Sometimes it’s hard to remember that God has forgiven my sins, again and again.

The devil is creative, pesky, and persistent. One way he uses these “qualities” is to remind me of stupid things I’ve done in the past. The embarrassment I felt comes rushing back to me. The desire to go back and do it all over again fills me with regret. In doing so, he hopes to paint me as a lost cause, unworthy of love, and doomed to failure.

But this song captures everything I need to remember about God’s infinite mercy. It reminds me how God sent his only son to live among us, teach us, and reveal the Father to us. Most of all, this song reminds me that he died for us – taking all of our sins unto himself.

Jesus came to heal sinners, raise us up and take away all of our shame. He did this because he loves us completely, totally, and perfectly. We need not hide from him. Rather we should open ourselves to him so we can experience his life-changing love.

Pray to him, talk to him, and listen to him. Learn about him through the Gospels and seek his mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

He wants us all to be forgiven.

Amen…

It’s not easy to trust the Lord.

A lot of the time I feel like our dialogues are really monologues. I’m thanking, praising, asking for others, and for myself. Thank you Lord for my family, my home, the parish you led us to, our school, our teachers, our priests and deacons. Lord, I praise you because you made all things and you make all things new. Lord, help my friend who is sick. Strengthen him and heal him. Lord, help me love you and others more.

Then I’m waiting, and waiting and waiting…

I don’t feel more loving today. In fact, I feel the opposite. Everyone go away and leave me alone. Lord, I’m struggling even more with discipline and self-control. I can’t stop snacking. I’m staying up too late at night.

Through Faith We Trust The Lord

Some give up because their prayers aren’t answered. Others turn away because they can’t accept that God called a loved one home. Still others seek out different churches because they don’t feel a personal relationship with Jesus. I may have turned away here and there but I trust the Lord and I’m not giving up.

I Will Trust in You by Lauren Daigle captures what perseverance is all about. God answers in his own time and his own way. He calls us to accept his will and his plans for us. He gives us the gift of faith if we are open to receive it. Keep the faith, trust the Lord and I promise good things will come.

 

When you think of the word priceless, what comes to mind?

Precious gems

Antiques

Heirlooms

All good choices but what about women?

Aren’t women are our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters and much more? Here’s a challenge – try putting a price on what your mother means to you.

God made women to complement us, love us, support us, and accompany us. But most importantly, God made women to bring new life into the world and that defines priceless, as far as I’m concerned.

Men Don’t See Women As Priceless in Today’s World

Our culture is making it easier and easier for us to see women as possessions and objects of desire. As a result, it’s a near certainty that every man you and I have ever met struggles with the temptation to objectify women. To change our culture we must, one man at a time, stop giving in to a society that dehumanizes women.

The next time temptation grabs a hold of you and causes you to see a woman as someone other than a child of God, someone’s daughter, sister, wife, or mother – think of For King and Country’s, Priceless. Bookmark this post or go to YouTube and add the video to your favorites. You can also buy the MP3.

It’s beautiful, uplifting and a great lesson on how all men should see women.

Retirement from writing? Not happening. As long as my brain can form intelligible thoughts, there will be a way to record them and share them with the world. My writing never has to end which is a powerful thing to think about. TobyMac reminds me of this gift from God every time I hear his song, Til the Day I Die.

Enjoy…