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Longview, Texas

 


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1 Corinthians 13
For Alpha Delta Kappa

Though I attend Sorority meetings and make the finest plans and have not love,
there will be no growth or renewal.

And though I pay my dues, participate in a Scholarship Program, and complete Altruistic
Projects, but have no awareness of A
DK's mission focus, it is not enough.

And if I spend many hours in "being involved" and become tense and nervous with the strain,
but have no love or understanding of community and global concerns, it is still not enough.

An Alpha Delta Kappa Sister is patient and kind;
is not shocked when someone brings her their confidences, does not gossip;
is not easily discouraged; does not behave in ways that are unworthy,
but tries at all times to be a living example of the good way of life which He gives.
Love never fails . . .

Meetings will be attended, and then forgotten.
Silent Auctions will come and go.
Rummage Sales will be organized, and then completed.
We know only a little.  And we can pass on only a little.
But when we have love,
Then our efforts can become creative; and our influence will make a difference for
someone . . . somewhere . . .

And now abide these three:
commitment,
participation, and
love.

But the greatest of these is love.


Paraphrased by Judy Amthauer, Trinity UMC, Arlington
     Revised by Gay Dezendorf, Louisiana Alpha Theta Chapter

 

SISTERS

A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her Mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter. "Don't forget your Sisters," she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. "They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them. "Remember that 'Sisters' means ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. "You'll need other women - Women always do."

'What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. 'Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grown-up! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her Mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her Mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:

THIS SAYS IT ALL:

Time passes.

Life happens.

Distance separates.

Children grow up.

Jobs come and go.

Love waxes and wanes.

Men don't do what they're supposed to do.

Hearts break.

Parents die.

Colleagues forget favors.

Careers end.

BUT.........

Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you.

A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.

When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you.

Or come in and carry you out.

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, Auntie's, nieces, cousins, and extended family, all bless our life!

The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I.

When we began this adventure called womanhood; we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead.

Nor did we know how much we would need each other.

Every day, we need each other still.

   

 

Alphabet of Happiness...

A--Accept
Accept others for who they are and for the choices they've made even if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives, or actions.
 

B--Break Away
Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.
 

C--Create
Create a family of friends whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and happiness with.
 

D--Decide
Decide that you'll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.
 

E--Explore
Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you try something new, you'll learn more about yourself.
 

F--Forgive
Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.
 

G--Grow
Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.
 

H--Hope
Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.
 

I--Ignore
Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.
 

J--Journey
Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day, and you'll grow.
 

K--Know
Know that no matter how bad things seem, they'll always get better. The warmth of spring always follows the harshest winter.
 

L--Love
Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there's room for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there's room for endless happiness.
 

M--Manage
Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you'll suffer less stress and worry. Then you'll be able to focus on the important things in life.
 

N--Notice
Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.
 

O--Open
Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of times, there's still much to be thankful for.
 

P--Play
Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.
 

Q--Question
Ask many questions, because you're here to learn.
 

R--Relax
Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that things always have a way of working out in the end.
 

S--Share
Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will return to you many times over.
 

T--Try
Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You'll be amazed by what you can accomplish.
 

U--Use
Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that's wasted has no value. Talent that's used will bring unexpected rewards.
 

V--Value
Value the friends and family members who've supported and encouraged you, and be there for them as well.
 

W--Work
Work hard every day to be the best person you can be, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.
 

X--X-Ray
Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you'll see the goodness and beauty within.
 

Y--Yield
Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you'll find success at the end of the road.

Z--Zoom
Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let nothing interfere with your goals. Instead, focus on your abilities, your dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.

 



 

 

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