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A Prayer for My Fellow Bloggers

Faces and images flash through my mind.  Some are of people smiling, others are logos or pictures of different things, but they are all united.  Behind each of those pictures are the lives of individuals, families, God-fearing people all trying to live their lives in a way pleasing to God.  Many are wives and mothers trying to serve God by serving their families.  Others are single women also striving to please the Lord by trying to live their lives according to His will in the best way they know.

I believe in these people.

I care about each and every one of them, even though I have never met any of them.

They are bloggers.

They are the bloggers who I follow, and who follow my blog.

I think of these people often.  I care about them   It doesn’t really matter to me whether or not they “like” a post of mine.  It doesn’t really matter whether or not they comment or follow.  What matters most is the people behind the blogs and the “likes” – the people behind those smiling faces and logos.

For each and every one of you, whether you are reading this or not, I offer to you all something better than a “like” or a “follow”.

I offer you my prayers.

I pray for you all, that you will be happy, successful in all of your endeavors, and that you will continue to live your lives according to God’s holy will.  I pray for your families and your children.

You have all touched my life in so many ways, even without trying.

So now, here is the prayer which I offer for you all:

Thank You, Lord.  Thank you for bringing these wonderful people into my life.  Please bless them and their families.  Please help them in all of life’s daily struggles.  Help them to follow Your holy will for them in the best way they can. 

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb; Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

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challenge · family · home-school

How Word Search United Our Family

You read that right.  Word search puzzles have now become a daily event in our home.  It all began on Father’s day.  I didn’t have a card for my husband, so I printed out a Father’s Day themed word search puzzle.  I didn’t really know if he’d do it, as he’s not really the word search type. I was just having a little fun.   At first he just set it aside, but later he said, “I’ll do it if you will.  Hey, let’s all do it and see who finishes first.  We’ll make a contest out of it.”  So, extra copies were printed out, and we all sat down to do a word search puzzle.  Of course, I crushed them!  Well, this “loss” stirred up the competitive spirit in both my husband and son.  “I want a rematch!”  My husband said, a smile on his face.  So began our daily word search time.  I continued to print out more word search puzzles.  So far, I remain the champ, with a total of four wins out of six.  I don’t know how long this will last, but so far it has been a daily event in our home.  Amazing how a little competition can get a man (and boy) to want to do something that they don’t normally enjoy!

You can find these puzzles at  https://worksheets.theteacherscorner.net/make-your-own/crossword/  Have fun!

acceptance · challenge · kindness

How I did on my challenge:

Well the 24 hours have certainly passed, and I believe that I am a better person because of it.  It’s fun to see the look of surprise on the faces of those around you when an unexpected kind deed is done.  I said I would let you know how I did, so here it is.  I made this list out before starting the challenge, and am happy to say that I was able to complete them all.  The last one was the most difficult for me.

Began the challenge at 3:30pm Sunday, May 7

Give hubby a back rub even when I don’t feel like it

Give up my dessert (let someone else have the last fudgebar)

Show an interest in my son’s interests (his aquarium, his turtle…)

Smile at someone passing by – just to brighten their day

Listen. Really listen to someone who needs to talk.

Refill my son’s water bottle for him

Be nice even when others are not being nice to me

Simply say, “I love you.” to my son just because I do.

Offer to spend some time doing something with my son that he likes, it doesn’t have to be what I like.

Remain silent if I disagree with something my husband says.

My next goal is to give a gift-card to an unsuspecting stranger.   Won’t that be fun!

I did it!  I couldn’t believe it, but I reached the goal mentioned above!  It was so much fun!  The best part is that I told no one!  Here’s what happened, I had with me two $5.00 gift cards to wal-mart.  As I was shopping in our local grocery store, I noticed two of the store workers, box boys probably.  I walked up to them and asked them if they ever shopped at walmart, because I was looking for someone to give these card to.  They looked at me as if in shock.  “Wait – what?”   I handed them each a $5.00 gift certificate and walked away.  They stood there for a moment or two, still wondering what just happened.  Then called out to me, “Thank you!”  It was the best time I had ever had while grocery shopping!

challenge · gratitude · kindness

KINDNESS CHALLENGE!

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Today I am issuing a challenge – a 24hr kindness challenge!  That’s right.  I challenge you to try to see how many individual acts of kindness you can perform within the time of 24 hours. Go out of your way to help someone else, lend a listening ear to someone who needs to talk, offer to help someone else, or simply smile at someone. . .  You know, be kind just for the sake of being kind.  But don’t just leave it at that. Keep track of your kind deeds.  Make a list of kind deeds that you can do for others and check them off, but not until AFTER you have performed them.  I will do the same.  My next post will be of how I did on the kindness challenge.  Yes, I’m challenging myself as well!   Well, I’m starting right now – wish me luck!  By the way, the 24 hour period is just to get you started, there’s no reason we should ever stop being kind!  Good luck!

Oh, It would be great if you let me know how you did on the challenge.  Just leave a comment in the comment box!  🙂