Until God ordains otherwise, a man ought to bear patiently whatever he cannot correct in himself and in others. Imitation of Christ by John Kempis

TIME IS SHORT.

TIME IS SHORT

During my prayer time I heard TIME IS SHORT.  My thoughts went to, how in my lifetime Evil Has grown quickly.  Not only has it grown it has been said that Evil is ok.  Many years ago it’s was said there is no Hell.  Now everyone is disconnected from family, Church, Country so much so we are in danger. Our news is owned by people with an agenda that cannot be trusted.  We have blinked and we are being taken over by pagan countries.  Our youth are being wooed by socialist ideas.  Our only answer is to act quickly to keep this evil, from changing our Christian country forever.  We have been safe and taken it for granted, while evil has been destroying our values.  Time is short and we must wake up!  So evil is growing and we too must be growing in our spiritual lives.  The scripture Romans 5:20  where sin abounds Grace abounds much more. What are you spending too much time on in your life.

So how should we spend our time?  Since I have been shown the topic for our next podcast.   I immediately have been looking at how I use my time.  I know we should put God first, Husband second, then children and then our parents as per scripture.  I have been praying for self-control in all these areas of time.  It is also important to say no to the things that take too much of our time.  The internet takes too much of my time.  So I am working on balance in my life.

It is important to make time for the wonder of Gods creation.  Going to a beautiful garden and take in the incredible creation of our loving God.  In the beauty and silence and peace we are filled with awe.  Making time for the beauty of nature can be great for our self esteem.

In my opinion of this message that “The Time is Short”, we need to stop taking our faith for granted and begin to grow quickly.  We need to be doing what God made us to do.

God does not make junk, a saying from awhile ago. Still very true. When God made me he Laughed. I am learning to take myself not too seriously and lighten up. I will not listen to gossip about me or any criticisms to discourage me from fulfilling Gods will in my life.

Learning to see yourself as God see you

Meditate on the commandments of God. Study them to bring your sins into the light so that you can see yourself in the Truth of God. God loves us in a way that is impossible to understand. His love transcends all understanding. He looks at us with complete understanding. God wants the best for us. He helps us in the perfect way to encourage us to change. Pray for God to show you what He wants to change in you now. If God wanted us to be perfect he would have made us perfect. We are a part of His bigger plan for us all.

Learning to Love yourself as God loves you. He loves you and wants you to be strong. God did not make you perfect and does not expect you to be perfect. God expects us to repent and lean on him for everything. He wants you to trust His mighty power in your life. I know that God loves me and therefor I must love myself, not eat or drink too much, exercise, be prudent in my ways, and pray for good health for me and others. In other words say No and realize my limitations. Do not beat myself up if I am corrected but learn from it. Let God be God.

Learning to love others as God loves them

When I see how God loves and enjoys us as his own. I begin to look at everyone differently. I see the goodness in them rather than the small amount of bad. It is easier to forgive them quickly. So much time is wasted on negative thinking, listening to gossip, judging things that are none of our business, instead of praying for understanding. Our world has become more and more evil. We are influenced by T.V., movies, books, songs, and we do not even realized how it enters our thinking and takes our time. Politics is a good example on how we think negative of another person for no reason accept they do not think like us. It all comes down to choosing to LOVE and not listening to negative. Just breath in the Love of God and meditate on His love for us, forgive and be happy.

Growing in gratitude time well spent

It is easy to complain about everything but not easy to see the good and be grateful. What surprise when you begin to look for the good. Immediately our attitude changes to positive thoughts. Like I can walk, hear, see, and live in a country with laws and safety. Gratitude lengthens our lives and brings joy to everyone. There is always something to be grateful about. Like love it is a decision to be grateful.

Taking care of ourselves responsibly and making time

Whoever requires bodily rest should take a breathing space in her room. And when no outer rest whatever is attainable, when there is no place in which to retreat…. she must for a moment seal off herself inwardly against all other things and take refuge in the Lord. He is indeed there and can give us in a single moment what we need. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. In our day we must exercise, drink plenty of water, eat healthy, pray, and repent of our sins and make time for fun. Do not take on more than we can accomplish by saying no. No is a complete sentence. No guilt, remember that anything else is pride. We are not God. Be prudent and stay away from extremes and vices; over eating, drinking too much, and any other sin. Bad habits harm our bodies the temple of the Holy Spirit. Which will shorten our time on earth

Taking time to care of others responsibly

God set of a order of things. God first, then spouse, then children and the time that is left for all others. If we keep that in mind we will not be confused on what is most important. Our children need to be cared for mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and education. Children also need to be made accountable for their actions and age appropriate chores. Our spouses come first and should be given special time. Prayer helps us accomplish all things without feeling overwhelmed. Let go and let God.

Time is

Too Slow for those who Wait,

Too Swift for those who Fear,

Too Long for those who Grieve,

Too Short for those who Rejoice;

But for those who Love,

Time is not.

by Henry Van Dyke

Processing the past and growing from it

Learning to forgive ourselves and others

Pope St. John Paul 11 has insightfully observed, seems so daunting precisely because it is paradoxical:

Forgiveness is not a proposal that can be immediately understood or easily accepted; in many ways it is a paradoxical message. Forgiveness in fact always involves an apparent short-term loss for a real long-term gain…. Forgiveness may seem like weakness, but it demands great spiritual strength and moral courage, both in granting it and in accepting it. It may seem in some way to diminish us, but in fact it leads us to a fuller and richer humanity, more radiant with the splendor of the Creator.

Growing in trust for God and others

So you sow so shall you reap. Trusting God is a choice. Gods merciful love should help us Trust Him completely, because of His allowing Jesus to die for our sins. Jesus conquered death and was raised from death. Another reason to trust God. If we accept Gods merciful love it will be easy to trust others. We will be able to love them as God loves us. Because He first loved us we can love others.

Separating the “real me” from the “me” I make up in my head

What a problem it is to see ourselves as God sees us. If we do examination of conscience. It will help some. But we are unable to understand Jesus when he speaks to us personally. So we must pray for ourselves to see the truth of our faults. It is possible and does help us love everyone. Because we are really busy trying to see the truth about ourselves and let go of the lies we believe about ourselves.

Resetting my expectations

Being realistic is prudence. Letting yourself laugh at your mistakes is humility. Let God be God this releases you to be human and grow at your own pace. Not at the pace of someone else. Do not compare your success with anyone else. Let God change you in His timing.

Holding myself accountable

No more blaming!!! Ask God to show you how he sees you. Be open to your faults. Go to confession when the Holy Spirit reveals your sin. This is how you become accountable. When you are drawn by the Holy Spirit to accomplish a work for God. Be open to it and get spiritual direction. Change the world. Only you can accomplish what God has planned for you to do for him on this earth. TIME IS SHORT. Live in the Now. Do not Judge. Do not fear. You do not know everything God is doing in your life. Have Mercy and trust in God. Go into all the world and spread the good news. GOD LOVES YOU.

Never will we understand the value of time better than when our last hour is at hand. Saint Arnold Jannseen

The book that inspired me to write Time Is Short

Ecclesiastes 3

NO ONE CAN DETERMINE THE RIGHT TIME TO ACT

1

* There is an appointed time for everything,

and a time for every affair under the heavens.

2

A time to give birth, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.

3

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to tear down, and a time to build.

4

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

5

A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;

a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

6

A time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away.

7

A time to rend, and a time to sew;

a time to be silent, and a time to speak.

8

A time to love, and a time to hate;

a time of war, and a time of peace.

9

a What profit have workers from their toil?

10

I have seen the business that God has given to mortals to be busied about.

11

b God has made everything appropriate to its time, but has put the timeless* into their hearts so they cannot find out, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.

12

c I recognized that there is nothing better than to rejoice and to do well during life.

13

Moreover, that all can eat and drink and enjoy the good of all their toil—this is a gift of God.

14

I recognized that whatever God does will endure forever; there is no adding to it, or taking from it. Thus has God done that he may be revered.

15

*d What now is has already been; what is to be, already is: God retrieves what has gone by.

2 Timothy 3

The Dangers of the Last Days.*

1

But understand this: there will be terrifying times in the last days.a

2

People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious,b

3

callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good,

4

traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

5

as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them.c

6

For some of these slip into homes and make captives of women weighed down by sins, led by various desires,d

7

always trying to learn but never able to reach a knowledge of the truth.e

8

Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so they also oppose the truth—people of depraved mind, unqualified in the faith.f

9

But they will not make further progress, for their foolishness will be plain to all, as it was with those two.

Paul’s Example and Teaching.*

10

You have followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,

11

persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, persecutions that I endured. Yet from all these things the Lord delivered me.g

12

In fact, all who want to live religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.h

13

But wicked people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.

14

But you, remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it,i

15

and that from infancy you have known [the] sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.j

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* All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness,*

17

so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work

Our podcast fro WOW Women Of Wisdom

Ellen Mongan and June Council

Time is Short please click below

https://youtu.be/pnm4lsdBQ3Q

HURTING IN CHURCH

Hurting In The Church

A way Forward For Wounded Catholics

By Fr. Thomas Berg

“HURTING IN THE CHURCH”

It has been 40 years later and I find myself still healing.  I was a leader of a charismatic prayer meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  First mistake putting me a, 33 year-old baby Christian, in leadership.  The scripture warns not to put babies in leader-ship.  To be fair the seminary did not teach their priests well enough.   Proof we are all learning.  I had read that it was good to sit before Jesus on the alter and pray and listen.  I began to meditate immediately, I felt a powerful presence of God.  I was taken into hell and I saw a small cylinder and looking down it was like stone people.  Suddenly Satan came down and turned into fire and filled the cylinder.  Immediately I was taken up into a room with a small child playing.  I knew it was my first child that I lost.  Then I went into another place where I saw a beautiful palace with no walls and I knew it was going to be my home, after death.  Later I learned that the walls weren’t there because I was not protected by my own prayers and others.  I was wide open for attacks of the devil.  Then I was taken into a pink and blue cloud and I could not move when God Spoke.  I was overcome by Gods mighty power almost to not being able to breath.  God said, “Cure the sick, Heal the brokenhearted and anoint my little ones.”  It was amazing!  I then went over from the chapel to Mass.  It was a Charismatic Mass.   It was during the peace be with you part of the Mass that the priest came down off the alter to wish us all peace.  When he came to me he gave me a passionate kiss on the mouth.  I was devastated and blamed myself.  I went to morning Mass without make-up and the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart were at Mass.  They came from another parish and I attended their bible study.  They came over to me and ask to come to their home for breakfast.  When I went they began to tell me that one of the other leaders of the prayer meeting had told them that I had proposed marriage to the Pastor of my church.  The priest that kissed me told this lie.  I told them how devasted and shocked that a priest would do such a thing to me.  They said that it is not the first time these things happen in the church.  I remember how stupid it made me feel.  I was so young and did not realize that he was human.   I know now how stupid it was to blame myself.  The real dilemma was my daughter was being confirmed soon after and I was not able to attend.  My husband took my daughter for her confirmation.  When the priest saw my husband he ran off the altar. Thank God my husband knew everything and trusted me.  This was such a humiliation for me.  They moved the priest to another church away and we moved to another town and I continued to go to the Catholic Church.

I have not shared about my abuse in writing but now I am confirming that the book HURTING IN THE CHURCH A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics by Fr. Thomas Berg is a message of love from God.  In 2015 I began to write www.woundedinourmidst.com for the persecuted and wounded people in the church and all who need God.  I wanted to share do not leave God because of something that someone of the church has done to hurt you.  Three years later a friend sent me a Catholic magazine that said wounded in the church, it had reminded her of my blog.  It was an article about Fr. Thomas Berg’s book “Hurting In The Church.”  Fr.Berg has written about his own hurt and betrayal and takes us on his journey for inner healing.  Which has allowed him understanding of our wounds, which he defends us all.  He questions in the book why evil is being swept under the rug and hidden.  This has given me so much hope and affirmed me in my quest to bring people back to the church, that have been alienated or abused.

Healing, understanding and forgiveness are the only attitudes that will heal the church.  Come back all you who are using persecution as an excuse to leave God.  You have been deceived.  Help those of us that are trying to bring change one day at a time

https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/04/catholic-church-and-abuse-father-thomas-berg-discusses-his-book/

Please click above for the National Reviews interview with Fr. Thomas Berg

Alpha Center For Women

Lori Chamblin

Executive Director and Founder 1998

Lori Chamblin who is the Executive Director and Founder of The Alpha Center for Women, a contract service provided for Florida Pregnancy Support service Program, a Florida State program which promotes pregnancy education and encourages women to carry their pregnancies to birth.  Location 118 North Pine Avenue,  Ocala, Florida 34475www.alphacenterocala.com  1-800-848-LOVE National Center for Life Has billboards all over Marion County.

Alpha Center for Women exists to provide a safe, confidential, educational environment to assist men and women in unplanned pregnancy. We do not perform or refer for abortion.

However, we do educate on abortion procedures and all available life-affirming options. We are not here to pressure, but to give factual information so that our clients can make informed decisions about their pregnancies. Our desire is that every unborn life would be welcomed into our world, but our goal is to impart unmitigated truth about life before birth and the documented effects of abortion on men, women and relationships.

We offer material support before and after pregnancy, up to age 3. And we offer post abortion support to help on the healing journey for those struggling with a past abortion.

We are here for you. No matter what.

Lori shares her experience strength and hope on our WOW Women Of Wisdom, podcast and her ongoing quest for Healing.  Her testimony speaks of the different levels of forgiveness in her life.  When we hear her life’s, journey, to start the Alpha Center for Women, we are reminded that only God could have done such a  miracle of saving the lives of the unborn.  Lori shares her deep hurts in childhood and continuing into adult life, but not surrendering to despair, but holding onto hope.  She also tells of the importance of  Theophostic counseling in her healing journey, and is very grateful to God in touching her life deeply with His merciful love.  Jesus said to her ” I gave you life – I created you”

Please don’t miss this amazing testimony and click podcast link below

https://youtu.be/agtJmXxRF8s

Time Is Short

TIME IS SHORT

During my prayer time I heard TIME IS SHORT.  My thoughts went to, how in my lifetime Evil Has grown quickly.  Not only has it grown it has been said that Evil is ok.  Many years ago it’s was said there is no Hell.  Now everyone is disconnected from family, Church, Country so much so we are in danger. Our news is owned by people with an agenda that cannot be trusted.  We have blinked and we are being taken over by pagan countries.  Our youth are being wooed by socialist ideas.  Our only answer is to act quickly to keep this evil from changing our Christian country forever.  We have been safe and taken it for granted, while evil has been destroying our values.  Time is short and we must wake up!  So evil is growing and we too must be growing in our spiritual lives.  The scripture Romans 5:20  where sin abounds Grace abounds much more. What are you spending too much time in your life.

So how should we spend our time?  Since I have been shown the topic for our next podcast.   I immediately have been looking at how I use my time.  I know we should put God first Husband second then children and then our parents as per scripture.  I have been praying for self-control in all these areas of time.  It is also important to say no to the things that take too much of our time.  The internet takes too much of my time.  So I am working on balance in my life.

It is important to make time for wonder of Gods creation.  Going to a beautiful garden and take in the incredible creation of our loving God.  In the silence and peace we are filled with awe.  Making time can be great for our self esteem.

In my opinion of the message, aTime is Short, we need to stop taking our faith for granted and begin to grow quickly.  We need to be doing what God made us to do.

God does not make junk, a saying from awhile ago. Still very true. When God made me he Laughed. I am learning to take myself not too seriously and lighten up. I will not listen to gossip about me or any criticisms to stop me from fulfilling Gods will in my life.

Learning to see yourself as God see you

Meditate on the commandments of God. Study them to bring your sins into the light so that you can see yourself in the Truth of God. God loves us in a way that is impossible to understand. His love transcends all understanding. He looks at us with complete understanding. God wants the best for us. He helps us in the perfect way to encourage us to change. Pray for God to show you what He wants to change in you now. If God wanted us to be perfect he would have made us perfect. We are a part of His bigger plan for us all.

Learning to Love yourself as God loves you. He is love you and wants you to be strong. God did not make you perfect and does not expect you to be perfect. God expects us to repent and lean on him for everything. He wants you to trust His mighty power in my life. I know that God loves me and therefor I must love myself, not eat or drink too much, exercise, be prudent in my ways, and pray for good health for me and others. In other words say No and realize my limitations. Do not beat myself up if I am corrected but learn from it. Let God be God.

Learning to love others as God loves them

When I see and feel how God loves and enjoys us as his own. I begin to look at everyone differently. I see the goodness in them rather than the small amount of bad. It is easier to forgive them quickly. So much time is wasted on negative thinking, listening to gossip, judging things that are none of our business, instead of praying for understanding. Our world has become more and more evil. We are influenced by T.V., movies, books, songs, and we do not even realized how it enters our thinking and takes our time. Politics is a good example on how we think negative of another person for no reason but they do not think like us. It all comes down to choosing to LOVE and not listening to negative. Just breath in the Love of God and meditate on His love for us, forgive and be happy.

Growing in gratitude time well spent

It is easy to complain about everything but not easy to see the good and be grateful. What surprise when you begin to look for the good. Immediately our attitude changes to positive thoughts. Like I can walk, hear, see, and live in a country with laws and safety. Gratitude lengthens our lives and brings joy to everyone. There is always something to be grateful about. Like love it is a decision to be grateful.

Taking care of ourselves responsibly and making time

Whoever requires bodily rest should take a breathing space in her room. And when no outer rest whatever is attainable, when there is no place in which to retreat…. she must for a moment seal off herself inwardly against all other things and take refuge in the Lord. He is indeed there and can give us in a single moment what we need. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. In our day we must exercise, drink plenty of water, eat healthy, pray, and repent of our sins and make time for fun. Do not take on more than we can accomplish by saying no. No is a complete sentence. No guilt, remember that anything else is pride. We are not God. Be prudent and stay away from extremes and vices; over eating, drinking too much, and any other sin. Bad habits harm our bodies the temple of the Holy Spirit. Which will shorten our time on earth

Taking time to care for others responsibly

God set of a order of things. God first, then spouse, then children and the time that is left for all others. If we keep that in mind we will not be confused on what is most important. Our children need to be cared for mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and education. Children also need to be made accountable for their actions and age appropriate chores. Our spouses come first and should be given special time. Prayer helps us accomplish all things without feeling overwhelmed. Let go and let God.

Processing the past and growing from it

Learning to forgive ourselves and others

Pope St. John Paul 11 has insightfully observed, seems so daunting precisely because it is paradoxical:

Forgiveness is not a proposal that can be immediately understood or easily accepted; in many ways it is a paradoxical message. Forgiveness in fact always involves an apparent short-term loss for a real long-term gain…. Forgiveness may seem like weakness, but it demands great spiritual strength and moral courage, both in granting it and in accepting it. It may seem in some way to diminish us, but in fact it leads us to a fuller and richer humanity, more radiant with the splendor of the Creator.

Growing in trust for God and others

So you sow so shall you reap. Trusting God is a choice. Gods merciful love should help us Trust Him completely, because of His allowing Jesus to die for our sins. However Jesus did not die and all were surprised that could believe. Another reason to trust God. If we accept Gods merciful love it will be easy to trust others. We will be able to love them as God loves us. Because He first loved us we can love others.

Separating the “real me” from the “me” I make up in my head

What a problem it is to see ourselves as God sees us. If we do examination of conscience. It will help some. But we are unable to understand Jesus when he speaks to us personally. So we must pray for ourselves to see the truth of our faults. It is possible and does help us love everyone. Because we are really busy trying to see the truth about ourselves and let go of the lies we believe about ourselves.

Resetting my expectations

Being realistic is prudence. Letting yourself laugh at your mistakes is humility. Let God be God this releases you to be human and grow at your own pace. Not at the pace of someone else. Do not compare your success with anyone else. Let God change you in His timing.

Holding myself accountable

No more blaming!!! Ask God to show you how he sees you. Be open to your faults. Go to confession when the Holy Spirit reveals your sin. This is how you become accountable. When you are drawn by the Holy Spirit to accomplish a work for God. Be open to it and get spiritual direction. Change the world. Only you can accomplish what God has planned for you to do for him on this earth. TIME IS SHORT. Live in the Now. Do not Judge. Do not fear. You do not know everything God doing in your life. Have Mercy and trust in God. Go into all the world and spread the good news. GOD LOVES YOU.

A Fathers Love

June 7th 2018

Prophesy for Fathers

I am here to help.  I will secure all your plans.  Help me by repenting quickly and praying fervently.  Give me what is mine, tithe It is my desire to Bless you abundantly.  Seek me in the word and you will be wise.  Come to a quiet place alone with me.  If you don’t serve me, who will take your place?  Fear not for I am always with you.

Claude Council is my husband of 54 years and father of our 4 Children and 5 grandchildren.

C HRIST

L IVES

A ND

U NDERSTANTD

D IVINE

E TERNITY

C ONTINUED

O UT

U NTIL

N EW

C ONVERSION

I NCLUDES

L OVE

PAW PAW

THE CHILDRENS FATHER

IS A GENEROUS AND KIND MAN

THERE ARE NO BOUNDS TO HIS MERCY

OR THE LENGTHS HE SERVES US

HE PROTECTS WITH GRACE

WHEN HE LOST THE RACE

BY BEING TOO SLOW

AND BROKE HIS TOE

JESUS MADE IT GROW

IT WAS HARD FOR HIM TO RECEIVE

SOONER OR LATER HE DID BELIEVE

A HUMBLE GODLY MAN

SUFFERS SILENTLY

CONTINUES TO GIVE

ENJOYS HIS FAMILIES OUTINGS

CARRIES HIS CROSSES

NEVER DISCUSSES LOSSES

EVEN WHEN HE WAS SICK WITH PROSTRATE CANCER

HE KNEW JESUS WAS THE ANSWER

HE IS FAR ABOVE THE REST

ALL IN ALL HE IS BEST!!!!! By June Council

Lynn Bradley

Our Children love and respect their father Claude lee Council jr. His daughter Lynn Bradley loves and understands him. His sons Claude lee Council 111, James Council, Matthew Council and our son-in-law Allen Bradley, respect and honor his opinions. I am very blessed that he gave all of them, all of himself , guidance, correction, protection, financial support and all his love. We all love his sense of humor and humble manner. One time when the children were young a man came violently to our front door and tried to open and break in the door.  It was over a dispute between our children.  I never saw Claude so close to violence.  He controlled his temper and did not open the door.  That is when I knew that he would die for us all at any second.  Thank God He is a prudent man.  Claude is a Mans Man and enjoys football, baseball and loves going to games with the family.  In his younger years he watched sports on t.v. and it became the family bonding time.  When you have many children you sacrifice many things to provide for your family.  Claude never once complained about giving anything to his children.    He was also with those in need, and taking in others down on their luck.  Claude would go along with my Christian Callings without complaining.  We sold everything we owned and gave lots to the poor and went across the country in camper with 4 children for a year.  Claude had a life trauma when all the children were gone because he had to work so much.   Our grandchildren filled that hole in Claude’s life.  Our grandchildren , Angela, Allen, Bria, Christopher, Caroline have been a great joy to him.  He use to put candy in his back pocket for them to find when he came home from work, when they were little.  When they got older he took them on many trips and enjoyed playing cards and then going to a really late movie with them.  He would finish their stay over with a trip to waffle house or Denny’s which was so much fun for us all.   Everyday should be Father’s Day!!!

Left Caroline PawPaw Christopher

left PawPaw Bria Council

Kathleen and Angela in middle at wine tasting

Allen Bradley Sr. Son in law Allen Bradley Jr. grandson and his wife Wendy Bradley

PAPA

My husbands father Claude lee Council Sr. was an amazing Christian father, husband and grandfather . Our children loved him. He gave amazing training in writing from his generation of good grammar and perfect penmanship. Their vacations with him was a highlight of their summer. I loved our talks on the Bible and spiritual topics. He was a great Joy in all of our lives. We miss him.

The Council Men

Left top James Council Claude lee Council 111 Claude lee Council jr.

Left bottom Matthew Council and PAPA Claude lee Council sr.

My Husband calls himself my Joseph and I do too. Gods power is in a silent man like Joseph.

St. Joseph statue

Sacred Heart Tampa, Florida

JESUS FATHER “JOSEPH”

There are no words from Joseph, but he did plenty of actions.  Joseph was a man of Christian action.  Joseph protected the Holy Family and guarded them with the help of God’s guidance.  His righteousness guided him in justice and saved Mary and her reputation.  He also sustains us in our afflictions today.  Just like any father who goes unnoticed for his good model of hard work.  Joseph protected Jesus and trained him in a trade in Jesus younger years.  Joseph caring for Jesus with compassion as a foster father, shows his generosity.  Even though they were poor Joseph was a good provider.  The wisdom of Joseph listening to God allowed him to rescue Jesus from Herod’s murder. Everything Joseph did was to prepare and protect and provide for his family.   I m sure his prayers save us from many sins.

JOSEPH’S MANY TITLES;

Model of Righteousness

Solace of the afflicted

Protector of Children

Hope of the Sick

Consolation of the Poor

Rescuer of Sinners

Model of Christian Workmen

Patron of Priests and Seminarians

Model of Single Men and Married Men

Patron of a Happy Death

Guardian of Virgins

Safeguard of Families

MY FATHER

I never knew your pain

You were always there

To protect and serve

You suffered silently

With perseverance and grace

You cared and did your best

Your cross was huge

Yet you carried it to the end

And at the end you told me

God protected you the whole way

My father was a quiet man.  He loved his pipe and fast cars.  I loved smelling the Cherry tobacco that he smoked in his pipe.   When I was little he would take me on his lap and say silly stuff to me.  He really enjoyed me.   My mother said that I would stand next to him in the car and say careful daddy and he would slow down.  He had a hard life growing up.  His mother was single mom and he was illegitimate.  In that generation it was considered terrible and not tolerated by the town.  They would spit on him and mistreat him.  When he graduated from High School and began to work a man took him under his wing and encouraged him to take a government test.  He passed the test and he and my mother moved to Washington D.C.  He became very successful in the government.  That man really changed his life forever for the better.  My father was a very hard worker and very loyal.  He had a hard life.  When I was 13 our lives changed forever.   My grandmother died, who lived with us, and my mother had a mental breakdown from taking care of her day and night.  It was a terrible time for the mentally ill as they usually did not come out of the institutions.  They were misunderstood and persecuted even more then they are in this generation.  My dad cared for her until she died.  He took much abuse from her and was very patient and loving.  I am very proud of my father was a good son and father and husband.   It is good to be grateful for our parents.  Always remember different generations have different rules.  We should love them because they do the best for us as they can.  My father passed away and I now know that lifetimes are fleeting and the opportunities are numbered.  So let go of the hardened heart and unforgiveness and fear and love.  Say I love you today!

GOD OUR FATHER

Venerable Fulton Sheen,

Once you have surrendered yourself, you make yourself receptive.  In receiving from God, you are perfected and completed.

No one will love us more than God our Father.  Yet I need to appreciate you lord and I overlook the wonderful things you do for me.  The miracles that I take for granted.    You tell me how much you love me and I forget and fear.

Thank you Father for;

Loving us unconditionally

For your Merciful Love

For your forgiveness

Especially giving us Jesus

Your unselfish generosity

Your Healings

The Eucharist

The Scriptures

The Church

Ellen Mongan and I do the podcast below and she writes for Women Of Grace Blog on EWTN here is her first article on Fathers

http://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?author=26

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Podcast “Our Fathers”

Ellen Mongan and June Council

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OUR FAITH

MY FAITH

It is not about me

It’s about You

I am gone and only you remain

Total trust in you

In your love

In your generosity

That your power can do all

I know you

I know you keep your word

If I ask I will receive

I knock, and you will open the door

Miracles occur

All my faith is in you

It is all about your merciful love

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

From the picture you can see the size of a mustard seed and the size of the tree.  This implies that we start with just a small amount of faith and it grows as Jesus answers our prayers into something really strong.  Our faith is encouraged as we exercise using it in prayer.

In my personal life my mother had a necklace that had a mustard seed in a little plastic globe, that hung on a chain.  I was always touched by it’s size and I was told that it represented the scripture.  Just recently I gave this to my granddaughter Bria.  I explained the significance of this necklace to me.  It was a special piece of jewelry to me.

I believe that this visual reminder of the size of the faith that I must have has molded my thinking and encouraged me in prayer.  I know that I can muster up that much faith to get a positive answer.

My first miracle that I experienced in my life was when I was 13 and my mother attempted suicide.  She was admitted into St. Elizabeths hospital in Washington, D.C.  It was serious because at that time no one came out of a mental ward.  My mother was catatonic.  She did not speak to anyone.  One day she saw Mary the Mother of Jesus and she began to talk and was able to come home.  She had made a statue of Mary with the help of the nuns at the Catholic Hospital. My mother gave that statue to me when she came home.   We were not Catholic, yet I had a Mary statue in my room.  This was my first miracle that I experienced.

My Second miracle was when my mother in law had cancer surgery that went wrong and she was not able to swallow a string to see why her asophogace was closed.  My husband and I bought a Mary statue to take to her and the String went down immediately.  She was about 45 years old at the time and she lived to be 82.

These are the things that helped my faith grow.  So many times we take these things for granted and do not realize how important they are in our lives.  It is good to take the time to meditate and praise God for all our miracles.

1Corinthians 10:4-5 And they drank the same spiritual drink for they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them and the rick was Christ.  Yet God was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the dessert.

I was in meditation and I saw such a wonderful light and and negative thought came into my head and it became dark all of a sudden I saw a window and was told to come through it.  This took awhile.  The meditation song let your river flow brought the light back.  God let his river flow and cleanse all the negative from my thoughts. I was shown how negative thinking and complaining cause darkness.  Darkness causes blindness to the real truth in our lives.

Lord replace fear within us with a strong Faith

When my mother died I was unable to be there when she died.  My son Matthew traveled, from Tampa to West Palm Beach Florida, with me to try and make it before she died.  We did not make it. I was devastated. During a meditation time I saw my Mother dancing with Jesus.  It was wonderful for me to see her happy.  Her diabetes had caused her to have her legs removed several times before she died.  My Mother had a very hard life and her mental illness caused all of us lots of heartache.  To see her dancing with Jesus was such a healing for me.  Only Jesus can help our pain and heal our hearts that ache for the suffering.

2Timothy 4: 7-8

I have fought the good fight to the end I have run the race to finish; I have kept the faith, all there is to come for me now is the crown of uprightness which the Lord, the upright judge, will give to me on that day.

Saint Paul accomplished a lot.  What an accomplishment to run and not grow weary.  To continue through all the pain and win by going over the finish line successful.  No greater Faith than the one that sticks it out to the end.

MARY’S FAITH

MAGNIFICAT

My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

And my spirit rejoices in God my savior

He Looks on his servant in her lowliness

Henceforth all ages will call me blessed

The almighty works marvels for me

Holy his name

His mercy is from age to age

On those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength

And scatters the proud-hearted

He casts the mighty from their thrones

And raises the lowly

He fills the starving with good things

Se protects Israel, his servant

Remembering his mercy,

The mercy promised to our fathers

to Abraham and his sons forever.

Mary was visited and told that she would be filled with the Holy Spirit and become pregnant with the Messiah.  The above prayer was her response of gratitude and knowledge of who was speaking to her. This implies a relationship prior to the Angels visit.   All the gifts are present in that prayer, obviously she is caught up in the Holy Spirit and began to Praise God.  What a knowledge of God.  Not shaken by an angel talking to her.  Open to the message and responding with out reservation.  Immediately in obedience, Mary went straight to Elizabeth as she was instructed.  Mary traveled many miles to Elizabeth, a 50 year old woman, to help her with her pregnancy.  What kind of faith believes these messages.  With out question Mary goes on the mission to Elizabeth.  When she arrives at Elizabeth’s home, Mary is greeted with such encouragement from Elizabeth.  Now the faith and discernment of Elizabeth is incredible and Mary’s response is wonderful.  The Young woman loving the older woman and both in mutual respect.  What faith!!!   No false humility, No questioning, No complaining, Just total abandonment to God’s will.   What an example for us of Holiness.

Mary lived her whole life that way all the way to the cross.  She had a mission and she completed it.  We all benefited from this great selfless love of our Heavenly Mother.

In my faith journey with God.  I have found myself struggling to understand what God wants me to do.  I am amazed at the Faith of Mary.

FEAR is the opposite of faith.  Here are some examples of Fear:

Being insecure

Inadequate

Inferior

Timid

Worry

Sensitivity

Fear of Authority

Terror

Horror or Tormented

Nightmares

Panic Attacks

Phobias ( dark, heights, future )

Anxiety

Nervousness

Procrastinating

Abandonment

Divorce

Separation

How many of these negative fears keep us from loving God?  How many keep us from our ministry God has called us to accomplish.

Mary had none of these examples of fear in her magnificat, she was fearless.  Only Faith in God makes us fearless.  What a confident woman and at such a  young age.  Mary is the example of the young woman that has had great religious and spiritual teaching.

Do you think that Mary taught Jesus obedience?

Mary surely knew that Jesus would listen to her and perform his first miracle, turning water into wine.  Mary’s faith helps us to see that it is possible for us to have faith that will move mountains.  Her faith inspires me to Trust Jesus as she Trusted in God’s plan.  I am inspired by Mary to be present in the now and pray for God to help me change the world.

Do you think that living with Mary’s example helped Jesus give the Sermon On The Mount;

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

God’s love for us in sharing Jesus.  Calling Mary to be our Mother.  Trying to reach each one of us in a personal loving way.  Bringing the Kingdom of God to us so that we could be happy now on earth and in the Heaven with Him forever.

WOW Women Of Wisdom

Ellen Mongan and myself June Council

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MOTHERS HEART ❤️

MOTHERS HEART

PRAYER

Our Lady of Fatima, Today, we pray for an end to the suffering and injustice that plague so many parts of the world. Through the power of the Lord, you performed a miracle at Fatima and made the sun dance for thousands of people to see. Please intercede for those who are suffering.

Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask

through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you graciously hear and answer our prayers.

A Mothers Heart

The first time I saw you I love you

Even before in my womb I was connected to you completely

you were mine to protect and enjoy and anticipate your needs

i was terrified to cause you any pain

i fed you, bathed you, and laughed when you laughed

I cried when you cried and anguished when I felt helpless to help you

i was proud of every accomplishment and suffered when you failed

i blamed myself for any cross you were given

When you became an adult it was hard to let go

It was so hard when motherly intuitions haunted me

When you got married it was hard to share

When you had children it was a great joy

i felt guilt when I could not let go and peace when i accomplished it

I am happy with all you have become and do not compare you to anyone else.

You are still apart of me and will always be

Your Mother who loves you just the way you are.

Written by June Council

MY MOTHER

As a daughter I was thankless and never understood my mothers illness and how she was suffering. Instead I was imbarrassed and hid her mental illness. Children have no understanding they only want to be cared for and loved. My Mother became mentally ill when I was 13. I was very ashamed of her. She had shock treatments that caused damaged her memories. She could not remember how to cook and took medication that made her sleep all the time. Only my closest friends knew. I felt all alone and compared her with my friends mothers. Years later, I realized she was sick and what a cross it must have been to have a child that was ashamed of her. I know now that she was responsible for my spiritual growth. We did not go to church but we watched Billy Graham and Arch Bishop Sheen on t.v. . Later I realized that it was the foundation of all my religious training. My mother was very intelligent and had a wonderful sense of humor. Our Holidays were a filled with imagination and fun. She was full of advice like;

1. Eat your spinach and you will be strong like popeye the sailor.

2. Clean you plate the people in china are starving.

3. If you are too full for dinner your too full to eat dessert.

4. Theres a place for everything and everything in its place.

5. You can get more with honey than you can get with vinegar.

6. Idle hands is the devils workshop.

7. PUT CLEAN UNDERWARE IN CASE YOUR ARE IN A CAR ACCIDENT.

8. Dont say anything that cannot be put in newspaper.

9. A man will treat his wife like he treats his mother.

10. Cheaters never prosper.

I called my mother Ma and she was happy being my mother. She had lost many children before I was born. I was a only child and she enjoyed all I did for her and my father. I know now that she did her very best and I would not have been who I am today if not for her Moral teaching. Even though it was hard for me to raise 4 children without the help of my own mother. I did have my husbands mother and she was great. I really appreciated her mothering me. My memory of a priest during a sermon saying MARY IS YOUR MOTHER, was such a comfort to me. I also love when Jesus was on the cross, he said ” John, Mary is your mother now” and John took Mary into his life.

Often I think about Mary and her sorrows. I also like to think of what fruit was grown with the suffering of our Heavenly Mother;

The sword in the heart prophesy fear of God

Donkey ride 9 months pregnant to egypt generousity to the poor and piety

Anguish at Jesus loss chastity gift of knowledge

Seeing Jesus carrying the cross patience fortitude

Seeing Jesus martyr temperance gift counsel

Seeing the lance put in jesus heart charity understanding

Burial of Jesus virtue of diligence gift of wisdom

In conclusion I would like to say that the poem above is how much I love my children and grandchildren. I believe all mothers give all they are capable of and love their children. They never leave their hearts ever. God made us to be helpmates and we are best when we act in that role.
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