My special word for the past couple of years is REDEMPTION. Jesus is my Redeemer, and He is yours, too!
I like to prayerfully ponder redemption often. It's a terrific antidote to Satan's blatant, evil, ugly lies about what I should think and feel about my past (and present) sins and life mistakes. Thinking about redemption helps me get the Lord God's point of view on things.
When I go through summer depression (it's a fact; there IS a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder which afflicts people like me in the summertime).
When I go through summer depression, those lies of the adversary are close to overwhelming. However, the Holy Spirit always, always, ALWAYS comes to my rescue if I will be quiet and make myself open to His still, small voice which pours - which LAVISHES - truth, deliverance, healing, comfort upon comfort, strength upon strength, grace upon grace into my broken and bleeding (my, I sound melodramatic today, do I not?! *snort*) heart.
The big, big temptation to believe the enemy's lies is that God is punishing me vindictively for sins and life mistakes, and that since I made my bed, I must lie/lay (I can't think straight today!) in it.
But... the TRUTH is: God loves me (and you, too!) so much that He has a plan to bring great, wonderful, powerful, amazing, life-generating, joy-filling, immense GOOD out of even our mistakes and sins! And get this: He makes up for the years which the locusts have eaten. And, get this: Just because it seems like His answers to our prayers for good to come seem to delay or not be coming, He WILL and DOES bring good to us. He even has the desire and will and power to heal people like us (I know a lot of you are chronically ill like me) who have been sick in bed and homebound for many years.
Our God is some kind of wonderful!! Can I get a witness?! *big smile*
He is in business and habit of working miracles, and of redeeming not only our souls for the sake of getting us to Heaven for eternity, but also of redeeming our earthly lives. So if you have something/someone you are tempted to despair about, please don't give up hope! God's miracles are seldom early and they are NEVER LATE. He is our good Daddy-Father. He wants good things for us and our loved ones even more than we do!
May God bless each of you this week and weekend and coming week, until you can't contain any more blessings! May His joy in you be contagious!
Please know that I remember you at Mass and in my Rosaries and other prayers. I don't know most of you, but God has given me a heart to pray for each one of you. We will know each other when we get to Heaven. Thank you very much for praying for me as well!