I have been busy in the struggle and repentance and healing that is Lent. Or rather, the Lord has been busy in me. I'm trying to cooperate!
My focus area this year has been my struggle between "the stuff of earth" and the "winds of Heaven". The stuff of earth has been more and more fighting for my allegiance. Oh my. It is quite a struggle. It's a battle. It's all out war. I like the "stuff of earth" far too much. I owe my complete and total, heartfelt allegiance to the Giver of all good things - the Lord God Almighty, Who gave up His only Son for love of me, to save my soul and set me free from slavery to the senses which blinds me to goodness.
I want to sail on the "winds of Heaven" to my Lord Jesus! I want to give more and more and MORE of myself to God! Upward and onward, each day closer to Heaven and Eternity with Jesus.
And as far as the stuff of earth goes, I - and none of you, dear friends - can take it with us. And, we cannot serve both God and mammon.
My days and nights are spent in prayer, not just for myself, but in intercession for the world, each individual whom our Great and Good God created out of love to know Him, love Him, and serve Him in this life, and to be happy with Him in Eternity. Jesus loves you so very much! Please don't settle for counterfeit "gods", for idols, for heresies. Jesus died for YOU as if you were the only person in the world, the only sinner in the world! That's something to celebrate with reckless abandon! He rose from the dead for love of YOU! That's cause for jubilation! Dear ones, do not give into despair! Do not dialog with discouragement, which is the adversary's favorite evil tool. You were made for life, for love, for joy, for an eternity of ever exponentially increasing bliss with the God of the entire universe! If you belong to Him, you are royalty - princes and princesses!
I have been reading and reviewing books for Ave Maria Press, for Crown (imagine reviewing a Pope Francis book!!! Praise the Lord!!!) for Harvest House Publishers, for Revell, for Zondervan Non-Fiction, and for Zondervan Fiction. And a few for Andrews McMeel Publishing. Oh, and I have some of the Nightingale Girls/Sisters/Nurses to read yet for Random House UK. I hope to shorten them up (if you read me often, you know that I am verbose and rambling... sigh) and share them here this spring, Lord willing.
Truly, I have been praying for all who have ever, all who have now, all who ever will read my blogs. I pray for you daily, each individual among you - tenderly known by Jesus - and I hope we will be neighbors in Heaven!
Prayer is the greatest gift we can give to another person. Oftentimes, the adversary tries to tempt us to believe that our prayers are so.... nothing. That we don't "count" if we're not physically able to do something for people. Well, God knows that many, many, MANY of us on the 'net are physically unable to do most things for others because of our physical and emotional disabilities. However, He has ordained it that those of us who are weakest and suffering the most CAN DO THE MOST! YOU can do the MOST to serve God by offering up your suffering in union with Jesus' suffering on the Cross. YOU can do the MOST because prayer is the greatest charity, the greatest gift we can give another person. I have the Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. John Paul the Great quotations to prove it. And to add another feather in your cap: You can be LOVE in the heart of the Church, the body of believers!
Don't let the enemy drag you down! Lift up your drooping and dejected heads, beloved suffering brothers and sisters! The Father does not despise or spurn you in your bonds of suffering. On the contrary! You are mighty, precious, and beloved in His eyes, and held very close and dear to His Heart. His "foolishness" is greater than our human "wisdom". He uses the poor, the weak, the suffering, the infirm to shame the so-called "strong" of our world.
I could launch off into the Beatitudes right now, but we'll save that for another time.
It's time to sign off for my evening Rosary. Shalom, dear brothers and sisters. Shalom! Peace as only Jesus can give it! Peace of body, mind, and spirit. Peace that the world cannot give. Peace that surpasses understanding. Peace that the pagan peoples ponder down in their hearts!
God bless you, one and all!