The 9m Navy Lady 

  
She had a cane

She was tall and fair

Quite old, slight and frail…

Requesting summer sandals

She walked slow 

Following my lead

My knowledge of 

What she needed

She was not demanding

Almost thankful to be

Receiving any help at all

Grateful that I had 

Even inquired if she

Needed my services

She came for tan

And settled for navy

She paid cash

The two white style’s 

I brought out for her to try

Were too narrow for her

Wide, worn, lived in feet

I fumbled as I tried to assist her

Putting them on

Awkward moment for

The both of us

She was alone and I wish I had 

Been kinder, smiling at her 

Showing mercy, care and patience

Instead she left with her 

9m Navy Sandals 

I did not watch her walk away

Or wonder where she was going

❤️ Krystal Lynne 

5/1/96

Empathy 

  

Define

Empathy can be defined as the capacity to understand what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference in other words place yourself in another’s shoes.

 

Affirm

Matthew 22:39 “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

Recall

On the evening of Monday, May 25, 2015 heavy rain was followed by a wide-spread life threatening flood that exceeded the flooding we had experienced during Hurricane Ike. That morning, I awoke to many texts questioning my safety and texts stating “stay home.” I had no idea what my family members suggested; until I pulled outside of my parking lot to see the bayou over flowing with water. I quickly returned home and turned on the news that morning to see many communities in Houston underwater. A few days later, we learned the subsequent flooding event impacted thousands of businesses and homes, damaged hundreds of vehicles, caused power outages for more than 100,000 residents, and led to nine local fatalities.  

 

Two weeks after the flood I met a woman at a work event—on a Saturday. The organization I work for partnered with a local company that offered free mattresses to families who experienced the devastation. Because it was the weekend, I didn’t have a sitter so my daughter, Lereine went with me. I really didn’t want to work on Saturday; especially with the sun beaming on me like I was a rotisserie chicken; but of course I obliged considering the partnership was valued at more than 1.5 million.

 

I saw a women in line by Lereine- of course she was entertaining the crowd. In an attempt to engage in conversation with her, I noticed she was wearing a shirt that stated “Rice University,” so I politely said “did you attend Rice?” I was not ready for her response. She said no, “I didn’t. Actually, I lost all of my clothes in the flood and a neighbor let me have this shirt.” Initially, I did not know how to respond. The only SILENT response was empathy.  

 

All of a sudden my entire reason for being there became clear. Early that week, honestly I was frustrated because my team was required to work long-extremely long hours. As I began to imagine what Carley’s family endured- I had to stop being concerned about how great of a job I was doing or how long my work hours were. Instead of complaining, I started thanking and praying. My family could have been the family needing help instead of offering the help. God again humbled me.  

 

Have you found yourself inadvertently complaining instead of thanking? Have you found yourself not empathizing with another person; because your struggle was not their struggle? Just know, GOD instructs us to have empathy and he wants us to love our neighbors as ourselves.  

The next time you see someone experience pain, heartache, and/or turmoil- I challenge you to for a minute try to imagine what life would be like if you too endured their situation and then ask GOD to bless them. When you do, you will feel amazing, and so will they!  

 

Exercise

Dear God, 

 Thank you for helping me understand the importance of empathizing with others. For at moments, when I choose to lack empathy, please soften my heart to show love to my neighbor as myself.  

 

Commit to the challenge. I DARE you. 

#mydearestsister #Idareyou #restoredministries #itstimeforachange #anewyou #LiveRestored
Le Reca Monik

Homeless

  

Betty…
Incessant chattering
Everything she sees 
Is an update…
Yet she’s looking
Outside of herself
Watching 
For a need
Not missing a lick
In her neon
I see kindness
A genuine concern
Willingness to learn
Generosity unheard of
For the homeless
She brings out
The bitch in me
That stray dog
Lurking within
Hidden
Until
Goodness 
Like a bone
Threatens
The flesh
She’s grown
On me
Seeing her best
Recognizing Christ
In this
And knowing
How He
Uses us to
Sharpen one another 
Ridding our hearts
Of hesitation 
To love
And be loved
Unleashing love
Lavishing His love
On us
Because we are
Homeless
Without
Him.

❤️ Krystal Lynne 


  

Compassion That Compels

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It started with a letter and a sweater…

It’s a simple mission, really. We want to reach every woman battling cancer with Compassion Bags. I used to think viral was something very bad; that is, unless it’s social media related. Since July 2013 after a Facebook post “went viral,” we’ve blessed 1289 BEAUTIFUL women battling cancer in 35 states. Compassion That Compels and Compassion Bags started with a letter, sweater and my two sisters-in-law and sister’s cancer diagnosis in a span of four years. To every good story, there’s always a backstory…

I watched through the day as sunbeams moved across the waiting room like solar spotlights, settling along the length of a piece of furniture, highlighting its occupant’s emotions. The day had passed and I was alone in the hospital waiting room. I’d read and reread my sister-in-law’s letter. Her words were written in red. “I want you to know I’m secure and very peaceful with you being here waiting on me to wake up. So while you’re in the waiting room, you show someone your heart and make their wait a little more peaceful.”

My thumb ran imaginary creases across the folds of the letter. Rather than waiting on a call, I made my way to the recovery room and slipped past the nurse’s station. The chorus of beeps and bleeps emitting from machines guided me to Sonja’s lone bed. “Sonja, I’m here.” I watched her fingers pull lightly against the sheets. “Kristianne, I knew you’d come. I kept calling for you but I knew you’d come. I’m so cold.”

I pillaged every piece of wheeled furniture around me for a blanket with no success. My eyes fell to my bag and a wrinkled cardigan sweater. I picked it up and laid it weave-like under and over the tubes that disappeared within the sheets, and into my precious sister-in-law.

I didn’t know it at the time but what started with a letter, a sweater, and my two sisters-in law and sister’s cancer battles; began my Bible studies and ministry, Compassion That Compels.

BAG: Anyone who has walked through cancer or alongside a cancer overcomer has at one time stuffed their clothes into an oversized plastic bag, closely resembling a reusable cold bag.

JESUS CALLING DEVOTIONAL: God’s word reminds you, a cancer overcomer, that you are first an overcomer in Christ.

WARM BLANKET: Covers you with God’s love. And besides, if you’re not freezing, the person next to you probably is.

SCRIPTURE TEA: Because hospital coffee at 6 pm is often thick as glue.

REUSABLE MUG: For when even coffee glue can’t be found.

JOURNAL: To record those thoughts just between you and God.

SCRIPTURE CANDY SOFT MINTS: During treatment your mouth is always dry or suddenly becomes dry when you see a doctor approaching with your chart in hand.

NOTEBOOK & PEN: To phonetically write down all those big, Latin sounding words that confirm this won’t go away with antibiotics and wish you’d paid more attention in science class.

CHICK-FIL-A GIFT CARD: Just to get away from a hospital or treatment center to a land flowing with sweet tea and nugget sauce.

I am a stranger and a temporary resident on the earth; hide not Your commandments from me. Psalm 119:19 AMP

This life is just a waiting room. So while you’re in the waiting room, do what Sonja wanted everyone to do — show your heart.
~Agape, Kristianne

Words are Kristianne’s art. A deliberate stringing of words becomes one of the highest forms of human expression when it gives a voice to the heart. Kristianne’s heart for helping spiritual sisters create a life well lived in Christ is reflected in her discipleship ministry and Bible studies..

Kristianne Stewart is a writer, speaker and founder of Compassion That Compels. Compassion That Compels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides Compassion Bags to BEAUTIFUL women battling cancer. Her life of love is filled to overflowing for her husband Royal, and their daughters Grace and Annelise. Collecting people and gardening are among her passions. Painting lives in brilliant hues of God’s love and compassion is her purpose.
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