Category Archives: Stories

Never Give Up

This race reminds me so much of our own lives.  The story stands alone beautifully, but when compared to our own lives with our Father in Heaven near by its profound.

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” -English Proverb

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Kindness transcends time

My Dad shared this video with me today.. It’s a beautiful story that speaks all languages through an act of kindness. I’m a firm believer that God is in the details of our lives. He weaves a beautiful story out of each of our journeys…

Kindness will transcend time.  Take a minute today to watch this video then as a call to action go share it with others and do something kind.

 

Incredible Inspirational Video

Take a minute to watch this today. It really touched me.  I could see the perspective of each person in this video. It’s incredible! I’ve seen my own parents fight for each of their children, and siblings who have been through this same journey. When it all boils down to it, this is what it’s all about. Enjoy and share.

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My husband shared this story with our kids today to teach them the importance of working together, and to be happy for one another. He taught them the importance of caring for one another, and unity. 

Pettitt-African-kids-1024x928 UbuntuYoungBoysinCircle I had to share this with you all because I saw it as a lesson we could all use in our daily lives.  It’s easy to get caught up in “me”, but the greater difference comes when we focus on “we”

After a very hard week in the world, it helps to remember that we are all in this together.

Much Love

HOME where life happens

HOME where life happens

My sister sent me a link to an article the other day and it got me thinking.

Confessions of a ‘not-natural’ wife — and tips to help others like me (take a second to read this, she’s hilarious)

After honestly looking at herself and situation she concludes the solution to be kindness…..

“I think that’s the part that I’ve learned recently that would have been most helpful 12 years ago. It’s just basic Christianity or morality or whatever –ity you follow — essential, daily kindness whether they deserve it or whether you feel like it or not. You can be kind even when you’re stressed, tired, pregnant, exhausted, busy, worried or in a rush. You can be kind regardless of anything. Anything. 

I’ve learned that I’m responsible for my choices, how I treat my husband, and for what I bring to the relationship. Each day, I choose how I will love, encourage, influence and serve him. Each day I get to start fresh and do my very best to be kind, regardless of the circumstances.”

We definitely need to reach into our communities and show more kindness and love, but what about in our own homes?  Often times the buzz of the day leaves the people we love most in the greatest need.    We may be in a habit of telling them we love them, but are we showing them?  Happiness in the home is priceless! Kindness brings strength in the home and fills it with love. Don’t be afraid to be obvious. Go outside the box… laundry, dishes, etc doesn’t count.  Step away from the chores and think of how you can really tell them you love them through your actions.  SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE.  Decide what your spouse or child really needs and then do it! Being a part of a family is a lot of work!!! I think I need to say that again.  Being a part of a family is a lot of work!!! But if we choose to fall in love with our spouse and children again every day it can be so much fun.

I was taking a second to relax today when my husband, seeing that I was exhausted, came over and took the shoes off my feet, and laid down next to me.  It was so simple, but it meant the world to me.

“Near the end of his life, one father looked back on how he had spent his time on earth. An acclaimed, respected author of numerous scholarly works, he said, ‘I wish I had written one less book and taken my children fishing more often.’ Time passes quickly. Many parents say that it seems like yesterday that their children were born. Now those children are grown, perhaps with children of their own. ‘Where did the years go?’ they ask. We cannot call back time that is past, we cannot stop time that now is, and we cannot experience the future in our present state. Time is a gift, a treasure not to be put aside for the future but to be used wisely in the present.”

Thomas S. Monson

THE FAMILY


A PROCLAMATION TO THE WORLD

The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of theChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

WE, THE FIRST PRESIDENCY and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

THE FIRST COMMANDMENT that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

WE DECLARE the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.

HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

WE CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brian’s Son

Jesus Christ

Every Christmas I think of a story that was shared with me almost 10 years ago. It is a true story, and one that has made such an impact on me that I have never forgotten it.  This story is not just a Christmas story, but a story about the true meaning of Christmas.

For the sake of privacy we’ll call this man Brian.  Brian had a son that was handicap and he would often describe his son as the greatest gift their family could ever have.  When life got serious his son would always lighten the mood and have everyone smiling.

During the Christmas season one year, he and his wife were traveling down the road with their son sitting in the back seat.  At the time, he son was 16 years old.  As they pulled off the freeway waiting at the traffic light, they saw a homeless couple peddling on the side of the road.  Immediately, Brian had a great idea!  He would teach his son the true meaning of Christmas.  He pulled a dollar bill out of his wallet and handed it back to his son.  He said, “Roll down the window and give these people this dollar.  It will make them so happy and will be a blessing in their lives”.  His son, with a huge smile of excitement on his face, took the dollar but instead of rolling down the window, proceeded to jump out of the car.  Brian and his wife were startled as they realized what their son was doing, fearing that he may run out into the busy street. Then they saw him run to the homeless couple and wrapped his arms around the two giving them a huge, warm hug.   He then told them that he loved them and quickly ran back to the car.

Brian noticed that the homeless woman’s eyes were filled with tears… how long had it been since she had felt such a warm and sincere display of affection?  Noticing the light was green, Brian began to drive away, pondering how even though the light was green, not one person honked their horns or were impatient.  Perhaps they too, were watching this beautiful display of Christ-like love.  When he looked back through the rearview mirror in his car, he saw his son was smiling from ear to ear filled with shear joy with the dollar bill still clenched tightly in his fist.

As Brian relayed this story to us, with a little giggle in his smile, he said that in his attempt to teach his son the true meaning of Christmas, his son ended up teaching him the greater lesson.

Brian’s son, with his pure heart, could see what these people truly needed.  The dollar would probably have helped for a moment, but the hug would last far longer than that.  He didn’t see dirty shirts, or smelly pants, but children of God.  As a disciple of Jesus Christ, he gave exactly what the Savior would have given if he would have been there himself.

This Christmas let’s find the moments to stop and be true disciples of Jesus Christ.  Let’s do what he would do if he were walking in our shoes.

Much Love,

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