Saint of the Day – February 1

January 31, 2012

The saint we celebrate with a feast day on February 1 is St Brigid of Ireland!  Even though she was a slave and the daughter of a slave, she was putting her life at risk serving the Lord.  Working on a dairy farm, she gave the products of her labor away to the poor, must to the anger of her owner.  She was eventually freed, though, and was then able to completely devote her life to God. 

Credited with starting the first of Ireland’s convents, she taught women to serve the poor.  She is said to have also founded the first double monastery which was a place for prayer for both nuns and monks.  Brigid is known as the patron saint of scholars. 

 


Stumped?

January 31, 2012

My next door neighbor had a tree in his front yard and it was huge.  We’re talking REALLY BIG TREE.  It was two trees in one and it was causing his lots of trouble in his yard, driveway, and since this is a hurricane prone area, causing him and my the neighbor worry quite often. 

I sat at my desk working the other day and heard a thud and felt my house shake.  Before I could consider what that was it repeated.  I was downstairs fast!  Seems he was taking down the tree all by himself.  A bit of rope, a ladder, some saws and then a lot of trips to the pickup truck . . . and much raking.  This project covered his entire front yard and part of mine.  Yet, in 24 hours all that was left was a stump – well, two. 

Clearly my neighbor has wisdom and strength.  Consider for a moment the powerful strength and wisdom of God . . . and know that our strength is not even close to His.  Are you stumped by a big problem?  Do you lack the power to solve it?  It’s okay.  Turn it over to God and then get out of His way and let Him knock down that unruly tree and then get the mess out of your way.  He will, you know!


January 31, 2012

Martha L Shaw:

Great post!

Originally posted on AJ Poetry:

You could holler and whine
Till your voice hollers out
You could whimper and pine
Till you’re all outta pout

But no matter your struggle
No matter your pain
There are some things in life
You just cannot change

You could worry and fret
And then worry some more
You could cry all upset
Till your tears come out sore

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Despair?

January 31, 2012

Despair is the ultimate deception.  Take heart! 

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;

we are perplexed, but not in despair;


2 Corinthians 4:7-9

 


Prayer

January 31, 2012

Lord, open the eyes of our hearts so that we may see your blessings!


Saint of the Day – January 31

January 31, 2012

Today we celebrate the feast day of St Marcella!  Marcella lived in Ancient Rome and died in AD 410.  A widow after only 7 months of marriage, she devoted the remainder of her life to holiness.  She lived the life of an ascetic.  Devoting her life to prayer and the study of Scripture, she was an inspiration to man.


My Heart Doesn’t Look Like a Valentine!

January 30, 2012

Seriously, the human heart doesn’t look like a valentine and while I could look up why the day February 14th became linked to a specific “shape” we call a heart, I’m not going to write about that.  As I look at the shape what I see is a rounded shape which is bursting open.  A simple shape.  A shape, a vessel, so full it is exploding and it’s contents are thus shared with those near and far as it bursts because it cannot contain anymore . . . much like my human heart when it is so full of the love of God.  I can’t selfishly hold His love, even if I wanted to.  I must share it.  Fortunately, He makes this easy for He gives us people with whom it must be shared.  He also gives us more so steadily that we never have to worry about running low. 

As Valentine’s Day approaches and we are reminded of love as the world and the retail industry define it, I believe Christians who know it’s definition in a different way should take care to give that love more freely.  Let us allow that “holiday” to be a reminder of what His love means and let us share it freely everyday, shall we?  Candy is nice, but when we “”taste and see that the Lord is good” as Psalm 34:8 reminds us, we find LIFE as we’ve never known it could be!  Let’s share that love everyday!


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