How I Almost Became Catholic

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Let me start by saying I have always loved the liturgy, and still do, of a Catholic Church service. They vary slightly in style, but there is always a depth and beauty that I find amazing.

So for me it began when I was going through a horrendous time in my life. My wife had survived cancer (praise be to God) but still had severe health problems. One year she had a tooth pulled and it would not heal!

That same year there were 2 times we thought the cancer was coming back. One doctor told us that was a strong possibility. Yikes!

On top of all that, a particular catastrophe occurred to me which I am still trying to recover from. It might take years. And that wasn’t all.

My wife and I were arguing big time and it was all about what kind of church we were going to go to. No I’m not kidding. It was ripping us apart.

This was all happening in the same year! So yes I was searching. And there were some people at work that I noticed, that had strong faith, and you know what? They didn’t curse. Their faith seemed beautiful.

I was not impressed with the Protestants there at all, and some of them did curse. One Protestant woman in particular cursed, and criticized others almost all the time!

So I started asking the Catholics about their faith. One woman gave me some books to read about the Saints of old, and I soaked them up like a sponge! They were fascinating.

The Saints of old had such a deep love for God. I believe this is where their strength came from.

And then in 2013 Francis became Pope! I was stunned……in a good way. 

This became much longer than I expected….so Part II will be tomorrow! Stay tuned.

      

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Rest Secure in Him

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“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him

all day long, and the one the Lord loves

rests between his shoulders.”

Deuteronomy 33: 12

I love the way this verse shows God caring about His children. That’s us! I think this is a beautiful illustration of God carrying us on His back. Have you ever carried your children around this way?

I have many times, when they were young! By the way the word Abba, means “Dad” or even “Daddy”. So how did your children feel when they rode on your back? Isn’t it cool that we can feel tall, secure, even confident, seeing the world like Daddy does (or Mommy)?

So God shields us, meaning He protects us, and He carries us making us feel tall, and confident. Ain’t that so cool?

Lord God, Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us and giving us the confidence we need! Thank you, My God, that we can be secure and rest in Who you are, and that You are carrying us through this journey! Hallelujah! And amen.

    

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Sabbatical

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Sabbatical is a word influenced by a number of languages, including Hebrew, French and Old English. Basically it means a period of rest.

I have stopped blogging, but for this site it is simply a period of rest. This site is an offering, and part of my faith walk, so it does not seem appropriate to stop altogether.

So what does one do, as they rest? Well there’s alot more time for reading! I have a list of books.

I’m no spiritual giant, but I do have more time now for prayer and meditation. 

And I’m also taking more time out to take care of my health, having a couple of chronic areas of pain.

I’m grateful for you being here, and would appreciate your prayers!

I’ll be back in a few weeks, posting Monday – Friday.

Spring is just around the corner!

Peace and be blessed.

    

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In the Lord I Take Refuge

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“In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me:

‘Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look,

the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows

against the strings to shoot from the shadows

at the upright in heart. When the foundations

are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?’”

Psalm 11:1-3

To be honest when I read these verses I often think of the mess our world is in today. Yes, the wicked have schemes, and attempt to take down the upright in heart, but look at what the psalmist is trying to do here.

We don’t have to flee like a bird. Have you ever been walking and had the birds take off as you walk by? We don’t have to be like that!

Yes, and in many cases our foundations are being destroyed and we can be tempted to get discouraged. I know I do!

But the next few verses after this portion tell us God is still on the throne! He will take care of the wickedness, he will make everything right.

The point is we can trust in Him!! Hallelujah!!

Lord God, we place our trust in You today afresh. Strengthen us and our faith! Help us not to focus on our circumstances, or the negative in our world today, even if everything is falling apart! Help us to have eyes of faith. Amen.

   

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In the Secret Place

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“Whoever dwells in the secret place of the Most High,

will rest

in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1 

Isn’t it great to know that God is the all mighty? But what does it mean to dwell in in His secret place? 

There could be a few possibilities, but I think this is talking about prayer.

When we pray, only the Lord knows, what we pray for. This is especially true when we pour out our hearts.

And when we do, He stretches out His wings as a way of protecting, and blessing us within His shadow!

And He gives us beautiful rest! Praise the Lord God!

Heavenly Father, thank you for the secret place of prayer, where You protect us! Guide us and lead us in our daily lives. We trust in You! Amen.

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With All Our Hearts

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“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God

with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

These commandments that I give you today

are to be on your hearts.”

Deuteronomy 6: 4-6

To all my Jewish friends out there – Shabbat Shalom! Tonight is Friday, and as the sun goes down, no matter where you are in the world (according to each time zone) Jewish people, regardless of how liberal or conservative, will be singing a variation of these words from Deuteronomy.

“Hear O Israel…..Shema Israel, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad……” It is a prayer really, that is sung by each congregation, out loud, as a way of showing love for God.

And I love the fact that God emphasizes here – the heart! Ain’t that so cool?? Did you know such a thing was in the Old Testament? This is where we get the idea of the Greatest Commandment, mentioned in the New Testament.

And right after these verses, it continues that we are to teach our children, and our children’s children, to love God too. Very cool indeed!

Heavenly Father thank you that there is such a wonderful history of You loving people, and of teaching us how we are to love You! Help us to be loving and kind to all people, and to love You most of all! We love You Adonai (Lord). Amen.

     

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Deliverance

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“But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. Pharaoh said to Moses, ‘Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.'”

“Just as you say,” Moses replied. “I will never appear before you again.”

Exodus 10: 27-29

And so began the journey of God’s people fleeing captivity. The people were leaving slavery behind, moving forward with the wonderful plans God had in store for them.

But it was not easy! There was a terrible fight that took place, between all  of the wicked power of Pharaoh, and the people of God. Another way of saying this is that deliverance is never easy. 

Sometimes it means that there is a battle when we are following God, and seeking to do what is right. Maybe we don’t have a Pharaoh, but we may have angry bosses at our job. Or maybe we want a day off to worship God but the answer is no.

Regardless of the hardships we face, God is in our midst! Not only will deliverance take place, but He has wonderful plans for all of us!

Heavenly Father, You know our needs, our circumstances, and we need Your help to follow You. Strengthen us, and deliver us – help us to move forward, walking according to Your will. Amen.

   

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A Day of Rest

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“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

but the seventh day is a sabbath….” 

Exodus 20: 8-10a

Some say the Sabbath day is on Sunday now. Others are adamant that it has to be on Saturday.

And still others say, we don’t need that anymore, because we are under the New Covenant, and everything should only be internal now.

But if we look at the spirit of the law, God is simply saying here that one day a week is to be put aside for rest! Aren’t you glad?

Heavenly Father, thank you for caring about every detail of our lives, and for revealing Your will, about us getting some much needed rest. Amen.

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In the Beginning

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” 

Genesis 1: 1

Yes, it was God from the very beginning. Even before there was a world, God was here on the scene.

And yes He made us all. The reason that’s important is, that if we don’t believe that He made us, then we can choose not to follow or accept Him.

Much of the world has this mindset now. They have chosen to say “no” to God being in charge.

But you know what? That’s where we come in. Have you been the light today?

Heavenly Father, please help us to be examples of who You are, and that You are the One in charge. Amen.

     

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