While the eyes of the great are elsewhere

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While the eyes of the great are elsewhere

By Rita Davidson

 

If you stay on Facebook long enough you’re bound to get weak in the knees with all the bad news that is passed around.

Wars and rumors of wars….Seems we were warned about this by Our Lady of Fatima. The terrible beheading of James Foley; (may he rest in peace). Extremists taking over city after city with a barbarity that we haven’t seen in centuries.  Watching the cries of mothers stretched to their limit. Warnings of possible US strikes. I don’t want to dredge up all the horrors but we have to agree it is frightening.

All the more frightening for families; wife’s and mothers with sons (and daughters) in the military or other professions that put them in harms way.

It is frightening enough to make one want to give up. It’s too much for the mind to take in. It sure took a few days for me to process it.

I barely hear the news; we have no radio or TV signal at all. So all my news is online and I don’t go looking for it often. So it’s usually the BIGGEST stories that trickle down to me. I have made a “choice” to block out news since, what good does it do me to know what is happening day by day? Besides the weather, what difference does it matter what is happening around the world? Our duty is here, to our vocation and our family and that is just where God would want us.

SO WHERE DOES THIS ALL FIT?

Well I’m no rocket scientist, or theologian, I’m just a Catholic mom like you. And I say Catholics, must have hope. Hope for what you ask? Well, let’s take a closer look at this.

Our Lady of Fatima said, “Russia would spread her errors”, where does Russia fit into this Middle East explosion? Was Our Lady wrong? Of course not! So, we must conclude that this is not the “ERROR” that Our Lady warned us about. That doesn’t mean we forget about it, but we must be sure that this terrifying barbarity doesn’t distract us ‘while the eyes of the great are elsewhere’. What else is happening in the world right now that should concern us?

Perhaps it’s our freedoms that are slowly being eroded from families and society in the western world. While abortion is still all the rage there is some progress here and there. But the big push is for euthanasia. Everywhere it is pushing for its place in every corner. Then there is all the entertainment. Social media and the internet has literally changed the way are families relate to each other now and impurity is at our very fingertips.

While the news is unsettling in the Middle East, we must remember this is all part of a puzzle which we are only seeing a part. What purpose does God have in this new violence? How does this all look from God’s eyes? Can you see where I’m headed with this?

Well, God is surely sick of His children that have no regard for Him. How many blasphemies of Jesus and His blessed Mother, are reported daily that cry to heaven for vengeance? How about the Satanists that are trying now to come out in the open to spread their hatred for the Catholic faith among regular society.

The West and its extravagance is drowning in impurity from every side. I even read a report that said the violence from the middle east is partly because they are sick of the impurity so widespread here.

Our Lady of Fatima has warned us to do penance to stay her Son’s hand from striking the world. “Men must amend their lives, and ask pardon for their sin”

MARTYRS ARE THE SEEDS OF THE CHURCH

Can you see how this fits in now? While the West is saturated with impurity, idolatry and Godlessness, the Middle East and other areas are slaughtering Christians for their faith. This is the blood of martyrs, these martyrs are the seeds of the Church. These martyrs are appeasing the hand of God, to give the West time to repent.

Our Lady of Fatima said, “(Russia)…,  will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecution of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed…But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

How do we know? There are glimpses of hope, if you watch for them. One story I read of some people standing up to fight back. Another story I read about those families that managed to escape and now refuges but they are ALIVE! Lastly was a report how a growing number of Muslims are siding with Christians and fighting with them because of the brave example they seen in those Christians that died for their faith.

As disheartening as it seems, God IS there with those faithful souls. Bringing their souls courage and nourishment so they may die well. For others He is helping them find a way to escape. There have always been times in the Church when all seemed lost. Now is NOT the time to give up. Now is the time to pray all the more!

WHAT CAN WE DO?

We must pray much more, and stay faithful to our station in life. Pray our rosary as Our Lady asked at Fatima, and keep her company for 15 minutes on five  1st Saturdays. She tells us, “Recite the rosary every day to obtain the peace for the world and the end of the war.”

That’s it! Our prayers are united to the Church Militant. Our prayers, can support those faithful souls that are giving up their souls for Christ.

With our cooperation God can do so much more good in the world. It is up to us to make up for those we know that are lax in the faith. There is always hope and there is nothing more that the devil would like; than to take away our hope so we will feel helpless and do nothing to help the Church.

Remember the battle of Lepanto and Our Lady’s victory there! Do not give up, but commit yourself to Our Lady’s side by saying her rosary and she will surprise us with a greater victory than we could imagine. Because in the end, “ my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

And there will be an era of peace.

With love,

Rita Xo

©Copyright 2014  Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 While the eyes of the great are elsewhereRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

When God says “NO”

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When God says “NO”

By Rita Davidson

 

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen”

We mouth these words over and over again for our latest request. Have you ever prayed for something so badly you can almost taste it? Your heart is just breaking trying to get God to hear your plea? How about that prayer you say over and over again for days, weeks, months, or years with no answer? Do you feel that God is even hearing you? He sure can seem silent sometimes…

After living homeless for 6 months and moving six times in six months, we were so happy to get settled back here. As many of you know we lost our home, business and van in a devastating house fire that left us homeless for 6 months in 2013.

I think some of that day still hasn’t really settled in. I mean I knew my head was thick…but..well sometimes our minds can only absorb bits at a time when such a tragedy happens. Thank goodness God plans it that way.

We did all we could to get back to our land. It was the only thing that made sense at the time. Being estranged from home, everyday the boys reminded us “they just want(ed) to go home” It was this terrible longing to get back to something familiar. So powerful it was on our minds everyday. We tried and tried and tried, always looking for the “breadcrumb signs” that God was sending us to light our path.

First we thought we could raise enough to start building, we hooked up with a builder who gave us a great price on a pre-built home, but as days turned into weeks, when one fundraiser failed and another didn’t pan out, we knew it was not going to work.

We wracked our brains until they were tired, what our next step would be. Talking to our friends who became our trusty advisors. They brought clarity to our confusion. By now many weeks had passed and we were already moved to our next destination from our campsite to a cabin. We were sad to see the campsite go. The boys had loved the open space there but it was time to move on.

So now we settled into the cabin, not far from the campsite. It was beautiful and quiet compared to the bustle of the campsite. Almost too melancholic; after a tragedy like ours. I prayed to God, “please just get us home for Christmas”. And continued to pray that everyday so badly I could taste it. But we made the best of it.

Our next step, we found a little house to move. We had to try to move it here. That seemed all set, price was right, mover was set, the end seemed in sight. Amen! Then the movers backed out and that idea swiftly fell apart.

Now we were heading into late Fall, and the first snow was appearing. “Dear God,” I asked as I looked up at the sky, “please get us home for Christmas.”

When you really reduce your needs, you realize all we need is four walls and a roof to keep the weather out. Again it becomes agony as you stretch your brain to see ‘how can I get just four walls and a roof”?

As a last resort we looked up mobile home trailers. We made some phone calls and plans to go down. With one of our trusted advisors we went down to see these trailers and picked one that would work. We moved it here beginning of December to the joy of everyone. Here was some progress, finally! Thank you God!  I was dreaming of a white Christmas bundled up in this trailer back home…

But time kept ticking, as we waited for permissions and more, the ground was freezing more everyday. It had no power or heat. We had to get trenches dug to hook up our septic and power line…but the first one who tried to dig the ground failed. Now we were just 2 days before Christmas. I was crushed. By now we were sitting in our first motel with all the belongings we could carry with us after leaving the cabin. I knew right then, God was keeping us from our home for Christmas. I could feel it in my bones. The struggle was gone. I was crushed again…but oh so tired of the struggle. It was not meant to be. I fought the cross.

All I wanted was to curl up in a ball and forget where I was. But, as a mother I knew I had to do better than that. Our boys needed a Christmas! So badly, after all they suffered. I had to swallow my pride , my defeat and do something so they would have something to remember.

So I called up another large hotel and asked them if they would put them up for Christmas so we could put up a tree, Christmas dinner and a real Christmas for the boys. They invited us over that afternoon and by supper we were moved in!

Now we had a lavish, 1000 square foot apartment suite to spend our Christmas. It was a sad irony, that we were struggling so much to get four walls and a roof to live, and here we were in a fancy 1000 square foot hotel room. God has a sense of humor sometimes.

Fast Forward to today. Soon after we moved back, we were denied a mortgage to build, so we were forced to leave this place too. So the wandering began again.

We have been looking for a place after a broker said she find us a small amount of funds to buy. The first place we found we lost before we had a chance to make an offer. We’ve been agonizing over listings and drive by place after place looking for the privacy and space we need. A sign this is the place God is calling us too. Those four walls and a roof.

The last one we found was so perfect. The privacy, and size, the location, the “breadcrumbs from God” lighting the way.

We put an offer on it. Then we waited!

Oh the agony, the excitement, the worry.

Then more offers came in, and we put in another offer. But it was not meant to be. After all the time and effort put into trying to get this place, we were outbid by another. Back to looking again, God where do you want us? Where shall we go?

You see, God often says no doesn’t He? I mean all my pleas went on deaf ears really. We just wanted to go home, but He wanted us to feel ‘homeless’ on Christmas eve, just like His parents did. It was a feeling of desolation I wasn’t prepared for.

He stalled that just long enough to stretch out our cross. “Will you carry it?” He asked. I finally did, but begrudgingly at first.

“No not now little one” He speaks to us. We pout and cry, but ‘why?’. He knows why, a million more reasons than we could understand. We just have to Trust that He knows best. And He does.

We cannot see what God sees, we cannot understand His ways. All we can do is Trust that He is guiding us, that He is in control and desires what is best for us. When we can finally rest in His peace, we will stop struggling so much with “why?”.

So when you are agonizing over your “why” I hope you remember our struggle, and remember that God has a plan for us, that He just hasn’t revealed yet. We must watch for the ‘breadcrumbs from God to light our way’.

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God bless you all,

 With love,

Rita Xo icon smile When God says “NO”

©Copyright 2014  Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 When God says “NO”Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future

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“It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future”

This quote brought me great comfort this week. When we are at a crossroads and we can’t see far ahead, all we can do is place our trust in God and pray for HIS will to be done.

As we await God’s will for our home, we are placing our trust in Him who cares more for us than the flowers in the field. Be sure to remember He is taking care of YOUR every need too!

Please pray for us, and if you can, please help us raise what is needed to get us in a home:

We cannot thank you enough,

God bless you all,

With love,

Rita Xo icon smile It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the futureRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Our St Philomena Story!

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Our St Philomena Story

by Rita Davidson

I remember it distinctly, our only van was lost, out of commission and we were without a vehicle. Living in a rural area we panicked at first, but then remembered the nice neighbor we had that offered to bring us groceries and such. Even though Mark is a great on a bike, our closest store was 35 minutes by driving and though he did bike that far a few times, it wasn’t like he could do that often.

It was a hot summer, the heat bugs often in our ears. We just waited to find the ‘right’ vehicle. Problem is the ‘right’ vehicle for us was well, impossible.

We had no money to buy anything. And that was where our story started. How long were we going to go without a vehicle? We didn’t know.

We prayed and prayed and months passed by. Patience is a virtue they say, well we sure learned some this summer. Four months passed and still nothing. Then working in my kitchen baking bread one day, I heard a distinct “KNOCK”.

It was so distinct I heard it ’3′ times before it stopped. Not 2 or 4, but THREE. As the window looked right over our verandah I looked over. A distinct chill ran through up my spine. There was NO ONE there. I KNOW I heard three distinct knocks. I know I did. INSTANTLY, like a download in my brain, St. Philomena came to my mind and reminded me I had been praying to her! Oh I wasn’t crazy after all, I thought! icon smile Our St Philomena Story!

Soon after that, we found a check in the mail for our ‘van’. Just like that!

Next, as our friend was dropping off groceries she happens to say, “I seen a van for sale on this road”.

hmmmm we call up the van owner and after more prayers, some questions and a prayer to my dad (who had passed away not long before but worked in autobody, we bought it over the phone (I often thought my dad would be rolling over on this purchase) for $500.

Long story short, the van ran for years for us and Andrew just took a picture of it at our mechanics scrap-yard, still sitting there.

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We owe St. Philomena ALOT. This is not all she has done for us. I know she can do more for you too! My FAVORITE prayer to her is below. It can be said anytime and is always effective!

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Just like St. Therese sends roses, our little Philomena sends knocks! So be prepared for her knocks when she answers your prayer that will give you goosebumps as it did me! I hope she blesses you as much as she has blessed us!

As many of you know we FOUND A HOUSE! BUT we now need just $10,000 more to close the deal!

I’m asking St. Philomena to  help us with this. Won’t you help us by sharing this page, and spreading the word about St. Philomena too? Your helping us will get us closer to serving you with the favorite resources you love so much!

SHARE our FUNDRAISING PAGE —> www.gofundme.com/davidsonfamilytrust

 Just $20 from 500 people will get us to our final goal!!! Will you help us? icon smile Our St Philomena Story!

St. Philomena, pray for us!

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 Our St Philomena Story!Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

10 Tips for Keeping our Children safe online

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10 Tips for Keeping our Children safe online

By Rita Davidson

We are living in troubling times. With the smut on Television, and in print magazines, it doesn’t end there. While most of us try to limit exposure by leaving the city, disconnecting cable TV,  or limiting friends, it seems “smut” has a life of it’s own, and has grown more clever to find our children unawares. This was brought up on my Facebook page, by a good friend, and I’ve been pondering this ever since. It’s a brave new world, or is it?

Enter the new mobile world! From iPads to iPhones and iPods. There is a frenzy to stay connected today like no other time.

Parents have even fallen into this trap. When kids get old enough to work, they want to stay in touch in an emergency. But these same phones that are supposed to keep our children safe, are portals to impurity at their fingertips and can present serious dangers to their souls.

Just one look on the internet you can see it is rife with complaints from parents in a frenzy to shelter their children from things we shudder to think about. What are these companies doing that can create such technology but neglect to be responsible to protect children at the same time?

Who could have imagined in just 30 short years, triple XXX rated video’s would be at a child’s fingertips?

Truly challenging times we are living in!

So while the secular companies keep creating the next best technology, with not a thought to our children’s safety, we must take measures to keep them safe. Here are some points to keep in mind:

  1. Rethink: does your family each need their own cell phone? If yes, (and this IS valid in this day and age), can the younger ones have android cell phones with no internet abilities?
  2. If your children are under 15 or 16 do they really need to have their own cell phone? What rules can you make up that would ensure their safety but make use of more creative ways when we never had these tools to use? Neighborhood watch, dropping your kids off and picking them up, or sharing chaperoning with other moms? What ideas can you come up with?
  3. If you have computers in the home, do you have them in public places only so children are never alone in a room with them? Keeping them in the living room, or kitchen, a place where you are always nearby so there are no temptations or safety issues.
  4. If computers are only in the main living areas, do you also have locks on them? There are many internet blocking programs that can be used on home computers to narrow down what comes through.
  5. Don’t depend 100% on these blocking devices. It’s only when you become too secure, that your child will find a way around the program and get into something you wish they had never found.
  6. On mobile devices: are you ensuring your younger children are always near you when using them? Have you disabled the Safari browser at least and installed a Filtering browser app instead?
  7. If you have mobile devices with your older children that are away from home for long hours working, have you looked at mobile apps that can track usage, provide a history, lock the camera use, and such? You truly can never be too careful with these precious children under our care.
  8. Keep in mind, there is so much more than porn to get into, but also cyber bullies, and predators online that could be chatting with your children. Some filters are better at all of this than others. So do your homework and if one doesn’t work try another.
  9. Don’t be afraid (or too busy!) to sit down with your children on the computer or mobile devices and talk. Ask them what they are looking up? What are they playing? What do they find interesting about that game or such? Keeping the lines of communications open with them is the first line of defense with your children.

10. When all is said and done, have you been praying for your children? I mean praying for them since they were a baby? Praying for their purity and their faith so they will have the graces they need when they grow up and are in the world? Now is NOT too late. Start today praying for them. Don’t despair that it is too late. Even a child that has encountered pornography online, if caught early can become a source of sorrow for them and enough motivation to help them learn a good lesson that will stay with them all their life.

Here is a list of some Filters and Blocking apps for Computer and Mobile devices I have found. I haven’t used them all, and there are surely more, but try them out. If you have something you have used feel free to leave a comment about it below!

COMPUTER FILTERS:

Net Nanny

This is a filtering program promoted by Focus on the Family.

www.netnanny.com

 

SafeEyes

allows you to easily and effectively manage your family’s activities online.  Recommended by Dave Ramsey.

http://www.mcafee.com/SafeEyes

Clean Internet

safe from Spam and Porn and more.

http://www.cleaninter.net/

 

MOBILE APPS:

Covenant Eyes

Covenant Eyes offers an Internet browser for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is designed to replace Safari. This app is free to subscribers

http://www.covenanteyes.com/support-articles/how-do-i-use-the-iphone-browser-app/

 

Curbi

provides you with ability to totally manage your child’s mobile online experience. Stop in-app purchases, block adult content and set boundaries for social media use and time wasting apps.

http://www.curbi.com/

 

PageClean

PageClean works on all apps installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Most adult content blockers only work in a single app, like Safari, but PageClean works for all apps, on wifi or cellular connections.

https://www.pageclean.com/

 

Lockdown Pro

Lockdown Pro, the paid version of the popular Lockdown ‘free’ app for iPhone and iPod Touch, you can password protect applications on iPhone and iPod Touch just like the free version. Seems to be for unlocked phones?

http://www.iphoneheat.com/2010/08/lockdown-pro-password-protect-iphone-applications/

 

MOVIE FILTERING:

Clearplay is one of the most popular and perhaps the only filter for modern movies. We have some friends that have used this for years with great success. We have never gotten it but hope to soon. They also have a streaming filter now saving on even having to rent or buy the movie. Amazing!

https://www.clearplay.com/

 

SHARE with me YOUR resources that worked too?

God bless you for protecting your loved ones.

With love,

Rita Xo icon smile 10 Tips for Keeping our Children safe online

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson  All Rights Reseved.

IMG 0905 150x150 10 Tips for Keeping our Children safe onlineRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

What will fix the Church today?

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What will fix the Church today?

By Rita Davidson

 

I had an interesting conversation recently after asking this question on my Facebook and Twitter pages. I want to share those answers with you today.

From my Twitter answers ranged from:

Confession and Holy Communion from Annie, Rosary and Scapular, and Get rid of the heretics…

 

From my Facebook, there was:

Jesus second coming, Traditional Latin mass, prayers, rosaries and then from Deborah, “every person fully living their Roman Catholic faith… and Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart WILL triumph.”

Then there was one that asked ‘what is there to fix?’

 

Are we in denial?

How can we fix anything, if we can’t see what is wrong?

I’m not going to make this a discourse about the problems in the Church, and outside it. (that’s a topic for another day!)

We can all agree, that society is on a slippery slope to hell. Regardless of what you think of the Church today, we know that it could have a stronger voice in the world.

Families are struggling, children are leaving the faith, there is no direction to help us stay on the right path, getting our families to heaven. Facebook is ALIVE with questions, questions, and more questions.

Then there is the small remnant, that has become overwhelmed by it all.  They are faint of heart, they have all but given up the struggle. They have lost hope. This makes me so sad. Of all the people that could have lost hope, that could have been me. From abuse as a child to a stroke at 26, losing three children from the faith, having three disabled boys and losing our home & business in a devastating fire that left us literally homeless for six months, I COULD HAVE LOST HOPE, but I Put my TRUST in GOD instead.

While all the answers above are wonderful solutions to the confusion today they are only part. There is ONE answer that is most important of all. That is:

“EVERY PERSON FULLY LIVING THEIR ROMAN CATHOLIC FAITH”

We must ALL JOIN together and become a strong force against the growing darkness. What is destroying the Church today is lukewarmness.

Lukewarmness in priests, in Bishops and laypeople. The lack of devotion in souls is what is killing the life of grace in the world. And we are all witnessing the result.

We are suffering from the collective neglect of devotion in the world. Those of us with the True Faith, that Know our duties, we cannot be satisfied with being average. We must live each day with great love for God. How can we be so lukewarm when sins are crying to heaven for vengeance!

Why?

Because we ARE the Church Militant. We are all united through grace to the Church. It is our prayer life, our abandonment of sin, our charity, our gratitude, our zeal that is filling up the gaps in this darkness. God is waiting for us to respond to His grace!

We must ALWAYS have HOPE! Before we can add grace to the world we must get serious about our own spiritual life. We must have such devotion that it overflows our soul into the world around us. First to our family, then our Church, then our community. We cannot be satisfied with mediocre we must be fervently on fire for God and charity for our neighbor.

So HOW do we do this?

Start with these three things:

  1. Abandonment of sin. That means immodest dress, impurity, complaining, and worry too! Yes! So many of us feel ‘safe’ because we don’t steal murder or lie. That is just the tip of the iceberg!  God asked us, “Be Ye Perfect!” If we find ourselves complaining all day on Facebook, how ungrateful are we to God and what He has given to us? This is one of the biggest concerns of Facebook, is all the drama and senseless chatter that takes away from our daily duties. Worry, how many of us lose sleep with worry? How dare we when God takes care of ‘the lilies in the field’. Where is our Trust?
  2. Fulfilling your Daily Duties according to your state in life. Whatever your state in life is, your duty is to do that the best that you can. Student, wife, husband, religious. God has chosen the ideal life for each of us. (even if we don’t think so). Regardless of how “small”, “Insignifigant” or ‘dull’  our life might feel, doing our best with what we have is all that God asks of us. And for some of us that is a lot!
  3. Grow in Faith. We cannot expect to expand our love for God if we do not work on growing our own soul. We don’t abandon a garden to the wind and sun without water? Why do we neglect the care of our soul so much? We feed our soul by prayer and study. Not just Sunday Mass, not just morning and evening prayer, but prayer all day. Prayers while your doing the dishes, while your driving the car to lessons, while your preparing supper. Talking to God at every opportunity you have. Telling Him your worries, your frustrations and your concerns. Tapping into the great beyond so that it becomes a daily habit for you. Only then can you have the graces to share with your children, your family and beyond. And study. We cannot begin to take our faith seriously if we don’t understand the truths of the faith. We must study the faith and pray for God to lead us to His truth, so our souls will be enlightened.

 

Only then will we be fulfilling God’s will and bringing to Him the cooperation He was waiting for to correct the confusion we are in and bring about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

 

How are you growing in your faith today? Share with me your struggles and triumphs!

 

With love,

Rita Xo icon smile What will fix the Church today?

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson  All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 What will fix the Church today?Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

GF/CF/GF High Protein Pancakes with Apple Cobbler Topping

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GF/CF/GF (Gluten-free, Dairyfree, Grainfree), High Protein Pancakes

with Apple Cobbler Topping

After a long wait for my Facebook friends here is one of the two recipes I owe them! When I first tried to post these my computer crashed. Ack! (No, worries that’s what you get for having a laptop run out of battery). LOL

Since our fire, we’ve lost all our recipe books and favorites recipes ….so it’s been a long time finding new ones. As many of you know we have 3 boys with autism on glutenfree and dairyfree diets. So meals are challenging! I went dairyfree about a month ago, so now I’m eating like them.  I hope I start to feel better soon. So far so good! J So here we go!

GF/CF/GF Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (Optional)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons egg white protein powder

I’ve come to realize this recipe is kinda flexible. I made them when I was out of vanilla, and it was okay. Substitute honey for sugar, or stevia. I am always out of something in my kitchen! J

  1. Mix all wet ingredients first, eggs, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract.
  2. Then, add dry ingredients, sugar, sea salt, coconut flour, baking soda, protein powder.
  3. Use a mixer and mix well then let it sit 5-15 minutes to soak into the coconut flour. You might find you need a bit more water after.
  4. Use coconut oil in your pan, and add a soup spoon into the pan.
  5. Watch for bubbles to come through from the other side and when it looks fairly done, flip!

Stack them and serve with Apple Topping below and save the sugar!

Apple Cobbler Topping

Ingredients:

  • 3 Apples, peeled, cored, chopped into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup margarine (for dairyfree) or butter, or coconut oil

Put it all in a small pot and let simmer for 20 minutes until it all softens. Add to the top of your pancakes and skip high sugar maple syrup! ENJOY! Now go MAKE it, Make it and come back and tell me how your family loved it?! icon smile GF/CF/GF High Protein Pancakes with Apple Cobbler Topping

With love,

 Rita Xo icon smile GF/CF/GF High Protein Pancakes with Apple Cobbler Topping

*Pancakes Adapted from Best Ever Pancakes from http://countingalljoy.com/2013/10/the-best-ever-coconut-flour-pancakes-s-gaps-scd-paleo-sugar-free-trim-healthy-mama.html

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson  All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 GF/CF/GF High Protein Pancakes with Apple Cobbler ToppingRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

12 SEWING IDEAS for MODESTY, HOME, and BABIES

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12 SEWING IDEAS for MODESTY, HOME, and BABIES

by Rita Davidson

 Today is a holiday in Canada so I wanted to do something different! I’m still collecting your comments on my “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” Survey (If your not on our Email list get on it now to give me your comments to make the 3rd Edition the BEST ever! ————–>

Some of you have asked about sewing on the survey, so here are some sewing ideas I’ve been sharing on my FACEBOOK PAGE with everyone. Join me on Facebook if your on there for more of these! Some of you are not on FACEBOOK so I thought I’d bring them all together for you here. These are some of my favorites! Let me know what you think? What do you like to sew? Do you need to learn how to sew? Don’t forget to scroll all the way down for a fun photo of me! Enjoy! icon smile 12 SEWING IDEAS for MODESTY, HOME, and BABIES

 

SHIRT INTO A CARDIGAN IDEA:

A great idea for a boring Shirt into a Cardigan, really easy too! icon smile 12 SEWING IDEAS for MODESTY, HOME, and BABIESHERE

 

RUFFLED PETTICOAT IDEA:

OH this is Sooo pretty! Would make a perfect petticoat! Ruffle Skirt Tutorial (Made from a sheet and other things) – HERE

 

RUFFLED SCARF IDEA:

Oh my gosh, this is a FAV of mine!~Ruffles And Stuff Scarf Do you love lace and ruffles? just a little ?  HERE

 

DRESS UP A T-SHIRT IDEA:

A really simple way to dress up a Tshirt, making it cute and feminine! –> HERE

 

ANTHROPOLOGIE COPY SHIRT:

Another anthropologie ruffled hem pullover knockoff – really cute and so easy too! —–> HERE

 

MAKE YOUR OWN TOTE BAG:

A Twenty Minute Tote pattern! I love how you can make these up in a jiffy, in ANY color too! Such fun! icon smile 12 SEWING IDEAS for MODESTY, HOME, and BABIES —> HERE

 

BABY GIRLS! SWEET SKIRT:

Oh my Golly! A $1 Baby Bandanna Skirt, haha Ohhh, baby girls..*sigh icon smile 12 SEWING IDEAS for MODESTY, HOME, and BABIES —-> HERE

 

SUMMER FUN – TEEPEE:

Well maybe not really sewing..but what fun in summer a TeePee. I just might crawl in there and nap! icon smile 12 SEWING IDEAS for MODESTY, HOME, and BABIES —> HERE

 

BEAUTIFUL HOME, FLOWER PETAL SHOWER CURTAIN:

Oh this is really, really, REALLY pretty! A Flower Petal Shower Curtain –> HERE

 

REUSABLE SANDWICH BAGS, PRACTICAL:

I LOVE this idea! Making Reusable Sandwich Bags – so colorful! –> HERE

 

PRETTY FLOWERS FOR OUR LADY:

Pretty Red Poppies Flower Tutorial and Napkins, for a May Crowning party for Our Lady, with pretty cups? –> HERE

 

MAKE YOUR OWN PURSE:

Ohhh I am making this! Purses should be FUN and NOT expensive! Download the pattern!! yippee:) —> HERE

OKAY some FUN! icon smile 12 SEWING IDEAS for MODESTY, HOME, and BABIES

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Okay WHO says you can’t ride a bike with a skirt?! Haha LOL icon smile 12 SEWING IDEAS for MODESTY, HOME, and BABIES okay I was having a little fun. icon smile 12 SEWING IDEAS for MODESTY, HOME, and BABIES LOL        If your on Instagram join me there too —> instagram.com/p/rAvmgKjHy…

 

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson   All Rights Reserved.

 

IMG 0905 150x150 12 SEWING IDEAS for MODESTY, HOME, and BABIESRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Going to the beach? Q & A

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Going to the beach? Q & A

Hey Rita icon smile Going to the beach? Q & A I’m Sarah . Do you think it’s appropriate to go to the beach at this day in age? I wanted to know what you thought about this!
Thanks

Thanks Sarah that’s a great question!

Now let’s look at this question. What is a beach?
Well, a beach is often a public spot along a shoreline that is warm enough for people to swim.

If it’s warm enough to swim you can bet that means there are plenty of “tiny” clothing on all those warm bodies both male and female.

If you’ve read my book, Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue, I quoted A Pastoral letter of  His Emminence Enrique Cardinal Pla y Daniel, Archbishop of Toledo Spain issued this directive, 

“A special danger to morals is represented by public bathing at beaches, in pools and riverbanks…Mixed bathing between men and women which nearly always is a proximate occasion of sin and a scandal must be avoided.”

He states clearly the problem of public beaches. While it is so commonplace today, we have to think back to not long ago when there was no public swimming at all. I wrote in Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue page 102,

 “By the 1880’s a woman could take a dip in the ocean but only in a completely enclosed contraption that lead her from the beach and extended into the ocean covered. It wasn’t until WWI that a one piece clinging suit became popular with sleeves and extending to the knees, sometimes it also had a skirt.”

It’s amazing how much our past has been forgotten and we all live for here and now.  We are seriously disadvantaged by not understanding our past. We have become soft.

Mixed Bathing

The world today has pounded into us immodesty and nakedness to the point that it is ab-normal today to be modest. The problem of mixed bathing (aka; swimming) ignores the fact that we are human and God has designed into us an attraction that needs to be protected. Women were created beautiful for a reason; so that man and woman would come together in Holy Matrimony and the world would continue.

Unnecessary occasions of sin while swimming – is asking too much of human nature – especially for single men and women or even teenagers. The Church, has rightly set up guidelines to protect it’s children from being burned by immodesty, that have all been forgotten. I highly recommend anyone who wants to understand this further to order my book, Immodesty Satan’s Virtue, (which has literally been saved from the ashes by God!) and will be released again soon! God willing!

So what are we to do?

Summer is in full swing and there are so many opportunities for the beach. A family reunion, a family gathering, Gramma’s birthday, or a family get together. A million other reasons might bring up the opportunity. So what are we to do?

  1.  Well, the first thing we can do is decline. (Not everyone would be willing to do this, but as we know sometimes our faith requires us to sacrifice).
  2. The second thing we can do is to ensure we are going to a private beach or pool. Where only family members will be present. Keep in mind to ensure everyone is properly clothed.
  3. Thirdly, be sure everyone has proper, modest swimwear for boys and girls, men and women. See my previous blog post HERE for Swimwear resources.

It IS possible to get cool in summer! Be creative! And yes HAVE FUN! We cannot make our faith out to be something mundane and boring. How will we ever keep our children in the faith as they grow?

We have a private lake we go to here.  We go at suppertime when everyone is eating and have the place to our-self. With our boys disabilities they appreciate the privacy more and it suits us just fine.

Above all, consider the souls of you and your children before placing them into occasions that will remove their defenses and open them up to occasions of sin later.

God bless you for staying strong for HIM,

With love,

Rita Xo icon smile Going to the beach? Q & A

Author of ‘bestselling’ Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue (saved from the ashes) and more!

 

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson  All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 Going to the beach? Q & ARita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue saved from the ashes?!

Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue saved from the ashes?!

by Rita Davidson

 

Did you hear Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue, was saved from the ashes? YES! From an angry fire, that left us with 6 feet of charcoal to dig through.  Yes, the devil was angry, if you don’t believe me, just take a look at what I posted just days before our fire:  just 9 days before our fire!

 

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Yes, just days before our fire July 10, 2013, I had finished editing the 3rd Edition of Immodesty Satan’s Virtue. As I sat on the side of the road holding my dear ones close, watching the flames and windows exploding from our LFFA office,  it was obvious to me where this raging fire came from.

Ever since I began my work for Our Lady and modesty we have been up against the world. It wasn’t the first time I encountered ‘fire’.

 Flashback to 1999: When I first wrote Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue, before it was published, we came home to a sulphorous smell all through our home. Lightening had stricken our home!

I ran to my computer and found my hard drive had been hit and our computer fried! But that smell lingered…Our amazing computer man took it and was able to retrieve our data and the manuscript of Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue. BUT interestingly, the manuscript was SCRAMBLED! Unreadable, gooblygook!

But as I scrolled through the manuscript, low and behold, the Hail Mary prayer at the front of the book was saved and READABLE! I was shocked beyond measure! To see this Hail Mary prayer so readable amongst unreadable, scrambled words was humbling to say the least!

It was also the first time I realized I would be up against a lot getting this book in print. It wasn’t the first we encountered, as many of you know, but fast forward to July 2013 and our fire was well, frightening! If you haven’t seen my video announcement posted HERE. God was so good that He saved my book right from the flames. Six feet deep of charcoal, yet I pulled a paperback book unburned, a little scorched as you can see in the video, but saved!

Praise God for all His mercies!

Snakes have never been far from our family either. It seems they always show themselves at important times in our lives as well.

The first time we really encountered one, was when we were saying the rosary. (yes, imagine!) It was the feast of Pope Pius X, and we were gathered to say the rosary. When suddenly, from UNDERNEATH our Home Altar, slithered a very long, black snake….

The sudden shock was indescribable, but you can bet we got him out and resumed our rosary that day!

Fast forward to the Sunday morning after our fire, as we walked around our rubble, and were poking around, out slithered another snake! God help us, it WAS you, I thought! This slithering snake again coming out from the middle of our rubble, just to show off?  This wasn’t a week later, or a month, but the very Sunday after our fire. I grabbed a picture of him, before he slithered away. I think he now lives in the rocks here…watching us perhaps?

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While the fire, unsettled us here, threw a wrench into our dreams and plans, I was never more sure after our fire just who instigated it. I can never forget WHY I called this book, “Immodesty, SATAN’s Virtue”, as Satan has been playing with us ever since we started this work.

When God went through such miraculous means to save my BOOK from the fire, He also SAVED the ONE hardrive with the manuscript of my book as well. I knew I MUST get this book back in print for faithful souls looking for direction.

Never has there been a time like now to spread this message. Modesty has come full circle and many opponents have entered the arena to confuse and dilute the message.

Let me say, I am humbled beyond words, that Our Lady chose my book to carry such an important message, (If I could say such a thing)  I truly am only the messenger. May I decrease, while She and her Son increase! St Michael, defend us in this day of battle!

Help me now, to bring back “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” for a new generation of readers, and tell us what is the most pressing topic I missed covering in Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue?

Share with me your burning questions – go to my Contact Us page and send me your Modesty Story! 

With love,

Rita Xo icon smile Immodesty, Satans Virtue saved from the ashes?!

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 Immodesty, Satans Virtue saved from the ashes?! Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!