Archive for January, 2014

Heed advice and accept instruction so that your wisdom may increase in the future.  – Prov 19:20

Reflection.  The ancient philosopher Epictetus gave us some sage advice: “First say to yourself what you should be, and then do what you have to do.”  It sounds so simple, but try it.  Staying faithful to your noble goals and aspirations takes willpower.

Prayer.  There’s still time for me, Lord, to make my life really meaningful.  Give me the grace to keep trying. 

Your deeds, O Lord, have caused me to exult; at the works of Your hands I shout for joy. – Ps 92:5

Reflection.  From time to time pursue moments of contemplation.  Calm down, and become aware of the Lover within you. St. Paul said, “In Him we live and breathe and have our being” (Acts 17:28).  A few seconds each hour is enough to let Him know you care.

Prayer.  Lord, wipe the mist from my eyes that I may see Your glory.

I will go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and delight, and I will praise You with the harp, O God, my God.  – Ps 43:4

Reflection.  Jesus said, “Learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart” (Mt 11:29).  He always turned to the Father to give Him praise, as well as to ask for help.  Give praise and reverence to God each day, and He will reward your heart’s desire.

Prayer.  Heavenly Father, I praise Your Holy Name as I place my needs before You. 

Take delight in the Lord, and He will grant you what your heart desires.  – Ps 37:4

Reflection.  The teaching of a great 15th-century mystic, named Blessed Julian of Norwich, inspires us this day with true wisdom.  She wrote, “The greatest honor you can give the Almighty God, greater than all your sacrifices and mortifications, is to live joyfully because of the knowledge of His love.”

Prayer.  Dear Holy Spirit, fill my soul with gladness. 

Trust the Lord forever, for in Him you have an everlasting Rock.  – Isa 26:4

Reflection.  What you sow in your mind, you will reap in your emotions.  What you sow in your emotions, you will reap in your actions.  And what you sow in your actions, you will reap in your destiny.  Toxic thoughts produce toxic emotions.  Focus on the quality of your thoughts.  Be your own best friend; control your thoughts.

Prayer.  Keep me on the straight and narrow, Lord.  Help me to control my thinking. 

Stop your weeping!  She is not dead; she is asleep.  – Lk 8:52

Reflection.  Do not weep for yourself if you are weak.  No matter what your faults may be, they are as nothing to the God of Power and Mercy.  The Lord will bring healing if you ask, and the fullness of joy.  Turn your life over to Him, and He will deliver you from your misery.

Prayer.  Thank You for my faith in You, Lord.  Help me in my need. 

When you lie down, you will not be afraid, and on your bed your sleep will be sweet.  – Prov 3:24

Reflection.  Everyone makes mistakes, but those who turn the past over to God’s mercy and the future to His loving Providence find peace of soul in the present moment.  Your conscience will rest easy when you forget the past, and enjoy your precious life now.

Prayer.  Make me into a new creation this day, O Lord. 

Prudence will protect you, and understanding will watch over you.  – Prov 2:11

Reflection.  Fiscal conservatives tend to live longer.  Some of them even enjoy life more because they have savings in their old age.  But you will have greater peace than the richest person on earth if you learn to put your trust in the Lord.

Prayer.  Lord, enable me to place my trust in You, and not in riches. 

Exalted be the Lord Who delights to see His servant in peace.  – Ps 35:27

Reflection.  It’s true.  When someone loves another person, he delights in helping and protecting that person.  The Bible proclaims the truth that God loves each of us with an infinite, unchanging love.  This knowledge is a joy forever.  Relish it today.

Prayer.  Dear God, I trust Your love.  Fill my soul with joy. 

Guide me in Your truth and instruct me, for You are God, my Savior, and in You I hope all the day long.    – Ps 25:5

Reflection.  The Lord God is both your pilot and your navigator.  Let go of the controls, so He can take over.  He will lift you higher each day, in His own way, and at His own speed.

Prayer.  Father, I’m learning to trust You more and more; be patient with my restlessness.