“For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home.” Simon Van Booy, Everything Beautiful Began After
“A city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination.” Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust, A History of Walking
Dear friends, this is an excerpt from my friend, Author Cheryl Zelenka’s new book called Facing Storms: Devotions for thoughts and meditation.
In his song STAND, Rich Mullins wrote, “There is more that rises in the morning than the sun.” He knew that with each new day there is the gift of a new beginning, one brimming with promise.
Anticipated desires, which we expect to occur, are called hopes. God hears all of our prayers and petitions. Therefore, our hopes are certainly obtainable so long as they are aligned with His perfect will. Through the refining process, God transforms our selfish desires into His perfect ones. The desires, dreams, and hopes planted in our hearts will mature and grow with time, eventually bearing the fruit that serves His glorious purpose. There is great joy to be had while holding hope in your heart. Sometimes this hope is a secret matter between you and the Lord, shared with no other.
How precious these special thoughts and intimate conversational moments! To meditate on a desire not yet fulfilled, with glorious anticipation, is a blessing. Waiting on the fulfillment of this hope is an experience few learn to savor. Don’t let doubt or impatience rob you of this opportunity to draw near God in a new and intimate way.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)
God’s gifts are always more wonderful than we can imagine. His blessings are beyond our imagination or comprehension. Why not ask for those things that would please your heavenly Father? Wait for His will and desires to be revealed. Patiently hold on to your hope but trust Him to transform and purify every one of your desires. Thus, as you delight yourself in the Lord the desires of your heart will be granted… for His hopes will have become your own.
This beautiful plant is called Miracle Fruit Plant. It bears a red fruit that makes sour or bitter flavors taste sweet. “Miracle” sits outside my apartment door, and is a daily reminder that good things are already in my life and new ones are coming with the help and grace of God. I hope you also believe in miracles too.
“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” Jon Bon Jovi
Church of The Little Flower
On October 1st the church celebrated St. Therese with an Annual Feast Day Prayer service. Many things were going on in my mind, but God assured me He was in control. It was a very special day for me. The sky was incredible and I felt God’s love and grace.
“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” Pablo Picasso
“To my young friends out there: Life can be great, but not when you can’t see it. So, open your eyes to life: to see it in the vivid colors that God gave us as a precious gift to His children, to enjoy life to the fullest, and to make it count. Say yes to your life.” Nancy Reagan
“Sunday, the day..I planned a lot but actually do nothing” -Lovely Goyal, I love the Way you Love me
“Sunday, the day for the language of leisure” - Elfriede Jelinek, The Piano Teacher
“Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning” Lydia M. Child
Please pray for the persecuted
This post is from Author Cheryl Zelenka. You can visit any of her 2 blogs at: http://weepingintodancing.com or http://www.facingtrials.com Please click on the link below to read this post:
In addition I want to add this prayer,
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
I visited The Bonnet House in 2009 and I saw this bird with its broken beak. So painfully sad :-(
“Just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing.” Jennifer Brown, Hate List.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.