Sharing God's love with the world, one heart at a time.


Tribute of Love

My father passed away twelve years ago today. My heart is filled with many emotions, especially as I experience this day with my mom, who still grieves for him. I wanted to repost my tribute to him. Love you daddy!


31824_1483460607859_5366974_nEleven years ago today, on Divine Mercy Sunday, my father passed away.  It was very touching that his life ended on that special day, because he was a very conflicted man who was much in need of mercy…as we all are.  Through conversations with him later in life, and also through the enlightenment of my own personal journey of faith and forgiveness, I know that he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and I also know that he felt humbled by the love and mercy of  Jesus.  He felt small and knew that he let his God and his family down in many ways…as we all do.

This is a tribute of love to the man that God blessed me with…to be my earthly father.

I love you, Daddy, and miss you so very much.

My father was born to a large family.  He had six brothers…

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Opportunities to Grow

Being competitive in any way has never been my strongpoint.  My way for most of my life was to stay back in the shadows, happy to be in a supportive and edifying role.  I thrive working in the background, being the person that loves to observe and help in ways that often go unnoticed.

Very recently, I am realizing that the Lord has been working in me and through me, freeing me to reach out further than ever before.  Every day there are opportunities that are placed in front of me, and I can no longer ignore them.  I believe that the Holy Spirit is guiding me, and I will not say no to the opportunities that the Lord provides…either for sharing His love with others, or for my own personal growth.  He is changing me from the inside out, and I trust Him to guide me.

It’s funny where enlightenment and growth seem to show up.  My son and daughter in law (Mike and Nicole) from Colorado were just here for a visit during the Easter Season.  It was  wonderful seeing them and spending time with them.  Now, I must tell you, they are extremely competitive, especially in the game department.  Both of  them are very bright, and especially shine when playing word games like Scrabble.

In a nutshell, I have always loved to play games, especially word games, however I always played just for fun.  I never took the time to figure or develop a strategy.

That would change when Michael asked my to play “Words With Friends” with them online.

It all started great, and I was having a good time going back and forth with each of them, enjoying the casual game.  Then POW…they started REALLY playing.  It took me off guard, and it felt overwhelming.  How do they find words that bring in so many points in one play?  How do they find ways to use small lower point letters, and work game magic with them?

I started to really watch their strategy, and how they play the game.  What I learned from them taught me to become a better player, but much more important, it taught me a lesson about life.

You see, the mistake I was making in “Words With Friends” is that I looked at the hand I was dealt, and found words I could make using those letters.  Then I randomly found a place to fit them in.  What Mike and Nicole do, is look for the opportunities (Triple letter, triple word, double letter, etc) and find a way to use that opportunity with what they have in their hand.  Most of the time, they found a way to use those opportunities, and their strategy worked amazingly.

Not only did this way of thinking change the way I play word games, it also helped me to understand where I could achieve more growth as a Christian.

We were all given certain talents, personalities and gifts from the Lord.  We have the choice to take the hand that we were dealt and just randomly put ourselves out there, without much thought or direction.  Or, as I learned, we can ask the Lord to open our eyes so that we may see the opportunities He places in our lives each day.  Once we are aware of those opportunities, we can choose to look for ways to utilize the talents and gifts God has blessed us with, to work with and take advantage of the opportunities presented to us.  (Notice I said take advantage of the opportunities…I did not say take advantage of people.)  We will  not only grow as human beings, we will also grow as Christians, shining the light of Jesus to all that we meet.

One more lesson I learned, is that even when we are aware of certain opportunities, we may find that our unique skill set, personality, or gifts may not be compatible.  Just like not having the letters needed to  take advantage of that triple word score…we need to just let it go, and allow someone else to shine with it.

God is loving us and showering us with blessings every day. He is right there with us as we learn to realize the goodness and love within our hearts. He is always patient and merciful as we learn to see and use the opportunities He gifts us with…so we can become closer to Him and share Him with the world.

What opportunities are you considering? 



Real Change

Are you ready to take that step to make a real change in  your life?  I’m not talking about  things like earning a new degree, finding a new job, getting married, losing weight, eating healthier, enjoying a new hobby, exercising more,…etc, etc.  Those kinds of things are important, and can lead to a certain degree of happiness, but that is not what your spirit is searching for.

Your spirit is searching for the truth.  Your spirit is searching for peace.  Your spirit is searching for love.

You don’t have to search far to find what you are looking for.  Jesus already loves you, and is right there in your midst.  He has always been there.  You know the little nudges you have been feeling; the questions about faith and God that you just can’t seem to shake off.

You know He is there, but haven’t been able to take that step out in faith.  Something is holding you back from letting go and just inhaling the healing, saving grace of God.

You know who you are.  You know that you SAY you believe, but what is keeping you from opening the door to allow the Holy Spirit to flood your life?  Your life is filled with love and good deeds but you are still searching…

When everything in your life is going smoothly, just the way you planned it to go, you put your faith and the Lord on the back burner.  “The Lord wants me to be happy” you say…as you carry on your day to day life without much of a change.  Kind of a lukewarm existence.  Believing that Jesus is your savior…after all, you’ve accepted Him in your heart, stating that “Jesus loves me as I am.”   You are traveling through life almost at a standstill.  One decision away from a true, intimate relationship with Him, which only requires your desire to love Him back and please Him with your life.

Yes, Jesus loves you.  How do you love Him back?

And then comes the time of sadness, suffering and despair.  When those times are happening, what are the thoughts running through your mind?  “Lord, why have you allowed these things to happen?  Why is it always me?  Haven’t I suffered enough?  Haven’t we all suffered enough?  Where are you now, Lord?”   These thoughts and torments swirl through your being and stubbornly you shut the door on the Lord.  He is right there, and waiting for you to accept His love and peace, but you are too busy trying to “fix” things yourself.  Once again you decide that Jesus will understand.  It’s just not the right time to turn your heart and life over to Him.  After the crisis is over…maybe then.

What will it take for the Lord to get your attention? Good times, bad times, what???

He loves you in a way that you cannot imagine.  He is waiting to infuse your heart, body, and soul with His Holy Spirit.  However, He will not intrude where He is not wanted or invited.  He is waiting for your commitment of love and fidelity to His Sacred Heart.

Which part of your life will you keep from Him?


And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.   John 3:16