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

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Silence is Love

How do you feel about Silence? Does it hold hands with self control? Is it the worst game another person can do to ignore and be silent? There is power in silence. We need silence to write, watch t.v., think, pray and just gather ourselves. Intraverts need more silence than xtraverts. One of the reasons I loved the Catholic Church was the intense silence that I felt engulfed in peace. I now know that the Eucharist present in the tabernacle was the peaceful quietness of God. That silence was deeper and stronger than any other. My whole being was listening intently and all my senses were opened to receive love.

Let’s pause and listen to the still small voice of God. We cannot hear this quiet voice in lives if we are never still and silent. We have to make time to listen. Listening needs practice and patience. If we listen intently we can hear Gods message in a small child, old man, reading bumper sticker, a fat woman or man, the bum, and especially in Gods word. God is in everything and everyone no matter how insignificant. Saint Francis “In prayer more is accomplished by listening then by talking. “

So as I am working on the importance silence in my life and I found scriptures to help me improve my life. I find it very hard to know the right time to speak in certain situations. It is good to be silent so that you do not regret later anything you say. If it is someone else’s business it is good to be silent about it. It is good to be silent when you do not have all the facts in any situation. Silence can fill the room when something bad happens. It is uncomfortable to be silent in times when others are hurting. However is best to listen to them without advice. I find myself asking for self control to help me be silent. Always be silent if your words will offend the weaker person. Basically be silent when it is time to listen.

In friendship it is good to be prudent and ask God for wisdom. It is good to be silent when you are angry in the heat of a moment. Be silent if your words will damage a friendship. When your words will convey the wrong impression, be silent. Do not say anything you will be ashamed of later. Do not say anything that will damage someone else’s reputation. Be silent if you are tempted to lie. Also if you are tempted to be critical be silent. Do not say anything if you have to yell. It is better to be silent then to have to eat your words later.

When it comes to Holy actions, be silent when you are tempted to make light of Holy things. Be silent when you are tempted to joke about sin. Most of all be silent of your words will be poor reflection of the lord and your family or friends.

Have you ever tried to talk to someone who only wanted you to hear them. It is very selfish and I find it frustrating. Listening is a gift when someone really hears what you are saying and understands without judgement. It might not be what you actually say but they know your deep feelings on any issue. What a joy it is to receive that kind of listening. They are not trying to fix you but really hear your deepest feelings. I am trying to listen that way because

It is a gift of grace from God. We have to practice this especially if you are a talker like me. When I am able to accomplish that kind of listening, we both are healed and truly united in love.

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

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* There is an appointed time for everything,

and a time for every affair under the heavens.

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

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

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A time to kill, and a time to heal;

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

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A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

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

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

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A time to seek, and a time to lose;

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

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A time to rend, and a time to sew;

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

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A time to love, and a time to hate;

a time of war, and a time of peace.

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a What profit have workers from their toil?

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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*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.*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.*

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

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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

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

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

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

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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,*

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

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