You are Loved

Are you going through a difficult time right now? YOU are LOVED.
Are you feeling lost, abandoned or confused? YOU are LOVED.
Are you feeling angry, rejected, or lonely? YOU are LOVED.

You are Loved

Even when others reject you, neglect you, or disappoint you, YOU are Loved beyond measure.

Truly, you are loved more than you know. You have not been abandoned. You are not alone. In your darkest days, God is with you, even if it doesn’t seem like it. As St. Paul writes, nothing can separate us from God.

We may separate ourselves from God through sin or by ignoring Him but He NEVER separates Himself from us.

So, if you are struggling or going through a difficult time, take courage. Trust in God. Believe He is there. Know that He loves you.

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And, yes, if all is going well for you, if you are happy and “living the good life,” God loves you too! Remember Him, thank Him, and know that he shares your joys as well as your sorrows!

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13 Years and Going Strong!

Today, my husband and I are married 13 years. I can’t imagine where all the time has gone. Some days it feels like we just got married and some days it feels like we have been married forever. LOL! But, that is how it goes, right?

My husband Michael

My husband Michael

The “honeymoon phase” has long past and has been replaced by respect, understanding, and a deeper love I didn’t know existed. And yet, there are still frequent moments of swoon. Even after all these years, I still get excited and rejoice when he comes home from being on the road. Maybe him being a truck driver has kept things fresh!

Marriage, as has motherhood, has also taught me a lot about love and forgiveness. There have been very difficult times, times when I just think it would be better to give up, too. We have struggled and worked through disagreements and arguments. We have had to forgive each other a lot and have had to rely on the commitment we made to each other. We have had to choose love when choosing love was the last thing we wanted to do.

But, you know what? I wouldn’t change a thing!

Happy Anniversary, Michael!

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P.S. Today is also the memorial of the Queenship of Mary. Read about that here.

The Greatest of These is Love

These three remain:

Image by WerbeFabrik (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Image by WerbeFabrik (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

If life has you weary or the constant barrage from the news has you down. Take heart. In the end, love wins all. Sadly, we may never reach perfect love in our life times but we can all spread some love in our small circle. We may become disheartened by the constant barrage of news and feel helpless; however, we CAN offer a smile, a kind word, or a helping hand to those we know and love.

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Choosing Joy When it Seems Impossible

I don’t do book reviews on this blog anymore but I must tell you about the book Choose Joy. It is co-written by Sara Frankl and Mary Carver and if you read just one book this year, read this one.

Choose Joy

For over 20 years Sara Frankl suffered from a rare autoimmune disease, causing her chronic pain and slowly depiliating her body until she passed away in 2011. If there was one person who had a right to complain, be angry and/or become bitter it would be Sara.

Instead, she choose to live in love, and not to let her sufferings define who she is. She choose joy. She choose the impossible. She choose to live her life as is and that is a lesson that we can all learn (or remember).

This book inspired me, challenged me, and touched me deeply. I have no doubt it will do the same for you. GO READ THIS BOOK. 🙂

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Why God Made Dogs

Why God Made Dogs

In a nutshell: God made dogs to remind us of his unconditional love. 🙂

Many of my readers know that we recently adopted a dog from the SPCA. She is a Doxen-Chihuahua and ridiculously adorable. And fun. She was a rescue and so scared and timid but  now she has blossomed and her personality is beginning to shine big time. And she LOVES to cuddle – like ALL THE TIME. No matter what I am doing, as soon as I sit down she wants on my lap!

Our only issue is trying to train her. Originally when we first brought her home we were letting her sleep with us but we learned quickly that’s not a good idea for now. So, we have a baby-gate and keep her in the hall at night. Yesterday morning when I got out of bed she was so happy to see me and jumping around so I brought her into bed with me for a little cuddle time. My goodness, she laid across my stomach and looks at me and I swear I could see the love in her eyes and a smile on her face!

As I was laying there and petting her, I was thinking about how unconditional her love is. When we leave the house, even for just a few minutes, she is wild with joy when she sees us. She loves to  play with us and cuddle with us. She is just so darn loveable. It doesn’t matter how rotten our day is going, or how unruly Andrew’s behavior is, or how cranky I am being, she just accepts us and loves us – as is.

God is like that, too, and I think that is why God made dogs. He made them to remind us that no matter how our day is going, or how stressed we are, or cranky we are, He (God) loves us anyway and will see us through whatever it is. It doesn’t matter if we are dealing with financial woes or dealing with relationship issues, or addictions or living with a past we regret. He  loves us any way.  He LOVES YOU – right now, in whatever state you are in, no matter who has failed you or betrayed you – HE LOVES YOU.

I never get tired of thinking about that or being reminded of that and I hope you don’t either. God’s love is such a powerful thing and so often we “know” God loves us in our minds but we don’t “get it” in our hearts and souls. We often don’t let God’s love transform our hearts. I pray that you truly, deeply begin to realize God’s love for you today.

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A Great Read: Love’s Enduring Gift

Loves Enduring Gift

I am really excited about this: a very dear friend of mine, Catherine Francis, just published her first book, called Love’s Enduring Gift! I’ve had the privilege to help edit the book and I am proud of all the hard work that Catherine put into the book.

So what’s the book about? It is a love-inspired novel focused around two people, Lynn and Scott. Here’s a snippet from Catherine’s website:

The story is about two young people, Lynn and Scott, and how their separate lives came together one sunny morning.  Scott stood and stretched, tired from work… Lynn took the walking path at their work to stretch her legs and continue reading her book.

From his window he saw her walking and decided to investigate the lovely sight that caught his eye.  Oblivious to the attention, Lynn continued her walk until a stranger in her path interrupted her reading.  It’s with this simple beginning that God took and fashioned these two into a relationship that would grow over time and blossom into something beyond their wildest dreams.

I know I am a little biased, but I loved the book and I think you will too. 🙂 I can’t tell you how many times I would forget to edit the book because I would get lost in the story, so I would have to go back and re-read for errors!

You can get the book on Amazon here.

31 Days With Mary: Day 27

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Mary: Mother of Fair Love

“Mary, my dearest mother, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, so full of love and humility, that I may receive Jesus as you did–and go in haste to give him to others.” –Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Offering: Beginning the practice of saying three Hail Marys before going to sleep each night.

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Guest Post: Influencing Love in a Young Generation

Editor’s Note: Enjoy this personal reflection from one of my readers, Sierra:

When I think of whom I have become today, I know I wouldn’t have achieved nearly as much or loved nearly as much if not for my mom and dad. Being raised by parents who truly care is a blessing by God, and I thank God every single day for my mama and daddy. Because my parents are so gentle and kind, my only hope for every child is that they too have been blessed with a mom and a dad as great as mine. Sure, I’m biased, but my mom and dad are not only a great mother and father, but they are both wonderful and beautiful people, inside and out.

Now that I’m finally reaching a level of maturity (well, at least I like to think I’m getting more mature at 27,) I appreciate my parents even more. I recognize that not every child is raised in a family who is dedicated to bringing them with great standards, a high quality life, and enough love to fill the whole wide world. I can earnestly say both of my parents have provided this for me and I’ll be forever grateful. I only hope that I can love my children as much as my parents have loved me.

Understanding how important a mother and father’s love for a child has helped me realize just how important it is for a family to raise their children with love, respect, and joy. Many times how a child is treated when they are younger reflects how they will think of themselves for the rest of their life. There are absolutely exceptions and some children who are not fortunate enough to have a good relationship with their parents still thrive. They may never look back at what they had to endure: a horrible divorce, abusive relationships, or domestic violence in their family. Instead they may choose to take a step forward and become something that their parents were not, a role model and kind parent to their children or to the future generations.

As our world continues to evolve and morals and standards try to change, it’s important to remember what is important to you and lean on God to point you in the right direction. I’m not a parent yet but if I ever get the chance to be one I want to install great morals into my children’s upbringing and also give them love and appreciation for whom they are. Even though the world may be saying something is right even though it is morally wrong – I will let my children know when I disagree with a worldly opinion but will still give them the ability to choose what they believe in.

I appreciate that my parents took the time to raise me with the knowledge of understanding the difference between right and wrong. More than anything, I’m glad that I have parents who care about me and take the time to genuinely care about others. I couldn’t be more thankful and today I believe that people in my generation have the ability to influence our youth and make a difference in the world. Standing up and fighting for a healthy and happy family will lead to wonderful people who desire to do the same.

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Sierra is thankful for life and also thankful for fashion, which is why she loves being a featured fashion blogger for JoeShopping.com, a social shopping site dedicated to saving you money through hot deals and more. You can also find Sierra at her personal blog Ocean Dreams.