The power of prayer in times of despair.

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With a heartbreaking loss of a dear family-friend yesterday, I will do so much as leave you with a prayer to aide those experiencing the loss of a loved one. xoxo.

Lord, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss I feel.
My heart is broken and my spirit mourns.
All I know is that Your grace is sufficient.
This day, this hour
Moment by moment
I choose to lean on You,
For when I am at my weakest Your strength is strongest.
I pour out my grief to You
And praise You that on one glorious day
When all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered
We shall walk together again.

Never forget.

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There are not many words that I can say regarding what happened those 16 years ago in New York City. I was in third grade in a little Catholic school in Niagara Falls, New York. We weren’t told what happened that day in school, but it didn’t make a difference. The images flashing across the TV screen are images that I will never, ever forget. In third grade all I felt was fear, many years of it in fact. Today, at twenty-four, I feel hope.

So today, I will leave you with this:

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”– Thich Nhat Hanh

Life.

Keeping in tune with yesterday’s post, today I am including bible verses focused on the sanctity of your life. I’ve found within the last year that looking to the Bible for guidance in times of need has really helped. *Shoutout to Catholic education for making me [eventually] realize this.*

1 Peter 3:10-11 For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.

Ephesians 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 13:3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

Proverbs 21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

Keep on keepin’ on, my friends. xoxo.

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January 20, 2017

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“We must think big and dream even bigger.” – President Trump

I’m gonna put it right out there from the start. I am not the biggest President Trump supporter. Watching the live images of Former President Obama and Former VP Biden and their families leave office has made me so uncharacteristically sad today. President Obama was the first President I ever voted for, so based on my own personal experience, it was the end of an era for me.

But, one thing that stood out above the rest in President Trump’s inaugural address today was the above quote. I am a big believer in that you should always, always, always follow your dreams, no matter who tries to knock you down, no matter who tries to stop you, no matter who tells you your dreams are unachievable. Do not give up.

You do not have to love the fact that Mr. Trump is our next President, you do not have to hate it, and honestly, you do not even have to care. But one thing that we can all come to realize through this election is that anything is possible. A multi-million dollar businessman is our new President. Our President, not a politician. Who would have ever thought?

His dream to become President can be dated back all the way to 1988, where he considered running for President as the Republican nominee but later chose not to run. Or even back to 1999, where he announced the creation of a presidential exploratory committee when he appeared on Larry King Live, and campaigned until February of 2000 for the Reform Party nomination.

I am sure that all those years ago, or even more recently with this past campaign, that people thought he was crazy. People thought he would never win, would never achieve his dream, would never fulfill this plan. But here we are, in 2017, and he has done it. It may not have been a welcome win for everyone in the United States, but a win it was.

On this day, 4 years from now, we could be in a completely different place than we are at this exact moment. Everything could change, or not much would change at all. Nobody knows what these next 4 years will bring, but we can get through it and come out stronger and better than ever. Anything is possible. xoxo.