My Dearest One, You were made for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). I never makes mistakes. Instead, I saw a need and created you. I placed you here in THIS moment, this era for a purpose (1 Peter 2:9). You have a gift my child. Virtues and talents I have bestowed upon you to use for my glory (1 Peter 4:10). How will you use them?
How good God is! Even in the midst of sin and struggle He has the power to make good come out of it. He doesn't make bad things happen. It's our sin and free will that do that. But He is more powerful than sin and can make good come out of it if we let Him. In reflecting on all the "things" that are happening lately, I've come to see the blessings coming out of it. Not that I'm glad for the hardships, but I am grateful for these six blessings that give purpose to the struggle.
Story time!! The first few days of Lent were hard for me. I wasn't used to the drastic change of routine and from the get go I was counting the days till Easter. By day three (yes, day THREE of lent) I felt like a wreck and was questioning whether I put too much on myself for Lent. What was I to do?
Every day seems to bring a new step towards seclusion and social distancing in this country. I'll admit that here in the state I'm in, it is very hard to hear everything closing down so fast. Yet, we are called to remain strong in our faith and hope in Christ. And today (actually after a funeral) I was reminded of how much hope we have to us as Christians...
Aggg!!! Stress!! The sleep-eating, face-breakout, sugar-consuming, head-throbbing monster! Yup, I have met it all too many times. Quite great acquaintances actually... 😉 Yet, not the best relationship here. So for everyone out there who's in the same boat as me and can relate (I'm sure I'm not alone) I thought I'd share six ways that I cope with stress. Maybe they can help you and if you have any other ways I didn't address, I'd love to hear!!
Let's just say hot soup at a movie theater is really nice. Haha. The other night I took my sisters to go see the newest release of Little Women and didn't have time to eat dinner so I brought it with me. The struggle was real though in trying not to make a mess... 😉 Despite the soup struggle, I want to bring to light some struggles shown within this film. The main character Jo from this movie didn't want to grow up and say goodbye to her beautiful childhood. Yet, should she hold on to her past if it was good?
Studies show that we become like the five people we hang out the most with. Who are those people? Are they helping you become the person you want to be? Holy relationships, a catholic community, is important for us to thrive spiritually. We weren't created to be alone. Yet, what does that holy relationship look like? How can we achieve that with those in our lives?
"Don't wait for things to get better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now, otherwise you'll run out of time."
We all long for happiness and we spend our whole life looking for it. What will make me happy? What job? What vocation? What decision of the two?
Even if the question of happiness is not in the forefront of your mind, deep down that is the root of our choices. Have you ever found satisfying happiness?