Monday, October 28, 2013

The Holy Spirit Popping In

After I shared my photos from Medjugorje with my group of pilgrims, one of them sent me an email saying she spotted the Holy Spirit.  How awesome!

When I took this picture of the statue outside St. James Church, I was mostly paying attention to the lighting and exposure.  Unfortunately, I over looked the birds and especially the bird in the upper right corner.  I couldn't tell you if they were flying around or just appeared in the picture.

I am not sure about this picture because I don't like to doubt God's presence in my life and I also don't like to reach for signs that he is near.  I know he's present and near.  Anyway, I do really like this picture.  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.  So, to promote the Michigan Pink Ribbon License Plate, I got to work on my Cricut!

I cut the state of Michigan out of the 50 States Cartridge, on pink paper of course!  Then I pinned a pink ribbon to it for the Senators to wear in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Oh yeah, the Senator from the UP will get a UP cutout ;)  I'm counting on the cuteness of these to inspire some movement on this legislation!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Blessed are those who have not seen but still have believed.

I went to Medjugorje!  I was finally able to go and it was more amazing than I could have imagined.  If you haven't heard of Medjugorje, this website has a good history of the place.  I am so grateful for the experience and I truly feel as though I was called there.

{view from my balcony}

The entire time it seemed like people were experiencing miracles within their faith.  I heard the visionaries Vicka and Marija speak about their experiences and the messages from the Blessed Mother.  It was so inspiring and uplifting.

While I was there, I bought 11 religious medals to be blessed.  I intended to keep one and give away the other 10.  Each day in church, the priest blessed the religious items brought to mass.  Additionally, my group packed our rosaries, medals and other items each in our own plastic bag and then all together into a suitcase. The suitcase was then brought to the visionary Vicka's home to be present during her apparition.  During the apparition, the Blessed Mother blessed the people and religious items present.

My group got our bags back the next night after dinner.  I took mine up to my room and unpacked it, mostly to make sure everything was accounted for.  Incredibly, one of my medals was now gold!  When I bought them and when I packed them into the bag, they were all a silver color.  I was amazed and humbled that the Blessed Mother gave me a sign of her presence.

I took the medals into the next room, I held them up to the light, I took them out of their package.  I had to be sure I wasn't seeing things.  I couldn't sleep, I had to keep checking to make sure she didn't change it back as quickly as she turned it gold!  I had to take a picture of it to be sure I had proof that it was once gold if it did suddenly change.

Here they are.  The gold medal on the far left was once exactly the same as the rectangular medal two to the right of it.  I did a little searching online about other people who have had similar experiences and I was saddened to see many people express skepticism and disbelief.  None of these medals had been worn and they were all together inside a plastic bag.  I believe that this was a sign from Mary that she is with me and hears me and it has been 2 weeks and she hasn't changed it back yet! Phew!