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January 2, 2012

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.

Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them.

Every day begin the task anew.”

St. Francis De Sales

I came across this quotation today and thought it was exactly what God was speaking to my heart.

We have started a new year.

Maybe we have made some promises to ourselves, to God, or to others about changes we will make in our lives.

And, although it is already Jan. 2, 2012 we may have already failed to follow through in these promises.

But, what does God tell us about our imperfections?

He tells us to have patience with ourselves.

And to always begin again.

Today is a day to begin again!

We can always rejoice in that!

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Preparing for Jesus
December 12, 2011

This advent season I have been struck by Joseph’s role in salvation.

In some ways, i feel sorry for the man.

His life was turned upside down by the coming of Jesus into his life.

Think for a minute:

Joseph had a plan.

  1. Get married to the beautiful girl Mary down the street.
  2. Have lots of little babies with her. (wait stop, change of course, she is pregnant already, by the holy spirit.)
  3. Divorce Mary quietly so that she won’t be stoned to death or disgraced.  (wait stop, I want you to marry her and be the father of the Messiah)
  4. Get ready for the birth of the Messiah (wait, need to go to Bethlehem for a census)
  5. Check in to an inn in Bethlehem (wait, no room, mary is going into labor)
  6. Make a new beautifully carved cradle for the Messiah (wait Messiah is born in a manger)
  7. Go back to Nazareth and settle in with Jesus and Mary (wait, flee to Egypt cause of Herod)

Just a snapshot of his life.

Joseph had amazing receptivity to God’s plan for his life.

He seemed to effortlessly make the transition from my will to God’s will’s.

He allowed God to lead him to where he needed to be and what he needed to do.

Lord, help me to be receptive to your plan in my life these days!

Thank you God!
November 22, 2011

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

Thanksgiving is only two days away for us Americans!

What do you think of when you think of Thanksgiving?

Mashed potatoes?

Pumpkin pie?

Turkey and stuffing?

family? friends?

pilgrims and indians?

Yet, Thanksgiving is so much more than eating  a big meal and watching football.

It is a day to give thanks to God for all the blessings he has bestowed on us over this past year.

Take some time this week to be thankful!

Make a litany of thanks to God for all he has done for you!

Where Our Love Must Start
October 26, 2011

“It is easy to love the people far away.

It is not always easy to love those close to us.

It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home.

Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.

Mother Teresa

As i was thinking about what i wanted to share with you this week, this saying from Mother Teresa struck me!

Isn’t this saying so true!

In my own experience, sometimes it is far easier to have compassion, concern, and acceptance

for the random stranger or acquaintance,

than it is to have those same concerns for those i live with day in and day out.

Why is that?

Why is it that we close our hearts to those we are closest too and open them wide for the stranger?

Could it possibly be that we fail to see God in those close to us?

We are only able to see their failings and weaknesses.

Have you stopped to acknowledge the beauty in your roommate, family, friend, etc.?

Can you see God in that person who is driving you nuts right now?

That is where true love for another begins.

Attend to your heart!
October 19, 2011

“Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.”

– St. Benedict of Nursia

Our hearts are so important to our relationship with God.

Now, i don’t mean our physical heart, i mean our spiritual heart.

Have you attended to your heart lately?

Have you listened to what it wants to say lately?

We use our heads a lot.

We study.

We read.

We form opinions.

We reason things through.

But, we have to also listen to our hearts.

What am i feeling?

what do i long for?

What is my passion?

When our heart and head come together,

we rest in God’s will!

Listen with the ear of your heart today.

You may just hear God speaking to you!

Failure or Success?
October 4, 2011

 

My dad sent me this recently and i thought i would share it with all of you.

“To succeed you must be willing to fail.  There is no cookie-cutter solutions in life.

There’s no silver bullet, no magic button you can press that would fix every problem.

The reality is there is no way you can be certain that you will get everything right.

The only way you can succeed is by making the effort with the knowledge that failure is possible.

Each failure is just me getting closer to success.

Thomas Edison needed 1,000 attempts to create a light bulb.

We learn more from our failures than our success.”

Sometimes in the discernment process we are looking for the solution to our question.

We want to get it right the first time.  We are afraid of making the wrong decision.

The reality is if we are trying to find and follow God’s will, even if take a few detours to our final destination,

we will have only grown closer to God and come to a better understanding of ourselves.

Don’t let your fear prevent you from making a decision for God.

Trust God with the Future
September 23, 2011


This is a hard thing for us to do isn’t it?

Trusting God with the future. 
When we are in discernment and we aren’t quite sure where God is leading us,
 we tend to try to take matters into our own hands.
We visit as many communities as we can.
We try to look for “signs” of what God wants and interrupt them to fit our own desires.
We panic.
We look to everyone else but God to help us find the answers.
But, what does God say to us, TRUST ME!
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled, trust in God.”
God knows exactly what our futures hold.
He has a loving plan for us.
All we have to do is get out of his way! 🙂

Are you satisfied with your life?
August 30, 2011

This week’s meditation comes from my wonderful Dad.

My dad works as a manager of a grain elevator and some other things.

He spends his days watching the commodities go up and down.

He waits for the perfect moment when the price is right to sell his grain to other countries.

This meditation came across his desk and he sent it to me.

I will share it with all of you.

Dr. Alan Zimmerman’s Personal Commentary:

It has been said that there are three kinds of people in the world: those who wait for things to happen, those who make things happen, and those who wonder what happened. And only one of those is living a life worth living … the one who MAKES things happen.

To make things happen in your life and your work, you must take time to stop and think once in a while. You can’t live your life or do your job on auto pilot and expect amazingly good results. It doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to take time for a little periodic reflection … FIRST.

As a speaker to thousands and an author to hundreds of thousands, I tell people they’ve got to reflect on three questions:

  • Am I enjoying what I’m doing?
  • Am I happy with where I’m going?
  • Am I satisfied with what I’m becoming?

Your answers will either assure you that you’re on the right path or will nudge you onto the right path.

We can use these questions in our own journey with God.

We need to ask ourselves periodically,

Am i enjoying what i’m doing?  Does this path lead me to the joy of God?

Am i happy with where i’m going?  Is my life leading me closer to God and holiness?

Am i satisfied with what i’m becoming? If today were the last day of my life, would i be content with how am living?

Lots to ponder, isn’t it.

No Excuses!
August 18, 2011

 

I want to share with you something one of my sisters gave me! 

No Excuses! 

The next time you feel like God can’t use you, just remember…

Noah was a drunk.

Abraham was too old.

Isaac was a daydreamer.

Gideon was afraid.

Samson had long hair and was a womanizer!

Raha was a prostitute.

Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.

David had an affair and was a murder.

Elijah was suicidal.

Isaiah preached naked.

Jonah ran from God.

Naomi was a widow.

Job went bankrupt.

John the baptist ate bugs. 

Peter denied Christ.

The disciples fell asleep while praying.

Martha worried about everything.

The samaratian woman was divorced….more than once!

Zaccheus was too small.

Paul was too religous. 

Timothy had an ulcer…

and Lazarus was dead!

No more excuses now.

God’s waiting to use your full potential.  🙂

 

Like a Child
August 13, 2011

 

 

Over the last couple of weeks in our scripture readings,

we have been reminded by Jesus to be “like a child”. 

What does that mean exactly?

My mind sometimes can’t make sense of that.

I’ve heard so many interpretations.

What is a little child’s greatest attribute?

Is is their complete trust and total dependence on others?

Perhaps God is calling us to deeper trust and deeper dependence on him.

I would love to hear your thoughts.