To the Lover of My Heart

To the Lover of My Heart

You are My GOD.
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Dear Lover of my heart,

You have been there since the day I opened my weary eyes

With every shaky breath I take

Your love has shown no disguise

In my weakest and lowest of days

I cry out in agony

Then I see your face.

I see you in the people serving me food with a gentle smile

I see you in the classrooms with wide eyed children as they freak out over bugs

I see you in the eyes of family members I have not seen in a while

I see you in my two year old best friend who gives me endless hugs

I see you in my friends' face as they light up with joy

Telling me about the things they are doing in their life

I see you.

I see you in the happiest of times

And

I see you in the darkest

I see you when I am up at 3 am wondering if I am even good enough

I see you when I have been made a fool by people who I thought were friends

I see you when I do not believe I deserve to be loved

I saw you when I tried to make my end.

BUT.

You were not the bad.

I was in pain

In a constant of sad

Trying to feel a wholeness I could not seem to attain

Alone, afraid, ashamed.

But you lit your match

My cold heart started to feel whole

I saw hope, I felt comfort, I felt peace

You renewed my soul

And all that heartache I could finally release.

I was:

Broken, depressed, suicidal, angry, isolated, and dirty

I am:

Healed, joyful, revived, peaceful, connected, and clean

I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM WORTHY, I AM LOVED

Your love is written throughout my story

The tribulations have been overcome

By you weaving in your glory

I never believed I would make it this far

But that was not your plan

You had plans to prosper

And in a moment you lent out your hand

I grabbed it and will never let go

Because as I have walked this Earth

Your love remains as so

So lover of my heart,

I will praise you till my dying breath

I will give you my all

Even when I have nothing left

In your name I will call

No matter the dark

I see your light

When pain tries to leave is mark

You turn the mud into white

YOU ARE THE I AM

And my one true love.

I love you and praise you.

You are my GOD.

I pray that as I show others who I used to be

In it they can find you

And feel your glory.

Amen.



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While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

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Chocolate eggs and jelly beans! Growing up, Easter meant candy. The Easter Bunny delightfully left behind a treasure of treats for my little brother and me. In recent years, however, I have come to understand the spiritual importance of the celebration and the period leading up to it.

I am Roman Catholic -- always have been and probably, always will be. As a Catholic, Lent is a meaningful season of sacrifice. It is the 40-day period before Easter, symbolizing Jesus' withdrawal and fasting in the desert for 40 days. Following Christ's example, Lent is a period of self-discipline, fasting, and reflection for each of us. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and culminates on Good Friday, the day Jesus' crucifixion is commemorated. Good Friday also begins the Triduum, three holy days leading up to Easter Sunday. Easter is the celebration of Jesus rising from the dead—a miracle on Earth.

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