Story of Helping Someone in Need

Inspirational Story of helping someone in need. story of helping someone in need

One day a man saw a elderly gray haired lady stranded on the side of the road, even in the dim light of day he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her?  Did he look safe?  He looked poor and hungry.

He could see that she was frightened standing out there in the cold.  He knew how she felt. It was those chills and fear of the unknown.

He said, ‘I’m here to help you, ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.’

All she had was a flat tire, but for an older lady all alone that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Although he got dirty and his hands hurt from the cold, he felt good inside.

As he was tightening up the last of the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her.  She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid.  This was not a job to him; this was helping someone in need, and God knew there were many in the past who had helped him when he needed it.  He had lived his whole life that way, it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, ‘Think of me.’

He waited until she started her car and drove off.  It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan..

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: ‘You don’t owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.’

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.  There were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard.

She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, ‘Everything’s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.’

May each of us find ways in Helping someone in need.

Challenge is Opportunity

Every challenge is an opportunitychallenge is opportunity

To discover who we are and

All that we can be.

Hang in there!

It’s going to get better.

I know that’s easy to say, but, believe me, it’s true.

And believe me when I say that I have confidence in you,

Because you have handled difficult situations before.

Sooner than you think,

You’ll look back on this

And feel better and

More confident than you’ve ever felt.

Trust me!

Trust yourself!

I believe in you!

Challenge is opportunity, these words were given to me after a major surgery, they helped me many days to hang in there.  When one door closes another opens at the right time, it seems our trials keep us humble and on our knees and after the trial of our faith comes the blessings/miracles.  Challenge is Opportunity for growth and change.  

The Kitchen Concert

THE KITCHEN CONCERT grandma cooking

One day I stopped to listen to the sounds our kitchen makes

And I was quite surprised to hear the sound when mom makes cakes

The whirr of her big mixer with its beaters going round

Starts the kitchen concert and fills the room with sound

There’s the splashing of the water and the dripping in the sink

There’s a knife that scrapes the butter with its clinkety, clink, clink

There’s the rattling of the dishes and the click of the cupboard door

There’s the whistling from a kettle and the broom swish on the floor

There’s the rhythm of Mom’s footsteps and the tune she always sings

Our kitchen’s full of many sounds from all these happy things.

by Solveig Paulson Russell

Have you ever stopped to think about your kitchen concert, there is something wonderful about sitting around the kitchen table with family and friends, laughing, talking, and enjoying a great home cooked meal. Some of my kids best memories – are coming through the door from school – with the smell of fresh baked bread or cookies.

Home is where the Heart is. What are the comforting sounds and smells in your kitchen concert?

A Childs Prayer

A Childs Prayerprayer

Hear me, blessed Jesus,

As I say my prayers today.

Tell me You are close to me

And You’ll never go away.

Tell me that You love me

Like the Bible says You do,

And tell me also, Jesus,

I can always come to You,

And You will understand me

When other people don’t,

And though some may forget me,

Just tell me that You won’t…

And someday when I’m older,

I will show You it is true

That even as a little child

My heart belongs to You.

– Helen Steiner Rice

There is nothing more tender than A childs prayer, “And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them and blessed them.”   Mark 10:16  A childs prayer is so sincere and precious, and is always heard by a loving Heavenly Father.

Never Alone

Never Alone

You will never be alone in this world

As long as there is love.

And there is always love.

You can see it in the color of a flower,

In the cleansing touch of rain,

In the stillness of a snowy night.

And most of all,

You can feel it within yourself,

In the quiet spaces of your heart.

Love is always with you,

Reminding you of the beauty you possess,

And the power of your dreams.

And remember,

You will be loved by Him Forever.

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What a wonderful feeling to know we are never alone, that he is there if we go to him in prayer.

Never Alone by Thomas S. Monson

Marriage Takes Three

Marriage Takes Threemarriage takes three

We once thought marriage took

Just two to make a go.

But now we are convinced

It takes the Lord also

And not one marriage fails

Where Christ is asked to enter

As lovers come together

With Jesus at the center

In homes where Christ is first

It’s obvious to see

Those unions really work

For marriage still takes three.

Helen Steiner Rice

A Marriage that lasts

 

Chocolate Almond Toffee Cake

Chocolate Almond Toffee cake is one of our families favorites – so quick, easy, and so delicious!cake

1 chocolate cake mix, 1/4 c. oil, 2 eggs, 1 – 1/4c. water, 1 box 4 serving size Jello chocolate instant pudding, 1 small pkg. 9 – 12oz. Hershey almond toffee nuggets

Directions: Preheat oven to 350, Pour oil in bottom of glass 9×13 pan, tilt to cover entire bottom of pan with oil.  Place all other ingredients into pan except nuggets, blend with a fork for two minutes, spread evenly.  Chop chocolate nuggets sprinkle on top of batter.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes till toothpick comes out clean.   Serve hot with ice cream.   This chocolate almond toffee cake is sooo good.  Makes great cupcakes to.

A Friend is a Gift of God

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A Friend is a Gift of God

Among the great and glorious gifts
Our Heavenly Father sends
Is the Gift of Understanding,
That we find in loving friends,
For in this world of trouble
That is filled with anxious care
Everybody needs a friend
In whom they’re free to share
The little secret heartaches
That lay heavy on their mind,
Not just a mere acquaintance
But someone who’s “Just Our Kind”—
For, somehow, in the generous heart
Of loving, faithful friends
The good God in His charity
And wisdom always sends
A sense of understanding
And the power of perception
And mixes these fine qualities
With kindness and affection
So when we need some sympathy
Or a friendly hand to touch,
Or an ear that listens tenderly
And speaks words that mean so much,
We seek our true and trusted friend
In the knowledge that we’ll find
A heart that’s sympathetic
And an understanding mind…
And often just without a word
There seems to be a union
Of thoughts and kindred feelings
For GOD gives TRUE FRIENDS communion.
Helen Steiner Rice

A friend is a gift from God – thank you to all my wonderful friends, that have helped me through the rough times.  A tribute to all the wonderful women out there.

Tale of Two Frogs

Two frogs fell in a deep cream bowl,frog
One was an optimistic soul
But the other took the gloomy view.
“We shall drown,” he cried without more adieu.
So with a last despairing cry
He flung up his legs and said goodbye.
Quoth the other frog with a merry grin,
“I can’t get out, but I won’t give in;
I’ll just swim around till my strength is spent,
Then will I die the more content.”
Bravely he swam till it would seem
His struggles began to churn the cream.
On top of the butter at last he stopped,
And out of the bowl he gladly hopped.
What of the moral?  ‘Tis easily found –
If you can’t get out, keep swimming around.

In the tale of two frogs, which frog are you?

The Legend of the Three Trees

Once upon a time there were three little fir trees that dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up…

The first tree dreamed of becoming a beautiful treasure chest.  The second tree dreamed of becoming a strong sailing ship.  The third tree dreamed of being so tall that when people looked up at it, they would be reminded of God.  The three trees grew taller year after year until one day the woodcutters came and chopped them down.  The master woodcutters then began to carefully create the three trees into something better than they had dreamed of.

The first tree was crafted into a tiny manger that held the most beautiful treasure of all, the Christ child.  The second tree was made into a small fishing boat on which the Master calmed the raging storm and taught his disciples to have strong faith in God.  The third tree was formed into a tall wooden cross that Christ was brutally nailed to.  When people gazed upon it they would be reminded of God’s sacrifice for us.  As we grow and develop and put our trust in the Master’s hands we allow him to create in us a beautiful treasure of great worth.  We become strong as we put our faith in Him, and as we remember His sacrifice for us.

The Legend of the three trees, what will you be when you grow up?