Sunday, February 7, 2016

Forewarned

I could be a judge. Believe me when I say that I’ve got plenty of experience.

I’m very good when it comes to looking at someone and making a quick judgment. I don’t even need to hear all the circumstances.

Sometimes I judge others—and it is bothering me.

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is 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 brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)

A good judge looks at everything with a panoramic lens. A qualified judge knows how important it is to view all cases with an open perspective. An honest judge does not let anything cloud his/her vision.

Do not judge . . . your parents, your spouse, your children, your siblings, your friends, your co-workers, your boss, your neighbors, your former classmates, your in-laws, your pastor, your distant relatives, your doctors and nurses, your fellow churchgoers, your spouse’s friends, your various group members, your walking partner, your partner in crime, your hairdresser, your waiter, your lawyer, your sales clerk, your political leaders, your past and present teachers, your people that you see who are homeless and in need of so much more than just a home.

Do not judge anyone, so that you will not be judged . . . unless you are comfortable being judged by your standard of measure that you judge others.

For in the way you judge, you will be judged.

On second thought, I could never be a judge. I have no experience. I’m terrible when it comes to looking at someone, and making a quick judgment. I don’t even take time to hear all the circumstances.

We’ve been given fair warning on this subject of becoming a judge. What’s your stance?

"Just so, I tell you there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."
(Luke 15:7)



















Monday, February 1, 2016

More Prayer

How’s your prayer life? 

Could you be talked into praying more each day if you knew for sure it would help you?

I happen to be a big fan of Pope Francis.

I hang on his every word.

If he hands us a prayer to recite and in doing so tells us that he, himself prays it every day, and that it helps him, I definitely will take his word for it.

Here is the prayer that he shares:

ST. THOMAS MORE PRAYER

Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.

Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.

Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.

Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I”.

Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor. Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others. Amen.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m a big fan of Pope Francis; I hang on his every word.

“It will do us much good to pray St. Thomas More’s Prayer frequently, I pray it every day, and it helps me.” (Pope Francis)






Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Seriously

Have you discovered adult coloring books?

Coloring is becoming a hobby that I’m getting addicted to. Anyone and everyone can color. There really is no right or wrong way to color—that’s the whole beauty of it.


I’ve been reading how doctors are recommending coloring to calm and relax. World-renowned psychiatrist Carl Jung in the early 1900’s often prescribed coloring to help his patients stay more focused.

Now I know why some of the happiest, most relaxing, times that I spent with my kids were when they were just learning how to hold a crayon and we would sit around the kitchen table coloring the morning away.

True fact, coloring is helping me become more focused in life.

As I peacefully sit with nothing else pressing on my mind, but a box of crayons and my white color page, it becomes so easy for me to meditate on the big picture in life and God’s guiding hand.

On one such coloring episode I found myself mentally focusing on God’s Ten Commandments. Contemplating which color should go where, my thoughts centered on the primary ways we are called to live our lives by listening to God.

It made me question my picture in life that I'm living out. Do I portray true colors that reflect what is right and good? I got out my Bible and found what I was looking for in the book of Exodus. The intensity of God's words saturated my soul. 

The Ten Commandments

  1. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of slavery. Worship no gods except Me.
  2. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 
  3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not tell lies against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not want to take your neighbor’s wife or husband.
  10. You shall not want to take your neighbor’s possessions.

The more I read, the more I began to understand, and the more I felt protected and loved by the many vibrant colors of our Lord.

Seriously, if you’re looking for a way to become more relaxed, and want that calming feeling that comes with being focused in a purposeful way you should try coloring.

You might be pleasantly surprised at what mediating thoughts come about.

Enjoy.
























Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Mother's Wish

“I wish you heaven.”
(Taken from Mother Angelica’s Little Book of Life Lessons.)

One wish I always had, was to have long blond hair and blue eyes. 

I know, I know—it is a terribly petty and very shallow dream. Be assured I no longer wish for that—it came true eighteen years ago today, when our daughter was born.

Yep, I got my wish and so much more, I got her, her with her long lovely blond hair, and her soft beautiful blue eyes.

I now have a bigger, better wish. I wish for her heaven, and so much more.


I wish her lifelong faith, faith in a God who loves and cares for His people.

I wish her journey here on earth to be filled with hope, hope that will bring forth peace and happiness.

I wish her longevity and love, love that brings life.

Mother Teresa wrote the following words regarding life. They apply to all who roam on earth, no matter if you’re 25, 75 or just turning 18. 

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

To all who read this . . . always remember that life is life, it is too precious, it is a promise . . . admire it for all time.

Godspeed.
Rose O’Donnell, Blogging for a Better Life


P.S. Happy Birthday, my dear daughter!
I wish you heaven and so much more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!













Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Take the Plunge

Every January, anyone that wants to can sign up and participate in what is called the Lake Erie Polar Bear Plunge.

I live in Ohio and I live near Lake Erie, so if I wanted to, I could so do this!

All it takes is some guts and a lot of gumption to throw off your parka, and jump whole-heartedly into Lake Erie’s icy waters.


It may sound more enticing than it looks. In all reality, I really do admire the brave souls that actually go running into the thirty-degree water for a quick dip to benefit certain causes such as the Special Olympics. They look so happy and very wet as they hold up their official Lake Erie Polar Bear Plunge tee-shirt.

I have always wanted one of those shirts. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get one. I’ve discovered that I’m too faint at heart. Honestly, I’m not sure if I could get up the nerve to stick my big toe into Lake Erie’s cold waters, let alone run waist deep into her waves!

With every passing year I tell myself that it’s okay, there are other fancy tee-shirts available, in which I can easily purchase, that will help support good causes without ever having to get wet and cold.

But part of me still wants to do some sort of venturesome plunge. That is how I came up with this idea to immerse myself whole-heartedly into seeking God in all things.

Why not try it yourself? 

Here are some of my ideas that you can build upon for your own personal plunge:

* Get out of daily rhythms—stumble upon God’s ever changing, ever giving gifts in nature
* No more ho-hum prayers—discover new and beautiful things by reading and grasping God’s words
* Come clean—confess sins
* Take a risk—become a fool for God by spreading His good news
* Forget the past—forget the future—focus on the now
* Open the door for God—let Him enter and take over everything
* Listen not to what others think, but to what God would think
* Trust Jesus—trust in His ways, His promises, His salvation

Are you ready to plunge in? (Repeating this verse may help.)

“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” 
(Philippians 4:13)


Good luck and Godspeed,
Rose O’Donnell
Blogging for a Better Life