Friday, July 22, 2011

Prayers for Norway

Oslo was rocked by multiple bombings and a tragic shooting today.  Please, pray for everyone affected.  I visited there for Holy Week last year, and it was such a beautiful, peace-filled, accepting country... One of my friends there said it's the worst tragedy that's happened there since WWII.  My heart aches for them. 

Lord, please keep the people of Norway close to you in this time of terrible tragedy.  Let them to feel Your presence and comfort as You dry their tears and calm their hearts.  Amen.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

International Fellowship

I've been checking out my stats in the blogging world lately, and was incredibly delighted to see that people all over the world have been hopefully inspired by what I've shared over the last 2 years!  So- who's been reading? 

In no specific order: US, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Georgia, UK, Thailand, German, and Iran!  The darker the green, the more hits on the website.  I only wish that more people would comment.  I would hope that this can be a place for open conversation about faith-based discussions. 

While you're here, please say a prayer for a friend of mine who is struggling with a life of vocation. 

A prayer for vocation:

Almighty Father,
You send the gift of Your Holy Spirit
for the building of Your Kingdom.
With the help of this Spirit,
Give us the grace to listen to Your call in our lives.
Give us strength & courage to do Your will.
Grant us wisdom & humility to choose Your way
even when we find it most difficult.
Lord, bless all the faithful in Your church
who are seeking holiness,
But in a special way,
watch over priests, borthers, & sisters.
Help them to give their lives in joyful service
that they may be signs of Your presence among us.
We beg you, Father,
to fill our hearts with a burning desire to follow Jesus.
May there be many who offer their lives
for the service of Your church,
that all may come to know and love You.

We ask this through Christ our Lord,

Monday, July 18, 2011

♪♫ Oh Lord, Hear My Prayer ♫♪

*giggle* Aren't the music notes delightful?  Really- it's the little things in life, like key-shortcut combos. ☺

There are three songs I remember from the Taize prayers in Tower Chapel at PLU.  The one that I find myself singing the most is this:

Oh Lord, hear my prayer,
Oh Lord, hear my prayer,
When I call, answer me.
Oh Lord, hear my prayer,
Oh Lord, hear my prayer,
Come and listen to me.

It is so comforting- Taize, this meditation melody, all of the above!  I close my eyes and imagine one candle in the center of my heart, and that candle spreading light through out my entire body until it radiates through my entire being... *speechless grin* 

I wish there was a way I could share that feeling of balance, focus, Agape; the presence of God's love is so amazing in those moments.  I've been yearning for it more and more, and unfortunately find it harder and harder to encounter lately.  (Mostly because my 75 lb dog crawls onto my lap and starts licking my face as soon as I sit down.)  I use my daily commute to talk to God- it's not ideal, as I have to split my attention with God so I can pay attention to traffic... Yay! for multitasking!!  A lot of times I will either start or end with that song... in my head, I hear the harmonies that go with the melody, and I like to think that it's my guardian angel singing with me, helping to intercede. 

I will close today's blog with another song I sing a lot, also from the Taize meditations.  The melody doesn't actually resolve, and I kinda like it that way because it's like an open invitation for God to come and live within:

Take, oh take me as I am.
Summon all that I can be.
Set Your seal upon my heart
and live in me.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fill in the Blank.

On my way in to work today I found myself listening to Sacred Heart Radio again.  It was Sisters in Christ talking about our relationships with Jesus, and a car drove by with about 13 various Christian bumper-stickers.  The one that stuck out the most was a little black rectangle that had white font & said :

Jesus is _______.

It was perfect timing, as one of the sisters was saying what her relationship was with Jesus, what it meant to have different kinds of relationships with Our Lord, and that sort of thing. 

What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you see that bumper-sticker?  What's the first word that comes to your mind?  For me, it was "cool".  I know, how very 7th grade, right?!  I guess my heart must be communing with Him as a brother, a friend.  Next word, of course, was "amazing."  AMEN!  How true is that?!  We might not always keep a present thought on God's son, but He's always with us, always thinking about us, just waiting for us to say "Hey there, wanna come play?" 

I don't have tons of time right now, but it's one of my goals to keep up the good posts.  Please, share your thoughts!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tid-bits of Inspiration (title track)

Since my junior year of college, I've been thinking about writing a book of some sort.  I've bounced around some different ideas and concepts, and have some brainstorming word-documents I've transferred from one computer to another with every upgrade.  My brother got me a great book Putting Your Passion into Print, and I've been working my way through that book- it's written pretty well, two points for my lil' bro! 

It hit me today while I was driving in to work while listening to EWTN.  Not sure how or why the inspiration hit me while I was on the freeway, but it did. 

I have 2 composition notebooks, a lovely stack of post-it's, and some of my favorite pens.  *grin*  Now, I'm just waiting for tid-bits of inspiration to start rolling downhill! 

Is there anything you'd like to read about, something I've talked about in my blogs on which I should follow up? 

I fixed my blogger settings so I'm now notified when you comment!  My sincerest apologies that it took me over 2 years to find your last comments.