Monday, February 27, 2017

As the world grows darker, God is sending more light!

I love this quote by Elder Anderson. We live in the last days when darkness is growing, but God is also sending more light! More revelation, more temples, more spiritual gifts, and more power. Thanks to technology, more ways to do family history, more ways to access truth and share it. More ways to have a positive influence. I love living in these days!

Click here to read his whole talk.
Click here to see my takeaways from his talk.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Join us for the Powered with Purpose Retreat!

March 16 - 18 
10 AM Thursday to 3 PM Saturday
At a Beautiful Mapleton Cabin, close to Provo, Utah! 

Enjoy a luxurious 18,000 square feet cabin getaway with other women choosing to live an inspired, purpose-driven life!

Hear from Our Amazing Presenters

  • Leslie Householder 
    • Three-time bestselling author including The Jackrabbit Factor, speaker, blogger, creator of "Genius Bootcamp"
    • "The Power of Thoughts and Words" Honoring the Struggle that’s part of Living your Purpose, and Accessing God’s Power for Overcoming Challenges and Fulfilling your Life's Mission

  • Charlotte Varble 
    • Massage and energy therapist, author, coach, creator of the "Clear, Connect, Create" program
    • "The Power of Connecting with Heaven" with Inspired Daily Action Steps to Help you Live your God-given Missions

  • Becky Edwards 
    • Owner of Purpose Driven Motherhood blog, presenter, mentor/life coach, coach for 3 Key Elements' Elite Mentor program
    • "The Power of Faith in the Impossible" with Tools for Overcoming Fear and Doubts 

  • Kendra Burton 
    • Gifted artist, television art instructor, temple mural painter  
    • "The Power of Being an Instrument of Influence" Healing through Art and Music. We will create an original oil painting together!  

The Inspiration Behind this Retreat 

The quote above speaks to my soul! I know many women who feel called to do something in these last days. We don't remember receiving assignments in the life before this, but we feel a longing, a leaning, an urging, a craving to do something we feel we are supposed to do. Can you relate? 

As a life coach and presenter, I love helping people become and do what God put them on earth to become and do. It lights me up inside! For many mothers, there are stages where our full attention is put on our deepest mission of family and home, which is the most important, eternal work we will ever do. There are other phases where many women feel called of God to do something else, yet they still want to be excellent mothers, because "No other success can compensate for failure in the home" (David O. McKay). This retreat is about helping us gain clarity and inspiration from God, gaining empowerment and tools to see our gifts, overcome obstacles, boost our faith, and live our God-given missions, no matter your stage of life!

Savor time to relax, connect, visit, learn, ponder, and journal. Nourish your body with health-boosting meals. Get rejuvenated and recharged to live a more inspired, purpose-driven life.

Come connect with amazing women on their path of living an inspired, purpose-driven life. 

Only $347 per Person

You can save $20 by sharing on Facebook through the registration page!
If you bring another person, email Becky to ask for a special discount! 

Click here to register

Spaces are limited, so book your retreat today! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

There's a good contagious going on at my house!

I love how contagious good things can be! 

Every time I teach my organizing course, I get in the mood to organize little areas of my home, and inevitably, others in the family "get the bug" and start de-cluttering and organizing too! 

My daughter Grace, who used to be a self-proclaimed pack rat, has completely overhauled her bedroom, helped a friend de-clutter her garage, and today organized our pantry! Wahoo!!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A fun FHE game for flipping negative thoughts to positive!


We did a family activity of changing thoughts from positive to negative with a wooden sword and throw pillows! 

First we had each person write a list of some negative thoughts they've been having. Then a parent pretended to be the devil and said negative statements while throwing pillows. The sword holder hit the pillows away while yelling positive opposite statements.  

We loved it! 

It was way more fun than I expected! I felt awesome after my turn, and laughed a ton while being the pillow thrower. My oldest son really got into it by tying his tie around his head and using his belt to tie a pillow to a chair while he beat it up. Haha!

Experts say the majority of people's thoughts are negative. 

When a person is filled with negative thoughts it can cause depression and relationship issues. It can also limit a person's performance and potential, their belief in themselves, and ability to move forward, reach their goals, and have an impact in the world. Negative thoughts can come from the devil and his helpers, from our own previous experiences, or from things others have said to us in the past. Sometimes we make up negative stories about how others perceive us. Who knew that such a simple tool as this game can help us win the battle in our minds? 

Here are examples of statements you could flip from negative to positive: 

  • You can't get answers to prayers, so why try? ..... Yes I can get answers and I do all the time! 
  • You can't do well in school, so give up. ..... Yes I can do well in school, and I'm awesome at school!
  • You're too overwhelmed, just give up. ..... I have confidence and God is helping me! 

Try this fun game with your family and leave a comment below to let me know how it goes! 

Click here for an object lesson you can use to teach this same concept. Click here for a short video about it. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wanna a 10 minute organizing challenge? Here's a good one!

How does that happen? 

All those lids with no containers. It's like the mismatched socks. Where do they go anyway?

Here's a quick little challenge to make you feel awesome about your food container cupboard! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Barefoot and sunshine in February? Nourishing to the soul.

My soul is singing right now! 

I know it's February but I just spent around 25 minutes barefoot in the sunshine! Soaking up that nourishing energy from the sun and earth that God made our bodies to thrive on. 

Also, one of my trainers has repeatedly taught me that you receive inspiration more easily in nature. I've been feeling inspired to create a retreat for a while and have needed to receive some clarity about the details. 

Well, 25 minutes in my own front yard did the trick. Inspiration received and recorded. 

God is good!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

This brought scriptures to new life for me!

Do you want the scriptures to come to life for you?

In President Nelson's recent talk he invited the young adults of the Church to do a pretty amazing project. 

I took a part of that invitation. I started a couple days ago. 

Can I just say... WOW. 

Since I stopped teaching seminary last year, the scriptures haven't felt this alive to me, and I am loving this!

Here's what I did. Step One. 

I started reading and marking one word at a time in the Topical Guide or Index, under the heading, "Jesus Christ." He's got lots of subheadings. 

I started with the first label, "Jesus Christ, Advocate." First I marked the phrases that stood out to me. 

Step two. 

Then I journaled about what this title means to me. How is Christ my advocate? 

I started weeping. In the library study room where I happened to be studying my scriptures that day. Wow. I was bearing my testimony on paper about how much Christ loves me, what He did, and does, and will do for me.  

And suddenly I loved Him even more than I did before. 

The next day I repeated the process with the next word on the list, which was "Jesus Christ, Atonement." 

Weeping again. To bear my testimony on paper of what my life would be like without Christ's atonement was a sacred experience. 

I can hardly wait for my study today. 

To feel even closer to my Savior, to appreciate and know and love Him even more.  

Check out the blessings President Nelson promised for doing this study project. 

President Nelson promised: "If you proceed to learn all you can about Jesus Christ, I promise you that your love for Him, and for God’s laws, will grow beyond what you currently imagine. I promise you also that your ability to turn away from sin will increase. Your desire to keep the commandments will soar. You will find yourself better able to walk away from the entertainment and entanglements of those who mock the followers of Jesus Christ" (President Russell M. Nelson, "Prophets, Leadership, and Divine Law," An Evening with President Russell M. Nelson, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, January 8, 2017, Emphasis added). 

Click here for President Nelson's talk. 

Click here for more ideas to make the scriptures come to life. 

14 Favorite Takeaways and Action Steps from President and Sister Nelson's 2017 Worldwide Devotional

A year ago I went nuts over President and Sister Nelson's Worldwide Devotional talks and blogged about them here.
They've done it again this year! Two power-packed talks full of bold truth and action items.

Three powerful action items from President Nelson.

These invitations are to help the young adults increase their discipleship, prepare to be tomorrow's leaders of the Church, and to get the world ready for the Savior's return.
1. First, focus on your marriage and family. Implement the impressions you had as you heard "Aunt Wendy’s' four truths about love and marriage." [See her talk below.]
2. I urge you to study the lives and teachings of these 16 prophets of God. That study will change your life. [Look for leadership qualities and lessons, as they are what President Nelson called, "the finest leaders to have walked the earth.]
3. Consecrate a portion of your time each week to studying everything Jesus said and did as recorded in the [standard works].
  • Study everything Jesus Christ is by prayerfully and vigorously seeking to understand what each of His various titles and names means personally for you. For example, He really is your Advocate with the Father. He will take your side. He will stand up for you. He will speak on your behalf, every time, as you choose to be more like Him.
  • Get to know Him by studying all He continues to teach through His living prophets and apostles. Study 'The Family: A Proclamation to the World.' Study 'The Living Christ' document. These were both received by revelation. Post them online and where you can see them daily.
  • Pray for a witness that those truths represent divine law. Learn to articulate those truths in your own words. Practice! Then pray and look for opportunities to speak about what you believe. Your ability to lead and to have righteous influence will increase as you do so.
Click here to see the part of this study project I'm doing that's bringing the scriptures to life for me!

President Nelson promised four beautiful blessings for doing this study project. 
If you proceed to learn all you can about Jesus Christ, I promise you that your love for Him, and for God’s laws, will grow beyond what you currently imagine. I promise you also that your ability to turn away from sin will increase. Your desire to keep the commandments will soar. You will find yourself better able to walk away from the entertainment and entanglements of those who mock the followers of Jesus Christ.
Here are some other favorite quotes from his talk.

Christ is our ultimate mentor.
As members of His restored Church, we know that Jesus Christ, our Master, is our ultimate Mentor. As a true millennial, you were born to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. In fact, the only way to be a true millennial is to be one of His true disciples! How can you increase in your discipleship? I have an invitation for you that will help—it’s an assignment, actually—if you choose to accept it. [Then he introduced the study project above]. 
The more we know and live divine law, the better leaders we will be. Truth is truth, no matter what popular opinion says. 
The more of God’s laws you may know—and more importantly, the way you live them—the more effective your righteous leadership will be. Divine law is incontrovertible and irrefutable. Divine law cannot be denied or disputed. And when God’s laws are obeyed, relevant blessings always result! Blessings are always predicated upon obedience to applicable law.
Existentialists can expound; relativists can rationalize with their constricted views of reality—that truth is only a subjective experience—laws are laws! God’s truth is really true! What God says is right is right! And what He says is wrong is wrong!
As an Apostle, I plead with you to learn God’s irrevocable laws. Learn them by study and by faith. That means, among other things, “[living] by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.”
Avoid Lucifer's snares and entrapments. 
Pray to discern between God’s laws and the philosophies of men, including those cunning counterfeits of the adversary. Through eons of time, Lucifer has honed his craft. He is skilled at distraction, distortion, deception, and misdirection. I plead with you to avoid his cunning snares as you would avoid a plague!
Entrapments designed by Satan can only bring to you misery, spiritual captivity, and death. This is true everytime. The sad consequences of yielding to Lucifer’s lures are predictable, dependable, repeatable, and regrettable.
Keeping God's laws brings freedom and power. 
Conversely, I promise that as you keep God’s commandments, as you live by His laws, you will become increasingly free. This freedom will unveil to you your divine nature and allow you to prosper personally. You will be free from the bondage of sin. You will be free to be you—an effective, righteous leader. You will be prepared to lead by precept and by example wherever you are needed. Happily, the blessings of keeping God’s commandments are also predictable, dependable, and repeatable.

I love that President Nelson ended his talk by invoking a priesthood blessing on the audience.
Now, as one of His Apostles, I invoke those keys to leave a blessing upon each of you. I bless you to learn God’s laws and live by them. I bless you to be a good example, in word and deed, of a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I bless you to be free from sin, to radiate goodness and light in a way that will attract others to want to know and feel the source of your light. I bless you with success in your educational and occupational endeavors. I bless you to seek for and care for your virtuous companion. And I bless you each to be a righteous leader in your family, community, country, and in the Church.
Click here to watch or read President Nelson's talk.

Here is what President Nelson said on Facebook that day about his talk: 
During my devotional address this evening, I invited you to accept an important assignment to begin to consecrate a portion of your time each week to studying everything Jesus said and did as recorded in the Old Testament, for He is the Jehovah of the Old Testament. Study His laws as recorded in the New Testament, for He is its Christ. Study His doctrine as recorded in the Book of Mormon, for there is no book of scripture in which His mission and His ministry are more clearly revealed. And study His words as recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants, for He continues to teach His people in this dispensation.
For help completing this assignment, see the Topical Guide, “Jesus Christ.” In addition to the text under that major heading, there are 57 subtitles about Him. ... Let this resource become your personal core curriculum.
This may seem like a large assignment. But I encourage you to accept it. If you proceed to learn all you can about Jesus Christ, I promise you that your love for Him and for God’s laws will grow beyond what you currently imagine. I promise you also that your ability to turn away from sin will increase. Your desire to keep the commandments will soar. You will find yourself better able to walk away from the entertainment and entanglements of those who mock the followers of Jesus Christ. I can recommend this assignment to you because I recently completed it myself and I know it has blessed my life.
I would like to follow up with you at a later point to learn how your study is going and hear how it is changing your lives. (Emphasis added). 

Sister Nelson gave a power-packed ten minutes of the truth about love and marriage at the same meeting here. 

Sister Nelson urged us to seek to understand the truth about love and marriage. She gave four truths. 

Truth #1: Truths about love and marriage are brought to you by the Holy Ghost from our Heavenly Father.
Truth #2: Personal purity is the key to true love.
The more pure your thoughts and feelings, your words and actions, the greater your capacity to give and receive true love.
So, if you’re single and wonder how best to prepare for true love, the answer is: Do whatever it takes to keep your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions pure. Invite the Spirit to guide you. He will help you! And if you’re married, my counsel is exactly the same!
Truth #3: As an important part of the expression of their love, the Lord wants a husband and wife to partake of the wonders and joys of marital intimacy.
...Marital intimacy is sacred. In fact, a husband and wife can be drawn closer to God when joined in true marital intimacy. So, how can you prepare for such intimacy? You will need to live righteously so the Spirit can be the companion to you and your spouse.
Truth #4: For true marital intimacy, the Holy Ghost needs to be involved.
It is simply not possible to have the kind of intimate experiences outside of marriage that you can have within because the Spirit will not be present.

Elder Parley P. Pratt taught that the Holy Ghost has the ability to increase, enlarge, expand, and purify “all the natural passions and affections.”5 Just imagine: He can purify your feelings! Therefore, anything that invites the Spirit into your life, and into the life of your spouse and your marriage, will increase your ability to experience marital intimacy. It really is as simple, and as profound, as that!

On the other hand, anything that offends the Spirit will decrease your ability to be one with your spouse. Things such as anger, lust, unforgiveness, contention, immorality, and unrepented sin will reduce your attempt for marital intimacy to be something that is nothing more than a sexual experience.
I testify that marriage is one of the greatest privileges God gives to His children, that marriage can be the source of unparalleled joy, and that personal purity is the key to that joy. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Either you run the day, or the day runs you.

Yep. This is so true for me. 

If I start the day with my morning power routine it makes all the difference. The morning is like the rudder for the rest of the day. 

Have you noticed how you spend the first hour of your day impacts the rest of your day?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Last Minute 2-Day Flash Sale on my "Overwhelmed to Organized" Class!

Are you ready to create more order in your home, time, mornings, mindset, housework, family, papers and to-do's? 

Did you know that creating order lays the foundation to achieve more in any given area? Come join the fun and create more order, peace and purpose. 

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I won't be teaching this class again until fall, so now is the perfect time to jump in! Class starts THIS THURSDAY online or in person! 

Have You Ever Heard of Intuitive Time Management?

What does that even mean? 

Watch this three-minute video for a game-changing concept.