Faith, Love and Respect for ALL

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Faith

Sunday morning I was listening to my favorite radio station, K-Love, and was blessed to hear the entire K-Love Fan Awards Worship Service. The message given by Alex Kendrick was powerful and left me with a level of serenity and confidence, which I have not felt in quite sometime.

I was touched on a deep spiritual level as Mr. Kendrick spoke about Matthew 14:13 – 33. During the course of his sermon, everything I was seeking  guidance for, ceased to be a mystery. Alex stated the answer several times throughout his wonderful devotion:

Faith Believes. Doubt Does Not.

Faith Prays. Doubt Does Not.

Faith Acts. Doubt Does Not.

I was so inspired by his message of Faith versus Doubt, I created an image to spread this extraordinarily Powerful Message.  Always remember, God provides ALL through Faith; we simply need to Believe, Pray and Act with an open heart.

Thank You Alex Kendrick and K-Love for helping me emerge from the mists and once again see my path clearly through the shining light of Faith.

Faith Believes. Doubt Does Not. Faith Prays Doubt Does Not. Faith Acts. Doubt Does Not. - Alex Kendrick

The background image is property of Lindsey Schultz, who graciously granted permission for use to Jest_Tu_Positive.

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Why Help a Stranger

Every time there is a devastating event in our country, there seems to be two extremes among people. You have those who jump right in and give 110% to help; and then you have those who cannot fathom helping strangers. Thankfully, most of America seems to be somewhere in between these two extremes, which allows us to come together and help people in need nationwide, when they need it the most.

The most recent natural disaster in the United States left thousands homeless in Oklahoma.   Normally I would not get involved beyond praying, because we live paycheck to paycheck, and there never seems to be enough money for things around here. Then I realized something: waiting to have enough money/time to help those in need, is just like waiting to have enough money to have children; if you wait until you have enough you will never do it, because there never seems to be enough these days. You do what you can, and you have pride that you did something from the heart, simply to help someone in need.

Mary Carroll, who is an amazing inspiration, just returned from a supply run to Oklahoma where she met and helped many extraordinary people, puts it perfectly:

I’m really touched and thankful for all the messages of encouragement I’ve received the past few days. But truthfully, I am not anything but an AMERICAN that believes that in time of need we have to take care of each other. We have a badass military that will go all over the world to ensure our safety, but when disaster happens here, it’s the responsibility of every one of us to look after our AMERICAN brothers and sisters. Not everyone can get up and go, with no notice, to assist physically, but everybody can do SOMETHING. From donating a couple cases of water or food, throwing in $20 for gas, sending a mom some diapers, and DONATING BLOOD. It may seem like just a small contribution, but if everybody did the smallest thing, collectively we can make something really big happen for some people that lost absolutely everything.

The people affected by the storms and tornadoes in Oklahoma have lost their homes, and many of the day-to-day essentials, which most of us tend to take for granted. They may have lost all their material possessions, but they are survivors and have an abundance of faith. Even as they sit amongst the rubble of their communities, they are filled with an appreciation for the simple things in life and a willingness to help their neighbors; which matches nothing most of us have ever witnessed. Mary reported one day: The hospitality and graciousness of these OK people is second to none.”

If you think you cannot make a difference, please know that you can, and it does not have to be a grand gesture. You can pray, share resources such as donation sites, donate $1 or $5, collect items needed, etc… It is not about the quantity of help, but the quality of love behind it. In the words of one resident from Oklahoma City: “How much can you thank somebody? The generosity is unbelievable and it just brings you to tears to know so many people care. We are just thankful we are alive.”

This is why we choose to help strangers, because it is simply the right thing to do; and it reminds us that every little bit of positive, loving energy we put out into the world helps perpetuate the change we want to see in the world.

Oklahoma Relief Run

If you would like to help, please visit Oklahoma Relief Run on FaceBook, or you can make monetary donations on their site at GoGetFunding.

 

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Graduation 2013

On May 17, 2013 my husband will graduate college with an Associates of Applied Science degree and an Associates of Art degree, both in Criminal Justice. He started his College journey a month before his 18th birthday, and he will be 31years old when he graduates. It has been a long road for him, laden with countless obstacles and many scenic routes. He has been discouraged, felt like a failure, and assumed he could not do it; however, he yearned to finish college and obtain a degree. Eventually he found his courage, began to feel successful, and determined that he could do it; and now he is graduating with not one, but two degrees.

The last few semesters have not been easy; honestly, they were more difficult than we ever imagined. Being a father of 2 young children (one with Special Needs), working 40+ hours a week to support our family, and going to school proved to be quite the challenge. However if there is one thing I know about my husband, it is that he ALWAYS rises to a challenge and finds a way to CONQUER it.

On Friday evening I will watch him graduate; while taking lots of pictures to show our girls what an AMAZING man their daddy is. I am so very PROUD of him and all that he has accomplished. He is showing our girls that when you have a dream, you should pursue it until you have achieved your goal. He is teaching our girls that it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to fulfill your dreams; what matters is that you do it with integrity, and in a manner of which you can be proud. He is proving to our girls that ANYTHING is POSSIBLE, with determination and hard-work; which is truly one the GREATEST gifts a parent can give a child.

CONGRATULATIONS to my Husband, who overcame his doubts and fears, and is obtaining his degrees in 2013.  This is a GREAT year for you, and a major building block in the foundation of our life. You are an AMAZING inspiration, and a source of tremendous PRIDE to many! Our girls are truly BLESSED to have such a wonderful, hard-working father who embraces dreams and turns them into reality. Our family will achieve many EXTRAORDINARY things in life, because you will always be there to help us make our dreams come true. Thank You for all that you are, and all that you do! I LOVE YOU!

Graduation 2013

 

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Extraordinary Children of God

In November my friend lost her 2 year old son, when he was called home to Heaven. If you were not following us at that time, the post Sadness was published on November 28th, the day of Henry’s passing. In the almost six months that have passed since that day of immense loss, I have prayed for the Dobrovits family, and held a special place in my heart for them. I have witnessed the tremendous effect that Henry’s life continues to have on the world. I have sat in awe at the amazing grace and faith in which Carla and her family do everything in life.

Yesterday, my friend made a wonderful, joyous announcement. Their family has been called to adopt 3 siblings and provide them a Forever Home. These 3 children, will no longer reside in a orphanage; once the adoption is finalized, they will come home to live in a home filled with infinite, unconditional love. They will no longer be alone, because now they have a mother, father and seven siblings (6 here on earth and 1 angel in Heaven) to help them as they find their path in this world. 

Carla's Children

Please help bring Susan (10 years old), Edmond (3 years old), and Lucy (11months old with special needs) home to the Dobrovits family.

Carla and her family are an inspiration like none I have ever witnessed. In November, you all prayed for them as they mourned sweet Henry’s departure from the earth, when he joined our Father in Heaven. Now I ask that you please join me in praying for them, as they begin a new journey, to bring their newest 3 family members home. 

There are Angels among us, and Carla’s family is living proof of that, because the Dobrovits family are all extraordinary children of God.  Please share their story, so we can surround them in prayer and help them reach their fundraising goal, to bring their children home as soon as possible. You can follow their journey at Carla’s blog page: http://www.bringinghenryhome.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-next-chapter.html

 

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V is for Valid

V is for VALID

V is for VALID

Valid is defined as: “1. sound; just; well-founded: a valid reason. 2. producing the desired result; effective: a valid antidote for gloom…” – Dictionary.com

Nowadays in our society, there seems to be this need for everyone to be right, and better than the next person. If you are single, it is about having the more prominent job and valuable stuff. If you are married, it is about having the more exceptional relationship and bigger house. If you have children, it is about being more effective parents and having children who surpass the rest in every way. There appears to be this constant need for validation, that most feel can only be achieved by proving that they are far superior to others.  This mindset, and its subsequent behaviors, is something that honestly baffles me. Our approach to life, and all its scenic journeys, is valid for Us, if it works for Our family. The validity of our choices is not dependent on the beliefs or actions of others. This bible verse states it perfectly: “Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others. Assume your own responsibility.” – Galatians 6:4-5 (God’s Word ® Translation)

Each of us is unique, as is our journey in life. Some of us may walk similar paths, but just as no two people are exactly alike, no two journeys will ever be perfect mirrors either. We are diverse in our beliefs, feelings, and experiences; which causes us to have varying approaches to almost everything in life. When we compare ourselves to others, we do ourselves, and the person we are praising or criticizing, a great disservice. We can never truly know what motivates people to take the different paths they choose. Judging them and their choices as wrong, simply because it is different than ours, only fuels the spread of negativity, misinformation and prejudice. This is one of the reasons, I dislike the terms right and wrong, because those concepts are extremely subjective. Different choices are not right or wrong, they are simply different; however they are valid for the person making the choice at that time. We can choose countless approaches to life, traveling a labyrinth of diverse paths, and still end up in the same spot as many other people. Our paths are not better or worse than others, they are simply unique to us and the decisions which were best for Our family at that time. What is true to our beliefs and how we wish to see our children progress in this world, will not always match what our family, friends or society desire; however, that is the beauty of our world, we don’t have to agree with others, we simply have to know that our choices are true to the values and dreams Our family strives for. In the words of Arthur Schopenhauer: “The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.”

Valid “Our Way” is defined as: “Making decisions based on Our beliefs and vision for Our family, whether it be trivial or significant choices, as long as they work for Our family, they are the true path for us.”

 

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U is for Unique

U is for UNIQUE

U is for UNIQUE

Unique is defined as: “1. being the only one of a particular type; single; sole; 2. without equal or like; unparalleled…” – Dictionary.com

We are all unique, even identical twins differ on the inside, and this amazing gift should be a source of pride, not shame. Being unique is a blessing that should be treasured and explored. We should rejoice in our differences and embrace diversity in others. If we were all the same, the world would be quite boring; we would never grow, experience new things or find exciting adventures. Some where along the way, our society has started to frown upon people being different, and the new push to simply blend in, kind of baffles me. Instead of discouraging extraordinary people from shining, we should be celebrating their distinctive abilities and appreciating the new perspectives they provide in the world.

As a parent, I want my children to take pride in all that they are and all that they do. I want them to simply be themselves and truly know how amazing and special they are. Regardless of what abilities our children were born with, they all have a God-given potential that we should be careful not to limit. Our children can and will achieve their dreams, in their own way and own time, so we must be careful to ensure those dreams include celebrating their individuality.

When I read the following passage, I cried because it sums up perfectly my wish for all children:
“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are?
We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a Marvel. You are Unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”  – Henry David Thoreau

Unique “Our Way” is defined as: “Everything we are, and the endless possibilities we have in the universe, as long as we follow our own path and proudly explore our originality in all that we do.”

 

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2 posts in 1

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I intended to post a Christmas greeting, but was too busy playing with the kids to get on the computer. I did say a Christmas prayer for everyone though and hoped that everyone was counting endless blessings to celebrate Jesus’s birthday.

We did Christmas differently this year, to give Beth a bit of a break. We celebrated Christmas Eve on Sunday, with our family, who we typically would have seen on Monday. Then Monday we stayed home and kept it a low-key day as her body tried to regulate back to its normal state. Tuesday we had a wonderful Christmas morning at home playing with some of the girls’ gifts. They even ate breakfast in their new wagon, Big Red. In the afternoon we headed to my folks for a small family dinner and the girls had the extra treat of spending the night, while Henry and I enjoyed an impromptu date night. We went to the movies at our favorite theater, which serves food and adult beverages, to see The Hobbit, and it was AWESOME! We came home to a quiet house and had a real night’s sleep to prepare for the coming days. All in all, the holiday celebrations went well and were quite enjoyable, even though we greatly missed family that could not join us due to illness and scheduling conflicts. As long as everyone is healthy and Beth is up to it, we will be doing Christmas all over again on New Year’s Day with my in-laws, who were trapped in bed with bad sinus infections this holiday season.

 Christmas

So now that Christmas is over it is time for the next big event in our life. Beth is having surgery tomorrow to remove her tonsils and adenoids. She has had what we call the “mystery cough” at night, for almost a year now, which not only wakes her up, but keeps Anne from sleeping as well. After trying every possible treatment, we finally saw an ENT right after Thanksgiving.  The doctor is Au-Some and was actually able to look in her mouth, without her melting down or vomiting all over. God bless the man, he even crawled around on the floor with her, to conduct the full exam. We decided to wait until winter break to have the surgery, so she would not miss school. Unfortunately this plan backfired and she had a horrible virus which caused her to miss the last 2 weeks of school. Thankfully her teacher is AMAZING and sent us get well pictures with all her friends. At the moment Anne is at my parents’ house, and will be vacationing in the Land of Spoiled for a few days while we focus on Beth. We are to arrive at the hospital at 6am for a 7:30am surgery. If all goes well, and we have the best case scenario, she will be home recovering by the afternoon with lots of cuddles from mommy and daddy. If things do not go as we hope, then she will be admitted to keep her hydrated and manage her pain. We are preparing for the worst, but praying for the best. Fortunately she has quite a high pain tolerance, so as long as we can get her to drink fluids, then I think we can handle recovery at home. Henry is a nervous wreck, and there really is no comforting him until all is said and done. I am strangely comfortable with it, and I know I owe that to Al-Anon and my program. I have turned it over to God, and I am confident that everything will unfold as it is meant to, and I know she is going to do great, and will be so much better for having the surgery. I am also very excited at the prospect of being able to remove at least 3-4 medicines/supplements from her regiment, after she recovers from her surgery.

If you are inclined to pray, I would ask that you please keep Beth in your prayers during the coming days. We are praying for a successful surgery, followed by a quick and manageable recovery at home, because she has spent far too much time in the hospital already this year. I may not be around for a while, but I welcome the feeling of your prayers holding us tight in loving hugs tomorrow and in the days to follow.

bless you

 

 

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