Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Friends, this morning I want to share with you a very powerful prayer. It is a prayer to the Holy Spirit to be prayed in difficult situations. I can truly testify that many miracles have been obtained through this prayer.
Last night a friend, Barb, commented on my blog about a serious situation regarding a procedure her husband needs and the insurance company won't approve it. (Please pray for them!) I just now read her comment, and was going to share this prayer with her, but I feel moved to share it with all of you.
I have always felt that this prayer is so powerful because the Holy Spirit tends to be the forgotten person of the Holy Trinity. We most often tend to pray to the Father and/or to Jesus. But if we think about it, The Father is, and has always been in Heaven; He sent His Son Jesus to earth. Jesus came to teach us the way to the Father, and to die and rise again to save us, and then to return to the Father. But before He returned to the Father, He promised to leave with us an Advocate (Jn. 14:16). The Holy Spirit is here in the world with us, He is in each of us, and He is here to help us - to teach us, to guide us, and to intercede for us.
So here is the prayer. I learned it and pray it in Spanish, so I am translating it and you may want to adjust the language a little.
PRAYER TO RESOLVE A DIFFICULT SITUATION
May the Father command it, may the Son arrange it, and may the Holy Spirit appease the hearts of those who are against us.
Repeat 10 times:
Come, Holy Spirit, enlighten the hearts of those who can favor us. (or those who can help us)
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.
Then all of this is repeated four more times.
It may sound long, but it really isn't. It only takes about 7 minutes to pray.
I know some people question repetitive prayer, but really, quiet, thoughtful repetition calms the soul, and helps us enter into the presence of God.
I invite you to pray this prayer for Barb, if you feel moved to do so.
I have a busy day - three classes for chapel - so I need to get some breakfast and get to work! Have a wonderful day, everyone!
Monday, July 11, 2011
"I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am the Lord. I have promised, and I will do it, says the Lord." (Ez. 37:14)
Our God is such a faithful and loving God - and He never tires of reminding us of how close He is and how much He loves us!
He puts His spirit in us, so that we might truly know that He is the Lord. And He assures us that when He promises something, He fulfills His promise!
We praise you, O God!
Good morning, friends! And thanks to all of you for reading my blogs and leaving such encouraging comments!
Yesterday I went to the Baptism of the daughter of a friend.
Then I spent the rest of the day at home getting things done. We were without electricity all day - and was it hot!! Makes one even more grateful for the blessings of fans and air conditioning!!
This week we have chapel with the students, so a busy week.
I pray for all of you every day - may the Lord continue to bless your lives and your families and loved ones! And let's continue to encourage one another in this healthier life style!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.
I just read this on a new friends Spark Page - liked it and decided to share it!
I am getting ready to go to Mass, and we are going to be without electricity all day, so just a quick hello and maybe I'll be able to be on this evening!
I pray for all my Spark friends every day - and will be praying at Mass that you all have a blessed and happy day!
Saturday, July 09, 2011
"Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. Thus he chose us in Christ before the world was made to be holy and faultless before him in love, marking us out for himself beforehand, to be adopted sons, through Jesus Christ. Such was his purpose and good pleasure, to the praise of the glory of his grace, his free gift to us in the Beloved." (Ef. 1:3-6)
Today's reading reminds us that we have been chosen from all eternity to a happy, blessed life.
Our Father wants us to enjoy these blessings and happiness in this life, as well as in His Kingdom for all eternity. And the best way for us to experience this happiness in the here and now is doing all we can to make others happy. In giving, we will receive.
It's true that we are meant to live in joy in the Lord, but the sin present in the world does so often bring us sadness and suffering.
We have the sadness of three deaths in the last two days. The first was a natural death of a friend, father of a graduate, who died suddenly of a stroke on Thursday. Then yesterday morning, a young man, 24 years old, a graduate of ours was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was a wonderful young man, very active in church and in community service, but unfortunately, prone to drinking. He was intoxicated, and crashed into a building. And just five minutes ago I received a phone call that the sister of one of my teachers was murdered last night. She was at home with her husband and another family member, she was making supper. Some men broke into the house and took her and her husband away by force. Their bodies were found this morning. Just more of the senseless violence I spoke of in my blog on Thursday. We have no idea why they were killed.
All we can do is pray - for our own protection, and for conversion of heart for those who perpetuate all this violence.
Please keep us all in your prayers.
Friday, July 08, 2011
"Do not get heated about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. Quick as the grass they wither, fading like the green of the fields. Put your trust in Yahweh and do right, make your home in the land and live secure. Make Yahweh your joy and he will give you your heart's desires. Commit your destiny to Yahweh, be confident in him, and he will actů
Stay quiet before Yahweh, wait longingly for him, do not get heated over someone who is making a fortune, succeeding by devious means. Refrain from anger, leave rage aside, do not get heated -- it can do no good; for evil-doers will be annihilated, while those who hope in Yahweh shall have the land for their own. A little while and the wicked will be no more, however well you search for the place, the wicked will not be there; but the poor will have the land for their own, to enjoy untroubled peace." (Psalm 37)
Our God is amazing! Yesterday in my blog I was talking about all of the violence and crime in our world, and today, the Lord puts Psalm 37 before me.... once again reassuring us that in the long run, evil will not win!! He reminds us to be calm and quiet in His presence, and to trust that He will take care of us, and that in His time - not ours! - good will win out!
I praise you, my God, and I thank you for always being with us!
I think God has a sense of humor. He's saying to me: OK, yesterday you got people concerned over the evil in the world; now today I want you to remind them that I am still in charge!!
My spirits are a little better today - probably because I am not so tired.
Fridays are always less stressful for me - the weeks work is mostly done - so I can be more relaxed and my schedule more flexible. And I have the weekend ahead of me!! YEAH!!!
I do get discouraged when I just can't seem to lose any more weight. It's like my body says OK - you've lost almost 34 pounds, but that's all you're gonna get. I know the main problem is that my metabolism has slowed with age, and I think the weight gain affected it too. But with all the exercise, it seems that it should be better by now. I really want to get down to 150, but it's starting to look like an impossible goal!!
But I'm not giving up!! I keep reminding myself of how much healthier, stronger and more flexible I am now than I was a year and a half ago!
I got my exercise in this morning. Then I accompanied my godchild to her monthly check-up - she's 3 months pregnant, first child. After that I picked up Alejandro from Nursery - he's loving it and doing really well.
He just turned 3 on June 25th, but was not potty-trained. We'd been trying for weeks, but no success at all - just total indifference. Since he would be starting nursery school, two days after his birthday, we bought him underpants and told him he was a big boy now, and wouldn't be using a diaper any more. He had 2 or 3 accidents, but amazingly, within 3 days, he was totally trained, asking to use the bathroom when he needed to go. He is so proud of himself! We did use lots of praise and little prizes to encourage him!
Well, I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend - plan to get a few things done that I've been wanting to do, and hoping to get in a little more exercise, and hopefully control the snacking, and see if I can't get back on track!
Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend, filled with blessings and peace!
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