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I live in the beautiful Northern California area, where I’ve raised my three incredible children. I’ve spent the last six years of my career working with at-risk youth, and am so blessed by their stories of courage and resilience, as well as honored to be a part of a team...

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  1. O how the tears welled up in my eyes as I read this beautiful story. I had to ask God to forgive me for being jealous of this woman having never experienced the kind of love that she felt for her beloved husband. She wore his clothes to keep him close to her each and every day regardless of how others saw her. God loves us no matter what we look like on the outside and I am eternally grateful for that. Thank you for sharing Sharyn.

    • Paulette, thank you very much for your beautiful message to me. I have to admit that I’ve never experienced that kind of love, either, at least not within a marriage. And so I relate with your feelings about it. This year I have been working on celebrating love wherever I see it, even though I’ve wished I had it myself, even though I may feel a bit jealous. And I find that being happy for others makes me feel much better, plus I also believe it puts me in a better position to know if when I see it in my own relationships. Have a love-filled day! 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness. This post. Wow. Just made me think of how many people I must overlook on a daily basis. Either because of my “busyness,” or because I make a judgment about them based on how they look/talk/smell etc. I have a son who has Down Syndrome. I am used to “the looks.” And it makes me mad/frustrated/upset when I see him look at people in their eyes and smile, or comment, and they look away. I think to myself, “is it really that hard to just say, “HI?” Good grief. And I think, “wow…if they only knew how special he really is, they would be lining up to talk to him and be his friend.” But isn’t it just like God to gently remind me of the ways I probably do this same thing to others…like the lady in your story. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Marty, we have all walked past someone precious and not given them the acknowledgement that they deserve. Your sweet comment reminds me to keep looking for ways to give dignity to all I come into contact with, and also to remember to not be so busy that I fail to acknowledge the presence of dear souls around me. Thank you for taking the time to share with me today.

    • Marty,
      Prayers for you and your family for strength and courage as you raise your precious son! To many people are prejudiced about others. I wish that weren’t true! I try to smile and say hi no matter what!
      May God bless you as you travel this journey!

      Blessings (((((hugs)))))!

  3. Sharyn,
    Such a thoughtful post! I love how this woman displayed her love of her husband daily no matter the consequences. Exactly like God!! He loved us soo so much that no matter what we do or how we act He will still come longing for us! We must learn not to judge others and to never overlook anyone. For me that means saying thank you to cashers, acknowledging others, saying hello to people and sometimes just smiling at them. Letting them know they matter!
    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, thank you for this. I like your suggestions for bringing love with you into the mundane and “normal” tasks of the day. I know when I’ve gone through some very hard times that the simple kindnesses of people that I didn’t know were even sweeter to me. 🙂