A Beautiful Thought for Today

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
–St. Augustine

I wanted to share this thought I read from one of my daily inbox. A simple statement but it has its weight in depth. It speaks of this deep longing within for Jesus here, now, and forever.

God Bless💕🙏

God’s Whispers

White noise here, there and everywhere! We are always surrounded by sound – the outside noise of motor vehicles (I live near an autoroute and main road) to the inside background sound of the television my husband has turned up (he has bad hearing). When I sit outside, I hear my neighbour’s talking or mowing the lawn. Sometimes I hear a tweet of a bird.

Noise! I realized this last week while I was listening to my music is everywhere. My music was blaring to drown out the background music at the gym.

The crazy thing is we often layer the annoying noise around us with other sounds more favourable to our own musical interest. I notice my own kids watching shows, movies, or listening to music on their mobiles. Their earbuds on high to drown out the noise around them. So on the one hand there is background noise, and on the other my kids have own own music or sounds to drown out noise – which makes talking to them a strain on my vocal cords!

Wow, so when do I have that silent moment to hear God’s whisper. I don’t, I have started to tune out white noise and not layer it so that I can hear him. This is often early in the morning and later in the evening when there is a wonderful silence with just me and God. Yes, I had to work my schedule around all the noise around me, because I want to sit with God quietly.

In the past I would share this quiet time (5:30 – 7:00am) time with caring for my sick dog Candy. It was a time for me to take care of her during her last days with us (she was afflicted with muscle paralysis), and then spend the rest of my morning in quiet time with God. Since Candy has passed away, I maintained this early morning schedule as my time to pray the rosary and orient my day God’s ward.

It is in the silence of our prayers that sometimes there are images, flowing thoughts, as well as the peace of God which embraces us. I call these God’s whispers. Once our day is directed towards God, we can feel the plenty of his boundless graces in our lives, as well as his presence. Even reading scripture bring new insights in our own lives.

I often hear people say they don’t have time for prayer or Jesus. How does one find time? Well, time doesn’t magically appear. It demands action and commitment on our part to invite Jesus in. It takes action on our part to know Jesus more, love him more, and to follow our beloved Christ more closely. It also includes the decision to keep Jesus at the centre of our lives. The rest of the work is done by the Holy Spirit.

God Bless each of you in you walk with Jesus 💕🙏

God is Love

“God is Love” (1 John 4:8)

There is a wonderful simplicity in this statement, that it is easy to miss the essence and profoundness of this message. How do I imagine or even grasp visually, intellectually or even emotionally not only who God is, but what does the phrase – “God is love” mean?

God’s love for me, you and each of us, can be found in the very first verse in the first book of the Bible:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit[c] of God was moving over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2

When I really think about it, God the holy immortal one, did not have to create the world and humanity. He did. He created all out of love. It’s really profoundly simple: “God is Love.”

I can see him in the sky and in the soft fluffy clouds over yonder, and I can see him in the children playing in the park. I can hear God in the birds chirping and tweeting at the first ray of light. God is in the grass beneath my feet as I play catch with my dog. I see him in the ants crawling around their ant mound, or I see him in the trees that stretch outwards reaching out for the sun. I see him in the house plants that adorn my home, and in the seedlings and their sprouting stems as they lean towards the light. I see God’s presence everywhere, and I feel him with every changing tide and nuances in the movement of the moon as day change into night.

God is everywhere – and all the beauty around us is a testament of his everlasting love for us. He is in the beauty in each of us, in our children, in our community, in the our own outpouring of love for others.


Created in Your Likeness (Mixed Media, May 2022)

Just as God is love, we are created in “imago Dei” – image of God. We in turn share in the beauty of life – in the creation of life in the womb. I had drawn and painted this earlier this week. After looking at it for the past few days, there is even beauty in it’s messy playfulness of color and scrawls.

God Bless 💖

Sharing the Light of Jesus

Mary Magdalene loved Jesus. When Jesus casted out all the demons from her life, she was healed and began a new life:

“Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. There Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out…” Luke 8:1-2

I can imagine how difficult her life must have been before she met Jesus. Due to her psychological mind frame, she must have been scorned by all, and probably lived in isolation.

Her sadness upon discovering Jesus’ body gone must have distressed her, and seeing Christ, I can imagine her running to him and holding Him tightly in an embrace.

Jesus asks, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

His wounds fresh, Jesus tells her, “Stop holding on to me.” Jesus had not ascended yet. He gives Mary Magdalene a mission.

My question to myself is, “What mission does Jesus give me?”

How do I feel about the resurrected Christ? How has it changed my life?

As part of my Art Therapy session today, I was asked, “how would I imagine myself as a landscape?” My thoughts drifted to Mary Magdalene, her search for Jesus when she thought He was gone, and then running off to share the good news. I closed my eyes and imagine my arms outstretched embracing the world sharing the light of Christ.

Sketch and painting: How do I imagine myself as a landscape? April 19, 2021
Sharing The Light of Christ

Gospel Jn 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,”
which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he had told her.

God Bless 💖

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
there is no shadow of turning with thee.
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.


Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!


Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

God Bless💖

Aside: during my good morning prayer to the Triune and our Holy Mother, this song came to mind. I share it, as it reminds us that God is faithful, and when we look, each day His mercies abound. All we need, He has provided. God is faithful. Praise be to God!

Milo Yiannopoulos: Finding Peace and Strength in God’s Loving Will

A must watch into the heart and soul of one of the most iconic thinkers in our world today. He and Jordan Peterson’s recent return and conversion shows first hand God’s amazing grace and divine mercy at work.

Please take the time to watch both parts, as they are an insightful look into God’s hand in a life of a sinner (which we are all too!), and the transformation that comes with seeking to live God’s divine will. Milo Yiannopoulos is both sincere, funny and insightfully reflective as he tells his story.


Part 1 o Milo Yiannopoulos speech.

Part 2 of of Milo Yiannopoulos speech.

God Bless 💖

Aside: All of us have a unique and personal story to tell of our conversion or coming to faith in the Triune. They represent the beauty of God calling to us. Our coming to faith fills that empty hole created by the sins of our first parents. For since the creation of mankind, we were meant to be in relationship with God. God’s love for us in becoming man through Jesus is a testament of His love for us. Jesus defeated death so that we may be set free from our sins.

Praise be to The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit 🙏

Live The New Life

Reading the Bible and meditating on God’s word has helped me establish a deeper relationship with him. Reading and rereading a Bible verse over a period of a few days and visualizing it within my minds eye (placing myself in the scene/words), allows me to pray and meditate over a word or phrase which pops out at me. Sitting in silent prayer allows the Holy Spirit to pour forth graces of understanding and insight.

For many coming to know Jesus, the Bible is a source of not only comfort, but a foundation in our faith journey. It helps us stand strong in our faith, so that life’s curve balls don’t strike us down. From my own personal experience, knowing specific Bible verses has helped me overcome doubt, spiritual attacks, and depression. Specific Bible verses have saved me from myself.

I have compiled Bible verses for those on their faith journey. My hope is that these verses will help each of us establish a deeper relationship in our daily walk with God.


christ the center

2 Corinthians 5:17 (RSVCE)

17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.

Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST

Romans 12:1 (RSVCE)

12 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

John 14:21 (RSVCE)

21 He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

the word

Joshua 1:8 (RSVCE)

This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

2 Timothy 3:16 (RSVCE)

All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Prayer

John 15:7 (RSVCE)

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

Philippians 4:6-7 (RSVCE)

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

Fellowship

1 John 1:3 (RSVCE)

that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Planting seeds/working for God

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

1 Corinthians 15:58

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.


God bless 💖

The Assurance

God doesn’t need much.

He needs our yes.

His glory is manifested when we say yes.

For days when we need that extra assurance

There will definitely be times in our lives when a certain doubtfulness or uncertainty sets in. I found that memorizing the following Bible verses have helped me immensely. They offer a source of truth that lights my way. Often, I would choose one and pray with it. Here are a six Bible verses which has grounded me with God’s assurance:

salvation

11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12

answered pray

24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. John 6:24

Victory

13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV – I like the use of the word temptation used in this translation)

forgiveness

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Guidance

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

love

34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

And they will know we are Christians by our love.

God Bless 💖