Friday, February 17, 2012

As We Grow

So I've taken this past week to learn more about my faith, my children, my husband, and myself. I have become more humble and I feel I have gained even more empathy for my brothers and sisters (by this I mean all human kind). I have come even closer to Christ as the Holy Spirit has worked through my Faithful Boys for me just yesterday. I knew God wanted me to build a prayer corner in our home for a reason!

I found out that one of my best friends whom I've known for 15 years is learning that his newborn baby (born literally yesterday) has complications and is currently in the NICU. After I found out, I asked my two older Faithful Boys to help me pray for Baby Faithful. As soon as I asked that, with no hesitation, both of them ran to this corner, knelt down and began to pray for him. I was amazed and proud! I started to cry *I am a big emotional lady, I cry at everything - just sayin'* Oldest Faithful Boy wrapped his arms around me, placed his head on my shoulder and said, "He'll be ok Mom, don't worry." My not even 5 year old said this to me! I cried more because I knew that was the Holy Spirit!

God certainly works through children, and I am humbled and honored that my children are babes of Christ! I like to think that as I get older, the more I realize how dumb I really am. How ignorant to the splendor that is Jesus Christ!! He places everyone and everything in exactly the precise spot at just the right time!

Those who trust in Him will understand truth, and the faithful will 
abide with Him in love, because grace and mercy are upon His
 elect, and He watches over His holy ones. ~ Wisdom 3:9

I have learned so much in just this past year about my own Catholic faith. I am proud to say that! I look back on what I've done in the past and shake my head in shame, but then soon realize that I am forgiven by God Himself!  

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, to forgive us
 our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity. ~ 1 John 1:9

I am praying for Baby Faithful to be ok. I am praying for my good friend, his wife, and their other children to stay strong in their faith to know that God will get them through this trial. God knows exactly what to do. If we allow Him to be in control, we will be protected. Sometimes it doesn't feel like God is on our side; sometimes bad things happen to us. But there is always a reason. 

Consider it joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. ~ James 1:2-8 

Remain faithful. Trust in the Lord, even during the most difficult of times. Those times are when Jesus hugs us the tightest if we let Him. Xoxo.


  1. I'm so inspired by you! I've felt my house was missing a prayer table, as well, for many years. I don't really know what has been holding me back from creating one. I'm actually planning to write a blog post about this, myself. I have a small buffet table in our eat in kitchen. It has always housed some of my most cherished family photos. At Christmas, though, it hosts my Christmas village set. I moved all those pictures at Christmas and have since given them new homes scattered through my house.

    Since Christmas, the table has been empty for reasons I can't explain (yes I can, the Holy Spirit at work). I realized it would be the perfect place for a prayer table because it is truly in the center of our home.

    So yesterday, I found a beautiful picture frame on sale at Hallmark. I was supposed to be window shopping, but I saw it and I just knew I had to have it. It has a cross and beneath says, "The Lord is our refuge and strength. An ever present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1. Behind it is a collage of other bible verses- many that are very special to me.

    So now it rests at the center of my new prayer table and I've been scouring the house for other items to include there. I am very excited to complete this project!

  2. I honestly never thought about a prayer corner! We've always just prayed, never had a designated spot, but I am so glad the Holy Spirit told me to do it!! That's awesome you are doing one too! I think the Holy Spirit is using us for each other because I feel inspired by you too!!! So glad we can share our journey with each other! :)

  3. I read a book a few years ago (I think it might have been Lisa Hendey's "Handbook for Catholic Moms" where it suggested having a special prayer area of the house. I tucked the idea away and then never did anything with it! But since reading that I'd heard of a lot of people with prayer tables/corners/chairs, etc. I looking forward to putting mine together!