Love is Patient, Love is Kind

Love is Patient, Love is Kind

Last year we featured Jordan and her beautiful words as the first in a series of Lenten reflections. We loved this post so much we wanted to share it with you again!

 

Pete and Jordan Digital Marketers

When I met my husband, I wasn’t praying for love. I wasn’t praying for a boyfriend or a relationship. I was praying to draw closer to the Lord. I was at a crossroads in my life, and my prayer was simply that the Lord have His way in my life and that he turn my heart towards Him. Little did I know that He’d answer my prayer by bringing Pete into my life. Meeting Pete radically changed my life. It was a true turning point in my faith. He’s shown me love and faithfulness like I never could’ve imagined in a man.

Digital Marketers and Husband and Wife Pete and Jordan Amanda Nichols Photography

In every step of the way, through every act of love, he’s pointed me back to Jesus… I’ve been praying for simplicity, to shed the weight of the distractions in this world so that I can make more room for Jesus. I want Him to be the center of everything I do – how I serve my clients, how I treat my friends, how I love my husband.

Love Morse Code Prayer Rope

Most people thought we were crazy to start a business together – and they were probably right. We just happen to love marketing almost as much as we love spending time with each other (which is probably why we run our business out of a tiny home on wheels.. but that’s a story for another day!).

Over the past few years, we’ve served heart-centered entrepreneurs through web design, social media marketing, paid advertising, and coaching programs – but at the heart of what we do is one mission: to encourage, empower, and enable entrepreneurs to build purpose-driven lives + businesses. – Jordan

Read more about Jordan and Pete on their website – Jordan + Pete

PC: Amanda Nichols Photography

 

 

What’s new for My Saint My Hero?

What’s new for My Saint My Hero?

Coming Soon to My Saint My Hero Boutiques and the My Saint My Hero Website

My Saint My Hero was founded on the belief that God is real, prayer works, love heals and miracles really do happen. Throughout history we have been left with sacred symbols and tools (often referred to as sacramentals) that help us stay connected to one another, our divine source of love and all that is true, good and beautiful. We incorporate these tools into all our pieces, bringing the sacred to now through wearable fashion.

My Saint My Hero began with an inspiration to bring the stories of the saints to the youth as a reminder that we are all called to be saints. Saints were real people who walked this earth in union with Christ and miracles happened. Together we make God’s love visible and our Wearable Blessings™ remind us of our true calling. 2019 is the year to make kindness a trend—with our Wearable Blessings we encourage everyone to “Wear One. Share One.” Join the trend and empower people around the globe with kindness, while you are empowered by the love and prayer that is infused into each piece. Each time you purchase a piece, you are making a difference. Our Peace Link collection is beaded in Cambodia by a community rescued from human trafficking. Our Blessing collection is handwoven in the sacred site of Medjugorje and empowers villages with meaningful work. All of our medals are hand cast in Italy and all our threads are hand dyed. We are purpose-driven fashion infused with intention. May the light within you shine so bright that it ignites the light in others.

What’s new for My Saint My Hero? We are so excited to bring you new pieces from our Share the Love Bracelet selections by John and Caitlin Stamos, our new Empower assortment by Nia Peeples, and of course, our new gemstone bracelets, woven in the sacred site of Medjugorje. My husband and I traveled to Medjugorje in the spring, and together with the community of weavers, we created the Wake Up and Pray pieces—our first ever gemstone incorporated into a blessing bracelet!

This past summer my family and I went to Italy to visit with the beautiful family that is hand casting all of our medals. Italy is where My Saint My Hero was born and continues to inspire me with love of family, food and beauty. Many of our new additions are inspired by the light and beauty of this world. As we draw close to this intention, you will see wonder and sparkle come through our Wearable Blessings, with the beauty of Swarovski.

Our team here at My Saint My Hero is a family built with passionate, creative and brilliant people. Enjoy the collection and may you receive abundant blessings and graces! Thank you for making kindness a trend. — Amy/Founder My Saint My Hero

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May Love Grow

May Love Grow

Advent is the season of the seed. The seed He said, “is the Word of God sown in the human heart.” It is also the seed of life brought forth from God through Mary, in the form of Jesus the Christ.  Mary brought forth the savior of the world through the seed of LOVE, her fiat—through the mother comes the King.

It is interesting that today’s gospel reading mentions four women, four mothers, that brought forth life to continue the lineage of God’s divine love. This is a very important realization because at the time women were very rarely named when proving the lineage of prophets.  These four women show that there is a new place for women under the New Covenant, as bearers of love and light.

Advent is the season of divine love growing within, not because of what you can do, or what you can give, but simply by saying yes to this seed of new life.  Advent is a time of growth—we must believe that He is growing in our lives. Allow time to spend in quiet contemplation and prayer to remember the presence of Christ within.  He is here… He is in our families, He is in our friends, He resides within us and surrounds us all throughout our lives. We must simply remember to recognize Him. As we go about our day encountering challenges or feelings of uselessness, may we remind ourselves to trust that maybe, just maybe, this is all a part of God’s plan. Our work allows for Christ to work through us, our words may let Christ speak through us, and our compassion may bring Christ’s compassion back to the world.

It is not by chance that just recently an amazing discovery was made in the Christian world. The first altar that Christ ever preached from was unearthed along the coast of the Sea of Galilee. In the center of this stone altar was emblazoned a very new symbol for that time—it was the Seed of Life. Circle upon circle, this symbol represents the significance of women in the New Covenant. May love grow and may God be fully alive within each one of us during this Advent.  Blessings and Love, Amy

 

Love so Bright the Whole World Can See

Love so Bright the Whole World Can See

 

Dear friends,

Christ loves us so much and He longs for a personal relationship with each one of us. All He asks is for our love in return. He is not interested in how many tasks we complete in a day, but rather how we loved today. I imagine Him standing beside us, reaching out His hand and asking us to walk this life with Him as our guide. I love the verse, “knock and the door will be open.” I imagine knocking on doors of heaven and being flooded with renewing love as they open.

During Advent, let’s open the door to our hearts so wide that God’s love comes bursting through. You are His light in the world because He lives within you.

Let’s pray together: Heavenly Father, Blessed Mother and all the angels and saints in heaven; we come before you now and ask you to hold our hands as we walk together in this season of Advent towards the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Lord, we thank you for the longing in our hearts to encounter Jesus in a new way this Advent season, and we ask that His love awakens within us. May the celebration of His birth be a new birth within us, and may the spark in our hearts ignite into a flame for Christ—a flame of love so bright the whole world can see. Change me Lord, renew me Lord, make me an instrument of your LOVE today and always.  AMEN

“Virgin Mary birthed Him into the world the first time and will make him burst out everywhere the second.”  St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Together in prayer,

Amy

Expressing The Divine

Expressing The Divine

RSVP BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOTExpressing the Divine - With Nia Peeples, Drew Brophy and Amy D'Ambra

Join Founder and CEO of My Saint My Hero, Amy D’Ambra, as she hosts actor, author Nia Peeples and legendary surf artist, Drew Brophy for a magical afternoon of Expressing the Divine.

Spend the afternoon in the beauty of the Terranea Resort, sipping free champagne and perusing their latest works of inspiration: Nia’s precious children’s book, Drew’s Sacred Surfboards, and Amy’s newest Wearable Blessings.™

Journey with them as they share the stories that brought them here.

Join in on the conversation as Amy, Drew and Nia discuss Expressing the Divine.

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Wake Up and Pray!

Wake Up and Pray!

Introducing Wake Up and Pray Meditation Bracelets

Wake Up and Pray Mediation Bracelet

Morning Meditation

Use these 10 gemstones and Benedictine Cross to guide you during your meditation. Run your finger along each gem and begin a conversation with God.

Offer God: Your day. Your prayer. Your works. Your joy. Your suffering.

Ask God for His: Love, Wisdom, Peace, Protection, Hope.

Pause at the Benedictine Cross and breathe in His love as He receives your gifts. Feel His embrace as He promises to remain with you always.

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Wear this bracelet as a reminder to spend the first few minutes of your day with God. As you create this daily practice, your heart opens to the abundance of love, gratitude and compassion.

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Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast 2018

Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast 2018

About 2,000 fellow Angelenos and I spent the morning in prayer at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. We began at 6:30 am with the rhythm of the Rosary. We heard angels’ voices coming through the Carmelite Sisters as they sang us through Mass. Truly the choir of angels came out during the communion song when the granddaughter of two of the original prayer breakfast organizers sang “How Beautiful,” in memory of her grandfather. She was a conduit of God’s love and she touched our souls through the vibration of sound – a beautiful way to begin this very special day.

Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast Program

As the morning continued we all gathered in the Cathedral Courtyard to enjoy breakfast. After Archbishop Gomez blessed the One Nation Under God United in Prayer Bracelets that we gifted each person in attendance, the event’s keynote speaker Bishop Barron spoke about the longing of the heart. His words were so impactful that I scribbled notes on my paper napkin so I could share them with you.

Notes Taken During Bishop Barron's Keynote Speech Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast

“BECAUSE YOU HAVE MADE US FOR YOURSELF, AND OUR HEARTS ARE RESTLESS TILL THEY FIND THEIR REST IN THEE.” – St. Augustine.

This my friends is truth and as St. Thomas Aquinas shared, as humans, we try to fill this longing of the heart with substitutes for God. However, the more we try to fill it with substitutes, the more empty we feel and it becomes a chase, an addiction, rather than peace and fulfillment. The four substitutes St. Thomas Aquinas identifies are wealth, power, pleasure, honor. We say to ourselves, “If I fill my life with enough of these things I will be happy.” But it becomes an infinite cavern. The more we dump in, the more we lose and we run faster, scared to run out, chasing for more. Yes, wealth makes us wealthier, power makes us powerful, fame makes us famous, but happiness only comes when we surrender to the will of God and allow God to seize us and use us as His instrument of love. According to Bishop Barron, “Thomas Aquinas said that if you want to see the perfect exemplification of the beatitudes, you should look to Christ crucified. The saint specified this observation as follows: if you want beatitude (happiness), despise what Jesus despised on the cross and love what he loved on the cross.”  Come seek the will of God and when you do, you will be grounded in God and in the will of Christ. From this point, you will know what to do with wealth, power, pleasure and honor – surrender to the will of God, allow Him to flood your heart with love and then you will live in true freedom, free from attachment, free from addiction, free to be who you are born to be, free to become a summit of divine grace. – Amy

 Come seek the will of God and when you do, you will be grounded in God and in the will of Christ. From this point, you will know what to do with wealth, power, pleasure and honor - surrender to the will of God, allow Him to flood your heart with love and then you will live in true freedom, free from attachment, free from addiction, free to be who you are born to be, free to become a summit of divine grace. – Amy

 

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Trust In It. And Awaken Anew!

Trust In It. And Awaken Anew!

“It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” – Elijah

A few weeks ago I was sitting in Sunday Mass and the reading was 1 King 19. Elijah was questioning his life, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” Elijah the great prophet thought of his life as worthless in that moment! I know this feeling of worthlessness, when everything around us comes crashing down, suffocating us in a dark storm. In these moments, I feel as though I cannot fix it, and I begin to tell myself that it is my fault and maybe if I weren’t here it would be better. WOW, a spiral of doubt and darkness takes over – and to think this is normal. Even Elijah felt it. What did he do? He prayed. He surrendered. He fell asleep and allowed God to surround him with angels, to renew him and nourish him. When he awoke he was restored, for he felt new, energized and went on to be a major prophet for God sharing light with the whole world!

Trust In It. And Awaken Anew! Elijah - My Saint My Hero Blog Writer Amy D'Ambra in Prayer

Prophets and saints are not perfect, their life sucks at times too. It is what they do and how they react when they find themselves in that downward spiral, that I want to learn from. Elijah felt the emotion of severe depression, to the point of begging God to take his life. He was down and out, and he turned to God. I love this! When we can’t get ourselves out of darkness and despair …

Pray, surrender and rest! Don’t run faster, try to fix it, or numb out. Sit still, give it up to Him, rest and allow His miraculous love to renew, transform and regenerate us!

Just imagine the angels re-wiring us, re-aligning us towards God’s love, light, and joy. We almost need to be asleep for them to do this with ease. Trust in it. And awake anew! Maybe, just maybe, in the new day, you will be the light that changes the world! You will be the one that brings hope of God to others. Just like Elijah; better yet, just like YOU! –Amy

 

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To Inspire. To Encourage.

To Inspire. To Encourage.

Every day you inspire us… Today we are honored to share some of you and your stories with the community. Please take a moment to sit with these World Changers who encourage, who inspire. Let’s change the world through love!

Keep Fighting - Jessica Rodarte

9.10.18 World Suicide Prevention Day
Every forty seconds, of every minute, of every hour of every day. Someone attempts to end their life. 800,000 people die by suicide every year.

This has to change. We have to come together and speak about the importance of mental health. Suicide is real! It’s not something to take lightly. We see it too often now on the news that people are taking their own lives. As someone who battles with mental illness, I have been in those dark places with thoughts of suicide. Every time I hear of another death it hits so close to home. Because, I can only imagine what was going through the heads of those people that felt they could no longer go on. It is just absolutely heart breaking. And to think that maybe if someone reached out the outcome may have been different.

Take a minute: to listen, to hear, to understand. You never know the battles people are facing. Educate yourself and know the signs. It’s so important that we check in with one another! One message, one call, one smile can make all the difference. We need to have these discussions and end this stigma. Together we can save lives!

To anyone who is experiencing a difficult time and feel that you can no longer go on, please do not lose hope. Know that you are loved and you are important. You are not alone in this world, there are people here for you. Put your hand over your heart and realize that you have a purpose! When you feel like you are just up against a wall, remember this life is worth living; keep fighting. 💚
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 – Jessica Rodarte + Beeing Jess

 

More Mary Less Martha - Jordan Renee Jones

I’ve spent my whole life as a Martha. ⠀

I like to get things done – but now and as best as I can.⠀
I like to work – but I can always do more/better.⠀
I like to serve – but the “how” can get in the way of my “why.”⠀
I like to be recognized – but I will never get enough “gold stars.”⠀

I may have the best intentions, but so often times I’ve found myself doing things because I “have to” or I “should.” I always feel like there’s more I can do, and of course, there’s never enough time.⠀

And so I find myself head down, busying my way through life, distracted by of these self-inflicted “urgent” priorities, when all I need to do to get things right is lift my gaze up to Jesus.⠀

If you know the story of Mary and Martha, you may have found yourself identifying with Martha, and yet immediately knowing Mary had it right all along. Every time I read this passage in the Bible, I’m reminded of how easily I let my worries and distractions get in the way.⠀

I don’t know about you, but it’s crazy how fast I can fall right into Martha’s mindset of annoyance, of frustration, of disappointment when I don’t live up to my own self-imposed perfectionism. ⠀

It’s easy to get so focused on the details – and expect everyone else to follow our same way of thinking – yet ultimately just lose sight of what really matters.⠀

I don’t know about you, but I need a little more Mary in me.⠀

Because I need a LOT more Jesus in me – and Mary knew that is found by laying your life at the Lord’s feet.⠀

// Luke 10:38-42 – Jordan Renee Jones + Living For More With Less

 

See Your Light of Faith – Sarah White

The deepest and truest call for us is the pursuit of holiness. And yours m a t t e r s. You never know who will see your light of faith. Friend, you were meant to show His goodness. – Sarah White + The Millennial Fiat

 

Grateful for This Truth - Valerie Delgado Grace Painted

 

“How good it feels to come back to Him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking His mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us His example: He has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again He bears us on His shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, He makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than His life, which impels us onwards!” /// Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam // all for the greater glory of God. I’ve been reminding myself of this lately, that no matter what my responsibilities are, do it with the Lord. Do it for the Lord. Anything—any task, any conversation, can become prayer if it is offered for the Lord, out of love. Grateful for this truth. – Valerie Delgado + Grace Painted

 

Today on the National Day of Encouragement and EVERY DAY We encourage YOU all to be WORLD CHANGERS! Please comment below with your stories!

Wear One. Share One. Let’s change the world through love… one Blessing at a time! 

 

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