Where Do You Find God?

Image result for where do you find God?

I find God on a quiet day, in nature, the sound of wind always reminds me of Jesus.  As if He is whispering to me.  Also in my daily devotions, or wanderings in the bible.

Today “faith” was a dominant word in my day; it came reading Hebrews; all of the people who chose (not just obey) to walk in faith.  Abraham offered up his son (how awful a decision to make), the only thing Sarah ever wanted was a child and Moses, a grown man; preferred to suffer hardships than live within the walls of great wealth.

WHY?

3 John 1:3
It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.
Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Image result for God is everywhere

Blessed are they……

Image result for the beatitudes

Matthew 5:1-12

In these words and phrases we learn how to care for people.   The Eight Beatitudes form the core of the Christian life.

As Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., writes in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, they are the “promises of happiness made by Christ to those who faithfully accept his teaching and follow his divine example.” While, as mentioned, we refer to those in Heaven as in a state of beatitude, the happiness promised in the Eight Beatitudes is not something to be found in the future, in our next life, but right here and now by those who live their lives in accordance with the will of Christ.

Courage

Courage roars.  Does it?  Sometimes it’s the still, small voice inside of us that wants to roar like a lion, but instead meows! 

rar.jpg

2 Chronicles 32:7  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.
In the last four weeks I’ve witnessed a beautiful soul make some very hard decisions.  She stepped WAY out of her comfort zone to face her challenges head on.  She was courageous; scared, anxious, fearful, afraid of failure, but she was courageous.  As long as the beginning and end of your feelings include a positive — you’ll come out on top!
God asks us to walk in faith.  WALK COMPLETELY IN FAITH.  Not to waiver, not to say — “not today, Lord, I’ve got a lot on my plate.”  He wants it 100%, fearless, courageous, adamant!  He wants us strong and brave – because He is THERE.  All the time, He is never not there.  It’s usually us — trying to do it all on our own, that pushes Him away.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Image result for courage is grace under fire

This is the day!

Image result for this is the day that the lord has made

What do you rejoice most about when it comes to your love of Mother Earth?  In Springtime, I’m thankful for the beautiful buds and blooms, the sunshine, birds chirping and blue skies.  Earth Day was celebrated around the world on April 22nd.  I missed it because I was traveling, so today am spreading my gratitude around like the wisps of a dandelion.

What does the Lord say about nature?

Isaiah 40:8   ……….The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

1 Kings 6:18  The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.
Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
Personally, I think God is disappointed that we’ve cared so little for the earth the past 75 years, but glad that we have found ways to heal her.  Love your Mother Earth is not a hippy saying, it’s a way of life.
Image result for earth day
By loving the earth, you are loving your Father.
Matthew 22:37   Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

 

Holy Month

April is just around the corner and our holy month begins; Palm Sunday, Passover, Good Friday and Easter.  The death, burial and resurrection — the miracle that saved our life.

Image result for jesus resurrection quotes

Do you believe?  That is all that is asked of us, to believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins.

People don’t like to see the image of Jesus nailed to the cross, or the crown of thorns on his head; but this is the reality.  Jesus was nailed to a cross, hands and feet, his sides were pierced and a crown of sharp thorns was not “placed” on his head, it was jammed into it.  Imagine the physical pain and anguish.  He made this awful sacrifice for us; to heal our wounds, forgive our sins and give us a life that is free and an end that is eternal. 

Image result for nails and a crossHe was despised, and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering; as one from whom men hide their face, and we despised him and we did not value him. Surely he has borne our sufferings, and carried our pains; yet we considered him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.  ~Isaiah 53:3-5 (NHEB)

 

 

Epiphany Pieces

In the endless battle to control paper in my home office, I came across this incredibly raw and honest “piece” (scrap) that fits right in with the spiritual path I am on at different times in my life.

The bigger circle was fighting me.  I gave in and pushed at the edges realizing this is what I do to get God to see my way.

I was working on a clay project from retreat last Fall.  It was a beginners class, the clay dried my skin out which in turn, took an act of congress to make me forget so I could forge ahead with what the clay might reveal to me.  Reveal it did.  Wow.

Image result for jesus the potter

I still would rather do just about anything than work with clay (!!!) but it taught me about substance, what I want to learn on this journey called life.

Healing Pieces

At one time or another, we have begun the healing process.  Perhaps emotionally from a broken heart, or physically from a surgical procedure.  There are literally so many types of pain and hurt, there is no one cure.

I’ve been healing from a four-inch incision in my lower back.  Thanks to meds, I rarely have pain, and in its place, I find myself moody, offtrack and unable to “use my (kind) words.”  The truest rest I’ve found, is in my Savior.  He is after all; comforter, peacemaker, and “home” to those who believe in him.

Image result for jesus, healer, comforter, in him we rest

When I feel sorry for myself or am frustrated at what I can’t do “right now,” I realize this is when I need to draw closer to God.  He isn’t pushing me away, I am doing that all by myself.

Psalm 23:2-3 He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most.
1 Peter 1:21 …..Now your faith and hope can rest in him alone.
Image result for peace of the Lord

And where you are, Lord — I am free.