Archive for October, 2011

Finally, find your strength in the Lord and in His mighty power.  – Eph 6:10

Reflection.  If you want to be strong begin by being thankful in all circumstances.  Start everyday with an overflowing heart full of thanks.  Thank God for every moment of your life.  Never complain or be bitter.  Reject every form of self-pity.

Prayer.  Jesus, when I am grateful then I am strong.  My gratitude banishes the bad feelings that weight me down.  When I feel Your gratitude to the Father pulsing through me, I am strong in Your strength.  Thank You, Lord.

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God.  - 1 Jn 3:1

Reflection.  Imagine being the child of a great king.  That would make you a member of the royal family.  The next time you look in the mirror, try saying it out loud:  I am a princess (prince), I am chose to live in the royal palace.

Prayer.  I am smiling, Lord.  I feel a long way from the royal palace, but it certainly is nice to know that one day it will be so.  One day I will be with You in paradise. 

Let us consider how to spur one another to love and good works.  - Heb 10:24

Reflection.  We do not fully appreciate the impact a kind or encouraging word can have on someone.  Think about it.  Always have a plan in mind when you are in contact with someone.  How can I spur this person on to greatness?

Prayer.  O Lord, the only plan I have is in trusting You to show me the way, one day at a time.  Give me the urge to help my neighbor, especially when I am feeling selfish and lazy. 

For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are My ways exalted above your ways.  - Isa 55:9

Reflection.  Believing in supernatural mysteries is a sign of wisdom.  Many call it foolishness, but they are in the dark.  We can never fully understand God’s ways, but we can come to a deeper sense of reverence for them.

Prayer.  Father, give me the wisdom of Job.  In the face of so much suffering, He continually gave You the benefit of the doubt.  He kept saying, “God gives and God takes away.  Blessed be God.”  I want to make that my prayer too. 

He leads me to tranquil streams.  He restores my soul.  - Ps 23:1

Reflection.  The Lord will indeed lead you and calm your soul.  This truth is at the heart of every authentic religious experience.  The Holy Spirit always leads us in directions we would not have chosen for ourselves.  Why is that?  Because He leads us in the direction of love, and wherever there is love, there is joy.

Prayer.  Holy Spirit of Love, I live in You, and I draw strength from You.  Help me to reflect more on the reality of Your Presence in my soul. 

I will hear what the Lord God says: truly He speaks of peace to His people.  - Ps 85:9

Reflection.  In order to hear you must learn to listen.  To listen is to give full attention to the one speaking.  Let the words of the Scriptures enter your heart.  Like the yeast in a loaf of freshly baked bread, you will be lifted up.

Prayer.  Come to me, my Lord and my God, and fill me with Your wisdom and light.  Fill me with Your joy that my spirit may miraculously rise. 

I do not concern myself with great affairs or with things too sublime for me.  Rather, I have stilled and calmed my soul.  - Ps 131:1-2

Reflection.  Learn to calm your soul.  The art of happiness involves a certain amount of self-discipline.  Reject negative thoughts, and the toxic emotions that follow them will gradually clear up and dissipate.  Learn to quiet your mind and spirit.

Prayer.  Jesus, help me to be still and not be afraid because You are always there, loving me, and giving me strength. 

Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light to my path.  – Ps 119:105

Reflection.  Once again we proclaim the Lord as a guiding light.  Do you know what it is to walk with a flashlight in the night?  All around you is darkness, but your step is safe.  You see the rocks and pitfalls.  The word of God is like that.  It guides your steps.

Prayer.  Jesus, You are my Light and my Companion.  In this dangerous world I am not left in the dark.  Thank you. 

He died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him Who for their sake died and was raised to life.  - 2 Cor 5:15

Reflection.  In His sacrifice we begin to penetrate the mystery of spiritual joy.  Jesus on the very night before His Passion and Death said, “I have revealed these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete” (Jn 15:11).

Reflection.  Jesus, help me to grow deeper in my understanding of this truth.  By dying to myself, I will find the gateway to a greater immersion in Your life of joy and peace. 

Woman, you have great faith.  Let it be done for you as you wish.  – Mt 15:28

Reflection.  There are times when we must pass through a dark valley.  We feel as though God has abandoned us.  Do not believe it.  He is right there wondering if we trust Him enough to be brave.  It pleases Him immensely when we whistle in the dark.

Prayer.  Thank You, Jesus.  Increase my confidence in You.  Help me to understand that my peace will be found in Your will and that the crosses of my life are opportunities for growth.  Protect me from my fears.