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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The Word on Wednesday

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”~Colossians 3:1-4

Don’t get bogged down by worldly worries. Set your heart and mind on what is above! Your life is “hidden in Christ with God!” When we focus on our Lord instead of our worries, we are much better able to handle all that comes our way in this life. Continually raise your heart and mind to Him! Why do we waste so much time worrying about useless things? He is the treasure that we seek.

Saint Joseph the Worker

Yesterday, May 1st, was the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. Humans must work. It is part of the fabric of our daily lives. Saint Joseph worked as a carpenter. This can be difficult labor and takes much precision. Saint Joseph shows us that work can be holy and a prayer.

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Saint Joseph worked hard to provide for the Holy Family. He was a man of integrity, and a godly man. He obeyed when he was told in a dream to “be not afraid” and to take Mary as his wife. He gives men an example of strong character and following the will of God. Of course, he also is a wonderful example of a husband and father providing for his family.

I feel a great connection with the communion of saints, those in Heaven who have gone before us. Even now they pray for us, close to the ear of God! On yesterday’s special feast, I received some happy news about my job! Coincidence? I think not! If you are unsure where to go with your career or unemployed, Saint Joseph is a great one to reach out to!

Saint Joseph the Worker, pray for those who are underemployed or unemployed!

The Rosary: The Key to Peace

We’re assaulted with news stories every day, showing us the reality that our brothers and sisters in many corners of the world face extreme persecution and even death due to their faith. It can feel defeating. I wonder what to do; you probably wonder, too. Yet there is a weapon that we can all take up, that doesn’t cost any money. This weapon will not leave us feeling guilty at using its power. Paradoxically, it is not a weapon that kills; it is a weapon that brings life. It is a weapon that can be used at any time and place. A bishop in Nigeria had a vision of the Rosary defeating Boko Haram. Make no mistake; this is not a physical battle, but a spiritual one. Groups such as Boko Haram and ISIL are evil incarnate. Did you know that, in 1986 in the Philippines, the Rosary saved the people from the continuation of an awful dictatorship? The only weapon the people used was the Rosary. That is only one example of the power of prayer; there are many more stories of Our Lord and Our Lady working to achieve peace and victory through the Rosary. Don’t underestimate the power of prayer. By praying, you are doing the most powerful thing you can. The Rosary is a weapon, my friends, and a shield. If you don’t pray the Rosary already, commit to it. It can seem daunting, but a Rosary can be split up during the day. You can listen to it on your Ipod and pray along, or from a CD in the car. If we are all praying, our army is stronger than any evil army. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-4

Simple Ways to Stick Close to God Throughout the Day

I don’t know about you, but some days I feel pulled further and further from God. Frustrating situations, stress, uncertainties, and just plain busyness pull me deeper into myself. It shouldn’t be like that. Each day we have opportunities to come to know God more through the situations we encounter. So, what are a few simple ways to stick close to God throughout the day and keep Him at the center?

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1. Carry your Bible with you. In the waiting room or at the bus stop, get into the Word! It’s amazing how much time we spend waiting each day, or those little snatches of time we don’t realize we have. When others see you carrying a Bible, they too, may be inspired in their relationship with the Lord! 2. Keep a prayer list close by, or in multiple places. This can be a list of general intentions (such as for particular people, situations in your life, or needs in the world) to remember to pray for. It could also be things in your life you want to remember to thank God for. You could put this on a bulletin board, or even on the dash of your car. This is a great way to stay steeped in prayer each day. 3. Wear a religious bracelet or necklace. You will be reminded to turn your mind to God whenever you see your rosary bracelet or adjust your necklace. Other people may comment or ask you, and again you’ll have an opportunity to turn to God. 4. Start or end your day with Mass. Starting the day with the Eucharist will give you strength and peace to carry you through the day. Ending the day with the Eucharist will keep your mind oriented to where you’ll be going after work or school, and also help to settle you after what may have been a trying day. Now, these are very simple ideas, but they are a start. Do you have any other ideas or strategies for keeping God front and center each day?

God’s Ways=Not Our Ways

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

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If you are feeling discouraged or confused, take heart! It is tough for us to understand why God chooses to work in certain ways. But we can take solace in knowing that He is always working for our good, just as He promised us in Romans 8:28. (“We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”)

For a long time, I went through difficult times in regard to employment and finances. I didn’t understand why I applied to hundreds (literally) of jobs, did countless interviews, but was never able to find a steady job to support myself. I waited and waited. And prayed. It was a time where I had to learn to trust God even more, though the puzzle pieces didn’t seem to be coming together. God came through.  It was long after I would have hoped, but it was God’s time. It happened in God’s way. I got an email one day from an old boss, about a new program starting. It was a perfect fit for me. I would never, ever have expected God to work such a miracle! (Really, it seemed like a miracle!) But of course, God is God and can do anything!

If you’ve been waiting too long. If nothing makes sense anymore. If you’re disappointed or sad. Whatever you are experiencing, trust! Lean on God, pray, and wait for your miracle. It will come!

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