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Friday, November 15, 2013

Pray for Families (Hug a cross!)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

When things aren't going well in our lives or in our families, it is so easy to think that The Lord must be mad at us and is therefore punishing us with many trials!  Not so!  The Heavenly Father loves us so deeply, so beyond our comprehension, that He could never stop loving us, His beautiful masterpieces.   But just as a parent disciplines a child out of love so that they will mature appropriately, so too does the Lord “prune” us to perfection.

At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.  Hebrews 12:11

To avoid discouragement, meditate on how much the heavenly Father loves you.  Ask Him to walk with you in each trial, to carry your cross for you when you are overwhelmed by the weight, and to bring you peace and even joy as you grab hold of your unique cross.  Remember, the cross connects you to Him.

Bring levity to your situation by reading St. Teresa of Avila’s statement to the Lord after an unwelcome incident.  “Dear Lord, if this is how You treat Your friends, it is no wonder You have so few!”

Then begin to embrace holiness. 

“Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” Mark 14:36

Most importantly, let's continue to pray for each other.

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

Help someone embrace their cross.  Pass it on.