Let Us Not Be Divided

The blog post One in Christ featured on Roses Near Running Waters, gave new insight today. Well, perhaps not that new but an age long plea. The blog post shared a wonderful verse:

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)”

God has called all of his believers to be united in the name of Jesus. Let us not be divided! No matter what the religion and the differences in beliefs and traditions, all Christians believe in one true God and the God of salvation. God calls for unity of those who believe in him, and I am hoping that people will listen and understand that it is now more than ever that we need to be united in the name of Christ. I believe that what keeps us all divided is pride, we need to recognize this and set it aside. This should be so, so that we Christians, the warriors of Christ might begin our true purpose as servants and disciples of the Lord. The faith is waning and more people are tearing themselves away from our faith while we stand and watch doing nothing.

May God give us the strength to recognize our weakness, accept it, and correct it for the glory of God. Let us not be divided, we are so much stronger together.

Parenting Styles: From the Heart

Many mothers, especially first-time moms, read a lot of parenting books and look up almost everything on Google. This seems to be second nature to society today, but why? Well it’s because every parent wants what is best for their child, so therefore we educate ourselves. Sometimes no matter how much we read, there are problems that we cannot solve. So what do we do when that happens? Personally, I think we should go with our gut instinct. Different kinds of people from different parts of the world have different parenting styles that are usually passed from one generation to another. This is according to a recent post about parenting from blog you can find here.

“Styles of parenting differ in different parts of the world. When a baby is learning to walk in Indian homes, most of the parents love to hold hands to teach the young one but one fall sends the whole household scampering to quieten the child who breaks out to as if he or she is running for the title of ‘Prince/ Princess of Wails’ ! In Mid East and especially in Israel the parents stand on the other side of the room and call the child to walk in their direction. Even if the child falls there are no tantrums and is encouraged to try again! The cultural differences are ingrained in the psyche from such a tender age.”

“Humans are the only species that want to hand hold their children forever regardless of whatever age they reach! It is not difficult to find overgrown ‘Guddi’, ‘Baby’,’Munna’ and ‘Chicko’! The names given with much affection at tender age become embarrassing sometimes for the individuals at a later day in the age when they are addressed by these nicknames! The birds, animals and all natural species other than humans take care of their children till they learn to catch their own prey and hunt their own food! Once they can stand on their own feet none of these birds or animals tag with their children!

Apart from educating ourselves, it is also important to listen, feel, and do your parenting by the heart.

3 Things That Remind Me of God’s Love

Reading “Ten Reminders of God’s Love for You” inspired me to do this post today. While this article gives readers 10 Bible verses that remind of God’s love, I’d like to make a list of the things that remind me of God’s immeasurable love. Here are 3 things that remind me of God’s love:

1. My family. There is no greater reminder of God’s love than the joy and love I receive everyday from my family.

2. Sunsets and sunrises. The wonderful display of the beauty of sunsets and sunrises remind me of God’s unfailing love. As Lamentations 3:22-23 says: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

3. Rainbows. Seeing a colorful rainbow after a rain reminds me of God’s faithfulness and forgiving love for mankind despite our sinfulness. As you remember, the rainbow was created by God to stand as a covenant of God’s promise to man that there will not be “any more be a flood to destroy the earth.”

How about you? What are the things around you that make you remember God’s amazing love for us?

When Your Child’s Favorite Parent Is Not You

I read a very interesting article this morning. The article titled, “The pain of not being your child’s favourite…” was written by a mommy who feels hurt that she is not her little boy’s favorite parent despite the fact that she, “feeds him, changes him, plays with him, mops up the spills, kisses the bumps and grazes, reads to him and cares for him when he’s ill.” When your child’s favorite parent is not you it can kind of hurt your feelings a bit.

Have you ever felt this way with your kids? Feeling like you are less favored by your child/children than your spouse? While I think as parents we try to joke around and take our secondary status lightly, there will always be times when it will get into us–as what the author of the above article says, especially during times when we feel overwhelmed, stressed, or tired.

So what do we do when your child’s favorite parent is not you? I would say, try not to take it personally and think that your child loves you less. As psychologist and author Dr. Ellen Weber Libby puts it, “Having a favorite parent is totally normal. All people have preferences for those with whom they have an unspoken ease or simpatico. That doesn’t mean that the child doesn’t love both parents equally… it means that a given parent meets a given child’s emotional needs in ways that are beyond words.”

Feeling God’s Closeness Through Meditation

One very important, but overlooked way to connect with God is meditation. In this busy world that we are living in, very few people actually take the time to stop for a while, clear their minds of worldly cares, and direct their thoughts to the Lord. Meditation is a very crucial part of our spiritual growth and formation. Together with the reading of God’s words, meditation is the key for our thoughts and actions to be in line with our savior Jesus Christ. Feeling God’s closeness through meditation is something all Christians should get to feel during their life.

St. Paul even emphasized the importance of tuning our minds to the Lord in Romans 12:2 “Be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” 

It is through the habitual stilling of our thoughts and emotions that we can hear God’s whispered response and lead truly Christian lives.

Try this Meditation Exercise to experience the beauty and power of meditation. Feeling God’s closeness through meditation is a gift I want you all to experience!

Loving Jesus By Loving Others

Were you able to listen to or read the Pope’s message for the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle? If you haven’t yet, you can do so here: “Works of mercy caress, bind Christ’s wounds.”

For me, Pope’s Francis’ homily was a beautiful reminder of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:35-40:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

I am quite certain that we all want to show our love to Jesus. Loving Jesus by loving others might be the best way to do so. Show him how thankful we are of the great sacrifice that he has made for our salvation. In the Pope’s homily, he reminds us of the best way we can do that–by showing love and kindness to others. Loving Jesus by loving others is something we should strive to do in life.

What God Won’t Do

A post titled, “What God Can And Cannot Do,” caught my eye today. My favorite part of the article is when the author made a simple yet profound comparison of God’s power with that of Aslan (the lion king from C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series). Based on a portion of the story, the author had these words, “No matter how hard Aslan tried, no matter the great miracles he performed, or even how much he desired in his heart that the dwarfs be set free, he could not give them that freedom because they refused his help.” This is a nice comparison to what God won’t do for us if we refuse his love.

It is clear in the Bible what Jesus said, “For with God, nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:37)” There are certain things that God won’t do, not because he is unable to, but because he loves us so much. He cannot make us feel things we don’t want to feel or do things we don’t want to do–in short God will not force us into anything that is against our free will. He will not do anything that will diminish the precious gift that he has given all of us–the gift of choice. Of course, what God won’t do depends on our own actions and feelings towards his love.

Nothing Should Supersede Our Love for God

I believe that we all want to live a life of comfort–a life that is free from worry about finances. Pope Francis in one of his homilies tells us that this very, culture of economic comfort deprives us of closeness to the Lord.”

Of course there is nothing wrong about wanting to live comfortably. Are we allowing our love for comfort supersede our love for God? Nothing should supersede our love for God. We can wish for a good life, but we must be careful that we do not wish for more than we actually need. More so, we must see to it that we do not become so engrossed with gaining financial freedom that we lose sight of God’s love.

We must not allow ourselves to be too attached and obsessed with gaining comforts in this world that we miss out on gaining heavenly treasures.

Do not let the economic turmoil of the world pull you away from God. As He said in Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Just remember that nothing should supersede our love for God, and that’s that.

God’s Loving and Gentle Correction

I’d like to share with you a very beautiful and inspiring line I read from article on Catholic.org titled, “Receiving the Eucharist: I Have Decided to Kneel For Jesus.” It has to do with God’s loving and gentle correction, and how it makes the author feel.

It never ceases to amaze me how patient and gentle God is with me. The perfect Father, He knows just how and when to reach me. Never impetuous, like me, He redirects and corrects a little here and a bit there as the gardener who sets out to straighten a bent tree.

A lot of people think that God uses physical, emotional, or financial trials and adversities to correct his children. I beg to differ though. I don’t think that our loving Heavenly Father could afford to send us sickness and disease, trials and tribulations just to teach us a lesson–to correct us when we go astray. Instead of chastising us with hard blows to make us realize our wrongs, I believe that God lets us see the direction that we are heading, illuminate the dangers in front of us and gently guide us back to the right course. God’s loving and gentle correction is Him showing us the path to salvation.

A Man After God’s Own Heart

A blog post I read today titled, Ladies, No Man Will Ever Want You As Badly As Jesus Does, reminded me of one quote I read some time ago that said: “The man who loves God is a man who truly knows what love is.”

Choosing a husband is one of the most important things that women does in her life. Choosing the person who you will spend your entire life with is no joke. While there is no shortage of advice on how to find a good man who will make you happy, little emphasis is given to the spiritual aspect of finding a lifetime partner. Finding a man after God’s own heart is not a simple task.

Women need to focus on finding a man after God’s own heart–a man who constantly seeks God and reflects his character. A man that has a strong devotion to the Lord is the kind of man who will have a strong devotion to his family. Having established a wonderful relationship with God, these kind of men won’t have any problems building a wonderful marriage.

If you are a Christian woman looking for a man to be with, do not settle for anything less than what God has prepared for you. Remember that God in his time will bring the right man into your life. Have faith.