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Remember a couple of weeks ago when I posted a new Songs for the Sabbath post (my first in a very long time) and I mentioned that I was taking a break from my 12 page researched argument paper?
Well, my friends, thanks to hard work, perseverance, and divine intervention, I received an "A" on that paper, and I literally jumped for joy.
Now I have a week-long break in between semesters and I am looking forward to catching up on some badly needed chores around the house. (You know you're a mom when you are "looking forward" to catching up on house chores, lol.)
Once again, I just felt like blogging, so I sat down at the computer with a heart open to the Lord's will to see what song I could share today that might help someone. I turned to one of my favorite Christian artists...Casting Crowns. I love their music so much, especially their Christmas album. (Guys. If you have not heard their Christmas album, add it to your list for this year! I'm telling you! It's AMAZING!)
I found a beautiful song and video that they published over two years ago. I hope that it helps bring you what you need on this holy Sabbath day.
Casting Crowns- Oh My Soul
When you don't feel strong enough, please remember, you don't have to face the hard times alone. The Savior is there, watching and waiting. Reach out to Him and He will help you find the strength you need to make it through anything.
This feels amazing.
It's been way too long since I have written on this blog. I have been taking a higher level English class this semester and after spending most of the day on the computer completing the writing assignments for that class, plus the assignments for my other classes, I just don't have it in me to keep up the blog with regular posts.
But, I miss it and I'm thankful to take a break from my 12 page argument research paper assignment to share a beautiful song on this Sabbath day.
Rest- Nik Day
I love the music that is specifically written to go with the Youth theme every year. This year's theme for youth in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is from the scripture found in John 14:15...
I love it! Such a great scripture to focus on this year and any year.
Another thing that I encourage you to focus on is the Savior's ability to help you find peace and rest in this sometimes unruly and wicked world. There are some scary things out there, enough to create massive amounts of anxiety and fear in anyone. How fortunate we are to have the Master Healer, Protector, and Prince of Peace on our side to help us overcome our fears and anxiety.
You Say- Lauren Daigle
Stop beating yourself up.
You are a child of God and He loves you.
You have an older brother, Jesus Christ, who suffered for YOU. He died for YOU. Believe in that kind of love in your life, because it's real.
In Christ Alone- BYU Vocal Point
To blog or not to blog? That is the question.
Needless to say, I have spent some time pondering the future of this blog this week. I finally sat down and started writing out a plan of things I would like to post. As I did that, I found myself feeling excitement about posts that I want to do. The ideas started flowing and I got my answer...do not stop blogging. Even if no one reads my posts or cares if I blog or not, I need to do it. Maybe it will just be for me. Blogging is therapeutic. Maybe it will be for someone in my posterity who will want to read his/her grandmother's posts. Maybe it will be for someone who stumbles upon my blog someday. Whatever the reason, I'm excited to get going again.
Without further adieu...
Now that you have made it through my ramblings, let's get on with this week's Songs for the Sabbath post, shall we? In preparing for new posts, I went through my past Songs for the Sabbath posts so I could remember which songs I have highlighted. I realized that I have not shared the theme song for the youth in our church this year.
Peace in Christ
This year in our young women and young men programs in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are focusing on how to find Peace in Christ. The scripture that this theme comes from is found in D&C 19:23
"Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me."
This has been such a great theme and I have loved pondering and leading discussions on how we can find Peace in Christ in this world of turmoil, pain, and hardship.
I hope that as you listen to this song, you will be able to feel peace and know that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is the one true source of eternal peace and happiness.
Here is another version that the adorable Claire Ryann Crosby and her dad shared at Easter time this year.
Today's song is the perfect one to prepare you to celebrate Easter next week. The title is two simple words, but put together, they pack a powerful punch.
by Chris Tomlin
"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said."
As I was getting ready for church this morning, I thought that today would be a great day to squeeze in a new Songs for the Sabbath post. As I have mentioned, life is a little crazy right now and I have not had the time to devote to keeping up this blog. But, the writing bug bit me today and I asked God to direct me to a song to share.
That's when I heard the song, "Kind", start playing on my phone. It's in my "Sunday Sounds" playlist. Written by Jenny Phillips and performed by Brooke Stone, it's a song that talks about how the world is in need of more kindness, specifically the type of kindness that comes from strong, righteous women of God. I love it, and I hope you will love it too.
I spent some time putting a little video together, and I think it adds that special something to the song. I wish I could have fit pictures of every single kind and amazing woman I know in my life, but I would have had to loop the song at least 7 times to do that! I have so many examples of kind-hearted, wonderful women in my life and I am grateful for each and every one of them.
Kind- by Jenny Phillips. Performed by Brooke Stone.
Let's do this, my friends. Let's keep the Kind-hearted women's movement rolling.
We need to flood the world with kindness,
and it begins with you and me.
What do you mean when you say they are "strong"?
When I say that these young ladies are strong, I am not just speaking of their physical capabilities. I am speaking of the strength of their souls. Their souls are so genuinely good. They are kind-hearted, sweet, and strong in their desires to follow the Savior.
I am so lucky to be the mother of 3 strong, capable, beautiful, powerful daughters of God.
I am also so lucky to serve the strong, capable, beautiful, powerful daughters of God in the Young Women organization of our ward. Every week I am amazed at their enthusiasm, their love of the gospel and of each other, and the strength that they show by just simply living their lives in this crazy world.
And so, I dedicate this post to all of the Strong young women and "not so young" women in my life. Thank you for your examples. Thank you for your strength. Thank you for being you.
Strong- by Nik Day and McKenna Hixson
You are an overcomer
Light the World- Evie Clair featuring Benson Baril
I woke up this morning with a song running through my head,
and it wasn't this one.
I can't tell you how many Sunday mornings this has happened. I wake up with a particular song in my mind and I think, "This must be the song I need to share today." So I sit down at my computer and look on YouTube for a video with the song I am thinking about. But sometimes, I cannot find the song I am thinking of and then I am left to wonder, "Why was I thinking about that song?"
That is when I stumble upon the song that I am really meant to share, and that is what happened this morning. Although the song that I woke up with is a great one, and you should listen to it (Come, Sing to the Lord), this song that I have chosen for today is the one that I need to share with you.
Come, Ye Children of the Lord- The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- 1. Come, ye children of the Lord,
Let us sing with one accord.
Let us raise a joyful strain
To our Lord who soon will reign
On this earth when it shall be
Cleansed from all iniquity,
When all men from sin will cease,
And will live in love and peace.
2. Oh, how joyful it will be
When our Savior we shall see!
When in splendor he’ll descend,
Then all wickedness will end.
Oh, what songs we then will sing
To our Savior, Lord, and King!
Oh, what love will then bear sway
When our fears shall flee away!
3. All arrayed in spotless white,
We will dwell ’mid truth and light.
We will sing the songs of praise;
We will shout in joyous lays.
Earth shall then be cleansed from sin.
Ev’ry living thing therein
Shall in love and beauty dwell;
Then with joy each heart will swell.
Oh, how joyful it will be, when our Savior we shall see!
When in splendor he'll descend, then all wickedness will end.
Earth shall then be cleansed from sin.
Ev'ry living thing therein shall in love and beauty dwell;
then with joy each heart will swell.
I leave you this Sabbath day with an invitation...
How will you come unto the Lord this day?
How will you prepare to behold His face?
I am loving my second chance at life.
Every day is an opportunity to do good and to be a little better than the day before.
I love being a mommy.
It's my favorite thing in this world and my most important job.
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