Friday, November 1, 2019

Heaven Journaling Handout

Click here for the printable Heaven Journaling handout

Print double-sided and then cut into four copies of the handout. 






What is Heaven Journaling and how can I learn this process?

Heaven Journaling is a simple, powerful process that combines prayer, scriptures, and writing to open the windows of heaven's revelation. 

“I don't plan on ever going back to the way I was doing scripture study...this combo is so powerful.” - Christy 

"I love how Heaven Journaling feels like a daily hug from Heavenly Father just for me to ask and feel the answer within a few minutes. Love this!" - Jonell

There are several different ways you can learn the process of Heaven Journaling. 

1) Purchase a Heaven Journaling Journal here. 

  • They also make great gifts. Right now they're on sale if you buy two or more. The Journal walks you through the basic process of Heaven Journaling and then the lined pages are formatted to walk you through the process day by day. Easy peasy! 
  • While you're there, grab a quote-a-day calendar about personal revelation too! 


This is what a daily page looks like in the quote-a-day calendar above. 

“I am on day 5 of Heavenly Journaling and my life has CHANGED because if it! I mean it! I'm used to getting answers to my prayers but I was not expecting this! Every day I have received revelation.” - Kim

2) Take the online course here. 

  • The course is also on sale for an additional 50% off, and for a limited time, you get a free Heaven Journaling Journal when you register for the course. The course and journal make great Christmas gifts!
"In the online course Becky brings up subjects that I hadn't even thought of. Some were more relevant to me than others, and some I thought of someone else to share it with. That she brings in scriptures and quotes from prophets that pertain to the subject she's talking about, and has a real depth to the subjects that she talks about. It's a great way to expand your learning and since you have access to the videos forever, you can always use it as a refresher course or as a way to dive back in if you have fallen off the heaven journaling bandwagon :-) This course is totally worth it!" - Myla

3) Join a free Facebook group to learn the basic process here. 
  • Look for a 7-minute video of me teaching the process at the top of the group. 
This is me doing Heaven Journaling on a cold winter morning.

4) I'm looking at putting on another one-day retreat this January that will include Heaven Journaling. 

  • You can email me at becky@purposedrivenmentoring.com if you'd like me to email you when registration opens.



“I have used this method of journal keeping for many months since I heard Becky teach it. It has given me clear answers, directed my scripture study, and elevated my ability to teach and speak. I know God answers our prayers and supplications. Becky's view on journal keeping has fine-tuned my writing, and made writing much more meaningful. I feel closer to Heaven!” - Trudy 


If you're interested in having me speak to your group about Heaven Journaling, you can email me at becky@purposedrivenmentoring.com 

I've taught Heaven Journaling to various groups. I speak to groups of 100 or more. 
  • BYU-Idaho Education Week
  • New Zealand online Education Week
  • Stake youth and parents firesides 
  • Area singles conference 
  • North Star LDS LGBTQ conference 
  • Girls Camps 
  • And other various locations and podcast interviews  
"Becky is an inspired, incredible, woman who leads with her whole heart and soul. Heaven Journaling had been such a gift and has changed my relationship with God." - Elizabeth

How do you tell the difference between the Spirit and anxiety?


This is a chart in the recent Ensign article Dr. McClendon wrote.

As I teach Heaven Journaling in various settings, people sometimes ask how to tell the difference between promptings of the Spirit and their own anxiety. 

It's a good question. 

Dr. Debra Theobald McClendon has some expertise about the difference. She is a licensed psychologist and frequent speaker at BYU Education Week. 


Dr. Debra Theobald McClendon 
Below is a podcast interview where Dr. McClendon shines a light on anxiety, OCD, and scrupulosity, and how to discern if your feelings are from the Spirit or anxiety. Click on a link below to listen to her interview on:



Here is her recent Ensign article about discerning between spiritual promptings and anxiety. 

Here is her recent Ensign article about scrupulosity, a religious form of OCD. 
Scrupulosity, or religious OCD, is something that would be helpful for every LDS parent and local leader to understand. Instead of OCD that manifests itself in something like hand washing, it is spiritual OCD that manifests itself in toxic/tormenting guilt, continued confessions, feelings of never being worthy, loss of the Spirit, and such. Like other mental illnesses, it needs to be treated by someone with expertise in this area. It can’t be solved with increased religious behaviors because it is not a spiritual weakness. 
More Information about Dr. McClendon: 

  • If you’d like to contact Dr. McClendon to speak on anxiety or scrupulosity, you can contact her at dtmcclendon@yahoo.com.
  • Her is her website. www.debramcclendon.com
  • Debra and her husband Richard have written the book: Commitment to the Covenant: Strengthening the Me, We, and Thee of Marriage. It is available at Deseret Book and Amazon. 

Click here for more information about Heaven Journaling. 

It's a simple yet powerful process of combining prayer, scriptures and writing to open the windows of heaven's revelation. 



Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Real-Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Against All Grain)



My friend Amy Cuddeback shared this recipe with me and I'm in love with it!
Real-Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Against All Grain.
They're gluten-free, dairy-free, and use only natural sweeteners. I made a big batch and stashed them in the freezer. And when I eat them, I feel good afterward!
Who else out there hoards, I mean hides, healthy treats so they won't be eaten by family members who don't care about health as much as you do?? :)
Tips:
  • I use a bit more chocolate chips than the recipe calls for.
  • I use coconut oil instead of palm oil.
  • I also mixed mine with an electric mixer, not a food processor.
  • I'm not an exact recipe-follower. That takes some of the fun out of it for me. ;)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

People keep asking about my sprout salads with probiotic dressing, so here you go!


When I add fresh avocado on top, it's extra yummy! 




For most of 2019 this healthy, raw sprout salad has been my daily lunch. 

I LOVE eating such a healthy, high-vibe, satisfying, delicious lunch. 

I've gotten a lot of requests for information about how to make it. So here it is. 

Sprout Salad Recipe

About 2 cups raw sprouts* 
1 cup chopped veggies (my favorite combo is red bell pepper, cucumber, and mushroom) 
1 large spoonful of sauerkraut (I buy mine from Costco) 
Probiotic vinaigrette dressing on top (see recipe below) 


*I grow several kinds of sprouts:
  • Pro-Vita sprout mix (I bought the gluten-free version in a 5-gallon bucket from a food storage order and need to make some more of my own because it's almost gone. A health food store bulk bin room would be a good place to buy the ingredients separately and mix them at home.)
  • Lentils 
  • Alfalfa seeds (mine have a little broccoli seeds mixed in)  
You can Google some simple instructions on how to grow sprouts. It's amazingly easy. 



I like bulk-prepping these salads a couple times a week. 

I lay out a handful of stackable food containers and fill them all with salad ingredients. It brings joy to my heart to open the fridge and see a column of black salad containers all stacked up. 

Just before serving, I add the sauerkraut and dressing. Yum! 
Although the sprouts seem to last longer in the fridge than a few days, the chopped veggies likely won't. So I make enough to last 3-4 days for a couple of people.



Probiotic Vinaigrette Dressing

3/4 cup healthy oil**
1 cup liquid from sauerkraut**
3 Tablespoons dijon mustard 
2 teaspoons salt 
1 teaspoon pepper 
1 Tablespoon oregano 
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning 
2 Tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar 
3 Tablespoons fresh garlic (or 1 T powder, I use fresh garlic in a jar from Costco) 

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend. Store in a jar in the refrigerator. 




In this batch, I added some actual sauerkraut with the liquid. It thickens it up a bit. I love it! Once it's blended, it looks quite different than this. 

**Notes about Probiotic Vinaigrette Recipe: 

  • The recipe is adapted from Angie Christensen at Simply Divine Eating 
  • I use avocado oil. You could use a combo of flax, olive and avocado. If you use only olive oil, it gets stiff in the fridge. 
  • I buy my sauerkraut from Costco. Angie Christensen at Simply Divine Eating  has a great course on how to make your own fermented veggies. 
This is the sauerkraut we get from Costco. It adds a great flavor to the salad and the dressing. 

My cute granddaughters love eating sprouts. Their favorite dressing is balsamic vinaigrette. 





And if you'd like to top it off with a delicious, healthy dessert, try this healthy chocolate avocado pudding here. 




Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Join New Zealand Education Week Online!





I just recorded my class for the New Zealand Education Week!

It will be held Sun 27 Oct - Sun 3 Nov.

Many courses are available online, which are free!


And those who live close enough can attend for the two-day in-person portion on Friday and Saturday in Hamilton, New Zealand. You can register for that here.

If you just want the FREE online portion, simply like and follow the New Zealand Education Week Facebook page here.




Ask how the Holy Ghost speaks to YOU




Have you asked Heavenly Father to tutor you in how the Holy Ghost speaks to you personally?
It's a good thing to ask for.

As I teach about Heaven Journaling in various settings, which is a simple pattern of combining prayer, scriptures, and writing to open the windows of heaven's revelation, I teach this concept - that the Holy Ghost speaks in many different ways to many different people.

Some people think if they don't receive answers in big, obvious ways like dreams, visions, or hearing voices, that it doesn't count. 

Fortunately, that's not true. 

The most common forms of receiving personal revelation are subtle, quiet thoughts and feelings. An idea may come accompanied by peace or an uplift.

This advice by Sheri Dew is spot on. 

If you haven't already, I invite you to ask for this tutoring, and watch what comes...

Monday, August 19, 2019

Resources for LDS Parents of LGBTQ Children





“We need to listen to and understand what our LGBT brothers and sisters are feeling and experiencing. Certainly we must do better than we have done in the past so that all members feel they have a spiritual home where their brothers and sisters love them and where they have a place to worship and serve the Lord." 
(M. Russell Ballard, BYU Devotional, Nov. 14, 2017) 









2. Richard Ostler
Richard is a former young single adult bishop who opened his heart to his LGBTQ YSA ward members and his podcast shares many stories of those walking the road of being LDS and LGBTQ.




3. North Star
North Star is an organization for LDS LGBTQ people and their loved ones that seeks to support people in following the teachings of the LDS church. They have firesides, a spring conference, a Youtube channel, and a website.

4. Affirmation
Affirmation is also an organization for LDS LGBTQ people, but it is for people wherever they are on their faith journey - in the church, out of the church, or in-between. Affirmation has a website, a Youtube channel, has conferences in various locations. My son and I attended their Provo, Utah conference in June 2019.


5. Tom Christofferson
Tom Christofferson is the brother of the apostle Elder D. Todd Christofferson. His book, That We May Be One is about his journey of leaving the church for quite a while and eventually coming back, but how his family was incredibly supportive and loving at every stage he was in. I’ve listened to the audio book twice on the Deseret Bookshelf Plus app. 




6. Facebook Groups for LDS Parents of LGBTQ Children







Other resources for LDS LGBTQ people and their loved ones
  • Encircle is a brick-and-mortar resource for LGBTQ youth and families in Provo, Salt Lake City, and St. George, Utah.  
  • BYU has an LGBTQ outreach program. The program director, Blake Fisher, a gay Latter-day-Saint, gave an excellent presentation at BYU Women's Conference in May 2019 about how to be more inclusive.
  • There are FHE groups and Sunday School groups for LGBTQ people who are in a variety of places with their faith. I know of groups like this in the Utah areas of SLC and Logan, as well as Atlanta, Georgia; Houston, Texas; and East Long Beach, California. I assume there are others I’m not aware of. If there isn’t one in your area, you could start one!

Art is Jesus Said Love Everyone by J. Kirk Richards

Articles
(Besides the articles included above)









Resources for Faith Crisis or Struggles