Saturday, February 18, 2017
A few weeks past (Jan 20 post), I challenged everyone to spread the message "Think God." Amazingly the next day, the weather became unseasonably warm, and my daughters and I hit the sidewalks with the "Think God" message. Later that day I was hooking the dog to his leash to go for a walk. As I was getting ready, I saw a father and son walking down the sidewalk. The young son looked down at our pictures and read the message. "Think God, Think God, Think God. Dad, why would someone want you to think about God?"
A smile started to form on my face anticipating the answer. I wondered how the man would answer his son.
The man never took his eyes off his cell phone and said, "I don't know," and continued to look for Pokemon.
My mouth dropped open. I shook my head with disbelief as I thought to myself, "Do you realize the opportunity you just missed with your son?"
Please don't miss the opportunity to tell others about God. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing "Think God." The message still needs to be heard.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Satan is not my favorite subjects to talk about. In fact I prefer not to think of him at all. Unfortunately, his cunning lies weave in and out of our lives. This past week I had the opportunity to speak about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil with group of young people. As expected, the students were quick to recognize Adam and Eve's mistake in listening to the serpent's lies. After some discussion of the effects of this encounter, I asked them, "Has the serpent bothered you at all today?"
I heard numerous "What?" and "No."
"Are you sure?" I asked. "How many of you have been tempted to do something you knew was wrong?" One by one hands began to rise and they shared their experiences. We then preceded to have a little fun with this. As they shared their experiences, I pretended to be the serpent whispering the lies in an attempt to justify bad decisions. Of course my lies were over exaggerated, obvious, and dripping with humor. We all laughed as I told them they deserved to stay mad, not share, or demand all the attention. After we had a good laugh, we talked about how all of us have to fight temptation every day. We may not be having an actual discussion with a talking serpent, but unfortunately his lies are still confusing us today.
So what is one of the best ways to fight the serpent? Pick up your rosary and ask two people who never listened to his lies-Jesus and Mary. As you pray, let each bead guide you back to the garden, where God is waiting with open arms.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Truth is not always popular.
Truth is not always appreciated.
We often don't mind sacrificing the Truth
for our own selfish desires.
Why do we do that?How much longer must God wait for us to embrace His Truth? This is our moment-this is your moment. Take your arms, your head, and your life and wrap them around Jesus.
Behold the Truth
and don't let anything come between you.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
I remember having a conversation with one of my children after hearing some disappointing news. I asked them, "Do you think God would approve of this behavior?"
They looked at me and said, "Mom don't go bringing God into this. This has nothing to do with God."
I responded by saying, "I don't know how to leave God out. He is a part of everything I do."
God doesn't just come to visit us just while we are at church or just while we are praying. God is always with us. We don't get to just pick and choose the parts of our life WE want to share with God. God sees it all--the good, the bad, the ugly. the scary, and the embarrassing. It sounds like an easy enough concept to handle, but I'm not sure how many people truly get it. I wonder how different this world might be if everyone saw God standing beside them. Maybe if we were all better at recognizing Jesus in each other, we would realize how "present" God is to us. And then I wonder, if we would raise our hearts and minds to be more "present" with Him?
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
I'm not what you would consider a bubbly, optimistic person. The sun doesn't always shine on me, and I'm not always absolutely positive that tomorrow will be a better day. Sometimes the clouds rain on my parade, and sometimes they brew storms that shake and scare me. The storms don't overcome me, however, because I carry the light of Christ in me. It is His Light and love that break through the fog and rain. His Light beckons, and I follow. His Light illuminates, and my faith is strengthened. His Light is constant, so I never lose hope.
I am so grateful that when I was just a small child my parents brought me to church. I remember learning the popular Sunday school song "This Little Light of Mine." It is a song that has quietly played in the background of my thoughts all these years. It reminds me that I am a child of God and He will never leave me alone. I will never be lost as long as I have His Light. And when the worldly winds howl "No!" all around me, and yell, "You have to go this way!", I just hold up my light and say, "No thanks, I'm good. I'm going to go His Way!" And then I am optimistic enough to ask, "Hey do you want to join us?"
Friday, February 3, 2017
Your life is not measured by the days and hours, but rather the love you have shared with others. And not just your love, but your love for God. How many times have you told someone, "I love you"? How many times you have told someone, "God loves you"? Don't be afraid to share God's great love with someone. They may be the very words their soul has been aching to hear. God has placed you on this particular road to be a powerful expression of His love. As you walk through life, let your love for God color everything you touch.