It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, September 25, 2005

JUST A FEW THOUGHTS FOR TODAY



Slow down; God is still in heaven.

You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now.
Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past.Rest there.


Each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.
Set your own pace.When someone is pushing you,it's OK to tell them they're pushing.


Take nothing for granted:watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.

Taste your food.God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.


Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set.They are remarkable for their steady patternof movement, not their speed

Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn, or possess.God's gifts just are; be gratefuland their purpose will be clear.


When you talk with someone,don't think about what you'll say next.Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.

Talk and play with children.It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.

Create a place in your home...at your work...in your heart...where you can go for quiet and recollection.You deserve it.

Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive.Rest isn't luxury; it's a necessity.

Listen to the wind blow.It carries a message of yesterday & tomorrow- and now. NOW counts

Rest on your laurels.They bring comfort whatever their size,age, or condition.

Talk slower. Talk less.Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by words.

Give yourself permission to be late sometimes.Life is for living, not scheduling

Listen to the song of a bird;the complete song.Music and nature are gifts,but only if you are willing to receive them.

Take time just to think.Action is good and necessary,but it's fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.

Make time for play - the things you like to do.Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.

Watch and listen to the night sky.It speaks.

Listen to the words you speak,especially in prayer.

Learn to stand back and let otherstake their turn as leaders.There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.

Divide big jobs into little jobs.If God took six days to create the universe,can you hope to do any better?


When you find yourself rushing& anxious, stop. Ask yourself "WHY?"you are rushing and anxious.The reasons may improve your self-understanding.

Take time to read.Thoughtful reading is enriching reading

Direct your life with purposeful choices,not with speed and efficiency.The best musician is one whoplays with expression and meaning,not the one who finishes first.

Take a day off alone; make a retreat.You can learn from monks and hermits without becoming one.

Pet a furry friend.You will give and get the gift of now

Work with your hands.It frees the mind.

Take time to wonder.Without wonder,life is merely existence.

Sit in the dark.It will teach you to seeand hear, taste and smell.
Once in a while, turn down the lights,the volume, the throttle, the invitations.Less really can be more.


Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do - but often it is the best.

Take a walk-but don't go anywhere.If you walk just to get somewhere,you sacrifice the walking.

Count your friends.If you have one, you are lucky.If you have more, you are blessed.Bless them in return.

Count your blessings -one at a time and slowly

Author Unknown

Many blessing to you all this day !

'On Ya' - ma





Friday, September 16, 2005

TIME OUT - MY 'SUNSHINE BABES' ARE HOME AGAIN



FIVE WAYS GOD USES PROBLEMS

Proverbs 20:30

Hard punishment will get rid of evil, and whippings can change an evil heart

Solomon gave advice to moral people and warnings to the wickend ones. A God-honoring lifestyle will bring God's reward, but a selfish, wicked lifestyle leads to ruin.

The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you - dependingon how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefitthey might bring.

Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:

1. God uses problems to DIRECT you. Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change.

2. God uses problems to INSPECT you. Has God tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you and your character?

3. God uses problems to CORRECT you. Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. And sometimes we only learn the value of something... health, money, a relationship... by losing it.

4. God uses problems to PROTECT you. A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious.

5. God uses problems to PERFECT you.

Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you are going to take with you into eternity. God is at work in your life - even when you do not recognize it or understand it. Let's praise Him for that today!!!

'On Ya ' -ma

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Todays reading - Sunday, September 11, 2005


Sirach 27:30 - 28:7

Wrath and anger are hateful things,yet the sinner hugs them tight.The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance,for he remembers their sins in detail.Forgive your neighbor’s injustice;then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.Could anyone nourish anger against anotherand expect healing from the LORD?Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself,can he seek pardon for his own sins?If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath,who will forgive his sins?Remember your last days, set enmity aside;remember death and decay, and cease from sin!Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;remember the Most High’s covenant, and overlook faults.

We were taught in the Lord's prayer to forgive others as we forgive our selves. When we've been hurt or our country has been hurt, it hard to let go of the feelings we have.
We have been forgiven much by our Lord so it is only right that we forgive others as He forgave us. We are all sinners in need of forgiveness.

If we fail to let go of our grudges we are blocking the grace God wants to pour out in our life and the life of others as well. We live in His peace and joy, freed from the shackles of resentment of we let go of resentment, anger and hostility to our neighbors.

We should try to live as the Lord...He is slow to anger and rich in compassion.

Only God can fill us with virtues we lack. Ask Him to help you to be patient, to be humble and not comdemn others. Be willing to forgive, seventy times seven if needed.

'On Ya' - ma

Saturday, September 10, 2005


Luke 6: 43-49

Jesus said to his disciples:“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.For every tree is known by its own fruit.For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,nor do they gather grapes from brambles.A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?I will show you what someone is like who comes to me,listens to my words, and acts on them.That one is like a man building a house,who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;when the flood came, the river burst against that housebut could not shake it because it had been well built.But the one who listens and does not actis like a person who built a house on the groundwithout a foundation.When the river burst against it,it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed

When we come to Jesus in prayer and the Eucharist, we engage in heartfelt dialogue with our Savior. As with any other conversation, part of our conversation with Jesus should include listening to him. After all, he wants to speak to us. He wants to tell us about his Father, about ourselves, about his hopes and plans for our lives and this world. But most of all, he wants to convince us that as we do what he says, we will be able to stand, unshaken, bearing the fruit of the kingdom of God all the days of our lives

Jesus taught his followers that the quality of a their inner lives could be judged by the words they spoke and the deeds they performed. Their hearts were like storehouses of either good or bad fruit. Others would recognize them as Jesus' disciples by the good fruit that they produced in their lives

Jesus also compared the Christian life to building a house. The wise builder laid a firm foundation that could withstand the trials of life. The one who heard Jesus but did not act on his words was building on a shaky foundation

Jesus is the one person who has actually built his house on rock. He has done God's will and done it perfectly. He is the one righteous man and as a gift of his kindness he shares his righteousness with the lost who ask him. He opens the door of his house to all who knock. They enter and find that his house is secure to eternity.


When we place our trust in God and having an eternal home with Him, we find that nothing here on earth can disturb us. Just look at the happenings in New Orleans this past week. Some people had no 'faith' to get them through the ordeal at hand. When they faced devastation they responded with crazy actions .

No matter what the situation we have the hope that our Lord is with us always and will see us through.

'On Ya' - ma

Thursday, September 08, 2005


Matthew 1:1-16,18-23

The Book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,the son of David, the son of Abraham.Abraham became the father of Isaac,Isaac the father of Jacob,Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,whose mother was Tamar.Perez became the father of Hezron,Hezron the father of Ram,Ram the father of Amminadab.Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,Nahshon the father of Salmon,Salmon the father of Boaz,whose mother was Rahab.Boaz became the father of Obed,whose mother was Ruth.Obed became the father of Jesse,Jesse the father of David the king.David became the father of Solomon,whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,Rehoboam the father of Abijah,Abijah the father of Asaph.Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,Joram the father of Uzziah.Uzziah became the father of Jotham,Jotham the father of Ahaz,Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,Manasseh the father of Amos,Amos the father of Josiah.Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothersat the time of the Babylonian exile.After the Babylonian exile,Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.Abiud became the father of Eliakim,Eliakim the father of Azor,Azor the father of Zadok.Zadok became the father of Achim,Achim the father of Eliud,Eliud the father of Eleazar.

Eleazar became the father of Matthan,Matthan the father of Jacob,Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,but before they lived together,she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,yet unwilling to expose her to shame,decided to divorce her quietly.Such was his intention when, behold,the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,“Joseph, son of David,do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.For it is through the Holy Spiritthat this child has been conceived in her.She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfillwhat the Lord had said through the prophet:Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,and they shall name him Emmanuel,which means God is with us.

God draws straight with crooked lines. If you had any doubts about the validity of this saying, just look at the genealogy of Jesus. Normally, an Old Testament genealogy included only the names of the male patriarchs, but when Matthew traced Jesus’ family history, he made a point of including some women as well—even some notorious men

Liars, prostitutes, adulteresses, pagans—who could imagine that the Son of God could be born from such a group? But Jesus took on our humanity, all of it, and perfected it. He did not shrink back from our sinfulness or our deficiencies. Instead, he embraced all of our impurities and swallowed them up in his divine purity and holiness. And because of that, we can overcome our sins.

Our God delights in taking control and surprising us. When we look at what we pray for and what we want, we find very often that our desires are not His. We don't have to be perfect for God to accomplish His purposes through us. That is the key ...His purposes, not ours. He will work His wonders through us and to His plan.

We rejoice in knowing that all things will work together to Glorify His Name.

'On Ya' - ma

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Rooted in Faith


COL. 2: 6-15

Brothers and sisters:As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught,abounding in thanksgiving.See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to the tradition of men,according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ...

From the beginning, people have sought to reach out and touch God. Everyone longs to know who they are and why they are on this earth. Paul warns against trying to find these answers solely through intellectual seeking. Instead, he cautions us to stay firmly planted in the truths that have been revealed about Jesus

The best way to be reassured of Jesus is to spend time with him, meditating on what he did for us and praising him . If we seek Christ, we will find him. We will remain rooted and built up in Jesus because he has shown himself to us.

My Bible Study and prayer help me to stay rooted. Every time I read and study the Bible I learn something new. It's so easy to become worldly and not give a thought to keeping connected with God. So this is like a committment to God ...remaining faithful to Him.

His word reveals truth to my heart.

'On Ya' - ma

Monday, September 05, 2005

Labor Day - A Sabbath Moment




Luke 6: 6-11

On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.But he realized their intentions and said to the man with the withered hand,“Come up and stand before us.”And he rose and stood there.Then Jesus said to them,“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil,to save life rather than to destroy it?”Looking around at them all, he then said to him,“Stretch out your hand.”He did so and his hand was restored.But they became enragedand discussed together what they might do to Jesus
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When God instituted the Sabbath, he was thinking of us. He knows how we are made, the toll life exacts from us, and what our most basic needs are. He knows that we need a regular time for rest and restoration, a time for salvation, and a time for recharging. It’s woven into the fabric of our being

So how do we get spiritually refreshed? The obvious ways are by attending Mass, by making time for extra prayer, and by refraining from unnecessary work. But there are other ways. Consider making a special meal and enjoying it as a family; spending the evening (or afternoon) together playing games, watching an entertaining movie, or taking a walk; maybe inviting some neighbors over for dessert. Whatever you do, know that God wants to refresh you and draw you closer to him.


from the Word Among Us

We all need that 'refreshment' a time to renew and get ready to start again ! Today is Labor Day here in the US and most of us are laboring at home instead of at work! Being REFRESHED by going to church on Sunday and a visit to my family yesterday, certainly was great. But today, being able to have an extra day to 'catch up' at home is also refreshing. It's a good feeling of accomplishment. We can have our 'Sabbath' moments everyday, if we recognize them.

Our heavenly Father knows our needs and trials and when we trust in Him he gives each of us what we need.

'On Ya' - ma

A reading from the letter of St.Paul to the Romans
Romans 13:8-10

Avoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love. If you love your fellow people, you have carried out your obligations. All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.

Someone once said that love can make up for a great many things that we may lack in this life. If we don't have it, no matter what else there is, it is never enough.' Paul in other sections of his letter to the Romans had urged them to be good citizens, or respect the law and pay their taxes. But in this reading he takes it a step further when he tells them that they have a duty to love their neighbour. It is Paul's belief that if we build our lives on and around love then many things will fall into place for us. We are reminded that love is at the heart of all of God's commandments

from Sunday Seedlings


What a wonderful world it would be if we could all love everyone. Sometimes we're afraid to love someone because if we do, they might take advantage of us. We fight wars because we are afraid the evil actions of someone else might affect the way we live. We are afraid of terrorists that might hurt or take away the freedoms we have.

But in God's world, He asks everyone to love. Wouldn't be wonderful to live without fear?

We really can - right now. There is nothing that any person can do to us that will take away the freedoms we have as Christains. We know that no matter what might happen , our Good Lord will be there for us and when our time here on earth is done, we have all the rewards of His heavenly kingdom to look forward to.

Be not afraid - He is with us always ! Love and be loved.


'On Ya '- ma

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Luke - Lesson 12


SEEING JESUS

Luke 24: 13 - 35

....When Jesus was at the table with them, he took some bread, gave thanks, divided it, and gave it to them. And then, they were allowed to recognize Jesus. But when they saw who he was, he disappeared. They said to each other, It felt like a fire burning in us when Jesus talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us.
Sometimes our prayers seem stale and our faith seems to be trembling. Perhaps our vision of Jesus has become blurred. His Holy Spirit helps us to recognize and accept Jesus as our Saviour. Once we have a glimpse of the King, He consumes us with a desire to see more of him and say more about Him. Once you have seen His face you will forever long to see it again.

One of reasons for my Journaling is to share the encouragement I've been given by the Lord. Every day he lifts me up and helps me to start again. I can only go on because I have the burning desire in my heart to serve our God. He is my life and my reason for being.

This is the end of this study of Luke. I'll be doing another study soon and of course I'll be journaling about it here in 'What's New at My House' . Whatever we have much of, God calls us to share. Meanwhile I'll be sharing some thoughts and readings for the day.

I hope that this 12 Lesson study of Luke has helped you as it has me. Never forget that God loves you and is always there with open arms.

'On Ya' - ma

Friday, September 02, 2005

Luke - Lesson 11



CHRIST'S SACRIFICE

Luke 23:26-49

....When all the people who had gathered there to watch saw what happened, they returned home, beating their chests because they were so sad. But those who were close friends of Jesus, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance and watched.

Paul writes that if Christ has not been raised, then your faith has nothing to it. We are still guilty. We should Praise God that Jesus did indeed die and rise again.

This is a very hard part of the study for me to journal about. I do believe that Jesus died and rose again and I know that that he fulfilled the prophesies of the Old Testament. The hard part is believing how far God goes to prove His Love for us. Over and over again he forgave His choosen people and over and over again they turned their backs on Him.

He had to do something almost unbelievable in order to wake us up!

Now like the friends of Jesus that stood by and watched, we still watch for signs of His return.

Now is the time ! Now is the time we should believe and rejoice. I don't mean that I'm predicting the time of his return, but that He lives...in our hearts and minds and souls. He is a living God, not a dead one.

First Peter 3:18 says that

Christ himself suffered for sins once.

He was not guilty, but he suffered for those

who are guilty to bring them closer to God.

'On Ya' - ma

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Luke - Lesson 10


TRUE WORSHIP

Luke 19: 28-48

vs. 45

Jesus went into the Temple and began to throw out the people who were selling things there. He said, It is written in the Scriptures, My Temple will be a house for prayer. But you have changed it into a hideout for robbers.

It's a sad but true fact of the faith; religion is used for profit and prestige. When it is - people are exploited and God is infuriated.

ON MONDAY

Jesus went to the temple and threw out all the people who were buying and selling there. He turned over the tables of those who were exchanging different kinds of money and he upset the benches of those who were selling doves.

Jesus choose to make a point. You cash in on my people and you've got Me to answer to. God will never hold guiltless those who exploit the privilege of worship.

Matthew 23:37
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, You kill the prophets and stone to death those who are sent to you. Many times I wanted to gather your people as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you did not let me. Now your house will be left completely empty. I tell you, you will not see me again until the time when you will say, God bless the One who comes in the name of the Lord.

How do we worship? I hope that we never forget that we come to the Temple to pray.
Prayer and Bible study are a regular part of my life. I know that God will help us. His Word keeps us on the right track, even when there are storms on the horizon.

'On Ya' - ma