The only thing we have in common is the same Empire.

The only thing we have in common is the same Empire.

Over time I’ve discovered there is no absolute finish line for everyone in the race of life. Our tracks are different and our duration’s are different.

The only thing we have in common is the same empire. For instance, one person graduates at age 20 and struggles for another 5 years to get a job, another might graduate  at 25 and get a job immediately. One can marry a virgin and wait for the next decade to have the blessing of children, another lady probably after having series of abortions in her past, becomes a mother almost immediately after marriage. A fellow becomes MD at 38 and dies at 56, another becomes MD at 55 and lives to 90. What a life! Life is full of twists, turns, ups and downs and many more surprises and disappointments.

Life offers each and everyone of us different opportunities, and once an opportunity is lost, it’s gone forever except by the grace of God.

It is up to each one of us to patiently prepare, wait, recognize and utilize every opportunity. We learn on the way.

No one has it all or knows it all.

There is a reason why we all don’t fall at the same time, It’s so that when one is down, weak and discouraged, the other who is strong can encourage and lift the other person. God never promises that the road would be easy, but He promised never to leave or forsake us.

Although life is complicated, let us learn to go easy on ourselves and trust that God is working it all out for our good (even if it doesn’t make sense now). Whatever trials, challenges or down times we face, all shall pass, and in due course, we will be up and strong again to lift up those who may be down around us.

NEVER LOSE HOPE.. 

Credit to Delali Godwin Adadzie – (re-shared from a friend.)

On Being Known

On Being Known

One of the most difficult inner conflicts we have is our desire to be known versus our fear of being known. As beings created in the image of God we are made to be known—known by God and also by others. Yet due to our fallen nature, all of us have sins and weaknesses that we don’t want others to know about. We use the phrase “dark side” to refer to aspects of our lives that we keep hidden. And we use slogans like “put your best foot forward” to encourage others to show their best side.

One reason we are unwilling to risk being known is that we fear rejection and ridicule. But when we discover that God knows us, loves us, and is willing to forgive even the worst thing we have done, our fear of being known by God begins to fade away. And when we find a community of believers who understands the dynamic relationship between forgiveness and confession, we feel safe confessing our sins to one another (James 5:16). 

The life of faith is not about showing only our good side. It’s about exposing our dark side to the light of Christ through confession to God and also to others. In this way we can receive healing and live in the freedom of forgiveness. —Julie Ackerman Link

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Lord, help me to expose my sin,
Those secret wrongs that lurk within;
I would confess them all to Thee;
Transparent I would always be. —D. DeHaan

The voice of sin may be loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder. —D. L. Moody

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

To anyone who may be a little confused as to why people love the Blessed Mother and pray through Her,not to her – or is confused because they think we see Her as an idol, which we do not, as that is a sin. Only God is our Idol.

I came across this explanation in one of the prayer books that I read in the morning. It is from the “Catholic Book of Prayers No. 910/09 ISBN 978-0-89942-910-6

I have typed the explanation as is written in this book.

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Our Blessed Mother of Fatima


Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is firmly rooted in the revealed Word and has solid dogmatic foundations. It is based on the singular dignity of Mary, Mother of the Son of God, and therefore beloved Daughter of the Father and the Temple of the Holy Spirit – Mary who, because of this extraordinary grace, is far greater than any other creature on earth or in Heaven’ (Paul VI:Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, no.56.)
“When Mary is honored, Her Son is duly acknowledged, loved and glorified. and His commandments are observed. To venerate Mary correctly means to acknowledge Her Son, for She is the Mother of God. To love Her means to love Jesus, for She is always the Mother of Jesus.
“To pray to Our Lady means not to substitute Her Son who desires us to have loving confidence in His Saints, especially in His Mother. To imitate the ‘Faithful Virgin’ means to keep Her Son’s commandments.” (U.S. Bishops: Behold your Mother, No. 82

The Judas Kiss

The Judas Kiss

Have you ever had a Judas Kiss? Are you a Judas kisser? Betrayal comes in so many forms.
Wipe your cheek and move on. We have to love the Judas of the world. They need the most love.

“But Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:48

April 2014 repost Blog – LivingInFaith75.com

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Open The Box

Open The Box

If it is time that you open the box, take out the key and unchain your heart to that person that you keep trying to convince should be part of your life, than you need to break those chains and throw away the key, today.

2015 Blog Post from prior LivingInFaith75.com

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One Guarantee

One Guarantee

One guarantee in life is that you will be persecuted for the one thing that you love the most.
We all face persecution everyday.
Don’t change your views because someone does not agree with you.
Do not change your views because someone can not understand your passion.
Tests of Faith come in all kinds of ways.
The greater the test, the bigger mission that God has for your life.
Even if that means at the end of the day you only have the Blessed Family because your born Family has left your side, than the Blessed Family is all that you will need. The gift of goodbye is a gift you sometimes have to give to yourself.

(Blog Post from LivingInFaith75.com February 2014)

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Definition of  PERSECUTION via Merriam-Webster 1: the act or practice of persecuting especially those who differ in origin, religion, or social outlook 2: the condition of being persecuted, harassed, or annoyed.

Moving On

Moving On

 

I sometimes look back on life.

I don’t stay there for too long.

I cannot.

I would run away from today, being too afraid to let go and let God.

I cannot move forward living in the rear view mirror.

 

Post is from February 2014 from Blog LivingInFaith75.com)

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