One beloved story from the New Testament profoundly teaches us about Peace and the power of stillness.

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After a long day of teaching the people along the Galilee shore, the Savior and his dear disciples set sail to cross the sea. I’m sure He was exhausted when he found a place to lay down and quickly fell asleep. We don’t know how long His disciples battled the “great storm of wind,” and waves that “beat into the ship,” but they must have been terribly concerned. These experienced fishermen woke Jesus, saying:

“Master, carest though not that we perish? Lord, save us: we perish.” …


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Love is an intangible object. Just because we can’t feel something doesn’t mean that it’s not there. Sometimes it is a matter of learning how to think in a new way, discovering what adjustments and changes will allow our spirit to recognize Heavenly Father’s love. There are five things I’ve found, when I do them regularly, help me to understand how to feel God’s love, and inspire change.

For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”


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Whether you believe gratitude is a feeling, emotion, mood, or some type of personality trait, there is no doubt gratitude elicits greater satisfaction and overall happiness. Science is even proving gratitude to be a great tool in overcoming depression and anxiety.

The act of regularly practicing gratitude may mean a little more mental work, but the dividends far outweigh the effort. More powerful than any pill you can pop, gratitude is a natural mood enhancer.

Why Practice Gratitude?

When it comes to happiness, our focus is often on what we are experiencing on the outside. It is easy to get stuck thinking our particular circumstances determine how happy we should feel. …


Your environment doesn’t have to control your attention.

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There is no doubt the last several weeks have wreaked havoc on our ability to cope with life.

I was in the grocery store among other mask-wearing customers and thought: “when did this — social distancing while shopping with a mask on — become normal? As we look ahead to what our new normal will physically look like — it’s also an excellent time to evaluate the effects of stress and anxiety on our focus and productivity.

Do you remember what it felt like to be focused and productive? If it’s been a while, you are not alone. Internet searches for “how to get your brain to focus” have increased 300% since February. …


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Are you tired of fighting the fatigue of social distancing? The endless monotony and repetition of doing the same things every day bring back memories of the movie Groundhog Day. If I remember right, didn’t Bill Murry hit a point where he just felt tired, worn down and weary?

It’s as though we’ve been stretched to the limits of our elasticity — leaving us exhausted in an entirely different way.

Feeling Tired and Disappointed

I remember feeling tired when our kids were little. I’d chase them all day only to collapse into bed each night. But this kind of fatigue feels different. It’s not the “sleepy tired” because I stayed up too late working or reading or watching tv after the kids went to bed. …


As a parent, we’ve all felt inadequate at some point in time. We muddle along in a half daze improvising and making do with what we know and have learned along the way. Sometimes it feels as if we are making a bigger mess of things because there is no prescribed way of parenting to fit every child. Within the trenches of parenting, it always helped me to get another mom’s perspective.

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Tips from the Trenches

There was always something powerful about a lunch date with moms who knew because they were right there with me. When I was able to share lessons learned, heartbreak endured, and vent frustrations with my friends, I seemed to walk away feeling better about myself and my parenting abilities. …


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While we have been blessed with four beautiful children — what most people don’t know is we struggled with infertility for four years. I realize four years is nothing in comparison to the years of anguish so many other women go through, often without ever being able to resolve the medical reasons of “why.”

1 in 8 couples lives with the pain of infertility, having their dreams crushed month after month. I believe sharing our experiences can help others learn and grow from the pain finding the hope and strength to keep moving forward. …


Wouldn’t it be great if we could see into the future and live today with the added benefit of our experience a few years down the line? It would be so much easier to teach our families if we had the foresight to know what would work. It’s hard not to get bogged down by the daily “stuff.” Wondering if this “stuff” is helping or hurting our family.

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When we were traveling in Georgia, the beautiful live oaks became a total fascination for us. Coming from a dry and arid climate the growth of these massive trees was somewhat of a novelty. One tree, in particular, had been rooted in its spot for hundreds of years — long before any homes were built in the neighborhood. …


One of the first chapter books I remember reading was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. The value of a true friend was etched in my mind as I witness the friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur developed. The love and sacrifice between these two characters taught me about the importance of our need to connect.

Why did you do all this for me?” Wilber asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.”

“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

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Friendship is a tremendous thing. I see it all over social media — the need for friends. Some voice it as loneliness while others try to compensate by putting up a facade — but the truth remains — we all need friends. …


I can still hear the words of Mrs. Peitz, my third-grade teacher: “Keep your eyes on your own paper.” Back then our answers were supposed to be the same. It was a temptation to compare my answers with my neighbors’ because I wanted them to be right. What I didn’t understand was that my neighbors’ answers weren’t always correct, and so comparing didn’t always guarantee a good score.

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Since third grade, we’ve grown individually into different people, with answers (or lives) that should be different as well. …

About

Lori Jackson

Author of Creating Positive Habits and Practicing Progress, Lori writes about choices inspiring greater joy and happiness. https://www.choosingwisdom.org/

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