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Prayer For the Week of March 18–Fixing Our Eyes On Jesus

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Charlotte Bronte said she preferred not to look behind or ahead, but to rather look above.

That’s great advice for this season of Lent.  But, also good advice for every single day.  That’s just a good way to live.  It doesn’t mean we don’t have to reflect on the past in order to do better.  Doesn’t mean we don’t have to plan for the future and understand the times.  But, it does mean that our focus needs to be on something greater than our regrets or speculations.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2

This world has a lot of things that distract!  I set about with a goal in mind and by 3pm I wonder, “What did I accomplish?!”  There’s that.  But, there’s also just the other, less tangible things.  There are the values of the culture that start to seep in like a vessel without a good seal, all while I am unaware.  There are the struggles to find balance of time and energy and the good vs. the best.  There are personality struggles with family members and friends.  So many things that call to us.

So many things that beckon our eyes off of Jesus.

But in this season, the Lord is calling me to look above.  When I pull my gaze from the troubles, values, and distractions of this world and look above I see something amazing.  A great cloud of witnesses; I am not running alone.  I have a cheering section of the saints who have gone before.  As St. Therese said, they are spending their time in heaven doing good on earth.

And there is Jesus, who has already finished the race.  Already perfected the faith.  Sitting there at the right hand of God.  And He’s not passively watching either.  He’s making intercession for me.  (Romans 8:34)

My prayer this week:

Jesus, give me the grace to keep my eyes firmly fixed on You, that the things of this earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of Your glory and grace.  Amen.

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Charlotte Bronte said she preferred not to look behind or ahead, but to rather look above. That’s great advice for this season of Lent.  But, also good advice for every single day.  That’s just a good way to live.  It doesn’t mean we don’t have to reflect on the past in order to do better. […]

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Loving Ourselves

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Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22:37-40

It’s the LOVE month.  Last week we encouraged you to go the extra mile in showing love and affection to your spouse.  We hope it inspires you to be ready for romance, not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day.

Today we would like to encourage you to show a little extra love and tenderness to yourself. Read More

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Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22:37-40 It’s the LOVE month.  Last week we encouraged […]

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Prayer for the Week of October 15 – God Breaks In

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I (Kristina) had the most interesting and exciting experience last week.  It was a normal crazy day for me where I had too much to get done in one day, but my real desire was to give myself some time exercising.  It was one of those days where fighting for some “mommy time” was weighing heavily on me because I know how important it is to take care of myself and yet there seemingly was too little time.  I was stressed! Read More

I (Kristina) had the most interesting and exciting experience last week.  It was a normal crazy day for me where I had too much to get done in one day, but my real desire was to give myself some time exercising.  It was one of those days where fighting for some “mommy time” was weighing […]

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Prayer for Week of September 10 – A Divine Conspiracy

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I’m not ordinarily a liar. I believe the old adage that honesty is the best policy. When I say I will do something I follow through and do it—with one very important exception. Read More

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I’m not ordinarily a liar. I believe the old adage that honesty is the best policy. When I say I will do something I follow through and do it—with one very important exception.

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Prayer for Week of July 9 — All I Need Is You

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And what place is there in me into which my God can come–into which God can come, even He who made heaven and earth? Is there anything in me, O Lord my God, that can contain Thee?  –St. Augustine, Confessions Read More

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And what place is there in me into which my God can come–into which God can come, even He who made heaven and earth? Is there anything in me, O Lord my God, that can contain Thee?  –St. Augustine, Confessions

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Prayer For Week of May 28 — Count Your Blessings

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The fact that being grateful is important has almost become a cliche.  We apply a layer of “thank you Lord” over everything like a big blanket to cover everything and everyone.  We teach our children to pray at meals, “Thank you for this food, bless it to the nourishment of our bodies, Amen.”  And then we say, “Ew, I don’t like peas.”

“Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.”

(Hymn by Johnson Oatman, Jr.)

It’s finally (FINALLY!) clicking with me that it is the “name them one by one” part that is the key to gratefulness.   Read More

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The fact that being grateful is important has almost become a cliche.  We apply a layer of “thank you Lord” over everything like a big blanket to cover everything and everyone.  We teach our children to pray at meals, “Thank you for this food, bless it to the nourishment of our bodies, Amen.”  And then […]