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Turn Stress into Joy in the New Year

The late Thomas S. Monson once taught about the importance of finding joy in the journey of life. He said, “I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by…Instead, find joy in the journey—now.” (Monson, “Finding Joy in the Journey,” Ensign, Nov. 2008).

In his honor, my word for the new year is JOY. All of us are here on earth, that we might have joy (2 Ne 2:25), but what seems to come more naturally is stress. The joy of life tends to get bogged down with what I like to call “all the things:” the to-do lists, the assignments, the requirements, and constraints, plus what always seems like not enough time to complete it all. An added stress, social media seems to point out all we’re not doing as parents, partners, professionals, and people.

Faith Because of a Baby

Sometimes God allows us to go through similar experiences and feelings over and over again in our lives, to learn, grow, and develop more faith in Him.

Five years ago today almost to the month, Travis was applying to accounting PhD programs. The preliminary interviews turned into fly-outs and before we knew it he was flying around the country interviewing—it was a scary, unknown time. Within this same time frame, I was pregnant—eight months pregnant—and before we knew it I was on the labor and delivery floor of the hospital giving birth to our stillborn baby—and that was scary.

Jesus on Your Playlist: Mainstream Songs That Remind of Christ

During the holiday season, symbols of Christ surround us.  Christmas decorations, traditions, and music on the radio all point to the Savior.  The spirit of the season sometimes seems to fade once January rolls around, and the music is switched off, but types, shadows, and symbols of Christ surround us beyond December 25th. 

Gentle Grace

As I sit here, Bible in hand,
reading about the birth of Christ,
I see in my mind’s eye, Mary,
and the tenderness in her eyes.

The Babe upon her shoulder,
her own face turned t’ward His.
A hallowed moment as her lips
just brush Him with a kiss.

Gratitude—More than We Think

"Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done."

Gratitude is powerful. It has the power to shift our thinking and attitudes. I’ve always loved the saying: “I used to complain about my shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” There will always be people worse off than you. Focusing on what we do have however, the good within our circumstances, can have powerful outcomes.