Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Angel's Saga

Well, it finally happened, I turned the Angel, the Jindo Gae mix blog entries into a short book. Right now it's available for pre-order on Amazon.

For those of you who followed her story about getting her to her family, I hope you will be pleased with the book. For those of you who pretty much have no clue what I'm talking about, much less what on earth a Jindo Gae is, I think you'll love this.

Angel was the victim of not having all of the necessary vaccinations to go to her birth land, South Korea, with her owners who are in the Army. The story follows our quest to get her back to her family who had a new duty post there, and all of the obstacles that we encountered.

There are some smile/laugh moments, and a couple of sad moments in the book, but its mostly about giving back to the Military in a way that was unique to us (my family).

I hope you will check it out, and if moved to, will pre-order it. Right now, the pre-order is for ebook only. The paperback will be out the same time as the ebook goes live on Amazon for actual sale.


Thank you all for all of your support of my books. I hope you enjoy this one as well.
Have a blessed week!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What Hell isn't....

What is Hell?

According to Wikipedia, hell is a place of punishment and torment in an afterlife (here's the Wiki link  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell ). It is also described as a place that is eternal, meaning there is no end, no light at the end of the tunnel...it doesn't stop. Ever.
There is talk from those who are into conspiracy theory that the largest hole drilled (14.4 meters) into the crust and beyond that is tapping into hell itself. Of course, there were many sensational news stories that came of that saying that super-sensitive microphones inserted into the bore-holes actually picked up human screams. When all was said and done, it turned out to be a hoax by a Finnish man.

Scientist theorize that the core of the earth is hotter than the photosphere of the sun, which sits at 5,500 C. What they say is that the core of the Earth is 6000C, making it 500C hotter than the sun's outer surface. That's mighty hot. The inner core of the sun is roughly 15,000,000C, which is enough to vaporize a planet unlucky enough to get close to it.

According to the Bible, however, Hell is depicted as a place of eternal torment. There is no end to the suffering, the heat is hotter than the sun and there is no way to quench the burning. Water vaporizes in its proximity. The death worm is eternal (worms that feed on dead bodies...probably maggots), it continually feeds on the flesh of those imprisoned there and there is no redemption. No light at the end of the tunnel. No get out of jail free card. No bail. It's eternal.

Here's what it's not. It is not an eternal party. There are no orgies going on, no drinking, gambling, sex, or any other vice you can think of. There are no eternal golf games with the devil, no elbows, winks and evil grins.

Something else about Hell. Everyone is invited. Doesn't matter if you volunteer at the local soup kitchen or are best buds with Hitler. Works aren't going to keep you out of there. Kind words aren't going to keep you from going. Giving to the poor, championing for those less fortunate, being Republican, Democrat or Tea Party isn't going to keep you out of there. There's only one thing to keep you from going to Hell, and some people are willing to relinquish their eternal souls to reject it. It can't be that simple. I can't do that. I like my life too much to change. I've heard a few of these, but the only way out is to accept Jesus as your Savior.

Okay, when you finish with your eye rolling, let me explain. Jesus was given the keys to Hell after He died and descended into the depths of the earth. When He rose again, He was victorious over Hell, and still had the Keys with Him. God made Him King over all. He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. Eternal Sovereign. Emmanuel. God says there's one way to Heaven and away from Hell (eternal separation from Him), and that's through His Son, Jesus Christ. Confession, repentance and acceptance of Christ as your Savior is the only requirement to go to Heaven. That's it. Nothing more. There are some things that a person gladly does with thanksgiving such as tithing and tending to widows and orphans...doing good. But the thing is, those things, those works are not what is keeping them from Hell. Salvation is. The Bible says that any who hears the Word of God (Romans 10:8-17) and believes it, believes in Christ as the Savior (Romans 1:16-17; 8:34), repents of sin (Romans 2:4-5; 6:1-2),  and confesses Jesus as the Christ (Romans 10:8-10), is saved. The remainder of what's known as "The Roman's Road" is baptism (Romans 6:3-4; 8:1) and present yourselves a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2, 11-12). I know that seems like a bunch of stuff, but it really isn't. The truth of the Gospel is easy, the Roman's Road spells it out for you. The truth is if you are presented with the Gospel (the Good News) and believe in Christ as Savior, calling on Him to be your Savior, confessing that you know that Heaven is out of reach for you as there is no way to achieve it apart from Christ, and mean it with every fiber of your being, then congratulations! You are now a new Creation in Christ, free from the bondage of Hell. The rest is a work in progress that others who have taken that step before you can help you through.

Ah, but Christ says the way isn't easy. There's no rose garden, no sparkly paths. You won't become rich, famous or equally well off. There are going to be times when you wonder just what it was that you did when troubles come knocking at your door. Be assured that you are Christ's, none can snatch you from the Father's hand. The Bible says when you are saved, your name is written in the Book of Life and it cannot be erased. It is also written in the palm of God's hand. What a wonderful word picture! No, life won't be fair, it never was before and it won't be after. Your paths may not be straight anymore, there might be twists and turns you've never imagined, but you have one certainty. Christ is with you no matter what. You will no longer ever be alone. He will help you through the good times and the bad, through peace and persecution. When it comes time to leave this life and go the the final one, the eternal one, you will open your eyes to Heaven and not Hell. Hell has no place for the Christian.

Let me leave you with one more thing...an author's look at hell, and take note of the man with no eyes. Don't be that person. Ever. Accept Christ in your life. Now is a good time, because even a few minutes from now isn't promised.

Hell isn't a party. Don't let anyone, not friends, family, acquaintances, Hollywood or voices tell you otherwise. Its ugly torment that lasts forever with no end. Don't go there.

The Trial of Andrew Osher

Andrew tossed in his bed. His eyes darted quickly back and forth, as he entered the REM stage of sleep…the time nightmares come.

The heat is suffocating and the pain, well it’s like nothing I’ve ever felt before. I have no idea where I am. Screaming, sounds of horror and pain. Pleas to all within earshot not to come here, to tell their families not to desire this place.
There’s a man next to me whose skin is melting off his bones like wax. As horrified as I am at the sight, the fright intensifies when his skin regenerates and the process starts over again.
Screams seem to increase with every second, with every movement. There is no time here, time doesn’t exist, it’s just a penetrating realization that you are here, and you can’t escape. Time and space no longer exist. This place is the only place that exists.
I smell something behind me. When I turn to see what it is, I find another man covered in rotting boils, crying, drool running out of his mouth, and writhing in pain as the boils continue to surface. The sight makes my already tortured stomach retch, and agonizing spasms race throughout my body. As the heaving continues, I drop to my knees, doubled over in intense anguish wishing that it would stop, but it doesn’t. My only thought is to get a bit of water….
All around me I hear crying, screaming…but one voice seems to be getting closer. From my kneeling position, I look up and see a woman running toward me, gouging wildly at her face and eyes. “Please! Get them off me! Make them stop!” she yells hysterically. She rips at the shirt she is wearing, exposing her stomach and arms, and then falls to the ground. Bulges in her skin begin to appear as she is jerked to her feet by something that I’ve never seen before. I hear frightened whispers around me, “It’s a Taskmaster.” The bulges erupt and bugs begin to emerge from the open wounds.  
Another Taskmaster goes by, dragging a man with no eyes. The man is grasping at the ground frantically trying to get a solid grip on anything that will keep him from his final destination. Crying, struggling, and clawing the ground with bloodied fingers to get away from the creature who has a vise-like grip on him, he screams out, “I did what I was supposed to! I never broke the law. I was a good person! Please! I don’t belong here! There must be some mistake!”
Still the screams continue and if possible, become more passionate, more desperate. I smell sulfur and burning hair and flesh. My skin crawls at the thought of people being burned alive and I have to wonder if that’s where the blind man is now.
The scenery around me suddenly begins to move, shapes change, and I find myself in another place. The stench has intensified to the point that it burns to breathe. The man who I had encountered earlier with the boils is now on his knees, hugging himself, his eyes bulging. His mouth opens, but no sound comes out. A look of intense horror comes over his face. I turn my head to see what has him so petrified, and then hear a scream of horror, but it’s not his scream.
 It’s my own.


Friday, October 23, 2015

A body at rest stays at rest...a body in motion stays in motion...

Or so says Newton's first law. Personally? A body in motion has to stop every once in a while to take some Advil to quash the pain. Meh...such is the life of a person with a chronic pain disorder.


That doesn't mean that everything stops. Nope. I'm still going. Just call me the Energizer Bunny. Hmm. That really doesn't work either. Okay, let's put it this way, my fingers are doing all the work. I've been going back and forth between a work-in-progress with Kay Ganley, to working on new mandalas for the next coloring book to setting up an Etsy store at the urging of some friends. There is one constant, one linking thing with all of them. I'm still relatively unknown, so my works, whether they're the actual novels I put out or the coloring book, or even the coloring sheets on Etsy, well, they get lost in the abyss of massive amounts of works out there.

I looked at my coloring book, for instance. Color Me Mandala: Advanced Mandalas is at a mid-range ranking of roughly 250k. Yup, I'm exactly 253,668 in a pool of over 700 thousand books that are sold daily. Over 700 thousand, that's five zeros behind that seven. But that's all inclusive paid sales for ebooks. Print books? An embarrassing 650k+. I won't bore you with the actual number, but that's over all print books, not just coloring books. I couldn't find a definitive number of actual coloring books available every day, but there are a couple of biggies out there that have sold over three million copies...each. That's 3 with a bunch of zeros behind it. Oh, how one aspires to that number! The only book out there that racks up that kind of sales is the Bible, so to have a coloring book sink those kinds of numbers is a phenomenon.

Anyway, so I'm still the plankton in the food chain of coloring books, and I'm good with that. I'm working every advertising angle my sock full of change can manage; bombarding friends and family on facebook, pinterest and now Etsy. Pitching in coloring groups, well, actually only one. Apparently I wasn't supposed to pitch in one and it got me banned. And, I'm finding as I'm drawing each mandala, each picture that my stress level is coming down, even without picking up a coloring instrument. I'm enjoying having people like my stuff, but more importantly, I'm having time with Mouse and the Granddaughters that the four of us will sit down and color a butterfly page here, a kitten page there. My Little Pony and Barbie...they're on their own. Just can't do it. The fun part is, though, the babies are learning how to color, what colors are used where, how to stay in the lines (but they get excited and its all over), Mouse? She still colors Barbie green or blue, but, she's getting better about staying in the lines and matching colors. So the blue Barbie on my desk? Her clothes are blues and purples. Its progress.

So, here comes the shameless plug. My Etsy page. Here's the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HodgePodgeandStuff?ref=hdr_shop_menu

It's chock-full of stuff to print off and color and there's a link to my print coloring book. I'll be adding another one, as soon as I have more mandalas than I have right now. I'll be sure to let you know when its ready to go. As far as the novel, Evelyn? Its going well, we hope to have the first draft ready for editing by the end of the year. I'll keep you updated on that one as well.

If you're interested in Kay Ganley's work, her book Lost: It Begins can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Book-One-It-Begins/dp/B004JFEWVK

Read this, it's really a good read. Ms. Ganley is great and you sit there and can actually see the scenes in your head, you connect with the characters.

Have a great weekend and a great week, everyone. For those of you in the path of that nasty Hurricane Patricia, stay safe. If you see flooding, remember this: Turn around, don't drown. Don't take the chance that your car won't be swept away with you in it.
God Bless!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

New book, but not my normal stuff!

Well, I did it. I have another book out. But its not your run of the mill, L. A. Brown book. In fact, its not even a reading book. It's a coloring book. A mandala coloring book.

Right now, and that will change hopefully in the next couple of days, its in e-book form, which means if you have a touch-screen, you touch and hold the object you want to print and a pop-up will appear. If you're using the computer, a right clicky-of-the-button will bring up the print option. Either way, you can print off the mandalas to your heart's desire and color away.

Now, when the coloring book itself comes out, there are pictures only printed on one side of the page, the other is blank. Why? You ask? Good question, which deserves a good answer. Because, if you use markers or sharpies in your book, there will be bleed-through to the next page (the back of the picture), which would ruin whatever is on the back of the page.

All of the mandalas are hand drawn by me, there are no computer images in there. It was digitized, sure, but that's so the lines were a bit darker and the picture could be a smidge clearer. Regardless, they are still original drawings by me, including the one on the front. The picture on the back, I don't take credit for. Its a head-relaxing-thingy...not sure where one finds one of those or why one would use one. I guess its a preference thing.

Anyway, here is the amazon link for the ebook. I do hope you enjoy coloring it as much as I enjoyed drawing it for you. Leave me feedback on amazon if you do, please! I will update this post with the link for the paperback version as soon as its available, so check back often.


Enjoy your weekend!

**update** The paperback version just went live! How cool is that?
Here's the link for you. Enjoy!

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**update 9/27/2015**

Apparently Kindle and Kindle Fire don't like the print option, so to get around that, I put a link for an e-book converter in the manuscript. When folks download the ebook  version, hopefully (if they have either Kindle) will see that and upload the free converter (its a trial version). I'm hoping that fixes that little bug!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

New project news

Good morning, Everyone!

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. I know that I'm slow in putting new material out, I apologise for that, but I'm excited about an upcoming project. I've teamed with Kay Ganley, author of Lost: It Begins to co-author a new project tentatively called Evelyn. 

This book will be one that is unique in its structure. It is a group-authored book, sort of like a group-funding effort, and a work of fiction based on reality. Eleven other people have joined us in creating back stories which will be woven throughout the book. It is about one woman's life of domestic abuse (Evelyn's), and how friends from all over the world work to remove her from the situation. All of the stories are based on real-life experiences, including Evelyn's, and there are a couple of truly fictional characters in there, but back stories have been changed so that the author cannot be recognized. Because of the volatile nature of the stories, these men and women will not be acknowledged by their real names, but by their pseudonyms in the book...Kay and I will be listed as the authors. 

It is our hope that through this book we will give victims of domestic abuse hope, and the chance for freedom from the hell that they are living in. At the end of the story we will list National Hotlines for readers to contact as well as other resources.
Here is the link to read an excerpt of Evelyn. I hope you like it.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Just as you are. Right where you are.

I have a friend. Well, I actually have a few friends...but I regress. Hmm. Let me put this another way.

We all have a friend that pulls our heartstrings. That one friend who doesn't know what their destination is, or even how on earth to get there. They're just moving one foot in front of the other, hoping to get through the next minute, hour, day, month, year. Life hasn't been fair, by any stretch of the imagination for them. They know it, and everyone around them knows it.

They may joke. They may make fun of themselves or others. They may drink, smoke or take drugs. They may cut or take extreme chances, but they're trying to find something, anything that fills the emptiness they feel. That emptiness could be the result of losing a spouse, a child or a parent. It could be because of abuse, the reasons are limitless. But, they have one thing in their lives that distinguishes them from anyone else. They  have you.

I'm talking to the Christians out there. I'm talking to myself, as well. Time is indeed getting short. Signs are popping up all around us pointing us to the coming of Christ. We need to be ready when He comes because sure as shootin' that old adage "He** on earth" will be reality. The one thing, though, is that we need to let folks know that they don't have to be left behind. God is willing to take them just as they are, right where they are...all they have to do is ask.

So, what is the question? Is Jesus your Savior? If not, then that's your question...ask Jesus to come into your heart. No hoops. No good works. No clean up. Just as you are, where you are. When Christ comes into your life, the clean-up becomes a work in progress. Things don't automatically cease and desist, although in some cases they can and do. The Holy Spirit works in you to create a clean heart. You want to move yourself away from the old habits, the bad place you once were in. You want to draw closer to Him. And as you draw closer, the things that were holding you back, holding you down now don't seem to be as important. God gives you clear vision, unblocked ears and more importantly, a tender heart.

So, I was saying...I have this friend. One that needs peace. One that needs our Savior. I have this friend that I'll be praying for, because I know that once this friend finds Jesus,  that friend will find the peace that surpasses all understanding. Not everything will be perfect, but in the end, they will see Perfection face-to-face when He comes to take us Home.

Be well, my friends. God bless.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sometimes silence is a good thing.

Yes, sometimes its a good thing, but there are definitely times when you should be suspicious.

 For instance: You have toddlers in your house. Silence is not a good thing. Silence with an occasional giggle is definitely time for alarm. Most likely you are going to walk into the next room to find: a) Powdered sugar/flour/cornstarch or some other necessary staple spread from here to breakfast, with little tiny, half naked "ghost" toddlers running, hiding and giggling up a storm. Time to break out the vacuum and bubble bath, or better yet, if its warm outside, break out the sprinkler and let them get the mess off themselves by running through it. Oh, but when whatever it is that they've gotten all over themselves is rinsed off, better break out the sunscreen...don't want sunburned "ghosts."
b) Your best make-up spread all over the carpet. Of course said carpet is most likely white or light colored (might want to look into that dark brown your husband is so fond of. Just saying), and the red lipstick smiley face is just the accent you needed to brighten up the room. Not to mention the "tattooed" little one with the bright blue eyelids and kohl eyeliner smiling back at you from the puddle of lace that used to be your wedding dress.
c) Markers. The dreaded sharpies and gel pens that inevitably find their way to your walls, furniture and quite possibly the dog...the cat was smart enough to beat feet and hide in the closet when he got the chance. Now Fido looks like Petey from Little Rascals, except the circle around his eye is purple and green and hot pink, and he has a hangman on his hind end in black permanent marker.

And let's not forget the puppies and kittens out there. They may not have opposable thumbs but sure as the sun rises in the east, they're either going to find trouble or trouble finds them. Its not an if situation, but a when one.

Puppy looks all pooped out from chasing bugs outside and flops by the t.v. console? Hope those wires are protected because that little darling is probably going to teeth on your coaxial cable. Have sauerkraut fermenting on the counter? Hope your kitten doesn't get a taste for sour food. Of course there's also the oft-times present fish tank or bird cage that will keep Fluffy entertained for hours until snack time, then silence is not that particular snack's, I mean, animal's friend.  Puppies? Anytime they're quiet (unless they're sleeping, of course, but even then, its good to keep them away from anything they can chew on in their sleep), is cause for suspicion.

So how about anyone over say six? Why is silence suspicious and how could any silence be a good thing? Well, I'm glad you asked.

Let's approach the good, first. Sometimes its good to have that silent time. A time to reflect, to reconnect to you, a time to meditate on God's Word. A time that is only yours and you can be selfish if you want to. Everyone needs that silent time so that they can be in their own little bubble and there's a "no gurls allowd" or "no boyz aloud" sign posted. Its your time to focus on what you need to focus on, whether its a new novel from your favorite author, a piece of classical music, art, hiking, sailing...whatever turns your focus away from the rat race outside for a small moment, well, that's a good thing.

When its not a good thing is when the focus is too much on the "demons" of this world or even our own private ones. When everything seems so overwhelming that even the silence that you impose on yourself is fraught with voices that tell you how worthless you are or that no one would miss you if you're gone. Then, dear friends, silence is not so golden. Silence could be deadly. Realistically, all of the above references to silence, can have consequences that are harmful and to be on one's toes is of the utmost importance, but the silence I'm addressing right here is thisclose to deadly all the time. The deadly I'm talking about, is suicide. Certainly there are those who self mutilate to draw attention to themselves...those who do it to relieve pain, whether mental or physical, and while most are not suicidal, one wrong slip of the knife could turn fatal. The ones who are purely suicidal, though, will show subtle (and sometimes, not so subtle) signs that this is their thought process.

If you, or someone you know exhibit these signs, please, please seek help through the National Suicide Prevention Line (1 (800) 273-8255. The hot line is available 24/7. The website address is: suicidepreventionlifeline.org ). Now, I want to make a disclaimer here. I am not now, nor will I ever be a professional medical anything. I pulled this from the Internet from reliable sources. If you have any doubt as to whether or not someone is thinking of suicide, please give them the hot line information.

These are the some of the signs that a person is thinking of suicide, although not everyone is the same. These are guidelines.

(Excerpt from WebMD)

Suicide is not a mental illness in itself, but a serious potential consequence of treatable mental disorders that include major depressionbipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorderschizophrenia, substance use disorders, andanxiety disorders like bulimia and anorexia nervosa.

Suicide Warning Signs

Any of the following could be potential warning signs for suicide:

  • Excessive sadness or moodiness: Long-lasting sadness, mood swings, and unexpected rage.
  • Hopelessness: Feeling a deep sense of hopelessness about the future, with little expectation that circumstances can improve.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Sudden calmness: Suddenly becoming calm after a period ofdepression or moodiness can be a sign that the person has made a decision to end his or her life.
  • Withdrawal: Choosing to be alone and avoiding friends or social activities also are possible symptoms of depression, a leading cause of suicide. This includes the loss of interest or pleasure in activities the person previously enjoyed.
  • Changes in personality and/or appearance: A person who is considering suicide might exhibit a change in attitude or behavior, such as speaking or moving with unusual speed or slowness. In addition, the person might suddenly become less concerned about his or her personal appearance.
  • Dangerous or self-harmful behavior: Potentially dangerous behavior, such as reckless driving, engaging in unsafe sex, and increased use of drugs and/or alcohol might indicate that the person no longer values his or her life.
  • Recent trauma or life crisis: A major life crises might trigger a suicide attempt. Crises include the death of a loved one or pet, divorce or break-up of a relationship, diagnosis of a major illness, loss of a job, or serious financial problems.
  • Making preparations: Often, a person considering suicide will begin to put his or her personal business in order. This might include visiting friends and family members, giving away personal possessions, making a will, and cleaning up his or her room or home. Some people will write a note before committing suicide. Some will buy a firearm or other means like poison.
  • Threatening suicide: From 50% to 75% of those considering suicide will give someone -- a friend or relative -- a warning sign. However, not everyone who is considering suicide will say so, and not everyone who threatens suicide will follow through with it. Every threat of suicide should be taken seriously.
  • Recognizing Suicidal Behavior

    Who Is Most Likely to Commit Suicide?

    Suicide rates are highest in teens, young adults, and the elderly. White men over the age of 65 have the highest rate of suicide. Suicide risk also is higher in the following groups:
    • Older people who have lost a spouse through death or divorce
    • People who have attempted suicide in the past
    • People with a family history of suicide
    • People with a friend or co-worker who committed suicide
    • People with a history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
    • People who are unmarried, unskilled, or unemployed
    • People with long-term pain or a disabling or terminal illness
    • People who are prone to violent or impulsive behavior
    • People who have recently been released from a psychiatric hospitalization (This often is a very frightening period of transition.)
    • People in certain professions, such as police officers and health careproviders who work with terminally ill patients
    • People with substance abuse problems
    Although women are three times as likely to attempt suicide, men are far more likely to complete the act.

    Can Suicide Be Prevented?

    Suicide can't be prevented with certainty, but risks can often be reduced with timely intervention. Research suggests that the best way to prevent suicide is to know the risk factors, be alert to the signs of depression and other mental disorders, recognize the warning signs for suicide, and intervene before the person can complete the process of self-destruction.

    What Should I Do if I Think Someone is Suicidal?

    People who receive support from caring friends and family and who have access to mental health services are less likely to act on their suicidal impulses than are those who are socially isolated. If someone you know is exhibiting warning signs for suicide:
    • Don't be afraid to ask if he or she is depressed or thinking about suicide.
    • Ask if he or she is seeing a therapist or taking medication.
    • Rather than trying to talk the person out of suicide, let him or her know that depression is temporary and treatable.
    • In some cases, the person just needs to know that someone cares and is looking for the chance to talk about his or her feelings. You can then encourage the person to seek professional help.
    • Recognizing Suicidal Behavior

      What Should I Do if I See the Warning Signs of Suicide?

      If you believe someone you know is in immediate danger of killing himself or herself:
      • Do not leave the person alone. If possible, ask for help from friends or other family members.
      • Ask the person to give you any weapons he or she might have. Take away or remove sharp objects or anything else that the person could use to hurt himself or herself.
      • If the person is already in psychiatric treatment, help him or her to contact the doctor or therapist for guidance and help.
      • Try to keep the person as calm as possible.
      • Call 911 or take the person to an emergency room.

Silence can be a good thing. It can be an amusing thing, or a frustrating thing. But sometimes, Silence can be fatal. Please. Call someone and get help. 

*I pray that if there are any out there who are seeking self harm that You will hold them in Your Mighty hand, oh Father God, and stop them from seeking to harm to themselves.. Help them to know that You care for them, that they have a purpose in this life, even when they cannot see it now. Focus their eyes, their hearts and their minds to You, Father so that they can see clearly that they are loved by You. Amen.