It has been almost a month since my last post! Thank you to all of you that have emailed me to check on things. I am doing well! The number of posts have gone down because I had to re-prioritize some things. I just felt that the blog was taking up time that I wanted to spend with my family. Everything seemed to need my sincere attention (son’s homework, my exercise regimen, Gregg, the house, finances). The time I spend at the computer lately has been dedicated to answering emails from you girls, which is what I love to do. And, most of what I have to say about Chastity and dating on the blog is contained here.
Today I am sharing a Youtube video of Father Robert Barron. Although the title of it is about being Born Again, the part that struck me was the ‘breaking through’ of Grace which elevates and builds upon our nature and every circumstance. A different way of thinking about Superabundance.
We watched the Father Barron video at our bible study last night and I really felt that the Lord was speaking to me. Unless we allow for this ‘breaking through’, we will see things in only one dimension and this affects our vision, our thoughts and our actions. We get stuck in the narrow confines of this world and can easily fall into spiritual darkness.
Have you read any books by Flannery O’Connor? I haven’t mostly because I don’t enjoy fiction. But, I may have to try to read one of her books. Father Barron references her in the video.
Speaking of books, I just finished a book by Immaculée Ilibagiza called Our Lady of Kibeho. I bought the book the night that I went to see her speak in person. It was a date night for my son and me and neither of us will ever be able to forget her. He is only 10 but every time we talk about her he gives me a kiss on the cheek. Here is a little about Immaculée:
“Immaculée Ilibagiza is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took the lives of nearly one million Tutsis. Men, women and children, including her entire family except for one of her brothers, were massacred at the hands of Hutu marauders. Immaculée found shelter at a pastor’s home, where she and seven other women hid from the deadly rebel mob in a 3-by-4-foot bathroom for 91 days. During those 91 days of unimaginable suffering, Immaculée found her faith, taught herself English, and most incredibly, committed herself to a life of peace, hope and forgiveness, even for those who had murdered her family.”
I have her other book called Left To Tell and I plan to start reading it this weekend. She is such a beautiful soul! She awakens your perspective. Are you angry? Read her book. Feeling like God has forgotten you? Read her book.
Let God break through. Let His healing Grace ‘baptize’ your mind and allow you to see as God sees and feel and understand things in proper perspective.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Phil 4:6-9
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God love and bless you! Cindy
Here is Father Barron’s video:
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