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Riddle of Prayer Asking

There are moments in life where one really does not want to ask for the prayers of another not matter what, but those happen to be the moments when one needs them the most.  Even when one asks, one can still feel very alone and very gone.  Then one has to think, one would feel that way if one did not ask for prayers instead.  In the end, it can’t hurt for one to ask another for prayers, even if one technically did not ask but merely implied.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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Holding On

This song is titled “Hold On” and it is by the band Abandon.  Reflection to follow.

How many people do you think we encounter in the day that need someone to tell them to hold on and that they will pray for them?  It could be someone you know who is very close to you or someone you have never met.  Think about it as you go about your day.  It is the simplest things that could turn someone away and into further darkness, or it the simplest things that could guide someone back to the light with hope.  Maybe this is you reaching out for something or someone to hold on to.  I’ll pray for you, and I am sure someone else will too without you even knowing it.  Just hold on, and you can make it through or help someone to make it through.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Inspirational Music

 

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Moving Jesus

When the sisters brought over Jesus back to the formation house once they arrived, they brought the wrong one.  Of course, we did not know that until tonight when we went to go do adoration and had to be a little creative in how we stood Him up to be seen.  It was good; my theory is He wanted to be closer to us because we are friends (He ended up sitting closer based on where He should have been to where He ended up).  To fix the problem of which house was to have which Jesus, a companion of mine from the west and I moved Jesus around.

I carried the candle and took the lead.  It was like guiding a friend through the darkness back home to where they belong.  Going out of the formation house, there was various forms of acknowledgement that Jesus was passing by.  When we got in the convent and made it to walking through the living room (chapel on other end of house than the back door we come in from our house), only a couple of the some sisters realized what we were doing.  You could hear one asking and another say that we were switching Jesus.  The other that knew stayed in the chapel during the switch.  On the way back out, now carrying the other Jesus.  As we walked back out the house, moving through the living room, the sisters turned the television down and said “goodnight Jesus!” 

There was something about those little moments that hit me as we were moving and switching Jesus.  The reference was good, but it was more than that.  It felt more relaxed.  I am definitely in agreement that we should show the greatest respect for Jesus, but we can be ourselves, be His friend, as well.

That being said, I led adoration tonight and had the theme of friendship.  I thought, even though it could have been better put together, that it was appropriate for the group at the beginning of this year for our first adoration together.   

Viva Gesu, Viva Maria!

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Inner Reflection

 

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Carry On

These lyrics were inspired from who knows where while sitting in an adoration chapel.  A lot of times when I write, I find the deeper meaning later down the road.  This is kind of one of those.  Take from it what you wish.

V1: It’s another day like the rest

And I’m trying to give it my best

On my face I’ve put a smile

To bring me the extra mile

 

R: Look at me, what do you see

I’m falling down, going to hit the ground

Look this way, there’s no words to say

This moment this place I need the grace

To carry on

 

V2: Inside it’s another story

Striving for what you want me to be

But the chaos takes over my heart

I don’t know where to start

 

R: Look at me, what do you see

I’m falling down, going to hit the ground

Look this way, there’s no words to say

This moment this place I need the grace

To carry on

 

B: Will you come to my aid

With prayers that never fade

Never to criticize

Please see through my eyes

 

R: Look at me, what do you see

I’m falling down, going to hit the ground

Look this way, there’s no words to say

This moment this place I need the grace

To carry on

Will you help me carry on

Please help me carry on

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Creative Corner, Inner Reflection

 

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Time With Friends

This past week, I was blessed to be able to hang out with two of my very closest friends.  They perhaps know even more about me than I do!  It is not very often that I am home or able to see them, so I am very thankful. 

On Wednesday Nicole came over to stay the night.  We went to the music store, then bought food for dinner, came home and played some games, she cooked dinner (I helped…), we ate, then we hung out with the girls, ate a wonderful desert (bedtime snack), followed by Harry Potter viewing (part one of Deathly Hallows), and lasting some dominoes.  Of course, it was not all about what we did although it was very simple and easy.  It was about being able to spend time together with her.  We were up to a little about 3 in the morning finishing our dominoes game after the movie, that we had started sometime earlier. 

At about 8 in the morning my phone goes off with some unpleasantly loud sound I set and scared the living daylights out of me.  I had informed my other friend that she was to call me when she was leaving to come visit me.  Jocelyn at current is living two hours south of me, so to be here mid-morning would involve an early start for her.  It was definitely to be said I was not expecting the earlier arrival of her, but none-the-less I got up fifteen minutes before she came and showered while Nicole lay resting on the couch where we slept.  When Jocelyn arrived I was really excited because it had been ten months since we had seen each other.  After greeting joyfully another friend, the three of us sat down to a game of cribbage.  Just like to note that I skunked them both!  Upon completion of the game, I had to bid my farewell to Nicole who had to leave.  Her and I certainly had a wonderful night!

Now the afternoon was left to Jocelyn and I.  Again, the activity of the day was quite simple.  We went to Panera for lunch then returned to the house to play some more cribbage and just be with each other.  Being as she was called into work, she had to leave around 4:30 so that she could make it back in time for when she was wanted in.  It was good to see her especially since it had been so long.

The blessings of close friends is something I never take for granted.  Yes I have been accused of doing so, but it is not true.  When one finds those people in your life who care about you and you care about them in return, it is something you never want to lose.  These two friends that I got the chance to see while home are surely blessings in my life, as are all my other friends that I don’t get to see as often.  I thank God for them coming into my life and pray that they remain safe and close to Him who loves them, especially on this father’s day (despite it being about over)! 

Thank you for the time with my friends!  I know I have said it a million times, but they really helped me reach the point I am now in life! 🙂

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Inner Reflection

 

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Born Again: Getting Goofy

Wednesday, God sent me some reminders that I needed to hear.  Being home is hard; it is challenging me a lot more than usual.  This time though, I am more well equipped to deal with those inner challenges.  The first of the reminders I spoke about in my last post.

As I had mentioned in the previous post, I was out with my friend Nicole.  As we don’t see each often, we were catching up on life and things important to us.  When I was speaking of how hard this past year of formation was, as well as how I know I have grown, she mentioned something or how she thinks I am in the right place. 

Later that evening when we were both online, we were just chatting.  This is how part of the conversation went.

ME: I am curious, why do you think I am in the right spot? (of course I would ask no surprise)

NICOLE: because you love it, and you can’t deny it, because you get that goofy look in your eyes every time you talk about what you’ve been doing

ME: Seriously?

NICOLE: yeah, like have you ever talked to people and you can just tell they LOVE it? i don’t know exactly how to explain it

If only I could describe how much better that made me feel.  To have someone see that in me that knows me more than anyone else is wonderful. I am blessed with wonderful friends.

As I was sitting there typing, I again put my iPod on shuffle and this is what came up.

Today I found myself
After searching all these years
And the man that I saw, he wasn’t at all who I thought he’d be
I was lost when you found me here
And I was broken beyond repair
Then you came along and you sang your song over me

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
For the very first time
In my life

Make a promise to me now
Reassure my heart somehow
That the love that I feel is so much more real than anything
I’ve a feeling in my soul
And I pray that I’m not wrong
That the life I have now, it is only the beginning

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
For the very first time
It feels like I’m breathing
It feels like I’m moving
For the very first time
For the very first time

I wasn’t looking for something that was more
Than what I had yesterday
Then you came to me and you gave to me
Life and a love that I’ve never known
That I’ve never felt before

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
I’m living for the first time
It feels like I’m breathing
It feels like I’m moving
For the very first time
I’m living for the first time
In my life

This is what people have seen in me through all the challenges and growth of this year.  What an inspiration song that came on “random” and fits so well to what Nicole was telling me.  It really has given me something to think about.  God has sent me some reminders that I need to hear, and hear again.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Inspirational Music

 

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Not Afraid Anymore

While waiting for Nicole to pick me up so we can hang out for the afternoon, I turned the television station to one that plays contemporary christian music.  One song had just ended and the next one began to play.

I said I belonged to you
But in a secret room
I kept a secret list
I said anything for you
Anything but this
Anything but this
You knew it all along
You knew it very well
You knew the sturdy walls I hid behind were nothing but a prison cell

(chorus)
I am not afraid any more
You have opened all the windows
Opened all the doors
I am not afraid any more
I fell the wind of freedom like I never did before
But I have spent the hours dancing on the floor
I am not afraid any more

 You have always been the same
I ran away from you
I ran away from you
Every time you called my name
I tried to hide the truth
I tried to hide the truth
You knew it all along
You knew it very well
You knew the more I covered up my heart
The more I didn’t know myself

(chorus)

No room for fear
No room
No room
No room for fear
perfect love is living here

(chorus)
(fade out)

 This song immediately as it started to play, sounded familiar.  I look at the screen then laughed a little.  I was told a while back that I needed to listen to this song by Marianne, one of my companions.  Right when the song started playing, I was getting lost in my head with all the fears.  God is very funny!  When I got to the car when my friend showed up, I was smiling and laughing about the song. 🙂

Really though, when I think about it a little more, I realize that I have to let go of some of those fears that I have.  If I do that, then I can be more open to the ways that God is working in my life, whether in the form of Father, Son, or Holy Spirit.  So much of this song at some point in my life has been true.  I really need to take the inspiration of the song in my heart.  God, help me not be afraid!

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Inspirational Music

 

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