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Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 2

~ More resources to help you just like in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Welcome to Part 2 of the series — Love Is More Than Just a Feeling.

A friend of our family died on my birthday a few weeks ago.  I know the whole entire clan (family) as my mom would say. The gentleman that died was 88 years of age. I’ve known him since I was four or five years of age. His son made a wonderful statement about his father.  He said his father taught him how to love correctly. What I got from that was he set a good example for his four children about what love is and how that looks and operates in everyday life.

Loving Correctly

When I think of loving correctly as my friend said of his dad, I put that message in writer’s terms — my terms since that’s what I do. LOVE is a verb. Verbs show action and that’s how love should be – full of help, care, hugs, calls — making, cooking, taking, guiding, complimenting, encouraging, or being there just because. Love is about giving of yourself. And when you do, you’ll find your own life as you lovingly give yours away. So my question is: What are you doing for others today? Are you putting your LOVE into action? Are you Loving Correctly?

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I Corinthians 13: 4 -7 ~ New Living Translation

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

God Bless You!


November 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 1

~ More resources to help you just like in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

This is Part I of my new series. I hope you’ll come by each week and learn why Love is More Than Just a Feeling.

God Bless You!



November, I was told the other day, is National Adoption Month. Nothing can replace the LOVE and care of a family.

LOVE at It’s Best

Adoptive families embrace the concept around which this whole series revolves. It’s all about the bigger picture of something — something so much larger than ourselves. It’s all about LOVE.

To take tiny people into your home that you don’t even know, spend time and money to give them a good home and provide for them when they can’t repay you is indeed LOVE. To nurture someone and give of yourself –is LOVE at it’s very best. To be quite honest, raising children is a selfless act no matter if they are biologically your own or adopted. But if you adopt a child, that’s even more special. I heard a story about a family that adopted a young boy. One day he and his sister got into a little spat. The sister shouted at her brother, you were adopted! He told her, well, mom and dad had to take you when you came. But I was picked out special!

Why Are Families Important?

Families make us who we are by nurturing, encouraging, and directing us. They also help mold our personality and character. A family is the place too where memories are made and each one of us experiences holiday traditions with food, decorations, music, and perhaps your funny Aunt Clara. Remember she’s the one who always bakes ten pies at Christmas or Thanksgiving, brings her cute little Schnauzer, drives a VW bug – and she’s attractive but still not married! That sounds like somebody I know!

A family is the place where you’re supposed to be accepted and loved in spite of everything. A family will never perfect but certainly for those who adopt, the objective is to provide a loving home environment. The adoptive family as well as the adoptee are placed within the family unit after evaluation and a home study. Both the family and the child(ren) are carefully placed to make sure it’s a good fit. It can be a satisfying relationship for both the family and a well-deserving child that needs a home – because they both need each other. But the glue that cements the entire relationship together is LOVE.

There was a great article in USA Today (September 12, 2013). It indicated that adoption numbers were rising for kids in foster care. A great quote from the article shared this, “It’s important to work on family success, not just child placement, expert says.”

Forever Home Adoptions ~ new adoption agency

If you are thinking about adoption, I know of a new agency that would love to answer any questions you may have. Contact them via Facebook at Forever Home Adoptions or at

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I could only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” I Corinthians 13: 1-3 ~ New Living Translation

November 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Introduction

~ More resources just like the kind you’ll find in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times.


How can a simple concept like LOVE can be so power and helpful for your life?

In this new series “Love is More than Just a Feeling,” I will explore all sorts of things related to LOVE. Why? Because LOVE is more than just a feeling. It’s a way of behaving and a way of looking at others that are the same or much different that you are. But it’s also a powerful way to live your life every day.

LOVE is one of the nutrients you need in life for a peaceful soul. In this new series, LOVE is More Than Just a Feeling, learn about:

  • LOVE and Care for Children ~ National Adoption Month (next week)
  • Aspects of LOVE: forgiveness, trust, truth, and blessing others
  • Learn more about LOVE and it’s healing properties
  • Read the LOVING words of a son after his father’s death (Nov. 26)
  • Enjoy readings about LOVE from the Message Bible
  • Learn the types of LOVE (from Greek language): Agape, Phila, Eros
  • Find LOVE that fills and satisfies
  • Believe/Receive CHRISTmas LOVE and what that means for you today
  • Discover your LOVE Language + the LOVE language of those you love
  • Explore: LOVE is about everything that you are
  • Take the LOVE challenge
  • More!

I hope you come by and visit each post in the series because you just may find out there’s more to LOVE than you thought — Love is More Than Just a Feeling!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!


November 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Billy Graham’s 95th Birthday Message ~ Nov 7 & 8

Billy Graham’s 95th Birthday Message

My Hope with Billy Graham
A special program is being televised in a few days entitled MY HOPE.  Billy Graham will be celebrating his 95th birthday in November and is celebrating in a special way by giving what is most likely a final message which he has been preparing for some time.  He hopes that Christians will invite non-believers into their home as they view the program and then share their own salvation message with them.

The program will be televised as follows:

November 7th @ 8:00pm Trinity Broadcast Network

November 7th @ 10:00pm Fox Cable News

November 8th @ 7:00pm Channel 5

For more info, Google: Billy Graham message

November 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Christmas Budgeting Tool ~ just for you!

~ More resources to help you just like in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Shopping within your means is a smart thing whether it’s Christmas or any other time of year. You don’t want to be a slave to your credit cards.

Today I’m introducing you to Dave Ramsey, financial guru. His website has lots of ideas to help you plus something really beneficial for the holiday season.

Come back next week when I introduce my new series: Love is More Than Just a Feeling — that’s what I’m calling it now!

Make it a great week!

I hope you voted today!

God Bless You!



Ready or not, the Christmas shopping season is here. Fortunately, Dave Ramsey has created an awesome FREE tool to track your budget and shopping list, and you can take it with you anywhere you go!

Go to: Dave Ramsey’s website (Google) ~ Search: Christmas Budget Tool

You’ll also find FREE printable gift tags there too ~ now that’s living!

Note: Sorry I cannot give you the link to Dave’s site as it has things to purchase on his site and that would get my blog suspended.


Last year I gave you recipes for Christmas and things you could make to keep your Christmas spending down. Check these posts out:

1. Gifts You Can Bake:

2. Gifts You Can Make:

November 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment


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