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!
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
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
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
“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!
I just left a beauty supply store where the owner was helping me find the products I needed to get my hair done. She was looking for a product and was worried that she had run out of it, but when she found it, she exclaimed, “Praise God!” It was with such sincerity that I knew she wasn’t just saying it flippantly; she meant it. So I responded “Amen!” and her face lit up! As I was checking out, she noticed my bracelets and said…“Oh, they are so beautiful! Is that Mother Mary? My goodness! So beautiful!” I told her about My Saint My Hero, and she was impressed by the beauty and quality of the bracelet. I looked down at my bracelet and for a brief moment felt an attachment to it but then remembered the slogan, “Wear one, share one” and I knew that I had to give her my bracelet. I told her that she could have mine and it could be her reminder to be a saint. After refusing for a period of time, she finally accepted the bracelet and was proud to share with me that she was Catholic and loved our Blessed Mother so much. She even gave me a magazine about our Lady.
Wearing the bracelet gave way to a moment of shared joy and gratitude. I’m grateful that I wore it and it was a visible sign of the Catholic community. I hope the store owner knows that blessed me just as much as I hope that I blessed her!
God shows up in my life every single day, every minute, every second.
I’m actually a survivor of the Route 91 mass shooting that happened in Las Vegas. It was the largest mass shooting in modern-day American history, and that day, I went to celebrate my birthday in Las Vegas. It was really the unthinkable. In fact, when the shooting happened, no one even realized it was a shooting because it was just the unthinkable. Of course, I had my My Saint My Hero bracelets on me because I wear them every single day. I never take them off. Immediately, when the shooting began and I realized it was gunshots, not fireworks or part of the show, everyone ran. I immediately was separated from my friends. I was separated from them for about eight full hours before I was able to connect with them, see them, hug them, cry with them and pray with them. When I was able to reconnect with my friend Danielle, we looked down and noticed that we both had My Saint My Hero bracelets on.
I am the founder and editor-in-chief of Style and Society Magazine. I am also the host and co-executive producer of a show on ONX called “The Stylist.” And how I’m changing the world? I’m a world changer because through my platform, the online magazine, I’m able to write content I’m super passionate about. So it’s passion, it’s entertainment, it’s lifestyle, it’s travel, it’s food. I really want to be an inspiration to others. I want others, especially women, to feel empowered through the work that I do.
Many years ago, when I was trying to come up with a name for my production company, without missing a beat my mother said, “Call it St. Amos.” Neither of us knew that there was a real saint by that name—we just thought it sounded cool.
Well, not only was St. Amos cool, he was humble. A “saint for the people” spreading the word that God’s love was not just for prophets and kings, but for every woman and man. My wife and I had the thought, how can we spread love and pay our blessings forward? We decided to partner St. Amos with My Saint My Hero to do just that.
I’ve been wearing My Saint My Hero bracelets for years. I often find myself giving them to friends, fans or sometimes I get a vibe that someone just needs to be acknowledged, to let someone know they’re special. And who knows the impact of what a gesture like this can do? Wear one, share one and tell us your stories so we can continue to share the love forward. #StAmosJewelryStories —JOHN STAMOS
With this purchase, you’ll also participate in helping victims of child abuse. 100% of the Stamos family net proceeds from the St. Amos bracelet will be donated to Childhelp.
St. Amos Love Bracelet for Men & Women – We want to share our love with you and those you love. Wear one, share one. – Caitlin & John Stamos
Mother’s Day is beautiful because it’s a recognition of womanhood, not just motherhood. Sisterhood, daughterhood, we are women. The fullness of that. I don’t mean just motherhood. I mean how society sometimes will say, she’s just a mom. She’s just a housewife, she’s just a … No! Our ability to bring forth life is extraordinary, and this is our time to do that on so many levels.
We are mothers; we are fierce, we are kind, we are compassionate, we are thinking of everyone, we are powerful.
It takes a radical heart to stand in the truth of who you are, to drop the stories that previously defined you and simply be. The beautiful thing about this is that when you commit your life to evolving from that place of the radical heart you, shift everything. You’re joining others who have made that decision as well, those who have committed to standing fully in who they are. –Nia Peeples
Nia is currently on a road trip, meeting and speaking with people about having a Radical Heart, sharing her children’s book The Little Apple Tree, and sharing Blessing Bracelets. Follow her journey on Radical Heart and Nia’s Instagram.
When I think about the Seed of Life the thing that sticks out to me is the word life. And I think life is something that is just taken for granted.
It’s kind of a reminder that life starts and ends with God.
He’s involved in our life all the way through. In every moment of our lives He’s there and He wants to be present…As a woman and as a mother I think that I have that special privilege of experiencing life and giving life and being part of that procreation. – Maria
This sacred symbol was emblazoned on what is believed to be the first altar from which Christ proclaimed the power of divine love. May it be emblazoned upon your heart as a reminder to be bold, to be who you really are. Let nothing come between you and your divine knowing, for the kingdom of God is within you. Embody this divine love that surpasses all knowledge. Express it freely to the fullness of God. You are empowered. You yourself empower.
Attend Eucharistic Adoration. Buy a sketchbook. Draw what Jesus put on your heart. Color your prayers. Write your heart out as a poem. Read old books you find in your church. Start a prayer card collection. Sing a song about Jesus every morning. Find a community. Understand your past faults. Confess and repent. Write Jesus a thank-you letter. Send someone a postcard with a prayer on it. Believe. Write your honest thoughts with your Father. Give flowers to Mary. Wear saints around your neck as friendship necklaces. Keep your heart in the hands of Jesus. Know that you are blessed. Fast. Pray. Give alms. Be here, in Lent.
This Lent, my boldness comes from the fire of the Holy Spirit to give more of myself. I’m focusing especially on fasting because I believe a consistent sacrifice sings a song to God who gave us all we have. I enjoy only drinking water in place of any other drink during Lent to ground me to the truth that Jesus alone can satisfy. Any thirst in life that I experience can only be fulfilled by Christ, and the Holy Spirit has inspired me to apply this truth to my fasting. – Maclain/A Catholic Convo Blog
How are you being bold this Lent? This Lent we are being bold by doing things a little different. We are featuring YOU and your stories. We want to see how you are changing the world.Share your journey for a chance to be featured this Lent – tag us on social media or share HERE! ⠀
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. He was the first person to show me a devotional and ask me to read the bible with him. He’s challenged me to walk out my faith in big bold ways and all of the small, every day, in-between ways.⠀
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. Today I’m reminded that it all comes back to one thing: love.⠀- Jordan Jones/ Living For More, With Less Blog
Being a mom of three is the greatest gift God has given me. It has not only changed my perspective but showed me what matters. In the midst of it all, I am constantly seeking ways to strengthen my personal relationship with Jesus to, in turn, instill my faith to my children.
How are you being bold this Lent? This Lent we are being bold by doing things a little different. We are featuring YOU and your stories. We want to see how you are changing the world. Send in your photos, tag us on your socials and share your journey for a chance to be featured this Lent! ⠀