Wednesday, March 07, 2012
"Yet even now, declares the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments. Now return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil." ( Joel 2:12-13)
God is constantly calling us to Himself. He is a loving God, always forgiving our failings, if we repent. Lent is a wonderful opportunity to grow ever closer to our God.
I share the following reflection from Matt Allan that I read this morning....
"Verse twelve teaches us that true repentance comes from the heart. Rend your heart and not your garments. True repentance goes farther than fear of punishment and the confession of sin. God wants our heart. True repentance involves a complete and total change in one's life. It is an inward change of the heart and while it begins in our mind, it is seen outwardly in our actions. Going along with this... Verse twelve teaches us that true repentance will be seen in our actions. Fasting, weeping, and mourning are all evidence of true, genuine repentance.
Verse thirteen tells us how great and awesome the God is that we serve. When we consider His graciousness, compassion, how He is slow to anger, how He abounds in lovingkindness, and will relent of evil, it should move us to humbly serve Him. Praise God that He is not a vengeful, unloving God who looks forward to dealing out retribution! He holds out for us, desiring a personal, caring relationship with each one of us. We are truly special to Him. Oh how He loves us, just as a father does his child. We are His children!"
Here is the link if anyone wishes to read the entire reflection: www.bible.ca/ef/expository-joel-2-12
Not much new today... except for the great news on the scale!! I lost 1.8 pounds this week - which SP rounded off to 2 pounds!
It's too late for me to reach my goal by the date I had set myself - April 15 - guess I need to restate my goals on my page. LOL!! Haven't gotten around to that yet.
But I'm still going to try to lose one or two pounds a week - my real goal is to be at 150 when I go to my brother's for vacation in August. But i'd like to reach my goal by June, and then maintain, so that my body will be adjusted to the new weight, and maybe I won't gain back while I'm on vacation.
Have a lot to do today - am preparing Holy Hour for tomorrow. I have a meeting with the organization of private schools at 2:00 pm. And then at 4:00, Yolanda and I are meeting with a friend for coffee - but we're going to meet at KFC with the grandchildren, so they can play while we talk!
Hope everyone is having a good week as we walk together through Lent, growing closer to our God!
Blessings and hugs!
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
"Let our God come and be silent no more...." (Ps. 50: 3)
"Listen, my people, I am speaking..." (Ps.50: 7a)
How often, like the psalmist, we plead with God to to come to us, to speak to us. We talk a lot when we pray, but sometimes it seems to us that God is silent....
But a few lines later, God makes it very clear that the problem is usually with us, not Him. He is speaking, but maybe we are not really listening... we are so easily distracted with so many things... and most of us are much better at talking than at listening....
We need to learn to be still, and listen for His soft voice in the Scripture, in our spiritual reading,through the voices of our spiritual guides, and in our hearts.
Just a quick note.... have a lot of work....
We went to the emergency room on Saturday night about 11:45 pm, after Alejandro had a severe bout of diarrhea and vomiting between 11:30 and 11:45. They decided it was best to keep him to hydrate and medicate him. I stayed with him so that Ana could be with her other son, who is much more dependent on her, and Yolanda stayed to help Mariela with the baby.
Anytime a family member is hospitalized, I am the designated "companion". I like to do it, and since I've been doing it for so long, I'm good at attending to the sick. (Maybe I have an unrealized vocation to be a nurse??? LOL!!)
Anyway, he behaved wonderfully! Only three and a half years old, and he never cried or complained. He didn't even cry when they put the intravenous in, and he never complained about having his hand immobilized for two days.... He did joke about only having one hand,...
He just asked me on Sunday afternoon how long he had to keep it in! He did ask Sunday evening how much longer he would be in the hospital, but without any whining or crying. I am amazed at how well he behaved. Good thing it wasn't his little brother. I think we would have had to tie him down, and soundproof the room against his screaming!! LOL!!! He is the total opposite of Ale.
Anyway he's happy to be home, and as a prize for his good behavior we're going to get him a scooter he's been wanting for a long time. We can't find one in La Ceiba, so it will have to be the next time we go to San Pedro Sula.
Well, have to get back to work!
Love and blessings to all! And thanks for all you comments on my blogs, Spark Page and feeds! You are all wonderful people and great friends!!
Saturday, March 03, 2012
"Ah, how happy those of blameless life,
who walk in the house of Yahweh!
How happy those who respect His decrees,
and seek Him with their whole heart,
and doing no evil,
walk in His ways!" (Psalm 119:1-3)
The Lord promises us happiness if only we will walk in His ways. Sometimes it's relatively easy to do so, but other times it's quite hard. Today I keep thinking about what He says in today's reading - "...love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you". That is not easy!!! When somebody is mean to us, or insults us, or does something that is unfair to us, we automatically want to get back at them... and even if we manage to control our words and actions, it's even harder to control our thoughts!! We tend to keep going over the incident in our minds, and thinking about what we would like to do or say!
But Jesus says we have to love them anyway! And Psalm 119 assures us that that is the way to be really happy!
Well, I'm still sticking to the plan, and hopefully, taking off those pounds!! I've been exercising and watching what I eat.... not easy for me, but hopefully the scale will show some results on weigh-in day - Wednesday.
I keep having to push back my goal dates... I lose weight, then something happens - usually traveling or getting sick, and then I backslide and gain back a lot of what I had lost.
I am really determined to stick to the plan this time!!!! Lent helps me, because I so often don't have the will power to do what I need to do..., but since I have made Lenten resolutions, I have to keep my work to the Lord, and hopefully, denying myself for Him will help me to grow in will power and the ability to say NO when I am tempted to eat what I shouldn't or to skip exercise simply because I don't feel like doing it.
My long term goal is to be at 150 when I travel to my brother's in August. I hope and plan to reach that goal sooner, and then maintain. I haven't weighed 150 since 1992!!!
Please continue to pray for Dora, Ana's mother -in-law (pancreatic cancer that has metasisized) She is not doing too well. She is being treated with natural alternative medicine, since there is nothing medical science can do for her. The goal is to keep her as comfortable as possible, build up her strength and energy, and pray for a miracle. Thanks for your prayers.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Blessings and Marge
Thursday, March 01, 2012
"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you." (Mt. 7:12)
Such familiar words - the Golden Rule; but such a depth of meaning - how different our world would be if only we could all live this verse!
If we really kept this short verse in mind, would we be so quick criticize? Pass on the latest gossip? Be so impatient? Take the best for ourselves? Be so protective of our own time? Pretend not to see when we could lend a helping hand? Hesitate to reach out to the poorest of the poor? ......??
Extremely short of time today - so just a quick hello!
Thanks, everyone, for your prayers for Laurie's mom and family. We saw her at Mass last night - she was calm, but such sadness in her eyes!
During Lent, I am trying to dedicate more time to the Lord in prayer, so that means less time available for the computer and SP! I do remember all of you before the Lord.
Yesterday we were with the juniors and seniors all day for a "convivio" - can't think of the English word for that! It's a kind on "get-together" day, to try to unite the classes - let them get to know each other better, so there will be greater union and friendship among them.
We talk about friendship and personal relationships, then a lot of dynamics and games to let them have fun and work in groups, all interspersed with songs about friendship.
Have to run! Blessings and hugs!
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