Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Act in Faith

…And as they went, they were cured and made clean."
(Luke 17:14)

One time in scripture, there were ten lepers who saw Jesus. They hollered out, "Jesus! Have mercy on us and make us whole!" 

Jesus could have healed them right then, but instead, He asked them to do something to express their faith. 

He said, "Go show yourself to the Priest, and you will be made whole."

It's interesting that those lepers were not supposed to be around other people. They had to live in colonies because they were contagious and considered unclean. 

I'm sure they debated among themselves, "Do you really think we should go? I don't look any better. It's just going to be a waste of our time." 

But they dared to put action behind their faith. 
They decided, "Jesus said if we go, we will be well. Let's go. Let's take a step of faith." 

The scripture says, "As they went, they were made whole."

What is God telling you to do in your heart today? 

Take a step of faith. 

Put action behind faith.

A Prayer for Today

"Father, I choose to trust in You. I choose to be obedient to You. Even when it doesn't make sense to my natural mind, I will obey You and walk by faith. Thank You for revealing Yourself to me and healing every part of my life in Jesus' name. 
Amen."

From Today's Word 

Stay STRONG!!!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Most Holy Rosary Call - Daily

Hello All,

So after about 2 plus years of successfully saying, attempting to say, and often failing to say consistently or fully on a daily basis the Most Holy Rosary of our Blessed Mother, I prayed hard on it and decided to host an early morning conference call to keep me honest!!

The call in number is attached with the passcode.  I invite any and all who want to participate at all at any time to join me. 

Totally Anonymous ...no roll call etc...

I plan to begin at 6am each weekday and 7:15am on weekdays and holidays! 

Feel free to share a decade or two with me whenever you can! 

I am also including the leader code (4762)  for this inevitable days whereby I fail to show up on time or at all due to travel or laziness....:)

Whomever dials in first can start it up if you are comfortable or wait for someone mpre comfortable to start!

I will shoot for 15 mins to 20 mins.... 

Lets see how it goes...  Please pray with me to the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Mother for strengtg, courage, perseverance and to guide us all and carry out this POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE prayer in honor of Her and Her son Jesus on a daily basis!  ;) 

I plan to start this Friday morning 5/18  at 6am!!  

God bless and I hope to have you join me and the Blessed Mother with all your prayer requests and petitions in your hearts!!

Feel free to share the call-in info to anyone who wants to join! 

:)

Doug 


A Prayer for Today

"Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy upon my life. Thank You for empowering me to rise above every obstacle. I trust that You are moving me forward into the victory You have for me in Jesus' name. 
Amen."

Jesus: The Shortest, Simplest, and Most Powerful Prayer in the World

I stumbled upon this short prayer a little over a year ago and it has sustained me ever since.  

It helps me to strive to "PRAY INCESSANTLY" and I use it all the time because it is so simple and easy!  

However, a buddy sent me this article below and I found it incredible in detailing just why it is so POWERFUL and effective!!! 

I hope you enjoy it!!

Stay STRONG!!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Thank God...

It's Friday so beyond thanking God for Friday (and the true GIFT of every day:) I propose that when you can find 22:44 quiet minutes to listen to this 2005 commencement speech that you take me up on it. (It goes rapidly) :) 

It is not really religious at all however I believe it cuts to the core of our Faith in some discreet roundabout way even if that was not the intention of me speaker.

No pressure but I truly believe the points made will hit home deeply to many of you, if not all of you, like it did to me! 

It is a message I will hope to share with my kids somehow....

Enjoy and God Bless (TGIF) :)

D Fresh


Stay STRONG!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Get Through It...

'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
(Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

No matter what may be happening today, God has good things in store for your future! 

It may not be easy to see now, but God has already lined up a new beginning, new friendships and new opportunities for you.

Maybe you've experienced some setbacks, but don't make the mistake of expecting the same for your future. 

Instead, accept God's good plan for your life by declaring His truth. 

As believers, our attitude should be:

"Even though the economy is down, I'm not worried. I know God is going before me, and He has promised He will make rivers in the desert." 

Or, 

"The medical report may not look good, but I have another report that says God is restoring health unto me. I believe God has already released healing, health and victory in my future." 

Or, you may have a child who is not on the right course. 

In the natural, it seems impossible. 

But our report should be:

"I know God can do the impossible!"

Today, be encouraged and don't give up on your tomorrows. 

Accept the good plan God has for you—a plan filled with hope, purpose, blessing and increase in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, thank You for giving me hope and a future. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for choosing me. Thank You for delighting in me. I invite You to renew my heart and mind to the good plans You have for me in Jesus' name. 
Amen."

From Today's Word 

Stay STRONG!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Turn

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble"
—PSALM 46:1 


"THIS IS WHAT I SAY—I who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: 

Do not be afraid. 

I have always been involved in your life, even before you were born. 

Because you are Mine, purchased with My own blood, you can count on My PROMISE to help you as you journey through this world. 

This is how you gain victory over fear: through TRUSTING in My ever-present help. 

The problem arises when you gaze too long into the future, trying to visualize and take control of those not-yet events. 

A future-focus can easily deteriorate into a problem-focus. 

Weeds of worry and fear spring up quickly in this sort of "soil." 

When you realize this has happened, turn away from your worries and back to the One who is lovingly present with you. 

Rejoice that I will still be with you when you arrive at each coming stage of your journey. 

Lean hard on My Presence, TRUSTING Me to help you today—and all the days of your life."


From "Jesus Always" by Sarah Young

Stay Strong!!!

"This is what the LORD says—he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen."
—ISAIAH 44:2 

"Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place."
—PSALM 23:6 AMP

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Rosary Struggles....

"This is many people's real experience in praying the rosary. 

So if you have ever felt this way, know that you are in good company. 

Thousands of devout Catholics—young and old, men and women, lay people, priests, and religious—have told me how they love the rosary but struggle from time to time in praying it.

I've had numerous bishops, men with the great gift of apostolic succession, tell me that they don't pray the rosary as well as they'd like! 

As one bishop in the Midwest told me many years ago, "Oh, the rosary! It's hard. I struggle all the time!"

Even the esteemed Cardinal Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, admitted that praying a whole rosary is often too much for him to do in a single sitting: 

'I am too much of a restless spirit; I would wander too much. I take just one [set of mysteries], and then often only two or three mysteries out of the five, because I can then fit in a certain interval when I want to get away from work and free myself a bit, when I want to be quiet and to clear my head. A whole one would actually be too much for me then.'

1. Here's one crucial thing to keep in mind: 

Whatever struggles you may face with the rosary, never walk away feeling discouraged. 

If your mind wanders, if you don't feel the fervor, or if you're very sleepy while praying, remember that the words you are reciting are biblical and holy. 

Simply pulling out your beads and saying the sacred words is giving something beautiful to God, even if your heart or mind is not as into it as you'd like. 

Moreover, as St. Thomas Aquinas taught, the intention to pray is itself the beginning of prayer. 

In fact, he wrote in his Summa Theologiae, "It is not necessary that prayer should be attentive throughout; because the force of the original intention with which one sets about praying renders the whole prayer meritorious."

2 If we sincerely desire to give God our best in the rosary, but we lose attention and fervor, that foundational good intention is still a beautiful gift to God. 

So even if our performance of the rosary is not as great as we'd like it to be, that doesn't wipe out the foundation of a good intention."

Keep at it!!  :)  Stay STRONG!!