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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Monday, October 6, 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 police officer stops by the side of a road and gives a homeless man a pair of boots.  They don't fit so the man pays it forward! Awesome.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

God Never Gives Up On Us

"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes." (Matthew 21:42)

I often talk about our God of Second Chances. I love how God never gives up on me. Even when I turn a deaf ear. Even when I turn away from those he sends me. Even when I say, "No, Lord."
Sometimes I forget that I do not bear fruit alone. That I can only say yes and then let God work through me.
Sometimes I forget that God loves me so much that he never gives up on me.
I wonder how many times I have turned away from Jesus when He came to me. How many times have I ignored the prophets God has sent to me? How many times have I refused to do His will?
The Good News is that the stone I have rejected is still the cornerstone of my life. The Good News is that God loves me so much that He comes to me over and over and offers me His compassion and mercy.
He offers me His Son.

Jesus, you are the Lord of my life. Help me to always trust in your love and your forgiveness. Please use me to bear fruit in this world and to bring others to your vineyard. Help me to put you first in my life, everyday. Thank you for never giving up on me. Amen.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Deo Gratias - Family and Prayer


"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 have been on vacation for the last 10 days. I went north to visit my mother and siblings. My mother turned 80 and we celebrated with a little family get-together. Deo gratias!
2. My sister, who has been in a nursing home for about 3 years, is not doing well. She has started hospice care. I have a lot more to say but I cannot put my feelings into words yet. However, I am grateful that I had a chance to see her and tell her what she means to me. Deo gratias!
3. I was able to see my best friend of over 54 years! We spent an afternoon together talking non-stop! Deo gratias!
4. I have not flown for quite awhile but my flights went well. Deo gratias!
5. When I came home, my husband and I went to a charismatic prayer conference for the weekend. I spent the weekend praying for my sister. The talks were awesome and inspiring. Sr. Briege McKenna and Jesse Romero were the main speakers. Deo gratias!


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Our God of Second Chances

He said in reply, “I will not,” but afterwards he changed his mind and went. (Matthew 21:29)

Thank goodness our God gives second chances. And more.
For years I said, “I will not.”
Well, I never actually said, “I will not.” More like – I am not ready or I am not sure or I think I will hang around the vineyard gate.
I liked God. I was pretty close to him when I was a child. But as I got older, other things took precedence. I prayed to him once in awhile, when I needed something. But there was little worship. No daily prayer. No scripture.
Then I changed my mind.
I will always remember that day, sitting at Mass, with my husband and 2 little boys, suddenly knowing that it was time to commit. I wanted to become Catholic.
To me at the time, it seemed to come out of the blue. But looking back, I can see that there was a lot that happened that led up to that day.
I often feel sad about those days when I did not know God. When I did not worship God. When I did not make Him the Lord of my life.
But then I think about people like St. Augustine. Look at his late conversion and what became of him! “Late have I loved you, O Beauty, ever ancient, ever new."
Look at Paul. Saint Paul.
Maybe some of us have to be later than others. And was I really late?
I have known God in some way all of my life. I have no doubt that he has always been with me. Even when I was avoiding him.
But it seems to me that my whole life has been headed in the same direction – towards God. I know I have made some detours, but God makes straight with crooked lines.
So here I am.
Was I late? Or was I on time?
Does it matter as long as I am with Him now?
God is still calling me into the vineyard. He is calling all of us - with ministries and sacrifices and the little everyday conversions that happen in our lives of faith.
I still avoid those things that scare me a little. I still often say No.
But I hang around that vineyard gate and then I change my mind again.
Praise our God of Second Chances.

Dear Lord, thank you for never giving up on me, for calling me again and again. Thank you for loving me. Amen.