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Saw God at the Mall

MK–Troy, MI

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Saw God in the Grocery Store

To the Woman Who Asked to Take a Closer Look at My Daughter With Down Syndrome

When my perfect 5-pound daughter was born almost five years ago, we were given a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Fear of the unknown consumed our lives. Constant worry filled our days and nights. What will her future be like? What will our future be like? I became the overprotective mama bear and mistook kind smiles from strangers as glances of pity. Scared and in love with this little baby, I felt so lost.

unnamed (54)When Ava was about 1 month old, we took a mommy/baby trip to the grocery store. In the canned goods aisle, my life forever changed. A stranger was pushing her cart by us, looking over her shoulder at my little baby in the carrier. She came back around and asked if she could take a closer look. When she saw Ava’s sleeping face, a warm, bright smile spread across her own.

“Thank you,” she said. “This brings back so many wonderful memories.” Just then, a teenage girl came up and gave her mom a hug. She too had Down syndrome. This kind stranger hugged her daughter back and placed her hand on my shoulder. “You have been tremendously blessed; everything will be OK, you’ll see.”

I stood there with tears in my eyes and gave her a shaky, “Thank you.” I felt like a huge weight had been lifted. We would be OK. She would be OK. This woman gave me strength to start to raise my daughter to do and be anything she wants.

Today Ava is a spirited preschooler with so much love to give. That kind stranger in the grocery store will never know the gift she gave that day. She gave me the ability to push aside fear and start living our lives for our little girl. She was right… our lives have been tremendously blessed.


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Saw God in a Mom and Her Puppies

With two Golden Retrievers of our own at home, it is safe to say I am a bit partial to this breed. However, even if you are not a dog person, you can’t help but smile at the wagging puppy tails.


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Saw God in Noticing Little Things

Little Things
We all need a fresh reminder
How much do we notice as we go through a day?????

Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America – If you remember,
she’s the wife of Todd Beamer who said ‘Let’s Roll!’ and
helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that
was heading for Washington, DC back on 9/11.

She said it’s the little things that she misses most about
Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came
Home, and her children running to meet him.

Lisa recalled this story: “I had a very special teacher in
high school many years ago whose husband died
suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death,
she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students.
As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through
the classroom windows and the class was nearly over,
she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk
and sat down there.

With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused
and said, ‘Class is over, I would like to share with all of you,
a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very
important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share,
love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows
when this fantastic experience will end.  It can be taken away

at any moment.  Perhaps this is God’s way of telling us that we
must make the most out of every single day.
Her eyes, beginning to water, she went on, ‘So I would like you all to
make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or
on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.  It doesn’t have
to be something you see, it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly
baked bread wafting out of someone’s house, or it could be the
sound of the breeze  slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the
way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently
to the ground. Please look for these things, and cherish them.
For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the
“stuff” of life. The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy.
The things we often take for granted.

The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our
books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon,
I noticed more things on my way home from school than
I had that whole semester.

Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember
what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to
appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.
Take notice of something special you see on your lunch
hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset.
Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice
cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we
did that we often regret, but the things we didn’t do.


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Saw God in 10-6

He opened the week with a PowerPoint presentation derived from the book “Zen in the Art of Archery,” and closed it with a quote he borrowed from “The Art of War.”

And when well-read Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell plastered that last inspirational nugget – Opportunities multiply when they are seized – on the overhead projector a team meeting Saturday, it seemed to ring true to everyone in the room.

Jason Jones blocked a late Blair Walsh field-goal attempt as the Lions rallied for another come-from-behind win, this one 16-14 over the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field, to regain control of first place in the NFC North.

Box score: Lions 16, Vikings 14

The Lions (10-4) can clinch their first playoff berth since 2011 with a victory next week against the Chicago Bears, and if they win their final two games – or if the Green Bay Packers lose once in the next two weeks – they’ll earn their first division title and home playoff game since 1993.


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Saw God in the Middle of the Street

MK–Troy, MI

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Saw God in Belief

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” William James

Don–Warren, MI

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Saw God in A Religion Project

My 8 year old daughter made this “Remembrance Cross” in religion class.  It brought tears to my eyes to see the names she listed.  From her fish to her great grandmother, she remembered those she loved and has lost.  Precious.


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Saw God in a UPS Truck

MK-Troy, MI

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Saw God Next to the Space Shuttle

Wayne–North Carolina

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