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A Quote To Live By

There’s something about reading an inspirational quote that can be so encouraging and motivating.

I love this quote from Via (The Minds Journal):

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I love the truth behind this quote.

It boils down to having faith in ourselves and in our abilities.

Just as the bird doesn’t fear the branch breaking, we can not have constant fear that things won’t work out in life.

Instead, we must remember, that through the good and the bad, through the ups and downs, we have the power and ability to push through it all…and fly!

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Having faith in ourselves, and in our abilities takes a lot of work.

Having faith in ourselves takes a lot of effort, and prayer.

Nonetheless, when we find that faith in ourselves, it’s a beautiful thing.

I hope you can find that faith within you.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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I Love The Reminder That God Doesn’t Expect Us To Be Flawless.

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

In our church today, we talked about a talk given by Brother Bradley Wilcox entitled ” Worthiness Is Not Flawlessness.”

I loved so many aspects of this talk, but overall, I was grateful for the reminder that God doesn’t expect PERFECTION.

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After-all, God knew that all of us would fall short, and that is why He sent us the Savior, the one perfect person that ever lived.

And yet, when we make mistakes and mess up, it’s so easy for us to get down on ourselves and feel “unworthy.”

That is not what God wants us to feel.

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God wants us to try every day to be a bit better, but if we fall short, we haven’t lost all of our chances.

I love this quote from Brother Wilcox’s talk that says ” Some mistakenly receive the message that they are not worthy to participate fully in the gospel because they are not completely free of bad habits. God’s message is that worthiness is not flawlessness.”

What a wonderful reminder to keep trying, have the goal and mindset to do your best! And even when we fall short, remember that “worthiness is not flawlessness.”

Also, I write this for you and for myself, remember to forgive yourself when you mess up, and move on.

Dwelling in our past mistakes and issues, never truly helps us move forward.

I hope you know how much Heavenly Father loves us. He always has and He always will.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Easter Isn’t Just About the Eggs and Bunny, it’s About Christ’s Resurrection.

When I asked my 6 year old son what he has learned about Easter he said “Easter Isn’t Just About the Eggs and Bunny, it’s About Christ’s Resurrection.”

My heart was happy knowing that there was a deeper meaning to Easter.

A deeper meaning that impacts all of us.

Christ’s atonement, His crucifixion, He suffered greatly for each one of us.

Why?

Because He loves us.

Our family this Easter Sunday

He had all power to stop his pain and suffering, and yet, He knew he had to endure the deepest and enduring pain and anguish… so that through His atonement we can have the chance to live with Him again.

And yes, we know our Savior was resurrected. He lives.

He continues to be there for us all if we but reach for him.

Yes Easter is much, much more than eggs and bunnies, it’s about remembering our Savior Jesus Christ. Remembering that he suffered for us all, and that He lives again.

Happy Easter to all!

And my hope is that we remember this often, not just on Easter.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Good Reads, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

God Created Us To Have Joy!

As I write this post, I write it to remind myself, that despite all the difficulties and stressors around us, God wants us to have joy in life!

I have always loved this quote by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf:

This quote reminds us that there is light and happiness to be found in EVERYTHING, even those things that are hard.

In 2019, I had my sweet baby girl 5 weeks early due to a heart complication called WPW. Baby girl was fragile and small, and was on medicine around the clock to keep her heart in check.

I was nervous and scared in having to care for this sweet baby girl with monitors and oxygen on her at all times.

Just 5 months later after my baby was born, the world shut down due to the pandemic of Covid 19. The same week of Covid, here in Salt Lake, we experienced a 5.7 earthquake!

Stress settled in, fear took over my heart.

And I had my husband who was constantly reminding me to have “faith over fear.” And even more, my little kids were there to remind me that there is joy to be found in all the hardships we were in.

(below a picture of my cute kids during 2020 ages 4, 2, 6 months.)

Despite the difficulties through the year of 2020, my kids enjoyed building forts, driving past the cattle farms, coloring pictures, FaceTiming family….the list goes on.

Yes, my sweet little toddlers and baby reminded me that we truly are created to have joy. It’s inevitable that we will suffer trials and hardships. And yet, our Heavenly Father does not want us to wallow in our struggles.

Heavenly Father is just like any parent and wants us to enjoy all the moments of life that we can.

I am so thankful for this constant reminder in life.

Even more, I am grateful for sweet children who remind me to smile, have fun, and to enjoy life.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Sunday Thoughts: Choosing to Follow Christ.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I love beautifully quotes.

This particular quote is a strong reminder to me to choose our Savior Jesus Christ everyday.

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This quote makes me think, how has Christ changed me?

To answer that question, the Savior has changed my life in EVERY single aspect of my life.

The Savior has changed me through how I see the world.

Everyday, as I strive to become closer to Christ, my perspective changes.

Overall, the Savior is the great reminder, that compassion and love conquers all.

Not only the compassion and love we feel from the Savior, but the compassion and love we give to others.

Life is hard, and full of struggles. When we are in times of sorrow, we can lean on our Savior for support. We can feel peace through our Savior Jesus Christ.

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Even more, we learn the true cure for healing is through serving others. Through showing compassion and love to others.

When we step outside of our situations, and we lift others. Not only are we brining others peace and happiness. We are feeling our lives with Christ-like love, that is beyond any worldly love.

I am so grateful for Savior and for the power He brings into our lives. I am so thankful that we can be changed through Christ.

I pray that we can all reach for our Savior in all aspects of our lives. He will heal us and uplift us, and encourage us to do the same for others.

xoxo

Christy Lee

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When All Your Tears Have Fallen

When all your tears have fallen,

And your eyes are done with crying,

It seems like you must move on from this heartache.

You continue on in life, get back into routine,

And yet, somehow, something just doesn’t feel right.

Did I grieve too long, or not long enough?

Did I bottle up my emotions too tight?

Did I think I was stronger or braver than I am?

What’s stopping me from picking up and moving on?

The problem, you see, is all doesn’t return to normal again.

Your life has been altered, forever changed.

What used to be, doesn’t work anymore,

You have to completely start again.

Starting again is a challenge. Anything new is hard.

But little by little,you start your new path, and you find a new way in this life.

Never again, will you be the same, forever changed is your heart.

You can’t pick up the pieces of a broken heart, you have to move on with a fresh start.

Some days will be easier than others, some days will be very hard.

Time doesn’t “heal all wounds,” time creates a new path to move from.

You can’t forget the loss you feel, it’s not what’s meant to be.

Love creeps in when we need it. And through prayer and love, God helps us heal.

It’s ok if you still need to cry, it’s ok if you are sad and confused at times.

Just know your loss is because you loved.

And love will never be the same for you, because you were blessed with a life of love.

You experienced loss from love.

Your heart will always save a piece of that love you lost, and you will be forever changed.

Changed in a way so that you can help others, and lift them from their losses.

Changed in a way so that you can show true empathy to those around you.

Changed in a way to know that life truly is too precious and too short, to hold grudges and get upset.

Forever changed somehow for the better, though your emotions feel raw,

What was meant to be, blessed your life.

And now you yourself, are free to bless others.

Yes, even when all your tears have fallen, you won’t forget how the grief felt,

You’ll spread love and peace around you, and realize, that life is meant to be lived. So that you can spread love and goodness to others.

-Christy Austin

3/6/2022

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Our Little Love Story/Part 4

So if you remember, my friend had mentioned Brad’s name… and I had remembered that I had met him at a birthday party—I thought he was cute!

Well I remember specifically, after going to a temple session at the Salt Lake temple my friend talked to me and said she thought it was time that I was set up with Brad.

So I told her double dates are the most fun, so I would set her up with my friend—my co-worker.

She was up for a double date, and I liked the idea of a little less pressure on a first date.

I talked to my co-worker about the situation, he was up for going on a double date with us.

Then he asked who the guy was I would be going with, when I told him his name he said “I totally know him, I played church sports with him!”

What are the odds right?

Of course my co-worker had nothing but great things to say about Brad, and it made me even MORE intrigued to go out with him.

However, blind dates hadn’t always been great for me so I didn’t read much into it.

Unfortunately, there were some twists and turns when it came to making sure this double date happened.

Next time I will let you know why…..

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Relationships

Our Little Love Story/ Part 2

So I left off letting you know that I had met Brad at a birthday party…when I asked a mutual friend about him she said he wasn’t the “settling down type.” Which I still wasn’t sold on.

I did make sure to facebook stock him and think “he’s a cute guy.”

And that was that.

Life moved on.

I was finishing my last year of grad school while teaching full time and life was busy!

Fall of 2013 was full of planning my final thesis paper which would be due in the next 8 months, and I had many projects and papers to read in the mean time.

At this point in life, I was going on dates, but I hand’t met “the one,” and I knew at this point in my life, I needed to focus on finishing my degree…while still making sure to be a successful middle school teacher.

My social life had changed quite a bit.

I worked from 7am-3 pm, drove home to relax for an hour. Then would start studying or doing homework for a few hours, I’d hit the gym, eat dinner, then the same thing the next day.

Me with my dad on a trip to Canada Summer of 2013

On Wednesday I would go straight from work to Weber State University for classes until 10 pm.

Life was going along just fine.

And I had somewhat forgotten about the cute boy I met at the birthday party months ago.

Until…..

One Sunday, I had gone to church and there was a new girl in our ward.

I had only had this happen one other time in my life.

But I had such a STRONG feeling that this girl needed to be my friend.

Call me crazy, but I was drawn to her.

She was kind, she was beautiful and sweet, and very intelligent.

At the time my logical brain said “Christy you can hardly hang out with the friends you have, between work and grad school.”

However, I couldn’t shake that this awesome girl, was meant to be a good friend.

And sure enough, this new friend Whitney, became one of my dearest friends.

We clicked. There was no drama, she was kind and easy to get along with.

We had a lot of things in common and it was just a nice “break” to be around her.

My friend’s name was Whitney, and little did I know that being her friend would make such a big impact in my life.

She is still a dear friend to this day….and because of her, I officially met my husband.

Moral of the story, don’t shake those feelings or promptings you have.

God is in the details and He is always looking out for us in so many ways.

More to come ….

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Some Of My Favorite Quotes From Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Sunday is the perfect day to ponder wonderful thoughts from church leaders.

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I love learning from our leaders.

Our church is Christian, so if you believe in our Savior Jesus Christ and in Heavenly Father, you will enjoy these quotes.

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I am constantly trying to remind my kids of this quote. Sometimes doing the right thing is hard. It’s not easy to be humble enough to ask forgiveness from somewhat. It’s hard to be the only one at school that doesn’t participate in certain behaviors and such. But at the end of the day, the harder “right” is what will shape is into the spiritual strengths that we want to be.

Such a beautiful quote

With this next quote talking about consistently reading the book of Mormon. I truly strive to make the Book of Mormon a priority in my life.

I personally, have seen the power the scriptures can bring into our lives.

I don’t want to miss a day and miss out on the power and spiritual influence it can bring into our lives.

I love this quote because it’s a reminder to us women that our Faith can create miracles within our homes and families.

I was a single sister for many years before I found my husband, and I can tell you that even as a single sister, Faith is key to unlocking spiritual power and and beauty around us.

I think this quote is important for every soul on the planet to remember.

We are in charge of creating our “happy life.” And yes this happy life will come with bumps and bruises, scrapes and sores.

However, it is possible to create that happy life if we make God and our Savior Jesus Christ our priority, all things will fall into place.

I hope that your Sunday is filled with peace and love.

I challenge you to choose one thing this week that can uplift your more spiritually.

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Let me know what you choose to do.

Mine is to prioritize morning prayer.

Happy Sabbath!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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One Habit I’m Trying To Break For Good

We all have little habits … good and bad.

Sometimes these little habits snowball and escalate into something terrible.. and sometimes into something good, it depends on the habit.

One habit I have had for most of my life, is in the category of negative thoughts.

To be specific … I have the habit of thinking “I’m not good enough.”

I get thinking I could be a better mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter, neighbor … and on and on.

I recognize this habitual mindset is not only negative .. but it’s quite debilitating.

For every victory in my life… it tends to be coupled with “but am I good enough?”

I listen to Jody Moore’s podcast “better than happy,” and her insight has lead me to realize… this small habit of mine needs to stop.

Maybe you share the same habit?

If so, let’s work on this together.

When our brains run to the negative though of “I’m not good enough,” tell it to stop and remind yourself why you are good enough.

This won’t change overnight … but I know we can get through this.

I’ll continue to check back in with my progress.

And I challenge you to get rid of your bad habit too!

xoxo,

Christy Lee