Monday, December 15, 2014

#ShareTheGift


"For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
 that whosoever believeth
 in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life." 
John 3:16
                        
Jesus Christ is the Gift given to the world by our loving Heavenly Father. He is the Gift sent to save the world from sin and to redeem all mankind. The promise of everlasting life —because of Christ—is truly wonderful. God wants us to come to know His Son Jesus Christ, to embrace Him as our Savior, and to accept the ordinances of salvation He offers us. They are necessary to realize the greatest gift God can give useternal life. The scriptures tell us that eternal life "is the greatest of all the gifts of God." D&C 14:7

I don't think there is any more important message I can share this Christmas than to share my belief in Jesus Christ. I know He is my Savior, and I love Him. I join with other Christians around the world who also know and testify of His divinity.
One way I can #ShareTheGift is to smile at everyone because who doesn't enjoy having someone smile at them and feeling as though somebody cares? The Savior has done so much for me, and the least I can do is try to radiate the joy He is in my life. One of the resounding messages of Christmas is that of JOY, and I am happy to spread some of it by pointing to the greatest source of joyJesus Christ .                  
Here is a link to other wonderful Christmas videos to enjoy.

Merry Christmas everyone.
May you feel God's love for you
 this wonderful Christmas season
in the Gift of His Son. 
                           

Thursday, December 11, 2014

One Week Old

What can you say about the gift of a baby? Instant & profound love come to mind as a way to describe what I feel for this wonderful gift. He is so beautiful and we are all deeply grateful to have little James as part of our family. I embroidered this blanket for him and these are the little jammies we gave him-Jessa sent this picture as a way to say thank you. He is so sweet. God is so good!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Such A Busy Week

So much has happened, yet there's been so little time to write about it. Some weeks are like that. I spent the day today with baby James and Jessa. Fabulous.
 He finally came home yesterday afternoon.
He spent most of the night crying loudly, but slept beautifully today. Go figure. He is a very beautiful baby, albeit quite small. He weighed in yesterday at 5 lbs. 4 oz-they weighed him wrong the day he was born. It's great to see Ian become a father.
 Baby James has some growing to do, 
but I  think he'll be just fine.
Ian and Jessa seem to have stepped right into the roles of good parents. They are wonderful together.
I celebrated a birthday the other day. Nathan and Hannah brought me birthday balloons. Hannah kept asking me to get my balloons so we could play with them. She kept saying as sweetly as she could, "Happy Birthday Grandma Liz." It was just delightful. Elisa and Emma were also here and helped me decorate for Christmas, which I greatly appreciated.

I heard from Seth today. He's doing so well these days, and he sounds genuinely happy.
He and his companion experienced the joy of seeing someone else receive the ordinance of  baptism. Here are a few snippets from his email home:

I asked him if he was eating enough food. He replied, "I eat ridiculously large amounts of food and I don't gain weight... I will be looking for the Christmas box. Thanks so much for sending it. I won't open it until Christmas. I promise...Thanks for being such an amazing Mom...Transfers are Wednesday. I will be training a new missionary, so I don't know his name yet....I know that this is God's work. I know that He lives! I know that He loves us more than we could ever know...I forgot to tell two things. Our ward has a musical fireside on Sunday. I get to sing in it. I am going to be in a version of away in a manger that has four men in it. :) Then four days later is our mission Christmas party. We are doing four songs as a mission choir. We have sung three of them in choirs back home. It is such a good feeling to sing those songs again at Christmas time. :)We had a great lesson with  our two investigators this week. I felt one of the strongest spiritual confirmations of what we were teaching. One of the most powerful I have ever felt on my mission. I was able to tell them with absolute surety that what they were feeling was the Spirit of God and a manifestation of His love for them. They understood God deeper than ever before. It was about how God is perfect at unconditional love..."

Nice. So much learning and growth.

I love our birthday tradition of "Person-of-the-Day. All of us write a very short "something" in an email that gets added to during the day of whomever's birthday it is. The comments are always uplifting and enjoyable to read. It is a way to reinforce love one for another. Here are some of the comments that my family wrote about me today. They are so thoughtful, so I want to keep them:

From Emma:
I love Mom because she is a go-getter! If she sets her mind to something, it's getting done...gosh dang it! Happy Birthday Mom!!!! 

From Jim:
Mom is the person of *my* day/week/month/year/life/eternity...She's a faithful and devoted wife/mom/grandma, the kind that everyone wants on their side, praying for them ...She's a social media babe, author, overall mega-good gal...我爱你(I Love You).

From Gregory:
I like Liz because she has clarity of purpose - she knows what she wants her life to be about, and she works consistently toward those goals over time spans measured in decades.


From Ian:
I love mom because she relies on the Lord. She has been continually praying and relying on the Lord to help Jessa and our baby be safe. Another *slightly* (but only barely!) lesser reason: she makes me meatballs!!!! ; )  Love you mom!

From Wade (who loves to call me "Mrs. Freeman):
I like "Mrs. Freeman" for many reasons; for like having at least "3" children and naming that third one Emma, for always listening to my "true" stories, for feeding me on my times of visit and countless others. Happy Birthday (week)!!!

From Elisa:

I like Mom because she taught me by example how to be a good leader and how to be faithful and diligent. Whenever people ask how I learned to serve, I tell them, "clearly, you haven't met my mother." Love you Mom! 

From Seth:
I love mom because she was my prime gospel teacher (I read that talk in the Ensign this week). She was my constant source of help in life and the gospel. I could always go to her for help and advice and did many times. She didn't stop me from asking endless questions. She has been the single largest influence in my life in becoming who I am. She has the strongest testimony of God's love and has helped me understand that. Thanks mom. :) 

From Chris:
I love Mrs. Freeman because she has loved me.  She has always been kind to me.  She has always fed me.  She has always let me climb her balcony.  She has always welcomed me to hang out with her kids, herself and Jim.  She has been excited for my accomplishments and she has been empathetic to my sorrows.  She was extremely happy to see me get married and I love that Corinne and I could share our special day with her.  She is the best second Mom that anyone could ever want.  

What more can a woman ask? I feel greatly blessed in so many ways. It's been a very good week.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Baby James!

Baby James Parker arrived this afternoon weighing in at 6lbs. 12oz. He looks BEAUTIFUL to me and I can't wait to meet him later. Welcome to the world and welcome to the family!!!
 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
 Perfect Joy
Checking him out
10 fingers & 10 toes :)
 James Freeman meet James Freeman :)
It seems like yesterday when Ian James was a baby
and now he's a father himself.
Well done Jessa and Ian!
Congratulations to everyone!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's Time

Cute Jessa is in the hospital awaiting delivery of our third grandchild. She and Ian are very excited. May God bless them and the baby. It's an exciting/nerve-wracking time for a grandmother.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole

I am happy to announce the publication of my latest book

http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Hath-Made-Thee-Whole/dp/1503193047/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416683083&sr=1-1&keywords=thy+faith+hath+made+thee+whole

 
I am very pleased with the finished product. I have been working on this book most of this year. It combines an insightful lesson I learned as a nursing student regarding wellness with the many meanings of the scripture phrase “Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole.” The message is healing, hopeful, and Christ-centered. It is meant to serve a broad audience.

Description: What does it mean to be whole? In three different instances in the scriptures the Lord told those who sought His help, “Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole.” Drawing upon the important lessons those stories teach, the author shares a message of hope detailing what is needed to realize the physical, emotional, and spiritual balance attainable for all God’s children. Wholeness, in every sense of the word, is possible because of faith in Jesus Christ.

The basic message in this book is something I have been thinking about for almost 35 years. It has been a pleasure to write about those thoughts and expand my original message to include supporting stories and scriptures. It has been a pleasure to write, and I have had many touching learning experiences along the way. I hope those who read it enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I also decided it was time to have an official author page on Facebook. I have also updated my author website:
My Books: