#Lent: worries vs. prayer(s)

Sometimes worries grab our hearts by the throat (figuratively speaking) and push our peace into pieces. Why pray when we can worry? Maybe our peace meters would increase if we flip that to: ‘why worry when we can pray?’

“Worry does not empty today of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” Corrie Ten Boom

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere.” (Anonymous)

During our journeys through Lent (& life) however frenetically our stress overwhelms, maybe we should take a few moments to decrease our worry meters by increasing our prayer meters.

Just sayin’. A little more prayin’ might keep us from cavin’.

“Give your troubles to God: He’s up all night anyway.”  Anonymous

grace, peace & prayer (vs. worries)

Virginia : )

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27)

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#Lent: Powerful Protectors (you, me, everybody!)

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of Mary. In one of his first homilies as Pope, Pope Francis spoke of St. Joseph’s role as protector of Mary and Jesus (especially while fleeing from Herod to Egypt) but also taking his example to heart as an inspiration for us to consider what needs protecting around us.

“The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness.

In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts!”     Pope Francis, (19 March 2013)

grace, peace & protectors

Virginia : )

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#Lent: Eternal Savings (a plan & prayer!)

Here’s to giving up everything to God during Lent (& always…)

“Lord, help me to glorify You; I am poor, help me to glorify You by contentment; I am sick, help me to give You honour by patience; I have talents, help me to extol You by spending them for You; I have time, Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve You; I have a heart to feel, Lord, let that heart feel no love but Yours, and glow with no flame but affection for You; I have a head to think, Lord, help me to think of You and for You;

You have put me in this world for something, Lord, show me what that is, and help me to work out my life-purpose: I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two mites, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into Your treasury; I am all Thine; take me, and enable me to glorify You now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.”   Charles H. Spurgeon

grace, peace & eternal savings

Virginia : )

p.s. My heart & prayers go out to the people of New Zealand & all those recovering from the recent senseless violence there. May God comfort terrorized hearts & stamp out hate with armies of love & understanding. 🌟🙏🌟

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#Lent: Saint Patrick’s Day Cheer

Last year I posted about my favorite St. Patrick’s Day celebration that took place in Tanzania – yes, really, in Africa. (Click here to read about it: Saint Patrick’s Day Fun.)

Here we are again, and this time it’s Sunday, so no worrying about special dispensation if you’ve given up drinkies for Lent.

Hoo needs luck – VIRGINIA- when you’re a Wahoo?

This Virginia (& maybe a few of you) may need a bit more than luck on this Saint Patrick’s Day. How ‘bout a bit of Heavenly help with this prayer from Saint Patrick?

May the strength of God pilot us,

May the wisdom of God instruct us,

May the hand of God protect us,

May the Word of God direct us.

Be always ours this day and forevermore.

Amen.

grace, peace & Irish cheer (Sláinte!)

Virginia : )

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#Lent : Hoping, Loving, Believing

 “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:44)

“Here is the basic secret, hidden in God’s whole plan for humanity:

To believe in the possibility of the impossible;

To hope in things against all hope;

To love what does not seem lovable…

Can you believe? Can you hope? Can you love?”

Carlo Carretto, (from I Francis)

grace, peace & hope

Virginia : )

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#Lent: Memories of Love (the kind that lasts)

March is a month of memory milestones for our family: March 8th is the memorial of Papa’s passing, March 15th (today) is my mother’s birthday, and March 17th is my parents’ anniversary. We were so blessed to celebrate Mama’s 80th before she passed…

@ Mama’s 80th celebration (with my sis, Shere)

(Hopefully there’s a big celebration going on in Heaven today with Papa involving lots of Heavenly chocolate.)

How we miss Mama – she left a huge legacy of love behind in our hearts and the lives of many she touched with her example of faithfulness. My parents were married 58 years, 28 of which Papa suffered from a debilitating disease that left him a bedfast quadriplegic. Mama looked after him tirelessly. Papa called her his ‘care lover.’ You wouldn’t believe how mushy they could get, whispering sweet everythings to each other & holding hands (even after 50+ years of marriage.)

So today in honor of Mama’s birthday, here’s a post written a few years ago about their love. Seems relevant on this Lenten Friday as something we can all aspire to.

LOVE IS A FUNNY THING…

Love is a funny thing.

We think we want it, but all the work that goes in it, not so much.

Because love is about commitment. Not just butterflies in our tummies and hormone rushes, but the decision to love day in and day out.

Washing up together, forever? Through tough stains, crusted plates, and cracks that come. Perhaps a few shattered glasses?

Love continues despite it all – mending, tending, fending for one another. At times sparkling, at other times barely holding on.

Love keeps working at it, despite the strains that inevitably come.

Love keeps trying: making an effort, taking initiative, offering sponges of forgiveness when needed (and necessary.)

Love is not always easy, not by a long shot.

Letting go of me to become we.

But love, funny thing that it is, makes the world of our hearts go around and around. And keeps it spinning through ups and downs.

Love can take us to the highest peaks of our miserly existence, filling us with a sparkling joy that inspires, ignites and empowers us to do and be more, more, more.

For others. For ourselves. For Love.

Love can also leave us desolate and despairing when our loved ones are gone.

But joy, the joy of loving and being loved, this joy is a spark that makes life worth living. A spark that keeps our hearts alive in the afterglow when distant memories fill the treasure chests of our lives.

Love is a funny thing. It is. Indeed.

Pass that next dish. I’ll get the soap, you do the rinse.

grace, peace & love (the kind that lasts)

Virginia : )

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Snapshots & Whatnot: Togetherness!!

On this Lenten Thursday here’s a thought: maybe we shouldn’t always try to go it alone?

Hanging out @ the Vancouver Aquarium

“Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:

 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up…

Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” Audrey Hepburn

Here’s to helping each other out, reaching out as much as we can… & letting others hold us up when we can’t stand.

grace, peace & togetherness

Virginia : )

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