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Yes, I am working now.  Even though I still have a great deal of pain I decided that I would give going back to work part-time a try.  Part of the reason I’m working is so I am able to get to Florida to be with my husband. I have been working as a home health aide for nearly two months now. I like my job.  I enjoy helping others in need. I really do think God has given me the grace to work with all the pain I have been experiencing. As much as I was praying for the Supreme Court’s decisions on the gay marriage and Obamacare cases to be different I wasn’t surprised by the rulings.  Eric Erickson in his latest article Mass Hysteria in America points out how in today’s times “Up is down. Down is up. Good is evil. Evil is good. Wrong is right, and right is wrong.”  He asks, Are you going to be ready to rebuild after the fires burn out?  The fight isn’t over.  We need to keep fighting for religious liberty rights. Charlie Daniels penned an open letter to President Obama. His message is loud and clear. It is a must read.

Happy Independence Day!!!

In honor of it being July 4 here is a poem on ‘The Republic’ from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O UNION, strong and great
Humanity with all its fears,
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate!
We know what Master laid thy keel,
What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,
Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,
What anvils rang, what hammers beat,
In what a forge and what a heat
Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!
Fear not each sudden sound and shock,
’T is of the wave and not the ro
’T is but the flapping of the sail,
And not a rent made by the gale!
In spite of rock and tempest’s roar,
In spite of false lights on the shore,
Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o’er our fears,
Are all with thee,—are all with thee

Hope you have a happy and safe time celebrating Independence Day.

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The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. Proverbs 24:16

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

 

This past year has been a rough one for me.  In about a week it will mark a year since I had my hysterectomy.  For some reason my health problems continued after the surgery.  Even with all the downs in my life this past year God has given me the grace and strength to push forward and be positive about life.  I still get depressed because of the pain and the loss of not being able to have children but whenever I’m down in the dumps I pray and ask God to show me the way, to help to get through the tough time and He does.  I have grown closer to our Lord over this past year.  My doctor advised me to lean on God and that is what I have done.  God is awesome!! No matter what we are going through in life today God has something spectacular in store for us in His time.  We are called to be patient and trust the Lord.  Yes, that is tough when you go through turmoil but God is always there for us and will help each to get through the tough times.  He has definitely guided me during this past year.  

Right now I am still dealing with a number of health issues and that is the reason I haven’t visited many blogs in the past couple months. I know God is with me and has special plans for me.  Today I have to think about my health and take care of myself the best I can so for now I will have to limit my blogging. God Bless. 

 

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This is a section from #57 in Sister Faustina’s Diary.

Suffering is a great grace; through suffering the soul becomes like the Savior; in suffering love becomes crystallized; the greater the suffering, the purer the love.

I am unable to wrap my head around the saying “suffering is a great grace.”  How can suffering be a “great grace?”  I know that God gives us grace to help us get through suffering and times of trouble and maybe that is what the saying is alluding to but I just don’t see simply experiencing suffering as being a “great grace.”  

I am fully aware that through our suffering we are able to become like Christ.  I have experienced the gift of having a purer love and have displayed a purer love the more I have suffered.  The more we suffer the purer our love.  I am guessing the words “the greater the suffering, the purer the love” pertains to our love of God, everyone, and everything – all that is good.  I know since my having suffered greatly I have become more accepting of others’ different points of view. It’s not that I don’t disagree with people anymore cause I do, but I don’t get upset and blow the lid off with unkind, defensive words near as often as I used to do.  So through suffering I have become a better, more faithful, more loving person. 

Here is a meditation from the book Song of the Sparrow.

The real signs of our faith are often the men and women we know.  Some are evident signs of faith, hope, and charity, and others signs of contradiction.  It is the latter people who disturb us and make us question whether we are seeing things aright.  Those who are hostile and aggressive and speak like Old Testament prophets, make us wonder if they are real.  The meek and humble somehow beguile us by their gentleness and goodness.  

Amen.  I am so blessed to have gotten to know a number of men and women across the blogosphere. Thank you all so much and God Bless. 

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Here is a small portion of Pope Francis’ homily for “Evangelium Vitae Sunday”.  

Dear brothers and sisters, let us look to God as the God of Life, let us look to his law, to the Gospel message, as the way to freedom and life. The Living God sets us free! Let us say “Yes” to love and not selfishness. Let us say “Yes” to life and not death. Let us say “Yes” to freedom and not enslavement to the many idols of our time. In a word, let us say “Yes” to the God who is love, life and freedom, and who never disappoints (cf. 1 Jn 4:8; Jn 11:2; Jn 8:32). Only faith in the Living God saves us: in the God who in Jesus Christ has given us his own life, and by the gift of the Holy Spirit has enabled us to live as true sons and daughters of God. This faith brings us freedom and happiness. Let us ask Mary, Mother of Life, to help us receive and bear constant witness to the “Gospel of Life”.

 

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1 Corinthians 11:17-34

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together [a]as a church, I hear that [b]divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become [c]evident among you. 20 Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper,21 for in your eating each one takes his own supper first; and one is hungry and another is drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this I will not praise you.

The Lord’s Supper

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number [d]sleep.31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

33 So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The remaining matters I will arrange when I come.

The lesson that I draw from the above scripture passage is that we are to humbly follow Jesus and that no matter what we have done to offend God, if we sincerely repent and ask forgiveness for our sins God will forgive us.  Jimmy Akin references Luke’s Gospel to show that while Jesus eat with and kept company with sinners He did not forget that they had sinned. Jesus led by example so that the sinners would repent.  In this world today we are called to acknowledge our sins, repent our sins, ask God for forgiveness, and not ignore others’ sins or the sins of this world. We are called to speak out in love in order so that sinners will turn towards God, reject sin, repent, ask forgiveness, and follow God’s Commandments. 

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Do you ever find it hard to trust in the Lord? Whether it be in your everyday struggles, dealing with a health issue, a career or vocational challenge, or the loss of employment?

While I have never been angry at God over my health issues I do find it hard to trust Him sometimes, especially when I feel like I am battling sickness often.  Last October after I had surgery for my endometriosis I had mega health troubles afterward.  I can deal with pain very well.  I have a high threshold for pain but this was different.  I was extremely dizzy and it hurt me to breathe, plus something else but I won’t give the details and gross people out.  It was kinda weird since that symptom has disappeared altogether now.  I came to find out that I had a vitamin B12 deficiency which was causing my dizziness.  I also found out that mild acid reflux plus the agitation of the tube from having been down in my throat during surgery was what had caused me to hurt while breathing.  While I may have asked why?  I asked why is this happening to me?  I never got angry at God for my having health troubles.  While I had some issues with trusting the Lord at first I came to trust Him and know that he had a plan for me.  I came to trust him with all my heart.

I have been feeling ill since last Friday. Today I visited my doctor and well, I wasn’t expecting to need further testing.  Not a huge deal but my doc wants to make sure that there isn’t something with my ovaries causing my fever or pain. God has a plan for each of us. I know he has a plan for me even though I wonder what that could be.  Or what He has in store for me in the future.  All we need to do is trust in Him. Trusting in the Lord can be very hard at times. I know.  With prayer and trusting in the Lord anything is possible and we will be able to overcome any obstacle that is put in out path.  When we trust in God we can overcome our fears and struggles in our lives.  God is our strength. God is our hope. God gives us the grace to do what we should do in our struggles.  God gives us strength when we are weak. God is the Great Healer.  God is Love.

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

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