Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Deo Gratias - October 29



"If the only prayer you ever say in your life
 is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart

Deo Gratias is Latin for "Thanks be to God." Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! I invite you to share your blessings here on Wednesdays. Be sure to sign into Mr. Linky below and grab the button.

1. I am so thankful for my hubby who brings sunshine to my life everyday .... Deo gratias!

2. I am so thankful that I saw autumn leaves when I was up north. So pretty. ... Deo gratias!



3. I am so thankful for my podcast blog. I have only a few followers. Won't you check it out? It is about ways in which I Find God in my Everyday! ... Deo gratias!

4. I am so thankful that writing helps me to express feelings I tend to keep inside ... Deo gratias!

5. I am so thankful for the Eucharist. Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament has changed my life in so many ways, unable to be described or measured ... Deo gratias!



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Light in the Darkness - October 27


Maria at Four Blessings Academy is hosting an uplifting meme for every Monday called Light in the Darkness. Here we share stories of hope and joy. We can link to a news article or video or tell a story from our own lives. Post about your story and then link to Maria's blog. There is enough negativity in this world. Let's spread some joy and light up the darkness!

Here are FIVE random acts of kindness. The little spur of the moment ones that can brighten someone's day.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Love the Lord, Your God

"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38
Putting God first has been very much on my mind lately. I recently went on retreat and found that I was not putting him first. I was complaining about being too busy and not having enough time to pray, but I realized that I found time to do other things. And should God not be at the top of the list?
If I can find time to watch a television show, then I can find time to pray.
If I can find time to read a chapter in the book I am reading, then I can find time to pray.
If I can find time to go to the coffee shop to get my favorite iced coffee, then I can find time to pray.
There is nothing wrong with doing any of these things, but I found time to do them.
So I can find time to pray.
During my retreat, my daily “mantra” became First Things First and it continues to be a daily reminder that God needs to be first in my life.
That doesn’t mean that I always succeed, but I am doing much better than I was doing.
Putting someone first in our lives lets them know where they belong in our heart, and our soul and our mind.
Dear Lord, I love you with all my heart, and my mind and my soul. I am sorry for the times I have not put you first and I am trying to do better. Help me, Lord, to remember that you come first before all things. Amen.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Note to My Sister

My sister Cindy passed away a few weeks ago. She was younger than me. Only 55.
Cindy had been living in a nursing home for the past 3 years. Slowly, she seemed to fade away. We were told that it all came down to clinical depression and PTSD from the childhood sexual abuse we both had suffered.
Cindy lost well over 100 pounds during those 3 years. She was unable to talk or walk. Unable to use the phone or computer. She had to be fed and bathed. She had bedsores.
55 years old.
I lived over 1600 miles away from Cindy and could not visit. Every week for the past couple of years, I mailed her a little note. I didn’t want to forget to send them so I put a weekly reminder on my phone. I just wanted Cindy to know that I was thinking of her and praying for her. I wanted her to know that I loved her.
I was finally able to visit my sister in September ... 


Read more (or listen to podcast) at Finding God in the Everyday ...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deo Gratias - Oct 22



"If the only prayer you ever say in your life
 is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart

Deo Gratias is Latin for "Thanks be to God." Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! I invite you to share your blessings here on Wednesdays. Be sure to sign into Mr. Linky below and grab the button.

1. I am grateful for all the prayers and cards and condolences given to my family and me for the recent loss of my sister ... Deo gratias!

2. I am grateful that my recent talk on Pondering with Mary seemed to go over well, because I was in such a state when I wrote it. Must have been the Holy Spirit! ... Deo gratias!

3. I am grateful for my hubby, the sunshine of my life. I could not have made it through these past few weeks without him, ... Deo gratias!

4. I am grateful that my mother is so strong and has such strong faith, ... Deo gratias!

5. I am grateful for my best friend, Bonnie, who was there to hug and support us and help in so many ways, including help with my plane ticket! ... Deo gratias!



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Light in the Darkness - October 20


Maria at Four Blessings Academy is hosting an uplifting meme for every Monday called Light in the Darkness. Here we share stories of hope and joy. We can link to a news article or video or tell a story from our own lives. Post about your story and then link to Maria's blog. There is enough negativity in this world. Let's spread some joy and light up the darkness!

A girl has a terminal brain tumor. She is awesome and her family is too. And wait til you see what the NCAA did! There is a lot of love in this story.




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Who Comes First?

At that (Jesus) said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." Matthew 22:21
I think it comes down to choice.
Who and what do we choose to do? And how do our choices reflect on our lives as Christians?
Who comes first? Caesar or God?
Who comes first in our hearts?
When it comes to abortion, I choose God. Not Caesar.
When it comes to euthanasia, I choose God. Not Caesar.
When it comes to conscience rights, I choose God. Not Caesar.
When it comes to the death penalty, I choose God, not Caesar.
Of course it is easy to talk about here. Sometimes the choice is not so easy. People have lost their jobs for their faith. People have been ridiculed and insulted for their faith.
People have died for their faith.
What do we think we owe God?
Our lives?
I think our answers tell us where our heart lives.

Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for the freedom you have given me to choose to love you. Help me make the right choices. Help me to choose for you, even when it seems too difficult. Even when I feel afraid. Amen.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Deo Gratias


"If the only prayer you ever say in your life
 is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart

Deo Gratias is Latin for "Thanks be to God." Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! I invite you to share your blessings here on Wednesdays. Be sure to sign into Mr. Linky below and grab the button.

I have been out of town. My sister passed away last Wednesday. I will write more about this later. Please be sure to check out the gratitude lists of any others who link up here!

I am thankful for all my readers!


 
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Light in the Darkness


Maria at Four Blessings Academy is hosting an uplifting meme for every Monday called Light in the Darkness. Here we share stories of hope and joy. We can link to a news article or video or tell a story from our own lives. Post about your story and then link to Maria's blog. There is enough negativity in this world. Let's spread some joy and light up the darkness!

A heartwarming animal story!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Deo Gratias


"If the only prayer you ever say in your life
 is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart

Deo Gratias is Latin for "Thanks be to God." Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! I invite you to share your blessings here on Wednesdays. Be sure to sign into Mr. Linky below and grab the button.

I first thought that I was really not in the mood to do this post this week. My sister is expected to pass away any day now. I cannot be with her becasue I live so far away and I was just there and I cannot afford to go back and forth. So, I told mom to tell me when it was time to go back. Needless to say, it is a very hard time, but God is so good and I know He is with me. And He has given me so much to be thankful for:

1. My sister's lifelong friend was found and she is going to see my sister tonight. Deo gratias!
2. My brother is with my mother and is helping her with everything. Friends are staying with her too. Deo gratias!
3. My other brother was in a bad truck accident but he is OK. Deo gratias!
4. Many are praying for my family. Deo gratias!
5. God will take my sister home and she will finally be free of pain. Deo gratias!

 
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