Showing posts with label service. Show all posts
Showing posts with label service. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sacred Sister

When I was new,
she became my friend,
then I was called,
and her knowledge was lent.

I found I was sick,
she nursed me to health;
and when I broke down,
she returned me to stealth.

Once I was lost,
but she loved me patiently;
Then it became dark,
so she sent light faithfully.

And as I repented,
she stood by my side;
Happiness then came,
and we rejoiced by and by.

Grief discovered my heart,
so hers was heavy too;
she took hold of my hand,
and we cried rivers anew.

I needed encouragement then,
to keep going on,
she uplifted me high,
and life moved along.

Even so, I was afraid,
so she sat by my side;
and when I felt alone,
on my doorstep she would arrive.

My family was in great need,
she made them her own;
she clothed them and fed them,
and we were never alone.

But I wanted to shut down,
yet she held the door open;
her words, her love,
such beautiful emotion.

And though I felt like dying,
you know my life she saved;
she told me I had worth,
and helped me to pray.

Then finally I triumphed,
oh how she was, my biggest fan;
but I saw then she was in need,
so I quickly took her hand.

I clothed her and fed her
and brought light to her house;
she was my sister after all,
how could I not help.

I found then at times,
there were others in need;
I also found that sometimes
again it was me.

We serve each other valiantly,
so all can move in stride,
Zion our destination,
Jesus Christ at our side.

We are sisters in Zion,
we are Sisters in Christ,
sacred love our goal,
sacred service our life.....

**For My Sisters......
with love from Dixie <3

Friday, February 6, 2015

Burdens of Another

This is a continuation of The Invitation, a  previously posted blog challenge.  We are now on Day 5.  Please feel free to read the other days and start at anytime! Incorporate this challenge to fit you!  Weekly, monthly, daily however it will work for you!

 All material is original blog material written by Dixie. ( I just borrowed the idea ;)   Scripture suggestions are from my personal study, all thoughts and challenges are from my personal history and my future as I too continue to strive for more closeness to Christ.

Thought for the day:  The life of Christ was not about himself, but what he could do for others.  His ministry upon this earth was about healing, teaching, compassion, and finally in the end, taking upon himself the burdens of all; that all might be saved if only all would believe in him.  Yet, to believe in him, to truly have faith, requires that we become like him, in all aspects.  That we learn to walk as he walks.  Today let us in our activities, in our lives, in our busyness, put off the natural man for a moment and walk as Christ walks; even let us bear up one another’s burdens.

When we were baptized we entered into a covenant with God. We promised to take upon ourself the name of Jesus Christ, keep His commandments, and serve Him to the end.  We promised that we would not only serve in certain ways that we think of when thinking of service; but that we would promise to be “willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light” and “willing to mourn with those that mourn … and comfort those that stand in need of comfort”.

Penny in the shoe:  today, every time you feel the penny in your shoe, think to soften your heart, look at others as you want Christ to look at you….

challenge for the day:  as you soften your heart, open yourself up to be able to help another bear their burdens.  Prayerfully consider someone you might help.  It might not be something big or tragic, that is needed, it may only be a smile and few kinds words, or a dinner preparation, a ride to the store or doctor, a visit to lonely elderly in a nursing home, just anything.  But find a way you can ease the burden of someone else.  However, be not weary in doing so…..

suggested Scripture Reading.  (reading made easy just click a link :)  Galatians 6   Galatians 5:13–14  Mosiah 18:8

Journaling Thought:  How can I emulate His love to those around me?

Try to See World from Others’ Perspective

Contributed By Church News
  • 18 October 2013
Ashley England and her family went to dinner at a pizzeria in China Grove, North Carolina, this September and received what the local television station, WBTV, called an “unexpected” note from a fellow patron.
Mrs. England’s eight-year-old son, Riley, “is non-verbal and has been through three major brain surgeries for a severe form of epilepsy,” according to WBTV. During dinner the boy began to get “a little rowdy.”
“He threw the phone and started screaming,” Mrs. England told WBTV. “The past few weeks have been very hard and trying for us—especially with public outings. Riley was getting loud and hitting the table, and I know it was aggravating to some people.”
Then, just as the family was ready to pack up and leave, a waitress appeared.
“‘I’ll try to do this without crying,’ the waitress told the family. ‘But another customer has paid for your bill tonight and wanted me to give you this note.’
“The note read: ‘God only gives special children to special people.’”
In the weeks following the report, a photograph of the note went viral.
That message, articulated in just one sentence to a frustrated family, has relevance for all of us. It demonstrates compassion and understanding—offered at a time when a family needed both.
“We hear what people say, we see what they do, but being unable to discern what they think or intend, we often judge wrongfully if we try to fathom the meaning and motives behind their actions and place on them our own interpretation,” said President Spencer W. Kimball (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball [2006], 95).
The England family doesn’t know who paid for their meal or left them the note. Maybe it was someone who has also raised a special-needs child or who loves a special-needs child. Maybe it was someone who has been embarrassed by a child in public. Or maybe it was someone who simply took the time to imagine what it would have been like to occupy a chair at the Englands’ table.
In the final pages of the classic novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, the narrator, a little girl nicknamed Scout, finds herself on the front porch of her neighbor Boo Radley’s home. As she turns to leave, she discovers she has never seen her neighborhood from this angle before. It looks different. Just seeing the world as Boo sees it helps her understand Boo a little better.
She realizes her father—who urged his children to try to see life from another person’s perspective before making judgments—was right.
“One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them,” Scout said in the novel. “Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.”
Having learned the important lessons of compassion and understanding, Scout concludes there is really nothing else for her to learn—except algebra.
The advice, from a fictional attorney living in the height of the Depression in Maycomb, Alabama, is just as relevant in our own wards, stakes, neighborhoods, and communities; we face problems we would understand better if we saw the world around us from our neighbors’ front porches—or from their tables at the local pizzeria.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said that in our associations we should build and strengthen one another.
“It is a responsibility divinely laid upon us to bear one another’s burdens, to strengthen one another, to encourage one another, to lift one another, to look for the good in one another, and to emphasize that good,” he said (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley [1997], 45).
President Thomas S. Monson has asked Latter-day Saints to show increased kindness toward one another.
“We have no way of knowing when our privilege to extend a helping hand will unfold before us,” he said during his April 2001 general conference address. “The road to Jericho each of us travels bears no name, and the weary traveler who needs our help may be one unknown.”
That’s the impact a stranger had on the England family, who told a reporter that having one person care about their needs overshadowed the rude and negative comments they often hear.
“To have someone do that small act towards us shows that some people absolutely understand what we are going through and how hard it is to face the public sometimes,” Mrs. England told WBTV.
“They made me cry, blessed me more than they know. … Little did he know what struggles we had been facing lately, and this was surely needed at that moment.”
We could all follow the stranger’s example and take time to imagine what it would be like to sit at another person’s table.
President Monson has extended to each of us the same invitation:
“May we ever be mindful of the needs of those around us and be ready to extend a helping hand and a loving heart” (“Until We Meet Again,” Ensign, Nov. 2008, 107).

This will be a great day!  We will grow!

Love From Dixie! 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Servant for a Day

This is a continuation of The Invitation, a  previously posted blog challenge.  We are now on Day 3.  Please feel free to read the other days and start at anytime!

 All material is original blog material written by Dixie.  Scripture suggestions are from my personal study, all thoughts and challenges are from my personal history and my future as I too continue to strive for more closeness to Christ.

Thought for the day:  Throughout his life, Jesus was of service.  All he said and did was for others, and he radiated compassionate goodness as He ministered among men.  Among so many things, He brought strength to the limbs of the cripple, sight to the eyes of the blind, hearing to the ears of the deaf, and life to the body of the dead.  His kindness and understanding to the woman taken in adultery taught compassionate understanding.  He spent his time preparing those he ministered to for their journey, and he continues today in are ever needful circumstances to heal, show compassion, and minister to us.  Indeed He is truly of service.  Thus, in striving for perfection, in our need to become more like him, we must gain an understanding and practice the principle of service.  True disciples of Christ do likewise as he does.  It not only will heal our hearts, make us strong, fill us with love and compassion, but it will bring us to our Lord. The Savior said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35)

Remember:  Keep a penny in your shoe this is for the entire 14 days.  And don't forget to read your scriptures :) you can click the link below on a scripture suggestion to read!

Scripture Reading Suggestions:   Matthew 14:13–2 Matthew 20:27  Matthew 25:31–46 John 9:1–7; 13:4–5, 12–17  Luke 10:25–37  John 13:34–35  Mosiah 2:17  1 Nephi 11:31

Challenge for the day:  Every time you feel the penny in your shoe, look for the chance to do likewise as Christ.  Help someone, give a sincere smile or hello to anyone, sincerely tell the grumply checkout lady to have a good day, visist a nursing home, make a call to someone you know might need it, write a letter to somone in need, open the door for the little lady in front of you, just anything, there are a million tiny little things that are of service and fill our hearts with the spririt of Christ.  It doesn't have to be a big production, for in many cases its the letter recieved or the simple call that lifted someone and even saved them.

Journaling Thoughts:  What would I do today if Jesus were at my side.....

A story of hands:
During the second World War, a quaint littel French Village was bombed by mistake.  The villagers were forewarned by the air raid sirens and cleared out of the village before the bombing started.  Through tears of sadness they sat on a nearby hill all that night and watched the flashes and fires as the bombs leveled their town.
They returned to their village the next day and began digging in the rubble for anything salvageable.  There wasn't much.  But, all the villagers joined together in the effort to rebuild their home, from the bottom up.
As the rubble was cleared from the village square, several pieces of white marble were found; the remains of a statue that stood in the square.  It was precious to them, so the villagers called on the best sculptor to rebuild the old statue and it would serve as a remembrance of the rebuilding of the village.  The sculptor worked for years as they town was rebuilt,  on this great and important challenge.
Finally, as the remaining bit of paint was put on the last building and the streets were washed out for the last time, a veiled figure stood in the sqaure awaiting unveiling.  The villagers held a great three day celebration to commemorate the rebuilding of the village; and the last of the feature in the celebration, would  be for all to meet together at the town square for the unveiling.
At last the veil was removed.  There had before, in this spot, stood a statue of Christ with his hands stretched out for all,  and as the veil was  removed the Christ was renewed by the scupltor, yet, this statue had no hands, because the bombs blast hit too close and pulverized them beyond repair.  So in sculpting and renewing the prescious statue the hands could not be replaced therefore an inscription replaced them.  Where previously it read "Come unto Christ, now it read, "I have no hands but yours...."

In the service of others I know we will feel love today!  We will be the hands of Christ....

With Love from Dixie....