God gives you who you need

As many of you know, I have three sons, ages 11, 5 and 3. Ever since getting pregnant with my fourth child, my friends and family have cheerily and optimistically expressed that they hope I have a girl this time. Usually in conversations like this, I admit that I would love to have a daughter,…

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What Do We Do?

May I state the obvious? I am not black. Quite the opposite. I am white, but may I state something that isn’t quite so obvious? That isn’t stopping me from being in tears after reading about Alton Sterling and Philando Castile –  two black men with loving families, who were brutally killed by police officers this week.  …

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The Cries that Go Unheard

Sometimes you just feel that you have to write about something. I feel that way tonight. I am writing about something I am completely passionate about. Why have I not written about it before, you ask? I didn’t feel compelled to. Now I do. Many people who are passionate feel the need to spout out…

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The Al-Bjalys in Disney World

Remember how we won a trip to Disney World? Well, February 29-March 6, 2016 was the week we got to visit the Happiest Place on Earth. Here is how it all went down: Monday – Traveling to Orlando! The magic started early – right after we checked our bags, in fact. As we turned around to ride…

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Who Would Be the Best President of the United States

The news right now is filled with stories about the U.S. Presidential candidates. TV is filled with ads that promote one candidate, while often putting down others.  Some citizens know exactly who they are voting for, and others are struggling to find anyone to stand with. I have pondered a lot about the type of…

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More than just Terms of Endearment

Casey, Rigel, and Kamren, you mean more to me than I could ever express to you. You are the boys that Heavenly Father saw fit to send to me. You made me a mother, and I want you to know that I am your biggest fan, and that I see the divine worth and potential…

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The Enemy

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44). “Lord, this is too hard,” many of you may say when you read those verses. It seems for believers, that there are more enemies than allies in this world. We are berated with hateful comments about our…

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Choose to Be a Gift Giver

Fear. Frustration. Depression. Fury. Loneliness. We feel a lot of those feelings in today’s world: Fear for our safety, and that of our families and friends. Frustration at the blame games, racism, arguments, persecution, name calling, and lies of those around us, including our leaders. Depression over the repercussions of wicked choices in this world….

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Love for Messiah

Sometimes I say “yes” to too many things, and regret it later. There was one thing I said “yes” to recently, though, that became a huge blessing in my life. After hearing about it from my Bishop one Sunday, I decided to join the Mebane Community Choir and sing in its 25th annual performance of…

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Murmurings and Medicine

Jad and I were very worried about Rigel Tuesday morning. He had a lot of swelling, discoloration, and pain on a sensitive part of his body. We strongly felt that we needed to take him to the doctor. When we got there, I was unpleasantly surprised to find that I had to pay $100 for…

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