Happy Father’s Day!

For God the ultimate Father: Thank You for my life and Your continued love and protection. You have given me so much and am grateful. Happy Father’s Day! I pray that every knee bows to You and the blessed Trinity.

To my Dad, I wish you a wonderfully Happy Father’s Day! I wish the same to all of the other Dads out there. I give my Grandpas a special shout-out – I know you are no longer with us physically and your presence is missed every day.
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Blessings!

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Pentecost: A Day of Celebration!

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:1-4

Happy Pentecost everyone! Hoping you feel the Holy Spirit moving in your lives! 🙂

Blessings!

Please Accept this Spirit-Led Fantabulous Award!!!

I was just honored with a wonderful award from a fellow blogger! It is these twin awards:
Fantabulous and Awesome Blossom Awards
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which are straight from the heart and mind of Bally Bin, author of

The Good, Bad and Ludicrous

And I got the award from Melanie Jean Juneau of The Mother of Nine!!!

This is the exact text that came with these awards, and I’m keeping it intact because it is perfect: Awards are nice – they are the equivalent of Girl’s Night Out or a Night with the Guys where you compliment each other, share juicy tidbits about yourself and then inform the group of what amazing find you came across last week.

However, for a variety of reasons there are those who choose not to accept or pass on awards. For those who like the idea of having an award or two on their site, but aren’t up to the work involved or feel like they’ll somehow betray those they follow by narrowing a list down to just 10 – here’s two awards you are welcome to put on your site if I’ve followed you, Liked one of your posts or left a comment that included the link to this page.

You are also free to bestow these no-strings attached Awards to others as you see fit – these images are free to use as long as you and others don’t pretend they are your own. If you wish to link back here, Fantabulous – but not required.

These will be mounted on my side column with pride and with joy.

BalleyBin and Melanie extend us the invitation to do the same.

Thanks so much, Melanie! Blessings to you!

Motherhood: Thanking Those Who Do the Toughest Job Out There!

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you. – Deuteronomy 5:16

Now, I’m not a Mom, but I have the privilege of knowing several. And, when I was trying to figure out which Bible verse to include in this blog entry, I figured I should go “old school” and pull out the Third Commandment. There is a reason why God extolls us to honor our parents. Being a parent is an extremely important job; albeit, rather thankless. 🙂 But I know the parents out there wouldn’t change a thing. 🙂 Children are a blessing from God, even when they are having a full-blown tantrum in a crowded shopping mall. I am happy that God has shown me that my purpose is to be a Protector of children, but that is a different role that a Mom. Therefore, I would like say Thanks to the following people:
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My Mother: You were with us all too short a time and I know that much of your time here was troubled. But you gave me a couple of really wonderful gifts and I thank you, Mom. You gave me the gift of a gentle demeanor, partly by nature and partly by observing you during the oh-so-short time I had you here. You also gave me your sense of fun and joy in the little things in life – I will always be grateful for that. And, lastly (but never least and this is not a complete list, by any means), you gave me the Gift of Love. Complete, unconditional love. Through everything, I never doubted your love for me, and I’m very grateful for that. That is the biggest gift to give your children – LOVE – which you were able to do during your short 37 years on earth.

My Stepmother: Fortunately, we still have you with us. 🙂 Thank you so much for your warmth, kindness, and steadying hand. Stepmom isn’t the right word for you – you are Mom, too. I am blessed to have a few Moms in my life, and I thank you for that. I know that your love is complete and unconditional, too, and I am grateful for that, too. I know that sometimes my independent streak can be tough to understand (I’ve had it since babyhood), but never doubt my feelings and the love I feel for you and Dad.

My Fella’s Mother: You raised my fella and have accepted me into your family. Although, I’m not formally in your family, I am grateful to have been welcomed by you with open arms and love. Thank you for raising such a wonderful fella – he is a true blessing.

My Grandmothers: You both left us too soon. Well, really, anytime would have been too soon. Just know that I miss both of you very much. You each taught me different things and I’m so grateful for you.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there!!!! 🙂

Blessings!

Busy. Busy. Busy.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

On His way to expanding my future, the Lord is keeping me very busy! My day job was crazy-busy this past week! And my freelance projects are getting really busier with a forecast of “hold on to your hat busy.”

This is how I felt:
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And this is where I imagined myself (I have a very good imagination):
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But I am happy to be so busy. God is shining His light on my gifts. And, I’m happy to really get going now and share them with others. I’m reviewing a couple of books for other indie writers, which makes me so glad! So many have reviewed my book, and I’m grateful for that. I am grateful for the good reviews and the bad reviews.

I’m also working on an ebook cover for a fellow indie writer. Cover design is really difficult (kudos to all of the book cover designers out there!) and I hope I do a good job for her. Plus, I have some other stuff in the hopper.

My only regret? All of this busy-ness is keeping me away from drawing. I need to make time for that. My fella is working a lot, too, so I can fit art in, it’s just a case of doing it. Juggling can get tricky, can’t it?

Blessings!

Trusting in God

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So, in the past week, I have received many messages to trust in the Lord (including one from fellow blogger, Steve Rebus at his iChristian site – thanks again!). And now, my daily devotional is emphasizing this message yet again:

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today’s verse
from the New Living Translation
“They did not conquer the land with their swords;
it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory.
It was your right hand and strong arm
and the blinding light from your face that helped them,
for you loved them.
You are my King and my God.
You command victories for Israel.
Only by your power can we push back our enemies;
only in your name can we trample our foes.
I do not trust in my bow;
I do not count on my sword to save me.
You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies;
you disgrace those who hate us.
O God, we give glory to you all day long
and constantly praise your name.”

Psalm 44:3–8

encouragement for today
Remember that any success you experience is meant for God’s credit. Acknowledge that whatever you need to “conquer” today, you can do it by God’s power. Trust in that, lean on it. Confess your own weakness and need for God to do it for you, whatever it is. Then give him the praise and glory for whatever success comes your way.

—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions

I feel very blessed that God is speaking so directly and pray that He will forgive me of my weaknesses (many that they are). I pray that He will be with me always and help with my endeavors. I trust in Him to be with me and do what needs to be done to show His greater Glory. I praise You, Lord. Amen.

Blessings!

“Jesus, help me to simplify…”

Love St. Therese of Lisieux! And, that is the perfect prayer… so perfect that I will say: Jesus, help me to simplify, and please bless and protect my fella and I. In His name.

Blessings!

The Quoting Catholic

“Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what You want me to be – and becoming that person.”
-St. Therese of Lisieux

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