Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Holiness And Purity Are Beautiful Things!

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10)

I think that the above is a beautiful and lovely prayer to pray from the Psalms, all year round, though especially during Lent and while preparing in our lives for something very big, such as the birth of a new baby in our family, a birthday, an anniversary, or another holiday or day that has significant meaning to us.

This prayer holds special meaning for me in my life at this time, during Lent and my 31st week into my pregnancy journey, as I not only prepare to celebrate the glorious feast of Easter but also to welcome into my family and our world, my precious, beautiful daughter, when she is born... (which is coming up soon!).

I always like to pray this prayer during Lent as I prepare to celebrate Easter, so that God will truly cleanse me of anything and all the things that might be within my heart and self that are keeping me back from experiencing His amazing Love and Grace for me to the greatest of my capacity. It's a simple, sweet, yet powerful prayer... and really can work wonders for us when we pray it with an open, humble heart, that yearns to draw closer to Him and live our lives completely for him in every way possible!

I am praying this prayer especially now, as I prepare to welcome my precious Baby Girl into my family and our world very soon. For she is so pure, so innocent and so close to God... that I want to be that way, myself, as much as possible as her mother!

It's almost unfathomable to even think about, just how pure, sweet, innocent and close to God and Heaven a precious child of God is, (while growing in it's mother's womb and when it is born!). I just want to do everything in my power to keep her that way, and also, my precious 23 month old daughter, Audrey that way, for as long as possible,(forever really!:), and the best way I can think of starting to do that is by preparing my own heart, soul, body, mind and being in the way of purity and holiness.

God asks us to be pure and holy always... and it should always be our aim, though, especially now, as I prepare for the birth of my sweet daughter, I am much more aware of that aim and goal and mission... and so, I come back to this humble prayer from the Psalms to assist me on my path of becoming more holy and pure in all ways, renewing within me a steadfast spirit, as God calls us to do!

Praying for everyone, as we all heed to God's call to be holy and pure! May this prayer above assist you in achieving this goal in your life as well! Many blessings of God's Grace be with you in all you do! :)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Becoming Like Little Children

Sweet Jesus tells us in Sacred Scripture, "Unless you become like a little child, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 18:3). He does not say this to be mean, but, simply because He Loves us, very much, just as God Loves us, very much!

We are beloved children of God... and God wants us to know that and live our lives with that beautiful Truth reigning. No matter how old we might be, we are still, and always will be God's beloved child, just like we will always be a child of our parents, no matter how old we might be.

God doesn't mean for us to act immature and childish, but, mature in our knowledge that we are God's child and need to rely on Him in all things and in all ways! He also wants us to be child-like, in our nature, trusting in Him completely, just like little children do... and walking beside Him always, not just as our Heavenly Father, but as our very Best Friend, our whole life through! :)

God's Love for us is so incredibly amazing and big, that we really can't even fully comprehend just how much He Loves us... it's a whole lot... that He surely wants us to try and wrap our minds around His Love... to contemplate His great Love for us often, and allow it to truly embrace us and transform us from the inside out, making us more like Him and His beautiful Son, our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ in all ways!

Children Love and follow and obey God naturally. They are born into this world doing that without ever having to be told! It's really, really true! And it's our job, mission, even, as parents to keep our children that way by encouraging that amazing Love they have for God, that tender obedience and desire to follow Him and walk beside Him always!

This is what I have been doing with my precious, (almost 23 month old), daughter, Audrey, ever since she was born... and it works beautifully! It's what I plan to continue doing in raising both her and my new, precious daughter, (due to be born near the end of April... very soon! :).

I pray that all people of all ages, will heed to Jesus' message to, "become like little children," as we seek to follow Jesus and God's ways and as we especially seek to one day enter the Kingdom of Heaven to live their with God forevermore!

Jesus Loves us.... and is especially now, more than ever calling us to walk beside him! :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Woman's Gifts From God: Beauty, Grace and Beautiful Dignity

Well, I have almost made it, in my pregnancy journey to 31 weeks... and I am praising God for getting me this far. I was just speaking to another mother who also had a high risk pregnancy with one of her children, also having to be on bed rest for quite a while during her pregnancy as well, and she was saying that every day that she made it to was like a, "victory!" and I couldn't agree with her more! Truly... it is by God's great Love and Grace that I have made it thus far... (and also my prayers, I believe and the prayers of others who have been also praying for us!).

It is a victory, indeed that IO have made it thus far... and I am praying now, all the more to continue achieving these daily victories, as I hope and pray to reach my full term due date, (or somewhere very close to it), of April 29, 2012 to assure my precious daughter growing in my womb the best and healthiest beginning coming into this world. Your continued prayers for us are very much appreciated! :)

What's in my heart to write about today is the Grace and Beauty of a woman of God... and not just a grown woman of God, but,"a little woman, or young lady of God." Of course, I have my two daughters in mind first and foremost, but, I really am also thinking of all woman of God, (of all ages!).

Though, with my beautiful and precious daughters in mind first and foremost... I always want them to know how very beautiful that they are, (both inside and out), primarily, because they are daughters of God, His beautiful children created in His wonderful image and likeness of Love! And yet, even more than that... they have an amazing amount of Beauty and Grace because they are (young woman), little girls who will one day become woman of God!

And God has created woman with a very special Beauty, Grace and a beautiful Dignity... (for the simple fact that He has created us to be able to conceive within our very wombs, a human being, a little precious child of His, to carry, so lovingly within us, as it grows and is ready to be born into this world), whom we are responsible for raising into responsible, capable, God-fearing young adults, though, even then... we will always remain their mothers... and forever be caring for our children, praying for them and guiding them in many ways!

It's just truly amazing, the blessed vocation God has chosen to give women, by giving us the capability to become mothers and in essence share a very close bond with Him, our Heavenly Father, for as we learn in Sacred Scripture on several accounts, God's Love and Care for us is not only that of a Heavenly Father, but, also one of A Loving, nurturing Mother as well! And to share so close a bond with Him, as to receive the divine gift from Him, as woman, to divine ability be able to conceive a precious child within our very womb, and love and care for that child throughout her pregnancy and then give birth, (Life), to that child and continue nurturing and Loving and caring for that child their whole life through... is just an amazing, extraordinary gift God has given woman... and we are so, so incredibly blessed because of it! :)

That is most especially what I want my daughters, (and all women of God), to always remember and know and embrace, so fully, to the greatest capacity... our God-given Grace, Beauty and Dignity as women and the immense amount of power that we hold within us, to bear Life not just to our own children, but to the entire world as well, on God's behalf! That is truly something so amazing that we, as women, should never take lightly. And it's also something that no one can ever take from us... ever... ever... ever... because it's a precious gift God has given us to last our whole lifetime!

I am continuing to pray for my precious daughters and all woman of God, (of all ages), that they will always look to God, their Loving Creator, to always be reminded of who they truly are and His beautiful, Life-bearing creations, and that they will always see their own reflection, reflected back from within His beautiful and Sacred Heart of unconditional and everlasting Love, Grace and Life!

May we as woman of God, always be aware of our God-given gifts to bear His gifts of Life, Love and Grace, not just to our own children, but to all the world on His behalf... and always guard and protect and cherish this gift with everything that we are!

May we always walk with our heads held high, knowing that we truly embody the Life, Love, Beauty, Grace and beautiful gift of Dignity from God... and by so doing, may we inspire the world to draw closer to God... and bring help Him bring new Life in all it's facets into our world. Amen.

Wishing you all a very beautiful and blessed day! :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sharing And Celebrating The Gift of God's Love Everyday

God's Love is beautiful... and it is truly a gift He gives us from Heaven above! God's Love is also a great blessing to us and when we receive more of it... we are filled with pure loveliness and wonderful vitality, like the most vibrant rose blooming in God's garden! I am reminded of this because of the special gifts of Love I feel God has given me this past Valentine's Day... (just a couple of days ago, and still, this special feeling and blessing of Love has not wandered away from me, but thankfully is very much alive inside of me... glowing with God's Light and bringing me lots of Hope for my future!).

As I mentioned in a previous blog, this Valentine's Day was particularly special for me, with my daughter Audrey being 23 months old today, (it was her 2nd Valentine's Day), and she loved it so much and made it all the more fun! Also, making the day extra special is the fact that I am 29 weeks and 4 days pregnant with my second, beautiful daughter, due to be born in a couple of months! It's just a lovely time in my life... (and although, I have had to face many unexpected challenges my pregnancy journey this time around), still, nevertheless, it's been very beautiful and rich in God's great blessings, especially His Love & Grace!

God's Love truly is beautiful indeed and it's always all around us and also within us! I love the holiday of Valentine's Day very much, because you can really feel the Spirit of Love in the air... yet, I am always a little sorry at the end of the day to know that it's over and I need to wait a whole other year to celebrate it again, though, not really!

I really believe that God's Love is a precious gift that should be shared and celebrated each and every day. Every day is a precious gift from God... a brand, new chance to share the gift of Love God's placed in our hearts!

So, that's what I intend to continue doing... and teaching my daughters to do, although, I must say... I need not try very hard to teach my daughter, Audrey, because she does a magnificent job of spreading God's Love all on her own! I'm the one that needs to learn from her, and I am sure my new, beautiful daughter will be just the same as far as this is concerned.

Wishing you a beautiful and blessed day, filled with lots of LOVE to celebrate and share with all the world!!! :)

Forever Feminine!

Earlier this morning I met with my obstetrician for a check up on me and my sweet, little Baby Girl and it went really well, better than I expected... which is always a good thing! My doctor put me on bed again, a week ago, at my last visit, because even though I had a cervical procedure done in early December to help prevent my cervix from opening any more prematurely than it had, still, we discovered last week that it had funneled quite a bit, and so... to ensure me having the safest remainder of my pregnancy journey possible, as well as a hopefully, full term delivery of my daughter... best rest is a must! It has worked out great since we could see in the ultra-sound that my cervix has managed to stay exactly the same! Praise God! She did tell me that I can still get out and about, as long as I use a wheel chair and so I'm very happy about that!

Seeing just little glimpses of my precious daughter again, in today's ultra-sound was enough to touch my heart with the greatest amount of Hope, Grace and Love! Although, it was just the regular ultra-sound and not the 3-D one that we get to see when I go to my specialist, nevertheless,this time, unlike other times, I was able to see my daughter's beautiful eyes opening right at me, as they have in previous ultra-sounds... and it even looked as if she gave me a gentle, grace-filled smile... which was truly amazing and got me so excited! What an amazing blessing and gift to be able to see your growing Baby in your womb, before she is born! Thank you, God, for these precious gifts I get to receive when I go to my doctor's visits! I appreciate them so very much... and they make my pregnancy journey which can at times feel so long, seem not as long... giving me the perseverance and Hope I need to make it to my due date! :)

Every day, I am continuing to get ready and prepare myself, my heart, my family and home for the grand arrival of my sweet and precious daughter! And with my pregnancy being high risk... I know that at this point, I really could go into labor at any time, and so, it's really important that I be as prepared as possible! :)

Aside from all the obvious, routine necessities I need to help welcome my new, little daughter home from the hospital, such as her car seat, clothes, bottles, formula, and so on, I have also wanted to get myself prepared as well. I wanted a new, special pair of comfortable and feminine, pretty pajamas to wear in the hospital after I give birth to her, as well as some comfortable, pretty, modest, though feminine new clothes for me to wear, (so I am not stuck having to still wear my maternity clothes!). Giving birth is no small matter! It's quite huge, actually, monumental, to say the least and it marks a brand new, beautiful era and chapter in my life... and having some pretty new clothes to wear, I believe is also important in helping me to celebrate this new time in my life... and, "This New Me!" :)

So a few days ago, since I was on bed rest, and couldn't get out to go shopping for some new clothes, I searched on line for what I was hoping to find, and felt would fit how I am feeling about myself these days and my style. I was very surprised to find some beautifully feminine, modest, though very pretty, flowery, flowing blouses at the national store, "Forever 21!" I actually haven't shopped at that store in years, and I had no idea that they had the kind of styles that I like to wear, so needless to say, I was presently surprised by what I received in the mail today and view it as a special gift to myself to help celebrate my life life when my new daughter is born! :)

As a Christian, I believe that fashion is very important, to woman especially, as we strive each day to live out our faith and put our very best face and foot in our daily walk with God and Jesus. I believe that fashion is so important for Christian women especially, because whether we like it or not, we are most likely first and for most judged by others by our outer appearance, often times, before a word ever leaves our lips. This is just how it is in our society... and so we naturally want our outer appearance; how we wear our hair and make-up and the clothes we wear to match our true inner beauty, and hopefully accentuate it... (and not take away from it!). Besides that, our bodies are truly temples of the Holy Spirit... yes, the living Presence of God dwells within us and so, we want to represent Him well, in our own, unique way... letting others see how we express our spirituality and Love for Him through the fashion statement we are making. Whether we intend to or not, we are always making a fashion statement, so why not put some thought and creativity and our true personality into what we wear! We, as woman of God, are like His beautiful, blooming flowers, His bright shining stars. So let's bloom and shine for Him... so all who see us will know we belong to Him and Love Him! :)

Mama Is A Butterfly!

As beloved children and beautiful creations of God.... we are continually going through a transformation process, as God continues to purify us, re-shape and re-mold us, and re-create us a new each day, closer and closer into the beautiful image and likeness of Himself!

Everyday we are growing and changing on our own, by the things we thinks, say, do and experience... and I believe God takes all of that which is within us, daily, and re-shapes, forms and molds us... continually into an even better, more Christ-centered person than we were the day before. I believe we are continually in a process of transformation... as God takes always within us... (that which has died and no longer suites us... and blesses us and graces us with new, life-giving attributes and gifts that will truly help us to become all we're created to be in Christ... and all that we are meant to be in Heaven).

I think butterflies are very beautiful and a perfect image that represents the life of a person who has truly been given new and eternal Life in Christ! For when God gives us the gift of new and everlasting Life... the former, passes away... becomes obsolete... and we are created anew, so beautiful and glorious... we shine with all God's Glory and Light... and His very Life dwells within us and even gives us wings to fly, and reach and make real the most beautiful dreams He's placed in our hearts!

Children say some of the most beautiful, prophetic things at times, yet in the simplest of ways! My daughter Audrey did just that last night, as she lay in her crib, trying to drift off to sleep. I was sitting in the room with her, with the lights turned off, but a nightlight on, and the door slightly opened and she says, sweetly, out of the blue.."Mama is a butterfly! That's what my ears heard her say, though, my heart heard her say, (for some reason),"Mama will soon become a butterfly!"

I was very taken aback by what she had just said... it seemed to come out of nowhere, yet, actually, on a deeper level... it was right in line with what we had been talking about a little bit earlier. We were talking about her being a, "Big sister," and about her little Baby Sister, continuing to grow in Mama's belly and how soon, she is a going to be born and be home with us. A lot, for a little one, who is 23 months old today to take in, but she most certainly does, and she really understands!

When I think about my daughter's comment in light of what we were talking about shotly before... it makes sense that God would inspire her with a comment so simple and yet so profound as to say, "Mama is a butterfly," (even though, her comment more to me like, "Mama will soon become a buterfly!"

I truly believe that we are always growing and changing in our Christian life each and every day, and when a woman is with child and preparing to give birth, truly there are endless changes happening in her body, heart, mind and soul that are paramount... and are very powerful! In many ways, a pregnant women is like a little, (or not so little :), caterpillar, preparing to soon be a butterfly. When I woman becomes pregnant, and is blessed by God with the most amazing gift of a precious child, her very own child, and God's child, within her womb.... her life is forever changed, for the very best! As she continues to grow and her child with her... she continues to shed her former life, (who she was before she became pregnant), and be transformed continually by God's Love, Grace, Light, Joy, Peace, Hope and many other special gifts from Heaven above! And when she finally gives birth... I truly believe from my own experience that, much of who she used to be, passes away and she is born anew and given new Life with her n beautiful child! This was my blessed experience with my precious daughter, Audrey and I believe will also be my experiences with my new daughter.

Of course, I don't believe that we ever really loose who we are completely, the innate beautiful person that God's created us to be... though, like roses and trees are pruned by their gardeners, so that new and more beautiful leaves, blossoms and branches can grow... whatever is not working for us in our lives and bringing us closer to God, God takes away, so that new and even more beautiful Life can grow and bloom within us!

So, as I continue along in my pregnancy journey... of Faith, Hope, & Love and I wonder in awe of the mystery of God's Love and the mystery and awe of my precious daughter... I wait, wonder and contemplate who she will be and also who I will soon become as her mother, for, after giving birth to her, I will no longer be the exact same person as I am today.... but will truly be transformed by God's Grace and Love... into a new woman of God, a new mother and a new creation in Christ! May my life and the lives of my precious daughters continue to bring God all the Glory He so deserves! May His Life and Love be seen in us always! Amen!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Sweetest Music To My Ears

There are many things that I especially love to hear that lately, I have been wanting to share and write about, as I consider them to be the sweetest music to my ears! So what are they? Well, let's see... they are as follows...

1. The Holy Names of God, Jesus and our Blessed Mother Mary... spoken by my daughter, or another child especially, though, really, spoken by anyone with the sound of genuine Love and reverence for them in their voice!

2. My precious daughter Audrey's voice! Especially when she calls me, so lovingly, "Mama, Mom, Mommy!" (ever since she began to call me by name, these have by far become my new 3 favorite words!).

3. My daughter, Audrey's infectious, contagious, sweet laughter! :)

4. Any setting of the Alleluia being sung at Mass... (especially on Easter Sunday, after having to obtain from singing it for 4o days in the desert, during Lent!).

5. Birds singing ever so sweetly outside my window early in the morning.

6. The sound of little children talking, laughing and playing together... (even when us grown ups can't understand what hey are really talking about!).

7. The sound of wind chimes blowing in the wind. I absolutely LOVE this... the way it sounds, and also because I always remember the saying... "When we hear wind chimes it means angels are near by!" :) I've now taught that to Audrey and now when we hear the music of wind chimes together, we are always reminded that our Guardian Angels are with us! :)

8. Soft and lovely piano music that seems to gently come into the atmosphere from seemingly nowhere, like when you are strolling through the mall and suddenly someone is siting there playing a grand piano, or someone drives by in their car with their windows open and you hear this most beautiful music. Certain pieces of classical music make me feel the same way! What a nice surprise!

9. My awesome mother's voice... especially when she compliments me and tells me what an amazing mother and woman I am! Thanks, Mom... it always makes me feel great to hear that! :)

10. Hearing my father laugh at all the funny and wonderful things my daughter does. He loves her so much, and is such an amazing Grandfather!

11. My brother Jeff's voice! I always love hearing from him!

12. The up-beatness in my sister-in-law Heidi's voice! It's always filled with lots of Hope and Love! :)

13. When they ring the bells at Mass during the consecration! Beautiful!!!

14. Hearing people talk about God, Jesus, our Blessed Mother and Heaven in a real and genuine way!

15. Hearing people of all ages declare boldly their Love for God and Jesus and our Blessed Mother and our Church.

16. How could I have not put this sooner?!? A newborn baby's sweet Baby talk! I loved Audrey's.. and am so excited to hear my new daughter's beautiful, sweet Baby sounds!

17. The happy voices of my grandparents when I talk to them, long distance, all the way from sunny Florida on the phone! They are so sweet and Loving... so filled with JOY!!!

18. For that matter, the voices of all my family! I Love them very much and Love to hear from them!

19. The voices of friends.

20. Bells ringing, especially Church bells!

21. Christmas music at any time of the year! Especially Audrey, as she continues to sing, now well into February, "Jingle Bells," and "Go Tell It On The Mountain." (She's such a Christmas girl!!!! She LOVES Christmas, and I believe, it's by far, her most favorite holiday!).

22. Witnessing my daughter, Audrey, try something new for the very first time, and accomplish something all on her won, and proudly say, out loud... "I Did It!" With just about the most enthusiasm and umpth and excitement I've ever heard!!! :)

23. When I tell my daughter, Audrey I Love her... she says back to me... 'I Uv You!" :) So incredibly cute! :)

24. The sound of a choir singing one of my songs I've composed. I've had this privilege on a few rare occasions and it's just amazing! Can somebody say, "goosebumps!" :)

25. Hearing the background music to a song I've composed, once it's been recorded and is ready for me to lay down the vocal! Love this!!!

And the list will go on and on, though, my daughter, Audrey is waking up from her nap... so I must take a break from this for now!

More to follow... :)

26. When my daughter, Audrey spots a rainbow... how she always says, "Look, Mama... a rainbow! A sign of God's Love!" :) So precious and true!!! "Out of the mouth of babes."

27. Encouraging words!

28. People speaking words of Love to one another.

29. The sound of rain gently falling upon the earth.

More to follow, I am sure! :)

30. People speaking words of Peace to one another!

As She Moves About Gracefully In My Womb

I have to say that one of the most exciting, glorious and Grace-filled experiences I've ever had as a woman, (aside from giving birth), has got to be for me, feeling my precious, little Baby move ever so gracefully within my very womb, both for the first time and every single time after that! It's the most amazing feeling to feel your precious Little One, (your blessing from God), move about in your womb, fluttering around... letting you know she or he is really there inside of you... and very much already a beautiful, sweet, growing little person who Loves you and is just as much a part of you and God as you are of them! Truly amazing!!! :)

Just as amazing, is the continuation of these Grace-filled, divine movements from your Precious One, as you continue to progress in your pregnancy journey. There's nothing more reassuring to a pregnant mother, to let her know that her growing Baby is healthy and well, as she or he continues to grow safely in her womb, (aside from maybe seeing her Baby in an ultra sound). It's always so reassuring to me to feel my daughter move about within my womb, and we are told by our doctors that this movement and the frequency of it are the signs of a healthy Baby! Praise God!!!

Something special that I innately began doing while I was pregnant with Audrey, (without anybody telling me to), was rubbing, lovingly my womb, and sending her loving, warm, positive thoughts, prayers and energy. If you would have seen me then while I was pregnant with her, and even now, pregnant with my second daughter... my hands were then and still now are always placed somewhere upon my ever-growing belly... as I pray for my growing daughter, continuing to ask God to bless and protect her in endless ways... and most of all letting her know how much I Love her and God also! :)

Recently, I have been asking my daughter, Audrey, if she wants to feel her Baby sister moving in my womb and she has said, "Yes," and puts her hand on my womb to feel her move, as she says, "Hello, Baby Sister!" It's so sweet and I believe makes stronger and more tender the beautiful, loving relationship that already exists between them and I know will continue to grow and grow and become more blessed by God their whole lives through!

Ahh! I'm just filled with so much Love, Joy, Grace, Hope and excitement about all the blessings God has given me, especially with my new daughter, due to be born soon. Of course, our lives are going to change in every way... AND, for the best... and that's what make it all the more exciting! I am so excited to finally meet her face to face and hold her in my loving arms and tell her, looking into her beautiful, innocent, pure eyes how very much I Love her, as does God! I am so excited also to introduce her to my family, friends and the world and there are so many new firsts to look forward to. Yet, as I said with Audrey... as excited as I am, I am in no hurry for her to be born. I want her to continue to grow safely in my womb until she is absolutely ready to be born! God has given me a great deal of patience, (Thank You, God! :), and so, of course, I don't mind a bit waiting until then!

For now, I will just continue to prepare myself, family and life for her sweet arrival, and continue to enjoy each and every Grace-filled movement she makes! My heart is full of prayers and so much Love for her... and I thank God endlessly for the true miracle, blessing and Gift and wonder of her!!! :)

With special thoughts and prayers for all pregnant mothers and their precious, growing Babies in their wombs, I am forever keeping Vigil! May their journeys of pregnancy be ones of true blessings, God's Love and His endless Grace and abundant Hope! Amen.

With Endless Hope In My Heart

"Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD." (Psalm 31:24)

My heart is filled with an endless amount of Hope and I thank God, ever so much, for this most blessed gift He's given me. I am sure He knew I would need it... (and a lot of it! ). Hope is such an essential gift from God and I just couldn't imagine my life without it and don't even know where I'd be. I'm just so incredibly thankful for this awesome gift and I pray that God will bless all the hearts of His children with more HOPE... because we all need it to survive and surely, it will bring us all closer to God and fill our hearts with more gratitude for His graciousness towards us! :)

I am especially filled with a great amount of Hope for my future... as I ever cling to, now more than ever, that most beautiful promise God promised me many years ago... "For I know well that plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord... plans to give you a future full of Hope!" (Jeremiah 29:11). Ahh... this beautiful Sacred Scripture verse is still sweet music to my ears and blesses my heart in the most wonderful and exciting way! :) God's Word is alive and gives lives to my body and soul!!!

On this Sunday, I will be 30 weeks into my pregnancy journey! Although, I have bed asked to be on bed rest again, by my doctor, the Good News is... (and there is always Good News), that I am allowed to still be out and about, though, I need to use a wheel chair, which is fine by me. Having the chance to get out yesterday with my daughter, Audrey and my mom for a Valentine's tea and then later for dinner was a real treat and blessing. It really helped to make the celebration of Valentine's day that much more special and fun! And I still have my Baby shower to look forward to next month as well as Audrey's 2nd birthday! And of course... the glorious celebration of Easter Sunday!!!!

With God in our hearts and the gift of Hope He gives us... there's always so much to look forward to! I am really starting to prepare and get ready for my precious daughter in my womb's birth. My birth with Audrey was absolutely amazing. I was in labor for only about 2 hours and I gave birth to her completely natural. I can only hope and pray that my birth with my second daughter will be just as wonderful and Grace-filled. That's what I'm praying for!

Once again, I thank God, endlessly for the precious gift of Hope He's graciously filled my heart with and pray that He will fill the hearts of all of His children with endless Hope. May Hope overflow from all of our hearts and into our world. Where there is despair... Lord... let us bring and be HOPE to all! Amen!

Praying your day is blessed and Hope-filled in ever way! :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Heart's True Valentine!

On this special Valentine's Day... I humbly offer my heart to God in return, for all the gifts and blessings of His Love and Grace, Joy and Peace He's given me! I come into His holy presence of Love and kneel down before Him as He sits on His Heavenly throne... I lift up my eyes and hands and heart to Him... and I sing Him a sweet Love song, from my heart of gratitude, for always being my God, for never letting me down and always staying true to all His promises and for giving me the precious gift of His true Love, His endless Grace and eternal Salvation! God is truly amazing and I Love Him with everything that I am and always will! Thank you, God for Loving and blessing me! Amen! You are my heart's True Valentine!!! :)

Our Valentine's Day Tea

It's Valentine's Day again... and the gift of God's Love is truly in the air! I had the chance to share some special, Mommy N Me Valentine's Day time with my precious daughter, Audrey, (and of course, my other precious daughter, growing in my womb), at a special Valentine's Day tea! This was actually not Audrey's first real tea... we celebrated my birthday with she and my mom a couple of years ago at a real tea house when she was only about 5 1/2 months old! Audrey was so excited to go to tea today, a few minutes before we left for tea, I asked her if she wanted a little snack before we went and she kindly declined my offer, reminding me that "we are going to tea!" :) It was the cutest thing!

The Valentine's Day tea today was held at my mom's friend's house, and it was very elegant and lovely. Audrey was a true, Little Lady and of course, social butterfly! She warmly greeted everyone there with big smiles, hand shakes, high fives and as she sat at our table sipping her tea, (with ice cubes in it), she gave her most precious princess wave she could! She truly touched and blessed everyone's heart with the warmth and Joy and Grace of God's true Love... (especially her proud Mama's!).

It was really special to share this special day with Audrey, my sweet Baby Girl in my womb, my mom and her friends... and most of all to share the beautiful gift of God's Love! I feel especially blessed by God's Love because of it!

Praying that the rest of your Valentine's Day is a very special one! May you remember how much God Loves you!!! :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Mother's Heart Shines With God's Love

With tomorrow being Valentine's Day, I feel especially inspired to write a new blog for mothers in particular. Mothers are absolutely amazing and I think that we should truly honor, respect and solute mothers, not just once a year, (on Mother's Day), but every day of the year... because that's just how precious, special, beloved and needed they are.

Yet, how often do they go about their daily lives, working so hard to raise their children with Love, not realizing just how amazing they are? I imagine more times than not, mothers are so busy with their everyday lives and all the amazing responsibilities of raising their children and taking care of their families that they may not always remember or realize just how special and important they are... and most of all beloved and cherished by God!

And so, if nothing else, in my own small and humble way, this evening, I hope to reach out to all mothers across the world in prayer and remind them how truly amazing they are... how wonderful they are and how much they are cherished and blessed by God.

Mothers are more beautiful than they might ever know. Their hearts shine and radiate with the true Love, Faith, Compassion, Light, Hope, Peace, Joy, Mercy, Forgiveness, Patience, Kindness, Tenderness and Beauty of God! Though most of all they especially shine and radiate God's unconditional Love! God lives inside all of His children, though, especially mothers. And mothers are especially blessed in that God has chosen to allow them to share in His divine nature, allowing them to conceive, carry and protect in their very wombs, the most precious gift of human life. Like God, mothers give the gift of Life in the most profound way humanly possible! What a truly amazing miracle to partake in. What an extraordinary blessing for all mothers.

The ever-deepening bond that is created between a woman whom God blesses with the gift of a child within her very womb and God is one that no words can even describe. And the ongoing bond that continues to develop between a mother, God and her precious child growing in her womb is just as amazing. It's something that is not talked about very much, though, I believe on the deepest levels of a mother's heart... this divine Truth is known to her and to all mothers through the world.

The work of a mother is truly a vocation of Love! It's a vocation of God's Love extended in every way to her children, her family, her community and world and also to herself as well. It really is.... a beautiful and blessed vocation of Love! It's that simple and that extraordinary!

As I pray for my own vocation of Love this evening... I truly open up my heart big and wide to reach all the mothers of this world and ask God continue to bless them and their families this evening and also, tomorrow on Valentine's Day... with His divine Love in the most special way of all! May they be strengthened and inspired by God's Love for them and may they truly know how beloved they are by God and appreciated they are for all the amazing work they do, taking care of and raising their families. May they feel as beautiful, (both inside and out), as they truly are... and know that their hearts shine and radiate God's Love to the world! Amen.

Happy and Blessed Valentine's Day to all... especially mothers across the world! :)

The Gift of God's Grace To Guide Us And Strengthen Us

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8).

Grace is a true and blessed Gift from God that saves us from the eternal fires of hell and grants us the most precious Gift of eternal Life through the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus dying for us all on the cross, taking upon Himself all of our sins, although He as pure and sinless... and paying the heavy price for our eternal Salvation.

The Gift of God's Grace is an unmerited favor, there is nothing we could ever do on our own to deserve it or obtain it... it's purely God's Loving Gift to us... and He gives it so freely, and so we should receive it with great Joy, humility and Love and allow it to transform us and bless us in endless ways, preparing us for the most beautiful and blessed life, not just here on Earth, but in Heaven one day where we will live with God forever and ever!

As I continue to make my way through the remaining Journey of my pregnancy, (about 11 weeks or so), and having to be on bed rest, I am not only praying and reflecting upon the unconditional Gift of God's Love, but the Gift of His beautiful Grace!

I feel that God has really blessed me with His Grace in very special ways, and it has carried me through many storms in my life... to the safety of God's Loving arms and I trust His Grace will lead me and guide me forever more!

God's Grace helps us in ways that are unimaginable... and it makes proves true the powerful Sacred Scripture verse.... "I can do all thing through Christ Who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13). Yes, God's Grace helps us to do amazing this for God that we could never do on our own, and when we accomplish great things, through Christ, with the help of God's unending Grace... it always brings God Glory and inevitably draws others closer to Him because of it! :)

The Gift of God's precious Grace is more than enough for us to give us the strength to live our lives as His beloved children and accomplish the many wonderful and exciting plans He has for us... including making real, the most beautiful dreams He has given us and placed in our hearts!
And when we feel we are weak, that is when we are most strong in God's Grace and Love!

"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may .
dwell in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9).

I am praying for all of God's children, though, most especially mothers that they will truly feel the most magnificent blessing and Gift of God's amazing Grace upon them, and may they be helped and strengthened by it in all ways!

God's Grace is upon us! Praising God for His everlasting Love! :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

God's Using The Gift Of My Pregnancy To Draw Me Closer To Him

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, having to be on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy, I view this as a true blessing. It's really a very special chance for me to grow closer to God in my relationship with Him, and also with my beautiful daughter growing in my womb, and my beautiful daughter Audrey. It's also a unique opportunity for me to really pray and dream about the amazing future full of Hope that I know God has prepared for us!

Yesterday, God blessed me with a beautiful insight of Light and inspiration as I was reminded of the lovely Psalm 63 and how much I love that Psalm and how much I truly love God and long for Him. I long to see my beautiful daughter face to face, in the same way, when she is born and I realize how God blesses women during pregnancy in the most abundant ways to draw us closer to Him and our children and to really come to understand His divine Love for us, as our Love for our children grow, and grow and grow!

As I realized with my last pregnancy with Audrey, I realize all the more with this pregnancy with my second daughter what a true gift from God pregnancy is and how much God blesses a woman during her journey of pregnancy with the most Grace-filled Gifts!

God's Love Is In The Air!

God's Love is all around us and with the gift of every new, blessed day from God is another wonderful chance to celebrate the amazing gift of His unconditional Love! His Love is always available to us, for it dwells within our very hearts... and we should always strive to seek it in all we do, share it and celebrate it as much as possible!

This year will be my daughter, Audrey's second Valentine's Day, and it's really special for me also, because I am 29 weeks pregnant today with my second daughter! Children always make any holiday so much more fun and awesome. Audrey had a little Valentine's Day party with her friends at one of our Mommy and Me classes at the Y and she really enjoyed it. All the children exchanged Valentine's Day cards and she had me read them to her twice, and sometimes even carries them around with her. I could see that they really meant a lot to her... and it makes me realize all the more how important it is to share the blessed gift of God's Love with others!

With having to be back on bed rest for the next 11 weeks or so, to ensure a healthy and full term delivery for my precious daughter growing in my womb, I have more time to devote to my prayer life and one of the things I really want to focus on is the gifts of God's Love and Grace, continuing to realize it in the gift of each new day God gives me, and in the beautiful gift and blessing of my daughters.

God's Love is truly amazing... and I just want to continue to focus on it more and more each day and allow it again to be my true guide as it has so many times in the past throughout my life!

God's Love is truly in the air! May we continue to share it and celebrate it with Joy! :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

He Will Lift Us Up On Eagle's Wing

I just returned from my visit to my obstetrician. I am now 28 weeks 5 days pregnant and although after three weeks of having to be on bed rest after having my cervical surgery in December and doing so well that my specialist took me off of bed rest, unfortunately, my cervix is continuing to dilate, due the the fact that my Baby Girl is growing and getting bigger and is resting right on top of my cervix. So, for the next 12 weeks, I will need to stay on bed rest again.

I am not at all upset by this news... as I said before, I will do anything to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy for my daughter and a full term delivery. I really didn't mind so much being on bed rest the first time, (although, I was disappointed that I would have to miss all the fun classes and play dates with my daughter, Audrey), though, still, I was looking forward to the rest and bonding time with my growing, precious Baby Girl in my womb and even Audrey as well. Though, still, when my doctor took me off bed rest, I thought, OK, I will just continue to go with the flow and follow his directions, after all, he's the specialist and he knows best! :)

Though, now, I really have to take it easy... and make it through the next 12 weeks and continue praying that God will bless my Baby daughter with a healthy, happy, peaceful and Grace-filled full term delivery! This is my heart's greatest prayer right now, and if you could please pray for this too for us, we'd greatly appreciate it! :)

I do accept these new directions from my doctor as a Grace-filled blessing... and I plan to make the best of being on bed rest, again... continuing to grow closer to God and deeper and my faithful in prayer my not just myself, my family and friends but for everyone... and of course continuing to bond more closely with my precious Baby Girl, growing in my womb and with Audrey!

It's been a stressful pregnancy, (even though, there have been many blessings and Graces from God), and going through a divorce during it, has only made it more stressful and difficult, though, God's unfailing Grace continues to lift me and strengthen me. Praise God!!! :)

I will continue to wait upon the Lord, our God and I know He will continue to lift me high, upon eagle's wings, above all the difficulties that I have had to face... and soon, I will receive the amazing blessing and miraculous gift from above of being able to give birth to my beautiful daughter, and truly welcome her into my family and this world. I'm so looking forward to that day, though, until then... I will continue to wait patiently, relying on God's Grace and Love and Hope to see us through!:)

Thank you, very much, for your prayers for me and my Baby Girl and family. They are very much appreciated... and please be sure of mine for you and your family!

God's Grace is amazing!!! :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Beautiful Litany of The Blessed Virgin Mary

On this beautiful, first Saturday of the month, I feel very inspired, by my precious daughter, Audrey, (who LOVES our Blessed Mother Mary), as I do too... to once more, consecrate myself and my family to Her Immaculate Heart and to pray Her glorious litany! I joyfully invite you to pray it along with me! She Loves us endlessly and is always leading us closer to Her beloved Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Beautiful, Holy Mary... Mother of God... Prayer for us that we may be more like you in our devotion to God and more like Jesus in all we do! Amen :)

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

V/ Lord, have mercy.
R/ Lord, have mercy.

V/ Christ, have mercy.
R/ Christ, have mercy.

V/ Lord, have mercy.
R/ Lord, have mercy.

V/ Jesus, hear us.
R/ Jesus, graciously hear us.

V/ God, the Father of Heaven,
R/ have mercy on us.

V/ God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
R/ have mercy on us.

V/ God, the Holy Spirit,
R/ have mercy on us.

V/ Holy Trinity, One God,
R/ have mercy on us.

R/ for ff: pray for us.

Holy Mary,
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Heath of the Sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of Peace,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R/ spare us, O Lord,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R/ graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world.
R/ have mejavascript:void(0)rcy on us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R/ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Grant, we beg you, O Lord God, that we your servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.