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Daily Inspiration: Putting Off the Natural Man

Another wonderful reminder, from a truly wonderful man.


Elder Neal A. Maxwell

“We see in ourselves other familiar forms of selfishness: accepting or claiming undeserved credit; puffing deserved credit; being glad when others go wrong; resenting the genuine successes of others; preferring public vindication to private reconciliation; and taking “advantage of one because of his words.” (2 Ne. 28:8.) All things are thus viewed selfishly—what are their implications for “me,” much like the mattress on the highway which delayed traffic. When frustrated motorists finally got around the mattress, none stopped to remove it because now there was nothing in it for him.”

“Put Off the Natural Man, and Come Off Conqueror”

Heavenly Father Sent Me a Crib

In my Ensign Reading Project, (and I am still way behind…) this article, “Starting Our Marriage with Nothing but Faith” by Elisabeth Allen, touched my heart.  I especially loved the heavenly sent crib part. It made me tear up because EB and I started our marriage almost 27 years ago in the same way. It brought me back to those faith-filled GOOD ole’ days and driving cars that were named “the pumpkin”.


Illustrations by Iker Ayestaran

If you don’t have time to read all of the article (it’s really short, only two small pages) here is my favorite part that you really need to read. It will put a bit of hope back into your day.

When we were expecting our first baby, a girl, we had no idea how we would pay the bills, but we believed that it would work out. Around this time we received an unexpected $1,000 check in the mail from Matt’s grandma. At that point in our marriage, $1,000 was more money than we had ever had at one time. Grateful, we thanked first God and then Grandma for it, and we set it aside to put toward the impending baby bills. Another day Matt got an odd job fixing a pothole—another $250. The blessings kept coming.

Two weeks before our baby was born, I called Matt at work and told him that even though I didn’t know how we were going to pay for it, we needed a crib for the baby. I told him I would pick him up at work and that we were going to go get a crib. While on my way, I pulled my car over to answer a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize.

“Hello, Liz? This is Katherine Anderson. I live around the corner from you.”

“Oh! Yes! How are you?”

“I am fine. I am calling because this morning I was praying and I had a feeling that you needed a crib. I have one here for you. I had five babies and couldn’t have lived without a changing table, so I have one of those for you too.”

I sat in stunned silence.

“I know your car is small,” she continued, “so I’d like you to come over and use my car to get these things over to your apartment.”

Tears and more silence.

I still think of how much God blessed us through that wonderful woman!

Even though we did not start our marriage with things—not even a dresser or a bed—what we did start with was a lot of faith and a lot of dreams. We started our marriage with the determination to always trust in God. We started our marriage with faith that if we worked hard, we would enjoy the blessings of providing for ourselves through the Lord’s help.

Book Review: “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod

This book is changing my life.

I love it when I find these valuable gems!


Here is a little background.

I was watching a YouTube video one day and the person in the video kept mentioning a phrase over and over again, “My Miracle Morning…my Miracle Morning”. I was confused. What’s that?

I replayed the video, and learned that the phrase “My Miracle Morning” was referring to the book  “The Miracle Morning-The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8AM” .

I quickly shot over to A—-N, and checked the title out. Huh…it was from an unfamiliar author, Hal Elrod, and I digitally flipped through the highly reviewed book.

I then began researching Mr. Elrod and found some YouTube presentations he had done. I was intrigued with his personal story and his passion about sharing his success in turning around his life with the ideas in his book “The Miracle Morning”.

Long story short, I bought the book, read it in a day, and set my alarm for the next morning.

Did my life transform overnight?

Truthfully, no.

But, I would have to say… I am feeling something transforming.

Everyday I do my “Miracle Morning”, I feel more motivated and confident to improve myself and do better than the day before. I have a time to work on me and to work on those things that I feel are important. I have a time everyday to fill MY bucket before I start the day of ladling out to everyone and everything else.

As I intentionally get up earlier, I have more uninterrupted time for prayer, planning, pondering, studying, reading, visualizing, and meditating. In other words, it is one very crucial component to sharpening my saw. And just to warn you, this personal pre-sunrise time is addicting. I crave the early morning now and when I can’t get up before the sun, I feel like I’ve been cheated! NOW THAT IS TRULY LIFE CHANGING FOR ME-just ask EB.

If you are struggling with burn out in any area of your life, if you are flailing around with no direction, or if you know there is more that you could be doing and desire a change somehow, give this idea of “Miracle Mornings” a try.

I am…and I’m loving the change.




Birthday Photos: Eboo, B Trout & Dolly M

Happy Birthday to my spring babies- April, May and June. (And yes I know it is the middle of summer now.)

You all make my life full and crazy happy. I am blessed to be apart of your lives.

Eboo received her first phone!



B Trout, the bachelor!


Dolly M our first college woman.


Daily Inspiration: God’s Love is Simply There

This is what I wanted to share today because it was an uplift to me.

You’ll find this quote in the daily counsel and inspiration book for July 14, pg. 212, “A Future as Bright as Your Faith”  by Thomas S. Monson, our beloved Prophet.


“Your Heavenly Father loves you–each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.

Thomas S. Monson


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