…POINTING THE FINGER….

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I know…I know….but I want to cover this subject….

See, I have seen A LOT of people in grief and I know that when the pain is in the heart, the mind is not where it SHOULD be.

I know people say things, or do things, that they regret whilst in pain or grief…and one of those things they do is point the finger…at GOD.

When a beloved departs, usually they say “Why did God do this to me?”…Or when life presents a problem suddenly without warning we say “It’s God’s fault for abandoning me”…well, not to sound callous or cold hearted, but does it ALWAYS have to be God’s fault?? Let me explain….

We CANNOT blame Him for EVERY WOE when we ourselves do not THANK HIM for every joy. If God calls one of us home, then it is because He had a DARNED GOOD REASON…though we may not see it at the time. If we lose our job, or are presented with a life challenge, it is not because He wants to “mess with you”..or to teach some painful lesson about how if you do not treasure things He will take them away…like a petulant child having it’s candy privileges revoked….

Perhaps it was to spare the departed further pain…or to spare those left BEHIND further pain…perhaps it was simply “their time”….WE will never know. Then again, perhaps that job was not where HE wanted you, or that solving THIS problem helps resolve ANOTHER problem further down the road in your life.

This is why it is so important to TRUST HIM…

“Truly, O God of Israel, our Savior, you work in mysterious ways.” -Isaiah 45:15 (NLT)

God has a reason for EVERY LITTLE THING that He does…and who are WE to question it? Do YOU pray?? I mean to say…do you PRAY OFTEN?? Better still, I should ask you: “Do you live the way HE wishes you to?” If not there is a VERY good reason He will not answer your plea..

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” -Isaiah 59:2

Again: DO YOU PRAY?? I do not mean once or twice a week at Church, or twice a day (when you wake and when you lay your head down at night)…I mean PRAY…that also means PRAISE Him for those things He does throughout your daily life that just fall in to place…the electricity does not fail, the food does not burn, the car starts…I know it may SEEM silly…but take this into consideration: How often has God ANSWERED your prayers and you just IGNORED thanking Him??

“We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will.” -John 9:31

If God wants you to do a thing, why do you balk? Do you expect Him to hear you when you are in pain, when you do not praise Him in your joy?? That is called “Hollow Worship”…when you pray ONLY when it is required. Will God listen to you asking for an explanation even though you only speak to Him when YOU need Him??

“Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.” -Job 35:13

So the next time something happens, and you cannot understand why God does not answer you, or puts a burden on your heart or mind or life, smile!…yep…SMILE and say “Thank you Father for putting Your trust in me…the trust that I can handle this burden”

He would NEVER throw you a curveball…He wants nothing more than your complete happiness! You do not put heavy things into a ripped bag do you? You do not put your best China on a wobbly shelf, right?

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.” -Mark 2:21-22

So why put a new prayer onto a frayed soul?? Try INSTEAD putting COMPLETE faith in His will, and trust that He knows what He is doing in your life!

Seek Him out! DAILY…HOURLY if need be….praise Him for His workings through you! Workday go alright? THANK HIM! Family come home without injury?? PRAISE HIM! Still have a job? THANK HIM…see, we do not approach Him when ONLY problems occur…we want to let Him know we DESIRE HIM IN OUR LIVES EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, not just when we have a problem. How do we do that?…by thanking Him for EVERYTHING He has done for us DAILY.

No one goes to a bank for a loan if they do not have a job, or equity to cover the debt…No one brings in a dirty battered car and says “Here, help me with my other problem now”…instead you try to bring in the best looking as possible so they will say “your right, I am getting a good deal for the loan of my money to this person”. This is why you need to keep your soul clean and in repair!

So, before you go and lay your problems at His feet…make sure your hands and soul are cleaned by RELYING on Him and TRUSTING Him..that way when you NEED His reassurance, His presence of comfort, His loving arm around your shoulder you KNOW He is listening.

And so before you point a finger and say “He did this to me”…ask yourself…did He?..Or is it just that YOU did not keep your connection with Him clean and strong…

Try living a GOOD life, following His laws and commandments, and when you need Him to be there for you I can PROMISE you your prayer WILL be answered….

Peace be with you….<3

READING OF THE DAY: 8 MARCH, 2013

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“One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, «Which is the first of all the commandments?»

Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ‘He is One and there is no other than he.’

And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’ is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

And when Jesus saw that (he) answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

And no one dared to ask him any more questions.” – Mark 12:28-34.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 8 MARCH, 2013

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Saint John of God
Founder
(1495-1550)

Nothing in the early life of John Ciudad, born of a poor couple in a town of Portugal, foreshadowed his future sanctity. Following a traveler whose description of Madrid had captivated his imagination, this only son of his parents ran away from his home.

Soon regret and misery overtook him, but he was ashamed to return to his abandoned parents. In effect his mother, struck with a fever, but advised by an Angel that John would have to undergo long trials which would strengthen his virtue, departed this life only a few days after his adventure began.

For several years the renegade was engaged in tending sheep and cattle in Spain; his employer eventually offered him his only daughter in marriage and thereby a rich heritage, but John was interiorly advised that such was not his vocation.

He left in secret the next day, joined the army of Spain against the French, later against the Turks. When he was about forty years of age, feeling profound remorse for his life which lacked order and purpose, he returned to his home village, only to learn of the death of both his parents.

I am not worthy to see the light of day! exclaimed the grief-stricken voyager. He visited the cemetery, suffocated by his sobs, and cried out, Pardon, pardon! O mother! Eternal penance!

He resolved to devote himself to the ransom of Christian slaves in Africa, and on his way served the sick in a hospital. Meeting an aged nobleman at Gibralter, unjustly exiled and on his way to Africa, John offered to go there as his servant, to remain with him and his family and support them by his labor.

Count DaSilva fell ill in the new climate and soon died, thanking John for his unfailing aid, and predicting he would some day be one of Spain’s greatest apostles. His family received amnesty and returned to Spain.

John, too, returned there by the advice of his confessor, and sought to do good by selling holy pictures and books at low prices. Finally the hour of grace struck.

At Granada a sermon by the celebrated John of Avila shook his soul to its depths, and his expressions of self-abhorrence were so extraordinary that he was taken to the asylum as one insane. For a time he acted this role purposely, in order to be whipped daily as a remedial measure.

His confessor was John of Avila, who when he learned of this told him to cease his pretense and do something useful. Thereafter he employed himself in ministering to the sick.

He began to collect homeless poor, and to support them by his work and by begging. One night Saint John found in the streets a poor man who seemed near death, and, as was his wont, he carried him to the hospital, laid him on a bed, and went to fetch water to wash his feet.

When he had washed them, he knelt to kiss them, but was awestruck: the feet were pierced, and the print of the nails shone with an unearthly radiance.

He raised his eyes, and heard the words, John, it is to Me that you do all that you do for the poor in My name. It is I who reach forth My hand for the alms you give; you clothe Me; Mine are the feet that you wash. And then the gracious vision disappeared, leaving Saint John filled at once with confusion and consolation.

The bishop became the Saint’s patron and gave him the name of John of God.

When his hospital was on fire, John was seen rushing about uninjured amid the flames until he had rescued all his poor.

After ten years spent in the service of the suffering, the Saint’s life was fitly closed when he plunged into a river to save a drowning boy, and died in 1550 of an illness brought on by the attempt.

He was fifty-five years old.