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Weekly Song: Hero

This Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who served our country for our freedom. We reflect on these brave heroes who have protected us and fought for our lives.

The song Hero, my Mariah Carey, isn’t necessarily tailored to remembering those heroes who fought for us, but it does reflect on what a hero is and how we can all be heroes. Just look inside yourself – for we all have the strength and the capabilities to be a hero.

There’s a hero if you look inside your heart,
You don’t have to be afraid of what you are.
And There’s an answer, if you reach into your soul,
And the sorrow that you know will melt away.

Chorus
And then a hero comes along,
With the strength to carry on.
And you cast your fears aside,
And you know you can survive.
So, when you feel like hope is gone,
Just Look inside you and be strong.
And you’ll finally see the truth,
That a hero lies in you

It’s a long road, when you face the world alone;
No one reaches out a hand for you to hold…
You can find love if you search within yourself
And then the emptiness you felt will disappear…

Chorus

Lord knows dreams are hard to follow,
But don’t let anyone tear them away
.
Just hold on, and there will be tomorrow,
And In time you’ll find the way.

Chorus
That a hero lies in you…

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Recycled Post: Your Vision

This post comes from July 2013:

What do you see for yourself? How do you want to live your life? What things do you want to do? What job do you want to have? Where do you want to be? Who do you want to be with?

I think creating a vision for your life is healthy and practical. We all have goals, dreams, desires, and to reflect on those visions and actively pursue them is something worth considering!

Especially during times in your life where you want a change but you don’t know how. Confide in God for guidance and direction and ponder on your goals for yourself. Do you want to live somewhere else? Do you want to do work that makes you happy? Do you want to be with someone special?

If you are overwhelmed with these questions, start small. For example, I’ve asked myself, where do I hope to see myself in 5 years? How can I achieve that? Then aim to change your life now, step by step, so you can get there.

What’s your vision?

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Weekly Prayer: Humility

“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy,  brotherly love,  a tender heart, and  a humble mind.” – 1 Peter 3:8

Humilty is not one of the “fruits of the spirit”, but I think it falls under goodness, kindness, and self control.

According to the Catholic texts, humility is defined as, “A quality by which a person considering his own defects has a humble opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for God’s sake.”  It’s about lowering oneself to another with compassion and understanding, without having pride.

For this week’s prayer, we urge you to pray about being humble in your daily life with others and in your relationship with God.

Prayer for Compassion and Humility

 

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Weekly Song: What Are Words

Keeping true to your words and saying the right words, are so important yet so overlooked sometimes. This song was first performed by Chris Medina and is his testimony of commitment to his fiance who had suffered a brain injury.

May you really consider what words you say, so that they may be true and steadfast. Follow God’s words – His words stand firm and true, always!

Anywhere you are, I am near
Anywhere you go, I’ll be there
Anytime you whisper my name, you’ll see

Where every single promise I’ll keep
Cause what kind of guy would I be
If I was to leave when you need me most

Chorus:
What are words
If you really don’t mean them
When you say them
What are words
If they’re only for good times
Then they’re done
When it’s love
Yeah, you say them out loud
Those words, They never go away
They live on, even when we’re gone

And I know an angel was sent just for me
And I know I’m meant to be where I am
And I’m gonna be

Standing right beside her tonight
And I’m gonna be by your side
I would never leave when she needs me most

Chorus

Anywhere you are, I am near
Anywhere you go, I’ll be there
And I’m gonna be here forever more

Every single promise I’ll keep
Cause what kind of guy would I be
If I was to leave when you need me most

I’m forever keeping my angel close

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A little piece of Heaven

Sunday was the solemnity of the ascension of the Lord…which means Jesus went to Heaven.

Why is this important? Why would Jesus leave the disciples?

Jesus was touching people’s lives in Jerusalem and nearby areas, but he was restricted. Going to Heaven would allow Jesus to do His work over ALL the earth. 

As Christians, we look forward to the day when we can join Him in Heaven. However, while we are living for God on earth, we have work to do! We are Jesus’ hands and feet. He is with us, empowering us from Heaven to do His work here below. We are to bring a little piece of Heaven with us wherever we go.

“…the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.” -Mark 16:19-20

“Go and teach all nations, says the Lord;
I am with you always, until the end of the world.” -Matthew 28:19-20

God is with us always, working in us to spread the faith.

In Acts 1:9-11, God reminds us that we shouldn’t just dwell on Heaven above. We need to look upon the earth and find ways to spread God’s love down among the people. God is using each of us in unique ways to do His work and we need to not stand idle. Remember to carry a little piece of Heaven with you!

“…as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?”

May we not just stand in awe of God and Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. May His ascension remind us that He sits above the earth so that He may reach out to all of us.

Just remember to bring a little piece of Heaven everywhere you go, to share a little piece of Heaven with others.

Jesus is with us and fills us with His love. No matter what, He’s watching over us from above.

“The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.” -Ephesians 4:10

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Recycled Post: Renew Yourself

Our post from June 2013, Renew Yourself, talks about how you can recharge through prayer. We need God, not just in the morning or the evening, but all day. How about incorporating more prayer into your day? Even when you are taking a break from your work, that’s 10 min that you can focus on prayer.

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” -2 Corinthians 4:16

The day often goes by so quickly for us, that we are too tired and go to bed without really spending time in prayer.

God says that to get recharged and have energy throughout the day, we must come to Him for peace of mind and renewal.

Find time to replenish. Wake up in the morning a little earlier to savor the morning and say a prayer. When you’re waiting in line at a store, make that your time to pray. When you are prepping for dinner, sing while you work and smile, thank God for the food he’s given you. Listen to music to clear your mind. Go on a walk and soak up all the beautiful sounds and sights of nature that God gave you. Take a relaxing bath, close your eyes and imagine God beside you, comforting you.

When you feel stressed or your day is moving too fast, take a few minutes, stop, and just think about God and all the peace He can give you. He’s the one that will be with you always and has promised forgiveness and eternal life. He’s there with you throughout the day. Turn to Him for renewal.

What are some ways you like to recharge? How do you incorporate more prayer into your day?

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Weekly Prayer: For Cats

This past weekend my husband and I adopted a loving cat who needed a forever home. Amelia is a sweetheart, and we are happy to have Emma and Amelia as pets. Today, pray for your own pets for good health and happiness. Pray for other cats who are in shelters needing homes or who are strays and need to be cared for.

O God,
Every animal,
in every forest, field, and home,
belongs to you, and is under your loving care.
May your blessings be upon cats,
and, in your steadfast kindness,
Keep them safe from all harm.
We pray that you would show forth
your eternal love and mercy,
in the companionship and friendship
that our pets provide. Amen.

– David Bennett, A Prayer for a Cat20150509_173646

 

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Weekly Song: It’s Who You Are

This song was featured in the movie Secretariat, a film about the journey of a horse champion and his owner. For any of us working towards our dreams or trying hard at succeeding, may you be encouraged to keep on trying and to be confident in who you are and your capabilities. 

It’s not the price, It’s not the game
It’s not the score, It’s not the fame
Whatever road looks way too far
It’s not what you have
It’s who you are

It’s not how fast, It’s not how far
It’s not of cheers, It’s who you are
In darkest night, You make your sun
You choose your race, And then you run

Chorus:
It’s never the glory, It’s never the score
It’s not about seeing about who’s less and who’s more
‘Cause when you find out how fast and how far
You’ll know it’s not how much you have
It’s who you are

You lose the moon, Then be a star
It’s not too soon, Be who you are
Whatever road looks way too far
It’s not what you have, It’s who you are

Chorus

When you have found, How fast you can run
When you have found, Your place in the sun
It won’t be just you that you’ll find
Has made the run and the climb
It’s everyone

Chorus
It’s who you are

Learning to bend and not to break
Living to give more than you take
Dying to live, Living to try
Feet on the ground, Dreams in the sky

It’s never how much you have
It’s who you are

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Recycled Post: Happy Mother’s Day

This post comes from May 12, 2013. Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely moms and grandmas!

I found a really nice prayer giving honor to mothers! I love my mom so much – I love spending time with her, talking with her, traveling with her, and learning from her. She truly is a gift from God! I also am thankful for my grandmothers who have both made a difference in my life, giving me compassion and teaching me in my life. Happy Mother’s Day!

Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me. 

Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged. 

Most of all, Lord, on this Mother’s Day, give my mother the graces she most needs and desires today. I ask you this, in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior forever and ever.

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SUNSHINE

I’m so grateful for the bright sun is beaming outside – God truly blessed us with a lovely thing! Sunshine is beautiful.

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Weekly Prayer: Make Time For Love

Don’t forget to take time out of your day to think of others and how you can show love and care! I find that when I take a moment of prayer, asking God for love in the world, then I feel renewed and more ready to share love.

Lord, help us to not neglect our opportunities to show love and to share love with those who are dear to us. Help us to love others as ourselves and to discover through others what it means to love you. Help us always to be willing to take time for love in every possible way. Amen.

– Karen Moore, Heart Strings

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Weekly Song: Hope in Front of Me

Danny Gokey’s song, Hope In Front Of Me, is an uplifting Christian song of hope and renewal. When we’ve experienced struggles, pain, and sadness, there is still hope through God! He is there with us, making everything ok.

I’ve been running through rain
That I thought would never end
Trying to make it on faith
In a struggle against the wind
I’ve seen the dark and the broken places
But I know in my soul
No matter how bad it gets
I’ll be alright

Chorus
There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light, I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen
There’s hope in front of me

There’s a place at the end of the storm
You finally find
Where the hurt and the tears and the pain
All fall behind

You open up your eyes and up ahead
There’s a big sun shining
Right then and there you realize
You’ll be alright

Chorus

There’s a hope still burning
I can feel it rising through the night
And my world’s still turning
I can feel your love here by my side

You’re my hope
You’re the light, I still see it
Your hands are holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I’ve got to believe

I still have hope
You are my hope

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