surrender novena (Day Five)

Welcome back!

Today is Day Five!

How can that bee?

Chances are if you’re strolling through my site today you are here to continue The 9 Day Surrender Novena with me,

(and countless others!)

However, if perhaps you stumple-tripped into my site; without knowing what is going on, you can read more details by clicking here or here.

Either way – I am so glad you are here now, joining me in prayer!

If you did miss Day One, Day Two, Day Three and/or Day Four of The Surrender Novena

-that’s okay –

just be sure to do all five prayers today!

*You can find those prayers by directly clicking on them above.

However, I do recommend spreading them out by dedicating each Day to a particular hour.

(example: At 6am say Day One, at 12pm recited Day Two, at 3pm say Day Three, and at 6pm say Day Four, etc.)

Be sure to stop back again, tomorrow!!

The Surrender Novena

Given by Jesus to Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo

Day 5 And when I must lead you on a path different from the one you see, I will prepare you; I will carry you in My arms; I will let you find yourself, like children who have fallen asleep in their mothers’ arms, on the other bank of the river. What troubles you and hurts you immensely are your reason, your thoughts and worry, and your desire at all costs to deal with what afflicts you.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything! (10 times)

hugs n’ blessings to all those praying for our great nation!

ducks in a row

American Black Ducks, all in a row on Lake Edinboro. 2020

Spent another night in our tiny cottage on the Lake, as Summer rapidly winds down up North.

We have always named our habitat spaces.

I’m pretty sure this stems from all those years growing up reading books perched amongst the branches of my parent’s Chinese Chestnut trees. Laura lived in The Little House on the Prairie, Scarlett O’Hara lived at Tara, and The Cleary Family lived on the sheep ranch, Drogheda. And so it goes for Cuppycake & I that there has been The Duplex, Springland Terrace, True North, and our current home – North Star.

Along with this rather new (special) cottage space, Cana.

The Wedding Feast of Cana has always been my favorite bible story; so much so, that our children know my tombstone need only have one inscription upon it…“Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:5 When it came time to name our cottage it felt natural it should be christened as Cana (on the Lake.) Why, Cana? Well, as we often tell our visitors, “There’s plenty of water AND wine to share when you join us there!” As well as, one of the added delights we discovered is that at the park – which serves as part of our front lawn – there are weddings which take place! Many Bride & Grooms show up, long into the Fall months, for beautiful photo-shoots & we delight in being their quiet guests.

However, THIS morning I woke to discover the Black Ducks had arrived!

(Did you know Daffy Duck was an American Black Duck too??)

So many of them…all in a row.

To get one’s ducks in a row basically means to ensure all of the small details or elements are accounted for and in their proper positions before embarking on a new project.

Our lake serves as an annual pit-stop for this group of black-feathered friends, on their way a little further up North toward Ontario. I guess you could say our Lake is one of those small details or elements in the longer journey they must make.

American black ducks are similar to mallards in size, and resemble the female mallard in coloration, though the black duck’s plumage is darker. The male and female black duck are similar in appearance, but the male’s bill is yellow while the female’s is a dull green. The head is slightly lighter brown than the dark brown body, and the speculum is iridescent violet-blue with predominantly black margins. In flight, the white underwings can be seen in contrast to the dark brown body. A close relative of the Mallard, the Black Duck is better adapted to wooded country. In its stronghold along the Atlantic Coast it is a hardy bird, wintering farther north than most dabbling ducks. It is among the few dabblers to prosper in lake areas; pairs and small parties of Black Ducks are often seen flying over the marsh, their white wing linings flashing in bright contrast to their dark bodies.

Since Fall migration is often late in season, as waters freeze or food supply is depleted, their presence on our lake in late October is a good sign of an early Winter. But because much of migration apparently occurs at night, we never know if they will still be with us each morning, which is why I always delight in the opportunities at seeing them here!

And I like to imagine because the older birds will form pairs by early fall and remain together until the following summer…a wedding feast of their very own (perhaps) occurs right out there on the lake too.

I hope they are comforted in knowing we always have plenty of wine to share for the celebration, just across the lawn at Cana, when they do!

Giggles.

However, I must admit seeing these Ducks this morning gives me pause to ask,

“Do I have all my ducks in a row?

Do you have your ducks all in a row today?

Are there things He is asking you to do for Him?

More importantly, are you willing to be brave enough to allow your own water to be turned into wine when you do?

hugs n’ many blessings to each of you who, “Do whatever He tells you!

surrender novena (Day Four)

Welcome back!

Today is Day Four!

Yipee!

Chances are if you’re strolling through my site today you are here to continue The 9 Day Surrender Novena with me,

(and countless others!)

However, if perhaps you stumple-tripped into my site; without knowing what is going on, you can read more details by clicking here or here.

Either way – I am so glad you are here now, joining me in prayer!

If you did miss Day One, Day Two, and/or Day Three of The Surrender Novena

-that’s okay –

just be sure to do all four prayers today!

*You can find those prayers by directly clicking on them above.

However, I do recommend spreading them out by dedicating each Day to a particular hour.

(example: At 6am say Day One, at 12pm recited Day Two, at 3pm say Day Three, and at 6pm say Day Four.)

Be sure to stop back again, tomorrow!!

The Surrender Novena

Given by Jesus to Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo

Day 4  Do you see evil growing instead of weakening? Do not worry; close your eyes and say to Me with faith: “Thy will be done, You take care of it.” I say to you that I will take care of it, and that I will intervene as does a doctor; and I will accomplish miracles when they are needed. Do you see that the sick person is getting worse? Do not be upset, but close your eyes and say, “You take care of it.” I say to you that I will take care of it, and that there is no medicine more powerful than My loving intervention. By My love, I promise this to you.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything! (10 times)

hugs n’ blessings to all those praying for our great nation!