do not settle

Continue doing the right things and you will see opportunities overwhelm your path.

You don’t have to seek the things you desire.

God brings them to you when you follow closely behind him.

Now is not the time to settle; now is not the time to cave.

Now, is when you rise.

God has you exactly where he wants you!

It may be tempting to look to the earth for healing because that’s what you’ve been taught. Look to God when your heart breaks 💔 and ask Him to show you healing. Allow your heart to experience His ways.

He wants to heal you, so you can be a healer of His people.

He has called you to be His voice of compassion.

He has called you to not judge but to love.

Connect with Him at the heart level.

Lord, give me strength to make the choice to look to you for love and healing.

Allow me to be intentional with your people as you have been intentional with me.

Yes, loving people can be a challenge at times, but it is our ultimate calling.

Please, won’t you join me?

hugs n’ blessing to you, as you Ask God who he is calling you to love today and list explicit ways to act.

Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight. The vengeful will suffer the Lord’s vengeance, for he remembers their sins in detail. Forgive your neighbor’s injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord? Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself, can he seek pardon for his own sins? If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins? Remember your last days, set enmity aside; remember death and decay, and cease from sin! Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor; remember the Most High’s covenant, and overlook faults. Sirach 27: 30 – 28:7

true is true

A work will be praised for the skill of the craftsmen; so a people’s leader is proved wise by his words.

A babbler is feared in his city, and the man who is reckless in speech will be hated.

Sirach 11: 17-18

Whoah!

Is it just me???

Because I can find both of our 2020 Presidential candidates depicted, within these two verses of Sirach.

One is a babbler.

The other is reckless.

(I’ll let you define for yourself, who is who.)

And the consequence for both behaviors seems apropos, as well.

Giggles.

But just several verses later God, as always, brings us great hope!

The government of the earth is in the hands of the Lord, and over it he will raise up the right man for the time.

Sirach 10: 4

Yes!

GOD HAS GOT THIS!

Two weeks ago, I invited others to join me in saying a daily Surrender Novena for the sake of our upcoming elections.

Red or Blue, I’ve had a lovely response!

And several have shared the welcomed peacefulness they are feeling, that is slowly replacing the anxiety and fear which once over-swept them.

“Leave the care of your affairs to Me and everything will be peaceful.”

Day One, The Surrender Novena

If you have not begun the Novena yet, I would encourage you to consider doing so today.

I believe you will find that, even if it is not the climate of the World which is causing you distress, the Novena will help you to find peace.

hugs n’ blessings and may there be peace-filled days ahead, for you!

*Photos courtesy of Bitmoji & unsplash.

motive

The Lord ❤️ WILL ❤️ manifest the motives of our ❤️ hearts! ❤️

To know, to Love, to Serve.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters: Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal; I do not even pass judgment on myself; I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord. Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.

1 Corinthians 4:1-5 (emphasis added)

The First Friday Devotions are a set of Catholic devotions to especially recognize the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and through it offer reparations for sins. September’s First Friday’s Mass Readings, such as the one above, could not be more appropriate for the goings-on in our world. I know they spoke directly to my heart! ❤️

Do you ever feel judged, despite your attempt to live a life as a Servant of Christ’s?

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