Tagged with hope

Acknowledging Grief At Christmas

Acknowledging Grief At Christmas

Christmas is known as the “Most Wonderful Time of The Year”. But, for those who are lonely, who are grieving the loss of a beloved, who have broken hearts or empty chairs, Christmas can become the “Most Painful Time of The Year”. I’ve blogged about this subject in the past, but I feel it is important to include a … Continue reading

Even So In Christ, Shall All Be Made Alive

Even So In Christ, Shall All Be Made Alive

This morning I attended the funeral service for my sister-in-law’s sweet mother. Karen passed away suddenly and her family deeply mourns her loss. But, through their tears is also an amazing strength of spirit and a “peace that surpasses all understanding”. Each of the siblings stood at the pulpit today and shared different tender and funny memories of their mother, but there … Continue reading

Creating Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World

Creating Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! :) Today’s song for our countdown has a timeless and, in light of recent events, timely message to share. This song was written as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate of everyday life in the United States (sound familiar?). Recorded by jazz legend Louis Armstrong in 1967, during a time of war and … Continue reading

My Cousin Mark: A One In A Billion Life

My Cousin Mark: A One In A Billion Life

This week I’ve been blessed to think a lot about life and death and the meaning of things. I’ve been reminded we all have so much more potential than we really know, and there’s no better example of that than my cousin Mark. Everyone needs to know Mark! Today I’m going to share him with you, so that your life can be blessed and inspired too. Continue reading

The Prayer: Song of Healing

The Prayer: Song of Healing

“The best songs come through you and not from you,” says David Foster, Grammy award winning composer [and musical genius]. In July 2012 Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins guest starred with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the annual Pioneer Day Concert in Salt Lake City where she performed one of David Foster’s most famous compositions, “The Prayer”. Just prior to her performance, … Continue reading

Hold On! There’s Angels On Their Way

Hold On! There’s Angels On Their Way

Someone needs this message today. Maybe it’s YOU! “Over a hundred years ago, Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote The Secret Garden, an enchanting novel about a young girl named Mary, who is orphaned during a cholera outbreak and sent away to live with relatives she has never met. Mary’s childhood has been filled with loneliness and neglect, … Continue reading

My Story: Living With Mental Illness

My Story: Living With Mental Illness

The first time I can remember contemplating the idea of ending my life, I was eleven years old. I didn’t have a detailed exit plan. It was simply a strong feeling that the world would be a much better place if I wasn’t in it. The idea was shocking, terrifying and sad. “Why did I think that?” As the year progressed, more foreign little … Continue reading

I’m Still Here: An Addict’s Story

I’m Still Here: An Addict’s Story

Today, I’m sharing Mark’s story. A former addict and repeat convict, Mark tells about losing his way – not just once, but over and over and over again. His story is filled with sorrow, but it is also a story of hope and love and forgiveness. Watch this! When I listen to Mark share his long, agonizing journey, … Continue reading

The 5 Parables of Rain

The 5 Parables of Rain

Have you ever noticed that there are a lot of quotes and imagery surrounding rain? I was thinking about some of them today and how they apply to my life. They offer many positive messages to ponder.What can we learn from the rainy days or extended storms in our life? Continue reading

Begin Again

Begin Again

I woke up this morning, and I was still breathing. That is pretty much always a good way to start the day. I lay in my bed feeling the pillow cushioning my head. I saw light filtering through my curtains. I heard a bird chattering outside my window. I smelled something warm and cinnamon wafting from the kitchen. And, … Continue reading

May Day ‘Mayday!': What Will You Do?

May Day ‘Mayday!': What Will You Do?

Today is the first day of May. In many cultures “May Day” heralds the lively festival of Pagan origin celebrating life and the renewal of the earth. The holiday is not widely celebrated in the USA. But, Happy May Day anyway! Here in Utah we are appropriately enjoying a glorious, sunny spring morning. There will be sunny blue skies and … Continue reading

Time To Stop Sitting At Bethesda

Time To Stop Sitting At Bethesda

Today was a hard day for Daughter A. She felt ill, and completely exhausted. After her “marathon” miracle yesterday, who can blame her? So, she rested in her hospital bed most of the day, and tried not to feel too discouraged. Before going back to the hospital to visit with her, I tried to get some … Continue reading

Why We All Need The Olympic Spirit

Why We All Need The Olympic Spirit

The 2012 Summer Olympics continues to roll forth in all of its unscripted glory this week from London. . .And what, you may ask, could these athletic games being played miles and miles and oceans away possibly have to do with me, and these people, and this place? Perhaps a great deal more than we can humanly imagine. Continue reading

3 Keys To A Great Life

3 Keys To A Great Life

To say I do a lot of reading would be an understatement. Books, magazines, newspapers, blog posts, articles, commentary…online and offline…you name it, I can be found turning, flipping, scanning and scrolling down. Often during these ‘word feasts’ I come across a quote that sticks in my brain, and then churns around and around until it’s soft, and warm, and smooth as homemade butter taffy. Continue reading

Missouri Teens Give Hope

Missouri Teens Give Hope

Conference Countdown Tip #6: Take Time To Give!
In Februrary 2009 a LDS high school Sophomore in Ozark, Missouri decided to start a very different kind of club with her two best friends. Read their story, and watch the inspiring video! Continue reading

New Optimism

On today’s Wordpress home page there’s a simple poll. The question reads: “Are you optimistic for 2010?”

The 24-hr. vote shows that the answer “Yes” garnered 84%. Wow! It’s nice to know that despite a world filled with many troubles, we can still find a majority of people filled with optimism. This makes me feel more cheerful and more optimistic just seeing that vote of confidence!…

Learn about OPTIMISM…and watch a message about HOPE! Continue reading

There Is Always Hope

Statistically speaking, the days that follow Christmas and year-end holiday celebrations show a higher spike in depression and suicide. Today’s post is is a new video produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The message is excerpts of a talk by apostle Elder Jeffrey R. Holland entitled “Lessons From Liberty Jail” originally given at a CES Fireside at Brigham Young Univeristy on Sept. 7, 2008. This new 9 minute video from MormonMessages offers a powerful reminder that we are never really alone, and there is always hope. {VIDEO} Continue reading

You Would Have Loved This

You Would Have Loved This

On the 16th Day it isn’t always enough … to smile and grin and try to be tough… A post on coping with Grief and Loss at Christmas time.
Today, my message of hope and praise is just a little different from the norm. I wish to acknowledge the suffering that often accompanies this time of year when empty chairs and broken hearts seem especially out of place.

This Post includes an interview with singer-songwriter Cori Connors, and a NEW MoSop Movie Premeire “You Would Have Loved This”, from Cori’s Christmas CD: “Sleepy Little Town”. [watch in HD!] Continue reading

New Words

New Words

“On The 6th Day of Christmas, MoSop shares a music treat”…
…The Song “NEW WORDS” performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell (so sweet!) Today’s gift is a new MoSop Movie, featuring one of the songs “Stokes” performed during last year’s Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert in SLC. I feel this particular song captures the true essense of Christmas, and offers . Enjoy!

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9/11 Survivor Finds Peace

As we prepare to commemorate the anniversary of September 11, 2001 – one of America’s saddest days, there is opportunity for reflection, healing and peace. In this powerful video, survivor Victor Guzman describes his personal journey from the tragedy and trauma of 9/11, to hope, healing, and renewal. Created by Mormon Messages

You’re Not Alone

There are times in our life when we are going to feel completely and utterly alone. I have endured these. Some have only lasted a moment, or a day. Other experiences have lasted over a long extended period of time. These feelings are painful, frightening, and often seem overwhelming. If ever you are feeling lonliness, hopelessness, or fear, I want … Continue reading