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As I made my way to the living room I glanced back at Ron who was still sleeping and my heart just warmed up.  I am so blessed to be loved by him.  I am loved beyond measure.  I don’t deserve that love YET Ron continually loves me.  He tells me not only in words but in little things he does ~ like doing the dishes each morning, letting me sleep in on days off, holds me when I ask and even when I don’t.  
And for 42 years we have had this crazy conversation
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we don’t yell it ~ we laugh over and over ~ I love Ron more because I have to produce more love to go around him but he will tell me he loves me more because there is more of him to produce more love.  I think we are both right.
But OH how God’s love is so much more!!!
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He commands us to love one another
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It’s not easy to always love someone
and I know I haven’t always loved the way I should
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My prayer this morning
Lord, help me to love as you have loved me,
help me to extend grace and mercy,
as you do for me each day.
Help me to remember I can love
because you first loved me!
just love 
one another.
What a beautiful world we would live in,
if people first just loved one another.

Feeling Nudged!!

This morning as I prayed asked the Lord what did He want to teach me today?
My devotion was titled 
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And immediately my sister, Joanie, came to mind
As I mentioned many times in my blog,
Joanie has chosen not to speak to me since 2008 and only a few times
before then since 1990.
Yet again, this morning I am nudged by God 
to reach out to her one more time.
This blog is the only way I have to communicate with her ~
so this morning I say again

Joanie…I don’t know what I did or said that makes you hate me, makes you choose to isolate yourself from your family.  

I can’t fix anything, I can’t address the issue
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you speak to me.
You have my email and you know you can contact our niece to get our phone numbers
but as they say
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So once again,
life is too short to not spend time with your family.
You have two nephews who speak of you
and wonder what is going on that you don’t want anything to do with them.
You have two niece-in-loves who I believe you would enjoy knowing.
And you have 5, FIVE, great nephews and nieces
who you would enjoy and see how they carry on the 
Nelson/Lockwood traits.
So once again,
I say,
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I miss you, I love you
and I really wish
we could be friends and family.
Our parents are gone,
our sister is gone,
let’s be sisters
like God intended.