A Time For Everything

Friday, September 23, 2016

First Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 144:1B AND 2ABC, 3-4
Gospel: Luke 9:18-22

Today’s readings are all about timing.  The perfection of God’s timing only makes sense to us in retrospect and God. Is. Never. Late.

If there’s one thing that I am consistently, it’s being late.  Recently, I read an article in the New York Times that said people who are chronically late are not trying to be rude but they are overly optimistic about deadlines. 

And it’s true.  I get a rush from accomplishing a large of number of tasks in an impossible amount of time.  I used think that I felt this way because I’m “doer” and an “achiever”.  Smugly, I would observe how many things I have accomplished in the same 24 hours as others who were clearly sitting on their bottoms and watching reruns. 

Now, I understand my smugness and sense of accomplishment for the millions of tasks are all related to the sin of pride. 

Accomplished tasks were confirmation that I was better than other people, and it was how I gained my sense of worth. A day with undone tasks was a failure, which meant I too, was a failure.

But there is one thing I am learning slowly but surely and that is I am perfectly loved by God.  Tasks don’t define me, my failures (real or perceived) don’t define me. Even my shortcomings, like being consistently late and overly optimistic are things God probably finds endearing, He made me this way after all.

I am not perfect but He is and He uses my imperfections if I allow Him, for a greater good.  I may be late for everything but His timing is perfect. 

Years ago, I attended a wedding reception.  As usual, I was late.  The only seat left was in the back next to a young man I didn’t really know at the time and who in a few years would become my husband. 

God’s timing is perfect.

My timing is not. 

God does not ask that we be perfect before He can love us.  He simply wants us to grow each day in love for Him and He is perfect enough for all of us.

Where have you seen the perfection of God’s timing in your life?

Seven Quick Tales (7QT) - And a Free Printable! (vol. 1)

Saturday, September 3, 2016

I'm participating in a blog link up called 7QT or Seven Quick Tales hosted by Kelly at This Ain't The Lyceum.  It's a fun way to share seven things with you...books, random stories, oh and this week includes a printable.  WHAATT?!!  I KNOW! I can't wait to tell you about it below.

Oh, and if you're looking for more fun bloggers who've been doing this a lot longer than I have, you can scroll to the bottom of her page and see all the link ups and bloggers who participate.

1. Divine Mercy for Moms - What I'm Reading Right Now 

Our parish hosts a wonderful ministry for moms called...are you ready for it?...The SJA Moms' Group.  We're all about simple marketing, mom brain and pregnancy brain are very real things, so the easier the better right?  Actually, we just couldn't think of a better name...it just makes sense.

This year we are focusing on a book called Divine Mercy for Moms by Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet.   They are two moms who want to introduce the idea and origins of Divine Mercy and show us how this applies to our lives as mothers.

It's wonderful for both the well versed in this subject and the novice. It even comes with discussion questions and suggestions for activities that are simple to help you carry out works of mercy.

Read it before the Year of Mercy is over!!

2. A Printable Prayer 

In the Divine Mercy for Moms book they highlighted St. Faustina's Prayer for Divine Transformation.  In it she asks God to help her live and breathe mercy in her thoughts, actions and her whole being.  It's really beautiful.  

While reading it, my mind immediately went to my role as a wife and mom.  Sometimes the most difficult thing is to show mercy to those you are closest to.  

As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live.                                      St. John Paul II 

St. Faustina's prayer is so lovely and calls to mind our neighbors (which means everyone around us including our family), but I'm slow sometimes, and I literally need to be reminded that "neighbor" means my child and husband.  I wrote a  Prayer for Divine Transformation for Moms based off of her prayer.  I am unqualified to adjust her beautiful words so I pray that she takes no offense.

I wrote it because I need it.

I need to be reminded daily that my vocation is my family and I must practice mercy in the place where God has placed me at this point in my life.

Here is St. Faustina's Prayer.  I urge you to pray hers and when you need extra special instruction (like me) from time to time try the Mom's version.

Prayer for Divine Transformation (St. Faustina)

O, Most Holy Trinity! I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your living reflection O Lord...

Help me, O Lord that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbor's souls and come to their rescue.  

Help me, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my neighbors' needs and not be indifferent to their pains and moanings. 

Help me, O Lord that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak negatively of my neighbor, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all.  

Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbors and take upon myself the more difficult and toilsome tasks.  

Help me, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbor, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness. My true rest is in the service of my neighbor. 

Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbor.  May your mercy, O Lord, rest upon me. Amen. 

3. Canonization Party - Celebrating the life of Mother Teresa on Earth AND in Heaven

Sunday September 4th is the big day!  I'm joining a friend to watch the canonization mass for Mother Teresa on EWTN.  I'm planning on making this dish:

4. We Broke Up...With Our Cable Company

We've been threatening to do this for months (maybe a year?) now.  Comcast is just sucking money out of our wallet and we had 700 channels and nothing to watch besides American Ninja Warrior.  So far, I haven't really felt missed it or longed to turn on the TV.  

We did purchase Netflix and got a subscription to Sling TV (which came with a free Roku!).  The Sling TV account will allow us to watch our beloved Sun Devils play a little foosball. 

AND...it saves us about $150 a month in cable/internet fees.  I could probably feed a small village with that, it's shameful how much we've wasted. 

5. I Walked 129 Miles Last Week...Sort Of

Portland to Coast is the world's longest relay race.  I joined a team of 12 women, each person took 2 legs and together we walked from downtown Portland all the way to Seaside, Oregon.  Our first walker began at 5:45 am. and my first leg started around 9:30 am and my second leg began at 2:30 am. Walking in pitch black darkness with the stars shining overhead was such a thrill! 
It took us about 33 hours to complete and oh my goodness was it fun!

6. Frivolous But Fun 

This Melody Susie nail lamp is one of my favorite things.  A gel manicure costs at least $30 at a nail salon and this LED nail lamp costs $31.99 on Amazon right now.  I can do my nails and they last for about 2 weeks with no chipping. Cost saver and so pretty! It's totally frivolous but it makes me so happy when in the middle of washing dishes, or washing my hands I see a pretty color on my nails.  It's the little things. 

7. School Begins 

I'm squeezing the last bits of summer into these next few days.  So sad to see it all end.  I keep feeling like I could seriously use at least one more month of sunshine, garden tomatoes and sitting on the porch in the warm evening air.  But I suppose it really is time to move on since school begins next week.  I hope to get out my "end of summer blues" by embracing a few autumn projects.  Maybe I'll knit a scarf... 

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