Monthly Archives: September 2011

Day 37 of 365 Days With God

The best advice any of us could receive.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

GOD BLESS YOU

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Day 36 of 365 Days With God

The Goodness of God is all around us, we only have to pause long enough to soak it  in. God invites us everyday to follow him, and when we accept his invitation, our hearts are instantaneously filled with his grace and goodness.

What has God done for you today?  And , before you say ‘not much’ or ‘I’m not really sure’, open your heart and reflect  again. I’m sure that his goodness was extended to you today. Was it in the smile of another person you met?  Was it in that easy parking space you got? How about an answer to prayer, or a song on the radio that encouraged you that things would be alright?

Our God is the God of big miracles, but he is also the God of our everyday small miracles. Sometimes when we are so focused on all that we have to do, all that is negative, and all that we lack,  we can miss  his little touches of goodness.  You see, God wants us to be filled with his peace and joy!

He will  meet us where we are, hold us in his arms, wipe away our tears, and carry us when we are to weak to stand. How good is that?

His goodness can be found  at the local food pantry and homeless shelter where folks come together to comfort those in need.  It’s in the doctors, and nurses, and caregivers who go the extra the mile to make sure their patients are treated with concern and  dignity. There are so many examples where we can  see that God’s great love is fully activated. The cool part is that you and I can be inspired to share his goodness ,too, at our jobs, in our homes, and even while we are taking care of that to do list.

So look around, open your heart, and be encouraged to know that God is very much taking a part in your life today!  I wonder, what miracle will God ask you to be a part of next?

“See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers. Isaiah 43:19

Day 35 of 365 With God

There are days that we bask in, and there are days when we wonder why we got out of bed in the first place. If your already shaking your head in agreement , you may just  have an inkling of what I am talking about.  But take great courage my friend, it is in our tough times that our Lord can do a great work in us, if we allow him.

On a good day, when the living is easy and everything is going our way, we find it pleasurable to extend ourselves to others. It is a joy to be a joy, right? But when something, or someone knocks us off our merry-go-round,  everyone better just get out of our way.

Whether we feel we have been unjustly mistreated, taken advantage of,  just plain offended, or plain tired, we have no problem letting the world know  about it. And in a mixed up sort of way, many of us feel almost justified in passing along our misery.

What’s the saying,   Lord it’s hard to be humble, especially when it feels so good being so right! Right? 🙂

No one ever said that it would be easy to ‘Let Go and Let God .’  In fact, It’s a daily lesson.  So on this day, please join me in asking God for his help.

Father,

Thank you for your love and mercy in our lives. We know that everyday has it’s share of challenges. We know that we will have our share of disagreements, and conflict with others. Help us Father to extend ourselves in love always, no matter how we feel, and  gently correct us if our response is filled with even the smallest amount of unrighteous anger or false pride. We know this is not what you want for us.

Help us to treat one another  the way we want to be treated. Help us to be sensitive to the needs of others,  even above our own needs. When we fail with these tasks, give us the courage to ask those we have hurt for their forgiveness. Grant us the grace of your wisdom, and lead us always by your holy Spirit. In this we pray,

Amen

Tommorrow: God’s Goodness For You!

Day 34 of 365 Days With God

46And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.47But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, he took a child and put him by his side,48and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”49John answered, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.”50But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you.” Luke : 46-50

This excerpt is taken from today’s Gospel reading. It is a two fold  message that invites us  to look at our own attitudes and our responses to one another.. Has there been a time over the last week or so that  we have wanted to appear more important than we really are?  Have we made others feel less valuable by our actions, gestures, or even  simple conversations?

If you are honest with yourself, you will  probably come up with one example where you fell short. False pride is a sin, and, unfortunately,  it is  very easy for us to fall into it.

Thanks be to God, there is hope! Look back over the scripture again, and try to set the scene in your head. If you have a vivid imagination, like me, you can see it all very clearly. Here is my take: The apostles are all sitting around talking about just how cool they really are, how cool it is to be with ‘The Big Guy”, and then PRIDE very quickly begins to rear its ugly head!  The arguments start, the personalities clash, and I can imagine Jesus sitting there  just shaking his head and saying …Really?  So, he sweetly plucks this young child from the crowd and explains once more to these thick-headed disciples that they really should get a clue.  And just like those guys,  you and I  need an attitude check from time to time.

How many times Lord, do you look at me and hope that I  am taking your words truly to heart?  I thank you for not giving up on me. How many times  have I disappointed or neglected you to spend more time on myself ?

You ask us simply to come to you like little children , to rest in your love, and then serve one another in love,  despite our differences.

It is my belief,  that every human being on this planet  has been created in the image and likeness of God who is love! I am grateful that we are all not alike. I am a Catholic Christian who is passionate about the word of God. I love my faith, my church, and my neighbor.( I don’t always succeed. ) You may be an Evangelical Christian who loves the word of God, your church community, and your neighbor. Maybe you’re not quite sure where you stand in your set of beliefs, yet, you still try to live a good life as you love and help your  neighbor.

Thanks be to God, it’s all good,  because God  deals with each one of us in his time and his way. He knows we are thick headed, a little arrogant, and just plain stubborn at times; So,  he  gives us  numerous opportunities to get our act together and attitude back in check. Whether we are Muslim,  Christian, Hindu or even Atheist, we are all Children of God!   (Our perception of reality never trumps what the actual reality is! )

So today, look into your heart, confess your poor choices, and ask him to help you once more!


Day 33 of 365 Days With God

This past Friday, Catholics from around the world celebrated the Memorial of Saint Padre Pio. Even though I have read so much about this extraordinary Saint over the years, I can honestly say I am never bored to learn more.  I am happy to share with you his story below.

http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/P/stpioofpietrelcina.asp

God Bless You.

Day 32 of 365 Days With God

This evening, at the vigil Mass, I was blessed to hear an elderly nun speak about her missionary work in Ghana. She was a little thing, but her voice was filled with so much  joy, and  love, and she had such a presence about her. I knew I was looking at the face of christ. With great  resolve, she explained just how blessed she was to be a part of helping those most in need. As a collection was held to help her in her efforts, I watched as she humbly  lowered her head and waited on God’s people to respond. I couldn’t help but thank God for her incredible witness.

And then, the Mass ended and we left to get a bite to eat. How easy it is for us to be moved, and then so quickly move on to the next thing on our schedule. With our so many blessings, it is hard to imagine that there are places in this world where people struggle to survive. We may not all be called to the missionary field, but we are each called to support the mission with our finances, our prayers, and our love.

When God calls today, how will you respond?

Day 31 of 365 Days With God

When I think of the word elasticity(and who doesn’t), I think of more than just how much I love my yoga pants – really!

You see, I have learned that in order to truly succeed in living a virtuous life, without over medicating, one must become pliable to his Creator.

If we are willing to move, willing to bend, and willing to let go and let God do a work in us, I believe, God will transform us from top to bottom, inside and out.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always easy to dispose of (or even moderate) some of those old rigorous beliefs, attitudes, and habits we so rely on everyday; but, if we’re being honest,  aren’t some of those platitudes  just plain ‘old and tired’?

In the world of “makeover manias” it surprises me how few of us really feel the need to makeover our spiritual lives. Imagine how much nicer the world would be? 🙂

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

God, grant us the desire to want what you want for us. Strengthen our resolve to prioritize our time with you, knowing that without you, we will never be transformed. Help us to be courageous as you stretch and shape us out of our comfortable and predictable lifestyles.

We know Lord that you love us just as we are, but we also know that you love us much too much to leave us this way. Thank you for your many blessings, and your mercy in our lives.

We ask for special blessings on our families and friends, and on those who need you most at this time; bend us into looking more like your love this day and from now on. Amen

GOD BLESS YOU