Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Give Thanks

Do you ever forget to be grateful? No? Okay, it's probably just me. I often forget to thank my Heavenly Father for all of the amazing things He does for me and gives me. It crossed my mind today, as I was contemplating how safely my family drove to and from our morning destinations, that the Lord helped me out so many times and I never thanked Him. (That quickly changed!)

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord. Ps. 92:1

In honor of the upcoming month of November that is typically focused on gratitude, I wanted to give everyone the chance to hang this 5x7 print in their homes to remember to be grateful and give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all He offers. It is a good thing to teach our children, and a good thing to remember to do ourselves. I am so grateful that we can pray to God and thank Him personally for the things we are most thankful for.
I hope to be able to post a few more Thanksgiving printables this month and would love to hear any scriptures or LDS quotes that you would like to see made up. I'll try to do at least two more!

How do you teach your children to give thanks to the Lord?

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I cut mine down and added it to a frame in my wreath. Forgive my feet and shoes strewn about.

If you are looking for other ideas already on my site, I also have another gratitude quote here.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

House of Order - Time For Christ

Do you ever feel like your life is so crazy and your home is so chaotic that you can't even function? That has been my story for the last month and a half. This morning I finally got some important projects around the house completed (they have been haunting me daily), and I already feel like my home is more peaceful. I'm trying to get everything in order from our move last month, but it's proving to be more difficult than I expected. Hopefully it will be done soon!

However, I know some of the chaos will continue despite my best efforts. I am running three blogs, I take care of my two busy kids, and I am helping my father build some new businesses. I am also in charge of my whole household, as my husband is in school full-time and works two jobs, which means he is rarely home. Add church callings, family, grad school applications, and a few sicknesses in there, and we've got a whole bunch of craziness in our place.

Today's printable quote is a great reminder to me that I need to have more order in my home and in my life. It reminds me to have a balance in all things, but to have a greater priority.

"Our house is to be a house of order...Let us provide time for family, time for work, time for study, time for service, time for recreation, time for self—but above all, time for Christ." - Thomas S. Monson (Click here to read this talk.)

I feel like all of the stresses in my life have been overshadowing my time for Christ. I still read scriptures, pray, try to read/listen to Conference talks, attend church, etc., but I don't have a lot of down or quiet time to just sit and think or study of Christ and reflect upon His role and influence in my life. I need more of that time. I need to prioritize better and focus on the things that truly matter most.

I am grateful for living prophets who testify to us of the simple truths that we need to remember to live happy lives and prepare ourselves to return and live with God again someday. I know Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet who leads the true church of Christ on the earth.

How do you keep your house and life in order? 

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Sunday Session Highlights - General Conference 2013

I took away so many different things from conference this weekend, and I know I have much more to learn as I re-watch and study the messages that were shared. My husband and I sat and talked tonight about what we learned and about how we can improve our lives, and we couldn't stop at just one or two things! We realize that, even though we are trying hard to live the gospel each day, we can try a little harder and do more to share the gospel and be righteous.

Here are a few quotes that I felt strongly about from the Sunday sessions (again, keep watching for more to come!):

"Shall I falter or shall I finish?" - Thomas S. Monson

"There is joy guaranteed for the faithful." - Henry B. Eyring

"Stellar spirits are often housed in imperfect bodies." - Russell M. Nelson

This last one stood out to me in particular because I have a younger brother with Down syndrome. I have always had a strong connection with him, and I know he has a very strong and stellar spirit. He can't share his thoughts, feelings, or testimony with me because of his physical limits, but I know that someday I will be able to communicate with him in his perfect form and he will be even more amazing than I already think he is. My brother is an incredible friend, a loyal sibling, and the best and silliest uncle.

Check out the free printables from the Saturday sessions here.

What were your favorite messages from the Sunday sessions?

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Saturday Session Highlights - October General Conference 2013

Over the last few days, I prayed about certain topics and doctrines that I hoped would be addressed in General Conference. As a fulfillment to MANY of the words of the prophets and apostles telling us to come prepared with questions, my pleas to God were heard and ALL of my questions were answered in today's two sessions of General Conference. Most of the questions were answered in one talk. I was shocked, astounded, humbled, and grateful. I know that God follows through with His promises if we do what we are told, and I am ever so grateful and blessed for heeding the words of the prophets.

I was richly blessed and rewarded today, and my life will improve in ways I didn't think were possible. I am filled with joy and gratitude for living prophets and apostles who seek the Lord's guidance to share with us the things that we need to know.

There were many talks that touched me, and I have created a few printables (in totally different styles...I've been experimenting lately) with some of my favorite quotes (and I'll be honest...I'll probably come back and add more!):

"A grateful person is rich in contentment." - David A. Bednar

"In the service of the Lord, it is not where we serve, but how." - Edward Dube

"Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"It is impossible to fail when you do your best and when you are on the Lord's errand." - M. Russell Ballard

"We are infinitely more than our limitations and our afflictions." - Jeffrey R. Holland

**See the Sunday General Conference printables here.**

What were your favorite talks and quotes from Saturday's conference sessions?

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 Also, don't forget to watch the Sunday sessions of General Conference live on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at this link here. You won't want to miss it. Make sure to check back here for more free printables from conference.