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God, My Daily Habit

God, My Daily Habit

“These Jews were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with all willingness and examined the scriptures daily to determine whether these things were so.” READ: Acts 17:10-15 WRITE: Acts  17:11 REFLECT: In today’s reading it is clear the crowd isn’t […]

Using Bad to Do Good

Using Bad to Do Good

“And the word of the Lord continued to spread through the whole region” – Acts 13:49

READ: Acts 13:48-52

WRITE: Acts 13:49

REFLECT:

When have you seen God transform something intended for harm into good?

RESPOND:

I really struggled with this question.  Although I’ve faced situations that did not end for the good, i.e., miscarriage, divorce, etc., I don’t necessarily feel that they were originally intended for harm.

On an “intended for harm” scale, I see things everyday in the news that make me want to pray harder and stronger to our Lord up above: vandalism, sex trafficking, school shootings, terrorist acts. The list goes on and on.  And, yet, underneath it all, we have a God who works all things for GOOD.

All things. For Good. Our God.

So, if I have my thoughts appropriately collected, then the “good” side of bad always involves God.

If, in our time of trials, we…

Turn to God;

Turn back to God;

Put God above all other gods in our lives;

Treat others as children of God;

We are, in truth, carrying out God’s plan for our lives. Our world.

We are all responsible, in a way, for transforming what people intend for harm into what He desires for good.

 

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Hail Mary, Thank you for saying Yes to God.  In your willingness to give birth to Jesus, you gained a son; we gained a savior.  We hail you because, in our minds, you deserve nothing less than the respect reserved for royalty. Full of Grace […]

Be the Light, Carry the Sound

Be the Light, Carry the Sound

“For so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.’” READ: Acts 13:42-47, also Isaiah 56:1-8 and Matthew 5:14 WRITE: Acts 13:47 REFLECT: How is […]

God, My Most Reliable GPS

God, My Most Reliable GPS

READ: Acts 13:24-31

WRITE: Acts 13:31

“and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These are [now] his witnesses before the people.”

REFLECT:

What are some things you have “witnessed” God doing in your life or in the lives of those you know?

RESPOND:

This is a pretty loaded question, as I see God doing so many things in my life…and in the lives of others, even those who don’t take notice. Coming back into community with God, raising a family, feeling the “call” to leave a well-paying job to stay at home and teach my kids, experiencing healing of a pretty serious injury…so many things. God has certainly been my GPS in life, rerouting me each and every time I get off track.

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Yes’d and Blessed

Yes’d and Blessed

READ: Acts 12:13-23 WRITE: 1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” REFLECT: Has God ever used one of your simple “Yes”-es in a […]

Different Gift, Same Spirit

Different Gift, Same Spirit

READ: Acts 13:4-12 WRITE: 1 Corinithians 12:4-6 “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.” REFLECT: God chose Barnabas […]

My Psalm of Thanksgiving

My Psalm of Thanksgiving

I will be concluding Year Three of The Catholic Biblical School Program on Saturday, May 19th (yippie!) and recently had to compose my own psalm of confidence, thanksgiving, or praise.  I chose to write a Psalm of Thanksgiving to capture my return to my faith as a Christian and my conversion to Catholicism after years of following a spiritually empty path in life.

It is never too late to give thanks to the Lord, 

      to be an instrument of your peace.

 For like a father, whose child wandered off

      you patiently awaited my return

 Never in anger, did you ever rebuke

      Not once in my plight where you wrathful. 

 Oh, Lord, the stronghold of my life,

      I am not too proud to call you Father.

 For you offered me life after I had turned

      to the grave of my sin, 

 Blind to your Word, I walked aimlessly;

      For years, I lived without direction.

 Then, at the brink of despair I called for you,

      And, without delay, you came for me.

 You pulled me close and embraced me, 

      You enveloped my soul with joy.

 Oh, My Savior, how I long to sing praises to your name!

      On stringed instruments I rejoice!

 “Hallelujah” I play for an eternity on my viola.

     For all eternity, I am your most humble servant.
Power for the World

Power for the World

Hello Mornings has an awesome NEW study that just started this morning.  It’s actually a continuation of the study that ended just before Easter.  But, it’s an easy study to jump into if you have the a few extra minutes in the morning to make […]