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A Life Lesson I Have Learned That Has Changed My Life For The Better

I will admit, I wish I had learned this life-lesson earlier.

However, now that I have learned this amazing lesson, I do look at the world differently.
I look at the world with empathy in my heart, even if it starts with anger, I can find the empathy I need now.

So you ask what is that life lesson that has changed me?

Here it is: “People behave the way they do because of circumstances they have endured in life.”

To explain in more detail.

When you meet someone who is rude, or insecure, or who gossips a lot about others and points fingers.

At first it’s easy to think “well that’s just a rude person, I don’t care to be around them.”

And yet, you haven’t scratched the surface.

Because, people don’t act “rude” just to act “rude.”

Something in their life has created that “rude and unkind” disposition.

Perhaps this “rude” person dealt with neglect, abuse, abandonement, loneliness, or perhaps they were bullied, shunned, the list goes on….

How did I learn this?

Through observing a lot of situations in my life, and from my experience teaching school for many years.

Knowing that there is a deeper meaning behind peoples behaviors does not excuse the fact that we can feel “hurt” by them when someone is unkind to us.

However, at the end of the day…there is “always more to the story.”

If we only knew what others had gone through, we somehow find a place of empathy for that person.

Somehow you develop a sense of heartbrokenness for that person, because you know that there must have been something in life that “hurt” them, and they haven’t quite dealt with it. Instead they have taken out their “hurt” on the world around them.

And yes, sometimes you might be that person that gets the brunt of their “mean behavior.”

Now I am by no means allowing anyone to be abusive to you or to be a toxic influence …I believe anything abusive or toxic is firmly unhealthy to be around.

However, I am portraying the reminder that life has dealt us all a hard hand at some point…some more than others, and some to the degree where they are left to live a life of “rudeness” to deal with all the loss and heart ache in their personal lives.

Perhaps you knew this, perhaps you needed the reminder, and perhaps you didn’t.

But at the end of the day I am reminded that our Savior Jesus Christ will look at all our wrong-doings, and he will look at all our hardships and see that often times, our poor behaviors and bad choices came from the devastations dealt in life…. and at that, our Savior shows us mercy, empathy and love beyond measure.

And perhaps, we too, can look at someone’s “rude” actions, and find empathy knowing that at some point in their life, their heartache created so much hurt that they could not escape the rudeness and negativity that encompasses their life….and somehow we can reach down to our merciful area in our hearts and find empathy rather than frustration for that person.

It’s not easy, it’s not meant to be easy. The Savior is the ultimate example of finding love amongst those that ridiculed him.

I hope to always apply this lesson in life because quite frankly, it can make a hard situation melt into a loving scenario.

Not always, but often times it can strengthen relations and bridge gaps in friendships.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

I would love to hear.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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An Inspirational Sunday Quote….(FREE PRINTABLE)

I love everything about this quote by Carlos A. Godoy.

This quote is such a wonderful reminder of Heavenly Father’s love for each and every one of us!

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Hopefully you enjoy a beautiful and spiritual Sabbath Day.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle

20 Days of True Christmas

What does “True Christmas” mean?

Well, it means how can we incorporate the Savior into our lives through Christmas?

Because, the Savior is the REAL reason we are celebrating.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love all the other fun things that come with Christmas.

However, I want to teach my children the important of “True Christmas.”

Service and love is key to finding “True Christmas.”

Enjoy following along with me and this free printable!

And tell me in the comments below, what does “True Christmas” mean to you?

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Relationships

When The Light Came/ A Poem Written For A Dear Friend That Passed Away

There’s something about November that is somber for me.

November 10 of 2018 I received a call…a call that was sad and heartbreaking.

My dear friend that I’d been close to since the age of thirteen…had passed away, he was young, he was only 33.

I think of my friend often and miss him. However I have faith and believe he is in a better place.

Nonetheless… this poem was part of my grieving process.

I wanted to share it with you. Perhaps it can help you through the grieving process as well.

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When the light came

When the light came, I was not scared

When the light came, I moved forward.

I saw the beauty, peace, and happiness that

awaited me there, and when the light came I went.

When the light came, I knew my time was finished here on this earth.

My past family and loved ones surrounded me, and joy encompassed my soul.

When the light came I knew that I would now be the guardian angel.

To protect my loved ones and family, and to be with them in their hearts.

When the light came I was fulfilled and I knew my life was complete.

For now, you see, the light set me free, and I know that is what was meant for me.

So do not mourn or feel heartache and sorrow, for my spirit lives on and on.

My light will now shine for you, and one day too, the light will set you free,

and when the light comes you’ll find me!

Written by: Christy Nielson Austin

November 10th, 2018

In memory of my loving and dearest friend Troy Dean Osmond

Gospel Topics, Lifestyle

Another Great Podcast to Listen to…

I’ve mentioned before how much I love the podcast “All In.”

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I love this podcast because it talks about the gospel and true life experiences that are enriching and uplifting.

This podcast episode truly helps you understand healing after mistakes, as well as being true to the gospel under all circumstances.

Click on the link below to enjoy this wonderful podcast !

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-in/id1439975046?i=1000540614578

Do you have a podcast you suggest ?

I’d love to hear!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Relationships

A Sunday Quote: “Love is Always the Answer.”

Because we know life is a journey with joys and suffering, with highs and lows.

We never know when others are on their “lows.”

So the key is LOVE.

Treat others with love and compassion.

You’ll never forget treating others with love.

Love could cure the world of so much pain.

And it’s starts with you.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

What I’m Starting to Learn is That We Are All Survivors …

What I’m starting to learn is that we are all survivors…

Survivors of what?

We are all survivors of something that impacted us to the core.

Some are survivors of broken up, gut-wrenching, sad and abusive home life’s.

Others are cancer survivors, diabetes survivors, genetic disorder survivors and more ..

Some are survivors of divorce, abandonment, and relationship heartache.

Some are survivors of miscarriage, loss of a child, loss of a spouse, or a sibling, or parent, or loss of a close friend.

Some are survivors of bullying, and loneliness.

Others are survivors of learning disorders.

Some are survivors of racism.

Others are survivors of job loss, disappointment, and turmoil…

While others are survivors of depression snd crippling anxieties …

Could I go on?

Yes—it would take many pages to write them all.

Do we have something to learn from all of life’s survivors?

Always.

We are ALL survivors of something.

No one is dealt a “ride free” card in life.

By the time we reach adulthood… we have all survived a trial or many trials.

And as we continue on in life, there are more trials to come.

We all survive something hard and tough.

Yes, some trials come from poor decisions.

However, many trials emerge through our lives no matter how good and perfect our decisions are.

We ALL experience pain and heartbreak. It’s just the unfortunate part of life’s journey.

So knowing this, we ALL need to be a little more kinder.

We all need to be more thoughtful,

We are ALL living in a world of survivors.

A world where heartache is rampant.

There is not a soul in this world that doesn’t face some sort of trial.

So we must lead with love .

We must fight for others to share empathy.

We must understand that some survivors are hurt so deep that they can’t find peace.

And we have to help be that “peace” in the world.

We must smile more.

We must fight less.

And most importantly, we must remember that God himself knows that each child of His is struggling, and longing for something to lift them up out of the trenches and to bring light into their lives.

Everyday we have the choice, as a survivor ourselves.. how do we help the other survivors?

How do we bring light into a world of darkness?

The answer is simple, it’s Love.

The answer always has been and will forever be love.

Love may not take away all the pain, because pain runs deep.

But love brings the blanket of comfort and peace that is vital in this world.

Be the survivor that loves.

And this world of survivors will see, that love will, and always has been able to set them free.

By:C.N. Austin

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Relationships

Powerful Spiritual Quotes To Live By

I hope these quotes impact you as they have me.

Sometimes a quote is the reminder we need to keep pressing on throughout the day.

What is your favorite quote?

I’d love to hear!

A reminder to have faith and believe in miracles.

Remember that God knows you better than you know yourself.

I love this reminder … to treat others with love.

xoxo,

Christy Lee