Every Day Is Thanksgiving

By Stephen M. Bird. November 24, 2014. (Excerpt from Prayers That Bring Miracles)

One of the biggest reasons we don’t get more miracles is that we don’t recognize or appreciate the ones we already have. We don’t give the fitting and required credit to God. Thanksgiving, praise, glory, and credit are things we owe our Heavenly Father, and they are things he requires of us. Thankfulness simply acknowledges our debt to God. A lack of thankfulness tells him either that we think that we owe him nothing at all or that we don’t appreciate what he has given us. To credit a blessing to our own hard work is a denial of the truth. It robs us of honest humility and it robs God of the appreciation we owe him. Such a course is not likely to encourage his help.

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Prayer Turned Our Marriage Around

By Stephen M. Bird | September 28,2011

One night, in response to prayer, the Lord blessed me with a greater understanding than I had ever known. I had never been a listener in our family. It just wasn’t part of my nature. My new perspective was granted in February of 1982. I was a new graduate student at Brigham Young University pursuing a master's degree in counseling. My wife and I had been married for seven years, and we lived in a tiny trailer with our three children. I felt burdened by schoolwork and school loans. I also felt a rising resentment toward my lovely wife because I thought she was failing in her homemaking responsibilities. I voiced my disappointment freely, but though I didn't know it, my faultfinding was driving a big wedge between us.

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Humility Precedes the Miracles: Part 1

By Stephen M. Bird. April 15, 2013. (Excerpt from Prayers That Bring Miracles)

Look at the prodigal son’s approach to his father when he returned home for help. The scriptures record that “when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: Make me as one of thy hired servants” (Luke 15:17-19).

 Notice his humility and reverence. What a contrast with the beggars of Macao [who demanded alms]. Notice how he was humbled and prepared to receive whatever his father might offer. His highest hope was to work as a servant for his dad. Ironically, his humble return to his father resulted in a gift and celebration far greater than that which would be given for a servant, for his father received him as his son. Similarly, we will be received as God's children when we humble ourselves before him.

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Two Tales of 300 Warriors: Greeks and Israelites

By Stephen M. Bird. March 21, 2013.

If you had to join an army, would you rather join the 300 Spartans led by King Leonidas or the 300 Israelites led by Gideon? The Spartans were wonderful warriors with superior armor, fighting skills, and weapons. Their shields were the best of their day, and when Greek warriors interlocked their shields they made a powerful wall of shielded men called a phalanx.
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Miracle Meal for 600 Unexpected Guests

By Stephen M. Bird. May 12, 2012

During a famine, a widow with just enough meal and oil for one last meal “did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah” (1 Kings 17:15-16).
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Jesus Christ: Easter, One Solitary Life

By Stephen M. Bird. April 8, 2012

Just last week, a dear friend passed away in St. George. He was only 60 years old. He was three years younger than me. While working in North Dakota he began experiencing congestion in his lungs and pain in his stomach. He thought he had bronchitis and an ulcer. The symptoms became severe and his wife drove him home to St. George. Doctors at the hospital there diagnosed him with stage-four esophageal cancer...
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Stolen Watch, Broken Heart

By Jarren Bird. Posted by Stephen M. Bird. April 5, 2012

My son Jarren and his friends filmed a short movie in downtown Pleasant Grove, Utah a few years ago. I keep watching it and I keep thinking about the ending. There is healing power in remembering Christ and His healing power can bless our life in countless ways. When we remember Christ as we make our choices, we are more inclined to make the best choice. This can't fail to to make our life better.
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