Monthly Archives: March 2012

Day 175 of 365 Days With God

Psalms 18: 2 – 7


2The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.3I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.4The cords of death encompassed me, the torrents of perdition assailed me;5the cords of Sheol entangled me, the snares of death confronted me.6In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.7Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.

It can be difficult to feel our Lord’s presence at times, because our minds so easily wander with distractions and noise. We become so engrossed in our current set of circumstances that we are blinded to the fact that our Heavenly Father is knocking on the door of our heart.

May you remember that the One who loves you without condition,  is waiting for you to invite Him in. Take a moment to quiet your mind, give God thanks, and then listen as Holy Spirit whispers your name!

God Bless You!


Day 174 of 365 Days With God

23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him

Day 173 of 365 Days With God

The Kingdom of Heaven, O man, requires no other price than yourself. The value of it is yourself. Give yourself for it and you shall have it.

—  St. Augustine

 

Day 172 of 365 Days With God

Psalms 46: 2 – 3, 5 – 6, 8 – 9


2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. [Selah]
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has wrought desolations in the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, he burns the chariots with fire!

171 of 365 Days With God

If by a diligent life of virtue, you wash away the film of dirt that covers your heart, then the divine beauty will shine forth in you.

—  St. Gregory of Nyssa

Day 170 of 365 Days With God

During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with an incomparable love.

— St. Francis de Sales

How often do we reflect that we are truly in the presence of God?

How often do we realize that we are in the company of our guardian angel?

God granted  St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, from his earliest years, the vision of his own guardian angel and those of others. If you have not read much on St. Padre Pio, I would encourage you to follow this link: http://www.padrepio.catholicwebservices.com/ In fact, there were many times that St. Padre Pio would entertain the angels of those who were requesting prayer.

Today I challenge you to change your perspective of how you fit in this world. It is my hope that as you go about your day you are able to recognize those Holy Spirit moments that our Lord wants to share with you;  one does not have to meditate for hours on the things of God to know that God is with him, but he must quiet his soul long enough to welcome Him in more deeply.We can get so busy with our tasks at hand that we simply forget to make room for the One who has authored our lives. I encourage you to be more aware, more awake, and more grateful for the blessings God is bestowing upon you, even in this very moment.

St. Francis De Sales is reminding us that every moment counts, and that every small decision adds up. How will you respond today to God and to those around you? In love? In humility? In service, and with joy? You are a child of the most High God, and right now, your Heavenly Father is looking lovingly into your eyes and waiting for you to welcome Him in.

God Bless You

Deuteronomy 4: 9

9“Only take heed, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children —


Day 169 of 365 Days With God

Psalms 25: 4 – 9


4Make me to know thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; for thee I wait all the day long.6Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love, for they have been from of old.7Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions; according to thy steadfast love remember me, for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD!8Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.9He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

The Psalmist prayer is one for forgiveness and guidance. David knows that he needs the love and forgiveness of his Heavenly Father.  He desires communion with God once more. He wants his Heavenly Father to direct him lovingly in truth and wisdom. He wants no less than all that God has to offer because he has seen what it is to be without Him.   David wants a relationship with God because he knows without it, he will be lost.  David humbles himself before God, knowing that he has sinned against his creator, and is in need of redemption. In reverence and with childlike faith he petitions his Lord once more. He prays and waits for his deliverance to come. How many of us have been filled with regret after we have intentionally run from our Father’s will? David is sorrowful and yet, trusting; he is filled with hope anticipating forgiveness from his most loving and merciful Heavenly Father.

Each day we are given the opportunity to run from sin and to run into the arms of  our Lord.  The tasks are long and the temptations are many, but God who is our strength will lead us out of the darkness and into the light. What lasting power of our own do we possess ?

When we desire what is good and right and allow God to take over, we will find peace.God has given us a gift of free will; we must use it wisely. With God, we can begin again; we can arise from the ashes and be made whole once more.  If you wish to know the way to go, you must only follow the One who always knows the way.

God Bless You