Enough and to Spare

“For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things…” (D&C 104:17)

The following message was submitted to me from Diana Lynne Johnson after I issued my “call for stories” on the Rare Faith and Tender Mercies themes:

Leslie, I met you at a Bear Lake Divine Eating Retreat in May of 2016. You spoke, sharing some of your stories and principles. I was very inspired, bought one of your CDs, and have since read all your books, as well as forwarding them to my children.

Since that time, amazing miracles have increased in my life, amidst some heart wrenching challenges (my husband’s massive stroke 2 days before Christmas 2016, as well as a relapse caused by medical negligence, which nearly took my husband’s life in Feb, 2017)! Rather than suing the hospital, I felt impressed to share my faith-promoting story of miracles, forgiveness and love in a book!

My husband is no longer able to work, yet miracles have sustained us financially. I have not been able to return to teaching, since I am his 24/7 caretaker; yet there is always “enough and to spare”! And the increase of FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY growing within us and those around us, is very inspiring… 

Many times, I’ve grown very discouraged in writing and publishing my books. Each time I pray, “Father, if you still want me to share these stories, please return my motivation.” At least 3 times, He has answered my prayers with a boost of inspiration and renewed enthusiasm. My book, which will follow with a series, includes miracles small and large occurring during life threatening high adventures, car accidents, Breast Cancer and Stroke, as well as large financial losses! 

At the Divine Eating Retreat, I shared a few miracles experienced during my daughter’s breast cancer treatment, and the woman commented, “Your life is amazing! You need to share these stories!” That’s when I decided to press forward with my book(s). I began by reading all of your books, Leslie.

…Thank you, Leslie for your inspiring works and “Call for Stories.” …Your work has inspired me again to press forward!

(This post will be updated when her book is finished, so I can link to it!)

What about you?

So, maybe you’re not a millionaire. Maybe you haven’t yet realized that big vision for your life. Maybe your relationships aren’t what you want them to be. Maybe you’re still waiting for that breakthrough that never seems to come. Maybe you struggle with your health, or maybe you’re caring for someone else who is. But even so…

Have you seen God’s hand in your life, sustaining you from day to day?

I want to hear about it. Submit your stories here!


More Tender Mercies and Miracles

Photo credit: Vanessa Kay, Vanessa Kay Photography

You may remember my previous article about Vanessa, and Tender Mercies. Even when we don’t get exactly what we want, noticing the little blessings can help us qualify for more. As I said before, she has suffered a run of unfortunate events, but notice her attitude. She notices, documents, and calls attention to all of the things going WELL. I’m convinced that this is why she can say: “Somehow I make it through every month.” (Click here to check out her amazing photography site…)

Why does she write? In her words:

“I was challenged recently to regularly write and record the many blessings I have received, and the things I am learning from the current set of challenging circumstances I am now living through. And maybe even to write a book. Well, that was a little overwhelming, but I have had promptings to the same effect…because honestly, there have been so many tender mercies and small blessings that even now, trying to remember them all is a huge challenge. If I can write a little something every day…and look for the things I have to be grateful for….I have a feeling miracles will take place. I feel like living in gratitude, in spite of challenges, is the key to making it through these difficult times.”

Vanessa, I agree. Thank you for sharing.

Here are some tender mercies she recognized at Christmastime:

“I still have a LOT Of work to do implementing these principles … because for every big blessing comes a pretty big (sometimes bigger) setback. In the last month I’ve had both of my cars’ transmissions die and the state board of equalization place a levy on my account for some past due taxes. My husband’s condition [Lyme disease, mycoplasma pneumonia, h. pylori, epstein-barr, multiple parasites, etc.] seems to be getting worse, but there’s a silver lining to that – his appointments with the disability appointed doctors went ‘well’ – as in they saw him at his worst and I am hopeful that he may have a chance of being approved for social security disability.

“It’s funny though… although I’m completely carless at the moment – and I have no idea how I’ll have any gifts at all for my kids this year, I am feeling the Christmas spirit stronger than ever before. I’m really loving the #lighttheworld campaign, and my kids and I have been watching the videos every night at scriptures and taking on the challenges. We have been blessed to be the recipients of so much – it feels really good to be on the other end of things for a change:

“While lately I’ve often been focused on working ’round the clock to get orders out for clients, and add more shoots to my schedule, today I dropped all of that. A friend of mine knows a single mom, a victim of domestic violence, who recently lost her home and everything in it in the recent California wildfires. My friend has been trying to help by paying for her hotel and a gift card for some clothes, but was feeling overburdened as the only supportive person her friend has. She started a GoFundMe account for this friend but had no response.

“I have another struggling friend who happens to be moving back East this weekend, and just found out 3 days ago that the person who was going to take over her apartment and all of her furnishings backed out. She needed to get rid of all of her furnishings/ kitchenware/ bedding/ etc. right away. My mom had come down to help me for a couple of days since I have no transportation right now, and between her, a friend’s truck, and our local missionaries, I was able to move all of this furniture and household supplies to storage for the single mom of 4 who lost everything in the fires, thereby helping 3 families – my friend who needed to get rid of her stuff, my friend who felt overburdened, and the woman who lost everything.

“Another tender mercy: At a recent ward activity they had a tree with ornaments for the local orphanage/foster group home for kids who don’t have any families that have a little wish list. I didn’t even really consider looking, because most the kid’s have wish lists that would take at least about $100 or so to fill and I don’t even have that much of a budget for my 4 kids put together for Christmas this year. But something told me to look anyways, and the first ornament I saw was for a child who wanted a tablet, art supplies and a gift card to Barnes and Noble. Something told me to pick it up. I just so happen to have a tablet that I’ve been trying to sell on Craigslist for the last 4 months now, and have had no takers. And my daughter had an excess of art supplies she’s been given over the last 2 years, because that’s all she asks for for her birthday and Christmas. Some were brand new, never used. And my son has been given Barnes and Noble gifts cards for every gift giving occasion for the last few years and he had 3 saved up. All the kids were able to contribute something of their own to help this girl, and I bought an art set at Michael’s for 60% off and it only cost me $12. So we will be able to do what so many have done for us and make Christmas happen for someone less fortunate, and that feels like quite a blessing.”

“…behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes . . . (Alma 37:6-7).

This has been another installment in a series of articles about Tender Mercies. Stay tuned for more coming soon…

What about you?

Maybe you’re not a millionaire. Maybe you haven’t yet realized that big vision for your life. Maybe your relationships aren’t what you want them to be. Maybe you’re still waiting for that breakthrough that never seems to come. Maybe you struggle with your health, or maybe you’re caring for someone else who is. But even so…

Have you seen God’s hand in your life today? Have you noticed Him sustaining you from day to day?

“And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in ALL things, and obey not his commandments,” (D&C 59:21, emphasis added).

Submit your stories here!


Tender Mercies – a call for stories!

Maybe you’re not a millionaire. Maybe you haven’t yet realized that big vision for your life. Maybe your relationships aren’t what you want them to be. Maybe you’re still waiting for that breakthrough that never seems to come. Maybe you struggle with your health, or maybe you’re caring for someone else who is. But even so…

Have you seen God’s hand in your life, sustaining you from day to day?

Have you been given just what you needed, when you needed it, even if it was small and simple? Think: a tiny droplet on a blade of grass. It might not be full-on rainfall, but as the dew distills from heaven, have you noticed what God has done for you today?

I want to hear about it. Submit your stories here, and read what others have posted!

Where the idea for this project came from:

Photo credit: Vanessa Kay, Vanessa Kay Photography

I had a wonderful conversation with one of my readers (Vanessa), whom I’ve never met. It started about six months ago when she contacted me, expressing an interest in joining the Mindset Mastery program. She has given me permission to share our conversation.

She wrote:

Hi Leslie, unfortunately I don’t have [the price of the program] in my combined bank accounts…and I still haven’t paid my rent or utilities yet for August…so clearly I need this program, lol. But I totally believe it’s just what I need. I’ve read all of your e-books and have listened to every single podcast….and I have had some really amazing miracles already. 

From there, she began telling me about the tender mercies she’s experienced. Her gratitude and acknowledgment to God for his day to day support has inspired me. It’s created a desire in me to request and gather similar stories from others (like you!) who are practicing the principles of rare faith, and who recognize little blessings, even when the big things are not yet achieved. The more we see God’s hand in our life and acknowledge it, the more blessed I believe we will be.

She related:

I have some pretty amazing and truly unbelievable things happen in the last year and a half, including:

  • Being given a $10,000 horse that was a star of a huge touring show (Cavalia) and who now brings in my most consistent income each month
  • Having a mere acquaintance actually give me her minivan when I had no car that would fit my family or reliable transportation so I could work
  • Getting my really talented daughter onto a gymnastics team that cost $360/month where she won 1st all-around at every single competition but one – for free (well bartering) and now having her coached privately 3 days a week by a coach who has coached Olympians for free
  • Getting my husband’s son, who his mom said he could never live here full time to come live with us – and wiping out $13k in arrears overnight.
  • Making it to Utah to sing in the tabernacle with my daughter – one of the highlights of my parenting life – with only $30 in my account

That’s just a few of the stories – there are others that are not so huge and unbelievable as well – that I’m working on that illustrate the same principles you have written about in Jackrabbit Factor, Hidden Treasures and Portal to Genius. The problem is finding the time to get it all done – and that’s my biggest concern about attempting the Mastery program – although clearly I need it and I feel like it might be the answer I’m looking for.

You see, while I have been able to manifest some really amazing blessings (and I feel like I’ve had inspiration on some really great ideas), I’m clearly missing a key point somewhere. For example, it’s now the 13th of the month and I have yet to pay my rent (I don’t even have a portion of what I need yet), my utilities are all in danger of being shut off at any moment, and my husband has maybe a day left of medicine that keeps him functional. And my new van just broke down this week on the freeway on my way to my dream job and it looks like it might be the transmission died, which I have no way of paying for. And this is pretty typical for me at this point in the month.

Yet somehow I make it through every month.

I hope you don’t mind if I give you a little background on me. I’m sure you’re super busy, so don’t feel like you have to read all of this, but I feel like it might help to give you some context!

It’s interesting because I have listened to every single podcast and read every blog post, but I especially enjoyed the one where you shared more about yourself from a gospel perspective (I think maybe the perfectionism and prosperity one? or maybe the one on stay at home moms actually) and I feel like I can relate to you on nearly every level. From trying sooo hard to be perfect in keeping every single commandment as I grew up, to wanting more than anything to get married and have a family and be a stay at home mom and have that and making my home a wonderful place being my highest goal. I really never dreamed of having a career or making money. In fact, money in my eyes, was a necessary evil and certainly not to be sought after. Because before seeking for riches we should seek after the kingdom of God right? I even started out my married live driving a beat up old VW bug with no heating or AC and parts just broken off and prayed at our wedding reception that we’d have enough cash in the cards to get us home.

After 14 years of a very difficult marriage that ended with a court-ordered 5-year restraining order and little to no financial support for myself and my kids, I found myself in the difficult position of being a single mom and trying to fulfill the roles of both provider and mother. Throughout my marriage, I had made staying home with my kids a priority, even when pressured to bring in income and put my husband through school. I did this by taking a job managing apartments and starting a photography business that I could work on mostly while my kids were sleeping or at school.

It was very much a struggle to keep my family going in the high-cost area I live (Newport Beach, CA), but somehow I barely managed to make ends meet living on the barest of necessities for a couple of years until I connected with an old high school friend (we had never dated, however) who ended up learning about the gospel, taking the missionary discussions and was baptized. Six months later we began dating and a year later we were married. He had a good job making almost $90k and I was so thrilled to finally be able to really focus on my kids and family and home and not on spending every moment worrying about where our next meal would come from. I still did a few photography jobs here and there for some extra income, but I stopped marketing and focused on my kids. Our little family was so happy and harmonious.

But less than a year later my husband began getting very tired and dizzy. Long story short, he began getting sicker and sicker and doctors could not figure out why. Within a few months he could no longer last even an hour or two at work and his doctor put him on temporary disability. That went on for a year as he continued to get worse and worse. I started trying to ramp up my business again, and fortunately, he was still bringing in 40% of his previous income via short-term disability insurance, but that ended almost 18 months ago. Since then it’s been just me, only as his income left the picture our expenses have skyrocketed. AFter 2.5 years of so many tests it was figured out my husband has Lyme disease and multiple other infections and a pretty much non-existent immune system (so many infections including mycoplasma pneumonia, h. pylori, epstein-barr, multiple parasites among other issues).

We paid for COBRA as long as we could but it was an extra couple thousand a month. We finally qualified for medi-cal based on my income, but this insurance covers almost nothing of what he needs. The only doctor that understands his issues doesn’t take that insurance and charged $500-$900/visit, then his medications and supplements are another $1000/month. So basically, every month I need to come up with about $7000 just to pay for bare necessities (housing, food, utilities, gas and car maintenance, my business expenses and medical expenses). The biggest issue for me however, even more than money, is time. Eric at this time needs nearly a full time caregiver to prepare him food on a specialized diet (no gluten, dairy or sugar), feed him, help him get to the bathroom, help with personal care, getting to doctor appointments, etc. He’s pretty much bedridden 90% of the time. He does have his good days once in a while when he’s able to do more to take care of himself, but pretty much all of the responsibility of running our household of 4 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses (my steadiest income at this point is leasing them out) – paying the bills (when they can even be paid!), shopping, cleaning, cooking, running kids around, helping with homework, getting to sports and choir – as well as trying to earn enough income to keep everyone going is all on my shoulders. So I have a lot of nights where I’m only sleeping 3-4 hours because I work best when the kids are all asleep!

I don’t want to sound like I’m having a pity party here though, because I am constantly buoyed up by amazing people and wonderful miracles that happen monthly around here. I have an amazing landlord who has been so patient and kind – he could have kicked us out of our home many months ago. I began last year writing in a gratitude journal at least weekly (sometimes daily), and as I look back I can see so many tender mercies and blessings that have happened to sustain me and my family. I even started an IG account just to document for my family the many ways we’ve been blessed. Whereas I used to absolutely panic every month that I had no way to pay the bills that come pouring in, I can now just see that the law or polarity or rhythm is in effect and if I just keep my thoughts positive and my vibration high, things will work out, even though I have no idea how at this moment in time.

…I’m super interested [in the Mastery Program] because I feel like I’m missing some key puzzle piece here possibly, and I know for certain that applying the principles I have learned thus far have had really amazing results. 

…I hope you’re having a great month and you’re truly an inspiration to so many. And I’m so grateful for all of the resources you have so generously provided for free – I have taken advantage of all of them! And they have helped me sooo much! And I’m sure they’ve helped thousands and thousands of others have a more prosperous life. So thank you!

She has suffered an unbelievable run of unfortunate events, but did you notice her attitude? Did you see how she noticed and called attention to all of the things going WELL? I’m convinced that this is why she could also say: “Somehow I make it through every month.”

This is going to be the first in a series of articles about Vanessa, and Tender Mercies. Stay tuned for more coming soon…

What about you?

So, maybe you’re not a millionaire. Maybe you haven’t yet realized that big vision for your life. Maybe your relationships aren’t what you want them to be. Maybe you’re still waiting for that breakthrough that never seems to come. Maybe you struggle with your health, or maybe you’re caring for someone else who is. But even so…

Have you seen God’s hand in your life, sustaining you from day to day?

I want to hear about it. Submit your stories here!