Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Deo Gratias - Healing and Home


"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. My husband was in the hospital for a couple of days with diverticulitis. He was in severe pain until they finally diagnosed it. He is home now and feeling much better. Deo gratias!
2. Many people prayed and sent get well cards. So comforting. Deo gratias!
3. The nursing care was excellent and gave me confidence that my husband was in good hands. Deo gratias!
4. We signed a lease for another year in our condo. We have enjoyed living here and are very happy to call it home. Deo gratias!
5. I found some used books with Sunday gospel reflections to read and ponder. A great deal. Deo gratias!


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Light in the Darkness - Finding Joy in A Shortened Life


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!

This is a great story about how a father shares the joy and hope of his son's short life.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Trusting God's Silence

But he did not say a word in answer to her. – Matthew 15:23
Silence.
I sometimes get the same answer from Jesus when I pray.
No answer. No response. Nothing.
Just silence.
I have always heard that God answers prayers in one of three ways - Yes, No and Maybe.
Maybe? Is that what silence means?
Or is God just trying to get my attention?
The longer God is silent, the more choices I seem to consider in how I can respond. I can surrender. I can persist. I can fall to my knees and beg.
I can fall to my knees with my face in the dirt and I can beg for crumbs.
Or I can be open to the possibility that God is calling me to a deeper level of faith.
I do not believe that God ever ignores us or our prayers. God may be silent. He may give us an answer we do not like. But He loves us and He knows our hearts. And He knows what we need … even when we don’t know.
So sometimes we will persist and question and beg for crumbs if we feel we must. But may we always believe and know in our hearts - God hears our every word and feels our every heart beat.

Dear Lord, help me to grow in faith. Help me to believe in your everlasting love and mercy and compassion. Help me to trust your silence. Amen.


posted 8/14/11

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sunday Snippets - August 17

This is the weekly Catholic Carnival! Be sure to visit RAnn at This, That and the Other Thing and check out some posts from other bloggers participating in Sunday Snippets this week. Why not join us and share a blog post or two from last week?

Question of the week: What did you do during summer vacation? - We went on a retreat to a monastery. We visited one of our sons and spent a couple of days at the beach. I still have more vacation coming and plan to visit my mom soon.

My posts this week:

1. Jesus Holds Us Up

2. Light in the Darkness - Not Alone

3. Deo Gratias - The Lord Holds Us Up

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Deo Gratias - The Lord Holds Us Up


"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.

It is after midnight. I left the hospital about 2 hours ago. My husband has been admitted with abdominal pain. It took 3 days, 2 very long visits to the ER and a visit to our doctor and a consult from our GI doctor to finally diagnose the pain and start treatment.
Now there is hope at the end of the tunnel. My husband should be better in a couple of days. Please pray for him.
Thank you, Lord, for helping us to find the answers and the right doctor(s) to help us and for giving us the strength, and the gift of trust in You, to keep it together and to endure this trial. Deo gratias!
 
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Light in the Darkness - Not Alone


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!

Read this inspiring story and watch the short video about 3 girls fighting cancer and how they pose for a picture to help put a face on cancer and to spread the message - Sometimes strength comes in knowing you are not alone.
Amen to that.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Jesus Holds Us Up


But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" - Matthew 14:30

Peter takes a chance, he steps out in faith, and his doubts and fears get in the way. Doesn't that happen to all of us?
When I am troubled or afraid, I often picture myself sinking below the waves, my hand reaching out and Jesus grabbing onto it. That image in my mind can often be enough to ease my fears.
But I have come a long way. There was a time when I would not even get out of the boat. Nowadays, I will at least put my big toe in the water to check things out. And sometimes, I will dive right in.
Either way, deep underneath, along with my fear, is that trust that Jesus is near. And the more I dive in, the more I trust.
For me, I don't think the point is that we learn to walk on water. I think the point is that we need to get out of the boat in the first place, trusting that Jesus is holding us up all the time.

Dear Lord, thank you for calling me to step out in faith. Help me to remember that, no matter what fears I may have, you are there to grab my hand. Every time. Amen.


(published Aug 7, 2011)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sunday Snippets - August 10

This is the weekly Catholic Carnival! Be sure to visit RAnn at This, That and the Other Thing and check out some posts from other bloggers participating in Sunday Snippets this week. Why not join us and share a blog post or two from last week?

Question of the week: School will be starting this week in many places (and may have even started last week). Do you think school should start this soon, or would you rather see it last longer in the spring?

I live in Florida and I think school should start later. Too hot and I think it causes issues with sports, practice, even hot classrooms. It was better when it started after Labor Day.


1.  Jesus Multiplies our Giving

2. Light in the Darkness - A Boy's Humbling Gift

3.  Deo Gratias - First Day of Pre-School



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Deo Gratias - First Day of Pre-School!


"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. Rainy week this week. Love watching it rain. Deo gratias!
2. Had a nice quiet weekend. Very restful. Deo gratias!
3. Discovered that Starbucks sells ice coffee in the grocery stores now. Love it. Better than anything I can make. Deo gratias!
4. I am so thankful for Facetime so we could see our grandchildren and talk to my 4 year old grandson about his first day of preschool on Tuesday! Deo gratias!
5. I am so thankful for pictures so I can see my grandson, excited and all ready for school! Just look at that smile. Deo gratias!





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Monday, August 4, 2014

Light in the Darkness - A Boy's Humbling Gift


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!

Read about this little boy who selflessly donated his organs and the doctors' tribute.