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In All Things, Give Thanks

Lately, I have been feeling a little overwhelmed.  The last few months have been pretty well filled up with travel, and a busier than usual schedule.  There are also personal struggles and pressures in our family dynamic.  Being that my husband and I love to live a simple, laid back life, we kind of got off of our comfortable routine.  Everything feels different…our daily habits changed, we stopped eating as healthy as usual, our sleep isn’t as restful, and I have to confess, my prayer life has dwindled.  I know the Lord is with me, and I talk to Him throughout the day.  However, I haven’t been setting aside special time for meditation and personal “alone” time with Jesus.

One day in particular, I was feeling extremely stressed, overwhelmed and depressed.  It was a feeling I have not felt in many years…like I was completely drained and limp.  My heart was devoid of joy, and I knew that I was being attacked by Satan.  I did not even have the strength to pray.

Enter in, one of my new sisters in Christ.  Through the veil of hopelessness I was experiencing, there was one person who kept coming to mind.  I have learned to trust the whispers of the Holy Spirit’s direction, so I reached out to her.  Her name is Tina and she enveloped me with love and prayers that day.  She listened with her heart and mind, and offered me friendship, affirmation, and encouragement.  It was so comforting to have a fellow Christian to lean on for support; one that I could trust with my bruised spirit.

She was Jesus to me that day. 

Her kindness and loving heart touched me, and through that love, my heart was filled with the Holy Spirit.

To me, that is the true essence of Christianity.  We are to be Jesus to each other through all things.  Not just when things “feel good” or when life is comfortable, warm and pretty.  We are the body of Christ.  It is through our hearts and our hands that the love of Jesus is infused to all.

We are to rejoice together, and also grieve together.  We need to look for ways to support, edify and help each other.

We are called to give thanks to God in all things…even through the dark times; even when we don’t “feel” the love of God.

When we don’t “feel” the love of God…that is when we are hanging on by pure faith.  We can rest assured that the Holy Spirit is working deep in our hearts and souls, especially when we are experiencing dry spells or dark times.

We must cling to our childlike faith, and trust in Jesus through all things.  And sometimes, we are especially blessed, to see Jesus through the caring and loving heart of a brother or sister in Christ.

Thank you, Tina.  May God continue to bless you and work His miracles of love through you!

 

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  Thessalonians 5:18

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.   Philippians 2:1-2

 


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Look for the Pattern

Ok, I have to admit, I absolutely love playing a popular online word scramble game.  The kind that shows a bunch of letters, and you have to find all the words that can be made out of those letters.  If you don’t find the big word that uses ALL the letters, you lose.

When playing this game, I learned that the key is moving the letters around until you can find a pattern.  Sometimes it is easy to spot the word, and it is a familiar one.  Other times, if you just keep looking for a pattern and try it out, the word is eventually found.

Many times I never even heard of the word that is revealed to me.  I just had to trust the logic of the letters.

While playing the other day, the thought hit me that our lives are like the word scramble game.

For me, so many years of my life were a scramble, and I could not see any purpose or connection of one day to the next.  I was floundering.  The mixed messages from life experiences, peer pressure, inner turmoil and what I was hearing at school and Church, were scrambling my ability to see, think, hear and know what the Truth was.

My day to day existence was more or less just hanging on to the belief that there IS a God, and He says that He loves me.  I prayed, attended Church, and even was very involved with our Church Community, however, inside, I was struggling.

In those years, there were joyful moments with my husband, family, and friends, especially once my sons were born.  However, there was always a deep pain and longing inside my heart and soul.  I did not know where that darkness and pain was coming from, and I couldn’t understand why God wasn’t making it go away.  I could not see where He was working in my life.

Much like the scrambled letters in my word game.

Faith, spiritual growth, and the eventual opening of my heart to the Love of Jesus, has been a long process.  For so many years I have been only looking for the familiar patterns in my life, thinking I would be able to figure things out and heal myself with self-help books and visits to therapists.  Yes, progress was made, and I was enlightened one small step at a time.  But I knew something was missing.

Then, my journey took a sharp, unexpected turn.  I began to meditate on the life of Jesus through praying the rosary.  (something I never believed in before)  I meditated on the pure trusting spirit and humility of the Mother of Jesus, and how much God the Father trusted His Son to her loving care.  I realized that since God is my Father, and Jesus is His Son, then Jesus is my brother….that would make Mary my mother.  A loving mother that wants only good for my life.  A mother who is constantly praying, interceding and leading me toward her Son. The more I prayed, the closer my relationship formed with Jesus, my Savior.  I finally began to understand, that although I always believed that Jesus is the Son of God, I did not have a relationship with Him.  I didn’t know Him.

Through the Holy Spirit, I was lead to pray in faith, and to read spiritual books instead of “self help” ones.  I was being enlightened to READ AND TRUST the Bible, instead of trusting the scrambled so called “wisdom” of the world.

My foundation is now a firm one, and my eyes, ears and heart are being opened, a little at a time.

My journey with Jesus is just beginning.  There are many dark places in my soul that I trust that the Holy Spirit is working on right at this moment.  Many events that have occurred that have been scrambled from my comprehension…

In the past, I thought God wasn’t answering my prayers, because I asked Him to reveal things relating to my memories, and it didn’t seem as though He was allowing that to happen.  I felt like I had a steel trap door that was blocking me from seeing things that would help me to progress in my spiritual/emotional well-being.  I thought these things because I was unable to see the truth and the pattern of my journey. In order to do that, I had to look at my life through different eyes….see through the “scramble” and start to move the events around, seeing the patterns emerge…

because the patterns/evidence of Christ in my life were there, and the answers were there, all along. 

You see, the key to understanding, in faith, that God is always with you and working His wonderful plan for your life, is like finding the big word, using all the letters, in the word scramble game.  If you don’t find that word, you lose the round, and have to start over.

If you don’t put your faith in Jesus, you will flounder because you will not be able to see His work in your life, and will not see the pattern of your life.

Now, when I look at my life, I can see the pattern… the fingerprint of God.  He was there all along.  He was there loving me tenderly when I was afraid, lonely, suffering, and living in spiritual darkness.  He was there when I reached for help.  He was there when I prayed, even when I did not fully believe.  He was there when I demanded that He heal my heart…when in selfishness and despair I wanted certain people in my life to “disappear”.  He was there when I hurt the ones I loved the most.  He was there in my dreams, revealing bits and pieces of the source of my pain…ever so gently.

The Lord desires for us to be happy, living in His Presence.  The  mission of our life will be revealed to us…just be ready…expect the unexpected.   You will not find Truth and Peace  in the world’s scramble .  You will find it in the revelation of God’s love for you and the special place you hold in His Kingdom.

Never give up…always look for the ways the Lord is leading you.  He will speak to you in ways you do not expect.   But He is always there.

May you be blessed in the total peace and love of our Savior.


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Help Me to Trust

Lord, the closer I draw to you, the more aware I am of my smallness.

Your love envelopes me, strengthening my faith, filling my heart with hope, and intensifying my desire to love as You love.

Help me to trust in Your ways, to give Your Holy Spirit free reign in my heart, body, mind and soul.

As I live this life that You have blessed me with, help me to know that You live within me, and Your Holy Spirit is constantly searching my soul, shining Your light on all the dark places that need healing.

Help me to let go of the false belief that I can heal myself…for only You know what lies in the deep recesses of my broken heart.  Only You know my true identity, and the mission You are entrusting me with for the glory of Your Kingdom.

I ask these things, in the sweet name of Jesus.  Amen.

 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5

 

 


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Our Journey Toward Christ

Many thoughts are tumbling around in my head this morning.  Because of some changes in our family dynamics…due to our family moving away, and some other longstanding issues, my heart and soul are searching for God’s will and direction.

I believe that this is a time of “digesting” all that the Holy Spirit has revealed to me up to this point.

These intense feelings I am experiencing have confirmed the importance and calling to be of support to each other in our journey toward Christ and his ultimate will for his kingdom.  The human struggles we each endure, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, are unique for each one of us.  I believe, as Christians, we are called to edify and support each other through the entire journey….through the mountaintop experiences, and also the struggles, and plateaus.

Never to judge; always willing to lead, guide and share God’s love and truth with each other.

With all that is happening in our personal lives, culture, and the whole world, I am feeling the intense need to pray for the conversion of hearts, minds and souls.  And that includes my own.  I ask that the Lord continue to fill my heart and soul with His Holy Spirit, and I ask that I remain humble to learn the ways I need to grow.

Dear Father, 

Please instill in us pure hunger and thirst for your truth, love and grace.  Help us to know you and your ways through your Holy Word.  Help us to stay humble; always knowing that it is You who is working through us, not our own effort…but YOU.   Help us to be open to your Holy Spirit, making us a channel of your love and peace to others. 

We ask these things in the name of your precious son, Jesus.  Amen


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Reflection of Our Father

How many times have you thought that a friend or family member reminds you of his/her father?  It could be physical looks, gestures, mannerisms, or spirit.  Sometimes it is a quality that comes naturally, and sometimes it is one that is learned, either consciously or unconsciously.

I have heard it said that “You know what a person truly thinks of you by the way his/her children treat you.”  I have found this to be true in many cases throughout the years.

Wow…what a revelation for me!  That really makes me think about how we, as Christians, are perceived by others, and if our lives are a true reflection of the love our Father in Heaven has for all his children.  Do we treat each other with the tender love of God?

Although, being human, we can never be perfect, in what ways are we Christ like?  How do we remind people of our Heavenly Father?  Do we even realize the importance of our mission here on earth…to touch all those around us with Christ’s Love?  Hearts and souls are at stake.

Some things to think about, because we are being watched in our day to day lives…not just when we are at Mass or Church Services:

Do we live in constant fear, worry, jealousy, and/or bitterness, or are we filled with the Peace of Christ?

Do we accept our daily struggles and offer them to God, or do we constantly complain?

Do our daily decisions regarding what we allow into our hearts…as in magazines, books, games, movies, tv shows and music, glorify God?

Do we conduct ourselves with humility and modesty, in thought, word, dress, and action?

When we see someone in need, do we look away, or try to help in some way?

Do we avoid certain people because of what they look like, or because they are different from us?

In confrontational situations, do we respond with anger, or do we take a step back to think before speaking?

Do we ask for forgiveness from those we have hurt, and forgive those who have hurt us?

Do we avoid contact with neighbors, family or friends, or do we take the time to listen, and truly open our hearts to them?

Are we always open to sharing our blessings with those in need?

Are we eagerly listening for the whispers of the Holy Spirit to lead us, or are we blocking the will of God in our lives because we like things the way they are?

Father, we ask that you fill us with your Holy Spirit.  Please help us to love others as you love them.  Work through us, Lord, because on our own, we are nothing. Shine your light of love and peace in our hearts so it overflows to all those in need. We ask these things in the name of your son, Jesus.

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12  

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  1 John 4:18

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  1 Peter 4:8

 


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Inside Out

Last weekend, my husband and I took my mom to visit our relatives in Maryland.  We all had such a fun time together, just enjoying each other’s company and laughing a lot!

As usual, the food was delicious, and being that they live so close to the Chesapeake Bay, you know they picked up a bunch of steamed Maryland Blue Crabs.  All I can say about that is …YUM!

My cousin’s husband gave me some pointers on how to eat the crab, and I was armed with a mallet and a little sharp knife.  Although, I have to admit, my husband did most of the work for me, I proceeded to get down and dirty with those crabs, and it tasted like heaven!

On the way home, I noticed that I had cut my thumb…it was like a deep paper cut.  I hadn’t even noticed when the damage was done.  After a while, it started throbbing and hurting.  For the next few days, that little cut was annoyingly painful, and it didn’t seem to be healing.

It’s a week later, and I am noticing that it is healing from the inside out.  The cut is still opened on the surface, but I can feel a slight hardening around it, indicating the internal healing work that is occurring, and the pain has finally subsided.  I’m guessing all traces will be gone in a few days’ time.

Isn’t that the way sin works in our lives?  Sometimes, we fall into it without even realizing what is happening.  Satan is very deceiving, and can twist things around in our minds…holding us bound.  Then all of a sudden, we are made aware of the consequences of our sin, and the pain starts.

We pray,  and think we’ve given it to God, however the pain doesn’t subside, sometimes it even seems to get worse after prayer.

When we are sincere in our sorrow, have confessed our sin, and have repented, God will always work miracles in our hearts.  What I have noticed in my own life, is the Holy Spirit works deep in the layers of our hearts…most of the time, we aren’t even aware of the dark places that are being healed.  We focus our attention on what we can see and feel, and sometimes waiver in faith…and doubt that we are forgiven, and the Lord will heal us.

The Lord heals us from the inside out.

Our journey and timelines may be different from what we expect, however, according to His will, our hearts, minds and souls are being transformed.

As the transformation continues to change us, we will start to see the fruits of the spirit manifesting in our lives.  As we start to see evidence of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, we can rest assured that we are aligned with Jesus, and He is within us.

Thank you Jesus, for loving me; patiently healing all the dark places in my soul.  Please hold me in your light, and teach me to love you more perfectly, by showing me how to love others.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.   2 Corinthians 3:18


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Always Know I am With You

This morning, I was alone.  My husband left early to work at a Georgetown market (we have a graphic tee business), and my mother was still fast asleep.

The thought went through my head to go back to sleep, being it was a Saturday and 7am, but I realized this was my chance to have some stillness and quiet time with God.   And…I LOVE mornings.  I grabbed my eggs, toasted english muffin with strawberry jam, and a cup of coffee and set out for the back deck.

I was just sitting there, with my eyes closed, listening to the faintest of breezes, and the beautiful music of the birds in the backyard.  Thankfully, there was a break in the rain spell we have been experiencing, and the humidity level was lower than normal.  Things were good:-)

The temperature was 76 degrees, and the air felt pretty near perfect, and it was overcast.  The sun was behind some thick clouds.

With my eyes still closed, I leaned back in my chair, fully at peace, and asked the Lord to let me know what He wanted for my day…what did He wish for me to know.

As soon as I finished that request/thought, my body was enveloped with unbelievable warmth and light from the sun.  I mean it completely overcame my whole being, and I felt myself basking in God’s love.  He spoke to me.

“Keep me in your thoughts and heart and you will find me all through your day.  Always know that I am with you.”

When I hear the Lord speaking to me, I listen. (or at least try to!!!)  I will keep my eyes, ears, and heart open, today and everyday, to look for Him. I know that He will show up in places that I do not expect.

I am looking forward to being surprised by my Heavenly Father, and looking for the ways He will use me to share His love.

May God bless you with His Holy Spirit, so that your eyes will see Him, your ears will hear Him, and your heart will know Him.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.   John 3:16

I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.   Proverbs 8:17


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Angels All Around Us

I would like to share an experience with you. This is not the only spiritual event that has happened to me, but for some reason, I am feeling compelled to share this one. My faith does not require any litmus test or miracles to prove God’s existence. I have complete faith in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I also believe that God’s angels are all around us, continuously doing the will of God. Sometimes, I believe, we catch a glimpse of the angelic world. This is one of those glimpses.

When I was about 25 years old, I would drive across town to Mass early on Sunday mornings. My husband would stay with our son, who was about two years old, and very “active”.  Actually, our priest called him a “live wire”. Needless to say, I looked forward to my time alone with God.

It was a quiet morning, around 8am, and there was no traffic at all. The roads were empty. I was getting nearer to the Church and saw that the light was green up ahead. It did not just turn, it was clearly green. As I was getting closer to the light, a male voice said very sternly, STOP NOW. I didn’t even think about it. I obeyed and slammed my foot on the brake, and stopped right before the green light. A car flew through the red light. I am sure I would have been killed if I hadn’t stopped.

I have always known it was my guardian angel that protected me that morning. Really, what other explanation could there be? I have no doubt that heaven, hell, angels, and demons exist. There would be other spiritual events in my life that intensified my faith.

So, my question to you is, have you ever had an experience that cannot be explained in worldly terms? I believe that angels are all around us, and are working in perfect harmony with God. Sometimes, for a reason unknown to us, we are given the privilege of experiencing the spiritual realm. For me, the experiences confirm and strengthen my faith. I think sometimes people are afraid to share their experiences with anyone…maybe they just try to ignore what they know happened…because they cannot explain it.

Your experiences, together with your faith, can be a blessing that allows you to touch a heart in need. Whether or not angels are involved…

Psalm 91:11-12 “For He will give His angels charge of you, to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”

Matthew 18:10 “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven.”

Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them”


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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.