Tuesday, February 26, 2019

What are you doing for Lent?



Lent is just around the corner! I sit and ponder all the things that I can "give up" and all that I can "take on" but it's probably best to make this very simple.

I ask myself two questions:

What distracts me most from God?
What can bring me closer to Him?


I would answer the first one quite quickly and without hesitation: SOCIAL MEDIA!

The second one? Frequenting the sacraments, with no excuses. Lord knows, that throughout the week I can come up with a million excuses of why "I just can't attend daily Mass."

The baby is fussy.

I have errands to run.

I didn't get enough sleep last night.

I have cleaning to do.

But really, what is more important than the King of Kings? All the rest can wait. 


What are you doing this Lent? Do you have something in the works to lead you through the desert? I purchased the "Blessed is She" Lent Devotional. I can't wait to get my hands on that. 

Don't complicate your Lent, yet go beyond your norm. Do you really have to give up chocolate and pizza again? Just be with Him. Just be still and know that He is your God and He loves you! Move the distractions out of the way and don't make excuses.

Join me on a Lenten journey. Take these remaining days to discern what the Lord is calling you to do this Lent. 

I will be praying for you.



photo courtesy of Pixabay

Friday, February 8, 2019

Reboot your life!



Have you ever felt like you need to reboot your spiritual life, life in general? Have you ever felt that you are just drained and running out of the hope that belongs to all children of God?

Last night I attended Chris Stefanik's Reboot conference. I needed it and frankly, if it's in your area, you need it. It's a spiritual booster shot. Go!

Chris Stefanik is a Catholic international speaker who heads up Real Life Catholic which is a non-profit that is dedicated to spreading the Best! News! Ever! Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not just Good news you know, it's the Best News Ever! (MercyMe)

Chris puts into perspective the simplicity of our faith and how absurd the world has it in not believing in the One True God. It's a love story and all those upsets, suffering, disappointments, illnesses...well those are just a page in the Greatest Love Story ever told. And it's not a general love story like God loves the world. No! It's a love story between You and God.

When God created the world, He had You in mind. When God became a man, He had You in mind. When God suffered and died on the Cross, He had You in mind. And when He rose from the dead so that we wouldn't be mere "food for the worms" but true sons and daughters of God who would live in eternity, well, He had You in mind!

You!

God is a passionate lover who only wants your love in return. That's it. So simple.

And how do we love Him back? Well, to be completely honest, it is so simple that I just have to tell you that you can't love Him back unless you allow Him to love you first. 

Allow Him to love you. Then...

Love yourself.

Pray.

Share the faith.

Build good friendships.

and...Reboot. Deal with your past and know that it's all, (wounds, sins and all), been thrown into the abyss of His ocean of mercy and He has placed a sign there that says, "No fishing". That's it!

We were made for more. We were made for greatness and that greatness can only be found in God. It won't come from a career or a marriage. It will not come from material things nor degrees. It will not come from lovers or even experiences. It only comes from the One who created You. The One who loves you with a perfect love. It comes from the One who gave everything for You and waits for you.