Joyful Words Blog
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.
– Psalm 119:105
– Psalm 119:105
No word from God will ever fail. Luke 1:37
So what do you do when you just want to sit in the corner and pout? I think we all face those times when we feel like we aren’t enough…we don’t do enough…we come up just short of the goal again and again. And what about those times when we realize we’re committing the same sins and making the same mistakes and running back to the same bad habits like their magnetic power just sucks us in!
I’ve been struggling lately and I’ve avoided writing about it. I suppose I don’t want folks to know I’m coming a little unraveled on some days. Truth be told, being joyful and grateful has taken a lot of work lately. I speak and teach and write but it all seems like it’s just not quite right…like I’m close but not quite there. I mention this only because it usually seems that when I feel something, somebody is struggling with the same thing too.
I wish I could say I took it all to prayer and God gave me great comfort and consolation. Actually, he’s led me to some great words but they taste like vinegar! I wanted him to make it all feel better but these words are pretty stiff and I’m going to have to sit with them for a bit. I know he’ll change my heart…after all his heart is perfect, mine is the one that needs some work! Maybe these words were meant for you too…
*We’ve got to have the courage to ask Jesus to help us stop finding our sins so attractive!
*My daughter, if the Cross was not felt, it could not be called a Cross. Be certain that if you stand beneath the Cross you will never be lost.
*True peace is found when having or not having doesn’t matter.
*Faith helps us know that even if we can’t see a positive outcome, we trust that God has our greater good beyond these crosses.
*Humility is planting seeds and being unattached to seeing them growing or harvested.
*We dilute grace in our souls the minute we begin to calculate how good we’re doing.
*The deeper we seek God by cutting out worldly attachments, the more we are free to cooperate with His most perfect will.
*We sometimes feel uneasy and uncomfortable because it takes more energy to be around people that don’t fill our cup.
*We are called to forgo our desires to wallow in our difficulties, because someone else often needs our love and attention.
*Our lives will be much happier when we accept all things in our path as an opportunity to love God and love others.
*Worldly achievements and human honor or approval are the goals of man, not the Father.
*The continued getting up and trying again is the rhythm of the life that makes us Saints.
A Seed To Plant: Pick one of the statements and pray with it for a week.
Blessings on your day!
Sheri's writing can also be found at Faith Catholic Publications and on CatholicMom.com