As a mother, I often wonder if I’m doing a ‘good job’. My upbringing didn’t really teach me good parenting skills, and I frequently fight back the anxiety that I’m passing my pain onto the next generation in a never ending cycle. Parenting is a largely thankless job on a daily basis. However, once in a while, God gives us a pat on the back through our children—just enough affirmation to fill our sails and keep us going through often troubled waters. I never imagined one of those moments would come during the NFL draft. Continue reading

The ABC’s of Gratitude

We are powerless over other people’s behavior and attitudes.

However, we have power over ourselves. We can choose to be angry, resentful, and negative, or we can choose to be joyful, content, and grateful.

Adult children of addicts, or those who currently live with someone in addiction, often feel angry and resentful without really understanding why. These may be unresolved feelings that we haven’t learned how to deal with yet, or they may be habitual responses to the behavior of others. Many of us didn’t learn that we have power over our feelings–that no one can MAKE us feel a certain way.

Still. Old habits die hard. How can I turn my anger, resentment, or general grumpiness around and find an attitude of gratitude?

It’s as simple as ABC. Continue reading “The ABC’s of Gratitude”

How can recognizing our weakness, though painful, bring us to know God?

Recognizing our weaknesses brings humility.

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Ether 12:27

When we recognize our weakness and powerlessness, then we can more fully understand how much we need the power of God. We give place for the Atonement and recognize our need for grace.

If we ask for help and reach out to God, then that means we are asking Him to remove our shortcomings, but that is Step 7. This is Step 6 — to become WILLING or ENTIRELY READY. That’s all. We just have to get our hearts in the right place and DESIRE to have God remove our weaknesses.
Continue reading “How can recognizing our weakness, though painful, bring us to know God?”

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