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Unless You Become Like Children

Last night my husband and I had the most entertaining and special time.  We had our 23 month old grandson, Brayden, over for a sleepover.

What fun!  We all enjoyed each and every minute that we shared together.  You know what moments I am talking about.  The ones that are completely special while doing nothing special.

Moments spent building houses with blocks, reading favorite books, giggling together while Brayden paraded around in our shoes and slippers, being with him as he pointed to all the interesting things he found, including snow globes that completely fascinated him, and wind up Santas and Snowmen that played music.  Time flew by as we sang songs, cuddled, and were just plain goofy together.

When it was Brayden’s bedtime, I thought that it was the end of our beautiful night together…and we started his bedtime ritual.  His jammies were on, his teeth were brushed, and his stories were read.  I cuddled with him a little, and as I rocked him, I felt his little head nestle into my neck.  What a precious feeling that is!

Sooo…I laid him down in his cushioned pack and play, in the spare room, for the night.

Now, I have watched him many times, and he is a good napper and sleeper for me.  When it is at his house.  But although he feels secure with us, he wasn’t so sure about spending the night in a different room and a different bed..even with his familiar sound machine and favorite blanket.

As I turned out the light, and started to close the door, I heard him whimper my name in the most pitiful little cry. All I heard was a faint “Gigi.”  (his name for me…pronounced GeeGee with a hard G) He melted my heart, and I turned back to him.

His pained little face with tears welling in his eyes were all I needed to gather him back in my arms to comfort him.

I know at this point, many will “judge” me because I shouldn’t spoil him!  However, grandmas are not bound by all the same rules as parents:-)

The best part of the night was the forty five minutes that followed, and will remain in my heart forever.

I laid the little guy down in his makeshift bed, and told him it was time for sleep.  As I rubbed his back, I told him I would stay with him.  I turned out the light, closed the door, and laid down on the floor right next to him.  He was positioned in the corner of the playpen, and I was facing him, with only the netting between us.   It was completely dark, so we could not see each other.

He was quiet, and I could hear his rhythmic breathing.  After about fifteen minutes, I thought he was sleeping.

Then, I felt his presence close to me, and his warm breath breathing down on me.  I heard a whispered “Gigi” and realized that he had popped his head up in the darkness to see if I was still there.  I answered, “Gigi is here,” and he laid back down without a sound.  We went through the exact same scenario about five or six times before he felt safe enough to fall asleep.

What really touched my heart, as his grandma, was the inner knowing…that he was looking to me for comfort, and trusted me in a way that allowed him to feel secure enough to “let go”.

He just needed to know if I was still there.

My mind turned to this Bible Verse:

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them,  and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 18:1-4

Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  

How can we humble ourselves like a child, so that we can enter the kingdom of heaven?

One way would be to follow Brayden’s example.  When he was afraid in the darkness, in his innocence he called out my name…just to make sure I was still there.  He could not see me, but he knew my voice when I answered him, and he felt my presence.  He didn’t stop himself from calling out time after time.  Once he felt secure that I was with him, he had no trouble falling asleep.  He slept peacefully all night.

And when he woke up in the morning, and called out to me, I was still there for him.

We should never be afraid to call out to Jesus when we are afraid, hurt, or in darkness.  As many times as we need to.  In our darkness and despair, we will learn to feel His Presence and hear His voice.  Sometimes, it will take many cries, of “Jesus, are you there?”  

Once you feel the love of Jesus wash over you, like Brayden you will be able to finally let go.  As you learn to recognize the voice of Jesus, you will find the peace and mercy that will allow your spirit to rest comfortably in the knowledge that you are loved, and you are never alone.

Always remember that truth…you are loved and you are never alone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let Us Kneel Before the Lord

Yesterday, the daily devotional from “A Catholic Woman’s Book of Days”  really touched my heart.  

O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!  Psalm 95:6

The author recounted a time when she took a group of high-school students to a retreat day at a Monastery.  Part of the day involved attendance at Mass.

Afterward, some students remarked that the experience had been different from Mass at their home parishes.  “Here, it was like the focus was all on God.  At home, it’s more like it’s all about us.

Wow.  Such insight from young minds.

For many years, I was the one who was sometimes bored, thinking that Mass was supposed to entertain me, or that it was meant as only a fellowship time with my Church friends.  If the music was “good,” and the homily was “catchy and interesting,” I considered myself “fed.”  Otherwise, I really just went through the motions, fulfilling my Sunday Mass obligation.

Then I read “The Lamb’s Supper” by Scott Hahn.

How misguided and totally selfish I was.   You see, the Mass is not intended to be of entertainment for us.  We can be entertained anywhere in this world.  The Mass is a gift offered to us…to share in the Eucharistic Table together, in humble worship of Our Lord and Savior.  How blessed we are, that we have been invited to share in this banquet feast…The Lamb’s Supper.

During Mass, we are led to turn our minds and hearts to Our Lord, Jesus.  We worship through hearing His Word, singing praises to Him, and receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus.  Through the Eucharist, Jesus becomes one with us. He is in us, and we are in Him.  What could be more spirit filling than actually receiving Jesus into our bodies…into our beings?

How does that miracle of love even remotely compare to being “entertained?”

When at Mass, we are in communion with The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We are also accompanied by  God’s angels and saints.  The Communion of Saints…how mystical and beautiful!

How blessed we are to have a tangible way to be intimate with our Lord.  To be totally one with Him, and through Him.

Lord, I thank you for gifting us with your Church on Earth.  Thank you for inviting us to this Loving Banquet.  Please send your Holy Spirit to infuse our hearts, minds and will with your amazing and unfathomable love, joy, and mercy.

 

Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.  For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.  John 6:52-56

 

 

 


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Lord, Forgive Us

Yesterday was Election Day.  So many thoughts are going through my mind today.

How could there be so many with their eyes closed to what is happening right before them?  This country, and the world, would be a different place if we really lived our Faith.

How can a Christian support the killing of innocent babies in the womb?

How can a Christian support homosexual “marriage”?

How can a Christian support the government’s right to forcibly take away money, through taxes,  from its citizens and hand it out to others?  Shouldn’t we be loving and charitable with our money and possessions, in the ways we are personally called?  Have you seen some of the disgusting ways our money is being used? (take a look at what they are doing and teaching in our schools)

How can a Christian trust, support and give the right to the government regarding our healthcare?  Why would we give up our God given freedom and hand it over to the government?

How can a Christian support the government’s right  to be in charge of dispensing our hard earned money?  Why would we trust the government to use our money in any way they deem fit?  Wouldn’t a Christian want to support causes that the Lord leads them to…and choose the way he is led in charity?

Why do we support a government that is chipping away at religious freedom?  Why would anyone accept that “Heather has Two Mommies” is ok, however, “The Bible” is not?  Why is it ok for the government to force companies or Churches to comply with the government’s truth concerning areas of religious faith?

Why do we blame guns for the wickedness that is running rampant in the hearts of men, however, we are unable to teach the Saving Power of God, or even mention His name in our schools…when HE is the only answer to the blackness that is overtaking souls?

Please, let’s take a step back and look at what is happening all around us.  The questions I just asked are just a small portion of what has been sneaking into our country while we are sleeping.

Or are we just pretending to be asleep so we don’t have to take a stand?

What I see is a government that is phasing God out, and stepping in to take God’s place.

Is that what you want?  Is that what we desire for future generations?  Something to think about, isn’t it?

 

Lord, please forgive us for our laziness, complacency, and sinful pride. 

We ask that you send your Holy Spirit to search our hearts for the sins in our lives that need to be acknowledged, and ask for the humility needed to allow us to beg your forgiveness.

We throw ourselves at your feet, and rest in your healing mercy and grace.

Jesus, have mercy on us.  Jesus, save us.  Jesus, lead us to fulfill your purpose.

Amen.

 

Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations   Jeremiah 1:4-5

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.   I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Psalms 139:13-15

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.   Romans 1:26-27

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  Genesis 2:24

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.  Luke 6:38

But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.   Acts 5:29


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Hidden Things

My husband and I are enjoying a wonderful visit with our niece, her husband, and their two sons.  We’ve never visited with just our two families…usually our visits are confined to extended family events, which are always filled with fun, food, confusion, and lots of noise.  Did I mention LOTS OF NOISE???  Haha!!!  Although we love our time with the whole family, it can get overwhelming!

Something my great nephew did when they first arrived at our home kind of jolted me.  In a good way…it was refreshing.  The same scenario happened with one of the sons of our previous houseguests, who are very good friends of ours, who had never been to our home before.

As soon as the boys came in the house, I noticed them looking around, especially up the stairs.  After a few moments of that, one of my (great) nephews said, “Can you show us your house…can we have a tour?”  I could FEEL their curiosity, and it warmed my heart to hear the question asked with such innocence and simplicity.

So many times, I would have loved to “tour” a friend’s home, but would never  even think to ask.

So we started the room to room tour.  In each room, they both looked around, very interested, and even asked questions.  Then they asked the un-askable…”What’s in there?”  The closed doors of our closets were very interesting to them.  I swung them open and showed them all the hidden things inside.  Questions were asked, curiosities were addressed, and we moved on.

This little interaction started me thinking.  “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  What was Jesus trying to tell us in this passage?  A few thoughts come to my mind that might be attributed to children…teachable, humble, innocent, inquisitive.

Are we always open and willing to ask questions about those things that are a mystery and “hidden” to us?  Are we seeking answers with a humble spirit, and looking for the answers in the right places?  I had many questions about my Catholic faith for many years, and those questions just tumbled around in my head and heart, causing doubt and misdirection in my soul.  I even read books that were against the Catholic Church, and all it stands for.  I was nothing but confused.  When I finally starting looking for answers through scriptures, meeting with my priest, and reading about the Catholic faith, my questions were finally answered in my heart and soul.  Like my young nephews, I was able to assess what was revealed to me, ask questions, and then move on.

Another thought popped in my head.  What “hidden things” are closed up in our “closets”?  It is those things…the hidden things of the heart…that form the fruit of our lives, whether it be good or bad fruit.  Our fellow Christians and unbelievers alike, are interested in learning what is contained in our “closets”.  They are curious, and are not just interested in words or a Christian façade. They are searching for the Truth.  They will know it when they see it in you.

The question is…are you ready to let go, to swing the door of your heart open to reveal all the hidden things?

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed
that will not be known or brought out into the open.”   Luke 8:17


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Open Heart

There is a world full of need out there.  All you have to do is read a few headlines or listen to some news, and you can quickly feel overwhelmed with the suffering, misery, and evil in the world.  How many times do you think, “that is just so horrible”, or “how could someone even think to do something like that?”  Sometimes you feel such compassion or empathy for the people involved, that you want to do SOMETHING.  Then you turn off the TV or click off your computer, and you kind of forget about it.

Does that sound familiar?  I think we are overwhelmed because of the sheer number of things we hear about every day.  Sensory overload.  It’s hard to focus because of the bigness of the need…after all, what could one person do that could even make a dent?

I think the first thing we can do is realize that we are watching a biased view of reality.  We are mostly seeing only the negative, because that’s what makes for “interesting” news.  Right at this moment, there are countless acts of love being showered on people in need.  You might hear of some of these acts of kindness, but I can guarantee that the numbers are much higher than you think.  Because of this sharing of love, many sad and hardened hearts will be opened to the pure healing power of Jesus.  There are so many ways the Lord moves to touch the hearts of those who are lost.  Remember, He is the Good Shepherd – He will always find a way to pull in His lost sheep.

Are you ready to be used by your loving God?  Have you made the choice to open your heart and soul to Jesus, allowing Him to work through you? Do you feel a tugging at your heart…a feeling that you are being called in some way but you just can’t figure what it is?  God is calling you to share His love.

God created you because you play an intricate part in His plan.  You can touch certain people in a way no one else can – you possess gifts and talents that are unique to you.  You were given exactly all that is needed for your place in the Body of Christ.

Don’t let the world’s problems overwhelm you into doing nothing. Ask the Lord to direct you…to open your eyes so you can see the needs of those that are around you, and ears to listen to how you can help them.  You will know where the Lord is leading you; you will feel it in your soul.  It may be He is leading you to do something HUGE or it may be small acts of love and kindness.

The key is to take the first step, which leads to the next, and the next.  Once your eyes are open, you will be surprised how aware you become of the people right in your midst…who have been there all along, who are waiting for you to take that step, in love, toward them.

 

Luke 6:38   Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Philippians 2:2-4  2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others


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Love…One Heart at a Time

Remember the old adage, “People need loving the most when they deserve it the least”?  When I hear or read those words, I understand the basic truth, but come on….isn’t this one of the most difficult things to put into action?  I mean, if a person’s general demeanor is negative, and does not care one bit if he offends or hurts me or anyone else, am I really expected to treat him lovingly?  The short, Christian answer is YES!

Let me first say that I don’t recommend spending time with an abusive person, when your very safety is involved.  However, there are other ways of loving.  We will get to that…

In my personal life, there have been family members, friends, co-workers who seem to relish the idea of making me personally feel uncomfortable, or maybe have an abrasive, negative personality toward everyone in general.  You know the kind of person – it’s the one who makes you cringe when she is walking toward you, the one who relentlessly gossips about most everybody, or who constantly shoots stinging remarks, instinctively knowing  how to push the proverbial button on everyone she comes in contact with.  It’s a human defense strategy to back away from people like this, and if you are at all like me, you put up a defensive wall to protect yourself from the pain or embarrassment this person may cause you.  I usually find a way to avoid these people.

So…people need loving the most when they deserve it the least…what does that mean to me?

I have learned that when people truly love, respect, and accept themselves – love, respect and acceptance will shine from them toward the people they interact with. Since they are aware of  their own personal  value, they tend to value each person in their lives.  They will still make mistakes and hurt people occasionally, however, when they are made aware of hurting someone, they are sorrowful and ask forgiveness.

On the other hand, when people do not love, respect and accept themselves, they are not happy deep inside, so they don’t have too much love to share.  Which leads me to the  “Somebody Loves Me” act of love for the day…

Make today the day to send love to that one person who just rubs you the wrong way; or that person who is so negative, you can hardly force yourself to spend time with him/her.  Love can be sent in many ways; I will share some that have worked for me.

The first and most important way to love is to PRAY for that person.  Yes, pray that the Holy Spirit fill his heart with total love, that he will feel the love of Jesus. Ask the Lord to send His Holy Angels to guide him toward Jesus, and to protect him from satan.  Also pray for healing for that person, whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual.  As you pray for him, you will eventually feel a softening of your own heart toward him.

The second way to love is to ask questions.  Ask him about himself, get to know him.  Really LISTEN to what he says.  You may get a clue as to what he has experienced in life to bring him to the place he is now.  I have learned that the people I have the hardest time with have usually suffered and endured painful, horrendous things in their past.  Once I know a little of their story, I find more compassion in my heart for them.

Other ideas may be sending cards (even anonymously), little thoughtful or funny gifts, or simply flashing a genuine smile.

So, let’s make this the day to take a step forward in unselfish love.

Please share your ideas of ways to help a person know  “Somebody Loves Me”.   God will magnify your efforts!

Matthew 5:43-48      You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

1 John 4:7   Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 Peter 4:8   Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins


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Your Loving Presence

Thought I would share a prayer with you!

 Lord, please fill me with your loving presence, for I am empty and lonely without You;

Ignite Your fire within my whole being, so that I may love as You love;

Open my eyes to your will and help me to see your Truth.

Please send your holy angels and saints to protect and guide me through the snares of the devil.

I offer to you all that I am.  Please take my strengths, weaknesses and sins and transform my mind, body, spirit and soul to your image – for your glory.

Strengthen my faith and allow your love to shine through me, to touch a world in need. Amen.