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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mommy Notes: Showing Compassion to Others

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I probably should be doing a hundred other things right now. Like taking a shower for instant. I may be having one of those days where I rolled out of bed and threw on whatever was on the hope chest. It may be one of those mornings where makeup was skipped because school time and other responsibilities were calling. As I write this, it is 3:30 pm (remember I write all my posts in advance) and my heart is heavy with things I want to share. I just finished hanging clothes on the line and as I did that simple task, my mind wondered. It wondered to the last few weeks and the changes that have occurred. For me it has meant a new calling at church. See I am a Latter-Day Saint or "Mormon" as most know us by. We are believers in Christ. We have callings in our wards to serve one another, to be examples of Christ, and to do what He would do. We allow Him to work through us, in order to bless the lives of those around us.

For me, I had been called to work with the young women in the ward. Young girls between 12-18. I loved it! They are at such an important stage in their lives. They are deciding now how they will live. Will they be converted to Christ or will they choose not to follow his teachings and stray? For me, it was this time in my life, I decided to follow Him. It was an uphill struggle, but eventually I found Him and all his glory. I had amazing young women leaders, who planted the seed in my heart. It was when I turned 18 that I truly knew how I wanted to live my life. I truly knew that this Gospel was true and nothing would hold me back from living God's commandments. I have never looked back after I received the answer to a prayer, which I had prayed so fervently. I wanted to know what God wanted me to do with this life and he told me. What a glorious day that was! Having my Savior in my life has made it better. I met my husband soon after that day and everything has been a fairy tale since. Sometimes there is rain in this fairy tale, but it is my story and I love it.

Now going to back to a few weeks ago. I was told I was going to be released from my calling in Young Women. I cried. I couldn't imagine not serving with the Young Women. They are amazing young girls in our ward and I have loved every moment I was able to spend with them. They have amazing testimonies and I learned so much from them. Hopefully they learned a bit from me as well. I was asked to be the Compassionate Service Leader. My new calling would be helping the sisters of the ward. The “older ladies”. Ladies my age, but after working with the youth everyone seemed older:)

Honestly I had a hard time. I knew why I was called, but I didn't like it. When people asked for help, all I heard were complaints and whining. I basically saw everyone as big 4 year olds. I was definitely in a stink about it. Then something happen. I was in a Sunday school lesson, when the teacher shared an experience her husband had. Someone had asked him for help, someone who usually would have gotten on his nerves. This time however, all he felt was pure love for that person. He said he knew it was the love of Christ working though Him. I wanted that. No I needed that. I was struggling in my calling. It is a time consuming one and I didn't know how, on top of everything else, I could make it work. It was at this time I wrote this post. Yeah.... I was feeling a bit down trodden. I got on my knees and prayed I could feel that to. That I could allow Christ to work through me to help others. I needed help being compassionate. I felt like I didn't know how to be compassionate anymore. I wanted to be able to serve the way He wanted me to.

Well lovelies my prayers were answered. Earlier this week I received a call that a sister needed help. She had no one and needed someone to come to her aid. I didn't know this woman. She was just a name and number on a slip of paper, but I kid you not, I felt an abounding love for her. I knew her Savior loved her. I knew she had been praying for help. I knew that God was going to work through me to answer her prayer.

What an amazing experience that was. I am thankful for this Gospel. For a Heavenly Father who loves me. A Savior who knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane, saw my face, and suffered for my sins. I pray today that we can allow God to work through us. I pray we will be able to see the light in others, even when it is difficult. Pray for it. Live it. I know He can make us whole again. Thank you for always being amazing readers. I am thankful that when I feel prompted to spill my heart out, I know only kind words await me. You are all amazing!

Have a wonderful day Lovelies!!

XO Danielle

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14 comments:

  1. Wow- such an amazing post, Danielle. It's amazing what God can do through us when we are willing to listen. Thank you for sharing, it was a wonderful way to start my day by being in the right mindset.

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  2. Forgive my ignorance but what is stopping you from saying that you wanted to stay with the young women instead of going to the older women?

    Have a great day!

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  3. What a lovely post - thank you for sharing your experience - there is for sure a reason you were chosen to serve in this way. There is definitely a lack of compassion in the world as a whole these days - we have compassion for children and animals but women especially lack in compassion for each other - especially women who are our age.

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  4. Danielle:

    I am so glad to read your post today!

    I work full-time, am in the last trimester of my second pregnancy and also have a two-year-old and wonderful husband at home.

    I have been praying fervently that God uses me to best serve Him every day. But still, I struggle, I snap, I break down. Yesterday was one of those days.

    While these times are never much fun (for me OR my boys!), I do know that the aftermath is usually a sense of calm and renewed clarity.

    I will be praying for you and yours- God always knows just what we need and when we need it. The beauty in faith is complete surrender and belief in His perfect timing!

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  5. Danielle,
    Thank you for this beautiful testimony! Keep the faith. Many times God calls us to do things we don't think we're equiped for, nor do we think we like the change He calls us to make. He always knows best. Just this week during prayer I realized He knows me better than I know myself, so why would I ever question His guidance. I truly believe He will work through you to bless others, but also He will work through others to bless you! It's going to be an amazing journey for you!!

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  6. Your post really touched me. I was recently called to be the Compassionate Service Leader in my ward, and it's been a slow start. I know similar blessings are in store for my future, and that brings me peace...and excitement. :- )Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Danielle! What a powerful message! I was talking to my mother on the phone the other day and we were discussing how we fall into jobs or obligations that we may not want to be in and how easy it is to dwell on how much we don't want to be in that situation. But if we change our focus to finding what God's purpose for us in that situation, suddenly there is a whole new light and understanding. "And we know in all things that God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

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  8. Danielle! What a powerful message! I was talking to my mother on the phone the other day and we were discussing how we fall into jobs or obligations that we may not want to be in and how easy it is to dwell on how much we don't want to be in that situation. But if we change our focus to finding what God's purpose for us in that situation, suddenly there is a whole new light and understanding. "And we know in all things that God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

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  9. Hi Danielle, I stumbled on your site through Pintrest awhile back and love reading your post! I think your inspirational and talented. I am not a mormon. I was a a Catholic Christian for many many years and now I am not. My family is very active still in church and I always support them even though our opinions may differ. I am 54 years old and never tire of learning and enjoying younger ladies and mens talent. I talk of your blog to my Sis alot because I think your such a sweet young mom and good friend to others. Have a wonderful day ~~ Lori ps I wish more young people were like you today.

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  10. Hi Danielle, I stumbled upon your blog through Pinterst awhile back and I read your blog everyday. I think your such a talented and inspirational young woman. I am not a mormon, I was a Catholic Christian for many many years and now I am not for my own personal reasons. I share your thoughts with my Sis who is still very religious, and I always support her. I am 54 years old and I never tire from enjoying such talent of young women and men, it's refreshing to see there still such wonderful people out there in such a world that I live in now. I just wanted to say I think your such a compassionate lady who sets such a wonderful example to your children and others. Lori

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  11. I will never look at compassionate service the same. I have served in that calling twice, and each time has been difficult. It wasn't until the end of my second time when life turned on me and I was in need. All those beautiful women ( even the ones who "need" a lot) came to my aid without being asked. It is wonderful to be using our hand to serve when our Savior can not.
    Thank you for your blog.

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  12. idk if its just my computer (thought other sites are working fine) or your site but all your images are missing..............

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    1. I just fixed it. I as having some tech issues:> Thank you so much for letting me know.

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  13. This is such an amazing moment to share with everyone. Thank you so much. I am currently working on finding what it is that I am supposed to be doing. There are so many things that I have been interested in, but finding something I am 'called' to do seems so important and now I know I will 'know' when it's right.

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