Monday, January 2, 2012

Take a Breath....Say a Prayer

We are going to start this new year, and this first post of the new year, off with a meditation.....

Breathe in.......breathe out.....breathe in........and out. Good! If you need to take a few more deep breaths, please do. When you fill your body with deep breath, all the bad stuff exits, and good comes in! Your blood pressure will lower, your digestive system will even relax!

And now that we are all a little more relaxed after those awesome breaths, let us begin with this:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for another year of life! We thank you for the blessings You bestow on us. We also thank You for the hardships we faced in the past year(s), because this is what creates a stronger bond with You. With this new year, dear Lord, we ask that You bless us with a stronger faith. We ask that You help us to fill others with the Holy Spirit. We ask that You guide each of us to what we are meant to do on this earth. As You sent Your only Son to die for our sins, a selfless act that no human man could ever endure willingly, we ask that You take our earthly fear away. Help us to see all human beings through Your eyes, so that we may love as you love us. So that we can have unconditional love for all. Through Christ we can conquer all that is Holy. Please help us to see what is right and just and to dismiss all that is not. In Christ Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

I have been very lackadaisical with my faith as of late. I know I should be reading my scripture daily, and I have not been. I know I should be learning as well as teaching my Faithful Boys about each feast day and the saints, and I have not been. I am admitting I got caught up in earthly issues. The hustle and bustle of the season gets to a lot of us...and I was definitely caught up with too many earthly problems. But I am here, now, asking for forgiveness. I need to get back to Confession!!!!

I was on my way to Mama Faithful and Dadio's this morning and was just so consumed with frustration. I was ready to go, my boys took forever and a day to finish breakfast, get dressed, and then almost out the door, they had to go to the bathroom. I should not have been stressed about this, but I was. So, I prayed a rosary on the way to my parents' house. It's been a few weeks since I've done it. I meant every word of each prayer. In fact, the more I said, the more I meant. With each prayer, more stress melted away. With each prayer, I was climbing higher to Christ. By the time I got to their house, I was back!!! I felt like me again...I felt like Faithful Mama again!!!

There are times when we get caught in the monotony of the everyday. Same stuff, different day. There are also times when we get caught up in this earth. Worried about people; stressed about money; caught up in drama of some sort. What we all need to do is take a step back from ourselves and just do nothing but pray.

Grab your it? Ok, follow these instructions...........

Hold it in your hands and close your eyes.
Say (out loud or in your mind) "God, please guide my fingers to what I need to read."
Then finger through (eyes still closed!!) and open to the page you are meant to see.
Read and thank our Heavenly Father!!

It truly is amazing what we are capable of when God is in control. Xoxo.

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