Thursday, December 8, 2011

BELIEVE

Believe Blocks  with Nativity In Red and Gold on Wood Blocks

Hopefully you know by now how much I love "magic words" and how powerful I think words can be in our lives.  

I have a lot of "magic words" that I tell myself to talk myself out of a mental jam, but if I had to pick just one magic word that represents me, all my hopes and dreams, the way that I approach each day, how I view my future and my past it would be "BELIEVE".  For me, being believing just encompasses everything hopeful, everything good, everything childlike and everything true.

The more of myself that I invest in believing and having faith in God, the stronger and more complete I become as a person and the more of my dreams I am able to realize.

I hope that in reading my posts during the last year, you've been inspired to be more believing in your every day lives.  Being believing is truly the first step to understanding who we are and what we are here to do.  It is the first step to happiness.

The Etsy shop 4 All Seasons has some really great Christmas items in their shop right now.  And they have donated this lovely set of "Believe Blocks" as a giveaway for you lovely readers.  4 All Seasons has been very supportive of my blog (providing items for Service Boot Camps and such), so please go visit their shop and thank them for the good they do!



To WIN THIS BELIEVE BLOCK SET:


1.  Tell me one thing that you BELIEVE more today than you did one year ago.


I will announce the winner tomorrow.

66 comments:

  1. I believe more in myself. That I have power. That I influence for good. That I am of worth.

    It sounds self-absorbed to write that, but that belief has helped me open up to others much more freely.

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  2. I truly believe that the Lord is always there for us. He cares about us. He helps us through ALL of our trials. It takes US to recognize that, both during and after the trial. One of my children went through a sad divorce. He was ministered to, literally, by the Lord. He survived...and is now more on his own feet, but he has forgotten the Lord, and the help from those He inspired. Thus, he has turned away from God. Still, I know that we must recognize and then remember.

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  3. That I can do anything! I started college this year and it's been amazing to realize that I really can do anything I want in this life. It's been very empowering for me to come to that conclusion. ~Janelle

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  4. I believe that God can show you ways He can use you when you're struggling to feel useful.

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  5. I believe that we can do anything we put our mind to with Heavenly Father's help. My husband is Bishop of our ward, works full time and went back to college full time 2 years ago. Add in our family and his plate was overflowing. But this Saturday after much hard work, he will graduate with an Associates Degree. Something he had always wanted to do. I believe that if we fulfill our callings to the best of our ability Heavenly Father will bless us with all good things that we desire.

    Stephanie

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  6. I believe God sends people into our lives at just the time when we need them. And I believe we can be that someone for others if listen to the Spirit and let God guide us.

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  7. I believe in the power of the Atonement to heal our wounded hearts and souls. I believe the Savior knows intricately the feelings of our hearts.

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  8. Oh I like those blocks!

    And I like this question, too.

    One thing I believe more than I did at this time last year is that the Lord's plan for each of His children can be trusted, and that any other plan (including mine) would be inferior in every way.

    Not that I didn't know this last year, but that I didn't know it as deeply and surely as I do now.

    =)

    PS. I am going to go check out that shop!

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  9. I believe that the Lord knows exactly who I am, and what I stand in need of. I believe that as I follow Him He will only lead me to green pastures, even if they don't seem green to me.

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  10. I believe that God is in charge and He will direct you and your life to where He needs you.

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  11. I believe that the Lord will take care of me, my family, and our problems--even when it seems like our trials have no end.

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  12. I love these blocks! I believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe the Heavenly Father has a plan for us and that everything happens in his timing.

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  13. I believe more that God is aware of us and our needs even before we do. He knows everything and we just have to trust in him.

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  14. I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I've always known this, but over the last year I've really been working on trying to be more like Him. As a result, my testimony of Him and His mission and His role in the great plan of salvation has increased. I feel like my testimony of Him is the strongest it has ever been.

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  15. I believe that the spiritual, emotional and physical parts of me are all intertwined - they work together! When I'm healthy, I'm more in tune with my Heavenly Father's will, etc. :-)

    I love the Believe set! I collect nativities!

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  16. I believe that the Lord is watching out for us and truly know what we can handle.

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  17. Last year my resolution was to not make a resolution but to make changes as I saw the need. Today, I believe more in myself and my ability to do hard things. Last year, I would have never made that statement.

    I am in Canada so if you don't ship here that's fine or if I get picked as a winner, you could send it to my sister (who lives in the states) as a gift!

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  18. I believe that Heavenly Father answers prayers and that the Savior walks with us through our difficulties in life.
    The experiences of this year have strengthened that belief. I do not know what I would do if I did not believe that I have a Heavenly Father and a Savior who loves me.
    Blessings to you for all of your sweet posts.

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  19. I strongly believe in the divinity of motherhood and how our children help us reach toward our divine potential. I am a new mother (18month old)and definitely know this more than I did a year ago :)

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  20. I believe that no matter how often I make the same mistake Heavenly Father is waiting with open arms and I am able to be forgiven for the mistakes that I have made.

    I believe that I can't do everything on my own and that through prayer and scripture study I am able to find the answers to my problems.

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  21. I believe more and more that I am here now for a specific purpose and I am slowly learning what that purpose is. I'm learning to trust in promptings and becoming an instrument in the Lord's hands.

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  22. I believe that I don't have to be as good as other women that are around me. I've had a little insecurity about that as I have married. I have found that Heavenly Father has given me the experience so I can better serve and love those around me.

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  23. I believe that everything happens for a reason and that God puts people in our lives at certain times for certain things!

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  24. I believe that the scriptures are an irreplaceable part of staying on the right path, not losing perspective, and being close to the Spirit. They are a gift to keep us close to Him and provide an essential daily nourishment.

    I really appreciate reading everyone's comments...they gave me such a lift, so thank you.

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  25. That the little things really do matter and way easier to do than the big things.=)

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  26. I believe in the strength a loving husband can bring to me. A year ago we were happy as a couple but now, a year later, we are stronger, more patient with each other and more loving to each other. In a month and 2 days, we are going to the Mt. Timpanogos Temple to be sealed as a forever family. I have waited for this day for what feels like my whole life and I cannot control the emotions that this occasion brings. My husband and our 2 year old twins are the joy of my life and to have them with me forever is a gift that I cannot express enough gratitude for. So today, more than ever, I believe in my forever family and the joy they bring to me!

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  27. I truly believe the veil is a lot thinner than we realize.

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  28. I beliee more in Christ each day that goes by.

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  29. I believe more in the power that God blesses us when we accept callings we don't like or want. I always accept callings, but last year I got a calling that I was really nervous about--and Heavenly Father has taught me a lot about what I can do and a lot about what He can do with my help.

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  30. I believe more in the Savior than I ever have.

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  31. Prayers..........there are alwasy answers to prayers. I would love to win the "BELIEVE" blocks.

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  32. I believe that the best things take time. We can’t have everything now and expect it to be worth it. If I work hard now doing the things I know to be right, it will most definitely be worth it in the future

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  33. I believe that my children will heal from the abuse they experienced from a family member. It will take time and a lot of love but they will heal. I couldn't fathom our shattered lives being put back together again a year ago but now I do indeed believe.

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  34. I believe in the blessing of being a mother more today than a year ago. Children really are a gift from God. I'm so grateful for all 6 of mine.

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  35. I believe that I can. I can be a mom, I can manage 2 little ones all day by myself, and I can accomplish anything with help. :)

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  36. Jocelyn, I have always believed that Heavenly Father and our Savior love me. Over this past year, through many challenges as well as many tender mercies, I don't just believe that, I KNOW it. Sometime I would LOVE to share with you a few personally customized "tender mercies" we have experienced.
    Thanks for you beautiful and inspiring blog.
    Shelly

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  37. With 8 children, the oldest heading to college, 3 teens and 4 under 10 I believe more every year that prayer is heard by our Heavenly Father and that He loves our children even more than we do. He cares so much and wants to hear from us and help us.

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  38. oh my gosh- this is beautiful. I believe more in the power of the scriptures to heal the wounded soul!

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  39. What wonderful comments... I believe even more this year that everyone is responsible for their own salvation and spirituality. Your personal testimony is what will get you through the hard times.

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  40. I believe more in the fragility of life. Life is so precious and can be taken in an instant. I believe in living in each moment and not taking family and friends for granted. I believe there is a plan and some souls are called back early to do a much greater work on the other side.

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  41. I believe that the Lord is teaching me all the right lessons.

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  42. I believe more in the power of "living like you believe". I'm currently the Stake YW president and our 2011 year focused on teaching the youth the importance of why we need to LIVE like we believe. As in, LIVE our standards, LIVE the gospel more fully. LIVE and DO what we believe. It's not just about what we claim to believe, but actually living the way we believe in every aspect of our lives. My entire perspective changed when I began to realize that our spirits aren't meant for duality. We can't believe one thing and do another. We have to be more fully committed, rather than merely involved in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I learned this so powerfully this past year and it's changed my life.

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  43. We move alot and I know that each place we go we are there for a reason. I believe more in myself and what I am capable of.. I can do hard things.

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  44. I Believe that Heavenly father has a plan for us. and I also believe and Learn t this year that we are not invincible. and life can change in an instance. I would not have been able to get through this year . With out my faith and believing that we have to go through trials to make us strong. And I believe that i can get through anything if i only rely on my heavenly father and the holy ghost to guide me through.

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  45. I believe more in the power of organization! I have never been very organized and it used to drive me crazy but I just said 'thats the way I am' some things have come up this last year that has MADE me become organized and WOW! I believe that everyone can find a system that works for them and when you start with the outside it effects the inside and vice versa- it is the best!

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  46. (I believe your blog is changing my life)

    A year ago I had a new born baby and was struggling to feel like I had a handle on my life. I had a daughter in kindergarten, son in preschool, and a baby who cried all day and all night. I woke up every morning telling myself I couldn't face the challenges, that I would fail, that I just simply couldn't do it all.

    And then one day the Spirit whispered to me "you can" and I believed. The next morning I got up and told myself that I can accomplish all the Lord has planned for me, that I could be a mother who didn't worry so much about having a clean house and folded laundry actually put away in the dressers, but a mother who could bring the light of the gospel and the love of Christ into the hearts of my family.

    A year later I can say that my home isn't nearly as clean as I like, I am always behind on laundry...but I have come to believe that if families put Christ first, focus on talking about Him, preaching about Him, basing our decisions on what He would do, using His life and teachings to help when disciplining children, and making Him the center of the home, that life goes by in a more orderly and less chaotic fashion. Family relationships improve, there is more peace, more love, better choices are made, just the quality of life is improved.

    I believe the Spirit is there to testify of Christ and to bring us to Him, and if we listen and then act on those promptings, all the other aspects of life fall into place.

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  47. I believe that the Lord has his hand on EVERY single thing that I do. Sometimes I don't follow his guidance, but I know more than ever that He is there, just waiting for me to take the steps in the direction that He is guiding me.

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  48. i know i won't be part of the giveaway but what i believe in now is that one person i know can change..and has changed...once rid of the toxic in his life. I still fear him...but see a change...So yes, I believe that sometimes a leopard can change his spots.

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  49. I believe that studying the scriptures can truly bring the spirit into my life.

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  51. I lost my dad this year. I believe more in the plan of salvation than I ever have before. Without that knowledge I don't know how well I'd be doing.

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  52. I believe in the ability the Lord gives us to cope with any situation. I used to say "I could never deal with that" but I now know that I can in fact deal with anything with His help.

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  53. I believe in true friends. Friends that are there when you need them. Friends that help even when you don't ask for it. Friends who love you for who you are. Friends that lift you when you are down. Friends that have good times and laugh with you. Friends that accept you for who you are and don't judge the things that you do. My belief in true friendship has grown so much this year.

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  54. I believe that I can do thing I set my mind to, with the help of my Heavenly Father.

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  55. The power and importance of strong family relationships.

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  56. My belief in the fact that when we obey the promptings of the Spirit, we are greatly blessed, has grown tremendously this year.

    The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia
    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
    http://juanshappywife.blogspot.com
    Twitter: The_Happy_Wife

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  57. I have always believed in the power of prayer and blessings. Over the last year those beliefs have become stronger. The one belief that has grown the most though is the belief in personal revelation for my family. I can look back over this year and think of many instances that the Holy Spirit has guided me in the care of a chronically ill daughter. But I can also now look back over many years and see the way that the Holy Spirit has helped me help her, and the way that things have just come together to get correct diagnoses and find her help.

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  58. Man... ONE thing? That's like asking me to share only ONE thing I am grateful for... there are just too many!

    I think I will pick:

    "I believe (KNOW) that I can do hard things and learn and grow and become better afterwards... and that hard things may SEEM like they last forever, but there's always an end to them!"

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  59. We just got home from my father-in-law's funeral, so that's an easy question.
    I believe families will be together forever!

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  60. I believe that I am capable of immeasurable love. For years I prided myself on my strength — which, in actuality, was just a hard heart I had created to keep away pain. But last year I became a mom, and absolutely everything has changed. The hard heart has melted and is full of so much love not just for my child but for everyone I meet — and even countless strangers — that I am a new person and so grateful for it.

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  61. More than anything I believe more in the power of our Heavenly Father's love. The comfort of the Holy Ghost and the healing power of the Priesthood.

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  62. I believe that my marriage can overcome anything. This is a belief that gets stronger every single year even when everything else wavers.

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  63. I believe in myself more. I know that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father, that He knows me by name and loves me. I knew this before, but it has been reinforced this year so much....
    judi m

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  64. I believe more in my capabilities and in the presence of Heavenly Father's Hand in ALL that we do. This year has been a roller coaster for my family and I have learned that I am capable of doing so much MORE than I thought possible and through recognizing this I have also recognized His Hand even more than ever in my everyday life. I LOVE these by the way! Very pretty!

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  65. Jocelyn, I feel the same way you do about the word "believe." Faith is something that has been growing in me in leaps and bounds and I pray it continues to grow strong. I also love words. I'm really curious about the book you mentioned and would love to hear a little about it. Have you read the book Aspire? It gives the origins of many words and inspires the reader to discover their purpose through the power of words. I'm not sure it did just that for me, but I will say it changed me in many positive ways. I wrote about just one word that impacted my life on my blog, "Sapere Vedere." this one word alone was reason enough to be thankful for the book.

    Have a great day! :)

    Corine :D

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  66. PS I know you already did the contest but I thought I should respond to your request anyhow :o

    So... I believe more than ever in the power of the Atonement to help people to repent, change, and improve their lives. I also believe that things can change quickly; this new belief is amazing me! :)

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