Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day Three - Tuesday - Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Good morning out there! Another beautiful, sunny day ahead. My migraine is finally
gone and I am so thankful! I will be wearing sun glasses every time I step outside for
the next couple of days. My eyes are really sensitive after I've had a migraine.
Enough whining! I am very grateful that I am healthy and dealing with two or three
migraines a month is not something to complain about! God is good!
Today I am going to post the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Reflecting on these
scriptures really helps me put things in perspective.
I am going to hit the "Save" button right now because I have to get to the Sack Lunch
Ministry. I'll finish my post after lunch!


I'm back! I was blessed to be at the Sack Lunch Ministry volunteering with an awesome
group of people! I took a quick break when Jim stopped by so that we could change out
the pro-life banner. The one we hung up today has four precious toddlers sitting side by
side with just their diapers on.
The scripture, "God saw all that He had made and it was very good" (from the book of
Genesis) is the message on the banner. If that doesn't bring a smile to your face then
nothing will! We watered some of the plants, helped out at the Sack Lunch Ministry
a little more, and then we went to the Noon (12:10 p.m.) Mass. We came back home
and ate some left-overs for lunch.


Are y'all ready? Let's get started with the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. I'm going
to post all the prayers again and then I will follow with the mysteries. After you have
been praying the rosary on a daily basis for a while, the different mysteries/scriptures
will remind you of different things you need to pray about or people you need to pray
for. At least that has been the case for me. Example: The First Sorrowful Mystery is
The Agony in the Garden and that brings to my mind people who might be going
through an extremely difficult time. Praying the rosary helps to keep my focus on
family members and friends that I need to pray for. Let's get started!









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.

Now that you have the prayers of the rosary, the next step is teaching you how
to pray the rosary.
Since today is Tuesday we will pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
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 Sorrowful Mystery is The Agony in the Garden-
He was in such agony and He prayed so fervently that His sweat became like drops
of blood falling on the ground. When He rose from prayer and returned to His disciples,
He found them sleeping from grief. (Luke 22:44-45)
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 Sorrowful Mystery is The Scourging at the Pillar -
Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him scourged. (John 19:1)
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."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Sorrowful Mystery is Crowning With Thorns -
They stripped off His clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about Him.
Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on His head, and a reed
in His right hand. (Matthew 27:28-29)
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 Sorrowful Mystery is Carrying of the Cross -
And carrying the cross Himself, He went out to what is called the
Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. (John 19:17)
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 Sorrowful Mystery is The Crucifixion -
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit",
and when He had said this He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46)
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 will post the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary tomorrow (Wednesday).
Everything else (the prayers and the order) will stay the same.
Yes, I posted the Glorious Mysteries on Sunday, but they are also said on
Wednesday and I am going to go in order for one whole week.


If you would like a rosary and don't have one, please contact me at
adopted.blessed@suddenlink.net  and give me your address.
 I will be happy to send you a rosary and a pamphlet on how to pray the rosary!


I hope that the rest of your day is full of blessings! Glorious Mysteries tomorrow -
as long as the Good Lord blesses me with another day!


                                                                            Bye for now, Sharla



Monday, April 24, 2017

Day Two - Monday - Praying The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Hello out there! It is absolutely beautiful outside! The sun is shining and there is a cool
breeze blowing my feathery bushes (I guess it is apparent that I don't know the actual
name of the green feather duster looking plants) all around.
In yesterday's post I invited everyone to start praying the rosary. I typed out step by
step instructions and included all the prayers. I am going to post the Joyful Mysteries
of the Rosary today. I will include all the prayers again. I'm doing this for those of you
who may not know the prayers or the steps. And sometimes we just need a refresher
course if it has been awhile since you've prayed the rosary. Anyway, I just want to share
the moving prayers and scriptures of the rosary with all of you out there.
I have been dealing with a migraine headache since Saturday morning and I know that
being on the computer is probably not helping but I really want to share this information
with you.
Are y'all ready? Let's get started!


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.


Now that you have the prayers of the rosary, the next step is teaching you how
to pray the rosary.
Since today is Monday we will pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.
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 Joyful Mystery is The Annunciation -
And when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace,
the Lord is with you." (Luke 1:28)
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 Joyful Mystery is The Visitation -
Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
(Luke 1:41-42)
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 Joyful Mystery is The Birth of Jesus -
She gave birth to her firstborn Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and
laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
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."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Joyful Mystery is The Presentation -
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law
of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord, just
as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb
shall be consecrated to the Lord." (Luke 2:22-23)
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 Joyful Mystery is Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple -
After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the
teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)
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 will post the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary tomorrow (Tuesday).
Everything else (the prayers and the order) will stay the same.


I forgot to post this yesterday - The Joyful Mysteries are said on Monday
and Saturday; The Sorrowful Mysteries are said on Tuesday and Friday;
The Glorious Mysteries are said on Wednesday and Sunday; and The
Luminous Mysteries are said on Thursday.
 (I have been known to say the Joyful Mysteries on the Sorrowful Mysteries day
 and vice versa depending on what is happening in my life - the most important
 thing is to - Pray the Rosary on a daily basis!)
Pray with your family, Pray by yourself, Pray as a couple,
Pray with a group of friends!


I am going to rest my eyes for awhile. Hopefully this migraine will completely
go away soon!


                                                                     Bye for now, Sharla





Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Importance of the Family Rosary - Pray Together as a Family - Pray Together as a Couple!

Good morning out there! Today is Divine Mercy Sunday and the 2nd Sunday of Easter!
I received a much needed reminder about something very important this morning.
Jim and I were sitting in the kitchen and drinking a cup of coffee. He was reading the
newspaper and I was looking through yesterday's mail. I opened the letter we received
from Guadalupe Radio Network and read it. There was also a two-sided insert titled,
"The Importance of the Family Rosary" and a pamphlet on how to pray the rosary.
The reminder I needed was that we need to pray the rosary in our home, together on a
daily basis.
I pray the rosary when I walk outside and when I walk at the gym. I periodically pray
the rosary with a group of friends in the courtyard at our parish. Jim and I pray the
rosary with our friends and fellow parishioners before Mass in the sanctuary on Sunday
evenings.
The point I'm trying to make is that Jim and I rarely pray the rosary together anymore.
We both have our individual prayer times but somewhere along the way we stopped
praying together, as a couple, on a regular basis. We still pray together before meals and
at Mass. Many times we will pray the rosary or the Divine Mercy Chaplet while we
are traveling but not on a daily basis.
This morning while Jim was reading the paper I kept on saying, "listen to this," as I read
different quotes and information about the importance of praying the rosary together
as a family. Jim would lay the newspaper down and listen as I read different things
to him. The sad thing is, we know how important it is to pray together, to pray the
rosary together, we just haven't made praying together a priority lately.
I feel like God is reminding us, calling us to pray the rosary together again. I invite all
of you to begin praying the family rosary together. Families all over the world need
prayer. We all need God in our lives. Jim and I are going to make praying the rosary
together on a daily basis a priority in our home. It only takes 20-25 minutes to pray the
rosary. If you don't think you can fit this into your schedule then try praying one decade,
that will only take you about 5 minutes. I know you can spare 5 minutes! I am going
to explain how to pray the rosary for those of you who may not know how. I will try
really hard to walk you through it step by step on a daily basis for the next week.
Are you ready? Let's get started!
I'm going to list all the steps that are in this pamphlet published by the Marian Press.
You can still pray the prayers of the rosary without actually having a rosary. Use
your fingers to keep count of the prayers.


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.


Now that you have the prayers of the rosary, the next step is teaching you how
to pray the rosary.
Since today is Sunday, we will pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.
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.


I will post the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary tomorrow (Monday).
Everything else (the prayers and the order) will stay the same.


If you don't have a rosary and would like one please let me know and I will be
happy to send you one. I will also include a pamphlet on how to pray the rosary.
Send your address to my blog email -
 adopted.blessed@suddenlink.net


May you and your loved ones be truly blessed during this Holy Easter Season.
I posted the prayers for the Divine Mercy Chaplet on my blog yesterday if you are
interested.


                                                                             Blessings to you and yours!
                                                                                Bye for now, Sharla







Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Easter Season, Faith, Prayers, and Miracles

Good morning and hello out there! I hope your week has been full of blessings!
I haven't written a post since Good Friday. I have all these thoughts that I want
to share running around in my head. I will begin with some of the things that my
friend and I have been teaching to our fourth grade CCD class (classes about our
Catholic faith) held on Wednesday evenings. My daughter also helps us out but she
had to substitute for the Kindergarten class this week. The Ten Commandments,
The Corporal Works of Mercy, vocations, the liturgical seasons, prayers and the
importance of praying are some of the topics in our classroom discussions. We only
have seventy-five minutes each week with the kids and we try to cram everything
we can into the time we have with them. We have really gone into depth with the
Ten Commandments. They ask a lot of questions and we really try to explain things
in a way that they can understand.

This week we explained how Easter is a season and not just one day. We started with
the beginning of Lent. We told the children that from Ash Wednesday all the way to
Palm Sunday is forty days. Then Holy Week begins on the Monday following Palm
Sunday. We celebrate the Triduum during Holy Week -
Holy Thursday - Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord
Holy Saturday - The Easter Vigil
And then we celebrate - Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Guess what? There is more! Easter doesn't end on Easter Sunday!
We explained about Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday, and so on.
There is so much to learn and share!
Tomorrow, the 2nd Sunday of Easter is also Divine Mercy Sunday. I have posted
the Divine Mercy Chaplet in a previous post but I will type it out again for those
of you who may not have read that blog post or for those of you who would like to learn
how to pray this beautiful, divine mercy prayer.
Did you know that the Easter Season (from Easter Sunday through Pentecost Sunday) is
fifty days? The Ascension is on Thursday, May 25, 2017 and will be celebrated on the
7th Sunday of Easter, May 28, 2017. The last day of the Easter Season this year is on
June 4, 2017, Pentecost Sunday. The daily scriptures walk us through the life, death,
and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Jim and I will be married for thirty-four years on Pentecost Sunday! Easter is a joyful
season of miracles and blessings!
Some memories that touched my heart during Holy Week. On Holy Thursday, Jim and I
went to Mass at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Miles. Our son and six year old grandson
were two of the twelve people that got their feet washed during the foot washing
ceremony performed by the priest. Our grandson had such a serious expression on his face.
He is my little red-headed angel! Three of our grandchildren served as altar servers at the
Easter Vigil. Seeing them serve at Mass is such a blessing, it brings joy to our hearts!
This is an extremely long Mass, almost four hours this year, because we were blessed
with so many people being received into our Catholic church. Fifteen people were
baptized, received their First Holy Communion, and were Confirmed. Seven other people
received their First Holy Communion and were Confirmed, they had already been
baptized at some point in their lives.
Our "little Joan" turned five this week. She is truly a miracle. I know that God healed
her. I will always be thankful for the many prayers that were prayed for her healing
during her illness. The doctors, who worked so hard to take care of her and find out
what was wrong, were never able to accurately diagnose her complete condition.
They told us that whatever she had was very rare (I don't remember the accurate
medical terminology) and have been surprised by her recovery and how well
she is doing!
I wrote a story about her a couple of years ago. I will post the link if you would like to
read it. I get really choked up when I think about how sick she was. I will also insert a
picture of her praying in front of the Tabernacle. She has a special devotion to Mother
Mary and always asks for her prayers. Our God is an awesome God! Pray and have faith! http://adoptedandblessed.blogspot.com/2015/06/mother-mary-mama-mary-and-my-little-joan.html
 These pictures go with the story, Mother Mary "Mama Mary" and my little Joan.


I know this is a long post but I want to get everything in! The following is how to
pray The Divine Mercy Chaplet -



This prayer is for the whole world.
It is really beautiful when we sing this Chaplet. (I'm singing this as I'm typing)
The refrain goes like  this:
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

How to pray The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy:
(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. 

May God Bless you and keep you safe wherever you are, wherever you live.
Many blessings to you and yours during the entire Easter Season!
                                                             Bye for now, Sharla

Friday, April 14, 2017

"Prayer of St. Francis"

Hello out there - Today is Good Friday. My heart is heavy today. Praying and praying
for so many things. I hope you all have blessed Easter weekend. Some thoughts today -
After the rain there is always a beautiful rainbow and the sun shines again.
After Good Friday we are blessed with Easter Sunday.
It is always darkest before the dawn.
There is a silver lining in every cloud.
and Make some lemonade out of those lemons!


God is good and He is always with us-through the good days, the bad days and the
downright ugly days. Keep on praying and reach out to others. We need more faith, hope
love, kindness, and compassion in our world.


I love the prayer of Saint Francis - (The following is from a hymn we sing during
Mass - "Prayer of St. Francis")
Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, and where there's doubt, true faith in you.


Make me a channel of your peace. Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness - only light, and where there's sadness ever joy.


O Master, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled, as to console.
To be understood, as to understand. To be loved, as to love, with all my soul.


Make me a channel of your peace. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
In giving of ourselves that we receive, and in dying that we're born to eternal life.


Dear Lord,
Please give me the grace and courage to always be a channel of your peace.
Please help me be a light to others and to always be faithful in what You have
called me to do. Here I am, Lord - I come to do Your will. Amen.


                                        Blessings to you and yours this Holy Easter weekend!
                                                                        Bye for now, Sharla






                      

Monday, April 10, 2017

Being Thankful For Another Day - Tomorrow Is Not Promised

Hello out there! Yesterday we went to the 6:00 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
It was Palm Sunday and everything was perfect! The music, the readings, the homily,
the wonderful environment inside the sanctuary, and the three altar servers did an
excellent job! By the way, the three altar servers are my grandchildren! I love that we
were at Mass together as a family. Now let me explain something about being together.
We don't all sit together because we are scattered all over the place. Jim is an usher and
he stands in the back until it is time to take up the collection and direct people during
communion. Our son-in-law had to help usher last night and he was by one of the side
doors at the front of the sanctuary. Our son and daughter-in-law were sitting toward the
front with their three youngest children (the two oldest were altar servers). It wasn't long
before our son and his youngest ended up in the vestibule. Our daughter was in the vestibule
with her two youngest daughters. Her oldest daughter was also an altar server.
 After I read the readings I walked to the back and tried to help out with the grand-
daughters. A trip to the bathroom with two of the little ones, beautiful hymns, prayers,
and communion, we were here, there and everywhere! Jim and myself, our son and his
wife and their five children, our daughter and her husband and their three daughters -
I call that an awesome way to spend Sunday evening! Before Mass we gathered in the
courtyard and the palms were handed out and blessed. It wasn't long before the little
one's palms were confiscated, and as the grandmother I just had to laugh. Prayers and
blessings - blessings and prayers and the hymn that stays in my mind - "Jesus, remember
me, when you come into Your kingdom" sung over and over, softer and louder, such a
beautiful melody. Before we went to Mass last night, Jim had talked to our oldest son
on the phone. He and his wife and daughters live out of town, they had gone to Mass
in the morning. Yes, we are here, there and everywhere but we are together. I wish they
had been with us at Sacred Heart but I'm glad they were celebrating Palm Sunday at
their parish. We all need God in our lives. In one of my previous posts I talk about an
analogy a priest used on the Catholic Radio Station, he said, "God is the peanut butter
that holds us together" - I love that! He explained that if you put two slices of bread
together they will fall apart but if  you place peanut butter on the bread - they stick
together! God is the peanut butter in that sandwich that helps hold you together!


This morning I read in the newspaper about the terrorist attacks on two churches in Egypt.
As of this morning, forty-four people had died. So much violence, so much hate. Why?
They were celebrating Palm Sunday also. This type of news just breaks my heart. How
many families were there together just like us? Please pray for peace, please pray for
comfort for those who mourn their loved ones who died in these senseless, horrible
attacks.
Hug your spouse, and hug your children and grandchildren and hold them tight.
I went to a Women's Conference this past fall and one thing that one of the speakers
said has really stayed with me. If you died tonight what would you regret? What would
you wish that you had taken the time to do?
I had been so busy, that I had not cooked a good home-made meal in close to two weeks.
After I listened to the speaker and went  to Mass it was time for the lunch break. I drove
home and began to bake. It was a Saturday and Jim had a job that day. I made a double
batch of buttermilk biscuits from scratch. I peeled potatoes and chopped onions and
cooked a pound of spicy breakfast sausage and made a huge pot of spicy potato soup.
I grated cheese and made a pitcher of iced tea. After the biscuits were done and the
soup was simmering, the cheese was grated, and the tea was ready - I made a batch of
chocolate chip cookies with pecans. When Jim walked in the door and smelled the
wonderful aroma coming from the kitchen, I wish you could have seen the smile on his
face. He said, "I thought that conference was all day?" I told him that it was, but I came
home early because I had something more important to do. Sometimes you can get too
busy, even if you are doing good things, remember to prioritize. I have been a lot better
about saying "no" when I already have a lot to do. I've also learned to ask for help and
delegate a little more.
I left the conference early that day because I needed to come home - I wanted to come
home and I am so glad that I did.
Tomorrow is not promised - spend time with your loved ones. If you are married, spend
time with your spouse. If y'all are blessed to have children, do something together as a
family. Turn the phones off and thank God that you still have each other.
May you and your loved ones be blessed during this most Holy Week.
Remember - that before the Resurrection, before the "He is Risen" -
Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins.
Take care of your family and love one another.
Pray and pray and thank God for each day.
                                                            Many blessings to you and yours,
                                                                        Bye for now, Sharla

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Reflection and Prayers

Hello out there! I hope you've had a good week. The season of Lent is always a time of
reflection for me. I look back and I look ahead and I try to take one day at a time. I think
about things I need to do, things I should have done, and pray for patience and guidance.
I love this prayer we pray together at Mass:


I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


I also like this short little prayer to pray at night:


Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep,
that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep,
rest in his peace. Amen.


The "Magnificat" is a wonderful daily devotional with daily scriptures, prayers,
hymns, and inspirational stories of the saints.


"the Word among us" is another devotional that has the Catholic Mass and Daily
Meditations.


I just wanted to share some prayers with you and the daily devotionals that Jim and
I read from. Beginning the day with prayer and scripture really helps with the daily
bumps and curves that life throws our way.
I pray that you all have a restful night, and a wonderful day tomorrow.


                                                   God bless you all!
                                                                Bye for now, Sharla


Pray without ceasing and always lift your spouse and children up in prayer!
Hug your spouse, hug your children, and give thanks to God!
Take care of each other and speak kind words!
Treat others as you want to be treated!
And don't ever forget - God loves you so very much!







Thursday, March 30, 2017

It's A Small World After All - Let Your Light Shine!

Good morning out there! How are y'all doing? It is a beautiful, chilly morning here
in San Angelo, Texas. The birds are singing and taking baths in our bird bath out
front. I know that water is cold but those little birds just jump right in and splash all
around.


Okay, it is afternoon now, I had to hit save this morning. I know that the time on my
post is always two hours behind because I'm still set on Pacific Time instead of
the Central Time Zone. I have tried to re-set it and decided that it just wasn't that big
of an issue. I am fixing to have to run into town for a meeting so this will be brief.


I want all of you to know how much it means to me that you take the time to read my
blog. When I look at the stat section and am able to see so many different countries
colored in, my heart swells with thanksgiving. I'm a very visual person, so the map of
the world and the countries listed below it with the number of people from each
country that read my blog is many times the motivation that I need to keep on writing.


I pray for all of you. I place my hand over the map of the world and ask God to keep you
and your loved ones safe. I pray that my posts touch your heart and maybe help you in
some way or another. I hope you all have a wonderful day. And whether you are near or
far, in this country or all the way across the world - May God bless you and watch over
you and your families. Thank you for touching my life and making the world a little
bit smaller.


                                                Blessings, blessings to you and yours!
                                                                         Bye for now, Sharla

Monday, March 27, 2017

An Honest Letter About Abortion - The Truth

Hello, hello out there on this sunny, blue skies, birds are singing day! I started a post
yesterday and was trying to get through before we left for Mass. I was copying and pasting
the article I wrote for the newspaper, the one that was too long and so they posted it online.
Anyway, when I pasted the article onto my blog it did not cooperate and I didn't have time
to figure out what was wrong. I hit the save button and left for Mass. The post I started
yesterday is below - Have a wonderfully blessed week! (I figured out what was wrong and
fixed it)!


Hello out there! I hope your weekend has been full of blessings! Ours has been
action packed. But as for today, the Lord's day, we have taken it easy. We will be
leaving for Mass in about twenty minutes so this will be a quick post. I know that
some of you weren't able to read my letter/article the newspaper posted online.
(The link was in my previous post.) So I am copying and pasting it below. Please
pray for the unborn and their families. God bless you all!



This letter is in response to the article written by, John C. Moritz of USA Today Network, Austin Bureau from the Sunday, March 19, 2017 Standard Times Newspaper. The article is about House Bill 4260 filed by Jessica Farrar, member of the Texas House. Moritz calls the bill satirical and Farrar describes it as, “men’s health and safety”. From what I read, Farrar is tired of women having to undergo a sonogram and hear their baby’s heartbeat before an abortion.  She wrote this bill to try and make a point. Instead of satire or trying to make a point, let’s have an honest dialogue about abortion and a woman’s right to choose. I think a woman should be told all aspects of any procedure she is having done and that definitely includes an abortion. It is time to be honest and realize that once a woman becomes pregnant there are now two lives to consider.  If the woman is dealing with an unplanned or crisis pregnancy then we need to reach out and help her find all the resources that are available. There are many options depending on the woman’s age and circumstances. If she is young, there are maternity homes available that provide shelter for her and her baby. These homes allow the mother to finish school, work, and teach the young mother the proper life skills needed to be a good parent. There are also homes where the young woman can live until her baby is born if she is choosing adoption for her child. The mother is able to choose to have an open adoption or a closed adoption. The mother can also be involved in choosing her baby’s parents.

If a woman chooses abortion there is no going back. The abortion takes the life of her baby, and no matter what some people may say, she is going to carry that burden in her heart.  Stop making it sound like abortion is no big deal and stop saying that the unborn baby is a blob of tissue. Be honest and tell the truth. You are not helping them by lying. Having an abortion means death for the baby.  

If the young lady or woman is in her first trimester, give her the information about what is happening during this stage of development. Do the same thing with the second trimester and the third trimester. Yes, abortions are performed in the third trimester also. Late term abortions are available in some states.

Let them hear their baby’s heartbeat and show them the sonogram. Then if the young lady or woman still chooses to go through with the abortion at least she has been given all the facts. It is not about making them feel bad, it is about letting them know the truth. I do think that when given all the information about their baby’s development more times than not, the young woman will choose life for her unborn baby. And that is good! Babies are a gift, they are not a choice. How did we get to this point? When did someone’s choice become more important than someone else’s life?

I keep on hearing about women’s rights. Are you talking about all women’s rights or just the women who are pro-choice? Is there an age restriction on those rights? What about the rights of the babies? Those who are aborted because their parents wanted a daughter instead of a son, or vice versa, you know, sex selection abortions. I am so tired of all the hypocrisy. These poor babies, don’t you see, they are the innocent victims in all of this, in your childish games of satire and in the abortion industry where money is made from their deaths.  Isn’t it ironic how I hear you say that women can be anything they want to be, do anything they want to do until it comes to a crisis pregnancy. Then women are told they are not strong enough, not capable enough, that their lives will be easier if they have an abortion. Talk about a slap in the face! Being a mother is a gift and once again the innocent babies are the ones that die because of your “abortion is no big deal” propaganda!

What about the life of the unborn baby? Odds are at least half of the babies aborted are girls. Baby girls that will never get to grow up and become women. What about their rights? What about the baby boys that are aborted? Baby boys that will never get to grow up and become men. What about their rights? Shame on you and shame on us all for letting this happen.

When a couple is planning to have a baby, wanting to have a baby, excited about having a baby – guess what? Right from the very moment they find out they are pregnant everyone says it’s a baby! Who says, “I'm pregnant but don't get excited until it's a baby?” I mean it, have you ever heard anyone say that?!

Well, when a woman finds out that she is pregnant and everyone is not excited, it’s still a baby. And more than that, there is always a couple praying for a baby they can adopt, praying for a baby of their very own.

Adoption is a loving life option that is not talked about enough. Adoption for the “human babies” needs to be promoted and advertised to let women and men of all ages know that there is a life choice out there for their unborn baby. Not everyone is ready to be a parent, so let’s share the news about adoption. I was blessed to have been adopted at birth and I am so thankful for my life.  

 I pray that someday abortions won’t be legal anymore. I also pray that someday all people will come to see the true horror of abortion and that no one will choose to have one. Help is available for women who want to keep their babies and adoption is an option for those who are not able to raise their babies.

In closing, here are some numbers for you to think about:

Number of abortions performed in the United States since Roe vs Wade 1973 – 59,322,090.7

Number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood since 1970 – 7,681,442.5

Number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood this year – 72,096.5

Number of abortions performed in the United States this year after 16 weeks gestation – 9,892.7

We don’t need House Bills filed to make a point. We need to save the babies who are dying from abortion – By the time you read this article the number of abortions will be higher in the United States and in the world.  
Worldwide there is an abortion every second.
How many babies died from abortion just while you were reading this article?    
                                      We must speak up! We have to be their voice!                                                                                                                                            


 

 

 

 



Thursday, March 23, 2017

When You Believe in Something - Stand Your Ground!

Good morning out there! It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day. I read an article
in last Sunday's newspaper about House Bill 4260 filed in Texas. There is a very slim
chance this bill will be voted in because it was basically written and filed to try and
prove a point. Jessica Farrar, a 22 year member of the Texas House is the one who wrote
the bill she describes as a "men's health and safety" measure. Basically a bill that would
embarrass men and make them uncomfortable. From what I read, it sounds
like Farrar is tired of women having to undergo a 24 hour waiting period before having
an abortion, having a sonogram before an abortion, and hearing the baby's heartbeat
before an abortion. After I read the article I sat down and started making notes and
then I wrote a long letter in response to this issue.
I submitted my letter/article to the local newspaper and was told it was way too long
and that I would basically have to go from a 1,100 word letter to a 600 word letter.
I re-read my letter and decided that no, I was not going to take that much out. It wouldn't
be the same if I had to take that much content out. I told the editor of the paper that I
understood and that I would just post my letter on my blog and email it to people.
He responded back to me that they could post my entire letter on their online site. I
was thrilled and glad that I stood firm. I wrote a good letter, a very informative one and
I'm going to post the link where you can read it if you would like to. I also shared it
to my Facebook page. The title they chose for my article is,
"Choose adoption over abortion." If you aren't able to download my letter from the link
please let me know and I will post the entire 1,100 words on my next blog post!
I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed day.


http://www.gosanangelo.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/03/22/choose-adoption-over-abortion/99512914/


                                                                        Bye for now, Sharla

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Looking Back - Life is an Amazing Journey

Hello out there! I started this blog on a Saturday morning almost three years ago.
My first post was on March 22, 2014. At first I wondered if I would have enough
to say, enough to write about. Now, those of you who know me, are probably
laughing really hard - have enough to say?  I can almost hear my friends and
family's response! Are you kidding? When do you not have something to say?
Well it is three years later and looking back over my posts......I found enough to say!

This post will be number 247! A lot has gone on these last three years. Wonderful
memories and stories I'm so glad that I've shared. Thank you for reading the
stories that come from my heart. I'm going to copy the links to a couple of
stories from each year. Just looking back has made me laugh, made me cry, and
made me realize how much difference one life really does make. The video trailer at
the bottom of this page is about my book.
Only by the grace of God has all of this been possible.


I'm so thankful for my life!
Blessings to you and yours!
Bye for now, Sharla














Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Blessings from the Children

Good morning out there! I hope you have a wonderful day. I've had a busy week so far.
Yesterday I picked up the supplies needed for the Sack Lunch Ministry. I had put off
going for awhile and we needed almost everything! We don't have to worry about
the water anymore because that is being donated and delivered by some really nice men!
I want to thank everyone who is involved with this ministry that blesses so many people.
We are blessed with several volunteers who pack the sack lunches and hand them out.
The people we serve are greeted with warm smiles, happy greetings, and listening ears.
We are blessed by all the monetary donations we receive so that we can purchase the
supplies needed to provide the lunches. The children from Angelo Catholic School
decorate the sacks that the lunches are in. I took some pictures of some of the sacks
we received last week. I want to share some of the messages that were written on the
sacks. The children really take this to heart -


"I hope you are getting a lot of food. We're all praying for you. I am praying for all
your friends and your life. I want your soul to be healing from all your hunger. I want
you to be full after you eat all your food. I love you for ever. God and Jesus are
watching over you!"


"You are perfect just the way you are" (Each word was underlined.)


"We are praying 4 you!"


"Jesus loves you with all his heart"


These priceless, heartfelt messages take your breath away, brings tears to your eyes,
touch your heart, and bless us all.


Mark 10: 13-16
Jesus Blesses the Children.
People were bringing their little children to him to have him touch them, but the
disciples were scolding them for this. Jesus became indignant when he noticed it
and said to them: "Let the children come to me and do not hinder them. It is to just
such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. I assure you that whoever does not
accept the reign of God like a little child shall not take part in it." Then he embraced
them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.
(Saint Joseph Edition of the New American Bible)


                                                                      Blessings to you and yours!
                                                                                   Bye for now, Sharla



Monday, March 13, 2017

Say A Prayer and Sing Out Loud!

Hello, hello, good evening out there! A quick post before dinner! I was at the grocery
store this morning. I was picking up some lunch meat and fresh fruit for the Sack Lunch
Ministry; Oscar Mayer Thick Sliced Bologna and bananas. They were playing an oldie
but goodie song on the intercom. I think, I'm almost positive it was one of
Anne Murray's songs. I was steering my shopping cart down the isles and singing out
loud - "When there's no getting over that rainbowwwwww, and the smallest of dreams
don't come true, I can take all the madness the world has to give but I won't last a day
without youuuuu, no I won't last a day without youuuuuu. I think those are the words
of the song, they were the ones I was singing.
I checked out, loaded the groceries into my truck and drove over to the church parking
lot. I was still singing that song as I unloaded the groceries and started walking to the
cafeteria, I even threw in a little spin with my arms out wide and grocery bags
hanging from my finger tips! I was just happy, just plain old happy.
A little later on a very unhappy person tried to take my joy away and I almost let
them! This person was not someone we serve, they are all very appreciative!
 No, this was someone else who I honestly feel sorry for, but for a short time today,
they just made me mad.  But I said some prayers and just shook that ugliness right off!
Hey, that's another song, "Shake, shake, shake it off!"
I had a super great day and when Jim and I were going out to feed the chickens and
the sheep I sang that song (the first one) at the top of my lungs. I gathered eggs,
fed our outdoor goldfish and did a little dance!


The motto of my story is - Don't let other people bring you down! Say a prayer and
sing out loud!


                 Y'all have a great evening- Jim and I are praying for all of you!
               
                        I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart!


                                                               Bye for now, Sharla

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Once Upon A Time.................

Hello out there - I have so much on my heart. This Lenten journey has started out
different then the last two years. As many of you know, we have been very involved
with the 40 Days for Life campaigns in the past. We did not sign up for the campaign
that is taking place right now in over three hundred locations all across our country and
other countries as well. The pro-life mission is still heavy on all of our hearts but we
decided to take some time and re-group. The prayers have not stopped. Our prayers for
the unborn, their mothers, and their fathers are still being said. Some of us still pray the
rosary together with special intentions for the plight of the precious unborn.
My heart has ached today. I miss seeing the pro-life banners hanging on the courtyard
gates. I miss seeing people praying together and praying by themselves. I just miss it
all. Please know that we haven't given up. We will be praying the pro-life rosary for
the precious unborn at 1:00 p.m. in the courtyard tomorrow. We would love for you to
join us if at all possible. The weather has been so much warmer this Lent than last year
and the year before. I'm going to add a couple of links from my blog posts two years
ago. Stories about how cold it was when we prayed in the courtyard that year (2015).
Jim and I talked this morning about how things change. We also talked about how
important it is to promote adoption as a life option and let people know that a baby is
gift from God! Yes, things may change, but our pro-life mission continues!
Please keep praying for the babies. God bless you all.




http://adoptedandblessed.blogspot.com/2015/03/winter-weather-blessings-from-courtyard.html


http://adoptedandblessed.blogspot.com/2015/03/this-blog-is-my-way-of-speaking-for.html


http://adoptedandblessed.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-courtyard-place-where-you-are.html


Once upon a time fifty or so years ago
a baby girl was born and she needed a home.
Never knowing the circumstances or the reason why,
her birth mother couldn't keep her,
she had to say goodbye.
This baby girl was three days old
when a loving family came and took her to their home.
With love, and joy, and happiness this baby girl grew up.
She never met a stranger and her heart was full of love.
She loved to hear the stories about her special day,
the day her family came and gave her their name.


That baby girl was me.


                                                                               Bye for now, Sharla


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lead Me, Lord and I Will Follow

Good morning out there! I want to share a post I wrote back in July. I was looking for
a prayer I had written in a previous post and I came across this one post that jumped
out. I read the post and read it again. I could feel the pain I felt that day. When you
believe in something with all of your heart there are days of despair. Days you just
wonder, "Does anyone care what I write or say?" But then you realize that as long
as you know what is right and true, you will continue to speak up.
The following is the post I wrote that day - and my heart still aches the very same way.


(Previously posted on July 22, 2016)
Hello Out There - A quick post before I dash out the door! Please pray for the babies
today! The unborn and their families are really on my heart. This morning I prayed for
them as I walked - I pray for them every morning but this morning I really cried out
to God, Our Father to please spare their little innocent lives. I prayed for a conversion
of hearts. I prayed that the abortionists would be overcome with grief and dismay and
shame for ending the lives of the precious unborn babies. I prayed for the mothers and
I prayed for the fathers that they would realize that this is their baby, their own flesh and
blood. I wish I had more time to write today but I have so much to do I don't have time.
I couldn't leave until I wrote this short little post imploring each of you to please pray.


I just opened my "Living Faith - Daily Catholic Devotions" and the title just jumped off
the page - Seeking, Weeping, Finding
This is the scripture for today -
Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?"
                                                         John 20:15


 I'm really weeping now!  Dear Jesus, I'm looking for You in everyone I see! I'm
weeping for the unborn and for the mothers and the fathers. I'm weeping and sobbing
and crying out to You because I just don't know what to do - You have placed this message
so on my heart but what do I do? What do I say - Please Jesus help me, please show me
the way! My heart aches and my tears flow, I cry out to You to save the unborn. I pray
for conversion of hearts because only You can soften their hearts. Please Dear God,
please have mercy on us - please God help us with this fight - help us be strong, courageous
and true - help us not give up! Dear God, I hear you and I'm listening and I'm trying but
please open my eyes if there is something I'm missing that I'm not seeing. Here I am,
Lord, here I am. Amen.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Pray Without Ceasing

Hello out there - it is a beautiful day. Sharing some prayers that are always on my lips
and in my heart. God bless you all.


My prayer today is for the unborn, the innocent little babes.
My prayer today is for the little ones who are hungry and abused.
My prayer today is for the children who have to grow up to fast.
My prayer is for the teenagers who move from one foster home to the next.
My prayer is for those who live in group homes and those who have no home at all.
My prayer is that all these children, from the unborn baby in their mother's womb,
to the fully grown young ladies and young men, that they will be loved
and protected, nurtured and fed. I pray that they have shoes that fit and clothes
for all the seasons. I pray that they have a roof over their head. And not just a roof,
but an actual home where they feel safe and feel loved and special.
Dear God, please, protect all children everywhere. Amen.

I pray for those who are hungry and those who have no home. I pray for those we serve
with families of their own. I pray for peace and understanding for those who live on the
streets. I pray for Jesus to guide me, to be His hands and feet. Amen.

Dear God, please watch over all these countries where war has broken out.
Please God, protect the innocent people and their families. Please protect us
all from the terrorist's plots, attacks and threats.
Thank you, God, for our many blessings. Please be with all those who are in
need. Please God, show us and guide us to how we can best help others.
You created us all, please help us to love our neighbor,
care for one another, and to pray for those who seek a better life.
 In Jesus Name I pray Dear Lord, Amen.


The Divine Mercy Chaplet -  This is a wonderful, calming prayer. I usually sing
the words quietly and sometimes I sing out loud.
The refrain goes like this:
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
 (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, 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. The sign of the cross and Amen.


Pray for each other and the world will be a better place! God bless you all!
                                                                      Bye for now, Sharla







Friday, February 24, 2017

Trying To Promote Faith, Family, Adoption, and Light in This Dark World!

Hello out there! I've had a busy and productive week - Not much time to sit and write.
I have a lot to say on several different issues. How, oh how do we get the message of
adoption as a life option out in this pro-choice/abortion minded world? Please pay
attention to the magazines your teens are reading. Some of the teen magazines really
promote abortion and other things you would probably be shocked by.
I am going to itemize things so I don't forget anything that I think is important to share!


1. Pay attention to the magazines, books and television shows your children and
    teenagers are reading and watching! Even if you are watching a family show - the
    commercials that come on will shock the heck right out of you!


I remember this one time when I was in junior high and my dad was taking my friends
and I somewhere. We were singing at the top of our lungs to some Olivia Newton John
song and my dad said something about it being an awful song. I look back now and
listen to the lyrics in my head and realize how right he was! (And I know that the lyrics
to that song were nothing compared to some of today's music!)


2. Listen to the type of music your children and teenagers are listening too! (to?)


I was in Walmart yesterday and today, and at the check out stand there were the typical
trashy magazines a long with a few decent ones. While I waited I placed the decent
magazines in front of the trashy ones that way I didn't have to see them. And more
important, keep the images from the children who might be in that line where those
magazines are at eye level for them!


3. Guess how much money Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood (president
of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America) is making?
She got a really big raise. She is now making ONE MILLION dollars a year! Our taxes
are helping to pay her ONE MILLION dollars a year! Please call your local
representatives and complain if you are as appalled as I am.
That is a whole lot of BLOOD MONEY!


The press release for my book is now being distributed. I am trying with all my heart
to share the beauty of faith, family, love, and promote adoption for the human babies.
Please help me with this important mission. There is good news out there - but people
won't hear it or read it unless we do our part. The liberal media, the liberal movie stars
and the liberal newspapers are pushing their own agendas.


The following is a copy of the press release for my book - God bless you all!


Headline

Author Sharla Ynostrosa’s newly released “Adopted and Blessed: Words from
 my heart” makes the case for adoption through story.

Summary of the release
 “Adopted and Blessed: Words from my heart” from Christian Faith Publishing author
 Sharla Ynostrosa is a powerful reminder of why adoption is so important.  From
 heartwarming to funny, this collection of stories reveals the beauty and power of life-
 giving adoption.

Full release text
 “Adopted and Blessed: Words from my heart”: a heartening collection of stories about
 adoption.  “Adopted and Blessed: Words from my heart” is the creation of published
 author, Sharla Ynostrosa, adoptee and pro-life advocate whose blog can be found at
 www.adoptedandblessed.blogspot.com.  Sharla’s family is her top priority.  She
 enjoys planting flowers and watching the birds, squirrels, peacocks, and chickens that
 visit her front yard. She and her husband live in San Angelo, Texas, where they are
 active members in their parish, Sacred Heart Cathedral.

 “My hopes and prayers are that more women will make the loving and beautiful
 choice—adoption. I was blessed to have been adopted at birth, and I wanted to share
 my stories in the hope that they will touch people’s hearts.” --Sharla Ynostrosa

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Sharla Ynostrosa’s new book reveals the
 inspiring message of adoption.

Sometimes, women are faced with an extremely difficult decision.  An unplanned, or
 unwanted, pregnancy can seem overwhelming for some. Letting these women know
 that people care about them and their unborn children is essential. Life is always the
 only option, but adoption is a loving and beautiful solution for those who need a way
 forward.

 “Adopted and Blessed: Words from my heart” is a collection of heartwarming, funny,
 and honest stories.  Written based on the author’s time at the Sack Lunch Ministry
 and four “40 Days for Life” campaigns, each story is unique and special in its own way,
 but they all share the author’s pro-life mission. Whether looking for some guidance or
 family-oriented, high quality entertainment, this collection has something to offer
 everyone.

View a synopsis of “Adopted and Blessed: Words from my heart” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “Adopted and Blessed: Words from my heart” at traditional
 brick & mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or
 Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “Adopted and Blessed: Words from my
 heart”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.







Saturday, February 18, 2017

First Reconciliation, Families, and Making This World a Better Place

Good morning out there! Every day is a gift from God! Some days things may not
go as you planned, but that is life. I'm a glass is half full kind of gal. I'm not saying
that I don't have days where nothing seems to work out right. I just know that when
I have those kind of days, the sun will rise on a new day, and more than likely, that
day will be awesome! Doing something for someone else takes the focus off yourself.
The more you reach out to others and pray for others, helps you realize that everything
is not just about you (I mean me when I'm saying that)!
Being a wife, mother, and grandmother (nana) has given me more joy and happiness
than I ever could have imagined. My grandchildren are my extra special gifts from
God. They are all precious and unique in their own wonderful way and I love them
very much. I am so blessed to be their nana.
I received a phone call this morning from my daughter-in-law and granddaughter
(grandchild number five) who live out of town. They wanted to call and tell me about
her First Reconciliation. My granddaughter told me that she was the first one in her
group to go to confession. I told her that while I was praying my rosary yesterday
morning, I was thinking about her. This is a special time in her life because she will
receive her First Holy Communion this year. I had prayed some extra prayers for her
yesterday.
I love that I have that special bond with all of my grandchildren. It makes me very
happy that she wanted to call and tell me about her special morning! Jim and I will
be there when she receives her First Holy Communion - an extra special blessing for us!
Enjoy every moment you have with your family. Whether you are newly married or
have been married for a long time - hug your spouse and thank God for them.
Pray for them and with them! Communication is so important - talk to each other and
don't expect them to be able to read your mind! It's important to say thank you and
please, and do not take each other for granted.
If you are blessed with children - spend time with them, hug them, tell them you love
them, pray for them and pray with them!
They need your love and encouragement. They need stability and they need to have
God in their lives. Go to Mass together as a family. Pray before meals and pray
before bed. Pay attention to who your children are hanging around with. Be involved
in their activities. Children grow up so fast. Make the most of every moment!
And if you are blessed with grandchildren - what a gift from God! Enjoy every
phone call and every visit. Hug those grandbabies and hold them tight! Pray for
them and let them know that they are a gift, a beautiful gift from God!
If you are single and looking for your true love - make sure you are on the same page
and that you want the same things in life. Go to church together and make sure
to invite God into your relationship! A wedding is a day and a marriage is a life time!
Work harder on your relationship with your wife or husband than on that next
presentation or whatever at work (or at least work just as hard on your relationship)!
My message to everyone is this - If we take care of each other, love one another, and
act how God wants us to act, and not how the world wants us to act, we can be a
true blessing to everyone. And just maybe, we can make the world a better place!
My heart is full and my cup runneth over!
Thank you, God! Thank you for my many blessings! Amen
                                                                 Bye for now, Sharla



Friday, February 17, 2017

Sack Lunches and Adoption Stories!

Hello out there! It's Friday! On Tuesday I was at the .................you guessed it - the
Sack Lunch Ministry and I realized something that all of the volunteers for Tuesday,
had in common. One of my friends was helping out on Tuesday (she is going to be a
regular volunteer - yay!) and let me just go ahead and say that all of the volunteers from
the Sack Lunch Ministry are my friends! They all have big, caring hearts and are all
wonderful people! But back to what we all have in common - Adoption has blessed all
of our lives in one way or another! Two of our volunteers have adopted children. Another
volunteer has a great-granddaughter who was adopted. A couple who was volunteering
has a granddaughter who was adopted and I was adopted! How cool is that?
Everyone that volunteered on Tuesday has been blessed by adoption! Eight! That is the
number of children (including myself) who were blessed to have been adopted! And
remember - adoption isn't just about one life, but generations! Isn't that amazing!
We all share a unique bond! An amazing, adoption is a loving life option, kind of bond!
Carmen said, "Sharla, you need to share this on your blog!" We all shared stories about
what a  beautiful gift adoption is and what a blessing adoption has been in all of our
lives! I just knew that y'all would love this!
I hope you all have a great evening and a weekend full of blessings!
                                                          Blessings to you and yours,
                                                                            Bye for now, Sharla