Rising to the Challenge…

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In the much to do…in the little to do…

In the sufferings and sorrows…in the joys and laughter…

In the consolations…in the desolations…

In the can’t wait to do…in the can’t stand to do…

God has picked you!

Will you rise to the challenge?

His Grace is sufficient.

All is Grace.

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Streams of Creativity…

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Why is it that pain, trials, sufferings -be it emotional, physical, or spiritual- break open streams of creativity?

Could it be that the living water that seeps through the cracks of our humanity

saturates the dryness of hopelessness and brings resurrection…

again and again and again.

The current of new life erodes the deadness of discouragement and despair,

breaking down the banks of fear that have built up along the sides of the lack of peace.

Without the foundation of fear the living waters gently but forcefully flood the stagnant pool of suffering…

bringing movement and re-circulation and peace and ahhh…

oneness with Him who is living water and who re-hydrates the parched soul.

Light Filled Voyage…

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Life is like a voyage on the sea of history, often dark and stormy,

a voyage in which we watch for the stars that indicate the route.

The true stars of our life are the people who have lived good lives.

They are lights of hope.

Certainly, Jesus Christ is the true light, the sun that has risen above all the shadows of history.

But to reach Him we also need lights close by – people who shine with His light and so guide us along our way.

+ Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI

I give thanks for all the “lights of hope” in my life! Happy Feast of the Baptism of the Lord today.

To Be Radiant Lights…

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He wants you to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world.  You are to be radiant lights as you stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of Him who is the light of heaven. You are to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now you have received – though not in its fullness – a ray of its splendor, proceeding from the one God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever, Amen.  + St. Gregory

Be A STAR…

imagesSUCQVWHWBlessed Epiphany!

Brimming…

 

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Her heart brimming with the Word of Life…

sees Him hidden in the ordinary…

and reads His love notes tucked into the day.

The story of her soul authored by His grace.

It’s the secret of her smile from within…

and her posture of Praise.

EXPECTANT…

What ifs, could have beens, if onlys…

 

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God is not in the what ifs, could have beens, if onlys….

He is in the I AM, we are, he/she is grace of each new day.

His Presence in the present is our strength.

“You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.” Ps 16:11,

What if…

What if all you had in your life today…

was only what you gave thanks for yesterday?…

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Would your plate be empty?

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Or your hands full?

“With my whole being I sing endless praise to you.  O Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks.” Ps 30:13

It’s Impossible…

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Discouragement is when the problem before you has become bigger than God, Himself.

Our vision is cast downward and we’ve forgotten to trust in Him and His plan for our lives.

We are at our best when we are looking up.

It’s impossible to look up and be discouraged.

“My eyes are ever upon the Lord, who frees my feet from the snare.” Ps 25:15

Garment of Grace…

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Mercy is to touch the hem of His Heart…

Mercy infuses…Mercy transforms…weaving one into the garment of His extravagant Love.

The gift received…becomes the gift given.

With the mantle of mercy one is wrapped, drawing all of life under this garment of grace.

Covered under the cloak are those occasions of forgiveness…not that they are forgotten, not an agreement with what was said or done…

But the loose threads of the hurt are carefully rewoven into the garment of grace…in trust…

That one is “filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body”…

All for a purpose…all for God’s glory.

“And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body.  And be thankful. ” Col 3:14-15.

Mercy received becomes mercy given.

A Mess?…

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Let Jesus take your mess…

And turn it into a message.

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Co 1:18

Have a blessed weekend, From the heart of j