overcome life's tragedies with an eternal perspective that only the Gospel of Christ offers.
✅On August 16, 2008, Stephanie Nielson boarded a Cessna 177 Cardinal for a daytrip with her husband, Christian, who had recently earned his pilot’s license, and Doug Kinneard, Christian’s flight instructor and dear friend. .
After stopping in St. Johns, Arizona, to refuel for their return to Mesa, the small plane sped down the runway and climbed into the sky. But without warning, the plane plummeted to the quiet neighborhood below.
The 27-year-old mother of four was knocked unconscious upon impact, only to awaken to the sickening smell of burning fuel and burning flesh—her flesh. “I was drowning in flames,” she recalls. “I reached for the seatbelt, but I couldn’t find it. I couldn’t get out.”
Nielson screamed for help, but her cries went unanswered. Christian had escaped the plane, believing his wife was right behind him, and Kinneard was unconscious in his seat. Finally she stopped struggling and accepted that she would burn to death. But she suddenly felt someone at her side guiding her hand to unbuckle the seatbelt and guiding her to the airplane door—and that someone was her deceased nana, Aurora. When Nielson escaped from the plane, her body engulfed in flames, her grandmother told her: “Roll.” “There were people from the other side of the veil helping me,” Nielson says. “I felt my grandmother and others there.”
✅Another way Nielson shares the gospel is through her blog, which has about 30 million readers each month. She writes about the joys of being a wife, mother, and Mormon, and she offers to send a free copy of The Book of Mormon to anyone who requests one. .
✅read their amazing story at Ldsliving.com
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork (Psalm 19:1).
The kiddos and I headed over to Seattle today, where we enjoyed swirly blue skies and higher temps. The warmth from the sun was a precious and welcome gift for me, penetrating my skin, right into my soul.
Traversing the mountain passes, God whispered to my spirit. A foretaste of what's to come, nature's beauty reminded me.
One day, there will be no depression, no struggling for joy. One day, there will be no tension, no fighting against disparity. One day, there will be no living under the heaviness of sin that abounds today.
And because of the work of Jesus, we can have a hope in that One Day.
Waiting on the seasons to change.
It’s easy to get stuck wanting to live in the future. Wanting to be somebody in the future. Wanting to live somewhere else, do something else, have something else. And then we miss that all we have is now.
Like right now. This very second. Nothing else will matter in the realm of eternity but what you do with your “now”.
How are you using the “now” that you’ve been given? Are you investing in other people’s lives? Are you taking care of the poor? Encouraging your brothers? Making the most out of every second your being allowed to live? •
Remember we’re only here for a very short while. A dash on the typewriter. Let’s remember to lay up treasures for heaven not for ourselves here. •
Don’t wait for seasons to change. Be the change in the season. -
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23
Getting all bro-datey at the biggest YA event in my history #worldsgreatestwingman
Though on a more serious note, loved the great reminder to trust the Lord, stay close to Him, and not lose hope for good things to come as we go through life’s twists and turns. “We will know that the Master Artist had a plan ... Closer up, these dots appear unconnected and random....But when you take in the entire painting, you can see how the dots blend into colors and how the colors eventually form shapes that reveal a beautiful pattern” #ldsdevo#adventureofmortality#neoimpressionisticart#eternalperspective
As I’m sure you’re having fun celebrating your birthday on celestial waters swapping fish stories with Jesus🙌🏼 I’m reminded how short time is here on earth. We’ve been blessed with this space in time to learn how to sort out what’s important and what’s not. To learn how to love like Jesus as we prepare for eternity. You finished your race strong♥️ catch one for me🎣😊 Happy birthday Jimmy😘😘😘 #fromlittlesis#fightingthegoodfightoffaith#runningtherace#eternalperspective#eternalcelebration
"Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation and thankfulness for blessings or benefits we have received. As we cultivate a grateful attitude, we are more likely to be happy and spiritually strong. We should regularly express our gratitude to God for the blessings He gives us and to others for the kind acts they do for us.
The Lord has promised, "He who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious" (D&C 78:19). Gratitude is an uplifting, exalting attitude. People are generally happier when they have gratitude in their hearts. We cannot be bitter, resentful, or mean-spirited when we are grateful." #gratitude#thankful#ldsquotes#becauseofhim#eternalperspective
Well, it's that time again. The time of year where we pack up and move. Again. .
I've moved every year of my life since I went away to college in 2006. There's so many lies the enemy tries to sneak in my head. "You'll never be able to afford a house." "You're the only one your age still renting." "You're throwing money away." "You're just going to pack up and move again in another year, so don't get comfy." .
This time is different tho. This time, we are saying goodbye forever to apartment living. We were really wanting to buy a house when our lease was up here, but God's timing is perfect. So.. instead we're renting a house! With a fireplace, a giant soaking tub, and a backyard. Literally the only credentials we were looking for HA! No, but really tho. It's the perfect next step for our family. Just 5 minutes away, still in our little nook of the world. And hey, if anyone wants to come visit, we have a guest room 😉😉😉
But with all the moves in my life, the one thing God has taught me over and over is "this place is not my home." Just another way to keep my eyes fixed on heaven, and anxiously await for the day I can have the deepest darnedest roots there ever were!!