Monday, September 11, 2017

Praying and Praying Some More

Hello out there - The sunset was absolutely incredible tonight. I keep thinking about
how many people are suffering right now. I'm safe in my home and I think about
everyone who is staying in shelters, with family or friends, those who decided to
ride out the storm, and worse, those on the streets.  My heart goes out to
all the people in Florida and the islands where Hurricane Irma tore through. I just
cannot imagine that amount of flooding and wind. The damage done to homes, churches,
and businesses. All I can do right now is to pray for all of them.
I just wanted to write a quick post and say that I hope you are safe wherever you are.
God bless you all - Pray for one another.
Here is a prayer for the whole world -


The Divine Mercy Chaplet:
(It is easier to keep up with if you have a rosary, but if you don't,
you can count on your fingers.)
1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross and then pray (1) Our Father, (1) Hail Mary
and The Apostles Creed.
2. Prayer - (Pray this 1 time) Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in atonement for ours sins and those of the whole world.   
3. Pray this refrain 10 times:
 For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
You repeat steps (2) & (3) for a total of (5) times.
4. Conclude with (3 times)
 Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and
on  the whole world.
5. End by making the sign of the cross and saying Amen.
It is a beautiful, peaceful prayer. I find myself humming or singing it a lot. I also pray
it if I wake up during the night. I've posted this prayer before but I felt like I needed
to share it again.
 May God Bless you and keep you safe wherever you are, wherever you live.
                                                                 Bye for now, Sharla

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Homemade Bread, Mom's Mixing Bowl, And Praying The Rosary!

Good morning out there! How are y'all doing? Jim and I were up early this morning
and as we walked outside we noticed the moon, it was so big and bright - a full moon.
Now, the skies are blue, blue, blue and the sun is shining bright. There was a cool
breeze early this morning - that probably won't last long!
Y'all know how I love to bake and cook. On Tuesday I put a roast in the oven and I
made a loaf of beer bread. I haven't made any bread since last Christmas and it just
sounded really good! When I bake, I get out my mom's big yellow mixing bowl and
my small wooden spoon and gather all the ingredients. There is something about
baking that comforts me - I just feel really at peace. I  hum and I sing as I measure, pour
and stir. I will share the recipe with y'all - it is so easy. I've shared it before and if you
have my book, the recipe is on page 249. Here is a picture of the beer bread right out
of the oven!



And now for the recipe:
Easy peasy and only 4 ingredients!
3 1/2 cups self rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
stir together
add 1 can (12 oz.) of room temperature beer (I use Lone Star because that is what Jim
drinks and so I have it on hand).
Stir until well blended, batter will be kind of lumpy.
Spoon into a greased (I use the Crisco spray stuff) loaf / bread pan. My loaf pans
are glass but the aluminum / metal pans work just as well.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50 minutes. This bread smells so good when
it is baking!
Melt 1/2 stick of butter (the recipe calls for 1 stick, but 1/2 is a little less fattening!)
Melt the butter and pour it all over the top of the bread and then put the
bread back into the oven for another 10  minutes.
Wait as long as you can and then slice and enjoy! Add more butter if you want, but
it really doesn't need it. This bread is great with soups, stews, a big pot of red beans
and as toast! I haven't tried it as garlic bread but I bet that is would be great that way also!


Well I better go and get busy because I have a lot to do today! Just a reminder - today is
Wednesday and I prayed the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary this morning! I will
post them again in case you would like to pray the rosary too!


1. Make the Sign of the Cross and then say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory Be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery -
The First Glorious Mystery is The Resurrection -
"Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised;
He is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him." (Mark 16:6)
Then say the "Our Father"
6. Say (10) Hail Marys
7. Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
8. Announce the Second Mystery -
The Second Glorious Mystery is The Ascension -
So then the Lord Jesus, after He spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and
took His seat at the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Glorious Mystery is the Descent of the Holy Spirit -
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in
different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. (Acts 2:4)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Glorious Mystery is The Assumption -
"You are the glory of Jerusalem!.......You are the great boast of our nation!.....
You have done good things for Israel, and God is pleased with them. May the
Almighty Lord bless you forever!" (Jud 15:9-10)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
11. Announce the Fifth Mystery -
The Fifth Glorious Mystery is The Coronation -
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon
under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Revelations 12:1)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.
The following are the prayers of the rosary -
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Blessings to you and yours!
Bye for now, Sharla



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pro-Life Links - Compassion, Healing, Care, Classes, Free Assistance - Help is Available for You and Your Baby!

Good morning out there! I hope your day is going well. I just added some links
to my Pro-Life Resource Section of my blog. I'm not sure if everyone is able to
see that so I am going to copy them below: Please share these links!


Pro-Life Resources






It is so important to tell people about all the help that is available out there! If you contact
any of these locations and tell them where you are - they will direct you to the services
that are closest to you!
Remember this - These agencies want to help YOU AND YOUR BABY!
These agencies will help you at no cost - their services are free!
If you know someone who is pregnant, scared and needs help - please, please -
let them know that help is available!


I am going to close with a quote from Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa).
"A Life Not Lived For Others Is Not A Life"



I hope you all have a wonderful day! Go out and be a light to others!
                                       Blessings to you and yours!
                                                    Bye for now, Sharla











Monday, September 4, 2017

Lead Us, O Lord

Hello out there - It's a beautiful day - the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and there are
some small, cotton ball looking clouds here, there, and everywhere. It is only
78 degrees right now - a little after 12:00 noon. The high is supposed to be 94 but
I'm hoping it won't get quite that hot!
There is a lot going on in our world right now. The pictures from the devastation
of Hurricane Harvey have been heartbreaking. I can't imagine losing your home and
everything you own. It looks like it will take several months, maybe even years, for
families to be able to rebuild or find another home. The deaths from this horrific storm
and the aftermath are the worst part of all. People trying to keep their families together
and find food and shelter for a long period of time must be overwhelming. I'm thankful
for all the agencies and churches and individuals who are helping all those affected.
Our local YMCA collected donations of diapers, water, hygiene items, blankets, clothes,
etc. and then delivered the items this past Friday. There was a special collection at all the
Catholic Churches in our Diocese this past weekend (September 2nd and 3rd) and I am
sure at many other churches as well. This money will be sent to help those in need.
The Red Cross does a wonderful job and we have the National Guard and so many
more out there doing what they can. The pictures of people being carried out of the
water, of the people pushing vehicles out of the way, of the boats going down the streets
picking up families and their pets, of the helicopters hovering as someone drops down
to lift another person up to safety - neighbor helping neighbor and stranger helping
stranger, the young helping their elders, and the elders helping the young. When some-
thing like this happens you realize how the petty little things you complain about just
don't matter anymore. This type of disaster really helps you put things in perspective.
Reach out and help in a way that you are able to. You don't have to donate a lot of items
to help - just do what you can. If everyone does a little then that will add up to a whole
lot! Drop off a 24 count of water, or a package of diapers, maybe some toothpaste and
toothbrushes, these are just ideas, but sometimes when we see such an enormous need
we just don't know what to do - so we don't do anything. Think of somethings that
are necessary items and then purchase what fits in your budget. And pray, pray for all
of the people affected by this disaster and other tragedies that are happening in other
countries in our world right now.
Sometimes when I stand outside and look up at the unending sky I think about how
amazing it is that we all have the same sky, the same sun, the same moon, the same
stars! It may be raining here and sunny there, or blues skies and no clouds here and
dark stormy clouds there, but really and truly we are all together - some farther away
than others but we all have good days and bad days, sunny days and stormy days, so
let's forget about what separates us and let's think about what unites us and remember
that we are ALL God's children and He loves ALL of us so very much. He is with us
through the good and the bad and He wants us to love one another.
This morning, while Jim and I were at Adoration, I read the scriptures, prayers, and
Gospel for today that was in my daily devotional, the Magnificat. I read the prayer
intercessions and then I quietly whispered to Jim that I wanted him to listen as I read
them to him. And now I am going to quietly whisper them to you. Take a deep breath,
and be at peace -
Intercessions
Let us pray with confidence to the God who calls us to travel
toward the kingdom that is to come:
Responsorial - Lead us, O Lord.
We are your people, who walk the desert road to the Promised Land:
- keep us faithful to the demands of the journey today.
Responsorial - Lead us, O Lord.
We are your people, called to follow Jesus, the Lord:
- make us steadfast disciples, freed from all that would hold us back.
Responsorial - Lead us, O Lord.
We are your people, destined for the heavenly Jerusalem:
- give us strength to go on when we grow weary of the journey.
Responsorial - Lead us, O Lord.
Add your personal intentions and then pray the Our Father -
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.

I hope that wherever you are - your day is filled with blessings, with what you need, and
with the knowledge that God loves you so very much!
                                                  Blessings to you and yours,
                                                           Bye for now, Sharla







Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sun Rays and Hugs from God!

Hello out there! How are y'all doing? It is a little after 6:00 p.m. and 95 degrees outside!
The window in my home office faces the west and I love to glance outside when I'm
in here "talking" to y'all. There are a lot of fluffy clouds out there right now and the
sun rays are shining through. I love to see the sun rays coming through the clouds -
I feel like they're a warm hug from God! I will have to post a picture I took one morning
when I backed out of the driveway. The sun was peeking over the top of our home and
the sun rays were streaming down and through our big oak tree. I stopped the truck and
just looked in awe at the beauty of God's work. The picture I took really seems to
capture the moment so I will share it with all of you out there, some near and some far,
and I just want you to know how much it means to me that you take the time to read
my stories.
In my daily devotional,  the Magnificat, one of the scriptures for today is from
Luke 8:11, 15
The seed is the word of God. As for the seed that fell on rich soil,
they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it
with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.
I pray that I will always embrace God's word with a generous and good heart!
May God bless each and everyone of you today and always!
Have a wonderful and safe weekend. Remember to say your prayers - God is always
listening and He wants to hear from you!
Look at the bottom picture - you can see the sun's rays shining through the branches
of the oak tree! I see "Hugs from God" - next time you see the sun's rays I hope you
see that God is reaching out to you!
                                 Blessings to you and yours! Bye for now, Sharla


Friday, August 25, 2017

Our Home - A Place Where You Are Always Welcome!

Hello out there! The clock just struck midnight and if I don't hurry I might turn into
a very sleep deprived and cranky gal! I received a wonderful gift today. My sweet
Aunt Carolyn will be staying with us for two, three, or more days - depending on the
the hurricane. I am sorry that she and her family had to leave their homes but I am
thankful that she is safe with us. Her daughter, my youngest cousin, and her two
children are staying with my son and his family. We heard that they needed to evacuate
and we told them to head this way - we don't like the circumstances but we are all
so happy to be together. I haven't seen my precious aunt in about five years. We
keep in touch on face book, we text, and sometimes we talk on the phone for a really
long time - but it was sure nice to see her beautiful smile and give her a great big hug.
I put a roast with a bunch of veggies in the oven this morning and stocked the fridge
with some drinks. They arrived about 1:30 and we put their three dogs in the backyard,
they seem to be adjusting well. They did bark at the sheep at first (they are in the field
right next to the backyard). I think our dogs are getting used to them also! I'm not so
sure about our cats! I hope that everyone who evacuated found a safe place to stay and
a place for their pets also.
My aunt and I have a special bond - we are both blessed to have been adopted at birth!
I am thankful for our lives and for the generations that will continue because of our
lives. Adoption doesn't just save one life - Adoption saves generations!
I better get some sleep - tomorrow will be busy - family time, lots of talking, coffee
drinking, good food cooking and eating kind of day!


                                                    Blessings to you and yours!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Blessings To Those Near and Far - Peace Be With You Wherever You Are

Hello out there - I hope you are all doing well. It really warms my heart when I look at
the stat section on my blog and see that people from other countries read my stories.
It is so amazing that my stories, written in San Angelo, TX are read by people in so
many countries; Germany, Turkey, Russia, Albania, Brazil, Finland, Vietnam, Portugal,
Ukraine, Indonesia, Argentina,and Bangladesh. Thank you for reading my stories!
I never dreamed I would be able to reach so many people when I started my blog
back in March 2014.
I don't have much time to write tonight but I wanted to share The Luminous Mysteries
of the Rosary with y'all again. I love praying the rosary - the mysteries/scriptures
help me focus on things I need to pray about and people I need to pray for! I hope you
all have a peaceful evening, a restful night, and that your tomorrow is full of love and
blessings!


The following are the prayers of the rosary -The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen (This prayer is at the end of the rosary)
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.
Stained Glass - The Wedding at Cana


Let's get started!
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and then say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory Be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery -
The First Luminous Mystery is The Baptism of Jesus -
After Jesus was baptized, he came directly out of the water. Suddenly the sky
opened and he saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove and hover over him.
With that, a voice from the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son.
My favor rests on him." (Matthew 3:16-17) 
 Then say the "Our Father"
6. Say (10) "Hail Marys"
7. Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
8. Announce the Second Mystery -
The Second Luminous Mystery is The Wedding at Cana -
His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever He tells you."......
Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them
to the brim. (John 2:5-7)
 Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Luminous Mystery is Proclaiming The Kingdom -
"As you go, make this proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without
cost you have received; without cost you are to give." (Matthew 10:7-8)
 Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Luminous Mystery is The Transfiguration -
While He was praying His face changed in appearance and His clothing
became dazzling white. Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
"This is My chosen Son; listen to Him." (Luke 9:29, 35)
 Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
11. Announce the Fifth Mystery -
The Fifth Luminous Mystery is The Institution of The Eucharist -
Then, taking bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
"This is my body to be given for you. Do this as a remembrance of me."
He did the same with the cup after eating, saying as he did so: "This cup is the
new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you." (Luke 22:19-20)
 Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.
I hope that you have been able to follow the steps and I really hope that you
have begun to pray the rosary! There is so much turmoil and hate in our world
right now. I truly believe in the power of prayer and I know that God will
answer us. May God bless you all wherever you are!