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

Author Unknown

Saturday, December 29, 2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR




In those times I can’t seem to find God,
I rest in the assurance He knows how to find me.
Neva Coyle
Happy New Year, this is God.

This year, as with every year, I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember, I do not need your help. If the devil happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it Kindly put it all in the SFJTD BOX. (Something for Jesus to Do) It will be addressed in my time, not yours.

Please be patient. Once the matter has been placed in the box, do not hold onto it. Do not become impatient and take it back to see if you can find a solution. Holding on or removal will delay the resolution of your problem. You must surrender the problem to Me for proper resolution.

If a situation you think you cannot handle arises, please consult Me in prayer. Together we will come up with proper resolution. If you do not receive what you anticipate as proper response from Me, remember--some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayer.

Because I do not sleep, there is no need for you to lose any.
Rest, my child...if you need me, I am but a prayer away.

Author unknown
A very Happy and Blessed 2008 to you all !
'On Ya' - ma

Monday, December 24, 2007

CHRISTMAS MORNING PRAYER

A Prayer for Christmas Morning
Henry Van Dyke

The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven,
and crowns another year with peace and good will.
Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wisemen.
Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world…
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
And the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake.
Amen.

It is the gifts of love that are the greatest gifts of all. Jesus’ entire life was a gift of love. As we celebrate His birthday this year then let us all seek to give the gifts of love as well. The gentle hugs, the caring looks, the joyful smiles, and the warm words of love we give will mean more than anything we buy in a store. The time we share, laughter we spread, and kindness we shower on others will live on in their hearts forever. Leo Buscaglia once said that, "Life is God’s gift to you and how you live it is your gift to God." May your gift be a loving one at Christmastime and always.

Joseph J. Mazzella


Have you ever felt down, discouraged, or defeated? I have. I feel this way more times than I like to admit. It happens when life gets crazy and so overwhelming. It happens when I feel like I keep fighting one battle after another. A time ultimately comes when all my strength is gone and all the fight is gone too. What do you do when all of your fight is gone and you start to feel down, discouraged and defeated? I start to remember the battle is not mine but God's (2 Chronicles 20:15).

Sooner or later, I'm reminded that the Lord is king over all the earth (Zechariah 14:9). Sooner or later, I'm reminded that the Lord promises to fight my battles. Sooner or later, I'm reminded I don't need to allow the battles of life to drain me, discourage me, or defeat me. My hope is in a God who is still fighting for me.

Come thou Almighty King! Thank you for always coming to my rescue! Amen

Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;

Free from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.

Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;

Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

Following the Star


May the JOY of Christmas stay in your heart throughout every day of every year,
and may PEACE reign in your Heart!

‘On Ya’ - ma



Sunday, December 23, 2007

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT - DECEMBER 24TH, 2007


December 23, 2007




Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; and suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek, and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Yes, He is coming, says the Lord of hosts.


Malachi 3:1



For children, these last days of waiting are probably the hardest. The goal is in sight now, but it is still far enough away to make the wait seem endless.When we are grown, waiting for Christmas is not a major problem. Nevertheless, as the day approaches even grownups feel the urgency in the air.





Light the same 3 candles as before. Then add the fourth candle - this candle is known as the angel candle. All 4 candles will be lit this week to symbolize the growing brightness of the coming of Jesus




Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people. He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.He is the Savior of us all.
O Lord,let your blessing come upon us as we light all candles of this wreath.



May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise of salvation.May He come quickly and not delay.We ask this in His holy name.


Amen


O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appears



‘On Ya’ - ma

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

O ANTIPHONS


Begining on December 17, as the final phase of preparation for Christmas, the Church recites or chants the O Antiphons preceding the Magnificat during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours.



The O Antiphons express the Church's longing and expectation for the Messiah, her startled wonderment at the fullness of grace which the Christ-Child is about to bestow on the world.





Their theme is the majesty of the Savior, His wisdom, His faithfulness and sanctity, His justice and mercy, His covenant with His chosen people, who in their ingratitude broke faith with Him. They are concerned with His power and love as King and Redeemer of the world, His relation to every soul as Emmanuel, God-with-us




The "O" Antiphons are the verses for the ancient hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel.




In the first, O Sapientia, we take a backward flight into the recesses of eternity to address Wisdom, the Word of God.




In the second, O Adonai, we have leaped from eternity to the time of Moses and the Law of Moses (about 1400 B.C.).


In the third, O Radix Jesse, we have come to the time when God was preparing the line of David (about 1100 B.C.).


In the fourth, O Clavis David, we have come to the year 1000.


In the fifth, O Oriens we see that the line of David is elevated so that the peoples may look on a rising star in the east,



and hence in the sixth, O Rex Gentium, we know that He is king of all the world of man.


This brings us to the evening before the vigil, and before coming to the town limits of Bethlehem, we salute Him with the last Great O, O Emmanuel, God-with-us !


These beautiful exclamations are part of the preparations we make for Christmas so I thought I'd add them here with the Advent Days.



'On Ya' - ma

Saturday, December 15, 2007

3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT, DECEMBER 16TH, 2007





December 16, 2007

Homecoming. Restoration. Healing. Joy. Some words reside more properly in our hearts than in our minds, because in every age they express our deepest hopes, and some things make more sense to our hearts than to our minds.
The people of ancient Israel, our ancestors in faith, struggled with exile and wandering and a longing for home that included vindication over the enemies that had destroyed their beautiful city and kept them under the cruel heel of oppression and captivity.
When things were at their worst, it must have taken a considerable measure of courage to hope for such wonderful things as homecoming, restoration, healing, and joy.

Advent is getting ready for that impossibility which will permit us to dance and sing and march and thank and drink –and live!


Joy is home…God created us in joy and for joy, and in the long run not all the darkness there is in the world and in ourselves can separate us finally from that joy…


As we journey through these weeks of Advent the chances are high that we will stumble upon some piece of good news or some little break that can help us move forward with our lives. But in the clutter and busyness of these weeks it is so easy to miss the little bits of good news that are happening. They are so important and always need to be nurtured and harnessed. Not to do so means we can miss out on much in our preparation for Christmas.

Thought For Today by Fr.James McSweeney


Light the same two candles . Then light the pink or rose colored candle. Rose is a sign of joy that He is coming soon! Christmas is much closer now


Jesus Others Yourself

If you put Jesus first, others second and yourself last, you will experience true JOY this Christmas season! Celebrate and feel the JOY that comes from knowing Christ!


'ON YA' - MA

Sunday, December 09, 2007

DECEMBER 9TH - 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT


December 9, 2007


Life is a constant Advent season: we are continually waiting to become, to discover, to complete, to fulfill. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation and fulfillment are all part of our Advent experience.

"The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be. But the coming of Christ and his presence among us—as one of us—give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned.
May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment into the Advent of our lives

We light the same first purple candle and add another purple candle.
This second purple candle is the Bethlehem candle.

'On Ya' - ma


Saturday, December 01, 2007

First Sunday of Advent






December 2, 2007



During Advent,take time to see our children playing

take time to see the Christmas lights

take time to hear the carols message

take time to hear the crunch of snow

take time to tell the Jesus story

take time to speak to those alone

take time to feel, smell, and taste

life's too short to grumblelife's

too short to worry

life is a gift . . . unwrap it!





Begin by lighting the first purple candle on the wreath. You will light this candle by itself for the entire first week of advent. The first purple candle is known as the prophecy candle. The color purple is a sign of penance and also represents the longing we have waiting for the birth of baby Jesus. Say aloud as you light the first candle, "Jesus is the light of the world."



Gift of Wonder


Rev. Alfred McBride


"Each year, God asks us to shed one more coat of awareness, one more dream state and come alive to the vision of God’s plan for each of us and the world-at-large.
"The older we get, the harder this is to do. As children we had a sense of wonder. Our eyes were wide open and drinking in the fascinating gifts we beheld…Our thirsty souls could not have enough of the wonders of creation.
"Then, somehow, we grew too old to dream. We tired of the abundance of the world, or at least grew weary of keeping up with the feast of life, and stepped away from the banquet of life.
"The natural gift of wonder God gave us as children was meant to be kept alive.…Instead we let wonder go to sleep. We entered the typical dream state of most humans.
"Why else does Jesus tell us today, ‘Stay awake!’…Advent says, ‘Wake up and realize the gifts of love you have received.’


It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness

and thus to open doors of hope.

Pope Benedict


We begin our journey through Advent this weekend. It comes from the Latin word adventus meaning ‘coming' or ‘arrival'. It is time set aside to help us prepare for what's really important and essential this Christmas...

Advent reminds us that the future holds hope but only because God is very much present in the here and now. In the clutter and busyness of the coming few weeks Advent can keep our feet firmly on the ground. But only if we let it!

Thought For Today by Fr.James McSweeney




Father in heaven,
our hearts desire the warm of your love
and our minds are search for the light of your Word.
Increase our longing for Christ our Saviour
that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence
and welcoming the light of his truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Amen.


'On Ya' ma

Thursday, November 29, 2007

St. Andrew - November 30th, 2007

St. Andrew—Nov. 30 .

The feast of Saint Andrew invites us to ponder his response to Christ’s call: "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets…" (Mt. 4:19-20). With his brother Peter, Andrew immediately left his fishing nets to catch souls for the Kingdom.
Are we hesitating to respond to Christ this Advent because we are waiting for just the right moment, those perfect circumstances that will allow us to be just as quick as Andrew? Sadly, we may discover that while we were waiting for that illusive moment, we failed to be attentive to the here and now invitations of everyday life, missing opportunities to respond with the generosity of a true follower of Christ.

According to the Gospel of John, Andrew was first a disciple of John the Baptist, and then he was the first disciple called by Jesus (Jn 1:40). He and his brother Peter were fishermen and both were called by Jesus. It was Andrew who spoke up about the boy who had the barley loaves and fishes before the multiplication of the loaves (Jn 6:8-9).
When the Gentiles went to see Jesus, they came to Philip first, but Philip then turned to Andrew who brought them to Jesus (Jn 12:20-22). Although Andrew was not one of the inner circle of disciples (Peter, James and John), it was Andrew's great joy to bring others to Jesus. Little else is said about Andrew in the Gospels.
Legend has it that Andrew preached the Good News in what is now modern Greece and Turkey
It is very fitting to have St. Andrew as a shinning light right before Advent begins. We were set a good example by Andrew. May our dear Lord show us the way to lead others to Him .
'On Ya' - ma

Sunday, November 25, 2007

ADVENT










The first Sunday of Advent will be December 2nd this year.




Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Seek That Which Is Above,1986


It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope. Celebrate the four weeks of advent and create memories that will last a lifetime. Christmas can be a time of chaos if we aren't careful. Dedicate time daily during these 4 weeks to spend time together and focusing on the birth of Jesus.

Start your advent celebration the 4th Sunday before Christmas. This year, Christmas 2007, advent begins on Sunday, December 2nd.

Buy or make a simple ADVENT WREATH with 3 purple candles, and 1 pink candle .

1st CANDLE- (purple)
"CANDLE OF HOPE"
We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises he made to us. Our hope comes from God.
(Romans 15:12-13)
2nd CANDLE- (purple)
"CANDLE OF PREPARATION"
Preparation means to 'get ready'.
"Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD!"
(Luke 3:4-6)
3rd CANDLE- (pink)
"CANDLE OF JOY
"The angels sang a message of JOY!
(Luke 2:7-15)
4th CANDLE- (purple)
"CANDLE OF LOVE"
God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us!
(John 3:16-17)
Beginning next week and for the 3 following I will be posting something inspiring here for the 4 weeks of Advent. It is a special time of year that prepares us for the Great Celebration -- The birth of Our Lord.
'On Ya' - ma

Thursday, October 18, 2007

My Study Notes - TO LIVE IS CHRIST Chapter 28


My study notes – TO LIVE IS CHRIST – Chapter 28

ACTS 20: 13-38

They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him

What grieved them most was his statement that he would

never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.

Acts 20: 37-38

Paul had little time so he left the Ephesians’ elders with the basic necessities

He shared things that were priority to him

1. Paul was personally attentive to them. He poured himself out to them and he was open with them about his past and feelings of unworthiness . They not only saw his humility but they also saw his heart They knew Paul was genuine. He loved them enough to teach them anything and every thing that might benefit them

2 Paul shared with them his chief ambitions. He was determined to be faithful to the tasks that God had given him. He believed and taught that God has specific plans for each believer. Paul told them they must be like shepherds keeping watch over their flocks. We each have a responsibility to keep watch over our own lives and to care deeply for those in our own ‘flock’ An important part of keeping watch of our flocks is to know the word of God.

3 Paul shared his deep affection for them. He was the very one that taught others that ‘Love never fails’ They wept and embraced as Paul bid them farewell.

To extend hands of service without hearts of love is meaningless.

Paul had given them all that he had.

The best kind of goodbyes are the kind with no regrets.



'On Ya' - ma

Sunday, August 19, 2007

My Study Notes, Chapter 27 TO LIVE IS CHRIST



My Study Notes : Chapter 27 TO LIVE IS CHRIST

Acts 20: 1-12

Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on

Acts 20:9

Luke tells us that after leaving Ephesus, Paul traveled through Macedonia and into Greece where he stayed for three months. The Jews again plotted against him as he prepared to travel to Syria, so he took the land route back through Macedonia. Along with Luke, 7 other people went along with Paul

When spending a week in Troas, Paul taught and since he had to leave early the next day, he spoke until Midnight. The room that they met in was filled with many lamps. It was then that the young man fell asleep and fell out the window.

Paul like many teachers felt that what he had learned must be taught. He preached longer than his audience was prepared to listen. Paul was compelled by his love of Christ to speak with energy that knew no bounds. It was then that God had an opportunity to raise the dead.

When the boy fell out of the window Paul ran down the stairs

And threw his arms around Eutychus saying don’t be alarmed he is alive now.

After that he climbed three flights of stairs, broke bread with them and stayed til daylight. No one fell asleep this time.

The moral of the story:

God may bring back to life what man hath put to sleep.

We never know when God might take advantage of a situation for his purpose.

‘On Ya’ -ma



Sunday, August 12, 2007

FINALLY I'M BACK TO MY BIBLE STUDIES



FINALLY BACK TO MY BIBLE STUDY

Today we had our parish festival – aptly named Son Day at the Beach.

Our new pastor gives a very good homily which also includes a lot of what I call ‘Bible ‘ study in it. Information that we may miss if we don’t know a few facts.

He mentioned that the book of Thessalonians was probably the first book written in the New Testament . In that Paul was urging the early Christians not to be lazy. They had stopped doing many things, because they expected Christ to return any day.

The thing is that Christ really did return to us when the Holy Spirit arrived at Pentecost, Christ came to live with each of us. Christ is here with us now. The Kingdom is here now. That is why we need to see Christ in each other. It is why the Church talks about justice so much and it is why we must live as Christ would have us do.

When early Christians were baptized it was usually on the evening of the Sabbath which was Saturday, the celebration of baptism finished on the 8th day which is now known on Sunday. Celebrating the new life in Christ. Christ within us.

Any way all this information just soaks into me like water does a sponge. I realize how more than ever I really need to do the studies so that I can understand more and more what is really being said. If you don’t understand the times the words were written in , some valuable information can be missed or even misinterpreted.

Where did I leave off???

My Study Notes: To Live is Christ

Part VI

The apostle Paul got completed involved. He gave his heart and strength to minister to the flock. He formed deep relationships that would make departures painful. He chose to follow the will of God even when others begged him not to.

We should pray that God will have his will in our life. We need to listen to Him speak to directly to our hearts and minds. To allow his tender touch as we study each lesson. He should be our first priority – Our hearts’ desire.

Acts 19:24-41

You see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man made gods are no gods at all.

Acts 19:26

W know that Paul decided to go to Jerusalem and then to Rome. He sent Timothy and Erastus to Macedonia, but he stayed a while longer in Ephesus.

About the time the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power, Paul’s missionary heart began to quicken and draw him elsewhere. The apostle set his sights on a destination unparalleled in his ministry.

Paul’s wisdom told him to go to Rome.

In our study so far Paul was opposed only twice by the Gentiles. The first time occurred in Philippi when Paul cast the demon from the fortune-telling girl. And a silversmith named Demetrius stirred up opposition because the Christian revival was a threat to the income of those who sold idols.

The silver crafts men were making a fortune selling charms and statuettes.

When Paul addressed the crowds he may have sometimes had more courage than sense. He spoke out in behalf of Christianity no matter what. When God gives us good sense, He expects us to use it.

Paul was not only a good teacher and preacher; he was a good discussion leader.

Leaders who are afraid of others disagreeing with them usually don’t leave much room for discussion.

Paul made many good friends. When we started this Journey with Paul, we would have not felt he was very friendly. He obviously had a genuine likable personality as he had friends from every walk of life. Jews, Gentiles, rich and Poor. Aquila and Pricilla did not leave their home and travel with Paul because he was unpleasant.

Even officials of the province were friends of Paul as they loved him enough to beg him not to venture into the theater for his own safety.

Lets’ learn something about judging others. We tend to describe people in brief phrases as he is always funny , she is always so bossy,…God created human beings to be the most complex creatures alive. None of us can be wrapped up in a single phrase.

Paul was unyielding yet he could be persuaded. He could be tough and he could be gracious. He was not so different than the rest of us on any given day.

Paul brought a message of a Messiah sent from God who offers eternal life to every one who believes. We don’t have to be scientists to believe this message rather than to believe in a goddess falling from heaven in the form of a meteor as they had in Ephesus.

God does require faith, we need to believe in Him. He is very believable.

‘On Ya’- ma

There will be more coming soon…

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

DEAR LORD...


Dear Lord...I've Seen The Light

Dear Lord, I need a word with you
If you have time to spare.

I know that you're quite busy,

My time is also rare.

In fact, that's why I wanted
To talk to you tonight.

I need to explain to you

That I have seen the light.

For so long I have taken
For granted that you knew

My wants and my needs

And my desires too.

Not only that, but peace of mind
And happiness I seek

I'd like to be much stronger

Instead of being weak.

I thought that you would help me
If only I believed.

I waited for you, Lord,

In my time of need.

I'd rush to work each morning.
I'd rush through lunch as well.

I knew I had alot to do;

I had no time to tell

You what was on my mind
Or what I needed now;

In my haste to live my life

I've forgotten to somehow

Make the time to spend with you
And ponder who you are.

I guess I've put you in the closet

Then forgot and closed the door.

I know this sounds so strange
But I just now realize

I've done it without thinking

But now open are my eyes.

How can I expect you to help me
When I don't even stop to say

I love you and make the time

Each day to you to pray?

Lord, thank you for not giving up
On me, I've been so wrong

And now I'm asking you to help me

From now on to be strong;

In remembering what I need to do
And as I open the closet door

I pray that you'll forgive me

And that you will restore

In me the values needed
To be what I should be

And that's to come and talk with you

Much more regularly.

I thank you, Lord, for loving me
Enough to stick around;

You said what I needed to hear

Yet never made a sound.

But that is just your gentle way
That I admire so

And how I want to be some day

But have a long way to go.

I know that I will make it
So long as you are near

And I have nothing in this world

That I will ever fear.

For I have you to lean on
My rock, my Lord, my all;

You're there to help me up again

Whenever I may fall.

I thank you, Lord, for taking
This time to spend with me;

It's more than I deserve,

I've seen the light, you see.

Author Unknown


I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart,

and watch to see what He will say to me.

Habakkuk 2:1


Faith never gives up. It knows that despite appearances, all is well. It can wait without signs or significant indications that God is at work, because it is sure of Him

We must learn to view each delay as if it were “perfectly fine.” Postponements are reasons to pray rather than grow anxious, impatient, and annoyed. They’re opportunities for God to build those imperishable but hard-to-acquire qualities of humility, patience, serenity, and strength. God never says, “Wait awhile,” unless He is planning to do something in our situation—or in us. He waits to be gracious

FROM MY DAILY DEVOTIONS...

‘On Ya’ - ma

Friday, July 27, 2007

WINGS

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength:
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint
Isaiah 40:31
When your life is not going so well, do you ask, "How long?" beforesomething good happens?
Do you ever ask, "How long,
O Lord, how long? My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord, how long? Turn, O Lord,and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. No oneremembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave? I amworn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weepingand drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; theyfail because of all my foes. Away from me, all you who do evil, forthe Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;the Lord accepts my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed anddismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace.
Psalm 6:3-10
When you ask, "How long?" remember the response: The Lord has heard mycry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

Waiting is a part of the divine design of things. Waiting is no accident, it is purposed.While we may not be able to do what we would most like to do, we can do what God has given us to do, while we wait on the Lord to fulfill His promises and purposes.
You can almost always plan on the fact that God will make you wait for what is best. He is never late, but He is also seldom quick. But of this fact I can assure you: When God's plan is for you to wait, He will make it all worth the wait.

‘On Ya’ - ma

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

PRAYING FOR OTHERS



For Those Who Pray For Others


For every single child of God,
there is a secret place,
where we can go to hide and pray,
and seek our Fathers face.

A place where no one else can tread
where no one else can go,
we find there grace and solitude,
and peace for our weary soul.

We fold our hands and close our eyes,
as we kneel before the Lord,
in the closet of our mind we step,
inside and close the door.

We pray according to His will,
and ask in Jesus' name,
we know our Father hears us,
for His Word says just the same.

We ask the Lord to heal the sick,
to bless the broken hearted,
have mercy on the sinners soul,
and peace to the just departed.

We pray "dear Lord please hear my cry!,
I'm praying now for others,
I've never seen or met them but,
they're my sisters and my brothers.

And Lord you know the special need,
that binds their lives today,
please bless them Lord and heal them all,
In Jesus name we pray.

And for the ones unsaved Oh Lord,
we pray a special prayer,
please lead and guide and keep them,
in your tender loving care.

Lord send them Heavens Angels
to soften their hearts of stone,
and give them peace inside Lord,
and save their precious souls.

And for the ones who hate you
with bitterness and disdain,
who curse their very souls Lord,
when they take your name in vain.

We pray Lord please have mercy,
and shower them with grace,
forgive them of their sins Lord,
In Jesus' name we pray.

And Father pave the way for me,
to touch someone today,
to help them come to know you,
in that very special way.

That you loved the world so much you gave,
your Son on the cross to die,
that you wish for no one to perish,
but for all everlasting life.

We pray for the ones who pray for those,
who have a special need,
we ask you Lord to bless them all,
As they pray on bended knee.

In the lives of those they're praying for,
we ask you to provide,
all things the soldiers ask in prayer,
please hear their humble cry.

In Jesus' name we ask today,
according to thy perfect will,
doubting not we now believe
as we give we shall receive.

Thank you father for your Love,
your Mercy and your Grace,
thank you for this time of prayer,
to seek your righteous face.

We praise you Lord and love you,
we glorify your Holy name,
and we thank you Holy Spirit,
we're so joyful that you came.

Now as we go about our way,
let us share the joy you give,
let us sing with happy heart and soul,
within us your Spirit lives.

We ask according to thy will,
In Jesus name we send,
this prayer to you on angels wings,
Amen Oh Lord Amen.

Author Unknown

You all are in my thoughts and prayers,


'On Ya' - ma

Sunday, July 01, 2007

PRAYER FOR INDEPENDANCE DAY



God bless America
And keep us safe and free,
Safe from "all our enemies"
Wherever they may be.


For enemies are forces
That often dwell within,
Things that seem so harmless
Become a major sin.


Little acts of selfishness
Grow into lust and greed,
And make the love of power
Our idol and our creed.


For all our wealth and progress
Are as worthless as can be,
Without the faith that made us great
And kept our nation free.


And while it's hard to understand
The complexities of war,
Each one of us must realize
That we are fighting for
The principles of freedom
And the decency of man,
But all of this much be achieved
According to God's plan.


So help us as Americans
To search deep down inside,
And discover if the things we do
Are always justified.


And teach us to walk humbly
And closer in Thy ways,
And give us faith and courage
And put purpose in our days.


And make each one of us aware
That each must do his part,
For in the individual is where peace
Must have its start.


For a better world to live in
Where all are safe and free,
Must start with faith and hope
And love deep in the heart of "Me."

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~


Remember to keep praying for our miltary folks near and far
and for Peace in the world.


'On Ya' - ma

Saturday, June 30, 2007

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!


The Star Spangled Banner

By Francis Scott Key

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,

Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:

'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,

A home and a country should leave us no more!

Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war's desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

'On Ya' - ma