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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Deo Gratias

"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.
1) Ideas that strike me & inspire a blog post...Punctuated by Christ. Deo Gratias! 

2) Finally getting together w/ my dear "Mom Therapy" friend after over a month of family health issues & un-matched schedules. Deo Gratias! 

3) An awesome choir practice last night...so uplifting & fruit for my spiritual soul! Deo Gratias! 

4) Meeting a friend for coffee & lots of chatting Tuesday night! Deo Gratias! 

5) The Blessings had incredible first band rehearsals for the year last Thursday. I'm so happy to hear all the wonderful music my children can make! Deo Gratias!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Punctuated by Christ

Listening to a Catholic radio show the other day, I heard the comment, "Never put a comma where God has placed a period."

I got to thinking about how that can be so true. How many times in our lives have we tried to do something our way, but find God has other plans? No matter how many attempts we make, God's Way always trumps us! He pulls us back to His stopping point because that's where we need to be for Him.

You often see this with those called to priestly vocations or convent life. Individuals may have thought to get married & start a family. They may have had high career expectations...CEO of a Fortune 500 company. At each step along that path, something happens & they're unable to meet their personal goals. Does that mean they failed? Nope! It means that God had something better in store for them. His period was placed at a spot in their lives where He wanted them to be.

The more I thought about this quote, though, the more I realized it could be reversed. "Never put a period where God has placed a comma."

It works that way, too! How many times have we reached a point in our lives where we stop & say, "This is it! This is where I'm supposed to be!" -- only to find that it didn't work out? You thought you were settled at the end, but God had different plans.

An example -- You finally found the home of your dreams. It's affordable, perfect for your family, close to everything you need yet far enough for the peace & tranquility you desire, & you can see yourself there for the rest of your life. Then one day...BOOM! The house burns down. You lose your job. Your family has a health crisis. Any number of calamities could arise & you are forced to move from your dream home.

You find something else. That house was not your period. God's comma took precedence & you found something even better.

What about giving up? You've tried to find that special someone, the perfect job, to have a baby. Each attempt is unsuccessful & one day you just stop, throw up your hands, & say, "This is hopeless!" I'm never going to (fill-in-the-blank)! I GIVE UP!"

Shortly afterwards, it happens for you. God erased your period & put a comma in its place. He had a plan all along -- in His time...not yours.

So, no matter where you're placing your periods & commas, stop & take a moment. Pray. Ask God what the correct punctuation is for your current situation. Then patiently wait for His answer. It may not come right away, but it will come!

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!
This week I'd like to share some quotes to inspire you to become "Light in the Darkness" for someone...whether it be someone you know or a stranger! What are some of your favorites?

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about." (unknown, but a similar quote came from Plato)

"Never look down on anyone unless you're helping them up." (Jesse Jackson)

"Find something that makes you happy and use it to make others happy." (unknown)

"Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them yours." (Zig Ziglar)

"Kindness is not an act. It's a lifestyle." (Anthony Douglas)

"The world is full of nice people. If you can't find one, be one." (unknown)

"In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love." (Mother Teresa)