GOD’S GREATNESS AND AWESOMENESS MAKES ME SO EMOTIONAL AND SAY, I LOVE YOU MORE, JESUS! Today, i went to mass early so i can meet up with our priest speaker for the weekend. We got to the church early for the mass and so i had time to kneel and pray my novena to St. Joseph [its the 4th day today!]. It was a short novena but i stayed kneeling and just being quiet with the Lord made me feel and hear Him say, “I am in control!”
The first reading affirms so much the state of my heart at the moment. Isaiah 49:8-15 “In a time of a favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you; and i have kept you…can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.”
So much stuff in my plate now BUT I KNOW GOD IS IN CONTROL and HE KNOWS! He will answer my needs! Therefore, i will remain at peace and will continue to praise God for this privilege to work for HIM! Nothing can compare to HIS awesomeness even in the midst of “worldly chaos” because in HIM i gain “heavenly peace!”
Life is beautiful and so i will celebrate it as i work for HIM! Thank you, Lord! Take the work of my hands as my humble offering. Amen.
[thank you Carl Casequin for the picture. God bless you!]
Photo taken in Austin, TX
Daily Reflection: Appreciate God’s oppression as God’s way of saying that God’s love is all present and knowing of all my needs and even of my loved ones. His love magnifies from the smallest to the biggest “need” i have in my life. His grace is sufficient!
Please click this for reflection: Your Grace is Enough
Isaiah 58: 9b-14; Psalm 86: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6; Luke 5: 27-32Loving creator,
I am not asking to overcome my weakness,
but to use it in some way to glorify you.
Let me be aware of
the many ways you reach out to help me today
and let me stand in awe of the power
that you use in such loving ways.
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Daily Reflection: Acknowledge where God wants me to be. To speak bold of him and never fail to share His love and mercy to every one i meet. My calling is to be His messenger. My business is to market Jesus and sold Him in every encounter i have to each one.
Please click this song for reflection: Testify to Love
Isaiah 58: 1-9a; Psalm 51: 3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19; Matthew 9: 14-15
I know how much you love me.
It’s hard for me to feel it sometimes,
but I know your love is always with me.
Help me to use your love as a way
to persevere in my Lenten intentions.
I am weak, but I know with your help,
I can use these small sacrifices in my life to draw closer to you.
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Daily Reflection: I need to take up my cross. If i love Jesus i need to embrace my cross. I am called to die to what is secure and familiar. I am called to die to what is narrow and selfish. I am called to die to the tiny, false life of self preoccupation and self preservation. It will definitely be not easy but His grace will be sufficient!
Please click this for the reflection song: Lead me to the cross
Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6; Luke 9:22-25
The Journey Begins
There are so many lessons for our journey in this prayer.
It starts with God’s inspiration.
We are reminded of the breath of life that God breathed at the beginning of creation
and the driving wind of the Holy Spirit’s coming at Pentecost.
The grace for all we are about to do comes from God.
Today we pray to be open to it.
Today we also acknowledge that for us to what we need to do these six weeks,
we need God’s continuing help.
Each day, with every prayer, every sacrifice, every act of generosity
we will need help which can only come from God.
And, finally, we need God’s guidance to persevere to the end.
There will be tough choices, not only between good and evil,
but choices about what is the greater good.
We may even be called to do something quite heroic and self-sacrificing.
A wonderful prayer. Easy to remember, even memorize.
It is possible to say it every day.
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Day 1 Reflection: quiet remembrance of our need for redemption
Joel 2:12-18; Psalm 51: 3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14&17; 2 Cor. 5: 20 – 6:2; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Today God our Father brings us to the beginning of Lent.
We pray that in this time of salvation
he will fill us with the Holy Spirit, purify our hearts,
and strengthen us in love.
Let us humbly ask him:
Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.
May we be filled and satisfied,
– by the word which you give us.
Teach us to be loving not only in great and exceptional moments,
– but above all in the ordinary events of daily life.
May we abstain from what we do not really need,
– and help our brothers and sisters in distress.
May we bear the wounds of your Son in our bodies,
– for through his body he gave us life.
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