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  • Fitting with the pink theme.
  • Fitting with the pink theme.

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  • Do we follow a “tithe” or a “giving number”? 
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Following on from my last post on tithing, I thought I’d explain how we come up with the number we give to church. 
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Before I got married, wise friends advised me to minus 10% from my income, and then make a budget. This has helped me realise I can make ends meet with 90% of my income so I have no excuse not to be generous. 
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However since then, every year we ask the question “can we give more?” Some years I increase by 0.5% or by 1% - and we can usually make it work. So every year I push myself to increase the amount we give, even if it’s just by a little. 
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Jesus tells a story of a widow who puts two coins in the temple collection versus a tax collector who boasts about how much he gives. The humble generous heart is always the one God wants to see. So while my family works on being generous, it’s not really about a specific number at the end of the day. For some people, $1 will be generous and sacrificial, for others $1,000 might be a cheap donation. Only God knows the hearts behind our giving
  • Do we follow a “tithe” or a “giving number”?
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    Following on from my last post on tithing, I thought I’d explain how we come up with the number we give to church.
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    Before I got married, wise friends advised me to minus 10% from my income, and then make a budget. This has helped me realise I can make ends meet with 90% of my income so I have no excuse not to be generous.
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    However since then, every year we ask the question “can we give more?” Some years I increase by 0.5% or by 1% - and we can usually make it work. So every year I push myself to increase the amount we give, even if it’s just by a little.
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    Jesus tells a story of a widow who puts two coins in the temple collection versus a tax collector who boasts about how much he gives. The humble generous heart is always the one God wants to see. So while my family works on being generous, it’s not really about a specific number at the end of the day. For some people, $1 will be generous and sacrificial, for others $1,000 might be a cheap donation. Only God knows the hearts behind our giving

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  • 2020 is a tough year for us.

I know we all wish for a 20 20 clear vision this year but I think this is the 20 20 clear vision that God is trying to give us. It opened our blurry eyes to see the reality of this year. That WE NEED HIM, to have our eyes FOCUS on HIM ALONE. We need unity this year.. SHOW COMPASSION and do not neglect to do good and to share what you have. If you are blessed then give. We can't be with them physically to comfort them or to give what they need BUT we can be with them spiritually. Let us stop for a moment and pray for the people of Beirut, Lebanon. 🙏 Almighty Father the author and the finisher of our faith. Many people died Oh God since the beginning of the year we don't know what's your plan for us and we cannot understand it but we put our trust in You Lord. We lift up to You Lord the life of our brothers and sisters in Beirut. Strengthen them. Stretch your arms and keep them safe. Protect them with the blood of Jesus. May they receive comfort, healing, fast recovery and everything that they need including food and shelter from You God. Remove fear in them and exchange it to faith. We pray also for the lost that they will be found as soon as possible. Bless your people, bless the government of Beirut, bless the whole world. Protect them in the Mighty Name of Jesus. AMEN!

I have many questions Lord but I believe in Your promise that You are making something new in this world.

Title of the Song: LILIM (In Your Shelter)
credits to @Victoryworship
  • 2020 is a tough year for us.

    I know we all wish for a 20 20 clear vision this year but I think this is the 20 20 clear vision that God is trying to give us. It opened our blurry eyes to see the reality of this year. That WE NEED HIM, to have our eyes FOCUS on HIM ALONE. We need unity this year.. SHOW COMPASSION and do not neglect to do good and to share what you have. If you are blessed then give. We can't be with them physically to comfort them or to give what they need BUT we can be with them spiritually. Let us stop for a moment and pray for the people of Beirut, Lebanon. 🙏 Almighty Father the author and the finisher of our faith. Many people died Oh God since the beginning of the year we don't know what's your plan for us and we cannot understand it but we put our trust in You Lord. We lift up to You Lord the life of our brothers and sisters in Beirut. Strengthen them. Stretch your arms and keep them safe. Protect them with the blood of Jesus. May they receive comfort, healing, fast recovery and everything that they need including food and shelter from You God. Remove fear in them and exchange it to faith. We pray also for the lost that they will be found as soon as possible. Bless your people, bless the government of Beirut, bless the whole world. Protect them in the Mighty Name of Jesus. AMEN!

    I have many questions Lord but I believe in Your promise that You are making something new in this world.

    Title of the Song: LILIM (In Your Shelter)
    credits to @Victoryworship

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  • Studied Revelation this morning, and the imagery of the angels and seraphim and all of God’s creation singing into the echoes of eternity, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” to a perfect, righteous, wholly worthy, loving Father keeps playing through my mind. It’s an incredible glimpse into the eternity of wholeness we are called into.
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He deserves our praise in every circumstance. But I believe nothing pleases him more than when we praise out of the response to His all-encompassing, all-covering, all-giving love for us.
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Let’s be a people who brings that same awe, wonder, and expectancy to earth as it is in Heaven. 
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  • Studied Revelation this morning, and the imagery of the angels and seraphim and all of God’s creation singing into the echoes of eternity, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” to a perfect, righteous, wholly worthy, loving Father keeps playing through my mind. It’s an incredible glimpse into the eternity of wholeness we are called into.
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    He deserves our praise in every circumstance. But I believe nothing pleases him more than when we praise out of the response to His all-encompassing, all-covering, all-giving love for us.
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    Let’s be a people who brings that same awe, wonder, and expectancy to earth as it is in Heaven.
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    #wordbeforeworld #savedbygrace #biblejournaling #biblejournalingcommunity #journalingbible #illustratedfaith #scriptureart #dailybible #christianinspiration #faithbased #faithoverfear #prayerchangesthings #givemejesus #heisfaithful #trustinthelord #godslove #jesusislord #faithquotes #christiancreative #gritandvirtue #shepaintstruth #gracemakers #faithblogger #butfirstjesus #bibleart #christianart #christianliving #graceupongrace

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  • I worked in various industries and companies before becoming an entrepreneur. From the U.S. House of Representatives, the UNCF, Google, and the San Antonio Spurs to leaving corporate America and running my own brand management agency. Afterward, I switched my career to work in the fashion industry, and today I own a consulting firm that works with big businesses and creatives alike.⁠
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What I am trying to say is... my career path was not linear. Even today, I wear so many different hats for all of my clients. I can't be defined with just one title.⁠
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But there is one thing that I know I was created to do and that I am doing wherever and whomever I am working with:⁠
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I help motivate and inspire others to align themselves with God's plan for their lives.⁠
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So this year, when I looked back to all of my experiences, I have (re)defined my work and leadership style as "people-centric".⁠
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Being of service and helping people get to where they want to go (and further) is one of my biggest motivators and is something that is so strongly influenced by my purpose.⁠
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Even when I was trying to fight my purpose unconsciously, God made what I needed to do really clear. He showed me how my perspective and purpose need to align so that this business can serve a bigger mission than I could have ever dreamed.⁠
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📷: @treandrew⁠
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  • I worked in various industries and companies before becoming an entrepreneur. From the U.S. House of Representatives, the UNCF, Google, and the San Antonio Spurs to leaving corporate America and running my own brand management agency. Afterward, I switched my career to work in the fashion industry, and today I own a consulting firm that works with big businesses and creatives alike.⁠

    What I am trying to say is... my career path was not linear. Even today, I wear so many different hats for all of my clients. I can't be defined with just one title.⁠

    But there is one thing that I know I was created to do and that I am doing wherever and whomever I am working with:⁠

    I help motivate and inspire others to align themselves with God's plan for their lives.⁠

    So this year, when I looked back to all of my experiences, I have (re)defined my work and leadership style as "people-centric".⁠

    Being of service and helping people get to where they want to go (and further) is one of my biggest motivators and is something that is so strongly influenced by my purpose.⁠

    Even when I was trying to fight my purpose unconsciously, God made what I needed to do really clear. He showed me how my perspective and purpose need to align so that this business can serve a bigger mission than I could have ever dreamed.⁠

    📷: @treandrew

    #creativebusinessowner #thinkoutsidethebox#keeplearningkeepgrowing #evolve #shemeansbusiness #purposedriven #purposefulbusiness #entrepreneurinspiration #faithbasedbusiness #christianbusinesswoman #faithovereverything #christianinfluencer #herbusiness #womenwithvision #hersuccess #faithbasedentrepreneur #christianigtv #seekhimfirst #igtvcreator #servantleadership #godisgood #christianliving #godiswithme #blackfemaleentrepreneur #godsplan #trustgod #godisgoodallthetime #countingmyblessings #youareblessed #godhasaplan

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  • Verse of the Day: August 6, 2020⁠
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5 Tumiwala ka sa Panginoon ng buong puso mo, at huwag kang manalig sa iyong sariling kaunawaan:⁠
6 Kilalanin mo siya sa lahat ng iyong mga lakad, at kaniyang ituturo ang iyong mga landas.⁠
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Kawikaan 3:5-6, Ang Dating Biblia (1905)⁠
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  • Verse of the Day: August 6, 2020⁠

    5 Tumiwala ka sa Panginoon ng buong puso mo, at huwag kang manalig sa iyong sariling kaunawaan:⁠
    6 Kilalanin mo siya sa lahat ng iyong mga lakad, at kaniyang ituturo ang iyong mga landas.⁠

    Kawikaan 3:5-6, Ang Dating Biblia (1905)⁠

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  • "I love to read VL Mag! It touches my heart and helps me understand that we all go through hard things in life, but Jesus can help us through it all. He has saved the people in your magazine, just like He has saved me!" -Meridith, TX DOC
  • "I love to read VL Mag! It touches my heart and helps me understand that we all go through hard things in life, but Jesus can help us through it all. He has saved the people in your magazine, just like He has saved me!" -Meridith, TX DOC

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  • From the time I was a little girl, I had a vision to be the best water-skier in the world. My father, Parker Overton, an avid water-skier at the time, planted this vision deep within my heart. ⠀
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It started with him kneeling by my bed and telling me made-up bedtime stories about a little girl and her father having adventures on the water. The excitement would build in my heart each time as my daddy would come to the end of every story and say these words: “And little Kristi became the best water-skier in the whole wide world.” We would both smile, I’d giggle, and then he’d give me a big kiss on the forehead.⠀
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That was back in the mid-to-late 1970s, but let me tell you, the excitement and expectancy behind this vision stuck. For the next thirty-five years, I disciplined myself to seek after what I could see in my mind’s eye and what I had heard my father whisper to my heart. Even when it seemed I’d never move to the next level, the vision stayed.⠀
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Not only could I see myself as a champion, I could also close my eyes and literally see myself on the water, performing great feats. I could feel it! ⠀
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Any world-class athlete will tell you that having a vision of success and, most importantly, having the ability to keep your eyes on the vision when obstacles arise is the key to becoming a champion. The same is true in life.⠀
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Let me ask you something. What do you see when you look at your life? Do you see what your heavenly Father sees? Do you see a hope for your future (Jeremiah 29:11; John 10:10)? Or do you only see hardship and hopelessness?⠀
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What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see a champion? A person unconditionally loved by God? Or do you see someone who is defeated and abandoned in life’s turbulent waters?⠀
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And what do you see when you look at God? Do you see a loving Father who cares about every detail of your life? Or do you see a harsh judge who is angry and ready to bring down the gavel of punishment?
  • From the time I was a little girl, I had a vision to be the best water-skier in the world. My father, Parker Overton, an avid water-skier at the time, planted this vision deep within my heart. ⠀
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    It started with him kneeling by my bed and telling me made-up bedtime stories about a little girl and her father having adventures on the water. The excitement would build in my heart each time as my daddy would come to the end of every story and say these words: “And little Kristi became the best water-skier in the whole wide world.” We would both smile, I’d giggle, and then he’d give me a big kiss on the forehead.⠀
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    That was back in the mid-to-late 1970s, but let me tell you, the excitement and expectancy behind this vision stuck. For the next thirty-five years, I disciplined myself to seek after what I could see in my mind’s eye and what I had heard my father whisper to my heart. Even when it seemed I’d never move to the next level, the vision stayed.⠀
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    Not only could I see myself as a champion, I could also close my eyes and literally see myself on the water, performing great feats. I could feel it! ⠀
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    Any world-class athlete will tell you that having a vision of success and, most importantly, having the ability to keep your eyes on the vision when obstacles arise is the key to becoming a champion. The same is true in life.⠀
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    Let me ask you something. What do you see when you look at your life? Do you see what your heavenly Father sees? Do you see a hope for your future (Jeremiah 29:11; John 10:10)? Or do you only see hardship and hopelessness?⠀
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    What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see a champion? A person unconditionally loved by God? Or do you see someone who is defeated and abandoned in life’s turbulent waters?⠀
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    And what do you see when you look at God? Do you see a loving Father who cares about every detail of your life? Or do you see a harsh judge who is angry and ready to bring down the gavel of punishment?

  •  8  1  26 minutes ago
  • "My bitterness took root because of all the negative things that were said or done to me over a number of years. Once I was able to release that bitterness, God filled me up with the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I previously exhibited some of these qualities, but they became dormant as the years went by. Initially, it was not an easy process to embrace them again. However, once I recovered one, the others began to emerge." Grab a copy of The Story Of A Transformed Life and read more.
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  • "My bitterness took root because of all the negative things that were said or done to me over a number of years. Once I was able to release that bitterness, God filled me up with the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I previously exhibited some of these qualities, but they became dormant as the years went by. Initially, it was not an easy process to embrace them again. However, once I recovered one, the others began to emerge." Grab a copy of The Story Of A Transformed Life and read more.
    👉🏽 Available Here:
    https://bit.ly/TheStoryofATransformedLife

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  •  5  0  21 July, 2020

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  • Part 1/2...Before Michael was diagnosed with brain cancer we had planned to slip away last Christmas to a Hawaiian Island and have our marriage blessed and renew our commitment to one another with our kids there and, after years of struggles, our words match the fortitude we had exhibited in overcoming that which would attempt to tear us apart.⁣
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I mean, if you’re married you know it ain’t easy and there is much that will try to tear you apart.⁣
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But then Michael had a seizure and our world flipped upside down, including everything in our marriage. And, while the losses and the grief keep stacking themselves like a teetering Jenga puzzle, there has been much beauty and joy emerge from the ashes.⁣
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Like, yesterday. Oh my goodness, like yesterday.⁣
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A couple weeks ago we didn’t know if Michael would be alive for our 14th anniversary. And yet he was and God is *good* and, during family rosary a few nights ago, the idea popped into my head to have this long desired marriage blessing at home.⁣
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And so we all donned our best, my Mary Poppins made some beautiful bouquets, we laughed and posed for all the pictures, and we received communion and made manifest our vows of taking one another - in sickness and health ‘till death do us part - with our babies by our side.⁣
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I mean, I can’t really put into words how special yesterday was for all of us. Wedding day special. And more beautiful and fitting for life than anything else we could have conjured up on our own.⁣
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When you’ve been tried in the fire like we have in our marriage - both before M got sick and after - you emerge a new creation. And ironic enough the gift for year 14 is gold. Yes, we emerged like gold from the fire, a renewed gift for one another for the rest of our days.⁣
  • Part 1/2...Before Michael was diagnosed with brain cancer we had planned to slip away last Christmas to a Hawaiian Island and have our marriage blessed and renew our commitment to one another with our kids there and, after years of struggles, our words match the fortitude we had exhibited in overcoming that which would attempt to tear us apart.⁣

    I mean, if you’re married you know it ain’t easy and there is much that will try to tear you apart.⁣

    But then Michael had a seizure and our world flipped upside down, including everything in our marriage. And, while the losses and the grief keep stacking themselves like a teetering Jenga puzzle, there has been much beauty and joy emerge from the ashes.⁣

    Like, yesterday. Oh my goodness, like yesterday.⁣

    A couple weeks ago we didn’t know if Michael would be alive for our 14th anniversary. And yet he was and God is *good* and, during family rosary a few nights ago, the idea popped into my head to have this long desired marriage blessing at home.⁣

    And so we all donned our best, my Mary Poppins made some beautiful bouquets, we laughed and posed for all the pictures, and we received communion and made manifest our vows of taking one another - in sickness and health ‘till death do us part - with our babies by our side.⁣

    I mean, I can’t really put into words how special yesterday was for all of us. Wedding day special. And more beautiful and fitting for life than anything else we could have conjured up on our own.⁣

    When you’ve been tried in the fire like we have in our marriage - both before M got sick and after - you emerge a new creation. And ironic enough the gift for year 14 is gold. Yes, we emerged like gold from the fire, a renewed gift for one another for the rest of our days.⁣

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  • I remember when my grandma called me out in high school for missing Mass one weekend and, because Grandmas have magical Jesus superpowers, I never missed Mass since (save for the birth of my kids lol). But between CV and Michael’s brain cancer (in and out of hospital, caretaking when he can’t attend himself) I have spent quite a few dry Mass Sundays at home or in a cramped hospital room.⁣
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Today was one of those days.⁣
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And I have such a deeper appreciation for the fruits of my assistance at Mass than ever before - for absence makes the heart grow fonder and you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.⁣
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Anyway...it was time to move Michael into the hospital bed. At least during the day. It’s been sitting in our room for a few weeks and we’ve both just wanted him in our regular bed (to be close to each other and because we have a kick A mattress) but between some changes going on in his brain (that render him more impulsive and confused) and because his sitting up in the regular bed was proving to become a challenge, it was time. I can still safely and easily transfer him from bed to wheelchair to bed and so this is our new normal - both of us hoping that his presence in our marital bed never becomes a thing of the past.⁣
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Anyway...this is life.⁣ and you don’t know what you got ‘till it’s gone.

Appreciating what we have until one day we don’t. Knowing that nothing lasts forever. Except eternity...that lasts forever. And, while everything down here has a finite end, the Lord we serve, the Lord made present in Mass and made present in a hospital bed, is everlasting. A constant eternal that one day I will, God-willing, posses and never have to worry about the end of anything anymore.
  • I remember when my grandma called me out in high school for missing Mass one weekend and, because Grandmas have magical Jesus superpowers, I never missed Mass since (save for the birth of my kids lol). But between CV and Michael’s brain cancer (in and out of hospital, caretaking when he can’t attend himself) I have spent quite a few dry Mass Sundays at home or in a cramped hospital room.⁣

    Today was one of those days.⁣

    And I have such a deeper appreciation for the fruits of my assistance at Mass than ever before - for absence makes the heart grow fonder and you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.⁣

    Anyway...it was time to move Michael into the hospital bed. At least during the day. It’s been sitting in our room for a few weeks and we’ve both just wanted him in our regular bed (to be close to each other and because we have a kick A mattress) but between some changes going on in his brain (that render him more impulsive and confused) and because his sitting up in the regular bed was proving to become a challenge, it was time. I can still safely and easily transfer him from bed to wheelchair to bed and so this is our new normal - both of us hoping that his presence in our marital bed never becomes a thing of the past.⁣

    Anyway...this is life.⁣ and you don’t know what you got ‘till it’s gone.

    Appreciating what we have until one day we don’t. Knowing that nothing lasts forever. Except eternity...that lasts forever. And, while everything down here has a finite end, the Lord we serve, the Lord made present in Mass and made present in a hospital bed, is everlasting. A constant eternal that one day I will, God-willing, posses and never have to worry about the end of anything anymore.

  •  2,706  94  2 August, 2020
  • It’s difficult for Michael to say more than a few words. I can usually draw more out of him or at least read his mind (perks of just shy of 14 years of marriage) but one aspect that’s been super tough all around is interaction with the kids. (Well, yes and me too, but that’s for a different day.)⁣
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For a while he really didn’t want to be around the kids. It made him sad. And for a while the kids didn’t really want to be around him. It made them sad.⁣
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But I used my mom/wife power to suggest a different way. I reminded him that time was not infinite and his presence was his gift. That the kids loved him no matter what and that, even if he was sad, it could still be good.⁣
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I reminded the kids that time was not infinite. That, dad’s presence is a beautiful gift. And even though it made them sad to see their dad in bed *all the time* it could still be good.⁣
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But it was hard to find a way for them to interact. A couple times they were able to play Nintendo (dad won). A couple times they would read books to him. A couple times they would just lay there and fall asleep just like him.⁣
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And then, a new idea came to me.⁣
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Since dad can’t be a part of everyday life, you know stuck in bed and all, let’s bring life to him. And so I have the kids take pictures and videos of breakfast, weeding the yard, dancing, playing Legos and then, at different parts of the day, show him. They laugh and reminisce and find old videos even and immerse themselves in a life not consumed by brain cancer and what we can’t do together.⁣
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And so, even if it’s sad, it’s still good. And not just good, but beautiful. And the kids will look back and I will look back and we will hold these moments as some of the most special in our lives.
  • It’s difficult for Michael to say more than a few words. I can usually draw more out of him or at least read his mind (perks of just shy of 14 years of marriage) but one aspect that’s been super tough all around is interaction with the kids. (Well, yes and me too, but that’s for a different day.)⁣

    For a while he really didn’t want to be around the kids. It made him sad. And for a while the kids didn’t really want to be around him. It made them sad.⁣

    But I used my mom/wife power to suggest a different way. I reminded him that time was not infinite and his presence was his gift. That the kids loved him no matter what and that, even if he was sad, it could still be good.⁣

    I reminded the kids that time was not infinite. That, dad’s presence is a beautiful gift. And even though it made them sad to see their dad in bed *all the time* it could still be good.⁣

    But it was hard to find a way for them to interact. A couple times they were able to play Nintendo (dad won). A couple times they would read books to him. A couple times they would just lay there and fall asleep just like him.⁣

    And then, a new idea came to me.⁣

    Since dad can’t be a part of everyday life, you know stuck in bed and all, let’s bring life to him. And so I have the kids take pictures and videos of breakfast, weeding the yard, dancing, playing Legos and then, at different parts of the day, show him. They laugh and reminisce and find old videos even and immerse themselves in a life not consumed by brain cancer and what we can’t do together.⁣

    And so, even if it’s sad, it’s still good. And not just good, but beautiful. And the kids will look back and I will look back and we will hold these moments as some of the most special in our lives.

  •  2,625  134  1 August, 2020
  • “I don’t want to be a burden...”⁣
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Those were the words, more or less, that came out of Michael’s mouth yesterday. He’s worried that the care he needs, all that I am sacrificing (my time, my own health) is a load not worth bearing. And I get it - he’s a dude, he’s worried about me.⁣
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But no matter what I have to sacrifice, he is not a burden.⁣
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This post isn’t about me getting help or not (I’m seeking the right solution). It’s about those we may see as a burden. It’s about the question: what are WE willing to sacrifice for the good of another? Especially as our current social and political climate trains us further to see one another as mere germ carrying bodies, rather than human beings.⁣
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St. Teresa of Avila said those who were not willing to sacrifice their own health for the good of another cannot reach the heights of heaven, the innermost parts of God in the Spiritual Mansions of life with Him. Meaning, we must put love of God and service of neighbor even above our own needs.⁣
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Yes, I get it: I’m not any good to my kids and even my husband if I’m a mental and physical mess. I take care of myself with great discipline. But I must also be willing to forgo that which would benefit my health for the good of another.⁣
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We are at a dangerous point in time when we are being trained to see others as a stumbling block to our own health. Yes, we should take care to avoid getting sick and passing it along to others.⁣
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But we are missing a great point, one that will project us to the heights of heaven: namely, if one were to pull down their mask to smile at a stranger, to offer them their hand of help and service and then subsequently contract CV and die they would become a greater saint than one who spent their lifetime teaching lofty ideals and giving all their money and on and on and yet be fearful to give their very life.⁣
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People - in all their germ carrying beauty - are not a burden. We must not hide from others to protect ourselves. Yes, prudence, but no to fear. And if we should end up giving our lives in order to love, know that we will spend the eternity of it as a martyr of charity - gaining more than we could ever deem to “protect” here on earth.
  • “I don’t want to be a burden...”⁣

    Those were the words, more or less, that came out of Michael’s mouth yesterday. He’s worried that the care he needs, all that I am sacrificing (my time, my own health) is a load not worth bearing. And I get it - he’s a dude, he’s worried about me.⁣

    But no matter what I have to sacrifice, he is not a burden.⁣

    This post isn’t about me getting help or not (I’m seeking the right solution). It’s about those we may see as a burden. It’s about the question: what are WE willing to sacrifice for the good of another? Especially as our current social and political climate trains us further to see one another as mere germ carrying bodies, rather than human beings.⁣

    St. Teresa of Avila said those who were not willing to sacrifice their own health for the good of another cannot reach the heights of heaven, the innermost parts of God in the Spiritual Mansions of life with Him. Meaning, we must put love of God and service of neighbor even above our own needs.⁣

    Yes, I get it: I’m not any good to my kids and even my husband if I’m a mental and physical mess. I take care of myself with great discipline. But I must also be willing to forgo that which would benefit my health for the good of another.⁣

    We are at a dangerous point in time when we are being trained to see others as a stumbling block to our own health. Yes, we should take care to avoid getting sick and passing it along to others.⁣

    But we are missing a great point, one that will project us to the heights of heaven: namely, if one were to pull down their mask to smile at a stranger, to offer them their hand of help and service and then subsequently contract CV and die they would become a greater saint than one who spent their lifetime teaching lofty ideals and giving all their money and on and on and yet be fearful to give their very life.⁣

    People - in all their germ carrying beauty - are not a burden. We must not hide from others to protect ourselves. Yes, prudence, but no to fear. And if we should end up giving our lives in order to love, know that we will spend the eternity of it as a martyr of charity - gaining more than we could ever deem to “protect” here on earth.

  •  2,263  188  29 July, 2020
  • Jesus is with you even when you don’t feel His presence. He is never so close to you as He is during your spiritual battles. He is always there, close to you, encouraging you to fight your battle courageously. He is there to ward off the enemy’s blows so that you may not be hurt.
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// Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
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#BISsisterhood #projectblessed
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photo by @therese_westby
  • Jesus is with you even when you don’t feel His presence. He is never so close to you as He is during your spiritual battles. He is always there, close to you, encouraging you to fight your battle courageously. He is there to ward off the enemy’s blows so that you may not be hurt.
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    // Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
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    #BISsisterhood #projectblessed
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    photo by @therese_westby

  •  8,265  58  4 August, 2020
  • you can’t pour from an empty cup.
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i totally just wrote this entire blog from a different perspective, but then i realized this was my 200th post & i wanted to take a different approach!! (& even if i wanted to stick with what i already had, i already impulsively deleted it all so HAHA we’ll go with this idea!)
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i’m approaching the 2 year mark of this account, the first being of solely art, and the second incorporating blogs into the mix! i want to share something i have had to intentionally do during all this time of sharing my life and journey. i’ve had to replenish my cup! i’ve stepped back for months at a time, i’ve periodically stopped selling art and only made art for art’s sake, i’ve even gone and worked elsewhere. during those times of rest and throughout it all, i cannot fully express how essential it was to spend 👏🏼 time 👏🏼 with 👏🏼 God 👏🏼 daily! whether that be in the Word, prayer, devotionals, books, podcasts, you name it! i cannot pour into this community without having the Word pour into me. and i think that’s a really beautiful thing; it reminds me of how human i am and how extraordinary God is! i learn to trust and lean on Him in times of exhaustion!
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so for those of you who have been with me since September 17th, 2018, thank you. thank you for allowing me times of rest and growing alongside me! and for those of you who have been with me since today, welcome!! thank you for 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ posts of sharing my life with each and every one of you, you have each blessed me immeasurably💕
  • you can’t pour from an empty cup.
    -
    i totally just wrote this entire blog from a different perspective, but then i realized this was my 200th post & i wanted to take a different approach!! (& even if i wanted to stick with what i already had, i already impulsively deleted it all so HAHA we’ll go with this idea!)
    -
    i’m approaching the 2 year mark of this account, the first being of solely art, and the second incorporating blogs into the mix! i want to share something i have had to intentionally do during all this time of sharing my life and journey. i’ve had to replenish my cup! i’ve stepped back for months at a time, i’ve periodically stopped selling art and only made art for art’s sake, i’ve even gone and worked elsewhere. during those times of rest and throughout it all, i cannot fully express how essential it was to spend 👏🏼 time 👏🏼 with 👏🏼 God 👏🏼 daily! whether that be in the Word, prayer, devotionals, books, podcasts, you name it! i cannot pour into this community without having the Word pour into me. and i think that’s a really beautiful thing; it reminds me of how human i am and how extraordinary God is! i learn to trust and lean on Him in times of exhaustion!
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    so for those of you who have been with me since September 17th, 2018, thank you. thank you for allowing me times of rest and growing alongside me! and for those of you who have been with me since today, welcome!! thank you for 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ posts of sharing my life with each and every one of you, you have each blessed me immeasurably💕

  •  159  13  3 August, 2020
  • “If I did not simply live from one moment to the next, it would be impossible for me to keep my patience. I can see only the present, I forget the past and I take good care not to think about the future. We get discouraged and feel despair because we brood about the past and the future. It is such folly to pass one’s time fretting, instead of resting quietly on the heart of Jesus.” ~St. Therese of Lisieux⁣
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Living one moment at a time today, into the weekend, and whatever is beyond...forgetting all my wrongdoings, for they were forgiven. Pushing away thoughts of the future because it is in the Hands of Providence. Enjoying today because it’s all I have. In a sense, living the sacrament of the present moment.⁣
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Yes, the sacrament of the present moment.⁣
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Happy Friday, friends. 🤙🏽🙏🏽
  • “If I did not simply live from one moment to the next, it would be impossible for me to keep my patience. I can see only the present, I forget the past and I take good care not to think about the future. We get discouraged and feel despair because we brood about the past and the future. It is such folly to pass one’s time fretting, instead of resting quietly on the heart of Jesus.” ~St. Therese of Lisieux⁣

    Living one moment at a time today, into the weekend, and whatever is beyond...forgetting all my wrongdoings, for they were forgiven. Pushing away thoughts of the future because it is in the Hands of Providence. Enjoying today because it’s all I have. In a sense, living the sacrament of the present moment.⁣

    Yes, the sacrament of the present moment.⁣

    Happy Friday, friends. 🤙🏽🙏🏽

  •  1,209  27  31 July, 2020
  • My favorite accessory is this Compass potbelly mug I’m holding in my hand. Why? Because 27 of these mugs can potentially save ONE girl from sex trafficking!⁣
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Starting Compass Cafe as my FIRST business, nonetheless a non-profit business was and still is my “Yes!” to Abba in combatting the injustice that is sex trafficking. ⁣
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The numbers are startling and disheartening but for the one girl or for the one child who needs redemption...we’ll sell coffee, we’ll sell treats, and cute mugs like this one so we can reach HER! 🙌🏽
  • My favorite accessory is this Compass potbelly mug I’m holding in my hand. Why? Because 27 of these mugs can potentially save ONE girl from sex trafficking!⁣

    Starting Compass Cafe as my FIRST business, nonetheless a non-profit business was and still is my “Yes!” to Abba in combatting the injustice that is sex trafficking. ⁣

    The numbers are startling and disheartening but for the one girl or for the one child who needs redemption...we’ll sell coffee, we’ll sell treats, and cute mugs like this one so we can reach HER! 🙌🏽

  •  146  11  4 August, 2020