Life


In Love and Loss, Sorrow and Joy

In Christ,

Shari

 

 

57378056794__e3d544b1-d854-417b-84fd-2d28bd813918.jpgLent – from the Middle English – Lente or springtime. The time between Ash Wednesday and Easter – associated with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The purpose? To turn away from those things that keep us from Christ, fast and pray come closer to the broken Christ. BE broken as he was broken and give through your brokenness, the abundance that you receive.

How fitting that I should come to finally read through The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp, as I had a hard time trying to decide what to “give up” for Lent.

See I love the power and peace of prayer, fasting is second nature to intuitive eating or moderation and giving is a lifestyle – maybe it comes easier for some. Do little things with great love. St Therese of Lisieux.

However, less than two weeks before Ash Wednesday I received the news that my second pregnancy was not viable – I had lost my twins – my second miscarriage in nine months. What do you give up when it seems like you’ve already lost so much? What can I give to others when it seems that I need so much care and attention? How in the world am I going to get through these forty days? How can I look forward to Eastertide when I am in so much sorrow? Last year it was so easy – I found out I was pregnant right after Easter 2018 – what a great start to the spring season. And yet less than 10 weeks later sadness crept in as the news settled upon me…the pregnancy wasn’t going to be successful.

I have no answers. All I know is that my heart is broken in pieces, I am broken…in mourning…HOW? How do you grieve the life of little ones you’ve never met, held or felt?  How do I give my brokenness away? Who wants it? I feel like a dark cloud, a plague…a bad luck charm. I want to rise above this suffering….but I can’t. Not yet. Not until….I don’t know when.

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….I don’t know when my heart will beat again, feel again, be full again and give again. I must walk this road of loss and suffering again but I don’t want to…I don’t want to.

In Love and Loss, Sorrow and Joy,

Always, In Christ.

Shari 

 

 

 

It’s hard, don’t get me wrong…🌈🕊❤️🧡💛💔💚💙💜🕊🌈

The “tree of life is evergreen” 🌲🌳🌴

This is my new favorite book to share at work.

Enjoy!!!

Love, Light and Many Blessings,

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…was the best day!

MotherDayIn an attempt to slow down, decompress and stress less this past few weeks I realized that I had these coloring books (thanks to Harper) and a pack of colored pencils.

Just on the cusp of a lot of news casts and articles about coloring as a benefit to you. Yes, you, adults – a simple way to decompress and regain focus and concentration – coloring. With all the “to do” lists and never ending projects it can seem overwhelming and daunting. Regaining appreciation for something as simple as coloring can re-balance, refocus and re-frame your thinking and outlook.

Eleri Fowler, artist from Wales, has created beautiful coloring books – her two spring themed books Joyous Blooms to Color and My Mother, My Heart. A Beautiful mix of poetry and beautiful, truly a hidden treasure and example about simple joy in such a crazy hectic life.
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Not to mention – I love books. A bookstore, book nook or book swap can suck me in. With all the “to dos” coming up and the stressful thoughts plaguing my peace and joy – challenging myself to dive in and just be is hard. So finding a unique book at the local library book sale was just what I needed to make my day. It wasn’t a coincidence; I had been wanting to pick up a book about St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the Little Way – I was pleased to find just the book – Let Us Be What We Are: The Joys and Challenges of Living the Little Way. Wondering if I had just made another dust collecting purchase, I came across a quote in the doctor’s office:

BE

Take time to breathe, take time to color, take time to enjoy the simple joys and sacrifices in life – in the spirit of One Thousand Gifts, be simple, be ordinary, be grateful, just Be…

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY:

Leave a comment below and tell me what special thing you love about your family. It’s as simple as that. You’ll be entered to win one of the coloring books Joyous Blooms to Color & My Mother, My HeartThis is perfect for a birthday, Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation or end of the year gifts. Please spread the word and retweet this link:

Enter Shari’s Sentiments Spring Coloring GIVEAWAY http://wp.me/pOGoC-tF

The Winner will be notified via email so make sure you add that to your comment form (it will not be shared). Only those who comment will be entered to win.

The Giveaway will end Saturday, May 14th 11:59 EST.

Remember to BE…blessed, loved and joyful,
Shariprpl

 

A few notes about the Church that I have pulled out of this full length episode from Catholicism: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church – Episode 6

The Church is:
Christ’s mystical body – a Living breathing organism not a club from the Greek – Ekklesia
Ekklesia – Jesus calls us out from the world and into a community of love and purposeful mission – life of Christ!
1) One – unified under one Lord God,
2) Holy – bearer of grace and forgiveness of God – through broken vessels; people 2 Corinthians 4: 7-9
3) Catholic – universal,according to the whole, means by which God gathers the whole world to Himself
4) Apostolic – rooted in the apostles – who were formed and shaped by Jesus Christ and sent forth to be missionaries

No matter what we think about religion, Christianity, the Church or church itself – we must remember the ONE – the Holy one, who founded it, called the disciples (and us) out from the world and into His Holy church community to preach love and salvation and the means by which it has been sustained through the ages.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit may the mission of the Church continue.
Thank you Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

 

In His Love and Spirit,
Shariorng

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