Monday, December 31, 2012

How to start the New Year

As I was thinking back on this past year, I couldn't help but be reminded of all the horrible tragedies that have occurred, and how the media only portrays all the negative things that happen in our world. I wanted to share this excerpt from a book I am reading called "Jesus Calling: Devotions for Every Day of the Year" by Sarah Young. One of my good friends lent it to me. This one is from December 28:
"I am your Refuge and Strength, an ever-present Help in trouble. Therefore, you don't need to be afraid of anything- not even cataclysmic circumstances. The media are increasingly devoted to fear-inducing subject matter: terrorism, serial killers, environmental catastrophes. If you focus on such dangers and forget that I am your Refuge in all circumstances, you will become increasingly fearful. Every day I manifest My grace in countless places and situations, but the media take no notice. I shower not only blessings but also outright miracles on your planet.
As you grow closer to Me, I open your eyes to see more and more of My Presence all around you. Things that most people hardly notice, like shifting shades of sunlight, fill you with heart-bursting Joy. You have eyes that see and ears to hear, so proclaim My abiding Presence in the world"
I found this to be extremely powerful and convicting as this year comes to a close. What are you going to do to help others see those small miracles and to find the presence of Christ amidst the darkness of this world? 

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On a personal note, this year has been an incredible journey for me. It began with a week in Nicaragua which touched my heart in such a profound way. Since then, the Lord has only brought me closer and closer to His merciful Heart. He has pursued me every day and has called me to be more in love with Him. Because of my human failings, I have not been able to repay Him in the way that He deserves. But that has not stopped Him from loving me even more. He knows our hearts and our weaknesses. I often beat myself up for being human, but that only means that I need to be more humble and realize that my humanity is a gift that allows me to be 100% reliant on Him. He wants the same from all of His children. He doesn't need us to rely on Him, He wants us. The God of the universe wants you to not carry your burdens alone. He wants to help you!

This upcoming year brings about a lot of change for me. I have no idea where I will be this year, let alone the next month. My decision to drop out of the graduate program is leading me on a journey where the ending is uncertain. There are many things that are unknown. I think it is entirely appropriate that the timing of this comes around the new year. The Lord is bringing me through a much deeper time of reliance and trust in His plan for my life. I may not know what this new year will bring, but I know that the Lord does, and that He will not leave me abandoned or orphaned. My prayer for this new year is that we can all grow a little more in humility and allow the Lord to carry us through 2013 and beyond. If we allow Him to do this, imagine just how much more peace and joy we will have in this upcoming year? Only He can make our lives more whole than we every could have imagined. Yes, there will still be struggles, there will still be times when we fall, but isn't it better to have someone who loves you unconditionally right there to hold you up? Don't go through this year alone. Go through it in the arms of our Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

#26 Acts link up

26 acts of kindness to honor those killed in the tragedy in Newtown.

This is a movement that has been spreading like wild fire over the internet. People have been doing random acts of service for people they don't even know, simply asking them to pay it forward in memory of those who lost their lives. I hope many of you will join this effort! Feel free to share any stories or pictures of things that you have done for others. Also, please join me in continuing to pray for the victims and their families.

Some great examples from those who have already started

http://www.facebook.com/26acts







Equipping Catholic Families

Monday, December 10, 2012

YOU ARE LOVED!

Today I decided to pop my Josh Groban "Awake" CD into the car on the way to my first final. I haven't listened to this CD in such a long time, but I immediately went straight to track 2 and listened to the truth that is in this song. "You are Loved." I always imagine this song as if Jesus is singing it. This is something that we all need to be reminded of, myself included. It is something that I forget, something that I struggle to believe sometimes. In a world where suicide rates are increasing, where a young child blames himself for the reason his father walked out, where a man struggles to provide for his family, where a teenage girl starves herself to be 'good enough'...to be loved. Well let me tell you something: YOU ARE LOVED. You have a Father in Heaven who is crazy in love with you, who sent His only Son so that you can be with Him in eternal life forever. Now that is love. But for those moments when we struggle to remember that, well...I'll let Josh take it away from here. He sings it much better than I :)


Be blessed.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Please help!

I am extremely thankful that I live in a community that will give all that they have to help those in need. With that being said, this beautiful family is very dear to my heart and are in need of a lot of assistance! Especially during this holiday season, why not consider sharing your blessings and give a little love to those who may struggle to see the light during such a difficult time. Know that whatever you do on this earth is rewarded in Heaven. Click on the link below for details about the family and how you can help! Be blessed.

http://www.indiegogo.com/partingthewaters?c=home