Pray for Others

We need to pray for each other. To truly intercede for one another, for those close to us and those we don’t even know. We need to pray for each other with faith and hope. Maybe you think praying for someone is the least you can do. Well, let me tell you something: praying for someone is one of the most powerful things you can do for them. We don’t know the good or the blessings that can come from praying for someone. We can’t possibly know the strength or the graces that will be poured out onto someone because someone cared to pray for them. We don’t realize that prayers, over a period of time, can bring an atheist to belief in God or a non-Christian to salvation in Jesus Christ. Prayer is powerful.

(Now, I want to add a quick disclaimer. Prayer is very, very important. But just because you are praying for someone, doesn’t mean you are off the hook to help them in other ways. We must assist spiritually and in other ways, such as economically or emotionally.)

A lot of times, not knowing what else to say or do, Christians tell someone “I’ll pray for you.” Sometimes it’s a bandage on the situation–there are so many things that can’t be solved or that leave us speechless. Most of the time, we are sincere and do intend to pray. However, unfortunately, a lot of times we forget. Or we might mumble a quick prayer, and then not remember again till much later–or even forget altogether.

Let’s work on this, fellow Christians. Don’t forget. Pray without ceasing. When you promise to pray for someone, do it! You can pray wherever you are. Keep a prayer list or some reminder to pray for people. If you will forget right away, right it down or put a reminder on your phone when you make the promise. Prayer is the greatest gift we can give.

People will see God’s love through your prayers. Even in the fact that you promise to pray, they will find encouragement. Prayer bears fruit. 

What stories do you have of answered prayers?

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Happy Pentecost!

Happy Pentecost, friends! Today we celebrate the birthday of the Church! I hope today you feel & know the truth of the Holy Spirit at work in your life, and in the world! Jesus promised not to leave us orphans, and sent us the Holy Spirit, that we can call on at any time! Holy Spirit, come upon us!

“When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.” Acts 2:1-4

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I found this prayer, attributed to St. Augustine, here.

“Breathe into me, Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.

Move in me, Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.

Attract my heart, Holy Spirit,
that I may love only what is holy.

Strengthen me, Holy Spirit,
that I may defend all that is holy.

Protect me, Holy Spirit,
that I may always be holy.”

Have a blessed Pentecost!

A Simple, Yummy Treat

I haven’t posted any recipes yet! The purpose of this blog is to focus on the whole of the person, so I will try to also focus on physical health and nutrition more in the future. It’s something I’m very passionate about in my daily life. Here is a great treat that is quick and easy to make!

Coconut flour chocolate chunk bars!

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(I added shredded coconut. And yes, it is more crumbly than using wheat flour, but crumbliness doesn’t affect taste.)

Nutrition pros: It’s gluten-free! It’s also sugar-free, substituting honey instead. It’s high in protein as well. Compared to other flours, coconut flour won’t give your blood sugar quite such a spike. It’s also dairy free, unless you decide to use a milk chocolate bar.

http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2014/07/the-best-coconut-flour-chocolate-chunk-bars/

(You have to scroll down pretty far for the actual recipe!)

They do end up a little thinner than most treat bars, I would say. But I really like these and appreciate how quick they are to make, as well as the health factor.

If you make them, let me know what you think! 🙂

Hardship Pays Off

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(I am linking up with Blessed Is She to share a story of perseverance!)

I wrote an article a few months back tying a story of perseverance in my life and the intercession of a saint together. Head over to Ignitum Today and read the story!

Where I am now is drastically different than the place I was a  year ago. That time was a challenge in many ways. But, the time of hardship paid off. I had to struggle through months of uncertainty, and God brought me to a place that I never could have dreamed! It doesn’t mean every day is easy. There are still many challenges to be had. However, I have learned the faithfulness of God. Trust Him, friends. When the water seems too deep, stand firm. He will be your rock and strength. He will do amazing things in your life! Just keep walking, one day at a time, and rely on Him. Perseverance is worth it.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12

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Today and Tomorrow

“Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring. The same loving God who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. God will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.”

~St. Francis de Sales

We don’t know what is coming around the bend. What we do know is that God will give us strength for whatever is coming next. Don’t fear. Trust and realize the wisdom of being given just one day at a time. Rest in the arms of your loving Father, who is always holding you. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

7 Quotes for the Christian Life

seven quick takes friday 2Hello, friends! I hope this day finds you very well and filled with joy! Today, I thought I’d share some inspirational quotes for your daily life. Most of these are attributed to saints who have gone before us and done a pretty good job (with God’s grace!) of living this Christian life. It’s a battlefield, but hopefully you can find some encouragement here!

1. “Here is an effective custom for achieving presence of God: your first appointment every day should be with Jesus Christ.”-St. Josemaría Escrivá

2. “For those who love, nothing is too difficult, especially when it is done for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.”-St. Ignatius

3. “God always surprises us. Like the new wine in the Gospel, God always saves the best for us. But He asks us to let ourselves be surprised by His love, to accept His surprises. Let us trust God!”-Pope Francis

4. “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”-St. Jerome

5. “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”-St. Augustine

6. “For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”-St. Therese of Lisieux

7. “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” -St. Catherine of Siena

Are there any other saint quotes that you find great inspiration in, or to be convicting and life-changing? Leave them in the comments! Thanks for reading, and may you be strengthened in your relationship with the Lord!

Your Mission Now

*Linking up with Blessed Is She*

(I guess I was meant to join this link-up and write this post; literally I planned to write this post today, and then saw another blog with this as the theme!)

I like to think that God gives us little “missions” at each part of our lives. It may be blatantly obvious to you what your current mission is. Maybe you’re part of a program that allows you to be a literal missionary in the inner city of the U.S.A., or in Asia. Sometimes, though, our mission is woven into the little things. Maybe you’re a momma to little ones and you fully realize that dressing, feeding, changing diapers, soothing this fussy little person to sleep, and praying for your child is your mission now. Other times, we don’t know exactly how God is using us. We have our daily routine, but nothing seems super special about it. Your job might involve sitting in a cubicle eight hours a day. Maybe you work as a salesperson for kitchen knives and then go home to your own place to cook dinner for yourself at 9 PM, after a full day of selling and many disinterested customers. What is my mission then, you might wonder? How is God using me? Be assured, that He is using you somehow. Importantly, He is also molding you for a future that only He knows. Be patient, and obedient. Only God knows the big picture and how the now fits into that. There are things that God keeps from us until the time is right, or until the other side of this life.

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There are times (ok, many times–I’ll admit it) that I like to dream about future possibilities. How will I be asked to serve God and others? Where? When? Yet I can’t get too caught up in that. No matter how mundane we may feel our lives are, we have a mission now. Let’s not waste today on tomorrow. Be assured that you are serving God now, in some way only the Lord may know. He has called you to where you live, the people you live around, and what you are doing. A life is many puzzle pieces, and somehow the pieces of your life have come together and made it what it is today. Who put together the puzzle? You helped, of course, but there was a lot of grace and orchestration from God.

So, live today’s mission, friend. Whether you feel energized and worn out by the battle every day, or all is calm and routine, it is your mission right now. What you are given is the present moment, and that is what you must fix your eyes on. Who knows; maybe tomorrow is the day you’ll get your next assignment.

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Together journeying toward the Creator and becoming the creations we were meant to be.