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    Today’s meditation is from Matthew 5: 1 – 12

    Blessed are you. (Matthew 5:11)

    The Beatitudes are Jesus’ explanation of what it is to be well-off spiritually: to know God’s grace and protection and to feel his blessing, even despite what you are experiencing in life. “Blessed” means happy, or fortunate, and Jesus meant it. He is saying,

    “Happy are you who are poor in spirit, you who recognize that life, even all the world’s riches, is not enough. God has so much more for you, and so you can raise your heart and soul heavenward, and cry, ‘Abba, Father, I need you!’ Blessed are you who know that my Father delights in answering that prayer. It pleases him to give you the kingdom.

    “Happy are you who mourn. Your heart is like my Father’s. He saw the men and women he created, the apple of his eye, turn from him. He saw the darkness that crept in because of their sin, and he mourned over the way that darkness obscured the light he made. He mourned, too, as he watched me, his only Son, die in agony. My Father knows what it is to mourn, and he will comfort you. He will never abandon or forsake you.”

    “Happy are you who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for that hunger reveals a desire for me! I am your righteousness, and when you seek me, you will find me. I gave my life for you so that you could find me. I died so that you could live in holiness before my Father. Day after day, I send you my Holy Spirit to lead you in all righteousness.”

    We can experience this happiness because God has made our hearts like his; he has set eternity in them. Because our hearts are made in the image of his heart, we also can become as he is: merciful, peaceful, pure, meek, humble, and gentle. He can satisfy us as no one else can—and he delights in doing it! Think about that. It makes God happy to make you happy! He is happy to bestow on you the riches of his kingdom. He is happy to comfort you. He is happy to bring you to maturity as you take on his very nature!

    “All praise to you, Father! When I seek you, I know I will find you. Should I mourn, you will comfort me. You will satisfy my longing for righteousness. Happy am I indeed!”

    Other Readings: 2 Corinthians 1:1-7, Psalm 34:2-9 

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    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Today’s meditation is taken from Acts 11: 21-26; 13: 1-3

    He was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. (Acts 11:24)

    When your ceiling falls in and water starts gushing from above, you call a plumber. When your house catches fire, you call the fire department. When you hear that a new church has sprung up in Antioch, consisting of both Jews and Gentiles, who do you call? A peacemaker! Even in those early days, leaders in the Church knew that when a large number of zealous, excited people get together, they need a guiding hand and some skilled mediation. So the apostles sent Barnabas.

    This isn’t the only place in the Scriptures where we encounter this fellow. Other stories help round out our image of who Barnabas is and what sort of character traits he has. When he is first introduced, we learn that his real name is Joseph, but the apostles nicknamed him Barnabas, which means “son of encouragement” (Acts 4:36). Then, every time he appears in Acts or Paul’s letters, we hear of him as a peacemaker, as someone widely respected in the Church. Indeed, he must have been a solid, reliable man, to be sent to a faraway city on such an important mission!

    We’d all like to be peacemakers. But it isn’t enough to want it. Bringing peace to a stressful situation—helping people to experience God’s calm—can be quite a challenge. How do we know what to say to defuse an argument or bring people together in harmony? A great clue is in Barnabas name, and in the first thing he did when he got to Antioch: encouragement.

    Peacemaking doesn’t involve having all the answers. It doesn’t mean taking control of a situation and mastering everyone involved. The first step can often be just a simple boost. “You’re doing great.” “I’m proud of you; hang in there.” Even if we have no other wisdom to offer, a few genuine encouraging words can defuse a tense situation. It can soften hearts and start people on the path to reconciliation. Your hopeful, peace-filled attitude can be contagious, in fact.

    So the next time you’re in a stressful situation that needs a peacemaker, remember Barnabas, and try to become a son or daughter of encouragement as well!

    “Lord, help me to be a peacemaker and serve you as faithfully as Barnabas did.”

    Other readings for today: Psalm 98:1-6; Matthew 5:20-26

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    Saturday, June 13th, 2015

    Feast Day of Saint Anthony of Padua

    Today’s meditation is taken from Luke 2: 41 – 51

    Never underestimate the effect of a consistent witness! Jesus’ life as a boy was in part defined by his parents’ yearly trip to Jerusalem for Passover. The trip, which was sixty-five miles and probably took four days, provided a certain rhythm to Jesus’ boyhood. It was something his family did; it was part of their identity. Yes, it was Jesus himself who impressed the teachers at the Temple, but it was his regular trips to the holy city that made him comfortable at the Temple and spiked his interest in what the teachers were talking about.

    What do you do as a family to make your children more comfortable with their faith? Do you pray together? Some families say morning or evening prayer, others say the rosary together, and others go to daily Mass. Some families read Scripture or do Bible studies together. Others make it a point to give time on the weekends to service opportunities like donating meals to the poor, visiting nursing homes, or giving “angel tree” gifts at Christmastime. It doesn’t have to involve a big commitment of time or money, either. Simply blessing your children every night before bed can speak volumes to them of who you are and what you treasure.

    Practices like these, while not an end in themselves, are clearly signs of our faith, signs that our children will read and understand, even if they don’t always appreciate them! Remember that what you do, and the priorities that you set for yourself and your family, speak volumes about who you are and what is important to you. Children instintively pick that up.

    No matter what you do, know that it will make a difference in your family! Your faith traditions, whatever they are, will send the message that God plays an important role in your life. And these messages, lived out consistently, always have a positive effect.

    “Thank you, Father, that your grace can transform us even in small ways. Thank you that the power of a consistent witness can be like drops of water flowing into a river!”

    Other Readings: Luke 2:41-51; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12

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    Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

    Today’s meditation is from 2 Corinthians 8: 1-9

    Their profound poverty overflowed in a wealth of generosity. (2 Corinthians 8:2)

    If someone is experiencing poverty, wouldn’t you expect him to rein in his spending and conserve his resources? If he is hurt or suffering, wouldn’t you expect him to rest, nurse his wounds, and rebuild his strength? Instead, Paul tells us that the faith and joy of the Macedonian Christians overflowed in generosity—they even begged for the privilege of helping!

    In his letter, Paul gives a key for understanding such unstinting generosity. “They gave themselves first to the Lord” (2 Corinthians 8:5). You can just imagine them praying: I’m yours, Lord. All that I am and everything I have comes from you and belongs to you. How do you want me to use the resources that you have entrusted to me?

    Because they prayed with this kind of openness, they didn’t object when God asked them to give generously to the church in Jerusalem during a time of famine. This involved great trust on their part. They had to believe that God would take care of their needs if they gave priority to the needs of other members of the body of Christ.

    How did the Macedonians find the grace to respond in this way? Again, Paul gives us an answer: “You know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). It wasn’t just Jesus’ example that prompted them to be generous. It was his life within them as well.

    How generous are you when you come face-to-face with the needs of another person? Perhaps you count up your resources and see if you can spare a little after you’ve taken care of your own priorities. That’s a good start. But maybe the Spirit is nudging you to make it more personal and more self-sacrificial. Come before the Lord, and ask him to help you see him in the faces of his needy children. Bring the resources he has given you, and try to make them all available for his use.

    “Father, I can never outdo you in generosity. Open my eyes and my heart to the needs of all your children.”

    Other Readings: Psalm 146:2, 5-9 & Matthew 5:43-48

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    Friday, 19th June, 2015

    Today’s meditation is taken from 2 Corinthians 11: 18, 21-30

     I too will boast. (2 Corinthians 11:18)

    Don’t you find it funny that Paul would condemn those who boast, but then turn around and spend a lot of time boasting himself? He goes to such great lengths to tell the Corinthians about his credentials as an apostle and about all the hardships he has endured; it’s as if he were some sort of superhero whom they should admire! Later on, he admits that boasting is not “profitable,” but then he dives right back in, telling them all about his extraordinary spiritual experiences (2 Corinthians 12:1-4).

    Maybe some context will help us figure out what Paul is doing here. It seems that other people, whom Paul labeled as false apostles, had come to Corinth preaching a different form of the gospel than the one he and the other apostles were preaching. These “superapostles” were impressing the Corinthians with their showy preaching, their easier message, and their impressive credentials. So Paul, fearing that the people were being led astray, leapt to his defense—and more important, to the defense of his message.

    Paul was always a passionate man, so it shouldn’t surprise us that he was so extreme in his argument. He was also being shrewd: he hoped that by speaking so abruptly, he could shock the Corinthians back to their senses. Remember, this is the same man who once wrote that he would do whatever it takes to bring people to Jesus (1 Corinthians 9:22).

    Paul’s words, not just in today’s readings but throughout his writings, show us that sometimes we have to fight for the sake of the gospel. Sometimes we have to show a little passion to help shake people up a bit. And sometimes we need a good shaking up as well!

    Of course, our Christian witness should not always be one of confrontation or spiritual boasting. Sometimes we need to be gentle and compassionate. Other times we need to be quiet and meek. God wants us to be flexible, resourceful, and creative as we respond to each situation with his wisdom. So let’s go out and tell people about Jesus’ love and salvation—even if it means boasting in our weaknesses!

    “Lord, I want to share your good news. Teach me how to be as shrewd as a serpent and as gentle as a dove (Matthew 10:16).”

    Other Readings: Psalm 34:2-7, Matthew 6:19-23

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    Monday, June 22nd, 2015

    Today’s meditation is taken from Genesis 12: 1 – 9

    Abram journeyed on by stages to the Negeb. (Genesis 12:9)

    If you don’t do much traveling, you may think that distant journeys sound exciting and adventurous. And they can be! But many people who are constantly traveling eventually find themselves bored and frustrated with the long trips. By the time of today’s first reading, Abram had already traveled from Ur to Haran; that’s about 650 miles, or the distance from Paris to Berlin. It’s an astounding distance, when you consider that he traveled without a plane or car. But then God called him to go even further, to the land of Canaan!

    As the Lord led Abram there, there were many stops: Bethel, Damascus, even a detour to Egypt. His most famous encounters with God happened in places like these. But in between the cities lay vast miles of desert and years of waiting to hear the Lord. In these desert years, you can imagine Abram feeling as dry and lifeless as the arid landscape around him. Was it really worth all the effort?

    We all experience unexciting stretches—even the great saints of the Church. Just like the liturgical year, our own life tends to be a mixture of special seasons and ordinary time. Times when faith and virtue don’t feel heroic or glorious. Times when we don’t hear God clearly. Whether it’s sadness, doubt, or boredom, the dry spells often come upon us gradually, until we wake up one day and feel as if we were in a desert.

    In times like these, it’s good to remember what Scripture tells us: that we walk with a faithful God who is able to make springs break out in desert places; he can even draw water from a rock!

    So spend some time today reflecting on a little blessing, maybe a friendship or a promise in the Bible, and let that blessing reassure you. You may be surprised how much life you can draw from a very small reminder of God’s goodness. Even when you’re in the desert, God is with you, offering you untold blessings. Don’t miss them!

    Remember, too, that when you find yourself in the desert, it doesn’t mean God has abandoned you. How could he? He loves you so much!

    “Lord, whether I find myself in a dry season or a fruitful one, show me how to enjoy your generosity at all times.”

    Other Readings: Psalm 33:12-13, 18-20, 22 and Matthew 7:1-5

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    Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

    Today’s meditation is from Luke 1: 57-66, 80

    The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

    Immediately his mouth was opened. (Luke 1:64)

    Like most births, the birth of John the Baptist is more about the parents than the child. It’s a story about God’s grace and human faith overoming doubt. Zechariah and the Virgin Mary reacted similarly when the angel Gabriel announced what was going to happen. They both asked, “How can this be?” But they asked with different attitudes.

    Mary’s was a sincere question. She wanted to understand the mind of God. Zechariah’s question was more of a challenge arising from doubt. It’s as if he told the angel, “It just isn’t going to happen; my wife is too old.”

    But that’s not the end of the story. Zechariah’s doubts began to fade when Elizabeth became pregnant. They subsided even more when he heard that the baby leapt in his mother’s womb at the sound of Mary’s greeting. Zechariah saw these things, and he was changed.

    When the baby was born, Zechariah named him John, the name the angel gave him. Then, filled with the Holy Spirit, Zechariah broke out in song and blessed God. Then turning to his newborn son, he said, “You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins” (Luke 1:76-77).

    If that’s not a transformation from doubt to faith, then what is?

    We are all like Zechariah. We all tend to favor limited human logic over trust in God’s promises and His power. Most of us do not expect to see miracles. Deep inside we say, “It just isn’t going to happen.” But Jesus wants us to believe in miracles and to be open to their possibilities. What Jesus told Thomas, He wants to tell all of us: “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29).

    So expect miracles. Start small, and see how your faith grows. The next time you go to Mass, for instance, ask God to give you a deeper sense of peace and confidence in him. That’s a miracle, isn’t it? Slowly but surely, you’ll find miracles happening all around you!

    “Jesus, I believe in miracles.”

    Other Readings: Isaiah 49:1-6, Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15, Acts 13:22-26

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    Monday, June 29th, 2015

    The 1st of today’s meditations is from Psalm 34: 2- 9


    Glorify the Lord with me, let us together extol his name. (Psalm 34:4)

    We may wonder why the Church celebrates the two great apostles, Saints Peter and Paul, in a single feast.

    Both Peter and Paul were present at the Council of Jerusalem described in Acts 15, where Peter recounted how God had unmistakably opened the door for him to minister to Gentiles. His testimony helped the other apostles embrace a bigger and much broader vision for the Church than they had anticipated. It also cleared the way for all the missionary journeying that Paul would do. Even when the two of them were at odds, as happened in Antioch, they remained committed to the gospel message that had united them in the first place (Galatians 2:11-14).

    Tradition holds that both apostles were condemned to death on the same day, even if they didn’t die in the same way. Because Paul was a Roman citizen, he was probably beheaded. Peter, however, was crucified upside down.

    Despite their different personalities and roles, these two great apostles have been invoked together from the earliest days. Scrawled on the walls of the catacombs are many petitions like these: “Peter and Paul, remember Antonius.” “Paul and Peter, pray for Priscilla.” (Sometimes one name came first, sometimes the other.) In the Eastern tradition, icons dating to the earliest days portray the two men embracing each other, signifying the Church’s love for unity in the midst of diversity.

    You may find that you relate to one better than the other according to your personality or where you are on your journey of faith, but don’t forget that Peter and Paul were more effective because they both were willing to encourage and correct each other. The Church today is far stronger because they learned how to work in harmony.

    Each of us also serves God better when we are accountable to at least one other person, sharing our struggles and joining together in praise and petition. Think about who fills that role in your life right now. It might be a spouse or a chaplain, a friend or a co-worker. How blessed to be able to glorify the Lord together!

    “St. Peter and St. Paul, help me open my heart to a true companion in Christ.”

    Other Readings: Acts 12:1-11, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18, Matthew 16:13-19

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    Monday, June 29th, 2015

    The 2nd of today’s meditations is taken from Matthew 25:35

    I was hungry, and you gave me food!

    The Hands of Jesus

    During the war, a church in Strasburg, Germany, was totally destroyed; but a statue of Christ which stood by the altar was almost unharmed. Only the hands of the statue were missing. When the church was rebuilt, a famous sculptor offered to make new hands; but, after considering the matter, the members decided to let it stand as it was—without hands. “For,” they said, “Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work on earth. If we don’t feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, entertain the stranger, visit the imprisoned, and clothe the naked, who will?” Christ is depending on us to do the very things which He did while upon earth.

    My friend, if the gospel we preach does not have a social application, if it will not work effectively in the work-a-day world, then it is not the Gospel of Christ.


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    Monday, July 13th, 2015

    Today’s meditation is taken from Psalm 124: 1-8

    Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)

    My help is in the name of the Lord. Yes, God, I need you today! I know that if you aren’t with me, I will be swallowed alive by jealousy or anxiety or something else that will weaken, or weary, or immobilize me. Pessimism or resentment or anxiety or arrogance will rush over me. But blessed are you, Lord, for you will not abandon me to these predators.

    Father, it’s not only wolfish sin that threatens me. Without your help, the slow, steady drip-drip-drip of minor mishaps, petty annoyances, and nagging doubts will surely wear away the faith I started out with. Slow traffic. Red lights. Questions asked for the hundredth—or millionth—time. Tantrums. Dirty dishes left in the sink, again! Self-condemnation. White lies and subtle compromises. Boredom. Little things that so capture my attention and irritate my soul that by nighttime, I am tied up in them, heart and mind.

    You are my help, Lord, all day long, as you break those snares and free me! Your name is a strong tower in which I find shelter from the sin and wavering doubt that seem to be all around me. In your name, I can call a halt to the slow erosion of my faith. You fill my heart with your life—with joy, comfort, and a sense of security. You heal me. You shower my sin and failures with mercy, and you strengthen my frailty and vulnerability with grace. You inspire me to turn from sin, and draw me to yourself.

    Father, who or what could possibly be stronger than you? Nothing in all of creation! Not the rulers of this world nor the powers of hell, not even death itself. When I turn to you for help, when I call on your name, I place myself in the refuge you have carved out for all those who are humble and lowly. You who made heaven and earth are wiser and stronger than any created thing. You give me the strength to live for you, and help me to tell people all about your goodness and your salvation.

    “Yes, indeed, my help is in the name of the Lord, ‘who made heaven and earth’ (Psalm 124:8)!”

    Other readings from Exodus 1:8-14, 22 and Matthew 10:34–11:1

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    Monday, July 27th, 2015

    Today’s meditation is from Matthew 13: 31 – 35

    The Kingdom of heaven is like… (Matthew 13:31)

    Online map programs, satellite navigation devices, and even old-fashioned street maps can’t identify where God’s kingdom is or how to get there. So what are the markers of the kingdom? Everyone agreeing about everything and attending the same church on Sundays? Nothing but smiles and hugs? Unity and conformity?

    Not really. Look at the images of the mustard seed, a large bush, a sprinkle of yeast, and a lump of dough, and you might get a better understanding of what this kingdom is and what it is not.

    Jesus didn’t paint a picture of a kingdom free of difficulties and disagreements. If it weren’t for these differences, we would never see any growth or deepening of understanding. In reality, the kingdom of God is constantly spreading and bringing life, even in those places where we don’t yet see God at work. Every day, tiny seeds are sown in the world—in prisons and barrios, in boardrooms and bedrooms, in war zones and classrooms, even in the darkest places of our hearts. And every day, those seeds are watered by the Holy Spirit. Every day, they grow closer to bearing fruit, even if we don’t always perceive it.

    Mind you, not all of these seeds will mature fully. But that doesn’t mean God isn’t at work. You may never see the fullness of what He is doing, and you may never see the perfection of his plans. Still, the kingdom of God is in this entire world, just as it is within you, and it’s advancing. It’s growing, even if you become sidetracked by imperfections —in you, in the people around you, and in what you see of the kingdom. Still, no matter what happens, this one thing is true: God is in control, and His plans will be fulfilled.

    Today, trust that God is watching over all the seeds that have been planted, no matter what you think His kingdom looks like. St. Paul saw many of his fellow apostles martyred. He stepped into disagreements and all manner of contention in, and between, the infant churches. The kingdom on earth was newborn and shaky. Yet he prayed with confidence that love would abound more and more, so that the kingdom would advance. That prayer is for us, too!

    “Jesus, advance your kingdom in me and in the world! I place my trust in you.”

    Other Readings: Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34 and Psalm 106:19-23

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    Monday, October 5th, 2015

    Today’s meditation is from Jonah 1 – 2

    The men offered sacrifice and made vows to him. (Jonah 1:16)

    What do the stories of Jonah and the Good Samaritan have in common? Well, for one thing, they both reveal in dramatic fashion that sometimes, the unlikeliest people are capable of the deepest faith and obedience.

    Think about the mariners who shared the boat with Jonah. These men were sea-hardy worshippers of foreign gods. When Jonah admitted that he worshipped the God of Israel who had created all things, they were “seized with great fear,” immediately believing that this God existed (Jonah 1:10). In a turn of events, they were reluctant to throw him overboard, while Jonah had been unwilling to spare the city of Nineveh. And after Jonah’s ejection, these salty pagans vowed allegiance to the Lord!

    Think of those Ninevites. At the height of their civic power and vice, they repented, humbling themselves in sackcloth and ashes because of the warnings of one foreign-born prophet who smelled of fish.

    Think about the Good Samaritan, too. Would anyone have expected him to be moved by compassion at the sight of his enemy bleeding in the dust? He was the least likely to help, yet he responded extravagantly while the priest and Levite turned away.

    Think about the people in your life. There are probably some that you think must be really far from God—maybe because of how they dress, speak, or behave. Judging by today’s readings, perhaps they’re closer than you think!

    Often, we can see clear reflections of the Lord in these unlikely heroes, in areas where we might need some work. If we take a deeper look, we might notice that he teaches us something new about loving and accepting people where they are at, instead of where we want them to be. She boldly and unashamedly stands up for her values in the workplace. His family has dealt with great challenges, yet they remain intensely loyal to one another. It’s not to say that these folks have it all together. After all, no one does. We all need to experience deeper conversion— including the Ninevites and mariners in our lives. But that’s the point. We can learn from each other. And God will continue to reveal himself in the most surprising places!

    “Lord, come and surprise me today.”

    Other Readings: Jonah 2:3-5, 8 & Luke 10:25-37

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    Thursday, 8th October, 2015

    How much more will the heavenly Father give!

    Scripture: Luke 11:5-13

    Meditation: What can we expect from God, especially when we recognize that he doesn’t owe us anything and that we don’t deserve his grace and favor? Jesus used the illustration of a late-night traveler to teach his listeners an important lesson about how God treats us in contrast to the kind of treatment we might expect from good neighbors. The rule of hospitality in biblical times required the cooperation of the entire community in entertaining an unexpected or late-night guest. Whether the guest was hungry or not, a meal would be served. In a small village it would be easy to know who had baked bread that day. Bread was essential for a meal because it served as a utensil for dipping and eating from the common dishes. Asking for bread from one’s neighbor was both a common occurrence and an expected favor. To refuse to give bread would bring shame because it was a sign of in-hospitality.

    If a neighbor can be imposed upon and coerced into giving bread in the middle of the night, how much more hospitable is God, who, no matter what the circumstances, is generous and ready to give us what we need. Augustine of Hippo reminds us that “God, who does not sleep and who awakens us from sleep that we may ask, gives much more graciously.”

    In conclusion Jesus makes a startling claim: How much more will the heavenly Father give! The Lord is ever ready to give us not only what we need, but more than we can expect. He gives freely of his Holy Spirit that we may share in his life and joy. Do you approach your heavenly Father with confidence in his mercy and kindness?

    “Heavenly Father, you are merciful, gracious and kind. May I never doubt your love nor hesitate to seek you with confidence in order to obtain the gifts, graces, and daily provision I need to live as your disciple and child.”

    Psalm 1:1-6

    1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
    2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
    3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
    4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away.
    5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
    6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

    Daily Quote from the early church fathersAsk by praying, seek by proper living, knock by persevering, by Bede the Venerable, 672-735 A.D.

    “Desiring that we arrive at the joys of the heavenly kingdom, our Lord and Savior taught us to ask these joys of him and promised that he would give them to us if we asked for them. ‘Ask,’ he said, ‘and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.’ Dearly beloved…, we earnestly and with our whole heart must ponder these words of our Lord. He bears witness that the kingdom of heaven is not given to, found by and opened to those who are idle and unoccupied but to those who ask for it, seek after it and knock at its gates. The gate of the kingdom must be asked for by praying. It must be sought after by living properly. It must be knocked at by persevering.”

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    Good morning mamas and dads too…we see you and we love you :heart:   :heart:

    I usually get a couple of devotionals every morning, because I subscribed to them. I will not lie, it is not all the time, that I read it but I always have it at the back of my mind.

    I’m sharing the devotional, I got today with you. It’s from a lady minister, Sheila Walsh.  May all our requests be acceptable in our Lord’s eyes and may He grant them speedily. Enjoy:

    A Good Way to Start a Day

    I don’t trust hotel wake-up calls. Whether you will actually receive one when you ask seems to depend on the state of mind of the person entering your request. If he’s just broken up with his girlfriend, for example, and her name happens to be Sheila, I’m either getting a call in the middle of the night or none at all. So I set my own alarm on my phone. I actually set two. The first is when it would be good to get up, and the second is when I’d jolly well better get up.

    I’m just not a morning person, so I like to ease into a day slowly.

    I used to crawl out of bed, check that our son was up and in the shower, turn on the television to the morning news, and make myself a cup of coffee.

    It’s not a bad way to start the day, but I’ve found a much better way.

    I realized that if the first thing I pay attention to is what’s happening in our world, those images and words impact my view of the rest of the day. But if the Word of God is the first thing I give my heart and mind to, I see everything as under the control of my all-good, all-powerful, and all-loving heavenly Father. It’s hardly surprising that this new start to my day has had a huge impact on my life.

    The moment I awake, I say Psalm 143:8 (NIV) to myself—or, if Barry is already awake, I say it out loud. I repeat the verse several times. It’s become a great way to start a day:

    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,

    My love will fall and fail, but God’s love never will.

    for I have placed my trust in you.
    The psalmist is very intentional here: trusting God is an act of the will.

    Show me the way I should go,
    I pray, “Show me, Father, which way I should go today.”

    for to you I entrust my life.
    I say, “My life is Yours, Lord, and I trust You with everything.”

    Then I pray these simple words:

    “Good morning, Lord! I don’t know where You are going today, but wherever You’re going, I’m comin’ with You!”

    A good way to start the day every single day is to declare the Word of God and thank Him for it.

    Five Minutes in the Word

    What does the Bible say about beginning your morning with prayer and with the Lord? Read these key scriptures.

    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. – Psalm 143:8 NIV

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22–23 ESV

    Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. – Psalm 30:5

    It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening. – Psalm 92:2

    Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. – Mark 1:35 NIV


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