Reflections.

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Try as I may, I am having the worst time concentrating today. For some time now I’ve been feeling the weight of the world on my heart. It seems every place a person looks these days, there is evidence of discord and then to wake up this morning and see the Las Vegas news? My heart is literally so heavy, I’m having trouble breathing today. I cannot even wrap my brain around this incident. I’ve been weeping off and on all day.

One would think that by the year 2017, our human race would have evolved much further past the current senseless violence and division among our people. For heaven’s sake we are about to have driver-less passenger vehicles and packages delivered by drones, yet we are still divided and fighting among ourselves over things that absolutely will NOT matter when we pass on from this life. Now we are having acts of violence like the one that happened in Vegas (not to the same magnitude, granted) on an almost weekly basis?

What happened to “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”?

I totally get that this psycho, P.O.S person who executed this massacre probably wasn’t part of the current, “I’m protesting this”; “I’m not standing for that” group of people, but if I am physically feeling the symptoms of such a level of hate and discord in the USA right now and I consider myself to be a pretty rational woman, what must others who are not sane be feeling and can we expect MORE of this? Yes. I am so sad to imagine we can and we probably will.

At this very moment they have reported 58 dead and 515 injured and I am seeing on social media that some of our ridiculously overpaid, under-talented and certainly under-educated are saying that this is a case of “white privilege”? In just about every feed, someone seriously blames Trump for this and arguments ensue.

This morning at work I was speaking to someone I know and love about a happy occasion about to take place and she said, “Well, I’ve heard he’s a conservative and that might be a problem.” Add another dagger to my already heavy heart.

People, this is NOT the way.

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Once upon a time I was talking to a family member about racism. I said to this person, who was expressing fear about people of other races, “I know one thing for certain. When we pass over and are standing before God, I highly doubt He will make the declaration that, ‘ALL of YOU –insert whatever race, nationality, gender, political party or sexuality you wish -GET TO THE BACK OF THE LINE, I will be taking care of the white, Roman Catholics first. Step aside.’

No, instead we will be judged on the contents of our hearts and the good works we did on earth. How well did we treat each other; what did we do for one another; did we forgive others trespasses; etc.”

I completely understand that there are people who rise up in protest believing with the whole heart that good is being done. Look around. It’s not. Get together and work on positive solutions.

Above all else, remember that we need each other. I am usually not one to throw around Bible verses but at this point it’s important to revisit the following:

Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” He also told them a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher.Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit;for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.”

Luke 6: 31-50

And do not bother to come to me saying that it’s GOD that is allowing this to happen. He gave us FREE will. WE are the ones causing it AND the ones allowing it.

If you are experiencing similar feelings to mine, I implore you to examine your use of social media. Stop blindly re-posting things. Stop blindly following things you haven’t fully checked out. Don’t join protests that are just attention seeking and hateful. Ask yourself your true motives before joining anything, before re-posting anything, before you inadvertently fan the flames.

Listen to others with the intention of understanding what their feelings are and speak with the intention of being understood. In the words of Don Ruiz Miguel, “Be impeccable with your word”! Yelling and screaming and name calling and being angry because someone else doesn’t share your exact views and experiences is ridiculous and futile!

 

Seek out organizations that are actually making positive changes and join the ones that resonate with you. Make a promise to yourself to BE part of positive change in the world. Refuse to fuel the world with anything but your love and the follow through on your good intentions. Positive energy always brings back more positive energy.

I work four gazillion jobs so it’s nearly impossible for me to add onto my already too crazy schedule but I still feel like I want to offer something to the world in exchange for my Blessings. My husband and I are following the lead of another person we know and we are making up “snack and supply” bags which we will carry in our cars to hand out to the homeless and transient people we encounter. I got the idea a couple of weeks ago when I kept encountering the same man on my way home from work. Twice I stopped and handed him a full bottle of water because it was so hot out I couldn’t stand to look at him and think of him being thirsty.

What will you do?

Sorry this isn’t my usual blog, but things are heavy right now.

Love and prayers to all.

~Bobbe


PS-I did write another more uplifting blog on my other site, Femcalibur I would totally love it if you would click through and read it. I am blogging with a great group of ladies. Once a week we all write a blog on the same topic. This week’s subject was, “Keeping it Real”. Lots of good stuff over there!

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God Says Give

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Dearest Child:

What have you done for another lately, simply for the joy of giving?  The people of your Universe have forgotten that it is in giving you receive. 

Do not worry over financial matters. 

You have imagination, you have a heart, you have a voice for kind words, your fingers can craft beautiful food or even a note of thanks. What is the cost of a smile or of agreement instead of argument?

The time is now to stop sitting still in discomfort waiting for someone to come to your aid.  You must spring to someone else’s aid.

I promise you the greatest joy lies only in the gift of giving of oneself.

I’m watching.

I love you.

God.

©2011, Bobbe Ann Crouch


Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.  — Psalm 141:3 (NIV)


Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

How important is our speech? Jesus said it revealed what was going on in our hearts. Proverbs repeatedly tells us that our words can wound or heal. The apostle Paul tells us to speak only what will benefit those who hear us. In light of these Scriptures, this prayer of David is very appropriate. Only God can help us tame the tongue and use its power to bless. Let’s invite him into our world of speech and ask him to take control of it as he does our hearts!  (verseoftheday.com)


 

From The Angels:

answered-prayer Answered Prayer: Each day connect with your soul allow the divine light in. Your prayers have been answered.

In your life find a way to experience spiritual devotion through prayer or meditation in a way that brings out devotional qualities. These qualities or energies are healing. They drive away anger. All of your prayers are always answered.

The angels request that you be observant of everything you see, hear, touch, taste, smell, or sense in any way it is an aspect of Divinity.

listening Listening:  It’s easy to get busy in life trying to do everything at once. You can listen and work at the same time but sometimes multi-tasking isn’t the best use of our time. Sometimes we have to stop, look people in the eyes, and give them the gift of listening.

We need to take time to deposit value in their hearts. We need to support one another, and listening is an amazing way of doing just that.

As you go about your day, the angels remind you to give people the gift of listening. It seems like such a little thing, but those little deposits will eventually make a big difference. When you make deposits in people, you are making deposits in eternity, and that is what pleases the heart of God.

truth-intergrity Truth & Integrity:   You have the strength to stand strong in the midst of difficult situations, and the wisdom it takes to make good decisions. If something in your life isn’t working, be willing to release it to God and the angels.

Understand you are important, and know that you are called to add value to the world around you. No matter where you are in life today, you have potential to increase, grow, to be strengthened, and to move forward. God created you for His good purpose and you are His masterpiece!


Today’s Prayers:

Not because of your promised Heaven

Do I wish to devote my love to you;

Nor from dread of a much-feared hell

Do I wish to cease from offending you.

You touch me, Lord, when I see you nailed –

Nailed on a cross – when I see you mocked;

I am stirred by the sight of your body bruised,

By your sufferings too and by your death.

I am stirred by your love in such a way

That even without hope of Heaven I shall love you

And without any fear of hell I shall fear you.

Naught you need give me that I may love you,

For even without hoping for the hope that is mine

I shall love you as love you I do.

Francis Xavier


Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness;

come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God;

it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,

and into his courts with praise;

be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;

and his truth endureth to all generations.

Psalm 100

Carry On

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Dear Child:

I delight in your laughter, your smiles, your honest tears and your vulnerability.  Continue to speak your truth without concern of what anyone may think or feel or do or say.  This is between you and me and I am pleased by your love.

Carry on.

I love you.

God.

©2011, BAC


 

Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.

— Psalm 79:9 (NIV)


 

From The Angels:

new-beginnings New Beginnings:  This is an opportunity to begin a new start you have great opportunities arise and new experiences.

Enjoy the new energy in your life, including new opportunities, people, and projects. Drastic change can be frightening the angels surround you now with loving energy.

playfulness Playfulness:  It is time to have fun and play. The angles are recalling your inner child.

Remember the excitement of the first time you learned to ride a bicycle or getting ice cream. Laughing and having fun relaxes you.

The angels want you to know this relaxation gives you a greater inflow of ideas, spiritual connections, Divine guidance, and energy. Your energy and positive personality attracts wonderful and helpful people to you.

power Power: The power of your Creator is within you. It doesn’t matter if you’re facing a situation that seems larger than life or something that is a small hurdle the angels and God want to help you overcome it all!

The key to finding resolve in so many of life’s circumstances is to stay in the right frame of mind. You have the power of your Creator within you, all of the His greatness brings into focus who He is; faithful, righteous, good, honest and it diminishes the negative problems you are facing.

You have all the power of Divine love it is unlimited allow yourself shine. He is the one who with just his voice spoke the world and universe and cosmos into being, yet he is interested in the smallest and most intimate details of your life.

image Archangel Michael: Rapid change is often unsettling and can be stressful, but only because it seems to be too rapid and therefore threatening. Remember that you have agreed on the higher level to be part of the change, and that the changes are to bring in Light, Love, Joy and Abundance.

Operate from your Heart rather than your head. If there is fear, then it is coming from your head. Stay grounded and open, and be practical. If you are in the flow of Divine Creative energy, then you cannot fail.

Archangel Michael is making his presence known to you. Remember that you are Safe and Protected at all times, and that all is in Divine Order at all times! If you trust Divine Order, and not your old habits, you will be fine! God and the angels will help you stay true to yourself during trying times.


Today’s Prayers:

How wonderful, O Lord, are the works of your hands!

The heavens declare Your glory,

the arch of the sky displays Your handiwork

In Your love You have given us the power

to behold the beauty of Your world

robed in all its splendor.

The sun and the stars, the valleys and the hills,

the rivers and the lakes all disclose Your presence.

The roaring breakers of the sea tell of Your awesome might,

the beast of the field and the birds of the air

bespeak Your wondrous will.

In Your goodness You have made us able to hear

the music of the world.

The voices of the loved ones

reveal to us that You are in our midst.

A divine voice sings through all creation.

-traditional jewish prayer-


 

Father in Heaven,

You made me Your child

and called me to walk in the Light of Christ.

Free me from darkness

and keep me in the Light of Your Truth.

The Light of Jesus has scattered

the darkness of hatred and sin.

Called to that Light,

I ask for Your guidance.

Form my life in Your Truth,

my heart in Your Love.

Through the Holy Eucharist,

give me the power of Your Grace

that I may walk in the Light of Jesus

and serve Him faithfully.