Friday, September 30, 2011

Aloe Infused Sock GIVEAWAY!

Ok followers!  I am a sock lover!  So my next CONTEST Giveaway is for 2 pairs of Aloe Infused SOCKS!  YIPPEE!

How you enter you may wonder!?

First you MUST follow my blog!

Second you MUST go "Like" my lifting the Soul FB page!

Third you MUST post a FUNNY Picture on my FB page of yourself!

Whoever gets the most likes on their picture WINS!  So share the link so you can get likes!

The deadline is October 6th!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Flecks of Gold

I remember someone telling my husband and I once about a family they knew that were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They told us how they had decided to stop going to church, because it was to time consuming and they had no time with each other as a family if they attended. I remember this person telling my husband and I that we should do the same. That way we could go skiing, boating and many other things with them and each other more often instead of attending church. My husband and I just smiled and said that we like attending church, and that we were going to continue to do so, and that we have a lot of opportunities granted us to spend time with out friends and family. They laughed at us, and mocked our decision. But we did not let that bother us. There are times when we look for things to instantly gratify us, things to make us instantly happy, because we don't want to work for the reward. There are times when we are asked to serve and accomplish tasks that are not always appealing or maybe repetitive, and at those moments we have a choice, a choice to murmur and mock those who ask or need our help, or we can choose to serve and complete the tasks we are given. My husband has been going to school for what seems like forever. There have been times when he has wanted to quit and just work. It seems like it would be so much easier. But he sticks with it, because he knows the reward will be great. It is the same thing when it comes to following the gospel and I wish I would have told that person who asked us to stop attending church this, "You went to school, your got your Bachelors and you Masters, and you feel it was worth it. That is why I continue to go to church, and follow the teachings of my Savior, because, I KNOW it will be worth it." Brothers and Sisters, Though sometimes we have little patience for the journey and tasks we are given. If we remain faithful and if enjoy the journey and appreciate the little blessings we are given, it will all be worth it, and our reward will be greater than we can even imagine.

This video reflects how I feel today. It shows that though we want the big reward now, we need to be patient and we have to work for it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


My husband and I went to the temple last week.  It was a nice peaceful evening.  As I was sitting in the chapel before the session began I observed the people around me.  We were all dressed in white, it is a beautiful thing to see.  Everyone is that same in there.  No one cares how big your house is, what kind of car your drive, how nice your clothes are, who has more money and who doesn't.  It is a place you can go where no one judges you.  Where you can feel a little peace of heaven on earth.  I love the temple.  I am so thankful for the ordinances that we make in the temple.  The promises and blessings that are offered to those who enter the holy doors.  I urge those who do not understand the blessings the temple has to offer to find out.  To make yourself worthy to enter.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Those We Love Most

Today I have been thinking a lot.  Things have occurred that have made me reflect on the way we need to treat the people we love.  We all have false in this life, there is no way around it.  But do the ones we love need to remind us?  I have always felt that we should try to help others see the best in themselves.  Not point out the bad.  It is like my mother said to me when I was 15 yrs old, "If you look for the bad in people, you will ALWAYS find it.  So look for the GOOD in people, because we are all children of God."  And I have tried to live by that.  Have I found myself gossiping?  Yes.  Have I been negative?  Yes.  We all have at one time or another.  But if we are continually trying to be better I think that will be recognized by our Father in Heaven.

As I reflect on the things that have made my life better, it was never because someone pointed out what was wrong, it was because of something positive.  Now I recognize that there are times we need to be told we are wrong in order to make something right, but there are ways of saying these things that will not hurt the person.  But as humans we do not always have that filter from our brain to our mouth connected properly.  So it is something we have to be conscious of and continue to be aware of.

Before my husband and I got married, we had some arguments about my past.  There were things that worried my husband about how I was before, and how messy I was.  Most of the time he was kind and thoughtful about how he talked to me about these things, but there were a couple times when his filter was broken, and my feelings were hurt.  But one thing I never doubted was how much he loved me.  He always made that very clear.  And that my friends is IMPORTANT!  You should never make the people you love ever doubt that!  We all deserve to feel like we are being fought for.  Because being in a relationship where you are the only one fighting for the other, it is exhausting in many ways, physically, emotionally and spiritually.   So be willing to fight for the one you love most.

Saying SORRY and admitting when we are wrong, is always hard.  And I admit, I am not always good at it.  I do not like to be wrong, as no one does.  But if I reflect on the past I look back to a relationship where I was the only one fighting, and where I was the only one that ever said sorry.  It was a battle to get through everyday.  I felt like I was on a muddy road trying to pull myself to something better, but I could not see anything better in front of me.  And since I was the only one fighting and saying sorry, that relationship ended, and it ended bitterly.  It took me a long time to forgive the individual, but with time forgiveness is possible.  So when I met my husband, and we were at a crossroads, deciding whether or not we wanted to pursue a more serious relationship, or be friends.  I remember telling him that I wanted someone that would fight for me.  And what happened?  He did!  And it was refreshing and made our relationship stronger and made it easy to be in.  We still fight for one another, but it is not really a fight, because we just show each other and tell one another that we love each other.  We both are willing to admit we are wrong and say sorry when needed.  We show each other affection, and compliment one another.  Now we are not perfect, and we still have arguments.  But we get through them and we get over them.

Let us remember that our Savior fought for us.  He bled from every pore, and suffered the pains of all our sins, and then he sacrificed his life on the cross so that we could live again.  So that we could be forgiven of our sins that we make in this life.  He did this, because he loves us deeply and eternally.  So love those who are around you, show the people in your life that you love them unconditionally.  Show them that they are important.  Love one another. Fight for the one you love.  Because love is worth fighting for.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


AND THE WINNER IS!!!!!!!!!!!
The winner was picked by using a website that picks the winner at random!  I wanted it to be totally fair! Thanks to all who entered!  And keep your eyes open for future GIVEAWAYS!  And enjoy all blog posts in between! Love to all my followers!
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What can WE do?

How can we all help uplift those around us?  That is a question I have been pondering this morning, as I watched an argument unfold before my eyes.  I am a person who tries very hard to be a good person, I feel it is important to show my love and respect for others.  I also understand that I still have a lot to learn in this life, and that I am not always right, and that I do not know everything.  But I try to do my best to be a good person.  So how can we uplift those around us?  Here are a few things we can do,

Smile at someone
Hug them
Tell them you love them
Give them a compliment
Help them with something
Be there if they need to talk
Make them feel important
Respect who they are
Take them to lunch

There are many things we can do to uplift those around us.  My mother always tells me to be a, "Light Giver." So let us all try to be Light Givers.  Let us all be the examples that those around us need.  Spread the goodness that this world holds.  And by being doing so, you will feel uplifted as well.

Monday, September 5, 2011