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Sunday Thoughts: Why Serving Others is Key

This quote is very insightful and impactful in many ways:

It’s interesting that of all the things SERVICE truly does uplift us human beings when we are in the depths of despair.

I have thought about this a lot, and analyzed it for years.

Why Service?

I believe it actually goes deeper than being selfless.

Yes serving others is a selfless act, therefore, service helps us to forget about our own worries and concerns and helps us to re-focus on something else.

And yet, even more than selflessness…I believe service is at the root of who we are and what we are becoming.

What is the ultimate goal?

It is to be Christlike.

Christ served others his entire life. In fact, His entire meaning and mission on this earth was to serve us all—to the ultimate degree.

Service helps us to step into the direction of our Savior. Service helps us to grow and to discipline ourselves.

I know for me personally, service opportunities don’t always come at the most convenient time.

However, I believe sometime we are tested with service opportunities. Are we going to jump at the opportunity to serve when it seems complicated, or are we going to wait ’til service is more convenient?

As we strive to be closer to Christ, we realize that service is truly the key to happiness.

And of course personal growth is important in this life, but isn’t serving others and uplifting others perhaps the best type of personal growth out there?

I believe if the world could have this viewpoint, so many of our world problems could be solved.

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Instead of wallowing in our disparities, if we turned to service among our fellow men, what a happier and brighter world it would be.

So I challenge you just as I am challenging myself, next time you feel a bit down, or frustrated, forgot your OWN issue, and think of someone you can serve.

I think you will be amazed and the lives blessed by turning to service.

And I know you will feel closer to Christ as you serve his fellow men.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Sunday Thoughts On Imperfections…

I love this quote by Elder Uchtdorf:

This quote is a reminder that mistakes come with moving forward. Mistakes come with learning new things.

I have only been a parent for 6 years now … and goodness I have made some mistakes.

Yes, parenting has been new territory for my husband and me, but we are constantly trying to learn and grow as we raise our children.

I feel like often times we beat ourselves up too much when we make mistakes… when in reality, the mistakes are what form us to be better.

Every baseball player strikes out, every runner loses a race at times, all people make mistakes.

I’m learning to NOT focus so intensely on those mistakes, but to more so, brush ourselves off, learn, and keep trying.

Heavenly Father knows mistakes are part of our journey… he provided the atonement for us to lean on always, and what a blessing it is to be able to pray to our Heavenly Father for guidance.

I hope on this Sabbath day, you can remember you’re not alone in making mistakes. We can all rise above our mistakes, even more, what we learn from our mistakes is truly the Diamond in the rough.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Gospel Topics, Lifestyle

A Highly Suggested Podcast You Will Enjoy!

This podcast that I suggest you listen to is called “All in” featuring Craig Manning.

The discussion is “mastering the mind.”

This podcast was fascinating.

You will love this podcast !

Not only did it discuss scriptures and spiritual topics… it discussed how the mind impacts athletes and their abilities.

I would highly suggest this podcast to anyone wanting to improve themselves.

Click here for the link.

Enjoy!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Sunday Thoughts: His Empathy.

When you think of the word “empathy” what do you think?

It is more than just “feeling bad” for someone, empathy is truly understanding how someone is feeling to a degree of complete compassion and love.

This quote by David A. Bednar complete summarizes the powerful amount of empathy that the Savior has for each and every one of us.

The Savior knows us individually and his empathy for us is at an individual level.

What a blessing it is to be understood in a manner that Christ understands us.

To know that the Savior is ALWAYS there to extend his arm of mercy is incredible.

What a gift.

What a blessing.

What an extraordinary tribute to us…to know that the Savior will not only always be there for us, but he will completely and whole-heartedly understand every ounce of the struggles we may go through in life.

It is truly such a blessing to be members of the Church of Jesus Christy of Latter Day Saints. I feel extremely blessed to know that our Savior lives and loves us beyond measure.

Perhaps just knowing the love that the Savior has for us, can get us through those tough days.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Why Easter is So Special to Me

Easter is a time of re-birth.

I feel like nature surrounds us with the reminder that flowers are blooming again, the sun is shining more, and as Easter approaches we remember the importance of our Savior and his divine love for us.

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Easter is a time to celebrate Christ and His Resurrection.

To me, Easter is a reminder that the Savior loved us so much, that he underwent the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Christ died for our sins, he had all powers to save himself, and yet, he endured all the suffering so that we can ultimately have the chance to be with him again someday.

Through Christ’s atoning sacrifice, we can find hope in knowing that despite our many worldly faults, we can find our way back to Him.

Christ was resurrected on the third day after his burial.

Christ’s resurrection always reminds me of His Holiness.

Christ was able to be resurrected and to return to his Father, our Heavenly Father.

Evenmore, Christ lives peacefully with our Heavenly Father, and yet, he is always there for us individually. Christ is there for us through our greatest moments, as well as through our tearful sorrows.

To remember our Savior on Easter is such a joyous occasion.

Easter is a fun holiday to celebrate because of the egg hunts and chocolates and bunnies and more.

But beyond all of these fun little traditions related to Easter, our Savior and his Resurrection is the focus of Easter for me.

Our Savior who is the God of miracles, is celebrated on Easter and it’s such a joyous occasion.

Easter will always be special to me for many reasons, but most of all, Easter feels my heart with joy and love for our Savior Jesus Christ and for the love He has for each and everyone of us.

I hope you enjoy your Easter Sunday.

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I hope you have a chance to reflect and ponder on our Savior and what a beautiful occasion his resurrection was.

xoxo

Christy Lee

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What I Have Learned About Strengthening Spirituality

This past month, my focus as been on strengthening my spirituality.

If you are just now following, I created a free template, to work towards 20 days of strengthening spirituality.

As I reflect on how this past month has gone, as I have sought to make a point everyday to strengthen my spirituality, I have learned a few things:

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1- I don’t make enough time for “peace and quiet.”

2- Planning time during the day to read scriptures or listen to uplifting talks, is not very hard to do and I always leave feeling happier. So why not do this more?

3- It’s enjoyable to discuss spirituality with others.

4- Keeping a strong sense of spirituality keeps me balanced mentally, emotionally and physically.

5- Striving to strengthen my spirituality has uplifted me and enlightened me.

6- Strengthening my spirituality has made me feel more gratitude.

There are many more items I could list about what I have learned from focusing on my spirituality this month, however, these points above are the main highlights.

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I want to keep this spiritual focus in my life, not just for certain time periods, but ALWAYS.

Whether you are a member of my same religion or viewpoints, I would encourage all of you to do what you can to increase and strengthen your relationship with God.

It’s amazing the peace and power that can be within you when we increase and strengthen our spirituality.

What do you do to strengthen yourself spiritually?

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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A Spiritual Book I am Enjoying…

If you have been following me you know that this month my goal and focus is on “Strengthening My Spirituality.”

If you click here, you can find the free printable I made which is “20 Days of Spirituality.”

My reasoning for wanting to strengthen my spirituality is because I believe spirituality is the core of who we are.

2020 was a bit of a whirlwind …and I became aware of just how powerful and significant spirituality is in my life, and in the lives of others.

Naturally–I knew I wanted to straighten my spirituality and it will not end after a month. My hope is that this month with really kickstart me into truly prioritizing spirituality into my life.

Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!

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So with that…

I would recommend this book “Holy as You Are,” By Christie Gardiner.

I will say, this book relates most to people that are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

However, the overall theme behind the book is for anyone wanting to strengthen their spirituality.

This book is beautifully written and it’s focus is on reminding women that they already possess so many holy attributes and qualities.

This book is uplifting and a great read.

You can find this book online or at Desert Book or Seagull Book.

I would love to hear any spiritual book recommendations you may have, please just comment below.

Until Next Time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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January Goal: 20 Days of Spirituality/Free Template

This year, same as last year, I am focusing on different goals each month.

As we all know, 2020 was not always the easiest.

What helped get me through?

Delving into my spiritual connections.

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I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

My goal is to work on my testimony and strengthening my spirituality.

Even if you aren’t of my same faith, this template can be helpful to you, just simply adjust some of the daily goals.

I know for me personally, working on my spiritual strength helps me physically, mentally and emotionally as well.

I hope you enjoy this free template.

Best of luck crushing some of your New Years Goals!

(click below for your FREE template)

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xoxo,

Christy Lee

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If I Had Planned My Life Out

If I had planned my life out,

The twists and turns would all be straight

The jagged edges and the rough corners, would be smooth

Only love and never hate.

If I had planned my life out,

There would be endurance involved I’m sure,

But not to the degree that I have experienced it.

There would be more smiles and less weeping.

If I had planned my life out, the blossoms would always be blooming.

The sun would shine indefinitely, and the dark would not destroy the light.

BUT

I did not plan my life out, as you know this to be true.

God had a hand in everything, and knew the right thing to do.

He knew I would enjoy the happy, the easier and the calm.

But he knew my strength would not build from these foundations,

So that’s when he sent the storms.

The storms I have felt have been tough, sometimes beaten me to the core.

As I stay close to God in those storms I pray for strength,

At times I wonder if God remembers how much I’ve endured?

When the load feels too heavy, the faith gets me through.

Faith in God always comes through.

Faith in His plan, remembering it was always about His plan and not mine.

No matter the trial or the hardship … there is light in the end, when we move forward with Faith in God and remember his hand is in all things.

If I had planned my life out….

I quickly see, it is not the life that was meant for me.

My joys have been amazing and my happiness has been beyond anything I imagined..

The reason being?

Because I’ve felt the storm, and it made the light and the calmness more amazing in every way.

We build some of our greatest strength, our greatest faith … through the tough times.

Those tough times make the beautiful times magnificent.

And for this I know…

I’m glad I didn’t plan my life out.

Gods plan is best despite the jagged edges and rough corners.

For God will push us and shape us, into the people we were meant to be.

God knows the bigger picture.

And because of this… I’m glad I did not plan my life out.

It’s best this way, for you and for me.