Monday, September 19, 2011
...and hello! I'm closing this blog. I'm in need of a fresh start! I know I could have just tweaked things around here, but sometimes it just feels good to make a completely new start. Sooo, I have begun a new blog and am feeling refreshed at the change!
God bless you!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I just finished reading my friend Nancy's book, Olivia's Gift. I really enjoyed all of the St. Therese quotes at the beginning of each chapter. This one is my favorite, and so important to me:
While on this earth, we must be attached to nothing, not even to the most innocent things, for they will fail us when we least expect it.
An incredibly urgent message to all of us who wish to keep God at the center of our lives. Thanks, Nancy, for putting this in your book, and of course to St. Therese for the reminder!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
I recently found a great snack...vegetable chips. Like potato chips, only "healthier." Hey, they are! They have beet and spinach powder in them. To me, that IS eating vegetables.
So I have to laugh, albeit somewhat sheepishly, that Mr. C says we should eat vegetable chips all the time. "Because they have vegetables in them, Mom!"
I can't admit to them so early on that I would rather eat vegetable chips than most vegetables....
Monday, June 27, 2011
I attended a conference in April and had the opportunity to hear a priest talk about prayer. Several things he said stood out for me, "a-ha" moments if you will.
- Facing Christ and meeting him means seeing the truth about ourselves as we truly are (think of Peter: "Leave me, Lord, I am a sinful man")
This was very profound for me. Sometimes, as ridiculous as it is, I try to make myself look better to the Lord than I really am. (AS IF he doesn't know the truth!) This is the reminder I need to lay it all out there trusting that He will not reject me for my faults and weaknesses. After all, even with Peter's weaknesses, Jesus still appointed him the head of the Church.
- We don't always know how to pray because we don't know the person we're praying to.
It is so important to get to know God through scripture. I think many of us trip up in our spiritual lives by looking at prayer as a wish-granting time, or a time to make our wishes known and expecting them to be granted the way we want. I am still learning that sometimes the best prayer is to simply ask God to do with us what He wills. He wants us to be happy and He knows best of all how to make that happen.
- Our longing is prayer.
Oh, how freeing this is! I have many times been caught up thinking that I have to form all of my prayers in perfect-sounding sentences, as if I'm taking a language arts exam! No, truly our desire is a form of prayer, and the longings that we unite with the Lord are ways of communicating with him.
I do not remember the priest's name, but I am so thankful for all he shared that day.