Monday, February 29, 2016

ISAIAH 1:1-20

ISAIAH 1:1-20


1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he received in the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah kings of Judah.
2 Listen, you heavens; earth, attend, for Yahweh is speaking, 'I have reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master's crib; Israel does not know, my people do not understand.'
4 Disaster, sinful nation, people weighed down with guilt, race of wrong-doers, perverted children! They have abandoned Yahweh, despised the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away from him.
5 Where shall I strike you next, if you persist in treason? The whole head is sick, the whole heart is diseased,
6 from the sole of the foot to the head there is nothing healthy: only wounds, bruises and open sores not dressed, not bandaged, not soothed with ointment,
7 your country a desolation, your towns burnt down, your soil, foreigners lay it waste before your eyes, a desolation like devastation by foreigners.
8 The daughter of Zion is left like a shanty in a vineyard, like a shed in a cucumber field, like a city besieged.
9 Had Yahweh Sabaoth not left us a few survivors, we should be like Sodom, we should be the same as Gomorrah.
10 Hear what Yahweh says, you rulers of Sodom; listen to what our God teaches, you people of Gomorrah.
11 'What are your endless sacrifices to me?' says Yahweh. 'I am sick of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of calves. I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come and present yourselves before me, who has asked you to trample through my courts?
13 Bring no more futile cereal offerings, the smoke from them fills me with disgust. New Moons, Sabbaths, assemblies -- I cannot endure solemnity combined with guilt.
14 Your New Moons and your meetings I utterly detest; to me they are a burden I am tired of bearing.
15 When you stretch out your hands I turn my eyes away. You may multiply your prayers, I shall not be listening. Your hands are covered in blood,
16 wash, make yourselves clean. Take your wrong-doing out of my sight. Cease doing evil.
17 Learn to do good, search for justice, discipline the violent, be just to the orphan, plead for the widow.
18 'Come, let us talk this over,' says Yahweh. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing to obey, you shall eat the good things of the earth.
20 But if you refuse and rebel, the sword shall eat you instead -- for Yahweh's mouth has spoken.'

~*~
As in the days of Isaiah, today God has grown weary of our false worship and our failure to remain faithful to his laws.  We look around us, around the world and what do we see? VIOLENCE AND MORE VIOLENCE, pornography, killers of the UNBORN, those addicted to drugs and those so willing to take advantage of them by selling the illicit drugs to them, robbery, murder, people killing children in school and multiple deaths at the hands of those we call "terrorists".  Our leaders lie to us, they do what they want to do even when the majority of our country revolts against many of their selfish decisions. The love of money has tied a noose around the necks of society.  Churches less than half full on the Sabbath. People who come to church on Sunday, and sin Monday through Saturday. It is all for appearance, not for the Word of God and Jesus that they come. Our children are led astray by other children whose parents turn a blind eye toward their illicit behavior. How can we protect them?

Dear Ones, the scripture above is nothing new, nothing we have not been taught all of our Christian lives. Why do we continue to go against God, knowing he could bring an end to it all in the next second? Why take so very many chances with your salvation, your place in Heaven?

The answer: It is not for the lack of faith in God, but a lack of faith that he will come in the night and bring down his swift justice. People are falsely judging themselves, and who can do that without total prejudice? We tell ourselves "I am right with God; He will take me to heaven straight away when the time comes."  Dear Ones, to take our God so much for granted in like a death sentence.

God is weary. He is tired of the "burnt offerings" (people who kill other people in His name is a disgrace to Him), God gave us the greatest gift of all -- LOVE!

How can YOU put his love into your hearts and it remain forever? You must accept that God's son, Jesus, died on the cross, a very painful and slow death that day, all for all sin, for all time. You must throw away your bad deeds and thoughts, and bring Jesus and The Holy Spirit into your lives. You must worship God every day of your life, i.e., through prayer every day.

And speaking of prayers, it is not all about asking God for this and that, the "things" you think you need in your lives. It is about giving thanks to God for each and every thing he has done for you, and coming away from your prayers knowing that he knows best. You know that old saying: You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you need? That is how God works. He gives us what we need according to His Will, not ours.

A few weeks ago, I was terribly upset over a matter that has plagued my faith for a few years now. When I say it plagued by faith, it is not that I don't believe, it is that I have grown impatient. My husband hurts to see me cry and be torn apart by this. So he finally says, after all this time, "you should get down on your knees and thank God for all the good things in your life!" He went out a short while later and I went to my bedroom and in the silence, I began to pray. I apologized to God that I had not been more thankful for all the good things in my life, and thus, I began by naming them, one-by-one. It was not long before a tear escaped my eye, then another and another, until I was crying my heart out to God in thanksgiving.

When you stop to think and then thank God for every little thing in your life and in the world, who could help but cry in shame because they had not looked at their lives in this way before?

Yes, the world is in a mess, our country, the same; but, there are many, many things to be thankful for. I believe God does grow weary of "requests" and that he feels the greatest of love when we humble ourselves before him.

I came away from those prayers a better child of God. My heart bursts whenever I enter His House. I bolstered my faith by my confession of thankfulness, and I really do want to hold onto that.

I have another topic on which I would like to solicit opinion. Last Thursday, I was on Skype with a dear friend of mine who is not Catholic, but we discuss many things of the Bible. Suddenly, I stopped mid-sentence and from his end, I know that all he could see was me looking all around and sniffing. "What is it?", he asks. It was the most overwhelming smell of flowers. I looked around, stupidly, as if I would see who was there with the beautiful flowers. This lasted about 90 seconds, but seemed longer. This past Saturday, I was alone in my bedroom and suddenly, there it was again - the strong and very beautiful smell of a perfect garden of flowers. Was it our Holy Mother? Jesus? Who?

Please do give me your thoughts below this post. You may respond anonymously and I will not release your comment onto the blog if you ask me not to.

God in Peace, Dear Ones. Love God with all your hearts and please do thank him for specifics when you pray. It will do you much good and show Him how very much you love him.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY


Saturday, February 27, 2016

THIS DAY'S THOUGHT, VERSE AND SMILE


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
I look forward, not to what lies ahead of me in this life and will surely pass away, but to my eternal goal.  I am intent upon this one purpose, not distracted by other aims, and with this goal in view I press on, eager for the prize, God’s heavenly summons.  Then I shall listen to the sound of Your praises and gaze at Your beauty ever present, never future, never past.  But now my years are but sighs.  You, O Lord, are my only solace.  You, my Father, are eternal.  But I am divided between time gone by and time to come, and its course is a mystery to me.  My thoughts, the intimate life of my soul, are torn this way and that in the havoc of change.  And so it will be until I am purified and melted by the fire of Your love and fused into one with You.
Augustine

This Day's Verse
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'”
Matthew 22:37
The New King James Version

This Day's Smile
True peace is found by a man in the depth of his own heart, the dwelling place of God.

Johann Taller

Thursday, February 25, 2016

THE RICH MAN & LAZARUS

A rich man sits at his dining table filled with lovely and tasty food and wine. He devours each morsel and his eyes close, thinking of the taste of this delicacy. A poor, sick man lies outside the rich man's door. Oh what he wouldn't do for just the crumbs that the rich man drops on the floor as he relishes in his meal. But the rich man does nothing for the poor man.


When the poor, sick man dies, Abraham comes to take him to heaven. Later, when the rich man dies, he is thrown into the vastness of hell. From very far, the rich man can see Abraham in heaven and he asks him, "please raise the poor man so he can go and tell my five brothers to not do as I have done so they will not end up in hell where I am doomed."


But, Abraham is not moved. He replies to the rich man, "if they will not listen to the Word of God and the prophets, it is their free will, and that is what they will face when they die."

Jesus is the one and only who has already risen from the dead; however, so, so many still will not listen to him.

Today, we pray to Jesus that our lives are ones of free will, and that we need His help in remaining true to his word until our deaths. At that time, our choice will determine our eternal destination. When we pray, we need solace and silence so that we may be able to hear Jesus when he speaks to us. We all must repent, and do it now! Do you wish to go to heaven or hell? God gave us our free will and we can decide our destiny on our own.

Admit to our Savior that you do not need any extraordinary preacher, but ONLY His word. He has risen and he still preaches to us. He speaks within us (i.e., conscience v. free will), and it is up to us to make the right choice. Pray that Jesus will guide your free will so that you will one day be in heaven sharing is his Glory.

What would you do if the sick beggar came to your door? Would you close the door or would you find food for his nourishment? Most people's lives are so busy thinking about their own needs that they do not even notice the needy.  Money cannot buy you a place in heaven; actions and a clean heart can.

Your promise to Jesus:  (1) You will read His father's word with all sincerity and willingness to abide by it, and (2) that you believe it is God who wants to welcome you into His Kingdom.

Ref: Luke 16:19-31

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

MATTHEW 20:17-18

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am so happy to be with you once again. Anything mechanical is bound to break sometime and I had some viruses, in spite of my virus program, but The Geek Squad did a few clicks and it was all done and free!


I want to talk about today's Gospel from Matthew 20:17-28.  The mother of James and John approached Jesus with her sons accompanying her. She is about to ask for huge favor from Jesus. Obviously, she does not realize the magnitude of what she is about to ask of Jesus; she does not see truly that he is the Son of God and how powerful and what his place on earth and in heave shall be.

James and John's mothers asks Jesus if her sons can sit in heaven on either side of him. I felt his answer was all encompassing: Will they drink from the same chalice as he? The chalice being his Passion - the imprisonment, the scourging, and the crucifixion.  James and John live on a while and die Martyrs deaths later, but what do we know of Heaven, and who of us who worship the highest of the high would ask such a favor?

God has already prepared your place in heaven because he can see your future. From who you are now to who you will bee until death, so he knows what kind of reward you will receive when you arrive in heaven.

The Apostles John and James have no idea of the costs of the Kingdom's Glory. They see something that they do not understand. But Jesus can see the future, and after many failures, these two apostles will eventually drink from the chalice and be martyred.  Jesus knows that the highest glory, however, has been reserved for others. This is God's Kingdom, and his preparing each one's place and his decisions are far beyond our comprehension.

In your prayers, ask Jesus for enlightenment about the Kingdom of Heaven. Acknowledge that Jesus already loves you so much that he has revealed as much as is earthly possible about the Kingdom of Heaven. Resolve that God will show you the mysteries of His Kingdom. Resolve to honor and cherish God's Kingdom on earth as well as in heaven.

Just knowing that you will be received by Jesus and our Father in heaven is the absolute greatest gift that any of us knows we can expect! Look at the news, look at the weather, times and things are changing fast. But so many continue to go on either not thinking of their salvation OR WORSE, taking it for granted. "We are bleeding time, and burning Grace."*

There is much more to this Gospel, so please read it in its entirety below.




As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem,
he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves,
and said to them on the way,
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem,
and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests
and the scribes,
and they will condemn him to death,
and hand him over to the Gentiles
to be mocked and scourged and crucified,
and he will be raised on the third day.”

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons
and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her, “What do you wish?”
She answered him,
“Command that these two sons of mine sit,"
one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.”
Jesus said in reply,
“You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”
They said to him, “We can.”
He replied,
“My chalice you will indeed drink,
but to sit at my right and at my left,
this is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard this,
they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said,
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20-17:28

Go in Peace & Love to serve the Lord.

ABBEY


"Business As Usual"
~Eagles
"Long Road Out of Eden"

Friday, February 19, 2016

ANGER - THE DIVINE ANTIDOTE

One of the greatest human failures is ANGER and the inability to control it. Perhaps this weeks readings on this topic will make you look at yourself hard in the mirror and ask yourself if you have an anger problem. No worries! The Holy Trinity is always there to help.

Lovingly in Christ,
ABBEY

FEBRUARY 19, 2016 – WEEK ONE OF LENT – FRIDAY – ANGER

By Editor on Feb 19, 2016 01:00 am
(Matthew 5:20-26)
Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Let your gentleness overcome my anger.
Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples to reconcile.)
Context:
Jesus teaches a “greater goodness” which is demanded by the holiness of this new Kingdom. In this gospel, he compares the Old Testament teaching on anger and his new teaching. The disciples maintain unity by forgiving each other.
Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Jesus taught the disciples about anger, saying, “You have heard it said, ‘You shall not kill’ and ‘Whoever kills shall be liable to judgment’. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of judgment. Whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raqa’ shall be in danger of the council. Whoever shall say ‘You fool’ shall be in danger of hell fire.
If you come to the altar to offer your gift and remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your offering before the altar and go first to be reconciled to your brother. Then come and offer your gift.”
Thoughts. (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
  1. Jesus invites his disciples to live at a new level of goodness.
  2. The law commanded external compliance. Jesus goes much deeper, into the disciples’ hearts.
  3. His disciples must remove their inner anger. Then, discord will cease.
  4. He forbids angry words, so that hatred gains no foothold.
  5. Even the temple sacrifices must be delayed until the disciples reconcile.
Affections (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
  1. Jesus, make me gentle.
  2. Save me, O Lord, from the violent waters of anger.
  3. On the cross, you spoke no angry word. You were silent as a lamb going to the slaughter.
  4. Release a river of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation within me.
  5. Reconcile me to all of my family and friends.
  6. O Jesus, I will drink deeply of your forgiveness.
Resolution   (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
  1. Today, I will forgive everyone who hurts me.
  2. I will reconcile with my enemies wherever possible.
Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)
Leave your gift at the altar and go to be reconciled with your brother.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

THIS DAY'S . . .


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
I trust in you, Lord, but keep helping me in my moments of distrust and doubt.
Henri Nouwen

This Day's Verse
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits has no sense.
Proverbs 12:11
The Revised Standard Version

This Day's Smile
Those who turn care into prayer find God turning midnight into music.
Unknown


No matter how good you feel you've got it, you will ALWAYS need to call on God for help. But be a daily worshiper; not one who only calls on God when you need him, else you might find he is not in much hurry to help you!

I know people who fit Today's Verse to a "T". I've known them for years and tried to encourage them, but they have to be the ones to do it, I can't to it for them. Now I'm just done, except for praying for them, which I will always do.

Ahhh, nothing more soothing than sincere prayer; a good conversation with God. Don't be afraid to speak to him like he is right there and is your best friend, because he is both!

Lovingly in Christ,
ABBEY

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PSALM 40:2

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
Psalm 40:2 (NKJV)
 
~*~
 
A "horrible pit .... the miry clay". What does that mean to YOU?
 
The pit and clay represent a life led by a sinner who never repents. We have all been in the pit and experienced the miry clay.  In life, there are highs and lows, and sometimes we don't stop to think about how we climbed out the pit and clay, and found ourselves on solid footing, solid ground ("rock").
 
That "rock" is Jesus. When he lifts you up and brings you into a better circumstance and saves you from yourself, he is believing in you.  Jesus is believing that you will recognize how this dramatic change in your circumstances came about.
 
Unfortunately, not that many people stop and say "thank you, Jesus."  If you do not acknowledge him the first time, or the second time, he helps you, then why should he lift you out of the mire? He should allow you to remain there and face your consequences, and he may very well do that.
 
But as the scripture reads, "And established my steps". When you acknowledge that Jesus has lifted you to a much better place, do you not also believe that he has set you on solid footing so that you will not falter again? Of course he does. He established your steps on the path to the Kingdom of God. It is up to you to daily take up your cross, face every obstacle with faith, and to remain on the steps of the path that Jesus has established for you.
 
It's not that hard, unless you make it that way. Oh yes, the devil will tempt you, but if Jesus can sit in the desert, thirsty and hungry, and continually deny the devil, can you not deny him from one day to the next if he tempts you to sin? If you possess your belief and faith in Jesus and the promises of a life hereafter, it should be easy to do.
 
I can say with all honesty and urgency that, since I found Jesus and took him into my heart, the path has less and less obstacles. I try to focus on the good in my life and give my needs up to him. I'm not perfect, and it doesn't always turn out that way, but I can pick myself up, dust myself off and begin anew with his loving assistance. For he knows that I am his and he is mine, and we love and care for one another.
 
P
 
Jesus! What a beautiful friend and savior! Count your blessings!
 
Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY


GREATER THAN JONAH OR SOLOMON

                           

FEBRUARY 17, 2016 – WEEK ONE OF LENT – WEDNESDAY – A GREATER THAN JONAH OR SOLOMON

By Editor on Feb 17, 2016 01:00 am
(Luke 11:29-32)
Prayer – O Lord, I seek no sign or wonder. I seek only you.
Imagination – (Picture Jesus speaking to the crowds.)
Context:
Although Jesus’ enemies asked for a sign, Jesus addresses his teaching to the crowds. He cites two Old Testament examples of foreigners having a change of heart. When Jonah preached in Nineveh (a perennial enemy of Israel) the people repented. When the Queen of Ethiopia came to see Solomon, she was totally impressed with his wisdom.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)
Jesus said to the crowd, “This is a wicked generation because it looks for a sign. No sign shall be given except the sign of Jonah, the prophet. As Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so shall the Son of Man be to this generation.
The Queen of the South shall rise in judgment upon the men of this generation and shall condemn them because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
At the judgment, the citizens of Nineveh will rise along with this generation and shall condemn it. At the preaching of Jonah they did penance, but you have a greater than Jonah here.”
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
  1. People want signs to satisfy their intellect, when really they should be surrendering their heart.
  2. A sign does not get people to repent. It only satisfies curiosity.
  3. Jesus gives the whole world the greatest sign, his rising from the dead.
  4. The Queen believed just by hearing Solomon speak. What is Solomon compared with Jesus?
  5. The hated Ninevites repented when Jonah spoke. Who is Jonah compared to Jesus?
  6. Every person in history will come before Jesus in judgment.
  7. On that day, the Queen and the Ninevites will condemn those who did not repent.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
  1. Jesus, give me no sign. Just give me yourself.
  2. You are risen from the dead and I will rise with you. Alleluia!
  3. Change my heart, Jesus. Turn me totally to Your way of life.
  4. They repented when Jonah preached. I will repent at your word.
  5. Send me your Holy Spirit of repentance. All can be changed.
  6. When I come to you after my death, let me be your friend.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own)
  1. I will think today about the miracle of Jesus’ rising.
  2. I will ponder Jesus’ claim that he is greater than all other teachers.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)
A greater than Jonah or Solomon is here.

Monday, February 15, 2016

AN UNEXPECTED UNION

Love  in The Heart brings Tears to the Blue Eyes
and they come when the Holy Spirit meets
your Spirit.
~Anonymous

~*~

The females as far back as I can remember have been "whimpies" (criers). I include myself when I say "we" can cry at the drop of a hat. We have very tender hearts, which historically have been worn them on our sleeves.

We attended Mass on Saturday evening as per custom. We sat on the first aisle to the right of the center aisle, on 2nd or 3rd row. Because of this seating, we have a better view of the altar, lector, and cantor. I like being close because there are always so many distractions in a large crowd between you and the front.

We were in a part of the Mass where Father was reading a long prayer. My eyes were lifted to the enormous crucifix and straight into the closed eyes of Jesus.  I was transfixed on his wounded body and what had been done to him. His passion raced through my mind and before I knew it, the tears came. I thought about one particular special intention fleetingly and it took a lot of control to keep from getting into a full blown cry.

My heart was bursting and it hurt. Daughter on one side "why are you crying"; husband on the other side "what's the matter?" and then he said "stop it!", as if I had control over it.  I finally just told them it was between me and Jesus, and it truly was. I was as close as I have ever been to Jesus in those few seconds. My heart poured out all of its hurts pleadingly, and without any effort on my part. I was trying not to cry, but it just came.

I am not ashamed of my tears. They come often as I am in deep prayer. I feel they are appropriate every time they come. For I have tapped into a very deep place where lies my love for Jesus and The Holy Spirit leads me there, so why hold back?

Jesus WANTS us to unburden ourselves to him. These burdens are like sending roses up to Him and He feels every ounce of your love for him.  Whom do you know on earth that will take the continuous unburdening of your heart without growing weary? Nobody!

Jesus and God are there FOR us, not us for them. They wait for you to go to them with your deepest hurts and needs, and also love. At that moment, I felt more love for Jesus that I feel I ever have, but I'm sure my love knows no bounds. It is there, it is the strongest of loves, and there is no measuring it.

You, too, can be this close to Jesus. Just pray hand-in-hand with The Holy Spirit, and in the deepest sincerity; not thinking only of your needs, but what was done to our loving Jesus all those years ago, for all sin, for all time.


And as she stood behind Him at His feet weeping,she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
~Luke 7:38

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY



Saturday, February 13, 2016

THE DIVINE ANTIDOTE - EATING WITH LEVI'S FRIENDS

A short meditation on the devotion to the Flame of Love and based on the daily readings from the Holy Mass, delivered to you each day.
                        

FEBRUARY 13, 2016 – SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY – EATING WITH LEVI’S FRIENDS

By Editor on Feb 13, 2016 01:00 am
(Luke 5:27-32)
Prayer: O Jesus, call me into your Kingdom because I am a sinner.
Imagination: Picture Jesus at table with Levi and his friends.
Context:
When these scribes and Pharisees complain about Jesus’ table companions, Jesus announces that he is a physician whose ministry is to sinners. Jesus’ Kingdom changes social relationships and shatters the social conventions that kept sinners at a distance.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Jesus saw a tax collector names Levi, sitting at his custom’s post. He said, “Follow me.” Levi got up and followed him. After that, Levi gave a great reception for Jesus in his house. Many tax collectors and others joined him at dinner. The scribes and Pharisees asked his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said, “Those who are healthy do not need a doctor, but those who are sick do. I have not come to invite the righteous to a change of heart, but sinners.”
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
  1. Levi performed a task which the Jews despised. However, his heart was open to Jesus’ invitation.
  2. Levi is a good evangelist, gathering his friends to meet Jesus.
  3. Jesus is quite at home with tax collectors and sinners. They are written on his heart.
  4. Eating with them shatters the usual procedures. Unfortunately, the scribes and Pharisees do not understand.
  5. Jesus must define his identity. He is a doctor.
  6. Logically, he spends time with the sick.
  7. His mission is to the sinners.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
  1. Jesus, I will open my heart and be open to your call.
  2. I will be your evangelist, bringing others to you.
  3. O Jesus, I am a sinner. You are welcome at my table.
  4. O Jesus, You do not judge by appearances. You see my heart.
  5. You are the physician. I am the sick person. You have come for me.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
  1. In every situation, I will listen for Jesus’ call.
  2. I will accept my own sinfulness and my need for Jesus’ forgiveness.
Thought: (To recall your meditation)
Only the sick need the doctor. I have come to call sinners.

Friday, February 12, 2016

YOUR LIFE IS YOUR CHOICE

Thomas said to Him. Lord, we don't know where you are going,
so how can we know the way?
Jesus answered I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the father except through me.
If you really know me, you would know my Father as well.
John 14 - 5

~*~

Do you ever find yourself in situations where you have no answers, a place where you feel your are lost and cannot find your way? One of the most finite things that Jesus ever said was the line "No one comes to the father except through me. If you really know me, you would know my father as well."

Jesus is the Son of God, Jesus was God in human form on earth. When he began his sermons, he had but three years to live, yet he touched so many people that what he taught them would live for all time. Pretty amazing, huh?

Bills that need paying, possibly a divorce, loss of someone close to you, an opportunity for a job change and you cannot decide, what church should I attend and in how do I find the right one?  We're having a baby and it wasn't planned - that is God's Divine preference.  All these and more should bring you to your knees in prayer.

When you go to pray, the room should be quiet with no outside sounds to interfere with your conversation with Jesus and God. The first thing, in my mind, is to start by thanking God for all the good things in your life. When I did this recently, the list was long and I was in tears before I finished. They were good tears, tears of thankfulness and of shame for worrying over something that I should have prayed about and given over to God in the first place.

This is why Jesus said that if you know him, then you know his Father. Jesus is the road to heaven - the ONLY road to heaven and to God. The more time you spend in talking with him in prayer, the more you see the answers unfolding in your life, and thus, the more thankful you are to God and his Mercy.

It's all good! There is not one negative thing about Jesus or God, or The Word.  It takes initiative. You have to WANT Jesus in your life, and you HAVE to bring him into your heart by prayer and by reading scripture.

The Gospels are some of the greatest books of the Bible. You will learn, if you have not already done so, the words of Jesus as he preached his sermons to people from a high rock or a hill, or down beside a river. As you read, imagine that Jesus is preaching these to you, because truly, His sermons are for everyone for all time. His sermons will lift you and your heart will soon overflow with love for Him and His Father. Prayer and The Word. And once you accept Jesus into your heart, keep him there, let Him lead you. When temptation knocks, don't answer the door. You know right from wrong, so are you willing to give up your place in heaven by sinning without forgiveness, living without listening or reading Jesus' words?

Believe this: When I found myself so full of The Holy Spirit in my heart, so full of the love of Jesus and God, I see more good around me. I'm no longer so negative about life and the things of the world of satan that is in control. I try to pay it forward through generosity of spirit, of kindness, acceptance, and understanding.


I just noticed something that I always see when I'm writing on my blog and it's kind of funny. Every time I use the term "satan", it is underlined in red, meaning a mispell. Perhaps it is underlined in red because fire is red and that is what it is like in hell.

Choose Jesus and know God, and then, you have found the way to Heaven! Hallelujah!