Friday, September 16, 2011
"Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you great things beyond the reach of your knowledge." (Jeremiah 33:3)
A wonderful verse, especially the first half!! Call to me and I will answer - no if, buts, or maybes! Just Call me and I will answer! How very much our God loves us and how close to us He is!
I'm blogging late today because a good friend, the rector of the Catholic University, came in to town today. He stays here when he's in town, and we needed to talk about a project concerning the University and our high school, so we had a long meeting this morning. Then we went out for a leisurely lunch.
We were talking about God, and this mornings readings - about the importance of being satisfied with what we have, and not being materialistic and always wanting more, about the danger of going after riches, etc.
Anyway, somehow we got to talking about this verse in Jeremiah. I got a real kick out of something my friend said. He said that 333 (Jeramiah 33;3) is God's telephone number... God says, Call me and I'll answer!
I'm not so good at memorizing verses... I remember the words of the verse, but not where they come from (I love online Bible searchers!) But that's one verse I'll never forget now! LOL!!! I bet you won't either!
Have a wonderful and blessed weekend! And thank you all for being my friends!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
" Standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother ..." (John 19:25)
Today I would like to share a reflection from "Living Faith", a booklet with daily meditations.
"Today we unite with Mary, the mother whose heart was lanced with the sword of suffering. What agony for Mary to watch her beloved son dying and to know she could not lessen His pain. Her sorrow lives on in parents who have experienced their own heartaches. Their children died through suicide, car accidents, illness and disease. Some are on drugs or have been sexually abused. Other children left home and have never returned. Like Mary, these parents have has a sharp blade of anguish pierce their hearts.
We may not have children, but each of us will have our time by the cross of someone in severe physical, social, spiritual or mental pain. When we stand by them compassionately, we become faithful messengers of loving kindness. We join Mary in what she endured in waiting those long hours with her crucified son. Like Mary, we open our hearts wide and offer our comforting presence to the one whose suffering we cannot undo." - Sister Joyce Rupp, O.S.M
With the way our world is today, more and more people are suffering.... and so often we are called to stand by a family member or a friend, and even if only by our presence, be there for them. We can't do it alone... we need the help of our Lord and His mother to give us the strength, the wisdom, the love to be able to share in the suffering of others and try to be a source of strength and comfort to them.
In the past two days, there have been two senseless murders of people close to us. First, a young man, about 22, who had studied for 4 years in our school (his older brother graduated,and his younger sister is still in our school) was murdered a block from his home. They thing he saw something he shouldn't have (maybe a robbery or homicide) and that's why he was killed.
And yesterday, the husband of a friend, he managed a hotel, was shot to death in an apparent robbery at the hotel.
So sad, both cases! What do you say to the family in cases like this? I guess there are no words, just be there with them.
Well, we are just past mid-week. I've been trying hard to stay on track, and succeeding pretty well! Those extra pounds are starting to come off, slowly, but I hope surely!! LOL!! I really have to work at it to keep my eating under control. I bought some Green Tea bags the other day, so that when I feel like eating, I can have a cup of tea instead. I have other herbal teas as well, but they say Green Tea is very good for heart health, so I'm including it too.
I'm also being faithful to my 8 glasses of water - I had slacked off on that too.
I bought two new jeans when I was in the States, but with these extra pounds, they're a little tight, so I have that extra motivation to get these pounds off for good!!!
Did my exercise, and now I'm going to prepare the Holy Hour for this afternoon. (We have a Holy Hour every Thursday at 4:00 pm.)
Today is Independence Day in Honduras.
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!!
Blessings and love to each of you!
Monday, September 12, 2011
"I urge then, first of all that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving should be offered for everyone, for kings and others in authority, so that we may be able to live peaceful and quiet lives with all devotion and propriety." (1 Tim: 2:1-2)
This verse from this morning's reading urges us to pray for those in authority, our president, congressmen and women, governors, mayors, etc, and also for our Church authorities.
We are living in very difficult times... wars, corruption, violence, crime, unemployment, breakdown of financial systems, loss of respect for life, abortions... The list goes on and on. There is no doubt that much of this is due to the elimination of God in society, in government, in schools, in the lives of so many people.
We really need to pray for those in authority, that the Holy Spirit will enlighten them in the decisions they need to make, and that they will have the courage to stand up for God and for what is right, to forget their own political and economic interests and do what is right for the people, for the world.
Well, we are beginning a new week. I hope it will be a good one, in every way, for all of us.
I just finished my exercise - 90 minutes - and I hope I can be good about food today!!
I don't know if I ever mentioned that Yolanda and I have written a series of Math books for junior high and high school that are used not only in our own school, but in many schools around the country. Tomorrow we have to travel to Tela, a city about an hour and a half away from La Ceiba, to give a workshop on teaching math to the teachers of a school that is adopting our books. So today I want to prepare a Power Point Presentation for the first part of the workshop - the presentation of the books. Then we will review teaching methods with them. So today and tomorrow are busy days. Tomorrow we will have to leave at about 6:00 am, so I won't be exercising or blogging tomorrow morning!
We have holiday this week - schools are closed for Independence Week. September 15th is Independence Day in Honduras.
Have a wonderful and blessed day!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
“Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I myself am the greatest of them; and if mercy has been shown to me, it is because Jesus Christ meant to make me the leading example of His inexhaustible patience for all the other people who were later to trust in him for eternal life.
To the eternal King, the undying, invisible and only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1Tim 1: 15-17)
This morning’s reading is very reassuring… Jesus loves us and calls us to serve Him not because we are good or saintly, but because He loves us and wants to transform each of us into the person He wants us to be.
I was especially moved by the phrase “His inexhaustible patience”. How good to be assured that Jesus is infinitely patient with me… no matter how many times I fall, He still loves me and wants me to trust Him to lead me to eternal life.
I think that this phrase also means so much to me right now because I have been very frustrated with myself for not sticking with my plan and therefore going backwards with my weight.
As you, my loyal friends, know, I've been pretty much out of circulation for the last two weeks - I barely logged in and sometimes tracked food or exercise, and maybe read an article.
Really, the last 3 days at my brother's I didn't have time... we were very busy and out most of the day on Sunday and Monday. Tuesday I was washing clothes and packing, and just spending the last hours with Jim and Betty. Wednesday I was traveling. Thursday and Friday I was unpacking, getting back into work, and readjusting. No time or energy for Sparking.
I usually exercise every day at my brother's, but this year I had that sore throat and was on antibiotics and just didn't feel like exercising. So I got out of the habit and since I got home, I've a hard time getting back into the routine.
And I've been so busy with school obligations, and my energy level has been low, probably due to not enough sleep and to the fact that I've gained back about 12 pounds!!
So for all those reasons I've been off the radar for these two weeks. But now I feel that it's time my break is over, and I'm ready to start over.
I know that Jesus really does have infinite patience with me, and that He will help me to get back on track and stay there!!
I'm grateful to all of you for your patience with me, for continuing to be there for me, even when I wasn't there for you! But now I'm back, and hopefully can take of those pounds and then continue on toward my goal.
And I'm looking forward to keeping in touch again! Thanks, friends!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
"It is God's will that you grow in holiness." (1 Thes 4:3)
God wants us to spend some time each day in a conscious effort to grow in holiness. We can do this by spending some time in prayer and in reading the Bible, by offering all we do for His glory, by really trying to cultivate our relationship with Jesus. Just like our human friendships grow through contact, sharing and listening, so too our friendship with the Lord.
We might sometimes regret the time we spend on some things, but we'll never regret the time we spend on deepening our relationship with the Lord and striving to grow in holiness.
Today will be a quiet, restful day. We had breakfast out in the backyard, just relaxing and enjoying nature.
Tonight we'll go to Mass, and then out to dinner with friends. My vacation is drawing to a close.... I go home on Wednesday, so just 3 more days after today.
Yesterday was special... I met a Spark Friend. Janet (SMIDGON) and I met for lunch, together with my brother and sister-in-law and her husband. It was so great to meet in person after being friends for nearly a year on SP!!! We are already looking forward to getting together again next year!
Have a blessed and relaxed weekend - and let's keep on praying for those in Irene's path. God has already answered our prayers by lessening the intensity of the storm. So let's continue to pray that it will not increase again.
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