Shining a Light on Goodness

Preparing Your Heart for Christ – The Wise Men Perspective

It is the beginning of Advent.  A time when we decorate our homes, shop for the perfect presents, and celebrate the season just as the world says we should.  It is too easy to be distracted and lose sight of the true reason behind the season. 

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Inspiring Goodness

Celebrating A Year of Being Smitten with Goodness

Happy Anniversary Smitten With Goodness

It was important to me that Smitten with Goodness launched last year on All Saints Day.  Because saints love God and they love what is good, I felt putting this stake in the ground would be a guiding force for the journey.  When we show up and say “Yes” to God, He uses us to touch lives, bring His love to the world, and walk the path of holiness and sainthood. 

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.

1 John 4:7-8

The definition of Smitten with Goodness is being struck by strong feelings of attraction in the direction of being good, holy, and pure.  We fall in love with the good.  We are smitten, deeply affected, or infatuated with goodness or godliness.  A state of being free from guilt and sin, it is being in the presence and flow of pure love. 

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Lives of the Saints

A Role Model for Hard Times and Suffering

Our Lady of Sorrows also known as Mater Dolorosa (Mother of Sorrows)

When crisis hits, how well do you react? Are you able to manage emotional distress?  In a culture where we avoid suffering at all costs, how well are you prepared when you lose a job, get divorced, have a child struggling for life, or see your husband battling to regain health?  Having been through these things, it is by God’s grace and Mother Mary’s example I haven’t cracked.

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Lives of the Saints

There is Something About Mary Series – Our Gracious Advocate

Day Thirty: Ponder, Pray, Reflect, Act

Ponder:  A mother, by nature of her vocation, is an advocate for her children.  Our spiritual mother Mary is no different, she pleads to her Son on our behalf.

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Lives of the Saints

There is Something About Mary Series – The Secret to Eternal Happiness

Day Twenty-Nine: Ponder, Pray, Reflect, Act

Ponder:  Mary is forever blessed because she heard the word of the God, said yes to it, and lived it.

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Lives of the Saints

There is Something About Mary Series – The Wisdom of Bearing Good Fruit

Day Twenty-Seven: Ponder, Pray, Reflect, Act

Ponder:  Would those around you describe you as loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, gentle and with self-control?

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