St. Michael, the archangel, pray for us!

St. Michael, the archangel, pray for us!

Blessed Feast of St. Michael, a humble warrior for God!

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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in this day of battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

 In this day and age when God is mocked and forgotten, let us not forget to call upon St Michael to protect us and to protect the Church.

Today is a special day for us as we wait to hear about our house today. I cannot thank you enough for putting up with all our begging and pleas for help. We need just $6400 more for our house now. And only one more day left to find out if we can even get financing. We will be depending on St. Michael today to get us to the last step. And I pray if you feel called to donate, please donate in ANY amount on our website —> HERE.

Just $100 from 64 more people will get us there! So CLOSE!

or on our Trust Fund —> HERE.

We can’t wait to share with you the news of our new home and to give God all the glory for restoring us after our fire!

God bless you,

with love,

Rita Xo:)

IMG 0905 150x150 St. Michael, the archangel, pray for us!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!

 

How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall – photo Journey #3

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How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall -  photo Journey #3

By Rita Davidson

 Fall brings such lovely colors, different smells and, for some of us, cooler temperatures. aaahhhh

There seems to be a real pull against bright summer colors, and a pull towards richer tones for fall that match the season.

Many of you told me you have trouble, staying the course with modesty?  I haven’t done a Photo Journey since before our fire. But I figured you all needed to see some ideas! I hope my Photo Journey helps you find your style to make it work!

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DAY 1: My fall scarves! Oh how I’ve MISSED them! It suddenly got VERY cold here FAST. So out came the fall clothes! Here is a brown fake suede skirt and a part wool sweater I took from Mark. Heehee he didn’t mind thankfully, he said he didn’t like it! icon smile How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3

2014 09 16 13.25.05 2 300x300 How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3DAY 2: Who says, you can’t be COZY AND MODEST? Here I am curled up on the couch editing my book, “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (I’m up to Chapter 4 now!!!) I posted this on my Facebook page, and got so many comments how cozy I looked even Mark said I was so cozy looking! LOL HINT: Wear wide skirts so you can curl up with them on the couch! icon smile How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3

2014 09 17 12.17.05 225x300 How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3DAY 3: Here is Liam my sidekick with me when I got the mail and a donation that came from Deborah! (“Hi Deborah!”) See what kids can do? Yanking and pulling on our clothes? Well I survived this time! Here is a lime green shirt and new brown, denim skirt I got last year. HINT: Be prepared for anything with kids around. icon smile How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3

2014 09 19 11.47.14 300x300 How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3DAY 4: A cozy, black velvet skirt from Coldwater Creek, I got for $5 and a new sweater I got last year from Sears. That grass behind me is right where our house used to be. *Sigh yes, a reminder everyday.

2014 09 15 14.27.30 225x300 How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3DAY 5: Here I am in denial,  trying to be warm with my coffee at my ‘outdoor’ office. Haha…Brown skirt with sweater from Mark and my scarf. oh where art thou summer? icon smile How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3

2014 09 15 13.54.01 225x300 How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3Then look who STOLE my tall socks?? LOL Liam, always bringing some joy to my day. icon smile How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3

2014 09 19 11.50.33 225x300 How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3DAY 6: My black velvet skirt again, with a burst of orange color in my scarf! It was started to warm up again from the deep freeze we had. Jacket and shirt were free from somewhere (that’s what you get after a fire, living in crisis mode.) icon smile How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3 See that bit of stone behind me? That is what USED to be our basement. That’s all that’s left.

2014 09 21 15.27.22 225x300 How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3DAY 7: We finally warmed up here, so I tried some lighter colors. (Fall comes too soon and then we have snow!) Used Denim skirt $7, with a donated shirt, plus cute scarf to add a bit of bling. icon smile How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3 This is me and my trusty laptop on my way out! icon smile How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3

And that was my week! Now what success have YOU had with modest dressing? Are you still STUCK? Share with me your struggles and I’ll see if I can’t solve some of it for you!

With love,

Rita Xo icon smile How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3

IMG 0905 150x150 How to be Modest and in Style, for Fall    photo Journey #3Rita 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!

 

 

Comforts in this Life…

Comforts in this Life

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With love,

Rita Xo icon smile Comforts in this Life...

IMG 0905 150x150 Comforts in this Life...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!

Catholic Wish List for Rita & Little Flowers Family

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Catholic Wish List for Rita & Little Flowers Family

 

We want to THANK YOU for the CARE PACKAGES some families have blessed us with! The care each one was wrapped with, the lovely soaps some sent, the teas others sent! It just warmed my heart!

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So many of you have asked for a wish list.  I had this posted on my Facebook page and realized many of you are not on there.

2014 08 22 09.07.33 1024x768 Catholic Wish List for Rita & Little Flowers FamilyPlease pray for the repose of Cheryl Kraus the mom, who sent us these lovely soaps last summer 2013.

Recovering from a fire is enormous (see www.davidsonfamilytrust.com). If I think back to the 17 bookcases of books that went up in our fire, oh my, it would make you weep! The rare Catholic books we owned some limited editions. These were the first things I thought of, as the flames grew and devoured our home.

Losing hundreds of books from our 20+years of homeschooling was a tremendous loss as well. Imagine all the Catholic storybooks you have collected for your family, suddenly gone. Not one Catholic storybook to read to your children at night. icon sad Catholic Wish List for Rita & Little Flowers Family

A year later now, we still don’t have a real home and realize there is no way we can replace 40+ years of belongings. We must now concentrate on those things that are most important.  Our Faith.

As some of you know we had an extensive collection of very rare and unique Catholic books. Especially our large collection of ‘Father Bernard Kunkel collection’ writings in every form.

 

PLEASE consider donating to us any originals you have from Father Kunkel’s Marylike work, so we may move Our Lady’s Modesty Crusade forward, if this be God’s will.

NOTES:

Please consider sending us your used books whenever possible. Extra books your family is no longer using, books you find at church book sales, donations from closed libraries or estate sale books handed down to you that you can’t use.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Please pack well, especially old books.
  2. Send by USPS only. NO UPS please.
  3. If you require acknowledgement, please include a note with your contact information. We LOVE to know who you are so we can PRAY for you! J

 

CURRENT SHIP TO:

  • Rita Davidson & Family
  • 2988 Elphin Maberly Rd.
  • McDonalds Corners, ON
  • CANADA K0G 1M0

 

CURRENT WISH LIST:

  • *Father Bernard Kunkel, Marylike Crusader, and Divine Love publications
  • *Catholic Books, leaflets, booklets, prayercards (pre-1950)
  • *Catholic Books, leaflets, booklets on purity, modesty, virtues, commandments, spiritual life (pre-1950)
  • *Catholic children’s books and Catholic DVD’s
  • *Catholic homeschooling books & Catholic picture books

 

*My Catholic Faith

*Haydock Bible

*Catechism of the Council of Trent

*Catechism in Pictures

Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Angelus Press)

Life of Christ (Angelus Press)

The Sacraments (Angelus Press)

Treasure Box Books (TanBooks)

Religious Customs in the Family – Father Weiser (Tan Books)

Catholic Coloring books (any) (Tan Books, or others)

Saints for Boys – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Jesus and Mary – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Manners in God’s House – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Saints for Girls – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Angels Food for Boys and Girls – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

I Believe – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

An Alphabet of Saints – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

American Cardinal Reader set – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Story of St. John Bosco – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Story of St John Vianney – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Story of St. Catherine of Alexandria – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Story of Saint Lawrence – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

St Thomas More of London Town – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Margaret – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Legends of Saints and Beasts – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

The Little Flower of Jesus – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Saints and Friendly Beasts books – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

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This list by no means is complete! Whatever you send would be MOST appreciated, even if not on this list.

We are indebted to you for all your support, whether books, donations or prayers.

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You are always in our thoughts and prayers,

God bless you and keep you,

With Love,

Rita & family Xo:)

IMG 0905 150x150 Catholic Wish List for Rita & Little Flowers FamilyRita 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!

Trusting God to the End

 

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Trusting God to the End

By Rita Davidson

 

How far would you go on an empty tank of gas?

Today was one of those days. Long day arranging for a new home we found. Phone calls, calculations, many prayers, and worry.

Mark was banging in the background behind me prying open my dad’s toolbox that we had salvaged from our fire. There is still boxes of things we have to salvage. My dad passed away 10+ years ago, but I think of him often. He was an auto body man all his life and was a farmer on the side. J

So this toolbox was my dad’s tools from his work. The toolbox was some 100 lbs when we brought it here. It went through the fire, a lot of water and got crushed by the backhoe that rolled over our ruins to put out the fire. So it was in bad shape.

 

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Then Mark brought me this:

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Wow, I thought, a relic from my dad. Most of his belongings I had saved were lost in the fire. His school books, rosary and his medals, all gone. Then here was something pulled right from his toolbox, not opened since he passed away. Jennifer on my Facebook page called it a, ‘heavenly hug.’ After I read that, I couldn’t agree more.

After our excitement, I realized we had to go out. Unfortunately our closest store is 30 minutes away. When I looked at our gas tank it looked like this:

 

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How far do you think you would drive on an empty tank of gas? Well, we were about to find out. So off we went a little sheepishly. While I was driving, I felt in my pocket the St. Christopher medal of my dad. I now realized I had little to worry about.

So, I continued to pray, taking the long way to town, which unnerved Mark. I told him why should we worry? God would surely get us there. In no time we pulled into the station in the local town. We made it!

Mark laughed as he realized we had that new St. Christopher medal and said, “of course, you probably had that new medal on you.” I said, “Of course!”

It cleaned up really pretty too. A heavenly hug for sure. Thanks Dad. icon smile Trusting God to the End

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No matter what you are suffering, God is always there; planning a way to carry you through to the end. Just Trust HIM.

With love,

Rita Xo icon wink Trusting God to the End

IMG 0905 150x150 Trusting God to the EndRita 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! 

 

ROSARY TIME!!! Praying for your needs NOW and for PEACE!

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ROSARY TIME!!! Praying for your needs NOW and for PEACE!

Almost every night on my Facebook page, I put out this request. And I pray for peace and everyone including anyone who read my blog, supports our work or follows us! That means YOU!

So while we are always asking you for your prayers, we wanted to give you a chance to tell us your needs and intentions! So, while we pray our rosary for you tonight, won’t you join us and put your intentions here, where we can all pray for you too!?

 Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Will you pleeeaze pray for us!

Thank you!!!

God bless you all,

With love,

Rita Xo icon smile ROSARY TIME!!! Praying for your needs NOW and for PEACE!

IMG 0905 150x150 ROSARY TIME!!! Praying for your needs NOW and for PEACE! 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!

 

Where have all the children gone?

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Where have all the children gone?

By Rita Davidson

I feel the wind on my face. I hear the breeze through the trees. I’ve since taught Liam that God is on the wind. Now each time we hear and feel the wind, we think of Him who made us. Little children have such wonder.

The sun is shining so beautifully. Why is it always so late in the summer before the “perfect” weather appears. LOL Likely God planned it that way so we would appreciate it more. J

I have little to complain about. This being our first summer after our fire and I have all my boys here thankfully. Thank you, thank you God. Did I say thank you? The smell of the sun is on my face and I thank God for such a lovely, perfect day.

But where have all the children gone? We are sitting at the park on the first day of school. Those swings are swinging without the laughter of children, just blowing in the wind. The sun is shining not on glowing red cheeks but on an empty playground.

The children are gone to school!

Today was a busy day with appointments so I decided today we would have our first day of HOMEschool at the park. Just packed up our school books, and kept it simple. A chalkboard for Liam, some new colors and a coloring book. Audio stories on iPod for everyone.

It turned out to be extra lovely day. I think we got more done at the park then at home!

Of course the boys had the joy of being able to run and play right in front of them. LOL

But where have all the Children gone?

Showing up here today was a shock. This normally busy park was left behind. Government schools draw children in droves on the first day of school. They go in wide-eyed and so eager to learn. They are so excited to explore but in time come out talking and looking like copies of each other.

There is an unfortunate absorbing of minds because children have to behave in a classroom. Let’s assume it’s all for good; when children ask questions out of place, they have to be taught to raise a hand. Having 20 children in a room asking all different questions would be a zoo. So, the controlled hand-up, and wait is taught early on. Herd control.

The first instinct of learning is crushed. That wide-eyed optimism gets blunted by having to wait. Add more years to this and now you have dissenting views crushed for the good of the classroom too.

All while freedoms in vice is taught so loosely, it is like a school of Sodom. These unknowing children are being taught that it’s “all about them”.  It’s all about their feelings, their ego and their confidence, not about their salvation, their souls, their eternity.

Enter high school and you now have children with no moral restraint yet no understanding of responsibility. These are the children who have left the park to enter a government school.

Who is to blame for this? Is it the kids who have been taught it’s all about them? Or the parents that were taught it’s all about them? Or the government who has forced them to believe there is no God, it’s good for one it’s good for all.

ONWARD BRAVE HOME SCHOOL SOLDIERS

Who is going to pick up the pieces after this generation falls apart. This generation that will be helping our society fall apart when they are in control and you and I are old. I am sad that society has fallen for the lies of the world. In a world that has so much to offer. For this beautiful world that God has given us if only we love Him enough.

“LOVE is the only sign that distinguishes the children of God from the children of the devil”, says St. Augustine.

So what is your Home-school accomplishing this year?

  • Training your children in LOVE.
  • Not just a “love-your-neighbor-type-of-fuzzy- love”.
  • But a BURNING LOVE of God to combat the hatred of God today.
  • And a true LOVE of God’s laws to combat the lax morals today.
  • A zealous LOVE of His Sacrifice and love for us.

We cannot be satisfied with the lukewarm Catholics we see today. Who are just as satisfied with passing by the needs of their suffering brothers as much as putting on immodest attire for Church. They who care less about what the Church says, as long as it doesn’t interferes with their Sunday plans.

What this world needs today is SAINTS. Moms and dads, it is up to you to bring up your children as Happy, God-loving saints! Bravo to all you brave home-schooling moms!

Because just when you were ready to throw in the towel, you realize you are Gods plan for saving this moral torn world and filling up those lonely parks with your fruitfulness. And heaven with it’s reward.

Always love to hear from you, so please share YOUR comments too! J

With much love,

Rita Xo icon smile Where have all the children gone?

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson  All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 Where have all the children gone?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!

 

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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 With love,

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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!