At the end of the day, after my feet hurt, my brain aches, and my heart feels heavy, I hope that even the tiniest thing I did that day will help these families get a little closer to God’s plan for them.
With all the political and moral turmoil roiling about in America and the world today, trusting man, or ourselves, to solve our problems is tempting. We think, “well I know I’m supposed to trust God to solve our problems at his own speed, but we need answers now. We need peace now. We need love now. So I need to act now.”
I started a positivity journal. Each night before bed, I would reflect on the day and write down one thing, person, or activity that I was thankful for that day. This allowed me to end each day on a positive note and remind me that there’s more to life than this crazy PT school life.
And so the same goes for all of you: what your greatest doubts and uncertainties? How can you learn from the Samaritan woman to cast aside your feeling of being unworthy to be more open to sharing the fullness of yourself and God's love with others?
Disassociating the way I look from my health has brought me so much peace. I have been able to focus on the quality of my diet, as opposed to obsessing over the quantity of food I am eating.
Sometimes we are asked to do difficult things. Other times we don’t fully understand the story as it unfolds around us, and all we can do is trust the word of God. It can feel uncertain, lonely, and even confusing at times. But the unknown places always bring us to a final destination, a completion of what God started.
I often find that I can be my biggest critic. It is easy to get down on myself when I make mistakes. I believe most people feel this way at times, I know I feel it when I continue to make the same mistakes over and over. It’s much easier to remember mistakes, flaws and failures.
I put my daughter in her “pack and play,” turn on her favorite show, and keep an eye on her all while I run. I admit, I sometimes feel guilty for choosing to have some personal time.
I am still trying to figure out exactly what vocation I am called, but God has placed a strong desire in my heart for marriage so I better start working on that now. I want to be ready when I meet the right person someday, and for now that means working on myself and healing from my past, all while reminding myself that my happiness and joy can only be fulfilled by the love I receive from my Heavenly Father. It means embracing my current vocation of being single, and living my life the way God intends.
There seems to be a fine line between inspiring others and boasting about what I have done. I believe our world is surrounded by daily opportunities where we can make it about us if we allow it.
Whenever I am discerning whether to say “yes” to something, even if it is a minimal commitment, I ask myself these questions:
My self-imposed busy life suffocates me. I think about it. I read about it. I believe I have even written a blog about it before.
I want to only focus on the words of Jesus in today's Gospel.
"Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward."
No matter how many times the preaching and lessons had to do with loving yourself in God's image, because He made you exactly how you are supposed to be, I NEVER believed a word of it.
It requires a lot less effort to be selfish, apathetic and cold then it does to be selfless, empathetic and compassionate. But we are created in the image of God and called to act similarly. “Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.” Today’s Psalm even gives a beautiful description of what that holiness looks like. “The Lord is kind and merciful.” This is active love.
It matters because for Jesus, being with someone and getting to know what makes them tick is far more important than where someone lives, what they look like, or how they worship God. We read headlines every day that attempt to divide people into neat categories that determine their worth and value.
The lack of motivation has centered itself around this wintertime barrier. With this lack of motivation comes a magnified “ordinary” time. Instead of pushing myself to make the effort to exercise, I allow my thoughts to wander and often think of every reason why I shouldn’t go.
In today’s First Reading, the Lord tells us that we should share our bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and homeless, and remove from our midst oppression, false accusation, and malicious speech.
I need a lot of money so that I don’t face hardship in the world. I need to avoid hardship to prove that I lived a good life. The pressure on me to be successful was immense growing up.
All I am trying to say is that, in the process of striving to better the outside, do not fail to tend to the inside. Do not focus so much on creating a perfect outside that you forget to honor your courageous inside.