The truth is life gets chaotic for us ALL at one point or another. Battles are a part of life. Even if it just busyness. Being prepared with the necessary tools to get through these seasons can be the difference between soaring or sinking. When it comes to food we prepare for the inevitable ups + down by making extras to freeze. I am 💯 committed to my diet. There are no “cheat meals” Or “treating myself”. Why treat myself at the expense of my current wellbeing + future success. I prefer to feed my body the nutrients it needs now to function at its most optimal level. Tonight was one of those nights. These sweet potato cassava flour gnocchi were a sweet comfort to my soul. The perf end to another epic day of relistening to yesterday’s live-streams of church. I may or may not have eaten this last night, too. I like that what we eat is rarely a battle for us because we choose to prepare. .
When everything “seems” to be working against us we shift our perspective to focus on ALL the things we have to be grateful for consciously turning focus away from problems; back to the solution. The one reason WHY it’ll be okay, no matter what I’m facing. Knowing that Nothing of this world lasts forever. There is a season to everything. And Instead of waiting for the storm to pass, cause lets be real there will always be storms, tonight we choose to twirl in the rain... with a bowl of sweet potato gnocchi. Grate-full, That our past preparation created the foundation for the meal we enjoy today.
“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.”
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That holiday, 3 years ago. Went hiking at Sapa Hills, Hanoi with my two older sons. The thrill of seeing plum blossom and not fake plastic ones I have at home. The awesomeness of a Catholic church like picture postcard high up on the hills.
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
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If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Romans 10 :9-10 -
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
This is not fancy, it's not edited, it's not rehearsed (AT ALL, as you can see!), it's just some video of the gang that got together one icy, snowy night for fellowship. A lot of people are missing because of the bad weather, but this is pretty typical of how our meetings start out, except you missed us eating before hand. On this night it was macaroni and cheese and bread stuffing with some chicken in it that Cindy threw together. It was yummy! We stop the video before we get to some personal prayer for individuals and it wasn't really a teaching night, mainly just sharing and praying together.
The main thing I hope you see is that we're family, that we like being together and that these are just nice people walking side by side as they grow in the Lord. The baby in the video is James Douglas Mead (or J. Doug, as I call him!). A bunch of the other kids were playing in Fiona's (Noni's) room off and on.
Hope you were blessed. Please comment below if this was something worth watching for you.
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Church of St. Peter the Apostle. Home of the National Shrine Of St. John Neumann (who is in a glass coffin in the crypt church below this one). My favorite church in the archdiocese. Look at how the light comes in through those stained glass windows.
Today we also celebrate a not so well known Saint in the East, the Hieromartyr Valentine of Rome, who is indeed Orthodox! Saint Valentine lived in the third century and was brought before the imperial court because of his evangelisation of Christianity. He rejected the false idols and preached of Jesus Christ to the Emperor. After much discussion, the Emperor was converted to Christianity and repented of his slaughter of the Christians. The pagan mayor of Rome then took Saint Valentine to another judge, of whom he gave sight to his blind child and thus this judge, too, repented and believed. At one point, Saint Valentine fasted and prayed and the idols of the temple smashed to pieces. The Emperor went back on his word, believing he would look weak before his citizens, and had the Saint tortured and beheaded on this day in 268 AD. The reason why Saint Valentine is considered the patron saint of lovers is because he once saw a couple arguing, he took a rose from his garden that he was tending, gave it to them and told them to reconcile their love for one another. Through his intercession, their love was immediately restored. May he intercede for us all + #saint#valentine#valentinesday#love#priest#martyr#christian#faith#orthodox#assyrian#chaldean#armenian#god#jesus#church#bible#catholic#maronite#jewish#atheist#muslim#hijab#islam#mosque#spiritual#spirituality#holyspirit#pray#buddhist
“Eres mi pequeño ángel que vas a recibir la pureza del agua bendita para que te guie durante todo tu vida y tu caminar, que la fe, la esperanza y el amor reinen siempre en tu corazón...
Que la dicha, ilusión y alegría que reinan en este día, la conserves a lo largo de tu vida, tu bautizo es sinónimo de fe en Jesús y él guiara tu camino”
“Hoy día recibiste la bendición de nuestro señor, para que en tu vida la fe y la esperanza permanezcan por siempre...
En este día te presentamos ante el señor, para que inicies una vida llena de felicidad de la mano de él...
En el amor y la gracia de Dios conduzcan siempre la vida de nuestro hijo que desde hoy forma parte de nuestra iglesia”
Que honor ser el que te proteja ante todos! Te amo! ❤️
The Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is the finest royal chapel to be built in #France and features a truly exceptional collection of stained-glass windows. It was built in the mid-13th century by Louis IX, at the heart of the royal residence, the Palais de la Cité. It was built to house the relics of the Passion of Christ.
Adorned with a unique collection of fifteen glass panels and a large rose window forming a veritable wall of light, the Sainte-Chapelle is a gem of French Gothic architecture. The Sainte-Chapelle was designated world heritage site by UNESCO. 📸: @ag_photographe, @kevinrawalsh#architectanddesign
Most of us, when we are going over the speed limit and see a Highway Patrol, we automatically fear him because he may give us a ticket. But when it comes to fearing God and his ticket, we just go right on breaking his laws and have, from none, to very very little fear of his punishment.
Progressive, liberal Catholics teach that we should not fear God. They teach that God is Love. Therefore we should not fear Him, but love Him. All this is true, but only part of what the Bible says. I have quoted a few of the Biblical passages for you to read and meditate on. You may disagree with them, but that does not make you right and God wrong. The Bible is the Word of God. Your opinion is the word of man.
Jesus says; “And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matt. 10:28.
This passage form St. Matthew is very strong. It says it all. Do not fear man who can only persecute you, hurt you, steal from you, ridicule you, and kill you, here and now. It is over with here. No, fear God, who can not only take your life, but also put you in Hell for all eternity. Jesus is the one who is saying this. We have better take it very very seriously.
St. Paul goes on to say that we need to live in the fear of God too. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God". 2 Cor. 7:1.
Over and over again the Bible says that fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom.
Yes, we traditional Catholics know that God is Love and we enjoy His Love every minute of our days. But we also know that He is God and He punishes evil behavior. Any loving Father disciplines His children. We love God too and do not want to displease Him.
Today’s, #verseoftheday is (Jeremiah 17:10) "I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.” It sounds so familiar to the God of the New Testament, (Rev. 22:12) "Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” That is because the God of the New Testament is the God of the Old Testament, 📖 (Hebrews 13:8) “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Malachi 3:6) "I the LORD do not change.” (Romans 2:6) God "will repay each person according to what they have done."
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“there are days or weeks or even months when i read the Bible and there are no grand epiphanies. there are whole seasons of sundays when I sing praise and feel nothing. there are times of prayer where the silence kills me. there are great christian books and podcasts that i eat up which don’t budge my spiritual life. there are too many times when i doubt the very existence of God and the sending of His son. it can all feel like a crazy lie. i’m probably being too honest — but i’ve found that I’m not the only one who feels this way. it’s in those times that I ask myself, “am i out of love with God somehow? am i losing my faith here? how do i get back to where i used to be?” but i keep reading my Bible. i keep singing on sundays. i keep praying. i soak in books and sermons. i serve. i enjoy the company of mature christians. i enjoy the fellowship of the broken. and you know what? sometimes the clouds part and God comes through and his love squeezes my heart and i fall to my knees remembering how good he is. then i read scripture and can’t stop weeping and I turn on christian songs in my car full blast and sing loud enough to scare the traffic. i serve with shaking hands and get convicted by those sermons and soak in God’s goodness all over again. so i’ve learned over time: i wasn’t really out of love with God. i’m just a fragile human being who changes as much as the weather. i was setting a ridiculous standard for myself that can’t be defined by self-pressuring parameters. i was tricked by the enemy into judging my flesh. my faith is based on his grace and not my feelings. and i think i need to relax.” - J.S Park