I am not usually a cynic, but today after spending too much at the grocery I arrived home, checked the mail and found a magazine that had a picture of probably a $5 million dollar home on the front with the article titled, “Love your home!”, and I thought to myself… seriously? Do the people writing and publishing this magazine really believe that looking at photos of this outrageously extravagant house will help me and others love our homes? Seriously… do they really believe this?
I took the magazine straight to the recycling box, because I certainly know that looking at it would not help me to love my home, but I have been wondering why it bothered me so much today. Most days this wouldn’t phase me or bother me, but it did today.
Maybe my annoyance with this magazine is because, as scary as it is to say or to type, in a way it reminds me of my own expensive home, of my own excess, of my own greed, and of my own issues with envy? Maybe for a moment I forgot about my true home?
Lord please be with me and remove envy from my heart and replace it with Your generosity and gratitude because I long to always love the home You have given to me while I am here, but most of all I long to always remember that You are my true home.
Please help me, I can’t do it without You, my Love.
I love any version of the song “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson.
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart Lord take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
For a moment when listening to this part I had an image of my family… they are my hearts! I pray that God will take and seal them for His courts above so that I will not wander, I will not waver off of His path, but will instead follow my loves, my hearts straight home to our one true Love and His courts above.
Jesus please help us to keep our hearts always on You!
Tonight as I was putting one of our girls to bed, I was praising her on how kind she had been to one of her sisters this evening and she said to me.
“You know Mom, when I am not good it is because God is letting me try to be good on my own, and when I am good it is because God is helping me to be good.”
I asked her where she learned this, and she told me, “I just feel it in my heart.”
WOW… this is something I have just recently started to understand and I still have a hard time remembering it everyday, and my daughter already knows it.
Thank You God for the three blessings in our life and all of the children throughout the world. Please keep our hearts, eyes and ears open to their pure and perfect praise for You.
I didn’t know anything about St. Patrick before reading an article about him today. I am sure there is still a lot more to know about him, but what I read, I loved and I wanted to share it with you.
Our Heroes: St. Patrick of Ireland by Edward Hoyt
Towards the end of the article Mr. Hoyt says that he has been sitting in the first person for far too long when saying St. Patrick’s prayer. This was yet another reminder of how I was saying “It is MY best life” for far too long.
This is the version of St. Patrick’s prayer that I want to say. I hope you will join me!
Christ be in our hearts every time we think of anyone
Christ be in our mouths every time we speak to anyone
Christ be in our eyes every time see anyone
Christ be in our ears every time we hear anyone