Take Hold!


Part of the “growing up” that we are all trying to do, is learning to move our minds in the direction we need them to go.

Case in point: When you have a big day ahead of you, is your automatic or untrained way of thinking, to move into stress and fear and anxiety?

Or how about when you are feeling pulled too many different directions at once?

Or when you have a new challenge or assignment?

What are you in the habit of thinking?

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How frightening it is? How overwhelmed you are? How you wish it would go away and leave you able to stay the way you are?

I can relate to all of those thoughts!

But I don’t want to invite them in for tea! Our children desperately need us to lead out by continuing our own growth!

The sooner we recognize negative or backward thinking for what it is, the sooner and more easily we can replace it with thoughts that will serve us and move us forward! Awareness is crucial!

This is also why having declarations written ahead of time is so valuable! You can immediately tell the fearful, whining, childish {not childlike, there is a big difference!} I’d-rather-do-anything-than-change thoughts to be gone!

And then replace them, w i t h o u t d e l a y, with your declarations that are full of faith and strength and courage! Shout them if you need to! Be fierce in the way that being fierce makes the biggest difference–that is, in your own mind!

“With God’s help, I can be successful in this new challenge.”

“I am made equal to the challenges in my life by asking for Divine help.”

“I am energetic.”

“I am fiercely determined to grow to my full potential.”

“I am living my mission.”

“I am full of gratitude.”

I am full of gratitude for you today.

Be well.

“The mission of Lioness at the Door is to uplift, strengthen and encourage women of all ages to magnify health, hope and happiness at home. We do so boldly, with humility and gratitude for the opportunity.”

Walk On


The longer I live, the more convinced I am that at least 75% of our success will be attributed to the fact that we kept moving.

Not that we just kept busy, necessarily.

But more that we kept moving through experiences, instead of getting stuck in them.

Do you recognize the places you might be tempted to stop?

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When you feel disappointed? Frightened? Worried?

Isn’t it ironic that in the most undesirable “places” we are most tempted to slow down, turn inward and stop walking?

{In the places we least desire to be you’d think we’d move as fast as possible to get free!}

I hope that as you are processing the experiences of your life, you will never stop moving. Never stop trying. Never give up.

We’re here to experience, so that we can learn.

Move through all of the learning, the light, the dark, the pain, the joy!

Learn, and walk on.

Always, there “is hope smiling brightly before us” waiting for us to see her.

Always, there is peace available, waiting to be chosen.

Love to you today,

“I keep moving, especially through challenging experiences.”

“I practice declarations every day.”

“I am making progress.”

“I love my life – I am grateful to be alive!”

“The mission of Lioness at the Door is to uplift, strengthen and encourage women of all ages to magnify health, hope and happiness at home. We do so boldly, with humility and gratitude for the opportunity.”

Consider This


I was reminded this week of something I believe about you.

You may not agree, or you may feel that the evidence of your life as it is today may suggest otherwise, but here it is:

I believe you were prepared for the joys and challenges you are experiencing right now.

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Not only prepared by the things you have previously experienced and learned during your life, or even prepared in a way by the gifts and talents you were given.

But even bigger than either of those wonderful, preparatory and helpful things, I believe you were prepared before you came here.

What do you think?

Could you have been prepared for the children you have? For the joy? For the choices you have made, including the challenges you may have in your marriage or work or health or extended family?

I’m not suggesting that by preparation, I think that we are bound to be wildly successful at everything we touch. But, what if our challenges were known before we came here and what if we will be blessed to learn what we need to learn by them and that, through our desire and work, we will ultimately fulfill our life’s mission?

I’m sending you my love and confidence that with God’s help you will continue to move forward and you will continue to learn and be strong.

Be joyful!

“The mission of Lioness at the Door is to uplift, strengthen and encourage women of all ages to magnify health, hope and happiness at home. We do so boldly, with humility and gratitude for the opportunity.”

Those Wrong Songs


I say “wrong” because they aren’t true, and I’m referring to the songs in our culture that worship people, even those we love.

The music that says, “If you leave me, I won’t have any reason to go on.”

Or, those that sing along the lines of, “If you decide to be unfaithful to me, it would kill me.”

I reject those messages. For those of us who put our faith and hope in God, they are wholly untrue.

Instead, I would suggest lyrics and declarations that speak of our commitment and steadiness. Of our decisions and behavior. Of the divinity of our souls and the eternal purposes of God. And of the strength that comes from putting good faith and hope in the promises and fidelity of others, with the understanding that because of humanness, we ultimately lean and depend on God and His promises to us.

If the day ever comes, or already has come, that someone you love abandons their commitment to you, or in some way is unfaithful, I hope you will determine now that you will stand in strength; find forgiveness, beauty and newness in life because of your faith in and dependence on your Heavenly Father. For ultimately, giving the responsibility of our happiness to another person is a misuse of our agent-hood.

We all make mistakes. We all fall short. Only He is worthy of all praise and adoration.

Love and blessings,


“With God all things are possible,” even surviving, rising, discerning, forgiving and healing. God bless you!

How Sweet It Is


Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting behind a young family at a Sacrament service.

There were three little people…all the same age!

What I heard and saw was so inspirational to me and reminds me why I am confident in the strength and goodness of so many parents today.

I saw a lot of hugging.

I saw a sparkling smile from dad to mom when one of the kids said or did something endearing. I mean it sparkled!

I heard, “Jesus loves you and Jesus loves Daddy and Jesus loves Mommy,” many times.

I saw preparation and simple quiet activities and a lot of explaining, “Now we’re going to pray.”

And, “Now we’re going to sing.”

I felt so happy for the strides that are obviously being made in a marriage relationship and in the challenge of caring for triplets. {What courage that must take!}

I applaud all of you in your efforts to teach your children that they are loved and cherished and that you are loved and cherished too.

We can be full of hope and love and faith, together.

And what sweet rewards come to a family who work and pray and sing together.

Be well my friend!