The Plan: Put into practice what I read about personal prayer in the In Conversation with God book.
The Experience: After the younger kids were in bed, I closed my eyes for ten minutes and talked to God. It was lovely!
On Reflection: It is just amazing to me how God wants to have a personal relationship with each one of His children. He longs for us to talk with Him. In yesterday’s writing, it says, “You write: ‘To pray is to talk with God. But about what?’ About him, about yourself: joys, sorrows, successes and failures, noble ambitions, daily worries, weaknesses! And acts of thanksgiving and petitions: and Love and reparation. In a word: to get to know him and to get to know yourself: ‘to get acquainted’.” I want to talk to Him like this everyday.
My Prayer: Dear God, help me to find time to talk with you each and everyday. Amen.
The Plan: Appreciate and thank God for springtime!
The Experience: I awoke this morning to a happy little bird singing outside my bedroom window. That bird sounded happy to be alive! Everything was so beautiful…the azaleas in full bloom, the purple springtime trees, the dogwoods, the spring flowers…and the weather was perfect, around 70 degrees. Just felt so good to be alive, taking in this glorious day…knowing it all came from God. Had fun playing with the kids outside…a game from my childhood, “Mother May I?” Good old-fashioned fun.
On Reflection: I told my husband and kids that I think God was giving us a sneak preview of heaven on a day like today. I know heaven is going to be even more beautiful, but today was awesome. There is so much beauty around us, if we just take the time to notice and soak it in.
My Prayer: Thank You, God, for your gift of springtime. Amen.
The Plan: Find quiet time to read today’s In Conversation with God reading, and resolve to read it every day through Easter.
The Experience: This afternoon while the kids were watching a movie, I went to my bedroom and actually spent a quiet half-hour reading today’s passage, as well as yesterday’s passage. Will make time everyday through Easter.
On Reflection: What jewels these books by Francis Fernandez are! Today’s writing was about humility. He says to ask Mary to help us bring this virtue within our reach… a virtue she highly appreciated.
My Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be a humble servant of Yours. Amen.
The Plan: Stay up late to finish Led by Faith, by Immaculee Ilibagiza.
The Experience: I actually stayed up until 12:30 AM finishing this incredible book. Her faith as well as her story is simply amazing. I didn’t want her book to be over! I would love to meet her and talk to her one day.
On Reflection: There is no doubt in my mind that God is using Immaculee as His instrument to show His healing power of love and forgiveness. Her courage is remarkable. She re-built her life after the Rwandan genocide and travels the world spreading the message of forgiveness. I read where she pilgrimmages to the site of where Our Lady of Kibeho appeared in Rwanda.
The Plan: Get caught up on My Gift to God blog!
The Experience: I spent a lot of time today catching up on almost two weeks worth of my blog entries! It took awhile, but felt good to get all caught up.
On Reflection: Life is so busy, and I don’t always get my blogs typed up the same day. I need to do better on this! God should always come first in our lives, and I want to keep Him at the center of each and every day, no matter what else is going on. I am trying to pray more throughout the day as well. By praying, I mean offering up quick little prayers as I think of things, or just talking to Him about my thoughts, feelings, etc… I want Him to be my best friend.
My Prayer: Dear God, thank You for being my heavenly Father, and for always loving me and being there for me. Amen.
The Plan: Read “Led by Faith – Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide” by Immaculee Ilibagiza.
The Experience: Actually got the kids to bed in good time tonight, and had a good hour to read before I went to sleep. Such a peaceful time of day!
On Reflection: I love reading good books so much, and this is a GOOD book! It picks up where her first book Left To Tell left off. It is so hard to put down once you start reading! Her story is nothing short of amazing, and her faith in God is incredibly inspiring. I regret not hearing her speak at Ignited By Truth a few years ago. She is filled with the Holy Spirit, and is doing so much good by sharing her story of love and forgiveness. I look forward to reading more!
My Prayer: Thank You, God, for bringing Immaculee’s story to the world. Amen.
The Plan: Visit Jesus at the adoration chapel.
The Experience: Brian was home sick from work today, so both Austin and I went to adoration at 11 PM. I love going to visit Jesus at nighttime. Sat and just talked to him awhile…prayed about certain intentions…and then read a book. I was tired, but the hour passed by quickly.
On Reflection: It was nice to be able to go with Austin. Soon he won’t be at home anymore…he’ll be off to college. It makes me so happy that he enjoys spending time with Jesus at the chapel. What a good kid.
My Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for always being there for us…night or day. Amen.
The Plan: Be grateful for my husband.
The Experience: I wasn’t feeling the greatest this morning…headachey, etc…so I was so appreciative when Brian took JJ for his haircut and then stopped and got the groceries. What a good husband!
On Reflection: I was so grateful to Brian! JJ looks so cute with his haircut. He really needed one! I truly am appreciative of a husband who works so hard to support us, and doesn’t complain about all of the overtime he is putting in at work. He was good about getting the groceries for me, too. I’m a lucky woman.
The Plan: Enjoy a rainy Sunday.
The Experience: The four younger kids, Brian and I went to Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, so Brian could get to work on time. It’s not often he has to work on Sunday, but once in a while they do schedule him. It was chilly and rainy this morning, but wonderful to be at Mass together. Austin brought nuggets home from McDonald’s, so we had a yummy lunch. A rainy day is always good to do inside things, so the girls cleaned out their room and made it look so pretty! We had fun watching a movie after dinner, and then it was bedtime. I waited up for Brian to get home, and had a couple of wine coolers in the freezer and some popcorn made when he got home. Watched a show with he and Austin, and then headed for bed. A nice Sunday.
On Reflection: I enjoy rainy days now and then, and right now it’s good, as it’s getting rid of some of the pollen that is causing discomfort for those with allergies! I’m a homebody, so I love being at home on rainy days. The kids are at fun ages, and I treasure these times with them.
My Prayer: Thank you for simple days like today with my family. Amen.
The Plan: Go to the Grand Opening of Baby Nate’s Place, then to the 40 Days for Life vigil at Planned Parenthood.
The Experience: The grand opening was a lot of fun. Had a chance to chat with pro-life friends, and meet the family who donated the building to the Street Samaritans, in honor of their baby Nate, who died when mom was 16 weeks pregnant. There was a lot of yummy food, and I was impressed with how pretty and cheerful it was! It will be a pro-life outreach center right downtown. We didn’t make it to the 40 Days vigil, as Brian got scheduled to work. We swung by the Raleigh Rescue Mission on the way home, where I donated a bag of kids shoes.
On Reflection: I think about how heartbreaking it must be for our heavenly Father and His Son Jesus, when they see how many of their precious children are just thrown away in the atrocity of abortion. The little boy who visited heaven during his emergency appendectomy stressed to his parents that Jesus REALLY loves the children! God bless the Street Samaritans for establishing this new outreach center, to spread the pro-life message, and to offer help and hope. And God bless the family who donated the building for their use…and baby Nate, who they will one day be reunited with in heaven.
My Prayer: Dear God, please bless the efforts of all who work on behalf of the cause of Life. Amen.