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138/365+ proof of God’s love

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I think I had a warm hug from my Heavenly Father today, so much love in that feeling!  I donated three 1-hour photo sessions to my daughter’s school for a silent auction.  I am not saying this for any reason other than to say, six months ago, maybe even two weeks ago, I’d not have had the courage to follow my dream.  That courage, that dream and whatever talent or ability I have, are not just my doing.  They are gifts from a loving God.  I offer praise now that my eyes are opened and I will follow the dreams placed in my heart.

131/365+ proof of God’s love

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The top photo was taken today at sunset.  The bottom was taken a little after 8:00 this morning.  All of those in between were shot from the passenger seat of the car around 6:30 or 7:00 this evening.

Sunshine is a smile, to me.  A hug, a caress, a token of affection; a gift – as such, I’ve always felt God’s love in the sunshine.

127/365+ proof of God’s love

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God’s love?  Where’s the evidence of it here and now?  How do I know it applies to me and to anyone who chooses to accept it?

Have you ever had a hug from a natural hugger, who puts love into that embrace and you just FEEL its realness?  A hug like a mom might give her toddler when she falls down and scrapes her knee, a hug that makes everything better, even if only for as long as that hug lasts?  I hope you have had hugs like that, not only as a child.  Not everyone has the gift of hugs.  I’ve been outrageously blessed with a couple of friends who happen to have the gift of the healing hug (pictured above is my super-hug-talented cousin Liz, hugging her daughter).  In a hug from a really great hugger, I definitely find proof of God’s love.  What a gift!

89/365+ proof of God’s love


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As I sit here tonight feeling like a failure as a mother, I remind myself that God’s love is there in a smile from a stranger, a word of encouragement from a friend, a hug from one of my kids… and I am so thankful that He loves me even when I’m not feeling loving toward myself.

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30/365+ proof of God’s love


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I was in a foul mood much of the day, irritated by rapid-fire changes at work, other people’s attitudes, which at the very best were only perceived by me as relatively rude (I say perceived, I know this feeling that others were rude was very likely just that, my perception – email as the primary mode of communication lends itself to such misinterpretations) and I’m just feeling too old, too anxious, too yanked-around to be as flexible as I’ve been most of my life.  I’m feeling less-than-compliant and no longer particularly interested in being nice, even.  Forcing a smile all day is making it very difficult to find a real smile for my family, the people who are the reason I go to work every morning.  They don’t deserve to take the brunt of my foul mood and ever-increasing frustration, but they get it anyway and a small voice inside my weary heart tells me this isn’t how life is meant to be.  God first, then family, then work.  I must get my priorities straight and I’m beginning to believe a drastic change will be the only way to make that happen.

No longer am I the naive girl who keeps friends who manipulate, who stays in relationships that are unhealthy and even abusive.  Only I can make the decision to change the situation and while it’s a thought filled with the terrifying unknown, very soon I am sure I’ll find the faith to jump and realize I could have been flying all along.

So I come to my proof of God’s love on this thirtieth day.  Is it any surprise that the proof is in my children’s love for me and for one another?  Talk about unconditional.  In their sweet embraces and their musical I love yous, I feel my Father God, Daddy, wrapping me in His embrace and letting me know it’s all okay.  Even the foul mood.

20/365+ proof of God’s love


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List form today because while I feel I was shown His love, I’m still feeling all too human & hurt to be more personal in my witness tonight:

1)  God loves me enough to help me remain calm in stressful, hurtful situations.  Today, I was very productive despite, well, *everything* & I was given the grace to separate my emotions from my job.
2)  My children have been delightful tonight.
3)  I made it safely if slowly home in my old junky car on the wet, snowy, slushy roads.
4)  Of the people who know me, there is a greater number of those who care than those who wish me ill.
5)  Some song on the radio during my long drive home made me really think about the fact that I’m in love with my husband, even if we don’t always see eye to eye & even though we don’t see one another very often these days.
6)  My heart feels more thankful & blessed tonight than hurt.  I think I got a hug 🙂