Thy Will Be Done…

Sharing again on this Passion (or Palm) Sunday. We read from Matthew’s Gospel today, about the suffering and dying that Jesus experiences for our sake. Meditating on the Our Father seems appropriate. God bless us all with His peace & strength. Amen.

Drowning in Lemonade

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done…” We pray that all the time, if we’re believing Christians.  It’s part of the “Lord’s Prayer” or the “Our Father,” as we Catholics refer to the prayer. It’s vitally important because these are Jesus’ words to His disciples in response to their request that Jesus, “teach us how to pray.”

He also admonishes them not to go on and on with lots of extraneous words. A lot of us who pray extemporaneously could learn from that directive. Too often we try to give God very detailed directions on what He needs to do to take care of our requests to Him. But that’s silly. God knows what we need before we ask. He knows the desires of our hearts.

What we really need to do is say, “Lord, you know what I need and what I want. But I do NOT know what…

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Hold them in the palm of Your hand

A lot of you know, if you've read my blog before, that I am an Army wife (retired) at this point. Well, my husband retired almost 2 years ago now. But I have a son, a son-in-law, and a daughter-in-law who are all Soldiers still. Plus we have so many friends and former comrades in … Continue reading Hold them in the palm of Your hand

Ups and downs

Wrote/posted this a year ago! I have added a couple of links within and some subheadings. Mainly, though, it seems very timely right now. So here it is again, with apologies to those who get my posts via email every time I post. But it’s been a year so maybe you don’t remember this one! God bless you all.

Drowning in Lemonade

Life’s journey has many ups and downs, as we all know. But we need the valleys to appreciate the mountaintops, right? We not only need them, we should be grateful for them. That sounds strange. Why would we want to be in a desolate, dark place ever? Who wouldn’t rather be in the glorious sunshine at the top of the mountain that is above the clouds that make the valley even more ominous? Who, indeed?

Much of the struggles in life make us who we are meant to be, I’ve discovered. How we react to those challenges decides if we become what God intended or something else, something less, sometimes something extremely disappointing.

Another Way

Difficult people can cause us to become defensive, or more forgiving. It’s a choice. A bad relationship can make us less trusting, or more willing to look at our own faults. An unpleasant task that…

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Defender

The second in my series of reblogging entries from my retreat from a couple of weeks ago. Still love this song. It was perfect for the portion of our retreat where we focused on Prayer! Enjoy!

Drowning in Lemonade

If you’re following my blog, you know that I love me some contemporary Christian music. And below is my latest favorite song by Francesca Battistelli. First of all, I just love her name! But that has nothing to do with the song. It’s about letting God be the Lord of our lives and finding that His is the better way.

She praises, she worships, she bows down, she is still. And then God does amazing things in her life. That can be true for all of us. God will fight our wars and bring us back the “head of our enemies.” That’s total victory. In fact, Jesus did that for us when He suffered and died on the cross. It was when He rose from the dead and later ascended to the place at the right hand of His Father that the Victory was definitively won. He went to prepare…

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“Deliver Me (Every Little Prison)”

This is one of the songs we listened to during our Lenten retreat last weekend. It was the theme for our section on Fasting. Based on the Litany of Humility, it is a wonderful way to look at things we can refrain from in our lives other than fasting from food. I’ll be sharing the other two songs we played on Saturday, as well. But probably not right away as those of you who subscribe to my blog via email don’t need to get inundated by posts from Lynda! So, they will be on the way in the next couple of days. God bless you during this upcoming time of preparation for Easter!

Drowning in Lemonade

I know we all want to be loved, to feel special, or even just noticed, our needs considered. By someone. Not necessarily be everyone else. But that doesn’t always happen in our world. Too bad we don’t all know, and that those of us who do too often forget, that our God loves us, that to Him we are special, He notices us every moment and considers our needs.

Not just too bad, it’s tragic really. Cosmically tragic. There are so many who are so much worse off than anyone who will read these words. People living in utter poverty who don’t know where their next meal will come from and who struggle to find clean water to drink for their children and themselves.

We are called by our Creator to take care of those who have less than we. That’s actually one of our main charges in Scripture. If…

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“Reckless Love”

Because today’s Gospel reading is the one I reference here, I thought I would share this again! God bless you!

Drowning in Lemonade

I heard this song in my car last week. I was touched deeply by the words. I’m kind of a ‘words’ person when it comes to songs. I need them to make sense, to flow logically, to be beautifully placed next to each other. I need them to be meaningful and thoughtful. And then a nice melody to accompany these words makes the song complete.

Reckless Love is one of those songs that I was moved by as I heard the words sung within the confines of my car and they reached into my heart. So here’s the link below. Give a listen and understand that God really does love us with reckless abandon. Anyone who leaves 99 behind to search for the one lost sheep is reckless. That’s the point of the story Jesus tells to his followers.

He will never leave anyone behind. And that, this Army wife…

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