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Just in Case

“Just in Case” was written by my dear husband, Ryan Miller.  He shared this with me on our 23rd Valentine’s Day together, and it warmed my heart in a way that flowers or candy never will.   I hope you enjoy his sweet message, too.  – God Bless, Mimi Just in Case I used to attend church when it was convenient for me.  I attended when I felt I needed to go, just in case this “God thing” was real.  I didn’t care about other people’s place with God.  I didn’t want to hear about others problems.  I just went to church in case the God thing was real, and I needed a ticket to Heaven.  I never really reflected on that until now.  I’ve shared my “Root Beer Barrel” testimony, and if you haven’t read it,  you can read it here, but I’ve had a history of wavering in my…

A Prayer of Transformation

One of the most powerful ways to invite Jesus into your life, is to say a prayer of transformation.  Whether you say it once in your lifetime, or each and every day, it is certain to be life changing. Inviting Jesus into your heart, and dedicating your life to Him is the most powerful way to experience God’s everlasting love.  As St. Augustine said, “Our Hearts are restless, until they rest in you Lord.” The Prayer of Transformation below comes from Matthew Kelly’s book, “Rediscovering Jesus” as referenced here. Loving Father, Here I am. I trust that you have an incredible plan for me. Transform me. Transform my life. Everything is on the table. Take what you want to take and give what you want to give. Transform me into the person you created me to be, so I can live the life you envision for me. I hold nothing…

Pennies from Heaven

My good friends, the Watson’s shared this story with me this Summer, and immediately I knew it was a God moment that I wanted to share.  With their permission, I created this video to tell the tale.  I hope it touches your heart the way it did mine.

A Prayer of Healing

Tonight, our Community will gather on behalf of Father Jim Halleron, Priest of St. Patricks Catholic Church in Bryan, OH and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Montpelier, OH.  Father Jim is currently undergoing three cycles of chemotherapy to treat Cancer which has returned to him a second time.   Details surrounding tonight’s benefit can be found here. Father Jim is a compassionate, warm, and loving Priest.  He is humble, kind, and fun-loving.  Known for his big personality, high fives, and to the point homilies, Father Jim is an inspiration to live life to the fullest each and every day.  I feel blessed to know Father Jim, and I pray that tonight’s benefit raises not only much-needed funds, but awareness to Father Jim regarding how many people love and care for him, and how many lives he’s touched. Below is a prayer that I received during a Mass presided over by Father Jim. …

The Root Beer Barrel

Has God ever given you a sign? How about a soda-pop flavored candy one? Well, that’s just what he gave my Husband, Ryan and I. Here’s our sweet story… We were headed home from a weekend getaway to Indianapolis.  After 2 days sans-children we were blissfully relaxed, and our conversation had shifted from the superficial, into deeper territory.   I couldn’t tell you how we got to the topic, but suddenly, the most raw, and honest secret came bubbling out. “I’m afraid to die.” There it was.  My big, strong, 6’1” husband admitted that he was afraid of dying.  Not of the pain, or of leaving things undone, but fearful that there was no “eternity” waiting for him.  I didn’t know what to say.  This was not a fear I shared.  For as long as I could remember, I’d looked forward to going to Heaven.  (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not…

Chalk it up to Experience

Try Creating a Menu Board! Weeknights used to be nutty in our house!  After a full day of work (and ubering kids)  I’d return home with a hangry (hungry +angry) crew asking, “What’s For Dinner?” Inevitably, no matter what the answer was, someone in the crowd would be disappointed.  That was until, my lovely and smart sister-in-law, Abby gave me the brilliant idea to post a weekly Menu Board.  The menu board allows me to plan our meals, and answer the “What’s for Dinner” question a full week ahead of time.  The grumpy “I don’t like that” comments are used up on Sunday night, and the meal planning has helped me to reduce our weekly grocery spend, too. We also use our Menu Board to post a Bible verse for the week.  The Bible verse sets a tone for the week, and it always opens up great dialog around the dinner table.  Below…

Come Holy Spirit

This prayer is very special to me.  After my Grandma Norma passed away, our entire family gathered at her home.  While we were there, my husband Ryan picked up a “Catholic” Bible off of one of Grandma’s shelves.   Just inside the cover, was the prayer to the Holy Spirit.  Ryan was so surprised at finding it there, and he shared with me that this prayer plays a special role in the Great Banquet, a spiritual retreat that at the time, he had attended, and up until that point, I had refused to go to.  It was finding this prayer in Grandma Norma’s Bible that led me to attending my own Great Banquet, where I would accept Jesus into my heart in a way that I never had before. Come Holy Spirit Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love Send…