12.6.2021 3rd Sunday of Advent-C Bread of Life Bible Study

This week on the Bread of Life Bible Study: 3rd Sunday of Advent -C. John the Baptist broke upon the people like a giant clap of thunder...3rd Sunday of Advent -C – Bread of Life Bible Study

John the Baptist broke upon the people like a giant clap of thunder.  He did not tickle the people’s ears. He was not cute or an entertainer. His message was not good news, it was news of terror. John’s message took root in unexpected places, among the poor, the criminals, and the soldiers. They were painfully aware of their needs.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Say Yes, Don’t Hesitate with God

Mary’s Yes

“Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

And at that moment the Incarnation began. Mary did not hesitate.

In The Reed of God, Caryll Houselander describes that trust of Mary’s yes.

We too can have that trust which will free us of so many worldly concerns and distractions.

My goal

To stop hesitating. I find myself questioning, wondering, are you sure God, do you really mean me, Lord?  I don’t want to change my plans or look foolish. Does my to-do list control my day or does God? When God asks, when I make a promise – I want to follow through, all the time. I want to stop hesitating.

This week, when you feel the prompting of God, do it. Don’t hesitate. And if you have made a decision to do something specific every day, do it. Don’t put it off. Honor your promise, made to yourself or others or  God.


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Come After Me – Matt. 4:18-22

A Moment in Scripture- ‘Come After Me Matt 4:18-22 by Deacon David HockwaltA Moment in Scripture- ‘Come After Me Matt 4:18-22 by Deacon David Hockwalt

DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.

We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this reflection. Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this reflection will help us all better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. We want to come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

11.29.2021 2nd Sunday of Advent -C Bread of Life Bible Study

11.29.2021 2nd Sunday of Advent -C  Bread of Life Bible StudyAs we prepare for Christmas and the 2nd coming of Christ we are told to repent and make way for the Lord. Repentance does not mean “I am sorry,” it means “Change”. And that means changing direction by looking away from sin and turning to our loving, forgiving God, and doing things His way not our way.

Even today we often judge by our culture’s standards, – power, beauty, wealth, education – as in John’s time, and miss the really special people through whom God works. Greatness is not measured by what we have, but by what we do for God. We can be like John the Baptist and give ourselves entirely to God so his power can work through us.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

True Charity

What is true charity and how can we give with a selfless heart asking nothing in return? Well, with God all things are possible.True Charity – Episode 192

What is true charity and how can we give with a selfless heart asking nothing in return? Well, with God all things are possible.

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As the holiday season is upon us everywhere we look someone is looking for a donation for something and most of us give without a thought. I know it is easier for me to give a donation and that is why I like things such as the giving trees or angel trees where you are given a choice of buying a specific gift for someone in need. Many churches spearhead these types of donations and others offer sponsoring a family.

I remember one year a friend from church was so excited about her experience of sponsoring a family. She and another friend combined families so that they could give one special family in need a very merry Christmas and her experience was so touching. The next year she related that the family in need was not thankful, and did not want to interact with them at all but rather just have them drop off the packages with a request of leaving receipts for returns as well. These two experiences were very different and the latter left her with a very bad feeling about participating in the future.

I started thinking about this. And, I could see her point because her purpose was not for accolades but to show her children that there was more than buying a wrapping there were real families in need. The first family she continued to check in with and helped as needed, the second she did not.

But the more I thought about it I began wondering about the word charity and really its true meaning. To give and expect nothing back is a heroic virtue – and yet, we naturally want to feel that our efforts are appreciated. Yet, there are times that we will not be thanked and our efforts will feel that they are not appreciated and it is in those times that we can cry out to the Lord for His love and mercy – Read Psalm 86:17 this really shows us the love of God and how we can be the servant of the Lord… I’m going to read the first few verses but encourage you to read the entire chapter.

If we have God’s love who else do we need? True charity begins at home with our family. It begins with serving each other without a thought of a thank you or any appreciation. How often do we as parents make a meal without anyone saying they are enjoying it – or at other times there are lots of praise for our work. Either way, we do not boycott family dinner because of appreciation or now – we just do the work out of duty.

So too true charity that comes from our heart that we do not because we should or we have to but because of the love of Christ within us. True happiness, true faith come from this love that we can not contain, it is overflowing and it is wonderful because it is divinely inspired. We can write poems of praise to our God because of how often we forget to thank Him and praise Him each and every day for the wonderful blessings He has given to us.

Psalm 86 8-9 “There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

There is no one like Almighty God! He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords – we have a wonderful season of Thanksgiving and Christmas to give all the glory and the honor and the praise to God and at the same time, we enjoy our lives with family and friends. What a wonderful life we have when we focus on the things that are not of this world. Not the glitter or the presents or the state of world affairs. These things take our mind off of the true charity that we should be focused on to our fellow brothers and sisters to those in our family that we love, our neighbors, and yes, even ourselves. We can give God all the glory, and remember that with His love, His grace, we will have the joy that surpasses all understanding!

Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, we praise you and thank you for all you have given us in our lives, please teach us that true charity is putting You first and everything else will follow in. Give me an overflowing of your love and your joy so that I may minister to those in my life. And, I praise you and thank you for all you have done… I ask for the following prayers and petitions if it is your will and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

Cure For Fear – Special Replay

There is no cure for fear, or is there? Everywhere we look, no matter what time or place there is something to fear, but there is hope...Cure For Fear – Special Replay

There is no cure for fear, or is there? Everywhere we look, no matter what time or place there is something to fear, if we allow it to creep in. Fear is a tool of the enemy. There is indeed a faction out there that wants us to be fearful. But, with Almighty God we can combat fear, we have weapons and tools!

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Do we recognize Jesus in the everyday? He promised to be with us always. And while we understand so many things on the intellectual level our hearts are often heavy and burdened. The first thing I would like you to do is briefly think about what is your fear, what are you carrying on your shoulders? What is it that is weighing you down? Is the state of our world? Is it your children? Is it fear of fires, hurricanes, floods, disease, viruses, tornados, or other disasters? What is it in your life that has caused you to fear? If we look at Psalm 10 the beginning verse may sum up how you feel: “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide in times of trouble?” Is that how we feel that the Lord is a far way off?

Sometimes I catch myself thinking way too much, psychoanalyzing things and wondering and worrying. I think we do more harm to ourselves in overthinking things at different times. What does God expect of us? I can’t talk for the Almighty but I do know that the Scriptures are clear on what He expects. The Israelites were a prime example at the time of the prophet Jeremiah in showing us what turning your back on all that is good and holy does for a kingdom. It destroys it!

We have an everyday choice to obey, love, and seek the Lord, to give him our hearts. Everything I have, everything I am, is a gift from God. So, in other words, what I am is God’s gift to me. Think about this. What I am is God’s gift to me. Many times we think we are not enough but if we consider that we are a gift from God it changes our perspective.

Evil on the other hand is a very frightening thing and the way we respond to evil says much about ourselves and our state of being. in Mark 3:22-30 we read:

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.”

23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

We can not credit the evil one with what belongs to God. At the root of all evil is pride. Pride is the root of all sin. Do we find ourselves prideful? Do we think we know better than others how they should live their lives? Do we choose the world over God?

We read here the Lord’s admonishment is that we can not be a house divided. And. let me pause here and say that we need to form our conscience on the rock of truth. Not truth as the world tells us but truth as it is presented by the Christ, the living Word of God. If a kingdom is divided against itself that kingdom can not stand. If a house is divided against itself the house cannot stand. We must be unified and. we must be in prayer with Almighty God.

Once again, how much time do you give the Lord? Is he foremost in your thoughts daily? Do you begin and end the day in prayer. Set reminders if you forget in your busy day, but truthfully our Lord takes precedence over every other thing in our lives.

Once again do we choose the world over God? God wishes us to resist the tactics of the evil one and those are the things that rob our peace. Recently I was blessed with an outpouring of pure joy. It made no sense. I was just joyful! It wasn’t something I was thinking of something I was doing it just was. These times are far and few between, and please Lord bless me with more of this because it was heaven! It was a sense of security, and love that surpasses all understanding and just a sense of well being that all was right in a world where all is wrong.

So, friends the cure for fear as I have found are the five following points:

  1. As a believer, you are NEVER forsaken. Realize that the Lord is Lord of all. He knows everything. He will not leave you floundering or wanting. He is there for you.
  2. Be grounded in the word and the Scriptures. Memorize Romans 8:28Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.2. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.3. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
  3. Choose Christ over the world. Choose God each and every day.
  4. Surrender your will to God – more on this in upcoming podcasts – Daily – Lord I give you my will, Lord please give me your will. They Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  5. Trust. Trust God with your life and your future. This of course takes faith but God will give you the gift of faith. Just ask!

Simple right? Of course not. It takes a daily walk and a large dose of faith. The faith that surpasses all understanding. And, for that my friends, we will pray!

Dear Jesus. You are the Lord of Lords and we know without a doubt that you have us in the palm of Your hand. We love you and we praise You Jesus and ask that you watch over us and give us that dose of joy that sustains us through any dark times. We give you our fears and lay them at the foot of your cross – you have overcome death and with your resurrection have conquered evil once and for all> evil has no power over you, and I pledge my allegiance you to my God who are good and deserving of all of my love! I pray for those I’d like to life up today… and I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen!

 

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1st Sunday of Advent -C- Bread of Life Bible Study

Bread of Life Bible StudyAre you ready for when Jesus comes again on the clouds of heaven? Are you looking up or down? Be on guard lest your spirits become bloated with indulgence and drunkenness and worldly cares. The great day will suddenly close in on you like a trap. The day I speak of will come upon all who dwell on the face of the earth

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Be Brave, Spread Light

Catherine of Siena

“Start being brave about everything, driving out darkness and spreading light as well. Don’t look at your weakness, but realize that in Christ crucified you can do everything.” 

Shift your focus

It’s so easy when we are feeling all of our weaknesses that we dwell there and go down a rabbit hole of all the things we don’t have. Catherine suggests we drive out darkness and spread light. To me, it means shifting our focus from self to others. Spread the light of Jesus that is within you by virtue of your baptism.

Lean on Christ

Turn to Jesus when you need to be brave. He wants to help us.

This week, consider spreading light. Each day, do some small task that will help someone else. Be an inspiration with a kind word, a song, an action that you can share with another person.

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A Moment in Scripture-The Call of Zacchaeus by Deacon David Hockwalt

A Moment in Scripture-The Call of Zacchaeus by Deacon David HockwaltA Moment in Scripture-The Call of Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10 by Deacon David Hockwalt

DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.

We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this reflection. Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this reflection will help us all better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. We want to come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Christ the King Sunday – Bread of Life Bible Study

Jesus Christ is shown as an all-powerful king, victorious at battle, glorious in peace. We can be victorious also in battle and glorious in peace when Jesus is our Lord and Savior, because the battle is his, and not ours.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Resist Evil

How can we resist evil when it is all around us?Resist Evil – Episode 190

How can we resist evil when it is all around us? During certain times of the year, the stores are filled with spooky sounds and scary voices that are used in homes and businesses to celebrate a day that I try to avoid!

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People say that making fun of evil is what they are doing, but is this true is is it embracing and enjoying the idea of scaring others? I was in the store when a little girl was so fearful and her mother kept bringing her back to the spooky display. The little girl looked at me with fear in her eyes, and I said to her, “I agree with you, sweetie – I don’t like it either.”

The mom was a little put-off and she told me in her defense that she was trying to show her daughter there was nothing to be afraid of – and I shared my take on the situation. That while she was trying to desensitize her daughter the opposite was happening, and that God puts in our souls a desire for what is good and holy – and obviously her daughter had a built-in sense of fear of evil… the mom shared that she was a Christian and had not looked at the situation in this way.

Sometimes it takes an outsider to point out the obvious – and whatever the case is whether or not you celebrate certain holidays the main point here is that God has given us a spirit not of fear but of sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7. …”for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.”

A few weeks ago I recorded a show on avoiding sin, but this one is so much stronger in the sense that resisting evil is something we are often unaware of!

Recently I was listening to a video [the link is in the show notes YouTube Avoiding The Enemy here… the pastor talked about ways we can let the door open to evil – and some of the ways are very surprising, and others not so much. The obvious ones are to avoid séances, tarot card readings, or crystal balls – using crystals or other practices, avoiding occult games.

These seem like no-brainers but on a recent trip to St. Louis outside of a beautiful Catholic Church in what is known as the French Quarter, there were tables set up with people doing these things. It was horrible! People were paying money to have someone tell them about their futures, which are all lies only God knows the future, and no one else. These people were opening the door to evil. Not only that, people were paying tour guides to tell them places where ghosts could be found! People were eating this up … why is it there is a fascination with evil when we should be avoiding it! I believe it is because as the mother was trying to do with her little girl – we are being desensitized.

  1. Many people do not really believe evil exists. Greatest lies of the enemy.
  2. People think even if it does exist it is harmless fun.
  3. Entertainment is filled with evil and the occult.
  4. School libraries contain books with evil chants and stories.
  5. People think that yoga and other exercises rooted in Eastern mysticism are perfectly fine.

I remember someone telling me that they loved a very popular talk show host and this person was rooted in Eastern mysticism, and had at one time been a Christian but abandoned her Christian roots long ago. This friend loved how this person made them feel – and that in itself is a warning. When we place our trust in man over God (not saying she did –but just as a general warning here) we are looking at the wrong place for our assurance.

The media is filled with stories that borderline entertainment with witchcraft or magic and, watching or reading books that can lead us into sin should be avoided. The same with certain exercises that many Christians think is perfectly fine. Yet these are all doors that open us up to eastern cultures that are deep-seated into other beliefs that are not Christian.

Christians fool themselves when they look at what they believe is a cultural trend of mediation and relaxation and put a Christian spin on it saying that the focus is on Christ or God – however, when something is rooted in another culture that leaves out God, then it is truly not something you should participate in, and prayerfully take before the Lord.

Even Jesus was tempted in the desert we read about this in Matthew 4, but what did He use as a rebuttal to the evil one? He used the Word of God that He had memorized in His heart

In the last episode on avoiding sin I recommended a playlist of Christian uplifting songs or scripture verses, and if you have not had time to do this yet this is something you can do that will help you keep on track. Sometimes it is better when we put our own verses together and really take the time to seek the Lord in prayer. If we are concerned or worried about something we can take it to Him.

Read Psalm 12

Let’s Pray –

Lord I want to avoid sin, I want to avoid evil and I want to fill my heart with every good thing that is of you my LORD – please help me as I live each day to give you all the glory and the honor that is due to you! Please, my Lord, I ask that you help me …. I ask also for the following prayers and petitions…. And I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Does God have footprints?

This post and podcast was done in collaboration with my husband, Deacon John; hope you enjoy it.

God the Father in heaven sent His Son to us here on earth as a manifestation of His merciful love for us. By the Holy Spirit, Jesus was incarnate of the Virgin Mary. He left actual footprints where He walked here on earth because he was a physical being.

God the Father, on the other hand, is our spiritual Father in heaven and does not make footprints. Or does He?

What is a footprint?

An online dictionary has a few definitions of footprint, one of which is: “a unique set of characteristics, actions, etc. that leave a trace and serve as a means of identification.” So this made me think that WE are God’s footprint. All of us. In everything we do or say we leave a trace. And this trace is visible and seen by those we meet in our everyday life. People are watching. People are listening. And I don’t mean in a spy sort of way. But people just can’t help seeing and hearing others as they act and talk.

Be an example

And since people do watch and listen we must be great examples of Christians living the Christian way of life. That is why we are here. We are made in the image and likeness of God and we need to be shining examples of that to everyone. My favorite gospel verse is the quote in John 2:5. The Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus along with many others are at the wedding feast in Cana. Mary notices the wine is running out and suggests Jesus can help. She tells the servers to “do whatever he tells you.” This is great advice to us as to how to live our lives. Do whatever Jesus tells us to do. And Jesus speaks to us the Gospels. He is the greatest example as to how to live for the glory of God.

We do well to live our life as an example to others as Jesus Christ is an example to us. And that will be our challenge this week!

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Bread of Life Bible Study: Do you know Jesus' words enough to tell others about Him?33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

The heavens and the earth will pass away but my words will not pass. Do you know Jesus’ words enough to tell others about Him? Are you ready for His return?

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Prayer Partner – Special Replay

One of the biggest blessings that can come in our lives is to have a prayer partner, someone you can go to and pray with for your special needs. In this episode, we will discuss how to use this for the advantage of focused prayer.Prayer Partners – Special Replay

One of the biggest blessings that can come in our lives is to have a prayer partner, someone you can go to and pray with for your special needs. In this episode, we will discuss how to use this for the advantage of focused prayer.

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Prayer Partner Defined

So, what is a prayer partner? As you can imagine it is a person you can pray with from time to time or even daily for the needs of those closest to you or for the needs of others. Typically it is one person instead of a group of people. This can be someone you know from church or a friend. It can even be your spouse. This person should be someone who is close to God or who wants to grow closer to God.

Why should you have a prayer partner? It isn’t necessary but it is nice to have someone to lean on and help you through a rough spot. Matthew 18: 19-20: “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

What a wonderful promise! God created us as social beings and he even honors and gives grace to us when we partner in prayers.

A prayer partner is someone who:

  1. Is available to pray via the phone or in person.
  2. Is not a gossip
  3. Is not judgmental
  4. Is someone who can keep a confidence
  5. Is someone who is faithful and follows God

While there are no rules to praying with a prayer partner for me the outline below helps tremendously since it is not a time for visiting with a friend, which can actually come later after prayer. Some people don’t want a spouse as a prayer partner and would rather have a friend. It is whatever you feel comfortable with as well as the other person.

  1. A place that is quiet and you won’t be interrupted.
  2. Reverence, going before the Lord takes a time of praise and worship, praying something like this, “Please Lord help to clear my mind of the busyness of the day and help me to focus on you.” I also begin to pray in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Trinity.
  3. Thank the Lord and praise Him. In worship, we can be in the presence of Almighty God.
  4. Sometimes I pray Matthew 18: 19-20 – and then each person takes a turn in lifting a need or petition. It may be a prayer for someone else or yourself. Let your needs be known. At this point you do not need a bunch of details – God knows. You can ask specific, like for a healing or a general, “Please Lord I pray a blessing on ___ as she graduates please provide a job and help her in her new journey.”
  5. Does something come to mind that might be helpful in this situation or is God leading you to another way to pray – speak it out and ask, “Lord I’m not sure if this is from you but please provide…” Or you might feel the Lord is prompting you to pray a specific way.
  6. End with thanksgiving and praise once again.

This is a thumbnail or a brief outline and you can pray in any way you want to – sometimes there is not time to go through each stage and it might be a quick text to your prayer partner asking for a specific prayer request. Many of us are on prayer chains where we get requests from people in need and many times we get so many emails we are unable to pray for each and every one. We pray a generalized prayer for those needs daily – and that makes having a specific person to pray with so important.

Your prayer life will grow as well. And, your prayer partner may change over time. I’ve had various prayer partners over the years and some close friends that I can text for prayers. I have a Facebook Page, A Few Minutes with God with the intent of those in need of prayers. I get notifications and pray!

Prayer, in general, keeps us grounded and it gives us the hope that is in Christ to overcome the evils of this world. Let’s pray!

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank you for reminding us that where two or more are gathered in your Name, you are here in our midst. I praise you and thank you for being here always for us. Thank you for providing for our needs and helping me to grow in my love for you. I see that through prayer I feel closer to you and I thank you for this. I also ask specifically for the following needs: Thank you, my God, for your provision for your Divine Will and for the grace you give me each and every day. And I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

Awakening at Lourdes: How an Unanswered Prayer Healed our Family and Restored our Faith

Meet Christy Wilkens

She is a wife and mother of six, is a speaker and writer who lives outside Austin, TX. She blogs at FaithfulNotSuccessful.com about disability, faith, doubt, suffering, community, and good reads. Her first book, Awakening at Lourdes: How an Unanswered Prayer Healed Our Family and Restored Our Faith, a memoir about a pilgrimage with her husband and son, was just published by Ave Maria Press. She’s a Dame of Magistral Grace in the Order of Malta and just started pursuing a second career in nursing.

Control for Vulnerability

Christy spent hours in prayer, trying to “wrestle a healing from God” for her son Oscar. What mother wouldn’t do the same when medical doctors have no answers to help your son. Going to the baths at Lourdes was a gift and place of healing not only for Oscar but for Christy and Todd and the whole family. It was in the surrender that, that listening to God’s whispers, that she was able to see the small yet powerful changes in Oscar. And, then, she was able to “trade control for vulnerability” (pg 174) and receive what God was offering.

A full life

6 children, a husband and going to nursing school full time is more than a full life. However, those facts don’t capture all of life; the death of parents, illness, school and the usual happenings that go on with children, special needs or not. It is a full life, and one that Christy lives each day and when the days or moments are difficult and answers not forthcoming, she prays these words, “Whatever you want, Jesus, ” similar to Blessed Chiara Badano. 

Where does this leave us?

As I see Christy on social media, she inspires me. She is quick to point out, that it is God who works through her. It is all for his glory.

Christy is on Instagram, 

Here’s her website!

This week, when life seems overly full, pray this prayer: “Whatever you want, Jesus.”

 

 

 

 

A Reflection on ‘All Souls Day’ by Deacon David Hockwalt

A Reflection on 'All Souls Day' by Deacon David HockwaltA reflection on ‘All Souls Day’ by Deacon David Hockwalt

DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.

We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this reflection. Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this reflection will help us all better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. We want to come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

The followers of Christ are not distinguished by showy talents or acts. Reading the bible, praying in public, or following church rituals can be phony if the motive for doing them is to be noticed or honored.32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

The followers of Christ are not distinguished by showy talents or acts. Reading the bible, praying in public, or following church rituals can be phony if the motive for doing them is to be noticed or honored.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Avoiding Sin

Avoiding sin (even those small ones) is something we try to do as a Christian and for some it is easier than others.Avoiding Sin – Episode 189

Avoiding sin (even those small ones) is something we try to do as a Christian and for some it is easier than others. There is a secret weapon to avoiding sin and it begins with the idea that God’s grace is key.

Reminder to check out my books at MediaAngels.com  – if you have not picked up a copy of A Few Minutes with God you may want to check this out as well as One More Child.

Sin – it is something we shudder to think about, honestly no one wants to be in a state of sin! We use different tools at our disposal whether it is reading God’s word in the Holy Bible, or praying daily. We can do an examination of conscience https://ultimatechristianpo I created a podcast (the link is in the show notes) some time ago that helps us to look at our lives and really ask the Lord to reveal areas where we need to repent and ask forgiveness. And, even in the Holy Gospel of Luke – 11:1-4 we read…

This is the prayer we know as the Lord’s prayer and I know many of you pray this daily. Yet, the main part of this prayer is one we gloss over and that is – Forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us – We are forgiven in the same measure we forgive.

Wow – it reminds us each and every day that only by the grace of God can we ever forgive in the same measure, only with God’s help. And, that is the purpose of today’s podcast. If we are not going to the Lord daily and asking Him for His help in our daily struggles there is no way we can succeed. Oh, sure – we can succeed for a while with small attempts or heroic virtue thrown in to help us out, but often after a daily struggle especially in an area where we are weak we will find ourselves falling down that slippery slope.

What are these sins we should avoid?

  1. Lying – even small lies. Many times we lie to ourselves – watch this.
  2. Gossip – this can hurt not only ourselves but those we are sharing the information with. (Warning as Christians saying: I am not gossiping I am only telling you this so you can pray is a co out unless someone has asked you specifically to share a prayer request.)
  3. Putting others down – negativity. Using words in a harmful way.
  4. Failing to forgive or ask for forgiveness.

This is a shortlist of five things but. If you take the time to pray and ask the Lord I’m sure your list will have items that are specific to you and your needs.

Take time to put together a list of scripture verses that will help you in a time when you are down. Recently I was filled with a heaviness I could not explain, I was coming off of weeks of not feeling well and just as I was getting better I had another two setbacks. I was feeling down and ready to get out of the house, but instead found myself still struggling. It wasn’t until I was able to play some praise and worship music and sing to the Lord that this heaviness left.

What are your favorite songs, be sure to put them in a playlist for a time when you need to be joyful or uplifted. What about a list of scripture verses?

John 14:15 – “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” I always love to remind my children they are not suggestions, they are commandments.

Deuteronomy 28:1-68 is a beautiful passage… here is an expert 28:1-9 but please read the entire passage it is beautiful!

And there are the warnings – James 4:17 “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. “

We have been warned and we do not want to be in SIN –

It is those little insidious things that cause us to fall and if we are right with the Lord, we pray daily for HIS will, not ours, that our will is united to His – then and only then will be free!

Let’s Pray

My Lord, I ask as I pray the Lord’s prayer to deliver me from evil, to protect me and my loved ones, and to watch over us daily. Help me to avoid sin, my God, and to focus on all that is good and pleasing to You. Help me to watch shows that are good, and read books that are good as well, help me to make time daily for Your Word. Dear Lord I pray for the following people and intentions …. And if it within your Holy Will I ask for you to grand these desires of my heart, and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

The followers of Christ are not distinguished by showy talents or acts. Reading the bible, praying in public, or following church rituals can be phony if the motive for doing them is to be noticed or honored. The followers of Christ are not distinguished by showy talents or acts. Reading the bible, praying in public, or following church rituals can be phony if the motive for doing them is to be noticed or honored.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

The Struggle is Good

No one likes struggles

However, in our world they are inevitable. I do believe they can help us tough, in becoming the person God created. If we learn from our struggles, we have confidence that God will be there with us the next time.

God’s Word

“So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God,built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22

Reflection

We are being built into a dwelling place for God in the Spirit. God will dwell in us, through the power of his Spirit with his Son. We are held together by his Son. Isn’t that the truth?  When we look back at our struggles we see how God was present. It may have been through the Word, others, prayers, the sacraments – he was there.  And then, what did we learn by going through the struggle?

That is our challenge for this week. Look back, on yesterday, last week, month, year – to a struggle that you survived and hopefully learned from. Where was God? What did you learn about him and yourself? Write it out. Remember it for the next time.

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Overcoming Fear

Overcoming fear is something that is important and real for all time, but especially for this present time in which we live.Overcoming Fear – Special Replay

Overcoming fear is something that is important and real for all time, but especially for this present time in which we live. In this episode, we will discuss how we can allow fear to rule our lives or combat it with the spiritual tools we have freely available to us.

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Are you fearful? If so, join the club with many of my friends on Facebook. It seems that everyone is fearful of something and angry and upset. Fear is something that creeps in without us even expecting it and then it quickly turns to anger, because fear is a great motivator of self-preservation. And if we are fearful we tend to lash out.

Do you know about the tools you have in your arsenal as a Christian? The spiritual tools? Well, let me introduce you to a few:

  1. The Word. The Bible is filled with the tools we need to overcome the evil one. The armor of Christ comes to mind – Ephesians 6:10-18
  2. Our faith. Our faith will sustain us but needs to be shored up – that is why we watch uplifting shows or videos and we listen to podcasts that will enrich and encourage our faith journey.
  3. Our community. This is our family first, then our friends. We have a prayer force that is very strong if it is used wisely (no gossip – just the prayer request, and it does not need to be specific. God knows.)

Let’s start with the Word of God. The word became flesh and dwelt among us – why wouldn’t we call on the Holy Name of God?

John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Friends, as I share these scriptures with you write them down and read and memorize the verses that you can call to mind in a time of need. If you need a quick prayer, try the Jesus prayer. Invoking the name of Christ is all you need. Another quick prayer is, Jesus I Trust In You – this comes from the Divine Mercy prayer.

At the Name of Jesus – every knee will bow and tongue profess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

We know that perfect love cast out all fear, or as the Scriptures so eloquently puts it in 1 John 4:18 But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment.

Fear is horrible and it is crippling. Every time you are fearful turn to the Scriptures. And, this is food for thought. If we do not fear death we have nothing to fear. If our life with God is on a solid foundation why do we fear? Nothing will happen without the permissive will of God, especially over the elements. God is the God of all. He parted the waters of the Red Sea. I believe there is a time of persecution coming – and it is already here in some places of the world – but I also know that if we stay vigilant and in prayer HE will protect us. If not we get to see Him sooner! I know that alone will cause some of you to become worried, but we do not know the time or place, the hour when the Lord is coming back. If we are a Christian our hope is in Christ. Period.

So many people today are paralyzed with fear and are angry. They are angry that people don’t understand or see their side of things or are just plain evil. Groups and sides are aligned with no middle ground. What happened to brotherhood, sisterhood, and praying for each other? Only the silent majority is silent. I’m not saying to go out there and slam into people as people slam into you. I’m saying that our voices can be heard where they really count, in prayer, and in the Divine will of God. Do what he tells you. This is what Mary said, the mother of Jesus at the wedding feast of Cana. She said to listen to the Lord and then you can watch miracles happen, in your own life and in the lives of others.

We are in a time where the scriptures say that we will be against each other this level of anger is unprecedented. I have never seen more sparing of brother against brother and sister against sister. We are in a war of words where right is considered wrong and wrong is right. You can not post an opinion on social media without the people who know better swoop down to tell you you are wrong. The question is not of right and wrong it is of principalities of darkness.

The Bible warns us of this in Matthew 10: 21-23

 “Brothers will turn against their own brothers and hand them over to be killed. Fathers will hand over their own children to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and will have them killed. Everyone will hate you because you follow me. But the one who remains faithful to the end will be saved. When you are treated badly in one city, go to another city. I promise you that you will not finish going to all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes again.”

The Son of Man, the second person of the Trinity has already come and as we read in the Scriptures, will come again. God told us in the 10 Commandments – Thou Shalt Not Kill.  Yet abortion is still running rampant in our cities – and people today even Christians do not think that pro-life politicians is the only issue we should be concerned about. Friends, Pro-life as the ultimate issue. We look at our conveniences and our livelihoods but we do not think the murdering of innocent children is evil? No wonder we live in fear.

Do we have love? Does perfect love cast out all fear? Let’s look at 1 John 17-20

This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world, we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

Let us Pray:

Lord help us to love each other – give me the words to mend fences, to love my neighbor to love those who persecute me for righteousness sake. Dear Lord please cast out the fear in my life. I ask for the following prayers – and I pray this in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

At Your Command

Who do you listen to?

There are many voices in the world who clamor for our attention and think they can guide us on the best path. Ultimately, though, only God wants what is best for us and will be with us always. In Luke 5:1-11, Jesus calls Simon (Peter) to follow him. But first, Jesus asks him to throw his net over and catch fish. Peter is tired and thinks it is pointless, but obeys Jesus nonetheless.

Lack of human potential vs divine fulfillment

And what happens next shows us that when we think we are lacking, obedience will bring divine fulfillment. And not a little bit, but an abundance. Now, this may not happen immediately as it does here in this story, but eventually, it will happen.

The other places we see this in Luke are in Luke chapter 1, specifically verses 1:34-37. We are told that “nothing is impossible for God.”

God will not leave us

Whenever God calls us, we may doubt or think he has the wrong person. Let’s try not to doubt God’s plan, remembering that whatever he calls you to he will stay with you, as you persevere, to the end.

Get into your bible this week and read Luke chapter 1, a little each day or Luke 5:1-10. How do these scriptures remind you that God will lead you and stay with you always? Is he calling you to something new? How will you respond?

Want to learn more about the Gospel of Luke? Go to LiveNotluewarm and check out our study.

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time (10-23-21) – Bread of Life Bible Study

The blindness in question was physical, yet Bartimaeus saw Jesus as the Messiah with spiritual vision and was healed.30th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

The blindness in question was physical, yet Bartimaeus saw Jesus as the Messiah with spiritual vision and was healed.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Spiritual Children

We were adopted into the Christian family as followers of Christ, so why can't we have spiritual children?Spiritual Children – How To Pray for Others – Episode 188

We were adopted into the Christian family as followers of Christ, so why can’t we have spiritual children? These are people that we pray for each day, often many times a day. This type of focused prayer has amazing results.

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels, Inc. and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child.

Have you ever thought about praying for someone, or maybe someone asked you to pray for a specific person. Recently this happened to me and what I found was very surprising. I was praying for a friend, off and on and this person ended up having some things happen in their life, and that was very sad. Sometimes we call this bad luck, or we can this spiritual warfare, and while I don’t believe in luck – only God incidents, I was struggling for this person just hearing what was happening.
And when I thought about this, I started thinking that this person I asked the Lord how He wanted me to pray. What I got from the Lord was surprising, in fact, I’ve never done this before, and I felt like the Lord was saying, “adopt this person as your spiritual child.” And this way you will make more of an effort to pray daily for this person. What I found was this person came to mind more often. And not only that, I added another spiritual child to my prayers. Being that I am a mom I knew what it was like to have a child and to pray for my children. And, while I pray for my children each day the prayers are not very specific – which is fine, but then it is as if I’m not spending much time asking the Lord how to pray.
It is not like I hear from the Almighty, but I do feel a certain way to pray. Whether for protection, or consolation, or maybe just for their own prayer intentions. And, I try to pray daily as well. Spending a few minutes with God for their intentions. As I shared with you many times before, I try very hard to attend daily Mass, and while at church and I’m praying for the needs of various people, my spiritual children come to mind.  I don’t necessarily know what they need and I don’t need details about their problems because who doesn’t have problems? Even committed prayer warriors! But what I want to share with you is something you may want to try. The praise report is that the Lord calls these people to mind and the fruits of the prayers have shocked me. For the better.
This past weekend I also learned that a good friend of mine from college died, and I remember her fondly as a prayer warrior. In fact, if anyone had something that could go wrong in her life, she did! But she was so joyful and she loved God with all of her heart mind and soul. She was an amazing example of Christian love. She asked me to pray the salvation prayer and I remember telling her that I was Catholic and therefore knew God. Yet, she was insistent, and she wanted me to accept the Lord as my personal Savior. When I read the prayer she wanted me to pray I thought it was beautiful, and so I did. I prayed that the Lord would be my personal Savior. I was a  Christian whose life was not perfect and who could’ve been upset with God on more than one occasion, but this friend of mine taught me that instead, we should praise Him no matter what. She was joyful loving and I will always be indebted to her for bringing me to a closer relationship with the Lord. Think of all the opportunities we miss in life because we are worried about what people think of us!
This situation, praying for spiritual children has taught me many things and I want to share them with you.
  1. If you’re praying for someone ask the Lord how are you should pray. Sometimes you get a sense of a specific thing to pray for and for other times it is just a general intention. For example, something like, “Dear Lord please bless and keep them in the palm of your hand and protect them.”, Or, “Dear Lord I pray for their specific needs… if something comes to mind, lift that up, or just pray in general for needs and intentions.
  2. Life is too short to aimlessly live. We must spend time each day in prayer, asking the Lord what he wants us to do. Even if we don’t get a clear direction and we have chores such as laundry or dinner or cleaning, we can thank and praise God as we work through our daily chores.
  3. When people ask you to pray, do it right then. How often have we gotten a text or even a message on social media, and you think post praying hand, but then forget to pray. If you can, stop right then and pray for this person. Sometimes I don’t have time to type out a whole prayer, especially if I’m somewhere public when I see this prayer request, but as soon as I can I pray for this person, and I can send up a quick prayer at that moment, “Dear Jesus please protect, provide and bless this person, Amen.
Let me challenge you today – adopt your own spiritual children. This person can be younger or older than you. Age has no bearing. What if we take back social media and start covering our comments and our posts with beautiful thoughts about the Lord, don’t you think we could change our outlook and that of others. If we focus on the negativity and all of the things that upset us it is difficult to have a clear thought about what we should do and getting upset never helps. It plays right into the enemy’s hands. You’ve heard me say this before you’re a long-time listener to this podcast, spend time with God, praise God in all things.
As I record this I’m not feeling great but the thought of not getting this done was upsetting to me. So as I sit here on the couch with my phone dictating into it and I pray that the Lord provides the words for me to share with you. I want the words to encourage and bless you. Is there someone that you could adopt? Romans 8: 17 states- “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” We are the adopted sons and daughters of God. We are heirs to the kingdom of God. God knows the number of hairs on our head, God knows Everything about us. And so I encourage you to praise God in all things. And if you pray for people often, adopt them as your spiritual children even if they are your kids, giving the title of “spiritual children” elevates your prayer one more notch. If you don’t think this is true, try it. And, then share all of your praise reports with me!
Let’s pray:
Dear Lord Jesus, I praise you and all the things I ask that you watch over and protect us, I realize that even Christians struggle, and yet you are there for us. Where two of or more are gathered in Your Name you are there in our midst, so as I pray now with you, listening at the other end of a computer or podcast app. The Lord is here and in our midst. I pray for all of your intentions and needs, please add anything you want to pray for in this prayer and I pray this in Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.

Take Courage

Courage!

Do we have courage or are we more like the Cowardly Lion? I’d say there are many times when I am like him and other times not. Life can be difficult and courage helps us stand up for what we believe, overcome mental, emotional and physical pain.

Scripture

Of course, I’d rather God inform my idea of courage rather than the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz. And as always, God has something to say!

In this world, you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world. John 16:33

The LORD himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still. Exodus 14:14

Choose one of those verses, write it on a post-it note or print out the image and whenever you find yourself lacking courage, pray it.

John 16:33Exodus 14:14

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

In the kingdom of the world, the standard of greatness is power. In the kingdom of Jesus, the standard is that of service. Today, Jesus is asking you the same question....."Whose standard of greatness is your standard?"29th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

In the kingdom of the world, the standard of greatness is power. In the kingdom of Jesus, the standard is that of service. Today, Jesus is asking you the same question…..”Whose standard of greatness is your standard?”

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Glory and Praise Forever – Special Replay

Recently I was reminded that we don't talk enough about giving God all the glory and praise, and honor He deserves. In this episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, Felice shares the importance of praise in worship in our lives.Glory and Praise Forever ~ Special Replay

Recently I was reminded that we don’t talk enough about giving God all the glory and praise, and honor He deserves. In this episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, Felice shares the importance of praise in worship in our lives.

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We are so busy with our own lives and our own problems that while we might consider God from time to time in the sense of asking for something. We more often than not throw up pleading prayers and say, “Please, Lord – can you do my will?” I am guilty of this, and I am sure that many of you would agree as well. Of course, we should believe, and we should pray and ask the Lord for help. But what about those times we feel like he is not answering us or we don’t feel he is even near?

The keyword here is “feel.” Please know that if you have confessed that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life and you have attempted to live a life pleasing to the Lord – He. Is. With. You. And He is with me! How could we not want to give God the glory and praise He so rightly deserves?

As Christians, we should live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God because we know that what matters is the next life as nothing in this life is constant or stays the same. This life is fleeting. Nothing is meaningful without God – and He is our help and support in times of darkness and trouble. Jesus wants our hearts even when we have sinned and are ashamed; sin isolates us from God. It keeps us away from Him. Sin requires restitution – it requires some type of forgiveness. And, Jesus gives this freely if we ask.

I did some reading of spiritual books during the time of Lent and was so blessed to re-read a book by Sr. Briege McKenna, who I’ve talked about in a previous podcast, who is known as the healing nun. She did not want the gift of healing even though she was completely healed from a crippling disease of arthritis. She was wheelchair-bound at this point, and in a time of prayer, she felt God heal her – she said it was like a banana being peeled. While she was grateful and stood up and gave God all the glory and praise, she immediately started putting conditions on her healing and asked the Lord not to tell anyone.

Yes, she was a nun, but she was not in a cloistered order – meaning that she was around people, she was a teacher and lived in a community and had many chances to interact with people. Yet she still resisted this gift. At a certain point, she finally realized that it was indeed a gift of God, and she would try in her humility to allow God to work within her. She also spoke about the times she spent in prayer no less than three hours each day. She explained that in this time of prayer, she learned about healing and why some were healed, and others were not and also, how she could be an instrument of God’s love in all cases.

She also shared about her times of temptation when she went to “prophet,” who turned out to be a false prophet and an instrument of the devil – and how she encountered Satan that night, and her life was almost taken. When we open ourselves to evil, it allows the door to be opened, and this was a warning to us all.

Do you feel a block in your spiritual life that keeps you from praise and worship? Look at the scriptures and the warnings – 1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.

There is so much demonic influence in our world today with all of the occult movies. I’ve seen some of the commercials, and those are horrific. Why would anyone watch them? Even things such as ESP (extra sensory perception), haunted houses, astrology – which by the way is scientifically proven incorrect, vampires, zombies and on and on and on. Can a movie be considered evil? No, but leading one into sin can never be good – we have to be a willing participant in that sin, and guard our eyes from everything that is not going to be of benefit for us.

Matthew 6:22 – “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.

And Genesis 3:5 Genesis 3:5 (Read online)

For many, our eyes are closed, and praising God is the last thing we want to do – yet did you know in your praises God resides, and if you have ever wanted to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God, it is time to use your tongue for good! Miracles happen when we are praising God. Sister Briege spoke about what she does in her three hours of prayer, and she said she begins with a time of praise and worship because that helps her to forget the cares of the day.

Can we do that in our lives, begin the day with giving God the glory and praise and leave aside just for a short time the cares of the day, our schedules, what we are supposed to do next? When we pray, we are often distracted right? And, those other thoughts come into our minds – even when at church. We should pray the Lord’s prayer, Matthew 6:10 reminds us, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Psalm 26:8 – “Oh Lord, I love the habitation of thy house, and the place where thy glory dwells.”

When we praise God, He shows up; He is in the midst of our praises. Some time back, I did a podcast on the praise and worship songs that lift me up, and after hearing them, I am ready to do anything the Lord wills! I am so excited to start my day in this way. Yet, life starts to creep in, and our habits change, and then we find ourselves in despair. You are not alone! I’m right there with you from time to time.

As I’m writing this, a funny story comes to mind. I was in labor with my third child, and I was super excited to be able to be in the deluxe birthing suite! Years ago, with my first two children, no such thing existed—I was in a sterile, surgical room where surgeries were performed. Well, the hospital was full, and there was no room in the proverbial inn – so instead, I was placed in an intensive care unit – while waiting for a room to open up. The nurses were super sweet and told me that I may have ugly accommodations but the best nurses and for any of you who have been in ICU, they are amazing. When the nurses left the pain became stronger. As the pain intensified, I started to praise and worship the Lord! I was really getting into my praises when my husband, who was sitting beside me holding my hand, squeezed it and asked me to lower my voice – apparently, as the pain levels were rising, so were my praises. Yet I did not feel the pain as much at that point and went on to deliver a healthy baby boy who will be twenty-five this year.

Our praises should be from the heart, and we can look at the Scriptures to give us reasons to praise God. 1 Chronicles 16:23-27

Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day-to-day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are [a]idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and joy are in His place. Do we only praise God when we believe?

Take a look at how you praise the Lord. Make your own list, and truthfully you can begin to praise God anywhere, even in a line at the grocery store!

I tend to start with a litany of praises? Mine tends to be the same… “I praise you, and I thank you, Lord! You are the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Bright Morning Star, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end – you are the Name above all names… we can find litanies in prayer books, and I’m sure online if you search, but I feel the best ones are the ones that come from the heart inspired by the Holy Spirit if you have a prayer language use it!

Let’s Pray:

Lord, you inhabit our praises, and I ask that you, please inhabit mine – I know you are here with me now – help me to worship you more frequently and in all things. Thank you, my God, for the gift of faith for the gift of love and for the gift of trust that You are in control and love me greater than anyone else because I was specially chosen and created by you – my Dear Lord I ask you for blessings and for the following people and intentions I pray for now… and I ask this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

 

 

New Book – Saintly Moms, 25 Stories of Holiness

New Book

My best life includes a steady supply of books and time to read them. How about you? This week I spoke with Kelly Ann Guest, the author of Saintly Moms, 25 Stories of Holiness published by Our Sunday Visitor.

 

Who are these Saintly Moms?

25 women, from the Blessed Mother to Saint Gianna Molla, women who embody real-life challenges with love and joy, becoming the holy women we are all called to become.

Kelly chose 25 saints, including a few on the road to sainthood, and tells us their story in a few short pages. each saint is meant to inspire us in the way they moved beyond the trials of their life to be holy. Kelly writes in a style that both teaches and inspires, reminding us that we too can be holy.

Each chapter opens with facts about the saint and closes with a prayer. Moms at all stages of motherhood will enjoy this book. I loved learning about new saints.

Prayer is the commonality in all these women saints, so take time each day to pray. Start with 5 minutes and go from there. If you already have a prayer practice, add to it. You won’t regret prayer!

Where else can you find Kelly Guest?

Her website: Nun2Nine.com

 

Decree Your Healing

Join Lucia on today’s show as she continues the Decree A Thing series. In this episode, she shares how to stand on the Word of God and Decree Your Health and Healing when you have symptoms in your body.Join Lucia on today’s show as she continues the Decree A Thing series. In this episode, she shares how to stand on the Word of God and Decree Your Health and Healing when you have symptoms in your body.

 

Lucia builds your faith to walk in victory in your health, because there is no victory outside of living by faith. First John 5:4 says, “For whoever has been born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith.”

 

A key to walking in victory for living a life of divine health is building your faith by hearing the Word of God again and again. You must put your faith in the God of the universe and know that what He says in His Word is true for you. Plus, you must open your mouth and decree what you want to happen in your health. When you make a decree God will fulfill it.

 

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Lucia explains God has told you that you can have days of heaven on earth and that you can live your life as they live life in heaven. There is no sickness or disease in heaven, there is no poverty or lack in heaven, and there is nothing missing or lacking in heaven, so you can live free of sickness and disease in your body.

Lucia wraps up the show with an invitation to repeat life-giving decrees over yourself.

 

 

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28th Sunday of Ordinary Time (10-10-2021) – Bread of Life Bible Study

Jesus was the ultimate teacher, in that he knew that the teacher or preacher must never point to himself, but he must always point to God.28th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study


Jesus was the ultimate teacher, in that he knew that the teacher or preacher must never point to himself, but he must always point to God.
There is one thing more you must do. Go and sell what you have and give to the poor; you will then have treasure in heaven.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.
We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!
Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!
To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Fireproof Faith – Special Replay

How strong is your belief in Christianity?Fireproof Faith

How strong is your belief in Christianity? Are you a weekend Christian or do you have fireproof faith? In this episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, Felice shares how all of us need put on the armor of Christ, each and every day.

Thanks to our sponsor – 40: The Temptation of Christ

As I think about the movie 40: The Temptation of Christ I remember specific scenes of Him wandering in the desert. This was a time for Him to go away and pray. He was filling himself with strength from the Father.

Often we are tempted to believe only what we can see, what is right in front of us and when we look at our lives objectively we may or may not like what we see. How can a righteous Lord, we ask, allow all the turmoil and problems in this world?

Recently I heard a talk where the pastor said that faith and hardships go hand in hand. That those who love the Lord and believe still have trials to go through. If you do not believe that think about the life of Christ. In the desert Jesus suffered, in His life, Jesus suffered, in His passion, the Garden, the scourging, the crowning of thorns, the nailing to the cross, He suffered. He suffered willingly and died for our sins…those past and those we have not even committed yet.

Our world teaches the opposite. Do what you want and be free to live your life in any way you want. And, this freedom does indeed come to us but from a righteous God who allows humankind to have free will.

The closer we grow in our walk with the Lord the clearer we see our own sinfulness. Believe me, this doesn’t happen overnight. I was in the righteous crowd not in the too far distant past. In fact, if truth be told, I probably was President of the Holier Than Thou Club. Of course, I was on the right path as a God-fearing, prayer saying, Mass attending Christian I was doing all the right things. But every time there was a problem, I’d crumble and say, “Why me? What now? What I am I to do?”

Fireproof Our Faith

We need to fireproof our faith it needs to be shored up in Christ so that we can weather the storms that are sure to come in this life. I think part of the issue stems from the fact that while we do not physically see Jesus, yet as a believer, we must know He is here. Right here. But it is a faith issue.

The Pharisees in John, Chapter 7 verses 30-36 kept trying to have Jesus prove He was the Messiah, but even if they saw Him perform miracles they still didn’t believe. Today so many people who say they believe in “a God” or “have faith” are still struggling with the faith they profess. That is not to point fingers but a fact we all deal with from time to time. It is easy to say, “praise you Jesus,” when everything is working out in our lives, but much harder to say, “praise you Jesus in all things,” when it is not. Praising God in everything is when we have real faith. The faith that surpasses all understanding.

We need that living water in our lives. Living water is a way to fireproof our faith.

John 7:37-38 (Read on air.)

Verse 38 bears repeating: “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”

Living water puts out the fire! Living water cleanses us from sin and gives us new life – this is reason to rejoice! We continue to doubt because we live lives that are so sad and filled with worry. But, God hears us. Even if we don’t feel it – with the virus that plagued our world so many people were sick with worry because supplies were not readily available, strict travel curfews were set for our protection, and truthfully the air of uncertainty was very scary. When will it end? When will we go back to unrestricted travel, open churches and more? During this season there have been so many people that are stressed, nervous and unsure about the future. Yet we learn from Scripture that God always wins.

God has not forsaken us – He has not abandoned us, we are in the palm of His hand. We can look at Daniel Chapter 3 for an example of a situation where believers had the choice of life or death and they chose death over denying God.

I once taught a high school class at church and asked the children about the strength of their Christian belief. We discussed faith in the broadest sense, and then I asked if you were asked to forsake God or be killed what would you do? That brought about a lively discussion each has a perspective of what they would do in that situation, however, the consensus was that lying (because of course, you would not mean it) would be preferable to dying. That shows the level of faith for some. In situations of faith we often say there is no right or wrong answer, but the truth is the correct answer for a person who knows Jesus laid down his life for their sins – the sinless lamb was slain for us – should be willing to acknowledge that they would die in return. That my friends is the goal, to believe in a way that is unyielding.

Many of you are familiar with the book of Daniel, especially Chapter 3. King Nebuchadnezzar was a proud man and had destroyed many cities including conquering and invading Judea where he destroyed the temple. He had persecuted Daniel, his friends, his people. This King was renowned and today is attributed to creating one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Daniel opens with an account of King Nebuchadnezzar who had a massive gold statue built that he wanted everyone to worship. The King was informed that certain Jews who were administrators of Babylon would not bow before the graven image. This infuriated the King and he ordered these men burned in a furnace – giving orders to heat it up seven times more than usual.

When the King presented the men with an option they were firm in their faith and replied … Daniel 3:16-18 (Read on air.)
Does this describe our faith? God can deliver us from pain, suffering, difficulties in our lives and our struggles. But it is as the men prayed… if it be so, our God will deliver us – but if he does not… what then? What will we believe?

Maybe God says yes and delivers us – and if He says no, there is a greater plan a greater good. That is our hope as Christians. We praise God anyway. Faith is clinging to God in all circumstances. These men knew their lives would end in a horrible way, yet they chose death rather than forsake God.

The story goes on that even the men the King commanded who were in his army, that tied up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and threw them in the furnace died from the extreme heat of the blaze.

But we learn that as the King looked on he questioned the witnesses saying, Daniel 3:24-26 (Read on air.)

When they came out the witnesses saw the men were untouched by the flames, not a single hair on their heads was singed and they didn’t even smell like fire!

For this reason, the King responded…Daniel 28-29 (Read on air.)

These men had a relationship with God, and the Book of Daniel is in the Old Testament – they didn’t even know about Jesus yet! And, look at their faith.

Oh if we could only have this type of faith! But we can! If we praise God in all things we will also find that our praises will lift up our spirits. We are weak when we let the enemy infiltrate our thoughts and cause us to stumble in sin. God inhabits our praises.

1 Peter 5:8-10 (Read on air.)

In the same way that the men resisted bowing down to the idol – we can have new life in Christ. Do we only praise God when things go well in our lives? Or are we the Easter People that I talked about in the last podcast? A sign of our strength of faith is to praise God in all things even those things that don’t go as we would like or as we planned. In order to fireproof our faith, we must be obedient, to believe even in our unbelief. Mark 9:24 “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Recently when something traumatic happened to a member of my family I held tight in my prayer and I was so uptight and upset. It was a situation that was totally out of my hands and I had no control, yet I believe in God and therefore believe in miracles. I had several sleepless nights as I thought about the possibility of dire outcomes. (I was in the future when God is here in the now.) Once I gave these negative thoughts over to the Lord and said, “Your will Lord not mine,” only then did I feel peace. Once we unite our will to that of the Lord’s we become obedient children and allow the Lord to work in our lives – He is a God of miracles, and I for one can’t wait to see what He will do with our yes!

Let’s Pray:

Oh my Jesus, you are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. You are the living water, the great I AM – you are the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the end. I believe and I ask you to come into my life and fireproof my faith. I realize in my trials I am weak, but I know that you are strong. Dear Lord, I ask you to bless me abundantly with the gift of faith and the good news that you are here now. Dear Heavenly Father, Son and, Holy Spirit please hear the prayers that I ask for today… in your infinite wisdom and mercy my God I ask for you to bless those I prayed for and if it is your will, answer these prayers. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practical Tips on Being Kind

Kindness is good

The world can always use another person to spread kindness. Why shouldn’t it be you? I know it’s not always easy, let’s face it – you’ve got just as much going on as the next person. How can you be kind when it’s not easy or you’d rather treat the person the way they are treating others?

3 tips on how to be kind

  • Remember this: we don’t know what burdens other people are carrying.
  • Avoid the mentality that says you give back what you get.
  • Say or do the kind thing when people are unkind, it often disarms them and hopefully makes them think.

What if you don’t have it in you

  • Take a long pause before you respond to negativity and consider not responding at all if you know what you will say is not kind.
  • Take a break and refill however is most helpful to you. Take a walk, grab a drink with a friend, pray, read a fun book, sit in silence, play in the leaves, snow, sand (depends on the season and where you live).

This may be a bit (ahem, okay, very) obvious, but be kind to others this week, especially to those who are unkind to you or others.


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Decree Your Answer to the Devil

On today’s show Lucia continues the Decree A Thing series. In this episode, she shares how to Decree Your Answer to the Devil when he whispers in your ear that you are not going to make it!On today’s show Lucia continues the Decree A Thing series. In this episode, she shares how to Decree Your Answer to the Devil when he whispers in your ear that you are not going to make it!

Romans 15:4 in the NASB says, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Not only does the Word of God bring you encouragement to persevere, but the people you associate with will either encourage you to reach for your dreams, or they will discourage you and tell you it is not possible for you. It is wise to choose your friends carefully.

If you want to walk in victory, you must be determined in your mind and decide beforehand that you are willing to pay the price to walk in victory. You must have a settled purpose or absolute direction to a certain end. You need to settle in your heart that you will not be denied the gratification of reaching your goals.

A special thanks goes to our sponsor for this podcast, Amazon #1 New Book Release – Your Victory in the Making, A 30-Day Devotional. This title is online at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and tens of thousands of other online outlets around the world! We encourage you to get your copies today in paperback or e-book format, so you can begin building your faith to enforce Satan’s defeat and walk in Victory according to God’s Word!

Lucia shares a recent situation where she had a turning point in her life which caused her to walk in victory! She had to answer the lies Satan was whispering in her ear, telling her she would not be able to meet a goal to be successful in writing an assignment God had given her.

As you begin your project from God, be reminded that you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you. When Satan tells you there is no way you will meet your goals, you must answer those lies with the Word of God.

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A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


27th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

If your marriage has ended in divorce or death, renew your covenant with Jesus. Let him become your spouse, and let him fill in the empty spots in your life. Put your dependence on your heavenly Father as his child.27th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

If your marriage has ended in divorce or death, renew your covenant with Jesus. Let him become your spouse, and let him fill in the empty spots in your life. Put your dependence on your heavenly Father as his child.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.
We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!
Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!
To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

 


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Promise of Faith

The promise of faith is filled with hope! In a secular world that has turned its back on God, we know that He has not forsaken or forgotten us but He can use us to bring others back to Him.The Promise of Faith ~ Episode 187

The promise of faith is filled with hope! In a secular world that has turned its back on God, we know that He has not forsaken or forgotten us but He can use us to bring others back to Him.

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Promise of Faith

Our free will allows for all things, many that are great and others that are…well, not so great. As we live our lives many of the promises or hopes that we have in the things of this world, material acquisitions, or friendships let us down. People we love are gone, and those we love have hurt us. Not all the time but on the occasion that we are afraid to put all our hope or trust in anything and that even means our faith.

The promise of faith is purely a gift, it is freely given from the Almighty for no other reason than God is love – He is justice, He is peace, He is everlasting and steadfast in our life, but more than that He holds us in the palm of His hand.

We are the ones who turn our back, who run away, who decide that pleasure even short-lived is worth it in the end. I had a very stubborn son, and after a punishment, I would ask him, “Was it worth it? Was it worth being disobedient and getting punished?” and he would answer, “Yes.”

He was a child and soon learned that with disobedience comes punishment and the same is true for us and our journey in faith. However, we have a hope that can not be diminished or taken from us and that hope is in Christ.

He died for us, for our sins so that the gates of heaven would be opened to us. But, He did this out of free will. I once heard that the nails and the soldiers did not keep Christ on the cross, it was His will and His love for us that kept Him there to endure excruciating suffering.

Let’s do this quick activity to see where you place your hope.

  1. When you wake up what are your thoughts?
  2. Do we give glory to God for every good thing? Or yourself?
  3. Do you lift up your life challenges to the Lord or take them upon your own shoulders?
  4. Do you suffer quietly or do you complain loudly?
  5. Do you live your faith out in the open only to live a lie in the quiet of your own home?

Think about this, and if you answered in a way that is not God-centered, then there is work to do. Sure faith is a gift and it can not be earned. However, James 2:14-18 paints a different picture than the once saved always saved. He says…(listen to the podcast).

What is our hope? The psalmist knew read all of Psalm 16.

Ultimately our hope is in the Lord the creator of heaven and earth. Community is important and having and surrounding ourselves with like-minded friends. Putting ourselves in dangerous situations with friends who are living lives that are focused on themselves is putting our faith in our own strength which is a recipe for failure.

Is it easy to be virtuous – to live a life of compassion, gentleness, courtesy toward others? Friend the greatest gift we have is the hope that Christ is always with us until the end of times. We don’t have to do us – or do you which is the latest nonsense I’ve heard. We need to do Christ and look at our faith as a gift that keeps on giving.

Want to see a true believer? How does this person act when no one is around? How would you feel about seeing someone kick a puppy? That would be considered cruel. But someone who considers an unborn baby a commodity is considered within their rights. Amazing how rights are only one-sided – we are finding more and more of our rights taken away. What will we do?

We will look toward the Lord and say, “What do I do,” or “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.” Ask the Lord before reacting negatively. Remember anger is not from the Lord and we should look at our fellow brothers, as misguided if they are in sin. Pointing out sin in others is so not our job! Unless it is a spouse that you can loving encourage, or a child under your care.

We are not the God-police, we are a soldier in the Army of Christ, with the hope of knowing how this battle ends. It is won and God is victorious. God came as a child not only to die for our sins but to conquer death – the gift from our first parents and the evil one. Our legacy is everlasting life and for that, I have great hope!

Let’s Pray:

Dear Lord, I praise you in all things and I thank you for the gift of faith and hope in what is unseen. Faith is demonstrated through good works and I ask you Lord to bless the works I perform so that it gives you all the glory and honor! Dear Lord I pray for the following intentions and needs… and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Prayers of Gratitude & Surrender

Praying

What does it mean to pray? And is there a right or wrong way to pray? Simply put, prayer is talking to God. It is sitting with the One who made you and listening to what he has to say as well as telling him your thoughts. Often though, we forget to say thanks or think there is one ‘right way to pray.

Practice Gratitude

When we focus on what we have been given, it helps us realize the gifts in our lives.

Surrender

Let God be God. Allow him to be in charge.

Chaplet of Gratitude and Surrender

Erin came up with this prayer at Mass one weekend. A group of us come together Thursday mornings at 8am (EST) on Clubhouse to pray. It is a wonderful way to pray with others and offer our thanks to God. Follow Erin and me on Clubhouse.

More information

Erin on Instagram

Her website, where you can learn about her book!

My previous podcast with Erin McCole Cupp on her book, All Things New: Breaking the Cycyle & Raising a Joyful Family

 


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


26th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

As Christians our thoughts and actions must be motivated by love, and we must be careful about judging others.26th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

As Christians our thoughts and actions must be motivated by love, and we must be careful about judging others. By the same token, we must never be afraid to confront flagrant sin within the church. “What business is it of mine to judge outsiders/ Is it not those inside the community you must judge?

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Courageous Faith

Courageous Faith – Episode 186

Courageous faith by its very definition makes us believe that we can do it! It is believing without seeing. Yet, many times we as Christians struggle with pride, we don’t need God and we can do it alone. Until we can’t. Resisting pride is an uphill battle without the Lord, and in today’s podcast, we will delve into the topic of faith in the face of our struggles.

Thanks to our sponsor the re-release of the movie Courageous – it is the 10th anniversary of the original airing of the movie and this is Courageous the Legacy with a revised ending. If you missed the movie the first time, do not miss it again. It is a true story of heroic service and faith told in an inspiring story of true heroes of our time. This movie has helped millions of people and it is timely that it is released now when our current culture shuns true heroes in the face of false narratives. Be sure to check out the movie in our show notes link.

What is courage? It is stepping out of your comfort zone and sometimes into the fire but what about courage that is challenged when your faith is not as strong as it should be? Everyone goes through hardships in our lives. Let’s look at a thumbnail sketch of how hardships can affect us.

Hardships can be:

  1. Unavoidable, for example, an illness or an accident
  2. Avoidable – something that we caused.
  3. External – something that happens to us deliberately from someone we trust or love.

These are the hardships we deal with in different ways and the stress and anguish that comes from our struggles is really what makes us who we are, the trial by fire. Isaiah 48:10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. We often point to the Old Testament where Isaiah is found and say it is no longer applicable because now we have the New Testament the fulfillment of prophecy. Yet, the Old Testament is our heritage and God knows everything that happens in our lives, and like it or not there is a purpose for this, if we have eyes that can see the topic of a podcast a few weeks ago here.

It is when we are filled with pride that we can not get beyond ourselves to where we need to be. Pride is one of those sins that rears its ugly head when we least expect it – it is a great sin and it is the opposite of humility. It is because of pride that our first parents sinned – it is because of pride that great men fall and take down entire kingdoms with them, and it is because of pride that the devil gets into the midst and causes havoc.

Pride is thinking that only we are important, what we think, feel, and want – and we bring everything right back to us. It is all about me. Well, no it is not – and those who have faith realize that pride is not good it is evil. No one is perfect and we all have to combat things in our lives that are vices and that bring us down. Pride can cause us to doubt God and His providence for us. Especially when bad things happen to good people.

Some years ago a friend of mine went to a medical check-up thinking that all was well. She was a physician and the attending physician was a friend of hers. When the lab work came back the doctor’s office called and she made an appointment thinking, my friend is going to tell me how great I’m doing physically. What she heard was the opposite. She had an aggressive form of cancer. Can you imagine your good friend and doctor telling you – another doctor who understands what this means that she has cancer? I’m sure there were many tears in that room.

My friend had amazing faith. I knew her when our kids were little. She was our pediatrician for a short time until she switched to her specialty which was as a pediatric allergist. By some God-incidence, I had to take one of my children to the office where I didn’t even know she worked, and there she was! Do you have that in your life? People God puts in your path and even if you do not see them for years you go right back in time and pick up where you left off? Well, this lady is special.

She spent many years combatting cancer, she had physical trials, chemotherapy, and aggressive drug treatments, yet she had unwavering faith. Courageous faith! Imagine my surprise when I received an invitation from her and her husband (also a doctor) who threw a large party with all of her friends. I was blessed to attend. This was a celebrate life party. That shows real faith in the glory of God. I was thinking about this friend while doing the episode of the Glory of God a few weeks ago, because she would see God in so many things.

She told me once that as she was looking outside one day she saw a magnificent rainbow and the thought came that God was showing off of her – he did this for her because he knew she would appreciate it – unwavering faith – seeing God in the beauty of the creation. She showed us her friends what it meant to have faith, courageous faith in the midst of adversity. I’m happy to report that through a series of miraculous events she is today cancer-free.

How many people lay their lives down for their faith, for their belief that there is something greater than them and this world is a blip on the radar of life. How many of us can claim the same? We are blessed no matter where you live or what surrounds you to have the hope that God reigns. And if we open our hearts that He will reign there as well. Our success is not with what we have in the bank or what we wear or drive, our success is what we feel when we think of Christ who died to set us free.

The ultimate courageous faith was Jesus Christ himself who gave us His life so that we could live. And, the question is friends how are you living this life? I hear the slogan living your best life – that is so narcissistic… we should be living and giving our lives over to Him.

Romans 4: 20 – Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God…

Psalms 16: 5: Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;  you make my lot secure.

Today people are living in fear, they are afraid to die. News flash – no one dies until it is your time and this is not from me but from the Almighty God. It is a time to turn away from the television, the computer, and the news and to turn into your Bibles and to fill your soul with the knowledge that God is in control, no one else.

Let’s pray:

Dear Father, you are the one who offered the ultimate sacrifice for us – and for your life, death, and resurrection I am forever grateful. Please, Father, give us the gift, the grace, and the hope of courageous faith in the face of struggles and hardships in our lives. Let us know that we know beyond a doubt that you are here in our lives. I ask you Father for the following needs in my life and those for who I pray… and I pray this in your precious name, Almighty God and Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Choosing the 12 Apostles Lk 6:12-16 By Deacon David Hockwalt

We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus ChristA Moment in Scripture- ‘Choosing the 12 Apostles’ by Deacon David Hockwalt

DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.

We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this reflection. Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this reflection will help us all better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. We want to come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

Check out the trailer here!


 

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

As Christians our thoughts and actions must be motivated by love, and we must be careful about judging others.25th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

As Christians our thoughts and actions must be motivated by love, and we must be careful about judging others. By the same token, we must never be afraid to confront flagrant sin within the church. “What business is it of mine to judge outsiders/ Is it not those inside the community you must judge?

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

 


A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

Check out the trailer here!


 

Mere Christianity

What is up with Christians? The classic by CS Lewis, Mere Christianity is a must-read for any of you who are searching. Are Christians really any different than everyone else? Well, they should be and if you tune into today you will hear why.Mere Christianity – Episode 185

What is up with Christians? The classic by CS Lewis, Mere Christianity is a must-read for any of you who are searching. Are Christians really any different than everyone else? Well, they should be and if you tune into today you will hear why.

Thanks to our sponsor the movie Show Me the Father.  A different take on fatherhood with the focus on God as the ultimate Father and His impact on parenting in our lives. This movie – even the movie trailer will make you take a hard look at parenting. For current showings check your listings and afterward it will be available on streaming services, this is a movie you should not miss.

Mere Christianity in CS Lewis’s famous words shows us the human condition in a classic way. The book actually came about after a series of radio broadcasts and it was compiled at the time and has undergone some revisions. I was blessed to read the book some years ago – and I say blessed because it greatly impacted my life. I mean how can the author of the Chronicles of Narnia write other than painting a picture with words. Recently on a road trip with my son heading back to college, we listened to this on audiobook and we were both riveted at times, with me taking copious notes and overwhelmed at times when we had to stop the tape to just think about what he was saying and let the deep thoughts sink in.

Lewis talks about free will and that because we have the will to choose that God is real. To believe that this is all there is that there is no God takes a greater leap of faith than in believing that we have new life in Christ, that Jesus is who He says he is and that we believe it on the authority of Christ. This Christ-life is inside of us once we believe and Christians are in a unique position because everything we do that is good is done in Christ – through Christ. We believe that no man can be saved without Christ. And, at the end of time, it will be too late to decide, the time is now.

Perfection is an ideal that holds some people back because it is not attainable on this side of heaven. We all live in a space and time that is influenced by good and evil and this is distilled down into morality. We as men have morals that either tend to the right – the left or somewhere in-between which God tells us in His word is not a good place to be – Revelations 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

We will all fail – that is a fact of life, but inside of us is a sense of peace when we do what is right. The general purpose of why we were made is to know the Lord God, Almighty.

In the book, he talks about morals in the sense of fair play, harmony, and the general purpose of life. I urge you to get a copy of the book and read it for yourself because I can not do it justice. But he talks about this in the sense of who we are as persons and how Christians are called to a higher standard.

What good is fair play if inside us we are morally corrupt? We are doing things just so others think we are good and honorable when that is the farthest thing from the truth. You see, God knows our hearts. God has given us the sense of right and wrong and those who do not have this are morally bankrupt. For those of us who have faith, we base our faith on what we consider truth and fact. We are not going to believe in a counterfeit – although there are plenty of watered-down Christianity in name only churches out there.  But our faith is based on the Holy Bible, the truths handed down to us over generations, and the purpose that we were made to know, love, and serve God.

Let’s back up to that last statement. If you were not a Christian, that could bother you – not so much the knowing and loving part but the serving. Why should we serve God? Well, if we know and love a person how could we not be thankful and in their debt and therefore want to serve them? The fact that God made us for His own purpose is so that we could also share in His Kingdom because we are talking about the King of Heaven and Earth – the everlasting kingdom where we have the opportunity and the invitation to live forever. Isn’t that amazing and that should be our goal.

CS Lewis speaks extensively about morality as well – and in this case, he talks about the differences between morality and immorality. Morality deals with serving others where immorality Lewis says is when we think we, the individual, and our wants and needs are more important than others. That is immorality at its core. It can be hurting one other to hurting entire nations of people and bringing down civilizations. Sounds like something we are going through right now.

In listening to this book I could draw so many parallels to what is happening today to the breakdown of the moral code and religious beliefs to serve an anti-God. It starts with sexual sin and devolves into gender idealogy – so, follow the science and then throw it out the door when it does not serve your purpose. Food for thought.

Man by his very nature tends to be self-centered, me-first like a little kid, but if we stay in that position without knowing and treasuring our Christian heritage we will fall short. Lewis says even the right actions for the wrong reasons are still wrong.

This book should be required reading for every high school student whether a believer or not. The truths and the way he causes us to think not only about ourselves and the ways we have fallen short but also our world around us. As an aside here- if you are looking at this world and placing blame on others, and believe me I’ve done it as well, we have to first look within. The question is what are you doing? Sitting and ranting at the television, video, or even reading the news is not going to help our world. The only way we can help is to pray and ask the Lord where he wants you in this fight. In this case, we are all needed, men, women, and even children. This is a battle not only for our souls but the souls of our children and grandchildren.

And, while we think our world is a mess, it has been unfortunately since the beginning of the first sin, so let us pray.

Dear Father in Heaven, we your children are crying out to you and unlike the Israelites who did not want to listen to you, we. your children want to find you in the midst of our lives and ask you to lead us where you want us to go. I pray that you help us to listen, read and see the things you want us to see and do the things you lead us to do. Help us Lord and protect us and our families. Please, Lord, bless us and keep us safe and I pray for these specific needs… and I pray this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

 


A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

Check out the trailer here!


 

Rhythm, Routine & Habits

Sounds a bit boring?

Rhythm, routines and habits sound a bit boring, isn’t the fun in life unplanned and spontaneous. Yes and no.  I like having a rhythm and routine in my life and habits make life easier, so you make fewer decisions all day long.

 

Plan my day

I find when I plan my day I get more done, have more energy, feel more creative and have more time for fun. But lately, I’ve not been doing it and life has been a jumble, not flowing very smoothly at all.

Some people who’ve helped me

I like James Clear, author of Atomic Habits; Gretchen Rubin, an NYT best-selling author and podcaster; Gary Keller and Jay Patapan, authors of The One Thing.

Create some routines for your day that will help you live a notlukewarm life more easily. It can be to start a new habit, plan your day to include some fun or add prayer time. Do something that will be of benefit to your life as it is right now!

Join me on September 20-23 for 4 ways to pray with scripture! You can sign up here.

 

 


A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

Check out the trailer here!


 

Decree Your Financial Increase

Lucia is continuing the Decree A Thing series, and on today’s show she shares what she did to bring financial increase into her life and overcome the lack mindset that held her captive for so long.Decree Your Financial Increase

Lucia is continuing the Decree A Thing series, and on today’s show she shares what she did to bring financial increase into her life and overcome the lack mindset that held her captive for so long.

Lucia shares how her world was good and through a few decisions, her world was turned upside down. Her sources of security suddenly disappeared, and she was faced with the reality of whether she was going to trust God or put her trust in her own abilities.

She shares several of her favorite Bible verses that helped build her faith and change her mindset from one of lack and defeat to knowing God truly wanted her to overcome these mindsets and to walk in prosperity.

A special thanks goes to our sponsor for this podcast, the ABCs of Who I Am – Decreeing Who God Says I Am Book and Journal, (both sold separately) now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and tens of thousands of online outlets around the world! We encourage you to get your copies today, so you can begin building your faith by decreeing who God says you are and what you can have according to His Word!

It is one thing to have information about God; however, information does not replace your intimacy with God. If you want to walk in financial increase, you must become intimate with what God says about your finances. You can ask Him those intimate questions about your finances that you will not ask anyone else. You can be assured that He will answer you.

Lucia explains that you must first have the revelation that God gave you His authority, and then you must walk in that authority so you can decree financial increase and live a victorious life.

To build your faith for financial increase, she shares several verses but Psalm 35:27 is one she has decreed for years, Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

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A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

Check out the trailer here!


 

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

What quality of the child makes us great in the kingdom of God?24th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

What quality of the child makes us great in the kingdom of God? Matthew 18:4 says, “Whoever makes himself lowly, becoming like this child, is of greatest importance in the heavenly reign.” Jesus knew very well what the disciples were discussing on the road. His message called for complete denial of one’s own self-importance.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

 


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The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

Check out the trailer here!


 

Glory of God

We see the glory of God everywhere we look and even during a storm from the safety of our homes. Yet, when we look at devastations such as recent hurricanes we wonder where God is in the midst of tragedyGlory of God – Episode 184

We see the glory of God everywhere we look and even during a storm from the safety of our homes. Yet, when we look at devastations such as recent hurricanes we wonder where God is in the midst of tragedy (and let’s not get started about world events). God is always with us. Even when we do not feel His presence. Join me as I share a reminder for all of us that HE really cares.

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This is more than just a heartwarming movie, this is a real look of ordinary and extraordinary people and the affect that parents, have on their children.  I teared up just watching the trailer and you will too! The links to the movie trailer are on the show notes page – you can find more information about local airing on the website as well as streaming in the near future. This is not to be missed.

We are told that we have new life in Christ when we embrace the Christian message, but what does it mean? Think about this. If you are in a place where you can turn off this recording and ponder this, I invite you to do so now. What did you come up with? What thoughts came into your mind when you thought about your new life in Christ? Well, it can mean many things but a shortlist could include the following:

  1. A change in the way you acted before you were a Christian to the way you act now.
  2. Embracing the thought that God’s grace and love will sustain you.
  3.  Have a spiritual experience.
  4. Want to know and learn more about God.
  5. See God in everything.

And the last is what we are going to talk about today, seeing God in everything and realizing that the glory of God’s love is everywhere! We see God in the little things in our life. You can find out what is on your heart when your thoughts come to you when you first wake up. Are you praising God for the day or are you annoyed that you have to wake up and deal with the events of your day? If this is the case, it is time for self-reflection and to get on your knees in prayer. God hears you and He is waiting for you to go to Him!

To see the glory of God, His miraculous hand in the world in which we live – the joys that surround us that we do not see (often because we can’t get past the things that are weighing us down), we will see that God is in the midst of the good and the bad things that happen in our lives. I heard the news of a friend of my son’s who recently had a car accident and totalled a car that had already undergone quite a bit of money on repairs. While this was devastating news, all I could think about was that the friend had not been harmed and no one else was hurt.

This didn’t happen to me, so maybe I would have thought of things differently, but to see God in all things we must have a different mindset.

It reminds me of Psalm 86:12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

How much better to see things in what the secular world would call a positive spin, rather than a negative one. Whatever you want to call it I’m happier when I consider all that God has done for me. Who am I? I am no one. I am nothing. Yet in Christ I am everything. It is He who shines within me and it is my duty to share his love for me with you. I do it through this podcast, this is my mission field. I don’t know who is listening or when you listen to this show, all I see are numbers not faces, yet I know you are there and that motivates me to continue.

What are your gifts? What has God given you that is unique and special. We each have a purpose and a mission to fulfill.

1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

When we serve others the thoughts of depression go out of our minds, we are in a place where we are not thinking about ourselves and our problems. We can enjoy where we are at that present time. But let’s get back to the topic at hand – seeing the glory of God all around us.

Just like we can pray for more faith, more patience, more perseverance, strength, grace, love, and hope, we can pray for eyes that see. We want to live our lives with wonder and joy like a child, yet as we live and the longer we live we have hardships and often fear and anxiety creep in. No more. Stop the cycle, today! Read this scripture in Ephesians to begin with and do a search for more. We want eyes that see and do not miss that God is all around us in the difficult things and in the wonderful things that happen.

Ephesians 1:18-19 states:

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,  and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength…

Here I want to share what has helped me in life. And what triggered this thought was reading about the riches of his glorious inheritance… when we see the word riches or inheritance we may stop and think about our current financial situation. If this happens thank God for what you have and I usually say in my mind – thank you Lord I need nothing else. Think about this, what more could we want than the love of God and the hope of salvation in Him? Any bright and shiny new toy eventually gets old. So focus on the inheritance in his holy people and his incomparably great power for us who believe! I believe Lord and I say yes! I chose you each and every day.

Let’s pray:

My Lord, you are the Almighty and the King of heaven and earth. I give you this day, this afternoon, this night and I ask you to give me eyes that see you in the magnificence of your creation. In this world of terror and strife, in this world where greedy men and women try to oppress, I know that you reign supreme and this is just a distraction from the inevitable glory of the kingdom to come. I praise you and I thank you, Lord, God Almighty and I believe you hear all of my prayers, and especially these I lay at your feet… I thank you for listening and I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

 


A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

Check out the trailer here!


 

4 ways to pray with your spouse

Why pray with your spouse?

Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:19-20, Again, [amen,] I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Praying with your spouse leads to greater unity, that is communion, which is what Jesus calls us to, with each and him.

4 ways to pray with your spouse

  1. You can pray rote prayers of the Church; the Rosary, Novenas for a special intention, go to Mass together
  2. Short prayers of gratitude and intercessions
  3. pray with the scriptures
  4. pray specifically for each other’s needs before you leave for the day

Some links for more information

This week I encourage you to pray with your spouse or a close friend in one of the ways suggested!

Dangers of Wealth by Deacon Dave Hockwalt

DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.Dangers of Wealth by Deacon David Hockwalt

DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.

We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this reflection. Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this reflection will help us all better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. We want to come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

Peter wanted Jesus to be king, but not the suffering servant prophesied in Isaiah 53.Peter wanted Jesus to be king, but not the suffering servant prophesied in Isaiah 53. He was like many of us today, ready to receive the glory of following the Messiah, but not the persecution. The Christian life is not a paved road to wealth and ease, but often involves rejection, pain, loneliness, and sickness.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Special Replay: Prayer Time – Overcoming Distractions

Overcoming Distractions

Prayer Time – Overcoming Distractions

Spend Time with God

Prayer time and overcoming distractions isn’t easy. Do you want to spend time with God and find yourself overcome by distractions? We all have and we can end our time frustrated and angry or take charge. In this podcast Felice suggests ways to turn that distraction into a praise report.

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Show Notes: Overcoming Prayer Time Overcoming Distractions

  1. Feel left behind
  2. Not enough time
  3. Speed of life is sometimes unmanageable
  4. How do you slow down enough so that you can focus on God?
  5. How do you combat distractions?

Categorize Distractions:

  1. Personal
    1. Something that has been bothering you
    2. Something you struggle with
    3. Something you feel guilt over
  2. Duty
    1. Kids or spouse
    2. Household
    3. Work
    4. Meeting or appt.

 

Set up your prayer time with a methodology – like any of these ways where you feel the most comfortable…

  1. Praise and worship
  2. Proclaiming and glorifying God in words
  3. Singing
  4. Prayer

 

Answering God’s Call

Hits all the high points!

Talking with Barbara Lee reminded me why Ignatian Spirituality is so important. It is relatable, easy to approach and helpful as you go through life, no matter what age or stage you are in.

A Way to Pray

Answering God’s Call: A Scripture Based Journey for Older Adults by Barbara Lee, published by Loyola PRess is for all of us who want to pray with scripture and have had life experiences that have pushed us out in=to the deep. Maybe we’ve wondered where God is in the difficulties, trials and changes of life? Wonder no more, pick up this book that contains the scripture passages to read and ponder, prayer starters and a reflection. It is truly an all-in-one book in that whatever you’ll need for your prayer time is right there.

 

Doing God’s Will – Deacon Dave Hockwalt

A Moment in Scripture- ‘Doing God’s Will’ by Deacon David HockwaltA Moment in Scripture- ‘Doing God’s Will’ by Deacon David Hockwalt

DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.

We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this reflection. Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this reflection will help us all better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. We want to come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Decree Your Victory

How would like to stop doing the things you don’t want to do, and begin doing the things you do want to do?Decree Your Victory

How would like to stop doing the things you don’t want to do, and begin doing the things you do want to do? Those things God has called you to do! You are in good company! Even Paul asked himself Why do I do the things I don’t want to do, and don’t do the things I do want to do?

Join Lucia as she continues the series on Decree a Thing! In today’s episode, Lucia shares a humorous story about hot, fresh glazed donuts! Oh yes, you can just imagine the rest of the story!

In this show she shares from 2 Corinthians 2:14 in The Passion Translation Bible, God always makes his grace visible in Christ, who includes us as partners of his endless triumph. Through our yielded lives he spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere we go. And in The Message Bible it says, In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance.

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Lucia encourages you to stop beating yourself up when you make choices that go against what God has asked you to do or the goals you have set for yourself. She explains who is tempting you to do just the opposite of your heart’s desires and then who accuses you of being a failure.

Who is it that is beating you up to make you feel inadequate or not enough?

Listen in as she encourages you to decree you are free from condemnation and celebrate God leading you in a continuous victory parade!

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22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

It was because Jesus considered God's laws more important than all these regulations that they considered him bad and dangerous. We become hypocrites when we pay more attention to reputation than to character. True religion must always come from the simple listening and accepting of the voice of God.22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

It was because Jesus considered God’s laws more important than all these regulations that they considered him bad and dangerous. We become hypocrites when we pay more attention to reputation than to character. True religion must always come from the simple listening and accepting of the voice of God.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Pleasing God

Pleasing God is easier than you think! Is there any way that we can be pleasing to God? Is there anything we can do to earn God’s love? Is this something we should even attempt? In this podcast, we will discuss several ways.Pleasing God – Episode 183

Pleasing God is easier than you think! Is there any way that we can be pleasing to God? Is there anything we can do to earn God’s love? Is this something we should even attempt? In this podcast, we will discuss several ways.

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Okay – pleasing God, can you do it? Should you do it? IS this attainable. Pleasing God seems like a formidable task. But the good news is if you do not believe in God is that you can’t.

Hebrews 11: 6 states … And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

So, let’s say for the sake of argument you want to please God … the first place to begin is with your relationship.

When you look at our relationship with God what do you think? If you can stop this audio to think about this for a minute please do… okay so what came to mind as you considered this question?

Maybe you said:

  1. Pleasing God is doing what is right and just.
  2. Pleasing God is not doing anything I want to do.
  3. Pleasing God means having self-control.
  4. Pleasing God is impossible. Or…
  5. Pleasing God is like is like trying to please a parent.

When we talk about faith there is room for feelings and for some of us, we feel like we are a lost cause and swimming against the flow. Here is the thing…

When was the last time you tried to please a parent? As a parent (if you are one) when was the last time your child did something that was pleasing for you?

We don’t think in those terms, do we? We do not act out of respect, or concern or even of love just to please someone we do it just because. If we love someone we want them to be happy, we want to share the love we have for them with time, with gifts or with giving of ourselves. When we love God how do we show the Almighty our love for Him? This may be something you have never considered before because we are so caught up on the Thou Shall Nots instead of the amazing gift of life and freedom that God has given to us.

When we look at the Fall – the Garden of Eden and the beautiful world God created without sin, we only see the sin – we think about that tree – of Good and Evil. God did not want us to suffer, He wanted us to live in paradise. And, we hope and we pray that this is what heaven is – a paradise that has been created for the righteous which can only be justified by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Christ asks us to turn from sin and to follow Him. That’s it.

That is why Hebrews 11:6 starts by laying the groundwork of faith. Praising God isn’t as hard if our faith is at the center, and with faith comes what? The Holy Spirit is our guide. Not in the new age way of spirit God, please!! Heaven forbid. But in the third person of the Trinity – sent by God – After Jesus rose from the dead and spent time with the various disciples and Mary his mother and Mary Magdelene he rose up to heaven. We read about this in Acts 1-9 [on air]

God sent his Spirit – and this was called Pentecost. Today, we can receive the Holy Spirit into our hearts, in church Sacramentally or in prayer. Again we read about this in 1 John 3:24

We know by the Spirit HE gave us!

When we think about things in our life we can see that pleasing God is not as difficult as we think. Think about the joys of your life. Are you content? Is there an issue in your life if it could be handled or changed that would make you happy? Or how about happier? Of course, in each of our lives, there is something that could add to our happiness. But, the true things that bring us happiness are the things that money can not buy. Buying more things usually brings a short-term happiness, contentment or joy but not long-term!

Romans 8:9

You, however, are controlled not by the flesh, but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

Pleasing God starts with faith and after that, it is way easier than you think – pleasing God is something we want to do – no, we crave doing because of our relationship with HIM – there is an old saying about trying to outgive God, we can’t. It is impossible, the more we give God the more we receive.

Lately, my life has been filled with miracles some big and small – one is a serious surgery we thought my husband would need concerning his spine – not only is the surgery unnecessary, but the doctor’s words were…. Well, you had a serious problem, but your body healed itself. Wow, how does that happen? It is a miracle. And the small things like a toothache and when calling that day, an opening for a dentist appointment was available later in the afternoon. That never happens!

Pleasing God, friends is living our lives and worshiping the creator and it can’t get any better than that!

Let’s pray. Dear Lord thank you for all the blessings and the miracles that surround us each and every day, those we see and those that happen in our lives without us even knowing. I praise you and I thank you and I ask that you help me to be pleasing to my family, my friends, and most of all to you dear God. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. We praise you and are in awe of your gifts. Dear Lord, I ask for the following needs: and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Ask for the grace

A quote

“Grace is not a strange, magic substance which is subtly filtered into our souls to act as a kind of spiritual penicillin. Grace is unity, oneness within ourselves, oneness with God.” Thomas Merton

Different Graces

There are different types of grace, for different purposes; but all come from God and are gifts given to us to help us in our life. Our focus this week is on actual grace, the help we need right now so whatever difficulty or struggle is taken care of with God’s help. Grace is what makes the impossible, possible.

More thoughts on grace

We cannot store up actual grace; we receive what we need when we need it. Like the manna in the desert, we are given what we need and trust God will provide.

For more information about grace, check out the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1996-2005.

This week, when you are faced with a challenge you don’t know how you will face, pray for grace. Allow God to act in and through you with his gift of grace.

 

Peter Walking on Water by Deacon Dave Hockwalt

A Moment in Scripture- ‘Peter Walking on the Water’ by Deacon David HockwaltA Moment in Scripture- ‘Peter Walking on the Water’ by Deacon David Hockwalt

DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.

We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this reflection. Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this reflection will help us all better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. We want to come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study

Only Jesus can give us true purpose in life. The power of his Holy Spirit works out that purpose against constant opposition.It is not the intellectual difficulty which keeps men from becoming Christians; it is the height of Christ’s moral demand. Only Jesus can give us true purpose in life, and the power of his Holy Spirit to work out that purpose against the constant opposition that comes from without and within.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

God’s Love is Sufficient

Uncertainty surrounds our lives yet with God we know that His love is sufficient for all of our needs. In this podcast, learn how you can live a life that is free from worry, stress, and anger.God’s Love Is Sufficient – Episode 182

Uncertainty surrounds our lives yet with God we know that His love is sufficient for all of our needs. In this podcast, learn how you can live a life that is free from worry, stress, and anger.

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If you know your scriptures you are probably thinking – why is she talking about God’s love being sufficient when the scriptures say, my grace is sufficient: Read: 2 Corinthians 12:9

God’s grace is his love and his forgiveness – it is empowerment by the Holy Spirit that makes us strong in, as the scriptures say our time of weakness. Seriously God’s grace and love is sufficient? Really? When are we weak? When are we scared? When we have infirmities – illnesses?

God’s Love IS Sufficient

No one thinks their life is ideal. But if I asked you to take some time to design your ideal life what would be included? Would it be a house on the beach, listening to the waves crashing on the seashore? Or would it be a mountain retreat? What about an unlimited bank fund or maybe good health and happiness in your family? Each of our lists would be very, very long. But for most one of the missing elements is a relationship with God. Our ideal life surrounds our health and welfare, our temporal or temporary needs. We are often more interested in taking care of today, the right now rather than the forever.

We hold on tight to the things that don’t matter in the end.

An ideal life is free from worry, stress, anger, and heartache, to be free from illness … and the only way for this to happen is to have confidence in Almighty God. A stress-free – worry-free life is almost unimaginable. In fact, it is a difficult concept to grasp. Yet God’s love is all we need to live a life that is fulfilling.

This may be again, easier said than done. God is the God of Creation – He is after all the Creator God. Before original sin our lives would have been more astounding than our greatest dreams. One of the things that our first parents shared with the Creator was the gift of communication with Him. Communication is a form of relationship – communion is beyond speech, it is beyond what we can explain with words. This is what was recovered by the life – the example Christ gave to us, His death for redemption and the resurrection. The miracle. God is the only one who can restore us. This communion with God takes us to a level where we can let go of the things of this world. As a Catholic, I believe Holy Communion is the key because it is healing.

Recently we had a medical scare concerning my husband. We thought he might need surgery on his back – the neck region… and we know how back surgery can be – it can be great or the worse nightmares can happen. Well after months and months of tests, MRI, more scans, and even some he still has to go to later this month, we are at peace. The neuro-surgeon basically said my husband had a major issue but that his body had repaired itself, and the vertebrae he would have had to fuse in surgery was already done for him! What a miracle! What a gift from God.

It also turned out – which shows God’s sense of humor, that the surgeon and I chatted about his hometown which is also my hometown (I’m one of these people who read a doctor’s bio on their website), and it turns out he knew me, and I was his teacher in the 4th grade when I was a college student and student-teaching in his classroom. Of course, I was blown away, and we laughed about the chances of meeting up again.

God is amazing and in this life, we can either praise God for all things – those we are scared and uncertain about and those things that are truly happy and amazing blessings in our life. God cares in everything we do even if we think that only bad things happen.

We are called to love God and realize that His grace and His love are all we need, but without a relationship, we cannot love someone we do not know. How do we know someone? We communicate with each other. Some may feel speaking to God is a one-way street. We talk, He listens. We hear nothing back. This takes practice and it takes the Holy Spirit. Have you availed yourself to the Holy Spirit? I attended what is called a Life in the Spirit Seminar in the 1990s and this changed my life. Here I learned that God not only wanted a personal relationship with me but that He wanted to pour His Spirit into my life in a way that I could experience, more fully what it means to be a Christian. People talk about finding faith and the honeymoon period. That is a period when they can’t get enough of reading the Bible or spending time in prayer or just meditating on the goodness of the Lord. They are so excited to share their faith and everything that God has done in their life with anyone – and I mean anyone who will listen.

The Holy Spirit allows Scriptures to become alive. When we read about Jesus healing the Lepers we think about this in terms of being there on the side roads and watching this take place. We feel the elation of those healed and we want to shout from the rooftops – God is a God of miracles. Everything else pales by comparison. We also realize that the things of this world are fleeting.

Sure we need money to live, to buy food, to pay for our bills – but that is not enough for most. Everyone has big dreams that include bigger homes, cars, and vacations, and a bigger, deeper relationship with the Lord is not necessarily high up on the list.

No wonder we are depressed, defeated, and feeling like no one cares or listens to what we have to say.  So what can we do? Put aside all of our world aspirations – of course not, but maybe intersperse them with other goals and focuses.

First, when you read Scripture always pray to the Holy Spirit for the gift of knowledge, and ask that the Lord allows you to see the parts that really speak to you. Our lives have a way of refining all of the impurities and all of the things we need to release, but our strength is in that grace from God and that Knowledge that God’s love is all we need.

Let’s Pray – Dear Lord we thank you for all of the miracles in our lives for those things we see and for all of those things that are unseen. I praise you for the grace you give us and that is indeed sufficient and I thank you for the love you give for that is sufficient as well. I ask you Lord to bless those I pray for now and provide for all of their needs.. and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

 

Decree A New Thing In Your Life

Are you ready for something new in your life? Are you tired of looking back to what once was in your life? You will not want to miss this episode as Lucia continues the series on Decreeing a Thing!Are you ready for something new in your life? Are you tired of looking back to what once was in your life? You will not want to miss this episode as Lucia continues the series on Decreeing a Thing!

In this show she shares from Isaiah 43:17, I am doing something brand new, something unheard of. Even now it sprouts and grows and matures. Don’t you perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and open up flowing streams in the desert.

Lucia encourages you to stop looking back to the past and take another look at the dreams you have put on the shelf because you don’t think you are qualified to make your dreams a reality or maybe you feel like it is too late to pursue your dreams. She challenges you to pull up your courage and take a step to faith to do what God has told you to do.

God does not expect you to know how to do everything He is asking you to do. He realizes there is a time of preparation for you to learn the things you need to know to accomplish your dreams. There is a process you go through to prepare you to be ready to fulfill your dreams and vision.

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Lucia shares that as you begin decreeing a new thing in your life, you can ask God what He wants to tell you about the process, and He will answer you. He will tell you which road He wants you to take to make your dreams a reality. Now is the time to stop looking back and start moving forward into your future!

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A Reflection on the Co-existence of Good and Evil by Deacon David Hockwalt

A reflection on the Co-existance of Good and Evil by Deacon David Hockwalt DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012.A reflection on the Co-existence of Good and Evil by Deacon David Hockwalt

DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.

We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this reflection. Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this reflection will help us all better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. We want to come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

The kind of woman God chose to be His mother was humble, gentle, and obedient. Many times, to be blessed and chosen by God means a crown of joy and a cross of sorrow. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

The kind of woman God chose to be His mother was humble, gentle, and obedient. Many times, to be blessed and chosen by God means a crown of joy and a cross of sorrow.

We must come to know that God does not choose a person for ease, comfort, and selfish joy. Mary’s soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, her spirit rejoices in God her Savior.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

 

Holy Dependence

What is holy dependence and how can you use this in your life? In this podcast, we talk about how we can find peace that surpasses all understanding.Holy Dependence – Episode 181

What is holy dependence and how can you use this in your life? In this podcast, we talk about how we can find peace that surpasses all understanding.

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How often do we find ourselves floundering when instead we should put our trust in the Lord?

Often, right? Well, that is going to change now. When we think about dependence we consider this a weakness. We want to be self sufficient and independent. But, depending on the almighty or Holy Dependence is actually a good thing.

 

I love it when family and friends ask me to pray. Does this happen to you? How often I’ve said yes, and then proceed to forget. Now if someone asks me to pray via text or email, or social media I stop right then ask the Holy Spirit for the right words and type in a prayer. Once I’ve written it I ask the Lord to call to mind those who need my prayers. Sometimes I find that someone in need of prayer keeps coming to mind, like recently when a good friend’s husband fell, he kept coming to mind and my husband and I prayed often together for our dear friend.

 

Our family and friends depend on us. And, we depend on our family and friends—sometimes daily. They are there for us to hear us when we are happy or upset. They are there to offer advice and support. Yet more than that we have a spiritual family that we can rely on for the help that we need in a way that is greater. Years ago I began a Facebook page which is still there, A Few Minutes with God – it was a place that people could go to ask for prayer and then, the best part to share what God has done for them. I am sharing this now because we are going to start posting again regularly there. It is a community of believers, and hopefully will be a help and an inspiration for you.

We hold on to this life and cling to the things that will not last. Where do you put your hope? Is it your family, your friends, your job? Maybe it is the things that you have a home, car, or the extras we fill our lives with.

 

This passage is called the Dead to Sin and Alive in Christ passage on Biblegateway.com

Romans 6: 1-5

 

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.

 

If we know that we know that we know that there is an everlasting life then we should live this life like it counts, and that means place our trust in the Lord and the things of will give us joy. Jesus is the perfect representation of God in all that He does and it is captured for us in the Scriptures. Jesus is the manifestation and the revelation of God and Jesus’ love mirrors the love of the Father and His mercy. A mirror is a reflection and we can see the truth when looking into one. It is said that only a fool holds on to what he can not keep – but it is more important that we hold on to what we can not lose. We can not lose our inheritance in Christ if we live a life that is godly and pleasing to the Almighty. When we grow in our faith we begin to imitate our Lord.

Scripture if full of stories and miracles of things that happened that gave the people faith. Jesus warned those who were in sin to go forth and sin no more, after He healed them. Jesus can cleanse us in everything that is not good and harmful in our lives. No matter how sinful we are God has his arms opened to us.

 

Let’s think about this – do you know of any other instance in this life that someone says, “Come if you are sinful and I will take you in?” Of course not! In this world there is evil, there is sin, there is a hardening of heart. There all all types of challenges we have as we face each day, and for some those challenges are much greater than for others. We must place our trust in God in God and in this way our dependence becomes holy. It becomes sanctified if we ask for forgiveness for our sins.

 

Today take the time to really think about the things that you are dependent upon, the conviences in our life and be sure that your hope and trust is not of this world, but of the next.

Let’s pray.

Dear Lord we come before you and we ask for the holy dependence that is centered around You have the gift of everlasting life, you have the answers to our needs and our prayers those we ask of you and those in our hearts, Lord please show us your will and help us to bridge the gap of the here and now to the everlasting – help us to follow you each and every day and say yes Lord, and I pray for the following intentions and needs… and I pray this in Jesus’ precious Name, Amen!

 

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 8, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. We need to know and believe that to eat His living bread means to unite ourselves to Jesus.Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We need to know and believe that to eat His living bread means to unite ourselves to Jesus. We should never neglect a message from God because we do not care for the messenger.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Special Replay: God’s Mercy

God's MercyGod’s Mercy IS Everlasting

God is good. And God is merciful. But do we really understand the amazing power behind the Mercy of God? In this episode, we will discuss God’s mercy and the fact that He can forgive your sins if you just let Him.

Thank you to …the movie Like Arrows. This family-friendly movie deals with marriage, children and aging in grace as a couple. You will love this movie! Look for it at a theatre near you, and save some money to buy the DVD for your home library!

Do we trust in God? Do we trust in His mercy and forgiveness? If we do we wouldn’t walk around with the burdens of the world on our back. We’d be happy and joyous and hopefully, after listening to today’s episode we will all feel that way.

Forgiveness of sin is a funny thing and it combines so many elements of the human nature. One is guilt, we are guilty we sin. The second is blame. We often blame others for our sin and it isn’t our fault. The third is unforgiveness, we can’t forgive others or ourselves.

The greatest of sinners can go to the feet of Jesus and beg for mercy and He will grant it! We are made up of body, and soul. For more information about this – go here for a balanced view that Catholics and Protestants agree upon. It is the soul that is wounded when we sin. Our souls live beyond this life while our bodies die. It is for this reason that our faith in God’s love and mercy are so important.

If we appeal to the mercy of Jesus he hears us! God is compassionate and He wants us to repent. He wants us to go to Him with everything. With all our hurts, with our failures, with our sins. Especially with our sins. God will grant us more mercy and grace than we can ask for – because He is God.

This calls to mind the Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-32 This young man had it all riches and a father who loved him. He threw all of that away to live the life he wanted without his family and obviously in sin.

He had to reject his family in order to live a life of sin. We too reject God in order to sin.

My mother left me this book that was one of her favorites. I read it over the course of three years because it was the diary of a cloistered nun from Poland. It had so much information that I digested slowly over time. The book is The Divine Mercy by Sister now Saint Faustina, In it she says that the Lord asked her to write:

“…before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…”

This makes so much sense in the light of who God is – He is mercy and He is justice.

If we don’t repent, turn back to God and ask for His mercy then we must expect His justice. I would rather ask for mercy and the grace to “sin no more.” The scriptures are filled with Jesus healing people.

Bible.org has a wonderful explanation of the places in Scripture where Jesus healed as well as a comparison of the different accounts in Scripture that not only showed the authority of Jesus to heal as the Son of God but also His ability to forgive sins, the most important aspect. The authority to forgive sins from Matthew: this is a great reference from Bible.org. 

God's MercyWhat would we rather have, the forgiveness of our sins or the healing of our bodies? I hope we all say mercy from God to justify us, to make us clean to grant us mercy. This is such an important part of God’s plan for us, His Mercy. His mercy is Divine, His mercy is more than we can understand.

God’s arms are always wide open we are the ones who won’t step into His embrace. We turn our backs, we say…not right now God but maybe in a little bit. We are always busy. I think being busy is one of the greatest sins we have – we are too busy to deal with the important things in life and the most important is the love of God, then our spouse, then our children, then our friends. I think most of the time we have it wrong putting work above all things.

God’s mercy endures the ages. We only have to lay down our sins and ask for His mercy, that brings excitement and joy to my heart!

Let’s pray.

Lord, you have given us your love and mercy and for this, I am forever grateful! Thank you for opening wide the door of your mercy! Lord, I place my trust in your mercy, I find comfort in the fact that you delight in me trusting in Your mercy and You will grant me more graces than I ask for! I find comfort in the thought that you will not judge me harshly if I trust in Your mercy. Thank you, Lord, for your mercy… Jesus, I trust in You, today and Always. Amen.

 

 

Meet Melanie Rigney, Author

Meet Melanie Rigney

Melanie is an author of three great books, Sisterhood of Saints; Radical Saints and Menopause Moments. Our interview focused mainly on Menopause Moments, published by Twenty-Third Publications.  She also writes for Living Faith, Catholic Update and Viva Mercy.

Why this journal?

Aging and change are a part of life. Menopause is inevitable and yet often ignored. Instead of fighting it, look at it as a time of spiritual growth as we do other life challenges.

The journal is a tool to look at the changes in our bodies and offer them up in prayer and reflection. As I said in the episode, I laughed many times while reading the reflection Melanie wrote.

What’s inside the book?

39 reflections, scripture verses, and prayer prompts with room to write a few lines of your own. There is also a suggested action to take for the topic covered. All of this is on 2 facing pages!

Find out more about all of Melanie’s work on her website, Rejoice! Be Glad!

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When you are struggling, remember that God is with you, as it says in Exodus 3:12, “I will be with you.”

 

A reflection on Matthew 11:20-24 by Deacon David Hockwalt: Woe to you!

A reflection on Matthew 11:20-24 by Deacon David Hockwalt: Woe to you!A reflection on Matthew 11:20-24 by Deacon David Hockwalt: Woe to you!

DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.

We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this reflection. Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this reflection will help us all better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. We want to come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 1, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 1, 2021 - Bread of Life Bible Study  There is a hunger in all of us for truth, life, and love.Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 1, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

There is a hunger in all of us for truth, life, and love. We need to always remember that Christ alone can satisfy the hunger of the human heart and soul. The seal of God has been placed upon all who believe in Jesus Christ, and that seal of truth was placed there by the Holy Spirit.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Special Replay: Scripture Reflections

Scripture ReflectionsScripture Reflections

Scripture reflections should be a normal part of our study of the Bible. When we read the Bible it is more than just a book, it is the inspired and infallible word of Almighty God. How can you get the most out of reading your Bible, and do you have a personal agenda when you read? Do you go back to those tired and true Scriptures, reading and re-reading the same ones? Do you play Bible roulette where you “test” the Lord and pray for a particular thing and then open the Bible to see if God has answered you in His Word? Or are you willing to listen, to be drawn to the Bible and read through a particular book of the Bible stopping and reflecting?

There are many Scripture reflections already completed for you – these can be short Bible verse that has an accompanying story either a true account or a fictionalized account that gives you an understanding of the main points of the verse. These are great especially if you want a daily reading that is short for each day. I really like these for the children. Some of our favorite books were geared to specific things the children liked for example sports. My son’s favorite was one that had a sports theme. My daughter liked the shorter books that really pointed to the main emphasis of the Scripture in a heartfelt manner, Jesus Calling.

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Scripture reflections should be part of what we do each and every time we read the Word. Scripture is one way to get to know God better, to interact with the Holy Spirit because we should pray to the Holy Spirit to open our minds, our hearts, our eyes and our ears to what the Lord is teaching us during our reading.

When reading the Bible here are my top ten points.

  1. Pray first. Ask the Lord into your heart. Pray for forgiveness for anyone who has hurt you or you have a hard time forgiving and focus on repentance.
  2. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the wisdom to understand the Bible verses you read or at the very least to teach you something you can apply to your life.
  3. Try for consistency – each and every day plan to read.
  4. Use a highlighter – or underline the verses that jump out at you. There are special highlighter pencils you can use on your Bible that won’t bleed through.
  5. Write in your Bible – there isn’t much room, but sometimes a special note will help you in the future when you read this passage again.
  6. Write a Scripture verse that moves you – or you feel is important.
  7. Close your eyes and listen … is God speaking to you? Write what you feel.
  8. Don’t jump around if you can help it. Try to read through a book of the Bible – you can begin in Genesis, in Proverbs. Or the book of Luke.
  9. Keep track. Keep a list of the books you are reading.
  10. Share with others. It helps me to remember and often gives me more insights when I share what I’ve read with my family or a friend.

Let’s pray –

Dear Lord, I ask you for an understanding of Your Word as I read the Holy Bible. I pray for direction on where to start, and for the ability to be impacted so that I want to change my life for the better as I read and learn more about You. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit, give me wisdom, understanding and the fortitude to read the Bible each and every day. I ask for inspiration as I journal about what I read and the ability to clearly express what I learn with others. I pray that the Bible becomes my resource and guide to learning more and growing in my faith and love of you, and I pray this in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

The Root of “Wants”

Why do we buy the things we buy?The Root of “Wants”

Why do we buy the things we buy? Why does the person choose to buy a $400,000 car as compared to buying a $40,000 car? They both accomplish the basic needs of transportation. Why does a person buy a $4,000 purse as compared to buying a purse at Walmart for $25? Again, they accomplish the same task of carrying your items. What is the definition between want and need? I think the answer is found in materialism. We are concerned about what others think of us. What is profoundly strange is, we care about the perception of others who don’t even know us. The man driving a luxury car envisions others sitting at the stoplight looking over and being impressed by their car. A woman walking in the mall with her $5,000 purse carries it in a manner so that other women can see it. Women she doesn’t even know. Materialism is the root of these purchases. Materialism shakes us from buying an item to satisfy a need versus buying an item we want to impress others. Scripture speaks about this topic in detail.

Luke 12:15

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

2 Corinthians 4:18

So we fix our eyes on not what is seen, but on the unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal

Matthew 6:21

For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 25, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Jesus does not give us barley, He gives us Himself, and He gives Himself to all who come forward and say, "I hunger and thirst." Jesus hungers for you.Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus does not give us barley, He gives us Himself, and He gives Himself to all who come forward and say, “I hunger and thirst.” Jesus hungers for you.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Striving For Holiness

Holiness looks different for each one of us, but the one constant? We can strive for holiness. It is possible to work toward a goal of a deeper relationship with Christ.Striving For Holiness -Episode 180

Holiness looks different for each one of us, but the one constant? We can strive for holiness. It is possible to work toward a goal of a deeper relationship with Christ. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? That answer is up to you.

We strive for holiness every time we pray, and ask the Lord to become a part of our lives. We can learn about the Lord, study the Word and spend time doing the “right” thing – but an encounter with Christ is an experience and it is the only way that we will have the motivation to keep on when times are hard.

Jesus began his public ministry with Baptism. He gave us an example. He was baptized symbolically, but when we are baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, it is truly the initiation into the Christian life. We believe that it is a remission or forgiveness of prior sins and a clean slate. We are baptized with water, and the further explanation by Christ was in his conversation with Nicodmeus when he said, if you are born by water and the spirit you would be saved. It was a beginning not an end.

Many believe going through the Christian rituals or checking off the boxes of faith is all that they need. In my church—we believe it is a sacrament of initiation… that means the beginning. Yet many people think it is a get-out-of-jail-or hell card. No need to do anything else … they are saved. There is some truth in that… we can not do anything to earn our salvation, only Christ by his life, death and resurrection could purchase eternal life for us, however not working toward holiness is not recommended… if we do not move ahead and work toward a goal, if we do NOT strive for holiness then we cannot really say we are saved.

Leading a Bible study is good – going to a Christian focus or encounter group, sharing your faith with like-minded Christians, attending church, all good… but what is the result? It is a deeper relationship with Christ. It is that transformation that only faith can give you, and in this way, it pours out in all that you do. It is like looking outside after a rainstorm and seeing all the dirt washed away. Another expression is a new spring time when things are growing and spouting and looking toward the sun, in this case SON with an o.

Let’s look at what Paul said in Acts 19: Read all of it but I will stop at Acts 19:1-7

“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when[a] you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[b] and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

 

The baptism was repentance, meaning a forgiveness from sins… which is what we believe still today and laying hands on them and praying for the Holy Spirit is what we call Confirmation or a baptism in the Spirit in some churches. This infilling of God’s grace is the Lord giving us the tools we need to do the job.

 

Further on in Acts we read that Paul got frustrated with the people. He encouraged them that

when we make a commitment – being baptized and infilled with the Holy Spirit it mean denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following Him – Jesus, not Paul! Many who are less committed think, forget this, that is too hard. I shared in my earlier podcasts that this was me… I knew a committed Christian friend whose life was a mess. If it was bad, it happened to her…but she still praised God in all things and looked at life as a blessing. My thoughts back then were less than holy – something along the lines of… well I’m glad I’m not an over-the-top Christian. And, look at where I am today… an over-the-top Christian with a podcast talking about spending time with God and an entire Christian podcast network that I started several years ago… God can take a half filled vessel and make it whole, and what does it take? Being open to God’s will in your life and saying that yes. To cut myself some slack, even with those thoughts I had about faith I never once denied God or felt like I didn’t believe. I just thought I could believe on my terms.

 

Do you follow the Bible of whatever your name is? The Bible of Agnus, or the Bible of David, or John? The Bible of Jan or Frank? That means we follow the things that are easy. But that is not growing in holiness – growing in holiness is getting out of our own way, our insecurities and worries and allowing the Lord to infill us with His way – the way of truth and light.

 

When we allow ourselves to go through a process of purification, giving up that sin in our lives that is making us miserable anyway, we can more clearly follow the Lord. Read all of Romans 8 but here is Romans 8:1-4

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

Friends do not get confused by the church as in what people in charge are doing – the Church as I believe it was ordained with an unbreakable succession from Christ to Peter – and yet men mess up all the time and people lose their faith in the Creator God the Father, the Son – Jesus and the Holy Spirit because they look those who are fallible and say, there is no God. There is a God but there is sin and it is entrenched in our world – the enemy, the liar works overtime in corruption of those who are weak.

 

And then we have Ephesians And then we have Ephesians 6 – The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Again, read all of this book and you will see how this can help you to grow in holiness.

I wanted to end with a checklist for growing in holiness instead of starting with one, because this way you can make it your own after hearing this podcast – make it tailored to you!

1.     Make a goal. Take little steps. Is it prayer? Is it reading scripture? Is it journaling?

2.     Work on this goal each day.

3.     Repent each night before you go to bed.

4.     Wake up each day praising God.

5.     Ask the Lord daily for direction.

That’s it! No walking through fires or coal. No writing on the board 100x I shall pray, I shall pray. The love and joy that is available freely for all who believe, is a gift that keeps on giving, and through this giving gift to us – we can then pour into others. May God be blessed!

Let’s pray – Oh, Lord I want to grow in holiness but I am just not sure how you want me to approach this goal. I want to know you love you and serve you in a deeper way. Please show me how and bring me opportunities so that I can be a blessing to others, and grow closer to you. I pray for the following people in my life… and I pray this in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!

A New Women’s Devotional, Called by Name

What’s different?

Let’s be honest, there are so many devotionals that it can be hard to choose.

 

What makes this new devotional, Called by Name from Women in the New Evangelization edited by Kelly M. Wahlquist, Allison Gingras and Alyssa Bormes different? First, there are new voices; second, the daily devotions are brief yet powerful; third, it suggests do-able ways to take what you have reflected on and bring it to the world.

Each Day

Each daily page, yes, one page for each day, includes a scripture verse or two, a 300-word reflection, a prayer and a response. You are invited to journal on your scripture with the companion journal which guides you through Lectio Divina, a timeless way to engage with scripture. The journal is not dated, so if you miss a day or two months, it’s okay, you won’t have empty pages staring at you between the times you journal.

What is in the bundle and where can I get it?

The Called by Name bundle includes the book of 366 daily devotionals, a journal, journal stickers, prayer bookmark, and a Called by Name sticker at Women in the New Evangelization.

Allison has a great love of scripture, journaling and books! You can follow her on her website,  Reconciled to You, where you’ll find out all about the wonderful work she is doing.

Her challenge is this, spend 5 minutes a day journaling after reading scripture. You may find it a big help in your spiritual life.

 

 

Love Your Enemies???

Love Your Enemies??? A reflection on Matthew 5:43-48 by Deacon David Hockwalt.A reflection on Matthew 5:43-48 by Deacon David Hockwalt: Love Your Enemies???

DEACON DAVID HOCKWALT was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.

We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this reflection. Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this reflection will help us all better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness. We want to come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name!

Special Replay: Divine Appointments

Divine AppointmentsDivine Appointments

Have you missed Divine appointments? Have you experienced one? What is a Divine appointment? All this and more will be discussed in this podcast.

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What is a Divine Appointment?

It is a time when the Lord allows you to meet someone who you can help – perhaps by sharing the Lord, something He’s done for you – or perhaps just listen and pray for someone. You will know it is from the Lord because:

  1. The person will say, “How did you know?” or something similar.
  2. You can’t remember saying that –or you feel lead by the Lord to pray for the person.
  3. The person expresses an improvement in their situation – perhaps you’ve helped them by praying, or shared a situation with them that the Lord is urging you to share and it is just what they needed to here. Or, perhaps you tell them about the Lord and lead them to a prayer of acceptance of the Lord Jesus as Savior!

Have you experienced one?

  1. Someone has helped you through a situation and you feel so blessed by it.
  2. Someone responds to a need without you even sharing you had this need.
  3. A person calls who you meant to call – possibly lead by the Lord because the Lord has put you on this person’s heart… and that person helps you in some way.

How can you hear the Lord to intercede for someone else?

The entire theme of these podcasts is listening to the Lord – hence the name of this podcast – AFMWG … are you spending time daily in prayer? Are you growing in your walk with the Lord each day? I heard a wonderful sermon where the pastor taught if you are not moving ahead you are moving behind!

Keep praying and asking the Lord to use you – to use you to intercede for others in prayer, to use you in ministry to others, however, you feel prompted to be used by Him. If you have someone you can pray with for discernment if it is something big – like street ministry (share Sue Ellen’s invitation to me…) etc. do pray with a pastor or friend.

Keep an open mind – hearing the Lord takes practice if we are so busy talking it is hard sometimes to discern HIS voice over our own.

Know by the fruit if you mess up – if you reach out and someone is not open to hearing anything or you don’t feel like you are helping that was from YOU and not the Lord. It happens – just learn from this experience but don’t shut the door! It is better to be a fool for the Lord than to just be a fool!

Sometimes a person may not be ready to hear and you are only planting seeds – just quietly pray first before calling or approaching a person and the best advice I can give you is to say nothing unless you are prompted by the Lord to speak! Sometimes the best advice is no advice and just a listening ear… (share Gina’s listening ear to me!).

  1. You keep thinking about this person – and you pray for them, but the Lord keeps bringing this person to mind. This may mean you need to reach out to them – check in and say, “hi!”
  2. If you do reach out – listen!
  3. Pray as the person talks – ask the Lord to give you the words HE wants you to say

Share the story about “Mary” – waitress – led her to the Lord.

Heavenly Father, I ask you to let me know when I should be your hands, your feet and your voice to someone in need. Father, use me to do your will – use me to help others – use me to be an intercessor in prayer by calling someone to mind who needs prayers. Lord help me to learn to discern your small still voice so I can know it is from you and not my own thoughts. Lord I pray for all who a, e listening today, that you send your Holy Spirit with every good gift – renew the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives, stir up the Spirit to minister to others, and I pray this in the precious Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 18, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study.

Much of the trouble in our own lives is that we do not know how to be still and listen.Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” Much of the trouble in our own lives is that we do not know how to be still and listen. Psalm 46:11 “Be still and know that I am God.”

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

The Spiritual Exercises

Who is St. Ignatius?

Ignatius was born in Spain in 1491 and at 16 began serving at court and enjoying the good life of romance, fine clothes and gambling. He joined the army and in a battle in 1521 was struck by a cannonball to the knee and the trajectory of his life changed.

500 Years

This year is the 500th anniversary of that event and of Ignatius’ conversion to be of and in the world to a man who wanted to serve God alone.

Recovery and Conversion

During his recovery, he read the lives of saints and The Life of Christ. He realized he could live for the world or live for God. He chose God.

For me, the Spiritual Exercises were a turning point in my spiritual journey. They have helped me detach and learn to focus on what is important, turning away from the things that take my focus off God.

Read the quote from St. Igantius and think about how you are doing in praising, reverencing and serving God.

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Decree Who You Are

Your words have power to Decree a Thing and God will do it for you!Decree Who You Are

Join Lucia on this exciting show as she begins a new series on Decreeing a Thing! She shares that your words have power to Decree a Thing and God will do it for you! This week she encourages you to Decree Who You Are according to the Word of God so you can create your future reality today!

Psalm 81:10 in the Passion Translation says, “I am your only God, the living God. Wasn’t I the one who broke the strongholds over you and raised you up out of bondage? Open your mouth with a mighty decree, I will fulfill it now, you’ll see! He words that you speak, so shall it be!

To change your world, your image, or your mindset, you must simply begin changing the words you are speaking and decreeing over your life.

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Lucia shares that as you decree who you are according to God’s Word, you will begin changing your world by building your faith to overcome the lies of the enemy to realize your true identity in Jesus Christ!

Lucia walks you through decrees from her recently published book to build your faith to know who you are and what you have according to God’s Word. When you know who you are and how God sees you, you begin changing your perspective of how you see yourself so you can either begin walking in victory or walking in a greater dimension of victory that God created you to walk in!

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 11, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Jesus sent out his disciples in pairs. Our strength comes from God but He meets many of our needs through teamwork with others.  Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 11, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Jesus sent out his disciples in pairs. Our strength comes from God but He meets many of our needs through teamwork with others.  He wants us to rely completely on the power of the Holy Spirit within us.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

 

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Freedom in Christ

What does true freedom in Christ look like?Freedom in Christ

What does true freedom in Christ look like? Many believe religion is a set of rules, a thou shalt and thou shalt not, but it is so much more. True freedom comes from a deep and abiding love of Jesus Christ. This show examines your personal journey.

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So, freedom is our topic and it seems appropriate with July 4th being celebrated here in the US that our freedom is so pivotal to our lives. What does freedom mean to you? Is it doing anything you want to do whenever you want to do it? What does that look like to you? Each of us has a different idea of what freedom means.

Freedom can mean leaving sin behind. You may not realize that sin is slavery. Whatever that sin may be and there are many, the addiction to sin without the ability to break it is truly a struggle. It can be something simple like an addiction to chocolate, gluttony, or even shopping or more severe like pornography or drugs.

The end result of sin is death, the death of our souls. Just like an addiction to drugs or even smoking can hurt our physical bodies, so too a sin can hurt our mortal souls.

When we sin the first thing that we do is rationalize it. In our minds and then in our hearts. Well, it isn’t that bad, or it is okay if that is what I want it is not hurting anyone. Or, we are consenting adults and can do whatever we would like. The amazing thing about sin is that God does not force His way on us. We choose to be in that sin.

So when I hear people say that religion is too restricting, I can easily answer that no, sin is too restricting because often you can’t leave it behind. But freedom, true freedom is knowing that God forgives and gives us the free will to sin no more, or to continue in our destructive behavior.

Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Slavery to sin is all around us, and we see it clearly now. Before it was shrouded in a dark, smoke-filled room. There were inklings of sin, there were little hints here and there, but now? Now it is a free-for-all, and sin reigns in the hearts of many. The idea of self-preservation has taken hold like never before. Fear is our greatest enemy and it can be used by the enemy to control. Think about this.

What does sin give us? It gives us many byproducts. It gives us guilt, the guilt of indulgence. It gives us sickness and disease, it gives us moral corruption.

What does freedom in Christ give us? It gives us the truth; it gives us joy – the joy that surpasses all understanding. It gives us the ability to wake up each morning without guilt, and it gives a clear vision of where we are going. I heard one of my favorite speakers share that we should weep and ask for forgiveness each night for our sins. And when we do, the Lord will forgive us. With this knowledge of forgiveness, we can begin each day with joy – because we have repented before the Lord. If it is a serious sin, one that can hurt our mortal souls, we should seek counsel from clergy in confession for a Catholic or a pastor for a protestant.

Just the other day I was delighted when a young man approached my friend and I after daily mass and asked what time confession happened at the church – he shared he had been away from the church for some time and wanted to come back. He wanted to talk to a pastor and work through his forgiveness. This is what freedom looks like. He was fearless and it looked like the Lord was already working in his life.

When we ask for forgiveness we are acknowledging the need for repentance. This thought is our conscience speaking and it can only speak if it is well-formed.

Read 1 Corinthians 10 – here, Paul is saying that while food and drink were no longer banned as in the time of the Old Testament, that did not mean that everything is beneficial. We know that overeating can make us sick, or eating the wrong types of foods if we are allergic. Would we willingly eat something that can make us sick? No—of course not, but then why can’t we refrain from the things that are evil and can hurt our souls?

Sometimes people think that if they give up sin they are doing it for God. It goes something like this, “Lord—I am giving up evil for you, now please do this and this for me.” We bargain with God – I’ll do this if you do that. Giving up sin will give us freedom. It is not a bargaining tool. I learned this a week ago when I felt the need to repent and I thought about fasting. I would fast all day and eat one meal at night. After the first week, I decided to do it another week, and felt that the Lord said, “Did I ask you to do this?” My second week of fasting was not for any particular reason, whereas the first week was… and I felt called to do it. So, I listened.

This voice is one that we have to learn to hear, we hear it in our hearts and we can answer with a yes or a no – sure, it would not have hurt anything or anyone to fast each week, but my purpose was not to lose weight, it was repentance.

The freedom we want in our lives and the joy can only come when we are free of guilt. When we do what is right, when we are in communion with God, when we seek the eternal good over the temporal we will discover that joy that we crave. Many of the sinful acts are ones that bring temporary enjoyment. But that is not the same as joy – or happiness that is free from guilt. Even the most hardened sinner who thinks wrong is right and right is wrong, is often very angry when they spew their nonsense. I listed the other day in passing to a man who was claiming that what he believed should be elevated among all other things – but then, he completed the sentence condemning the Christians for their bias and Christianity had been foisted on those and forced.

You can not force someone to believe – in fact, there is no way humanly possible to force Christianity, true Christianity that changes a soul. That my friends is a gift, it is a pure gift from the Almighty that calls to us and brings us to that higher place that is where we stand with God and not against Him. True freedom is deciding for ourselves if we will answer the call if we will accept the gift from the Almighty and in this way, open our hearts for even more blessings in our lives.

Let’s pray – Lord please teach me what true freedom looks like – what is true freedom in Christ and how can I lead a life that is beneficial to my soul. Lord allow me to hear your voice, and lead me, show me the joy that true freedom from sin can bring and I pray specifically for the following needs… and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Fun Summer Fiction Reads with Karina Fabian

Unexpected!

Karina Fabian loves to write speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction and horror stories. She reminds us that God gave us our imagination, it is a sacred gift for us to use to create something wonderful. Do you expect to see nuns in space? Or a gumshoe dragon named Vern?

The beginnings

While dating her husband, both in the military, they traded puns on their dates. And then stories followed. So Karina wrote, starting in 1993 and then getting more serious about it in 1997. How serious, well she has over 20 novels and is a part of numerous anthologies.

What’s going on now?

Karina has written journals so you can try your hand at writing. Her website, FabianSpace, has all of her books, published by Laser Cow Press. There is also a blog page with chapters of her latest work. Take a look, she has an amazing imagination and style!

Read a book that is outside your typical style or genre. Read something just for the fun of it!

Special Replay: Habits – Listening to God

This week Lucia shares how perfecting the habit of listening to God for His instructions. #podcast #christian #habitsJoin Lucia as she finishes her series on Habits. This week Lucia shares how perfecting the habit of listening to God for His instructions, and then exercising your faith to follow through with them will help you live the victorious life you were created to live.

When life seems out of order, many times it’s because we either haven’t asked God for His plan or His instructions for our life; or He’s given us the plan and instructions, but we’ve decided to do our own thing instead of following through with His plan.

When we stay connected to God’s plans for our life, we’ll do things we never thought possible in our own strength and abilities.  Life is much more fun when you decide to get your eyes off your own abilities and limitations, and have the audacity to trust in, and rely on God’s abilities in you to get the job done!

God wants us to be like Paul and realize He doesn’t choose us for our strengths; He chooses us because of our weakness.  He’s not concerned with your natural limitations and abilities, He just wants you to have faith in Him and His abilities in you, and then have the determination to see the job through to competition!

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A Moment with Scripture: A Reflection on Matthew 5:13-16

We are the salt of the earth. How do we “flavor” the world? A Moment with Scripture: a Reflection on Matthew 5:13-16 by Deacon Dave.

We are the salt of the earth. How do we “flavor” the world?

This podcast is provided for you by Magnificat®, A Ministry to Catholic Women.  We pray that today may be a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast.

Taken from Luke: 1, the Magnificat is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. Through the Magnificat Podcast, we can come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me and holy is His Name! Magnificat exists to evangelize and to encourage Catholic women to grow in holiness through opening more fully to the power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit and is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, an image of the Church, and model for all Christians, especially women.

 

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A Time to Buy and a Time to Sell

I have been bombarded with questions regarding real estate in the recent months. Is it a good time to buy? Is it a good time to sell? A time to buy and a time to sell

I have been bombarded with questions regarding real estate in the recent months. Is it a good time to buy? Is it a good time to sell? Will rates go back up? Should I do a 15 or 30 year mortgage? All very good questions. Let me give my opinion if I may. The housing market is cyclical. It has peaks and valleys. We saw a big price increase in the early 2000’s and then the bottom fell out in 2008. Being a seller and buyer is also cyclical. It’s a good time to sell and a bad time to buy right now. People are getting more than asking price for their homes and people are paying 25-30% more than what they should on a home. For people who are considering buying a home in areas where there is huge demand, I suggest renting until the market levels out. It is my opinion that we will start seeing defaults on mortgages which will lower the housing prices. Why such a dramatic change currently? Demand is why we see prices increases. There are more people moving into the red states and not enough houses for them to buy. This isn’t rocket science. Increased demand and not enough product equals economics 101. If you are a seller, I think you may have another year or two at best before you see prices starting to drop. As they say, get while the getting is good. Buyers, don’t get pushed into a bad deal which is what I am seeing currently. Stick to what you can afford and stay within your budget.

8 Inspirational Quotes From Famous Women

8 Inspirational Quotes From Famous WomenEpisode 91–8 Inspirational Quotes From Famous Women

 

This week’s Working Woman Radio Show features 8 inspirational quotes from famous women like Oprah Winfrey, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Margaret Thatcher, and others.

Below are a few of the quotes.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”–Eleanor Roosevelt

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”–Harriet Tubman

“If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and would achieve nothing.”--Margaret Thatcher

 

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 4, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Jesus has shown us in this Gospel message that if people do not give you any attention or respect for the work you do in God's name, that does not make your work any less important.  Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 4, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Jesus has shown us in this Gospel message that if people do not give you any attention or respect for the work you do in God’s name, that does not make your work any less important.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Special Replay: Where is God In The Midst Of Tragedy?

Where is God In The Midst Of Tragedy?Where Is God In The Midst of Tragedy?

We often hear of a horrific event and we think, “Where is God in the midst of tragedy?” The news is all around us. Our phones send us alerts, and we have instant access to information and the availability of 24/7 news coverage. Days after any tragedy there is a constant barrage of television coverage. While this is understandable it can take a toll on our nerves and those of our loved ones.

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Show Notes:

When tragedy strikes there a sense of shock, disbelief, heartache, and sadness. When something senseless happens like the recent high school shooting, anger is added to the mix.

I remember the Columbine tragedy, the Challenger disaster, the Twin Towers – hijacked planes, the First Baptist Church massacre, the mass shootings in Las Vegas and now the tragic shooting of teens and one teacher at a high school in Parkland, Florida…

Where is God in the Midst of Tragedy?

How do we deal with this senseless act of violence?

So many times we want to ignore it we want to pretend it didn’t happen and we bury the emotional pain and trauma. Especially if we are removed in the sense that it didn’t happen to us. When the situation is closer to home, when it happens to us with a death of a loved one or an accident we often have all of the same feelings, only deeper.

When something happens that is an accident, or if an illness of a loved one is long, we tend to deal with it differently. Accidents happen, they are a way of life, the same with illness and death. If you’ve lived you’ve experienced it, none of us are unscathed this side of heaven.

Evil is real and the enemy is strong, but not as strong and victorious as our God. Free will gives us all the chance for great things. However, some turn their backs on good and opt for evil.

But God is here, He is real, He answers prayer. However, he answers prayers as He wants to in His perfect will and in His time. Friends, we can’t make God into our own image. We can’t expect Him to answer prayers according to our will.

I want to leave you with three points when you wonder where God is in the midst of tragedy…

  1. Identify the grief you are feeling and deal with it.
  2. Realize all evil is not from God, however, we can’t blame Satan. Yes, evil begins with sin, but we are capable of choice – we must take responsibility for our actions. We have free will.
  3. God is good all the time. We need to remember this. All that is good is from God.

Let’s pray—and keep those who are directly effected by this tragedy in your care, Lord – we pray for the families, for the first responders, for all the children effected, for the town, for those who heard about it in the media. Keep us in your care Lord, protect us and allow us to focus on you. And we pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

Why Save?

I see the problems people face when they have no savings and get into a “tight spot”. What prevents us from saving money?Why Save?

I have discussed the topic of the need to save money for 25 years. I see the problems people face when they have no savings and get into a “tight spot”. What prevents us from saving money? The worldview ways of handling money is the culprit. Many people are buried in debt and have nothing left to tithe or save. House payments, car payments, credit card payments, medical payments, etc. all are hurdles in our quest to be good savers. Scripture is very clear on the need to save money and how to do it. As a financial planner, I am telling you, debt is your biggest enemy. Let’s look at what scripture says about saving.

Proverbs 6:6-8:

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.”

Proverbs 13:16:

“Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.”

Proverbs 21:5:

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”

Proverbs 24:27:

“Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.”

Luke 14:28:

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”

Proverbs 10:4-5:

“A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes the rich . He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.”

Proverbs 21:5:

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”

Proverbs 13:11:

“Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.”

1 Corinthians 16:2

“On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.”

Essential Worship Questions

Who needs worship?

Is it God or us? God does not need our worship. We need to worship him. It makes us more inclined to give him honor and reverence and awe. It reminds us to love God above all other people and things.

What are we to worship?

We are meant to worship the creator, not the created. Romans 1:28 says, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”

How are we to worship?

We are meant to come and worship God filled with the SPirit and honestly, not trying to hide anything from him. John 4:4 says, “God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth.”

 

Ask yourself the question, how am I going or entering into worship? If there have blocks or things you are trying to keep hidden, ask God to remove them so you can be free in your worship of him.

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Special Replay: Habits – Today Matters

In Part 4 of Habits – Today Matters, Lucia shares that what you do today really does make a difference, and it affects the rest of your life! #Podcast

In today’s show, Habits – Today Matters, Lucia shares that what you do today really does make a difference for your goals, and it effects the rest of your life!

Lucia shares a few highlights from John Maxwell’s book Today Matters because it helped her refocus her thinking so she can live every day with purpose. She will help you define what you consider a “successful day,” and then, she will give ideas on how to go about creating a successful day.

Everyone has the power to impact the outcome of their life by focusing on “today”. Benjamin Franklin said, “One today is worth two tomorrows; what I am to be, I am now becoming.” If you want to change your life, change what you’re doing today. Success doesn’t just suddenly occur one day; you prepare for success every day.

Decisions and self-discipline always go together, and you can’t have one without the other if you want to live a victorious life. The only adequate preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today! So, seize the day and make the most of every day of your life so you can live the victorious life God created you to live!

The decisions you make today, and the self-disciple to follow through with those decisions will make your life better. John Wooden says it best, “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

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In Part 4 of Habits – Today Matters, Lucia shares that what you do today really does make a difference, and it affects the rest of your life! #Podcast

 

The “Why” of Stewardship

“Why” is good stewardship important? The question is critical in understanding God’s plan for us.I spent the first 12 years of my adult life in a position of law enforcement. One of the elements of my training was how to interview and what questions were important. Those questions were laid out as the 5 W’s.  We asked who, what, where, when and why during the course of an investigation. I think the last question is extremely important as we learn how to be obedient stewards. “Why” is good stewardship important? The question is critical in understanding God’s plan for us. The most simple money issues in our life can cause massive destruction if improperly handled.  “Why” do we need to avoid debt? Debt is the number one cause for divorce today. Ow many times have you worried about paying bills? How many times have you avoided answering the phone because it may be a debt collector? How much stress could be removed from your lives by not having debt? “Why” do we save for our later years? One of the leading demographics in the work force are previously retired people. Most who return are doing so because they cannot live on social security income alone. Many cannot pay their basic living requirements such as food, healthcare, and utilities. If a person had saved a portion of their income, this issue could have possibly been avoided. There are several money issues surrounding us that can improved on or avoided by knowing the “why” of the stewardship instruction. As a pastor, I have been involved in several end of life experiences. What is similar in every situation is that not one of these people are concerned about their material possessions, how much money they have or how much money they made. They are concerned about what comes next. Our stewardship will be reviewed at our death. What will God say about your stewardship? Did you have more concern for the Kingdom or have more concern about worldly comforts? This is another “Why” question. Why is stewardship important? Because it allows is to honor and glorify God with what has been entrusted to us.

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 27, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

There are two incredible healings in today's gospel. Both required faith. We should never let our fear keep us from reaching out to Jesus.Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

There are two incredible healings in today’s gospel. Both required faith. We should never let our fear keep us from reaching out to Jesus. Fear is useless, what is needed is trust. Genuine faith involves action. Faith that is not put into action is no faith at all.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Blessed Assurance

There are few things in life we have assurance in but with the Lord, we have the blessed assurance that He is there for us. In this episode, we look at the ways that we know, that we know, that we know that God is in charge and there for us.Blessed Assurance – Episode 178

There are few things in life we have assurance in but with the Lord, we have the blessed assurance that He is there for us. In this episode, we look at the ways that we know, that we know, that we know that God is in charge and there for us.

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So many things in life are unknown. In fact, each day is like an adventure we never know what to expect or what we will find. Even if we have everything planned and scheduled the unexpected can throw us off. In fact, this happens to me all of the time. What about your life? Is it predictable? Or, like many do you have unexpected surprises (not the good kind) that take away your peace and sometimes even your joy. My daughter reminded me recently that in my quest for making sure that things go according to plans (mine not necessarily God’s) I tend to rush things. Recently something was not turning out the way I had hoped and she reminded me that it was God’s will and not mine that needed to take a front and center role. And, she is right.

What is the ultimate goal in our lives? The eternal and the salvation of our souls. Not what goes the way we hoped or planned and definitely not what we think should happen rather than what does actually happen. Sure, we can still plan and we can still hope. Hopefully, we are praying with a focus on what is truly important

There is blessed assurance in:

  1. Eternal life for those who follow the Lord. John 10:28 states – I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
  2. God’s enduring love – Psalm 107:1 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever…
  3. Unfailing love – Psalm 36:7 – How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
  4. Faith without sight. We know that we know that we know that God is there for us: 1 Peter 1:8-9 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
  5. God is always with us. Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord your God is with you, he is might to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

Read these scriptures and study them. Write then in a prayer journal. Look them up and the verses that surround them and tell me how you feel after you read them after you allow the words to permeate your heart, and after you rest in the assurance, the blessed assurance that you are not allowed. By opening yourself up to the love of God you will realize that any pain we have or disappointments are already known by the Lord.

When we have hardship and disappointments we typically learn from these experiences. It is after the fact that we realize the growth and the lessons learned. Of course in the midst of the struggles we won’t see this nor will we look at the situation with fondness. None of us want to struggle and hurt. But just as we grow we see that there is no way we would learn what we now know without this effort. This love of God and his provision and this assurance allows us to expand our horizons and to understand that with the Lord we can come as we are.

There are no illusions or false faces we put on because God knows us better than we know ourselves. We can live our lives trying to do the best that we can but the assurance we have is the safety net that is God’s love for us and his providence. We can trust ourselves to His capable hands and realize that He does have plans for us and is willing to allow these plans to unfold if we only ask. We ask Him into our hearts as Christians but often fail to ask Him into our lives.

The ultimate goal? Heaven and we can be assured, John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” What a blessed assurance our salvation is to us as we traverse this obstacle course of the life in which we live avoiding the traps, going around the hardships, and learning from our mistakes.

Let Us Pray – 

I praise you and thank you my God for you are good and gracious. Lord, I trust in you and realize that all that I have and am is known by you… I can rest, rest assured that you are there for me and that in my times of need you are holding me up, even if I do not feel it. Thank you, Lord, for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for loving those I care for and I ask a special blessing for the following… dear Lord please hear my petitions and even those I did not mention, and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Summer Reading for the Working Woman

Summer Reading for the Working WomanEpisode 90–Summer Reading for the Working Woman

 

Deanna Cauthen, the host of The Working Woman Radio Show, shares 10 of her favorite books to encourage summer reading for the working woman.

The nice thing about the summer is that most people usually take vacations during the summer, and this can be a great time to catch up on some reading that you may not have been able to do during the other months of the year.

The list that she shares is not in any particular order as far as preference is concerned.

So she encourages you to put your feet up, kick back, and take a little time to do some reading this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helpful Resources:

The following are a list of the books that I mentioned on the podcast:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

The Wisdom of Menopause  by Christiane Northrup, MD

Emily Posts Complete Encyclopedia of Etiquette by Emily Post

Love is a Verb by Gary Chapman

Soothe Your Nerves by Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett

Becoming  by Michelle Obama 

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

The Boy Crisis by Warren Farrel, Ph. D and John Gray, Ph.D

The Power of a Praying Wife  Stormie Omartian

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Automatic Savings

As a young husband and father, one of my goals was to make as much money as I could. Automatic Savings
As a young husband and father, one of my goals was to make as much money as I could. I discovered was that raising children was expensive. I worked part-time jobs on my days off, I jumped at any available overtime opportunities. The more money I made, the more money I spend. When I started in the financial services industry, I quickly made more money that I ever did serving in the military. I spend almost everything I made. It was a new thing to me to have money and I didn’t handle it very well. 25 years later, I realize it doesn’t matter how much you make if you spend it all. A person who makes 60k a year and saves $10,000 is much better off than the person who makes 100k and saves nothing. People who have not saved anything until they are 40 are very likely to work into their 70’s out of need. The best advice I can give you is that automation is your friend. If you have a retirement plan available through your employer, have your employer withhold at the minimum amount necessary to match your employer’s contribution. If you leave a job for another, DO NOT cash in the retirement plan. Consider rolling it into an IRA that you control. Once again, an IRA is not your emergency fund. If you are self-employed, speak with an advisor that can help you set up a retirement account. Do not put yourself in a situation where you are completely reliant upon social security to fund your elder years. Don’t procrastinate and use excuses to avoid saving money. I have heard many times that people will start to save when they pay off their debt. That day usually never comes. It is difficult to unravel years of bad stewardship, but you can make a positive change if you simply recognize the need to improve.

All Things New: Breaking the Cycle & Raising a Joyful Family

A new Book by Erin McCole Cupp

It is always a pleasure to talk to people I have gotten to know from their writing and social media. I’ve read Erin’s blog and known her work for some time. I was excited to learn about her new book, All Things New: Breaking the Cycle & Raising a Joyful Family published by Our Sunday Visitor.

What is the book about?

Through the framework of the Greatest Commandments and the Beatitudes, Erin tells us how we can have a joyful life, even when our own childhood was less than ideal. She draws on her own and other people’s experiences to show how it’s possible.

Erin wants readers to know that they have the freedom to choose a different path and that it’s possible to break the cycle of abuse and dysfunction.

Keep up with Erin

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It’s up to You

I have been teaching Biblical Stewardship since 2008.It’s up to You!

I have been teaching Biblical Stewardship since 2008. I have acquired various certifications in the discipline such as Certified Stewardship Instructor and Certified Kingdom Advisor. I have spread the stewardship message across many radio stations, podcasts, newspaper articles and blogs during the last 13 years. My observation during that time frame is that most Christians don’t really want to follow scripture regarding financial stewardship. It really comes down to Secular vs Non-Secular. Bible vs worldview. Scripture teaches us to avoid debt, the world says debt is ok. Scripture teaches us to avoid those things that are unclean. The world says as long as your making money, it’s ok. The world says it’s ok to be materialistic and marketing across all avenues pushes that. Scripture tells us coveting and being materialistic is sinful. The world is winning in this race of obedience vs sin. I’ve had Christians tell me that as long as they are making a profit, that’s good stewardship. My friends, that is absurd. Believers can make a huge impact on what God has called us to do, but we must turn form the world’s ways. The devil doesn’t entice with rotten apples.

Special Replay: Habits – Overcoming Procrastination

In Habits, part 3, Join Lucia as she shares how taking charge of your life and overcoming procrastination.

Join Lucia as she shares how taking charge of your life and overcoming procrastination will help you live your best life on purpose. Today’s the day to open the door to the cage of self-imposed limitations so you can step into a bright future that includes freedom, success and victory!

Jeremiah 33:3 tells us, “To call unto God and He will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you don’t know.”  Lucia explains that it’s necessary to make time in your daily schedule to clear your mind and imagine what your life can be like.

Success and procrastination are totally incompatible so if you plan to change your habits, you must discipline yourself of take responsibility for your life and stop putting things off.  Today’s the day to seize the moment – seize the day, because at the end of the year, you don’t want to look back and say, I wish I would have done so and so.

We can’t deny change when it comes to our lives, and we can’t stop making choices to change and grow or we become stagnant in life.  We need to embrace change because it helps us grow. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

Lucia will encourage you to change your habits this year, because if you don’t, this year will be like last year, and next year will be like this year.  Before you know it, you will be at the end of your life with a bag full of wishes and I should haves!

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Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time – June 20, 2021 – Bread of Life Bible Study

Think for a moment about the storms in your life and the situations that cause you great anxiety. In the presence of Jesus, we can have peace even in the wildest storms of life.Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time, June 20, 2021 Bread of Life Bible Study

Think for a moment about the storms in your life and the situations that cause you great anxiety. In the presence of Jesus, we can have peace even in the wildest storms of life.

“There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of God … With humility, boldness, and energy, we must personally hear the Word, pray the Word, study the Word, proclaim the Word, and live the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Introduction for The Bread of Life Bible Study)

Today’s podcast is based on the Bread of Life Catholic Bible Study and presented by the coauthor, Marie Finn. Please visit the website: www.StDismasGuild.org for more information and for supplemental materials.

We pray that today maybe a special day in your life as you experience the presence of Jesus Christ among us through this podcast. May the Lord speak to each heart the words He wants us to hear!

Magnificat, taken from Luke: 1, is the great hymn of praise that Mary prayed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. We trust that this sharing will help us better understand that we are truly children of God, made in His image and likeness, and are called to “go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Join with us as we come together in God’s presence and proclaim that the Almighty has done great things for you and me. Holy is His Name!

To find out more about Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, visit us at www.magnificat-ministry.org

Special Replay: Time Well Spent

Time well spent makes us happy. If we feel accomplished, if we do things on our "lists," it makes us feel that we've spent our time well. Most of us say we need more time each day, we can't finish out tasks, we run out of time. How can we add more time to our days?Special Replay: Time Well Spent

Episode 22

Time well spent makes us happy. If we feel accomplished, if we do things on our “lists,” it makes us feel that we’ve spent our time well. Most of us say we need more time each day, we can’t finish out tasks, we run out of time. How can we add more time to our days?

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When I look at my day I think, “What is the best use of my time each day?” Other than with my friends and family the best time is with God. How can you fill up without the One who truly gives us that grace to get through each day? Who do you spend time with and is that time well spent? In this episode, we explore how you can make the time. Let’s strive to make the most out of every minute of every day.

Look at your day, how can you incorporate time well spent? We all say we don’t have enough time each day!

  1. Identify the time wasters. Relaxing is wonderful for everyone and we don’t need to “produce” every day! However often we say we don’t have enough time for prayer because we don’t use our time wisely.
    • What are the things in your day that waste your time
    • How can you avoid the time wasters
    • Does making a list help you
    • We all waste time, and often we all need a break, so enjoy
  2. What is the one thing you can avoid? Is there something on your list that you can eliminate or reschedule in your day so that you can make more time?
    • Social media
    • Emails in the morning or afternoon
    • Shopping without a list
  3. Can you make 5-10-15 minutes or more to spend with God in prayer? Look at your lists above and see where you can add more time to your day. Five, ten or fifteen minutes helps tremendously! Time well spent with God is so helpful in our day. Often we leave prayer time to night time. Praying in the morning, the first thing you do — will change your life and is truly time well spent.
  4. Who do you spend the most time with? Is it family, friends, virtual friends? Ist it fictional characters in books? Truthfully, sometimes we let virtual friends take the place of real ones. I have good friends online, some I’ve never met in person. Nurture your friendships but remember the one who will fill you with faith, love, and joy.
  5. How can you make that time productive? Spending it with God first will increase your productivity all day long.
  6. Can you be a witness or a blessing from the Lord to someone in your life? Do you ask God to use you each day? Do you see the people in your life as a blessing? How can the Lord use you? How can you be an example of God’s love to others?

 

Cultivating Sisterhood

Episode 89–Cultivating Sisterhood

 

The Working Woman Radio Show invited teacher and professional storyteller, LaDoris Bias-Davis, into the studio to talk about cultivating sisterhood amongst women.

LaDoris shared how her parents encouraged and nurtured her and her siblings, and how that affected her relationships with others as an adult.

We spoke about the power of women supporting other women, instead of being petty and jealous.

We also talked about the love and encouragement that we have given each other, both professionally and personally, over the past 30 years.

Finally, LaDoris shares some practical tips that women can use to support each other on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

 

 

More About LaDoris Bias-Davis

LaDoris Bias-Davis is a professional storyteller, workshop facilitator, Educator/Consultant. With a BA in Speech & Theater and MS in Early Childhood Education, she has engaged audiences of many ages in the U.S. and internationally, for more than twenty-five years.

Her programs promote literacy, diversity, multi-ethnic cultures appreciation via folktales, historical portraits, personal stories, and more.

Proud to be born into a loving family of 13, she believes storytelling releases the power of the mind and nurtures the human spirit.

 

 

 

 

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Tell us a story about something you’ve done to elevate your life or someone else’s. It could be something you’ve done to better the life of a family member or friend, or a creative way you enhanced your home decor home. It could also be something you’ve done to improve your health like losing weight, and more.
If you would like to be featured in our ‘Before We Go’ segment, share your story with us. To sign up, go to The Elevate Talk Show YouTube channel and subscribe. Then email us your stories and pictures to elevateytchannel@gmail.com.
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