Today would have been my beautiful mother's 72nd Birthday. My sister and I released balloons in her honor. We had fun tying messages to them and releasing them on at a time. There was just enough wind to watch them go so high into the air you felt like they would reach heaven. Mom would have thought we made too much of it all, but I always felt like there was never too much I could do for her. So Momma, I love you deeply, and pray that I can be half the wonderful woman, mother, sister, and Nanny as you have been. Happy Birthday!
With my momma's birthday coming on Monday I have been thinking of the true meaning and the true feeling of love. Webster’s defines love as this:
1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
3. a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
I am a person that loves honestly, deeply and loyal. I take love very seriously. Sometimes we find out what true love is after we have let it slip away. Sometimes we have a love that is from beginning to end. Sometimes we learn as we go. I have had all three of those loves in my life. When I think of my parents and sister that is a deep love that is unconditional love that is forever. I love them and they have loved me as deeply. It is forever and beyond. What a great blessing God gives me daily. Now that I have built my own little family I can tell you the love of being a mother for my sons is so more than words could ever describe and believe me that love can only be known with being a mom or dad. That blessing I give thanks for everyday and pray for them daily. (Sometimes more than once!) I have wonderful friends from all walks of life. That love is one that can carry you through trials and happiness, ups and downs and can sustain you when you need it most. That too God has blessed me with many. But I know and believe my greatest love is the love for and from God. That love is unconditional and forever. I am glad for that love that I am not worthy but I am so very grateful. I know that with God all is possible, without Him I am nothing. I love my faith and my foundation is firm.
I hope that everyone that reads this loves and is loved with you whole self. I also hope that all that read this loves the Lord. I can tell you that if your life is without the love for the Lord, you can have so much more. You too can live a graced life.
I also know that love hurts. I have had that love as well. I don't believe in fairytales but I do believe love. May each of you remember to give how you would like to receive. Everyone deserves to be loved.
I am gonna to stand on my soapbox: Why is gas so expensive? Why are the gas
stations allowed to up the price of gas simply because it is spring break,
holidays, summer, and other made up reasons? Why is there no way we can bitch
enough and do something to make gas prices better? I filled my tank on Thursday
for $3.29 and I thought that was ridiculous, and tonight $3.45!!!! Ok stepping
Famous words of a great man: This world is going to hell in a hand basket. ~Ray Houston
Grace has been defined as "the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it", "the condescension or benevolence shown by God toward the human race". It is
understood by Christians to be a spontaneous gift from God to man - "generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved" - that takes the form of divine favor, love, clemency, and a share in the
divine life of God.
I believe grace is a powerful word and I know that God blesses me
each day with His divine grace. My wonderful Momma went home June 6th at
12:06am. My life as I knew it would never be the same. As the days began to pass
I fell into a deep depression. I have never been through a more paralyzing event
in my life. I remember when my Grandmother passed away and my mother grieved her
passing I did not know her pain until 12:06am that morning. I had left my job of
19 years to spend the summer with her and knew my dad would need help with her
care by year end. I was with her every weekend and where ever I went, she was my
shotgun partner. But God had a different plan. My mom had breast cancer in her
40's and had a radical mastectomy and was cancer free for 18 yrs. I remember the
call like yesterday when she called me to tell me her cancer was back and this
time it was in her bone. For the next 8 plus years she fought like a warrior.
She was willing to do month and months of chemo, went through radiation, hip
replacement with rod in her upper thigh and clinical trials without waiver. We
had an awesome oncologist: Dr. Bruce Gould out of Marietta, GA. He loved mom and
cared for her and done everything humanly possible. He loved her till the end.
My depression rocked the core of my being. I stopped eating, slept most of
the day away and my awake hours I cried. I prayed and journal to God asking for
me to somehow begin to live again. I had nothing to give to God but me. I begged
and prayed and journal without ceasing. I had no other way of living. This
lasted until 3 weeks ago. I receive my grace and mercy. God and only God could
have and did save me from my grief. I woke up one morning and I knew my soul
was right. Do I still miss my momma? Terribly. But Grace leads me daily and I
do not take it lightly. I have a wonderful supportive family, extended family
and friends. (This is a blessing within itself!) I know when anyone I know
loses their mother, I will be there for the support and love that I now know
just what is needed. I will share God's love, grace and mercy with them that I
received. It is all in God's Glory for which I give to him.
Now that is
What is your Grace? I would love to hear.
Well this week's Georgia weather has been wild! Tuesday March 23rd, it snowed from 12:00 to 6:00pm. No accumulation of course, but it was wild! Wednesday a little warmer but sunny. Thursday very nice and sunshine. Today, Friday, dreary and rain. Guess that is where the saying: If you don't like the Georgia weather, wait a minute and it will change!
I would like to start by Welcoming you this page you have landed on! This blog is my therapy to get through the daily grind at this Graced living. I write from the heart and welcome your comments and or thoughts. These two fellas pictured below are my accomplished goal I set 29 years ago. To be a momma. They are my heart! They are the kindness, honesty, love, personality and greatness God breathed into them 26yrs and 24yrs ago,
I named this blog Graced Living because I believe God blesses me each day with His Grace. I believe Grace is a Powerful word with great meaning and gifts. I take no day for granted because I know what we have today may not be here tomorrow. I believe in livng and loving each day as if it were your last. Make sure you are covered and I am here to say those that don't know for sure if it were your last day, Where would I be? It is so easy. Accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior and believe it to be true. God gave his only son to die on the cross for our sins so we may have eternal life.
John 3:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
So I personally invite you to ask God in your heart if you have not yet. It is the greatest gift you can receive!
This is Mark. He is my boy wth all about fun.
This is Ray. He is the oldest. He is my boy with a mischievous grin.