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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Deo Gratias

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"If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart


Colleen, from her inspiring blog Thoughts on Grace, hosts this wonderful meme each Wednesday. She says, "Deo Gratias is Latin for Thanks be to God. Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big & small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!"

Each week, I join Colleen in remembering & sharing the many blessings in my life. This is such a great exercise for me, helping me to focus on the good that truly is happening in my life, no matter how many trials & stresses I may have.
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1) Messages from the Holy Spirit that really hit you when you need them most! (Tethered to Christ...my recent blog post) Deo Gratias! 

2) On Monday, our family, along w/ my parents & my small church group, took a tour of the Jubilee Museum in Downtown Columbus. What a wonderful, rare collection of religious items, many that are hundreds of years old...statues, paintings, rescued altars, Bibles, & so much more. Deo Gratias! 

3) Our living room, one week after rearranging it, still looks organized & clean...a rare feat in our house! Deo Gratias! 

4) After living in our home for almost 13 years, we finally have some great neighbors. We've always had good neighbors, but these two families we can also call friends.  Deo Gratias! 

5) I know I've said this many times, but I really do give thanks for my hubby's coffee making skills. It's gotten to the point that mine seems weak & tasteless compared to his perfectly blended brew! Well, you do know that the Bible even says men should make the coffee, right? He-brews! LOL Deo Gratias!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tethered to Christ

The other night, I had a dream that I was part of a surveillance team. There were about ten of us & we made our base at a house in the country. We entered through the back of the house, which faced a pond & small forest beyond the pond.

I took charge & gathered everyone in the living room to go over rules for our surveillance (who or what we were watching, I do not know!) I had a list of rules, supposedly from a previous time, & started to read them. My goal was to cover the three or four rules already in place, then add any others we as a group felt were necessary.

We got through the first two, then one by one, people started leaving to go off on their own. No one was listening to me...I'd lost control of the group & began to grow angry. Instead of confronting anyone, I just shut down & went to bed. Because I was so angry, I couldn't sleep & decided to go outside for a walk around the pond.

As I was walking, there were three men walking toward me. They were tethered together by what appeared to be a large spider web. I realized that one of the men was Jesus & I knew that I did not want to be in His presence, especially in my angry mood. I started to back away, but when I looked down, I noticed a couple strands of the web were attached to the lower part of my shirt. I started to pull them away, but w/ each part coming undone, more enveloped the rest of my body. I was stuck to Jesus!

One of the attached men was playing a game on an iPad. He grew angry & threw it down. As his anger grew, he broke loose of the web & ran in the opposite direction of Jesus. I don't know where the other man went...he just faded into the dream.

Throughout this time w/ Jesus, He never once spoke to me or even looked my way. However, the closer the web pulled me to Him, the less anger I felt. There was a sense of peace growing inside me. As that peace grew, the web loosened & eventually fell off. By then, I had no desire to leave Jesus' presence. All my anger disappeared, replaced by peace & rest.

The following morning's Gospel (Aug. 12) says, "Unless you turn and become like children..." (Matthew 18:3). Then The Word Among Us reflection for the day stated, "Even if you feel the weight of all your responsibilities, you can still take up a childlike attitude. You can do this by putting a priority on prayer because that's where you'll hear your Father teaching you and guiding you through the pressures of your life."

The prayer at the end of that reflection was the following:
"Father, strip away my self-sufficiency so that I can look to you for guidance. Teach me how to be your child."


WOW! What a message the Holy Spirit sent me through that dream, the Gospel, & the reflection! By allowing myself to be tethered to Christ, not resisting the web that pulled me closer to Him, I was able to find peace through my anger...unlike the iPad man. He let his anger get the best of him, taking over & pulling him further away from the peace that Jesus offers.


The timing on all of this was perfect (isn't that the way w/ the Holy Spirit?) It was later that day that we picked up Matt's car from some major repairs & it stalled on him in the middle of a busy intersection. Remembering my dream & the readings from the morning, as well as keeping my verse for the year in mind ("Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice." Philippians 4:4), I was able to remain calm & peaceful throughout a stressful situation!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Deo Gratias

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"If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart


Colleen, from her inspiring blog Thoughts on Grace, hosts this wonderful meme each Wednesday. She says, "Deo Gratias is Latin for Thanks be to God. Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big & small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!"

Each week, I join Colleen in remembering & sharing the many blessings in my life. This is such a great exercise for me, helping me to focus on the good that truly is happening in my life, no matter how many trials & stresses I may have.
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1) Matt's guardian angel was watching over him yesterday when he car stalled in the middle of a busy intersection. I called the local police dept. & one of their officers met him there, then helped push him to a safe location. Deo Gratias! 

2) We just got a new internet service...decently priced & much faster! Deo Gratias! 

3) Because of the new internet service, we were able to change our living room around to a better layout. I really like it!  Deo Gratias! 

4) Today's weather is gorgeous...mid 70s & a nice breeze blowing through the windows. Deo Gratias! 

5) Yesterday morning, while The Prophet had a meeting w/ our deacon for Confirmation, I spent some time w/ Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Deo Gratias!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Light in the Darkness


"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Let us be that single candle, spreading light into a dark world!

Welcome to my Light in the Darkness meme! (If you missed my post on the inspiration for this meme, you can read all about it HERE.)

This is the place to share good things that are happening in our world...whether it's a link to a news article/video, something from your personal experience...anything good that can bring light into darkness!
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I've known Mary Lenaburg & her family online for several years now. Even though we've never met in person, I consider her a dear friend & sister in Christ. She's been a BIG source of inspiration for me as she openly shares the ups & downs of life & especially of their BEAUTIFUL special needs daughter, Courtney. One of the things I love about her writing is that she keeps it real...there's no constant, only show the Pollyanna fluff to her blog. She shares the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the laughter, & the tears! It's all there!

Today, I'm sharing her most recent blog post, about their recent hospitalization for Courtney. If anyone is able to spread light in the darkness of this world & the dark side of special needs parenting, it's Mary! I encourage you to also take the time & read the "My Story" link at the top of her blog page. You WON'T be sorry! What a wonderful wife, mother, friend to all!