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Becoming overwhelmed creeps up slowly, one commitment at a time.
Lord, help me regain my time and sanity, accomplish my priorities
without major setbacks, and have quiet time left to nurture my spirit.

Scripture for the day:

"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your
souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." ~Matthew 11:28

Meditation for the day:

We can rest now until life, eternal life, flowing through our veins
and heart and mind, bids us to bestir ourselves. Then glad work can
follow. Tired work is never effective. The strength of God's spirit
is always available to the tired mind and body. God is our physician
and our healer. We can look to these quiet times of communion with God
for rest, for peace, for cure. Then we can rise, refreshed in spirit
and go out to work, knowing that our strength is able to meet any
problems because it is reinforced by God's power.

Prayer for the day:

I pray that the peace I have found will make me effective. I pray
that I may be relieved of all strain during this day.

Greetings my friends! We've been praying for rain and this morning at Mass
right after Father said a prayer for rain it poured! Talk about a quick
answer to prayer! We got about 1/2 inch during that time. It may rain
tonight yet, 60% chance. We'll see. My blessings today - getting to know
our new priests little by little is a great blessing to us! They are a
blessing! Our pastor and I have been emailing, we've been giving some
lettuce, and things from the garden to them as we have much to give.
Another blessing is that the plantar's wart seems to be getting less and
less and hopefully soon to be gone! Linus is putting super glue on it
instead of the tape, and scraping it with a scraper meant for feet, and that
seems to work - the idea came from Georgia, my stylest. She is a great
blessing too, she came over yesterday to freshen my color, and she checked
the wart and said it was much better since she's seen it, too.
Praise the Lord! May you have many blessings to share with us. Praying for
all of your intentions and desires and thank you for praying for us.

THE PARACHUTE
Author Unknown
July 18, 2012


Charles Plum, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a jet fighter pilot in
Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a
surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected & parachuted into enemy hands. He was
captured & spent six years in a Communist prison.

He survived that ordeal & now lectures about lessons learned from that
experience.

One day, when Plumb & his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at
another table came up & said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in
Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!"

"How in the world did you know that?" asked Plumb.

"I packed your parachute," the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise &
gratitude. The man pumped his hand & said, "I guess it worked!"

Plumb assured him, "It sure did-if your 'chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be
here today."

Plumb couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, 'I
kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform-a Dixie cup
hat, a bib in the back, and bell bottom trousers. I wondered how many times
I might have passed him on the Kitty Hawk. I wondered how many times I might
have seen him & not even said good morning, how are you or anything because,
you see, I was a fighter pilot & he was just a sailor.

Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table
in the bowels of the ship carefully weaving the shrouds & folding the silks
of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn't
know. Now, Plumb asks his audience, 'Who's packing your parachute?' Everyone
has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. Plumb
also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was
shot down over enemy territory-he needed his physical parachute, his mental
parachute, his emotional parachute, & his spiritual parachute."

He called on all these supports before reaching safety. His experience
reminds us all to prepare ourselves to weather whatever storms lie ahead.

SUGGESTION: Recognize people who pack your parachute & strengthen yourself
to prevail through tough times.

JESUS IS:

Lord God Almighty, Omnipotent King, Lion of Judah, Rock of Ages, Prince
of Peace, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Provider, Protector, Paternal
Leader, Ruling Lord and Reigning King of all the universe. He is Father,
Helper, Guardian and God. He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the
End. He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all He keeps.

The Architect of the universe and the Manager of all times. He always
was, is, and will be: Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone.
He was bruised and brought healing. He was pierced and eased pain. He was
persecuted and brought freedom. He was dead and brought life. He is risen
and brings power. He reigns and brings Peace. The world can't understand
him, the armies can't defeat Him, the schools can't explain Him, and the
leaders can't ignore Him. Herod couldn't kill Him, the Pharisees couldn't
confuse Him, the people couldn't hold Him! Nero couldn't crush Him. Hitler
couldn't silence Him, the New Age can't replace Him and Ted Turner can't
explain Him away!

He is light, love, longevity, and Lord. He is goodness, kindness,
gentleness, and God. He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure.
His ways are right, His Word is eternal, His will is unchanging, and His
mind is on me! His is my redeemer, He is my Saviour, He is my guide, He is
my peace, He is my Joy, He is my comfort, He is my Lord and He rules my
life. I serve Him because His bond is love, His burden is light, and His
goal for me is abundant life. I follow Him because He is the wisdom of
the wise, the power of the powerful, the ancient of days, the ruler of
rulers, the leader of leaders, the overseer of the overcomers, and the
sovereign Lord of all that was, is and is to come. And if that seems
impressive to you, try this for size. His goal is a relationship with ME!
He will never leave me, forsake me, mislead me, forget me, overlook me,
and never cancel my appointment in His appointment book!

When I fall, He lifts me up. When I fail, He forgives me. When I am weak,
He is strong. When I am lost, He is The Way. When I am afraid, He is my
courage. When I stumble, He steadies me. When I am hurt, He heals me.
When I am broken, He mends me. When I am blind, He leads me. When I am
hungry, He feeds me. When I face trials, He is with me. When I face
persecution, He stills me. When I face problems, He comforts me. When I
face loss, He provides for me. When I face Death, He carries me Home!

He is everything for everybody, everywhere, every time, and in every way.
He is God, He is faithful, I am His, and He is mine. My Father in Heaven
can whip the father of this world, and so, if you're wondering why I feel
so secure, understand this: He said it, and that settles it. God is in
control, I am on His side, and that means all is well with my soul.

Author Unknown

SFGTD Box
Author Unknown

To: YOU
Date: TODAY
From: GOD
Subject: YOURSELF
Reference: LIFE

This is God. Today I will be handling All of your problems for you. I
do Not
need your help. So, have a nice day.

I love you.. And, remember... If life happens to deliver a situation
to you
that you cannot handle, do Not attempt to resolve it yourself! Kindly
put it
in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. I will get to it in MY
TIME. All
situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours. Once the
matter is
placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it.
Instead,
focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.
Should
you decide to send this to a friend; Thank you. You may have touched
their
life in ways you will never know!

Now, you have a nice day.

God

The Sculptor

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the
clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today.

I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or...
I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or...
I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases
wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or...
I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I
was growing up or...
I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or...
I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or...
I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or...
I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or...
I can eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or...
I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my
mind, body, and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped.
And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to me.
I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

Author Unknown

Hail Mary, hello, how are you?
I greet you with love,
And I thank you for being available.
Deeply, I breathe your roses,
The twelve fresh roses you place in my spirit
Every morning when I say hello to you.

Full of grace are you,
Grace spilling over Heaven's boundaries
Into my world, living water, bread and wine,
The unmerited favor of God
That you come carrying to me,
Your arms always full of gifts.

The Lord is with thee,
Jesus Christ the Messiah is with you,
And you teach me how to recognize
That the Lord is with me.

Blessed art thou amoung women,
Glowing with love for Jesus,
Pure blessedness never tainted
But alive with holy beauty.

And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus,
The most blessed of humanity,
Delivered through you, Virgin Mary.
Jesus, the most cursed of humanity,
Who became a curse for me
So that I might be blessed
With his resurrection life.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Teach me to value motherhood,
Help me pray for mothers and fathers
To love and support each other.
Show me how God loves you.

Pray for us sinners now
And at the hour of our death.
Pray that I can live each moment
Consecrated to love, to Christ,
That I recognize each now
As the moment of salvation
So that I die prepared for eternal life.
Pray that I can crucify my passions,
Those passions that make me a sinner,
And that I can die to sin on the cross with Jesus
As you look on weeping and praying
But joyous, knowing that resurrection follows.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners
Now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

by Mark Andrew.



LOOK ON THE SUNNY SIDE

There are always two sides the good and the bad,
The dark & the light, the sad & the glad.
But in looking back over the good & the bad,
We're aware of the number of good things we've had,
And in counting our blessings, we find when we'er through,
We've no reason at all to complain or be blue.
So thank God for the good things He has already done,
And be grateful to Him for the battles you've won,
And know that the same God who helped you before,
Is ready & willing to help you once more.
Then with faith in your hearts, reach out for God's Hand
and accept what He sends, though you can't understand.
For our Father in Heaven always knows what is best,
And if you trust in His wisdom, your life will be blessed.
So always remember that whateverbetide you,
You are never alone, for God is beside you.

Helen Steiner Rice

Bench Marks
A man phoned his physician and excitedly exclaimed: "Please come at once,
doctor. My son has swallowed my fountain pen." The doctor replied, "I'll be
right over, but what are you doing in the meanwhile?"

"Using a pencil," answered the father.

What do we do "in the meanwhile" is of vital importance to our lives --- and
to the lives of others. What we do with our leisure time can build our
character or destroy it. It can make our fortune or mar it.

While we wait for a traffic light to change, we can pray for our president,
our Nation and World. While we wait for an elevator we can be still and know
that God is, and He is still in charge of the Universe. While we drive or
ride to work, we can affirmatively and joyously meditate on that which is
true, pure, lovely and positive.

While we wash the dishes, mow the lawn or perform other tasks that require
less than our complete attention, we can sing, whistle or hum the tunes of
great songs and hymns that inevitably make life more beautiful for us and
our fellow man.

While we sit in the waiting room of our physician or dentist, we can thank
God for dedicated professional people, and we can pray for those patients
who might be anxious, fearful, despondent or in pain.

What we do with our golden "in the meanwhile" moments can enrich and
inspire, encourage and uplift, bless and brighten our important corner of
the world.

~ Dr. William Arthur Wood ~

Give Me Strength...

Grant me strength, Dear Lord, I pray,
Control my life, don't let me stray.
When I feel angered, help me see,
That I can place my trust in Thee.

When I feel I'm sinking low,
Hold me, Lord, don't let go.
Don't let Satan have his way,
For I know he'd lead me astray.

Make me strong when I feel weak,
Let my ears listen when You speak.
Let not my faith diminish in Thee,
But save my soul and set me free.

Forgive me when I start to doubt
What faith and trust are all about.
Hold me Lord, in the darkest night,
Take away my fear and fright.

May Your voice be one, I always hear,
Saying to me, "I'm always near".
"I'll walk with you and guide you well,
But you My child, must not rebel".

Lord, I love you, forgive my fears,
Please dry my eyes from all these tears.
May I always place my trust in You,
Remembering, Lord, You've always been true.

(Ruth Ann Mahaffey)

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Galatians 6:9 - So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not
give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest.

The Jesus Prayer

O my Divine Savior, transform me into yourself.
May my hands be the hands of Jesus.
May my tongue be the tongue of Jesus,
Grant that every faculty of my body may serve only to glorify you.
Above all, transform my soul and all its powers,
that my memory, my will and my affections
may be the memory, the will and the affections of Jesus.
I pray you to destroy in me all that is not you.
Grant that I may live but in you and for you,
and that I may truly say with St. Paul:
"I live, now not I, but Christ lives in me" (Gal 2:20).




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