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One. Word. Only One?

When given words like: treasure. regret. home. love. uncertainty. secret. This question comes to mind. How is it possible to pick one word? Only one word and write an entry about that one, lonely word???

Many of these words intertwine in my mind, especially where I am currently in my life.

The last weeks I have been healing from another break up, from another promising relationship, that like all the rest turned south. I could easily intertwine the words of regret, love, uncertainty, and treasure.

I think I’ll focus on treasure. It reminds me of the scripture….

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34

Isn’t that powerful!! Where my treasure…the things I hold dear…. that is where my heart is. This could be good and it could be very bad. If our treasure is money, fame, and worldly things we could very easily lose our soul. The exciting thing is if we treasure our relationship with God, then our heart with be with Him too. When our heart and treasure/wants/desires are with Him whom is the giver of all things, then only good things can happen. {Happy Dance}

For me the good thing is focusing on surrender. Surrender to Him whom my heart longs for. When I surrender, my treasure is with Him and my heart is with Him too. This gives way for one good, holy, Catholic man to walk into my life. When he does he won’t be the dead end relationships of old, no he will be the real thing, because I surrendered.

My treasure is I God!

Remember keep life simple. Even our prayers. Simple prayers bring the biggest reward. Joy.

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My Top 10 Favorite Scriptures

These scriptures remind me to embrace every blessing and to allow simplicity reign. A simplicity that leaves control at the door – never welcoming it inside the home of my heart.

My challenge is as you read through these scriptures, allow them to feed your soul. May it become more then just reading, but a prayer.

1. “For I know well the plans I have for you days the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

2. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own understanding rely not, in all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.” Prov. 3:5-6

3. “Entrust your works to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” Prov. 16:3

4. “For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it will surely come, it will not be late.” Hab. 2:3

5. “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” Mark 8:36

6. “Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble propose.” Tobit 8:7 (I hope to find a man like that!)

7. Ephesians 6:10-17 This is a very powerful scripture! Look it up.

8. “So He said to them, ‘cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.’ So they cast it and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish.” John 21:6

9. “We have hope as an anchor for the soul – firm and secure.” Heb.6:19

10. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

I hope these scriptures fed your soul like they feed mine! Please comment how God moved your spirit, heart, soul! I love reading about “God” moments.

Remember through even the simplest word in a beautifully crafted scripture we will be guided to embrace life’s blessings. Then joy will live!!!

Titles Give Us Glimpses of Who We Are

Day two of the Blogging 101 questions really get my mind thinking.

I wish I could sit here and compose an entry that explains how daily I embrace life’s blessings. Unfortunately, my blog, my title has nothing about always succeeding at embarrassing the blessings, but rather it focuses on my attempts. These attempts are sometimes successes and some are complete failures, but this is what makes life interesting. In these times both good and bad I always most of the time go back to what I love…. Simplicity.

The above paragraph was all that was saved from a glitch in my computer this morning, when I was putting the finishing touches on my entry. God works in mysterious ways. The paragraph is simple and to the point! Praise God.

I will embrace this blessing. Simple is always the best! :)

Writing. Why do I write?

I write because there is something powerful -very powerful – that happens when thoughts, feelings, emotions, passions, experiences and so much more are exposed to the light. It is as if when we write from our heart God blesses us with a beautiful surrender. A surrender that is not human, but rather divine.

That surrender feeling is exactly why I write. It reminds me of my daily dialogue with God. He calls us to share our talents with others. So by sharing the simple blessings in my life and how I embrace them, I believe it in turn gives God the honor. Is that beautiful? So the question should be, “Why not write?”

I do ask God for the simple blessings, to continue to bless my writing skills. Although simple writing habits just may be what He has blessed me with. Help me to embrace that blessing.

The Waiting IS the Cross

Reading. I enjoy reading when the book captures my attention … instantly!  Most days I wish, hope and maybe even pray that this instant attraction to reading a book would happen, always. Could it possibly happen that very book I pick up, the love would be there? Sadly, reality is that rarely happens, but when the connection between me and the book – the book and me — Greatness happens! :) A few months ago this wonderful experience happened. I ordered a load of books from Amazon. I think I had a strange itching to create a library. Or I was in a strange buying mood. Honestly, truth be known, I have no idea what came over me. I did indeed buy book after book. One must understand (I’m sure by reading my blog) I am not a smutty, modern day “popular” book reader. You would never find such books on my night stand. So if the book is the craze of every friend on Facebook and social media, that will not be the book I buy. I love books that inspire me, bring simplicity back to my life, make me think, challenge me, and deepen my Faith. My Sisters the Saints – A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell did exactly that. It made me think. Reconsider my life. Look at the meaning of life and pay attention to where God is leading me. Today I was flipping through the book, I tend to be a frantic highlighter in books that inspire, but this book was different. I came across one highlighted portion that once again reminded me of the meaning of living and the goal of Heaven.

“The waiting IS the cross” …….that the waiting, the not knowing, even the interior desolation and doubts — that was the suffering that Jesus wanted me to offer up to Him. Maybe the prayer Jesus wants in the dark times is not the petition or inquisition but one of simple surrender to the Father’s will, the same prayer that Jesus himself offered from the cross.” 

So often I get to the point of anger at God. I begin to rationalize that yelling at Him may just get me the answers that I have been praying for, or rather begging. Sadly, those actions are the complete opposite of where He is leading me or wanting of me. So the next time that I become discouraged and unsure about my life, my purpose, under what bushel basket He has hide the love of my life, I will step back and surrender and thank God for the cross. The cross of waiting. 

My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell

I recommend this book for all women. young or old. married or single. career driven or not. It is a great testament of God’s providence and how the saints in Heaven truly do guide us here on earth.

If you are interested to learn more about the author Colleen Carroll Campbell or her book visit her website. HERE.

To be truly happy, we must embrace life’s blessings those blessings are found every where, even in books. :)

I Knew You Were Trouble….

How many times in our lives do we ignore the still, small, quiet, and whispering voice? More times than any of us care to admit. Am I right? I know personally I rarely take full notice of the voice until …. after the fact.

For me the whispers come when choosing relationships. Instead of following my gut, listening to the whispers from Him, whom loves me very much. Oh, and acknowledging the red flags under my nose, I choose very boldly to push those all aside. I usually believe that “I” know best. Why must we be like that? Why do I have to act in that way?

Something beautiful, beautifully crafted by Him who yes loves me … some thing called … Free will.

I have a love/hate relationship with the out come of my bold/ stupid decision to ignored the silent voice. It never fails. when I’m laying in that heap of sadness, because my way didn’t work. We all know that feeling if we are honest. And in that despair, I will proclaim, “Next time I will NOT ignore the still small voice!” This determination and commitment sadly disappears as quickly as it came to be.

Isn’t free will wonderful?

A couple days ago while driving home from work, I found myself flipping through the radio stations. This very rarely happens more like never happens.

Providence?

Yes, everything happens for a reason. You see the few days prior I was struggling with past “garbage”. Rewind a year and half ago, there were many whispers I should have paid attention too. Our Loving Daddy is such a loving Daddy that He never stops the nudges, He just tries a different approach, so His precious children see the light.

That day in the car I came to the realization and made the choice to let go. Forget and let go of that “garbage”. To accept it as what it was and to learn from it, and move forward.

The song you ask that came over the radio?  I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift

It was so strange  such a blessing, because the song spoke directly to my heart. The moment was perfect, not to early and not to late. Perfectly planned.

From the song:

No apologies. He’ll never see you cry,
Pretends he doesn’t know that he’s the reason why.
You’re drowning, you’re drowning, you’re drowning.
Now I heard you moved on from whispers on the street
A new notch in your belt is all I’ll ever be
And now I see, now I see, now I see

He was long gone when he met me
And I realize the joke is on me, yeah

Well the joke is no longer on me. I will embrace my today, my now. I am happier today.

 

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Remember, life is the happiest when we enjoy the simpleness. Sometimes that means being 27 and single. Having your heart stepped on more times that you care to express.  And realizing you are the one holding onto the past. It is time to let go.

The beautiful can come from it, that embracing life’s blessings are possible.

Freedom. Something Beautiful.

Freedom what makes life “perfect”. Sometimes, freedom only comes when we make the choice to no longer live in the past. Faith tells me to let the past year die away, to no longer live in the shadows of what was, but rather live for today and what is…

When we do that, that is when something beautiful happens, something I call freedom. 

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Always embrace what God gives us today. The simpleness of today brings the biggest smiles. :)

 

Today is 9/12 the day after the attacks that would forever change history. Whether we will admit it or not, it did change all of our lives. Years ago, the country turned to God, prayer and faith. It was something beautiful.

Are we still Praying?      Are we still allowing God to be #1?

We shall never forget…      or    …. have we forgotten?

Embrace everything that is beautifully simple, because we never know when that could stop existing.

 

 

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