Thank you Lord!

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(I wrote this two years ago and cannot remember what transpired then to thank the Lord. But these days I am thankful for so many things. Every time I remember something good in my life I say, Thank you Lord at that very moment and praise Him for His blessings. And this piece is so apt for the ongoing thankfulness in my heart.)

Thank you, Lord, for Your many blessings. The snow, the rain the beautiful sky and the green green grass. All of it has a purpose and exist for Your pleasure.

Thank you for Your kindness and mercy, Lord. For the happiness that fills souls and the bursts of joy that permeates our hearts.

Thank you for the sadness too that sometimes makes it way slowly through. After the rain, comes the rainbow. We know You are never far away. You walk beside us. You hold our hands. We can count on You to never let go.

We’re often tempted to ask You, why, why, why, why? when things don’t go our way or troubles come visiting. But Your ways are not our ways and we do not always understand the why or the what or the when.

Help us Lord, to accept our situations and happenings that surround us. Bless us with Your presence and Your signs. We know You love us, and can forgive us when we go through moments of doubt and ungratefulness. Help us Lord, to seek Your will in everything we do, no matter how hard. And when the road gets lonely and difficult and we’re at our wits’ end, whisper sweet nothings so that we can go on. Another step, forward, to move closer on the road yet to be travelled.

Thank you, Lord for Your grace and abundance, that You have blessed us with. For those happy moments that make life worth living, for the opportunity to show Your mercy to our fellow travellers, to share our possessions with abandonment and love our neighbour. Thank you for being our Awesome God, who made us in Your own image, for giving us free will, knowing that this would give us the choice to accept or abandon our Creator. Thank you for coming down to earth to be with Your creation. You came as a helpless baby at the mercy of Your very creation.

We bow down before You. You are our Lord and Saviour.  Forgive us O Loving God for our transgressions for Your mercy is great and Your love is everlasting.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your blessings!

Psalm 95:2-3 – Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.
Psalm 107:8-9 – Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Psalm 9:1 – I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.
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When hate takes over…

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Jussie Smollett is all over the news. Who is he? He is an American actor who is known for his role in the Fox drama series, Empire.

Initially the news was about Jussie being attacked for who he is by people identified by their political leanings. The attackers were reported to have worn MAGA hats and  uttered foul language against him. Several days later, the news has taken a turn in the opposite direction. Now, the same news outlets are reporting that the attack may have allegedly been orchestrated by the victim. All will be known in time.

Why did I bring this up? Because, when hate takes over, bad things happen. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”.

The devil never sleeps. He is always on the move and seeks to destroy our peace of mind. Anxiety and worry are his trademarks. He is constantly wanting to get us in a certain condition, where the evil takes over and makes us do foolish things. We may have everything going for us.  A good job, a lovely house, an amazing marriage etc., but one act of irrationality can bring it tumbling down. A solitary moment of madness can devastate us. And it makes us wonder, what were we thinking? How could we jeopardize everything we have for that one moment of ‘crazy’?

Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Okay, so we’re all sinners. We have a tendency to do silly things, much to our own detriment.

But, wait, there’s hope…

As John 10:10 says, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”.

Jesus tells us, that there is yet a way beyond our sinful inclinations. He came to set us free. He died that we may live. He gave us a path to glory.

James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”.

Here’s a path that we might take in the face of evil. The choice is clear, we either give in to evil or fight it by submitting to God. Can it get any clearer than this?  The way sounds easy, some might say, but its difficult to do. Not so. If we know right from wrong and our moral compass is strong, evil has a difficult time getting through our defences.

Could the Jussie saga have been avoided? Of course, resist the evil ones’ intentions and he will flee from us. This means, being vigilant at every step that the devil takes to entrap us and get us to a point where we destroy our self.

As Ephesians 4:27 says, “do not give the devil an opportunity”.

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Thank you Holy Spirit!

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The Holy Spirit guides and counsels. I was very aware of Him in my life last year and very grateful.

Thank you, Holy Spirit
for showing me the way…
For opening my mind to more opportunities,
for letting me see new meaning in the same things.
Your wisdom is awesome,
Your goodness, perfect.
My heart is filled to overflowing,
my mind is filled with hope,
because the light in the tunnel just got brighter.
There are a few steps still, that I must take…
I realize its part of the journey,
the end is close, but we’re not quite there yet.
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for your inspiration,
for the soft whispers that transcend my spirit,
that gives me impetus to move forward,
with energy and fire.
Leave me not, I do implore,

I’ve gotten used to Your quiet influence
that permeates my being.
You are always there my unseen friend,
always nurturing,
always communicating directly to my soul,
never wavering,
steadfast in counsel,
showing me the path to goodness,
to wholesomeness,
to love,
to the Eternal Father.
Thank you, Holy Spirit.

John 14:26 – The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.
1 Corinthians 12:7 – The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all.
2 Samuel 23:1-2 – Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, The man who was raised on high declares, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel, “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.
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Fear does not come from the Lord

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Last weekend, I had a hellish time. I was anxious and worried. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what I was so worried about. Just the week before I was writing about being joyful and in the next few days, my mind was filled with anguish and uncertainty. I was unsettled, terribly unsettled. I couldn’t sleep properly, I kept getting up in the middle of the night, sometimes around 3 or 4 am.

I was not feeling good. And I was not praying regularly. Usually when I don’t get a chance to devote some time to the Lord I feel like I’ve not done something, it’s always at the back of my mind, like my day is not complete. But this time, the feeling wasn’t there. I was prioritizing other things and prayer was just not on top of the list.

So when I finally made my visit to the Blessed Sacrament in the church, I told the Lord, to take it all. To take my burdens and help me through whatever anxiousness had taken over my heart, as He has promised. I remembered Mathew 11:28 when I said this. “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

The Lord was not slow in responding. That same day, I got up in the middle of the night and this sudden thought came to my mind. Fear does not come from the Lord. Its 3.30 in the morning, and now I’m having this dialogue with the Lord. He’s telling me fear does not come from Him. And my faith and trust, which had taken a back seat lately, reared up and agreed. Fear is not from the Lord. The gift of the Holy Spirit is joy. I was troubled that I had doubted. Here I was, profusely apologizing to the Lord in the middle of the night, for not having trust and faith in His goodness, for giving in to fear and anxiety.

Truly, fear does not come from the Lord. I cannot say it enough! It is a lesson I’ve had to learn again and again, this time in a way I will not forgot anytime soon.

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.
Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
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Be Joyful!

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Be happy and joyful, mirthful and content,

for what’s a life that’s filled with discontent?

Hatred and bickering are fine friends for a while,

but they’ll ditch you as soon as other’s they find.

Peace and bliss are fruits of labour,

when all you do is good for your neighbours!

Be joyful my friend, I can attest,

this spirit is definitely a force to contend.

It spreads and spreads, faster than you know

when you focus or even when you just don’t know.

Contagious it is, generous too,

you can’t take the joy out of joyful, try as you may.

Anger and pride try to latch on for a ride,

but if joy is strong, they have a bumpy time.

They jostle and hustle and give up the battle,

if joy insists and persists in the fracas.

For joy wells up without any trouble,

it’s there for the taking, free and unending.

No worries, there’s no charge,

just reach out and grab your part.

For joy to be taken, it must be given

to all about, there’s no conserving.

The well of joy never runs dry.

It’s full and plentiful, abundant and overflowing.

Take what you must, don’t be shy,

it’s a gift that keeps giving,

come back for more!

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From a Mother to her Child

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Dear Child,

Thank you little one, you have inspired me,

to be the person I am, now. 

If not for you, where would I be? 

Lost in a world of fun and nothingness, 

where every day is a repeat of the same, 

no newness, no insight, no desire to aspire 

in a direction not of my choosing. 

There was no choice. 

You forced me onto a pathway, unseen, hidden 

found only by a few, because they had to.

Little child, you found my vocation, or dare I say it, my vocation found me.

A vast sea of learning awaited me. 

Action and insight, hand in hand, 

led by my friend, the Holy Spirit, 

my invisible partner in this journey. 

Thru promptings, one by one, step by step, 

always moving; forwards, sideways but never backwards. 

On and on, from one thing to another. 

See little child, what you have wrought. 

Your very presence, an encouragement, 

for, in seeking to change you, I have been changed. 

In seeking to move you, I have been moved. 

What greater influence, no man can muster, 

that it came from a child is a wondrous thing to ponder.

Come little one, it is I who holds your hands. 

For you have led me to myself.

Without you I was lost in my own desire.

Without you I may not have found my way.

You made it easy. 

I had to. 

To not do so is not an option I want to contemplate.

Thank you little one, for coming into my world.

You helped me find my way.

I cannot thank you enough, 

You saved me from me!

And in doing so, gave me meaning and life.

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Endurance in Prayer

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I like reading Mark Mallet’s blog. The wisdom in his words is unmistakable. His thoughts are profound and they make you think and reflect. They sink into your psyche and one cannot deny his deep spiritual connection. This particular verse struck a chord within me. It provided a reason, the answer to the ‘Why’ that has plagued me for such a long time.

You see, I am convinced of the need to setting a time aside every day to commune with the Lord. To seek Him in prayer, to talk to Him, to tell Him of my day, my thoughts, my desires, my wishes, my dreams and yes… to listen to Him as He tells me things, or provide an answer to my many questions. I long for a snippet, a word, 2 words, maybe 3 and more. I want to hear from my God.

So, having read all the things I’m supposed to do; select a specific time, preferably the same time of day, in a silent place and focus my mind and heart on communion with the Lord. To pray, praise and worship Him, read His Word and listen to the still inner voice. Determined to follow through on my convictions, I did just that and proceeded to devote that hour in the morning to dialogue with my Creator.

It all sounds fine and cool. I’ve done this with some success. But, ah yes, the big ‘but’ in all this, I find I’m not consistent with this intent of mine. Because all mornings are not the same, and early morning appointments on some days interfere with my prayer time agenda. However hard I try, once I’ve missed my morning date with prayer I just can’t find an alternative time. The desire is there. But the distractions are even greater. There’s always something else to do and perhaps I’m not just trying hard enough. And every day thereafter, I am regretful and ask pardon from the Lord for my lack of attention. It happens often enough that I am quite frustrated with myself. I know I must do these things, I want to do these things and yet I’m unable to explain my inaction. Sorry just doesn’t cut it anymore. I mean, if my kid repeatedly didn’t do things I asked her to do and kept saying sorry time and again, I know I would want to teach her a lesson in commitment! And here am I, ignoring my own inclinations again and again and blithely saying sorry umpteen times……I sound like a teenager. Lord have mercy on me!

When I read this verse in Mark’s blog,

“you need endurance to do the will of God and receive what He has promised… We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life.” Hebrews 10:36, 39

my mind had an instant, ‘voila’ moment. That’s it, ENDURANCE! It was my buzz word for the day. I did not have the endurance to persist with my intentions. A simple word with a big meaning. A quick check of Thesaurus gave me; stamina, fortitude, resolution, durability, strength, survival, patience, staying power, persistence, perseverance, tenacity, continuance, survival. All these are good. But I want to add one more comment… to prevail.

So now, I’m going to pray for endurance 🙂 to continue to keep my rendezvous with the Lord God of Hosts. Not because I have to, but because I genuinely want to!

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