Living Purposefully With Dr. LaSharnda

November 6, 2020

What a week it has been with everyone waiting on the announcement of who our next President will be. Talk about high anxiety! On top of the wait's pressure, we receive overwhelming amounts of news updates. The commentary may not all be positive and if we are not careful, the inundation of so much information can distress us to the point of breaking. On top of this, we have to deal with work, family, and this virus!
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October 30, 2020

As many of you know, the wildfires have put so many people in harm’s way. Two firefighters here in Orange County were hurt, with 50% of their bodies burned due to the fires. Others are working hard to fight the fires and are exhausted but continue to push ahead anyway. Yet, others are displaced due to the fires burning so close to their homes.
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October 23, 2020

I was running this morning and felt exhilarated. It's been a tough week, but despite all that has happened, I am so thankful to be able to see another day. A couple of things can happen when we experience challenging situations. We can become distracted and irritable or allow the Holy Spirit to deal with our hearts. When the latter happens, our blind spot reduces, and He (the Holy Spirit) can better work in us. That's what happenedto me yesterday and early this morning. I had to experience an attitude adjustment.
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October 16, 2020

I send you greetings and blessings today. What a wonderful week it has been. I hope you have experienced joy and happiness along with the exhilaration that comes with accomplishing things you set out to accomplish. As the week closes, I sit and think about how blessed we are.
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October 2, 2020

Well, it's October! How wonderful it feels to be alive and well. I am looking forward to the cooler weather in the mornings and the fun things in the later months of the year. First, we celebrate my birthday for the entire month of October! Yay! Then we celebrate Fall Harvest, Thanksgiving, and finally, my favorite holiday of all, Christmas! I can hardly wait.
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September 25, 2020

Have you ever just had one of those days? Yeah, the days when you feel that everything is pushing against you? You know, those days when you think you should into your house, and then into your bedroom, cover yourself up in a blanket, and stay there? Maybe you are saying, “LaShandra, of course, I have. Look at all of 2020!” Oh, okay?
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September 18, 2020

I hope your week has been one of the best. I am old enough to know that there will be times when I will want to throw my hands up in the air and say, “why bother?”. I am also old enough to know that when I look at challenges through that kind of lens, everything will always look bleak…my mountains will appear too tall to climb, and my mind will begin to play head games that will lead to negativity and defeat.
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September 11, 2020

I was in Heidelberg, Germany, in 2001 when I heard people gasping and showing signs of terror and stress on their faces. I asked what was going on and was told a plane had crashed into one of the Towers in NYC. I ran to my office and turned on the television to watch CNN. As I watched with tears, I watched a second plane hit the other Tower in a split second. This was when we knew the first hit was no accident.
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September 4, 2020

It’s September; can you believe it? As we approach this month, I thank God for another month and the possibility of what is to come. No one expected the 2020 that we have seen so far. We could not have imagined living as we are today---that our lives would be changed as it has. Yet, here we are.
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August 28, 2020

I hope you have had an enjoyable week. I begin this week's letter asking you, Who are You? Who are you when no one is watching? How do you handle frustration? Do you seek the joy of the Lord when you face diculty? I can tell you that I try, but it can be hard to do. I was very frustrated recently. It seemed that one thing after another happened. Have you ever been there? Ok, maybe it's just me.
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Ambassadors are short-term volunteers who open doors for our organization in the community, introducing new people at our bi-monthly Fostering Community Care event. These are one hour awareness events only (no solicitations are made) to expose people to the great work of LSS Community Care. To become an Ambassador here are your responsibilities:
  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
Become an Ally

Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty.

Other ways to help the Southern California Family Support Initiative
  • Be an Ad-Hoc Ally – share your special skill or talent
  • Be a member of your local Community Leadership Team
  • Assist with weekly Child Care/Children’s Programs
  • Be a Community Spokesman – talk about the initiative and recruit others to join
  • Financially Sponsor a Family Leader
  • Facilitate/assist with Training Our Leaders and Allies
  • Behind-the-scenes work – internet research, graphic design, writing
We are actively seeking individuals and groups to be a part of our on-going mission to serve those in need. LSS administers over 50 specialized programs and services throughout the Southern California region. Contact your nearest LSS Center to hear about the local opportunities they have available.
Be a positive role model
Give back to others and help change lives
Transform communities
Spend your time doing something rewarding
Meet new people
Have fun
Learn new skills, share your talents, build your resume

The life you change most – may be your own!