Getting married, lessons in LOVE!!, and trying to achieve something to alleviate “brain dead”

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I have until April 13th until I will resume some normalcy in my life.  You see, my sister is getting married so we are winding down as details are finalized, final arrangements have been made and now the stress and excitement have met hand in hand!   MY SISTER IS GETTING MARRIED!!!  Clearly, you cannot tell I am not excited at all.  My “extra” time has been spent with working out, tanning, and finalizing details with the Bachelorette Party, bridesmaid’s hair stuff, and other minor details…as you can imagine just trying not to go brain-dead has been a seemingly ‘hard to achieve’.  I really need to invent a pill for that or maybe sleep is the answer….can anyone give me some assistance here???

I have been learning a lot about love though in the days that I have not shared. Below are a few gems that I have found to “tie” you over until I am back to “normal”  hahaha……I am far from normal and that is why I laughed.  🙂

 

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Lastly, here is a beautiful inspiration that I found to which I want each and every single one of you to remember when you catch yourself complaining, moaning and groaning about problems or things not going as planned…well here is a girl at 14 years old who has met her demise yet, has chosen not to allow it to defeat her spirit.  Could you have been that way if faced with that situation??  http://gma.yahoo.com/teen-terminal-cancer-heads-prom-ride-bucket-list-004236847–abc-news-topstories.html

Hope you have a fabulous day,

CatMan, The Rose Bandit

The List of Love

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So I think I might owe my audience a few “missed days” of love…. 🙂

67: http://www.positivelypositive.com/2013/03/13/stop-comparing-yourself-to-others-be-the-one/

68: “Love is a choice.  Love is a commitment”

69: Love doesn’t take away hurt, but it sure helps you work through it.  It makes things right that have been wronged.  It makes life wonderful again!

70:  “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” ― Mother Teresa

71: “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ― Mother Teresa

 72: God is LOVE!  We have a new Pope!  🙂

66: Speak NOT!

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66: Love bites their tongue and loves even though they hurt.

 

If you become aware of what you speak of in any given day, how much of it is positive?  How much is hurtful?  Demeaning?  Unwilling to judge and accept that person for who they are?  Why place so much judgement?  Who are we to say anything!?  Love and let love.  Observe those around you and open your eyes for a change!

65: to love on another

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“To love another is to will what is really good for him. Such love must be based on truth. A love that sees no distinction between good and evil, but loves blindly merely for the sake of loving, is hatred, rather than love. To love blindly is to love selfishly because the goal of such love is not the real advantage of the beloved but only the exercise of love in our own souls”

(pg 5) No Man Is an Island, Thomas Merton

Nomad bought his book Sunday. I picked mine back up for reading last week. Such a beautiful connection he and I still have. I am proud. 3-6 is the date. 36, that is quite possibly the most repeating number for me! It was a great day…chao!

Live simply, love generously, care deeply, and give fully!

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DAY 64

Gardeners Touch

Hand in Hand photoPutting your trust in something can be hard.  It leaves you exposed and vulnerable; not in control.  Trust is an innate quality in children; a characteristic that we all hold, until that moment that what we trusted in, proves to be untrustworthy. The moment that vulnerability is exposed, leaves us feeling unsafe and alone.

Did you ever wonder how this shapes your relationship with God?  If we place the same limits on God’s love and understanding, His protection and stability, then we are doomed to a life of fear and anxiety.  Trust is an act of faith.  The result of a relationship with the One who is always faithful and the instinctive knowing that His intentions are always for good.

These are the lyrics to a hymn I heard years ago.  The words were inspired by the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus says Look at the birds of the…

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Lessons of Day 60-63: Love is patient, love is kind…

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I have learned several lessons this weekend.  Love is not pushy.  Love doesn’t try to force something to happen because WE think it needs to happen a certain way.  Love is not manipulative and love is most definitely not to objectify the person of interest or affection.  Love is not being a brat to someone just simply because you are hurting.  Love is so much more than what we make it out to be.  With love, everything is simply possible.  We must place our trust and faith a little higher and let God drive.  It is rather comforting to know that He is the one in control of my destiny and all I must do is be obedient, ask for the desires on my heart to be revealed, and remain faithful.

I trust everything happens for a reason.  I came across this article today and I simply wanted to cry.  This is as senseless as it comes and I cannot see a reason for this act.  I suppose to draw attention to the fact that THIS is NOT love.  http://www.examiner.com/article/bullied-boy-dies-after-schoolyard-punch-the-face-leads-to-seizures-and-coma.  This is just cruelty.  We say mean things to which can make others feel abused and dead figuratively.  We need to be aware of that so we are not victimizing others.

I learned also this weekend that I have a past.  I have so much that I have done over the course of my short life and that has made me who I am today.  I am not proud of some of the things I have done, but that has made me a better person over all.  I am to the point where I can look at myself honestly.  I can admit and take responsibility for my faults willingly.  I can discuss my faults openly and for that I too am thankful.  That is a huge milestone.

There were many saints who “lived a little” before becoming so pious.  Saint Augustine is one of them.  I draw much inspiration from him.  I also see so much in forgiving one’s self for their faults.  I realized that I had already been forgiven by the Big Guy, but I needed to be forgiving myself which I think is almost harder than asking for forgiveness in the first place.  It is a different spot to be in to be honest.

I think personally being able to be honest with yourself about who you are and what you desire to become is the beginning of truly seeing yourself as God sees you.  We are each a gift.  We need to view and acknowledge ourselves as such or else I do not believe that we can ever fully appreciate and love ourself to achieve what it is we ultimately deserve.  We deserve to love ourselves for whatever we have become and what we desire to become and aspire to be.  If we cannot love ourselves for the unique beings we are, then how on earth can anyone else see and love us?  It would make it rather hard if you ask me.

Those who get it….well…get it.  Those who don’t….won’t.  Pray for more people to get it.  It makes the world a better place if so!!

Found this little gem...

Found this little gem…