OMG! The butterfly landed on my hand in the backyard. How cool is that!! I could feel it tickling the back of my hand. And, then, in the blink of an eye, it was gone.
Do you have a moment when God was so close to you, you could touch him and feel His tickling deep in your soul?
O God, come close to me. Enable the Holy Spirit to come alive in my soul. Amen.
"He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." - Matthew 3:12
Some call them weeds; others call them flowers. God says He will come and separate the wheat from the chaff.
What if I'm "having a bad day" when He comes? What side will I be on?
Everlasting God, may You always see favor in me. Amen.
How many times have I yelled out, "What's wrong with me?". As my outer self withers, fades and becomes disfiguring, my inner self begins to share this same ugliness.
Where is my hope? Where is my love? Where is my nourishment?
In you, Dear Lord, I find my Hope and my Love. Leave me not, O Lord, for my soul rests in You. Amen.
"The Lord said to her in reply, 'Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.' " - Luke 10:41-42
The squirrel was positioned on the tree. Couldn't decide whether to pounce and attack, or to quietly shimmy down and go some place else.
These are decisions we often face. Do you attack and criticize? Or do you keep to yourself and walk away?
The squirrel made the better choice. It came down without a fuss and scampered away.
What choice would you make?
"Blessed are the poor in spirit ... Blessed are they who mourn ... Blessed are the meek ... Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness ... Blessed are the merciful ... Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven." - Matthew 5:3-12
I heard an interview with a player reflecting on being named to play in the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. "Blessed," he stated. "I am blessed." He must have used the word "blessed" to describe his feelings at least a dozen times in the short interview.
We are all "blessed" in one way or another. We live in a democratic society; we own homes and cars; we have employment and schooling options; we have access to good health. We can practice our religion freely; we are forgiven of our sins and transgressions; we have a Savior that died for us; we have a relationship with a God that loves us.
We ARE "blessed." How many times do you acknowledge it?
Loving Father, I am Blessed. I am truly Blessed. Thank you. Amen.
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Happy Birthday! Our blog is three years old. For three years now, we've been sharing stories, prayers, inspirations and reflections while "looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye".
Our top five posts in these three years are:
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So are you ready? Let's start another year! Thanks for joining us.
Take a break and reflect on some spiritual thoughts.
God sometimes takes us into troubled waters not to drown us but to cleanse us.
You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.
The closer you walk with God, the less room for anything to come between.
Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ.
In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.
Train yourself to find the blessing in everything.
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Go in peace, God be with you.
Go in peace, be at rest with the saints and the angels.
Now you are free. Go in peace.
You may have heard the above verse during the Final Commendation at a Catholic funeral. The words are comforting, not just for the mourning but for all of us as well.
We would do well to repeat these words throughout our days. We can be at peace in our lives with the knowledge that God is with us. "Let go and let God" we often hear. With the Communion of Saints and our Guardian Angel, we ARE free and at peace ... if only we let ourselves be.
Song text copyright 2004, Sarah Hart and Dwight Liles
A collection of thoughts to keep us "looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye".
"I think love is the contrary of chilly." - Dr. Jerome Lejeune
"You need to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable." - The Word Among Us, July/August 2016, p. 96
"The miserable have no medicine but hope." - William Shakespeare
"[Wisdom] is the grace of being able to see everything with the eyes of God." - Pope Francis, General Audience, 9 April 2014
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein
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"Looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye."