Faith, Hope, and Love

About

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I’m a disability rights and LGBTQ rights advocate, in favor of marijuana legalization, and a follower of Jesus. I also consider myself to be a pro-life Christian feminist!

That’s quite a mouthful and an unorthodox combination…but like it or not that’s who I am!!

My blog and You Tube channel are called Faith, Hope, and Love for a reason! I took that phrase from 1 Corinthians 13:13- And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love!

I chose those three phenomenal little words because I have FAITH in God, HOPE in what Jesus did for all of us on that cross and LOVE because I believe we should love everyone just as Jesus does!

I believe that Jesus loves everyone and commands us to treat everyone regardless of their race, religion, skin color, social class, abilities, disabilities, convictions, opinions, choices, lifestyle, sexual preference, or sexual identity with love , kindness, respect, and acceptance! It is my prayer that this blog reflects the love of and hope that I have in Jesus!

I also chose those three phenomenal little words because I had to muster up a ton of FAITH when my daughter, Bethany was diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumor in 2000 at the age of two. I was forced to put my HOPE in the surgeons who performed her life saving surgery, and LOVE is what has gotten us through many trials and tribulations!

After Bethany, underwent emergency surgery to remove her brain tumor, she was diagnosed with multiple permanent debilitating disabilities. We have been striving and admittedly struggling at times to find happiness amidst our ordinary, everyday, precious, little moments as we embrace the challenges caused by a brain tumor, brain injury, autism, and epilepsy one day at a time with faith, hope, and love ever since!

We will forever continue attempting to turn Bethany’s crappy situation into a happy life!
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I believe that all people are worthy of and deserve to be loved, respected and treated kindly. Life in this world is hard enough.

Sometimes something as simple as a smile or a genuine caring attitude can drastically change a lonely or suffering person’s outlook on life.

I think that Leo Buscaglia says it beautifully and certainly better than I can. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn someone’s life around.”

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  • John 15:12- This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
  • Ephesians 4:32-Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
  • No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.- Aesop
  • Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but heir echoes are truly endless.- Mother Theresa
  • No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.- Amelia Earhart
  • When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.- Buddha
  • Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.-Dalai Lama

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27 Comments

  1. balletmistress

    Good morning Sylvia. Your blog is and will be an outlet to the world that you are truly a Godly woman and a faithful mom. i will look forward to your posts and will pray for you always.

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    1. mommasylvia (Post author)

      Thanks, Glad you like it. I hope it will be a blessing to others!

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  2. Kimberly Merritt

    You know that I am already one of your fans, Sylvia! I will be reading!

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    1. mommasylvia (Post author)

      Thanks Kim! Are you officially following me?

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  3. Becca

    I just found your blog and am your newest follower. I grew up in a homeschooled family of 9 kids as well! Nice to have met you. 🙂

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    1. mommasylvia (Post author)

      Thanks for following. I’ll be sure to follow back. I’m sure we have lots in common!

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  4. taniamend

    Faith, love and hope is more than everything. God is so good that He gives us strength. Love ties us with everything, family binds us and makes us strong. You are a very strong woman, you are indeed a strong Christian. You’re story touched me. God Bless Us You. Thanks for sharing and thanks for dropping by. I myself have different struggles in life.

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    1. mommasylvia (Post author)

      I am sorry it has taken me so long to respond to such a lovely comment. God is good! I hope that you are struggling a little less these days!

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  5. Gertrude Nonterah

    Thanks for stopping by A Chosen Remnant Mrs. Sylvia. I really appreciate it. I pray that God will continue to give you the strength you need to be blessing in your home and to this generation, in Jesus Name.

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    1. mommasylvia (Post author)

      Thank you for your prayers and sweet words of encouragement! I’ll be keeping in touch!

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  6. Jenni

    What a beautiful, grace-filled story you have lived! I can’t wait to hear more of your stories of God-filled moments. =) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

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  7. Larissa T. (Papa is a Preacher).

    Thanks for passing by our little corner and leaving a sweet comment, Sylvia! So nice getting to know more about your family. Keeping you in our prayers.

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      Thanks for your prayers!

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  8. Alesia

    Sylvia,
    I was just looking at my spam folder which I rarely look at and a email from you evidently went into it where you were nominating me for some awards. Thank you so much. I am sorry I never saw the post. It is so special how we all interconnect with each other on here. God bless you and thank you so much! Alesia

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      Oh! I’m glad you found it! That happens to me sometimes too!

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  9. Jo Lynn

    Hi Sylvia, wow your family has been through quite a bit. I am very encouraged by your outlook and desire to serve God and others by sharing the lessons learned and stories of triumph you have experienced. I love the quote on the picture, all of it but especially the part about letting the challenges make you strong and it looks like that is what you have been doing. I am also very encouraged by your faithfulness in homeschooling!

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      Thank you, Jo Lynn. We”re still in the learning process…learning to be thankful and faithful in all circumstances.

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  10. Sheila at Longings End

    First let me say thank you for hosting your link up. Secondly, Sylvia, let me add: God Bless your sweet soul as you minister to your precious babies and their special needs.

    Nine children, what a blessing! And a degree at 52 while homeschooling! My hat is off to you. I am 53, former single mom of three sons, and now an empty nester and relatively new wife {we just celebrated two years on July 18} Hope you and your kids might enjoy our story about our ongoing quest for the Ultimate Banana Split {Yesterday’s Post}. AND if you have any suggestions about really great ice cream places in your neck of the woods, PLEASE leave a comment on my blog post. We are gearing up for presenting the next Top Banana Award!! Blessings to you and yours. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      Thank you for taking the time to comment with such kind supportive words! I will take a look at your post and blog most definitely!

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  12. Betty Jo

    Hi Sylvia! I wanted to award you for all the work that goes into your sharing you and your family! It’s the Shauny Award and you can find out more about it and get the graphic here http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/11/shauny-award/

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      Thank you, Betty Jo! I’ll be over to check it out!

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  13. Sabrina@Juliana's Journal

    Sylvia,

    I just wanted to stop by to say hello. I saw your tagline and thought it was a code for something else. Now I really see you are a mother of nine. Wow! I am a such a believer in homeschooling and respect and admire what you do.

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by with some nice words of support, Sabrina!

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  14. Alesia

    HI Sylvia,
    I just dropped by to see how you were doing. I hope good. Alesia
    I am still blogging,but not as much as I want to.. Life gets in the way. : )

    Best Wishes,
    Alesia

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      I’m glad you stopped by Alesia! I will return the visit!

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