Miracle of More

Hope you had a good Easter weekend. I've been meaning to write this for awhile, and thought that this weekend would be the best time.

There was a lesson given one Sunday where we discussed the different miracles that Christ performed while he was here on earth. One particular miracle, that I had not given much thought to before, really touched my heart. It's the account given in Mark 2:1-12 of the man sick with palsy who was lowered through the roof of the house so that he could be near Jesus, and hear him minister.

I had always assumed that this man who was suffering from palsy wanted to be near Christ so that Christ would heal him physically, but in the scriptures it never implies that a physical miracle was expected. Only that the man wanted to be near Jesus.

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And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.  And they come unto him. Bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 

In verse 5 it says "When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee." Imagine hearing those words said to you. I know that to have my own sins forgiven would cause deep feelings of gratitude, peace, comfort, and joy. 

Now, imagine how this man and his family and friends who had carried him must have felt. Their goal was accomplished, and a miracle had been fulfilled. They had gotten their friend, son, or brother near Christ, where he not only ministered unto them, but he blessed them with the miracle of forgiveness for sin.

Imagine then, their overwhelming joy and astonishment when Christ said,

Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up they bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 
And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God... 

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Miracles work by the power of faith, so I know this man must have had the faith to be healed. But I feel that in this instance Jesus Christ blessed this man, and his loved ones, with more than what they initially sought. This man wanted to be closer to Christ, and because of his faith and the faith of his loved ones he was blessed with not only his original desire but with two astonishing miracles: forgiveness of sin and physical healing. This man sought for one goal: to be near Christ. In return, he was blessed with his deepest hopes and desires.

A similar thing happened to Joseph Smith. He drew nearer to Christ through prayer, with a goal of knowing which church he should join. And with that single act of drawing closer to Christ, he was blessed with the joy (and the burden) of restoring Christ's true church on the earth.

I know this still happens in people's lives today. When J.R. was nineteen he made one decision to draw closer to Christ and it completely changed the course of his life.

So how exactly do you draw closer to Christ?

"To draw closer to the Savior, we must increase our faith in Him, make and keep covenants, and have the Holy Ghost with us. We must also act in faith, responding to the spiritual direction we receive."  

The "act" of becoming closer to Christ may look slightly different for each person, but I know that it happens when we submit our will to the will of Heavenly Father. This might mean swallowing our pride, or choosing to be obedient even when we don't want too.

By faithfully following Heavenly Father's plan for our lives (especially when we are scared or when we face major obstacles) allows us to find more happiness than we could ever imagine for ourselves and our loved ones.
"It is only by yielding to God that we can begin to realize His will for us. And if we truly trust God, why not yield to His loving omniscience? After all, He knows us and our possibilities much better than do we."  Elder Neal A. Maxwell

I believe that if we do all that we can to draw closer to Christ and our Heavenly Father, through our faith in them, they can bless us with more than what we initially dared to asked for in life.

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Have you ever had an experience or moment that was better than you ever could have planned or even imagined for yourself? I know that I have. These moments may not seem miraculous or special to other people, but they were exactly what I needed at that time in my life. I'm grateful for a Heavenly Father that knows each of our individual needs, sometimes even before we know ourselves. 




Photo Album Printables

If you're a parent, then you know how easy it is to fill up your entire camera roll with pictures of your favorite mini-human. 

A few weeks after our little guy was born, I was scrolling through all his pictures on my phone, while he took a nap. (Because apparently I can't get enough of him.) When I realized I really wanted to create a photo album of his first year.





To me, pictures seem even more special when they're in print, instead of on a screen. I want something that I can physically hold in my hands, and cherish as I flip through it years from now. 

The problem is, I don't have the supplies or creative talent to make a traditional "scrapbook", but I still wanted something a little bit more artistic or aesthetic looking then just throwing the pictures in any old album.

That's when I discovered Annette Haring with everydaygoodness_studio on Instagram. Her work became my inspiration, and I wanted to recreate a similar look for myself.

(photos used with permission.)



Annette used a stamp from Ali Edwards Design to create these, but I couldn't find the stamp for sale on their website anymore. 

So I decided to digitally create them on my own! 


52 Weeks - Album Printables


Obviously, they're not exactly the same, but they're close enough to give my photo album the look and feel I was hoping for.

I also decided to create three additional designs: "The Daily", "The Baby", and "The Monthly".

(Clever names right?😉)

Now, whether you want to create a vacation photo album, baby photo album, or a "life-project" album - you have the choice.



31 Days - Album Printables 




Baby Photo Album Printables

12 Month - Photo Album Printables



I've tried to make these as easy as possible for you. You don't need to spend your time recreating this look with stamps. Just print these out and cut along the lines, and you're album is ready to fill up with pictures!

***These are digital products, which will be delivered to your PayPal email. A product is NOT going to be physically shipped to your address. Also, it's just me managing this blog, so please allow one business day for your product to be sent to your email. Thanks!! 


Choose Your Prints:



Mountain Themed Nursery Room





It was a surprise to me when J.R. said that he wanted to paint the nursery room. I was still struggling with the tiredness that's part of the first trimester of pregnancy, so the thought of painting or doing any decorating sounded like way too much work.

After thinking about it for a few days, I told him that I’d only be willing to paint if we could do a “ship-lap” accent wall too. (I know, I’m such a pain.)

J.R. knew he’d be doing most all of the work (even though I promised to help). So it took him a few days to decide if it was something we could even accomplish. We didn’t have the machinery or the tools that were needed to create the ship-lap look.

But being the good guy that he is, he didn’t give up on making my dream nursery come to life.
   
He watched “How to Videos” and read up about different “ship-lap” techniques. Then he talked with our incredible neighbors who happened to have a garage full of woodworking tools, and were kind enough to allow us help ourselves to their machinery.

Realizing this project was something we might actually be able accomplish, we set off to Lowes to purchase our supplies.






The "lumber" we purchased for the ship-lap was actually just underlayment boards. They were less expensive, but still achieved the look we wanted. 

We live in a small house, and this room is only about 9 feet by 12 feet. So we weren't working with much space, which meant we didn't need to purchase a ton of materials.





J.R. started layering the lumbar piece by piece.





Everything is looking good!




We debated which color of gray to paint the walls. I was nervous to use the darker grey in such a small space, but I’m really happy with how everything turned out. 




These pictures below are the "finished" room.