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Your Choice for Eternity

Christmastide is the perfect time to reflect on where we are in our relationship with Jesus.  The celebration of Advent, the preparations for Christmas Day, are all in the past.  The gifts, parties, baking, and  “glitz” of the season…that could be overwhelming for some…have been replaced with a quietness of spirit.  At least, there is a “quest” for quietness…maybe not fully attained yet!

Jesus is Love and Pure Joy! He loves us in a way that is incomprehensible to us.  He knows us perfectly…knows the struggles within us, and the reasons for those struggles…even when we don’t have a clue of what lies inside of our hearts.

This morning, I was looking through old family and friends photos, and I was reminded of so many blessings throughout the years.  Especially through the “in the trenches” days of early marriage and raising our sons.  During that time, it was clearly a “day to day” learning process, although I didn’t realize that at the time, I just trudged through each day’s events.   I didn’t realize that Jesus was right there with me, as I struggled through the haze of the personal inner struggles that I was beginning to work through.  All I knew at the time, was that I loved my husband and sons more than I could even understand.  I wanted what was best for them in this life.

I did not understand that my role as a wife and mother wasn’t necessarily to work toward their happiness in THIS LIFEmy role was to help them and guide them toward their eternal happiness.

Maybe that’s where we become confused when our life doesn’t go as planned…and sometimes our prayers are not answered in the way we expect them to be.  Only God knows what we truly need to prepare our souls for Eternal Life…with Him.  He showers us with blessings each and everyday.  Sometimes those blessings come disguised as difficulties, struggles and suffering.  We are constantly being given opportunities to turn our gaze away from the material world, and instead, look to Him.

Trust Him, who created you lovingly, and knows you inside and out.  Trust Him, and the Church He has gifted us with…and do all you can to know, love and serve Him in this fleeting world, so that you will be will be with Him…in the presence of Perfect Love and Joy…for all Eternity.

Think carefully about your choices in this life, because they will affect your most important relationship…which is with your Creator and your Savior.

So, during this time of peacefulness and meditation, remember this one thing:

The only thing you take to eternity is your relationship with God.  Everything in your life should tend to that relationship.  

 

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True Freedom of Choice

Each and every day we are given countless opportunities to choose between good and evil, true joy and despair, and the choice to find beauty in all situations.  Let us open our hearts to the Holy Spirit, so that we are led to the choices that are bathed in Christ’s love.

Let’s make the choice:

To see the good in others and ourselves;

To fill our minds and hearts with goodness and light instead of darkness  and evil;

To enjoy music, movies, books, and magazines that glorify our Father in Heaven and lead us to Him;

To share our blessings;

To help those in need and suffering;

To pray for others and a world in need, especially for those that hurt us or treat us badly and the ones we disagree with;

To boldly take a stand for the sanctity of the life that was given to all from God; from the miracle of conception through natural death;

To look toward Jesus in all things.

For true freedom is the freedom to choose good, and the freedom from the bondage of sin and evil.

Thank you, Jesus!  Praise your holy name!

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  Romans 8:21

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.  1 Peter 2:16


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Choose the Sparkle

There are two shirts in my summer wardrobe that I especially love to wear.  They are both made from beautiful fabric with lots of color.  They also have sparkly sequins.

These sequins show up everywhere.  I find them on furniture, on the floor, stuck on the leather in our car, outside on the ground…  This morning, while at work, I saw some on the floor by my desk, on my chair, and I just saw them in the bathroom.  Seeing them there made me smile.

Joe (my husband) and I always laugh when we see those sparkly things all over the house – he says that it is “Bernadette’s sparkly trail”.  The sparkles show where I’ve been, and they are remnants that reflect my existence.

What remnants do we leave behind as we go through life?  Do we share the love of God with the people all around us on a “normal” day?  Do our thoughts and words edify the ones God has entrusted us with?  Do our actions reach out in love?

What “trail” will be left behind, once our souls leave our mortal bodies?  Will the remnants of our lives sparkle with the love and light of God, or will the trail be a darker one?

Each day offers us fresh opportunities to make countless choices to love.  Always stay aware and listen for the whispers of the Holy Spirit.  When we keep our hearts open to the Lord, His Holy Spirit will open our eyes, ears and hearts, guiding us to where His love needs to be shared.

Jesus is always with us…it is our choice to invite Him into our hearts and receive the shine and sparkle of His light and love. 

Which choice will you make today?  I am choosing the sparkle.

 

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  Ephesians 4:32

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.   John 13:34

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.   1 John 4:8