It’s a whole new week…

God is good. God is merciful. God is Almighty.

I was in the dregs, crying and pleading for my girl. It’s been tough, as it has been for so many, these many days of crises.

Then one day, I just woke up and saw the sun shine. It was a break in the clouds, but it reminded me of Allie. She is my everlasting sunshine. She can pep the dregs out of anyone.

The sun will shine again someday, and I hold on to this hope. God is merciful, and He will make that sun shine. It’s never when we as humans want it. It is then so important that we keep waking up each day because when that sun shines, we have to grab it and linger in that light.

The noise of world keeps the silence of our Lord from truly filling our hearts and minds. The ability to hear Him does require effort. But He is always there, patiently loving each one of us, waiting and persistently trying to reach us. I sometimes just don’t want to hear it. I know it’s easier to let that noise drown out our sorrows. He will never leave us, and I know this. When I’m tired of the sadness, I just look up, and He is always there. I hope that when you are tired, hopeless and down, look up, know and feel His love. Know there are many people, like me, who are willing to listen to your heartache. Love is in the air, and those droplets are for everyone.

Give love…

What is love? Unending, no-holds barred love? It is pure, sincere, non-judgmental, and asks nothing in return. It is God in all levels, and our spirits yearn for His love. We each try to find that love on earth, and we fail because no one else can give that kind of pure love. But if we expect no perfect love, but love that at least exists with a sprinkling of respect, honor and patience, there is plenty of love out there. Love isn’t for the weak-hearted. It isn’t for those who don’t want to give. It requires you to give despite any pain you will receive. And it requires you to give up your arrogance and narcissism at the door. There’s the love for our friends and neighbors. There’s a love for those who don’t agree with our politics. It’s not the same kind of love, but it is love. It’s similar to tolerance and openness. That is a kind of love. Love is for everyone. Everyone deserves it. Treat kindly, thread softly, and don’t test love. You will know it when you feel it.

How to talk to Teens, according to Teens…

Johnny’s Ambassadors is a non-profit group that takes ACTION to spread the word about the harms of marijuana on youth. Founder Laura Stack offers so much information free of charge, including webinars that we spotlight here.

A member of Johnny’s Ambassadors Advisory Council member, Kari Eckert, lost her son, Robbie, to suicide, and TODAY would have been his 18th birthday. Kari’s nonprofit, Robbie’s Hope, is offering an adult handbook for you called “A Guide by Teens on How to Talk to Teens.” Laura, Kari and others request to please honor her son’s memory for his birthday and download, use, and share this incredible guide! It helps parents navigate conversations with their teens on a variety of teenage issues including anxiety, depression, and suicide.