Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring!

Patiently wait for God alone, my soul! For he is the one who gives me confidence. — Ps 62:5

Our too general neglect of looking for answers to what we ask, shows how little we are in earnest in our petitions. A husbandman is not content without the harvest; a marksman will observe whether the ball hits the target; a physician watches the effect of the medicine which he gives; and shall the Christian be careless about the effect of his labor?

Every prayer of the Christian, made in faith, according to the will of God, for which God has promised, offered up in the name of Jesus Christ, and under the influence of the Spirit, whether for temporal or for spiritual blessings, is, or will be, fully answered.

God ALWAYS answers the general design and intention of His people's prayers, in doing that which, all things considered, is most for His own glory and their spiritual and eternal welfare.
As we never find that Jesus Christ rejected a single supplicant who came to Him for mercy, so we believe that no prayer made in His name will be in vain.

The answer to prayer may be approaching, though we discern not its coming.

The seed that lies under ground in winter is taking root in order to a SPRING and harvest, though it appears not above ground, but seems dead and lost.

Hang in there!

Winter is waning and you have almost made it through!

Let us use the first day of Spring today as a rebirth and starting point for all that lies in store for us from this day forward- peace, joy, hope and love!

A new mental outlook, a change in attitude, a new and fresh approach to all we encounter and plan to accomplish!

Ask for it sincerely and you will receive it!

Stay Strong! !! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Paganini, the great violinist, came out before his audience one day and made the discovery just as they ended their applause that there was something wrong with his violin. He looked at it a second and then saw that it was not his famous and valuable one.

He felt paralyzed for a moment, then turned to his audience and told them there had been some mistake and he did not have his own violin.

He stepped back behind the curtain thinking that it was still where he had left it, but discovered that some one had stolen his and left that old second-hand one in its place.

He remained back of the curtain a moment, then came out before his audience and said:

"Ladies and Gentlemen: I will show you that the music is not in the instrument, but in the soul."

And he played as he had never played before; and out of that second-hand instrument, the music poured forth until the audience was enraptured with enthusiasm and the applause almost lifted the ceiling of the building, because the man had revealed to them that music was not in the machine but in his own soul.

It is your mission to walk out on the stage of this world and reveal to all earth and Heaven that the music is NOT in conditions, NOT in the things, NOT in externals, but the music of life is in your OWN SOUL.

-- Streams in the Desert

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


"The main thing is to suffer without becoming discouraged."

     -  François Fénelon

We all suffer.

Some have more suffering in their lives than others, some have less.

Some have greater degrees of suffering than others and make our daily issues look like blessings.

To quote one of my all-time favorite movies,  "The Princess Bride";

"Life is pain, Highness.  Anyone who tells you differently is selling you something."

We cannot avoid pain and suffering in this life and the sooner that we can grasp this and accept our struggles, trials,  challenges as they arise,  the more peace and fulfillment we will experience.

The key is indeed to not become discouraged as we fight these battles and push forward!!!

No matter our current circumstance - no matter what it is we are facing this very moment -  if we can remain hopeful, faithful, and do not allow ourselves an ounce of discouragement or quit - whatever we are undergoing will surely pass!!!

Persevere - with courage and faith that you are EXACTLY where you are meant to be at this very moment - and know that whatever your struggle it is merely temporary!!!!

The best is yet to come if we promise ourselves that no matter how rough the seas get or how strong the current may seem to be against us - NOTHING CAN DEFEAT US if we persevere - if we resolve to never quit - and if we TRUST  and BELIEVE that this test of our strength and faith will not only pass, but it will also take us to much higher ground and one giant leap closer to peace and joy!!

You are not alone in your strife and trials - so put your head down and keep charging forward - never doubting the reward and prize that awaits us as we overcome and persevere through this current, temporary Tempest!

Stay STRONG! !!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Be Strong....

Be Strong

Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong.
   —1 Cor 16:13

Do not pray for easy lives!

Pray to be stronger men.

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.

Pray for powers equal to your tasks.

Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle.
    —Phillips Brooks.

We must remember that it is not in any easy or self-indulgent life that Christ will lead us to greatness.

The easy life leads not upward, but downward.

Heaven always is above us, and we must ever be looking up toward it.

These are some people who always avoid things that are costly, that require self-denial, or self-restraint and sacrifice, but toil and hardship show us the only way to nobleness.

Greatness comes not by having a mossy path made for you through the meadow, but by being sent to hew out a roadway by your own hands.

Are you going to reach the mountain splendors?

Be strong! 
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift; 
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift. 
Shun not the struggle; face it. 'Tis God's gift.

Be strong! 
Say not the days are evil—Who's to blame? 
And fold the hands and acquiesece—O shame! 
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, In God's name.

Be strong! 
It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong, 
How hard the battle goes, the day how long, 
Faint not, fight on!
Tomorrow comes the song.
   —Maltbie D. Babcock


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Night of Pure Faith

"The sun at last went down, and the swift, eastern night cast its heavy veil over the scene.

Worn out with the mental conflict, the watchings, and the exertions of the day, Abraham fell into a deep sleep, and in that sleep is soul was oppressed with a dense and dreadful darkness, such as almost stifled him, and lay like a nightmare upon his heart."

Do you understand something of the horror of that darkness?

When some terrible sorrow which seems so hard to reconcile with perfect love, crushes down upon the soul, wringing from it all its peaceful rest in the pitifulness of God, and launching it on a sea unlit by a ray of hope;

when unkindness, and cruelty maltreat the trusting heart, till it begins to doubt whether there be a God overhead who can see and still permit—these know something of the "horror of great darkness."

It is thus that human life is made up; brightness and gloom; shadow and sun;  long tracks of cloud, succeeded by brilliant glints of light, and amid all Divine justice is working out its own schemes, affecting others equally with the individual soul which seems the subject of special discipline.

Oh you who are filled with the horror of great darkness because of God's dealings with mankind, learn to trust that infallible wisdom, which is co-assessor with immutable justice; and know that He who passed through the horror of the darkness of Calvary, with the cry of forsakenness, is ready to bear you company through the valley of the shadow of death till you see the sun shining upon its further side.

Let us, by our Forerunner, send forward our anchor, Hope, within the veil that parts us from the unseen; where it will grapple in ground and will not yield, but hold until the day dawns, and we follow it into the haven guaranteed to us by God's immutable counsel.

—F. B. Meyer from Streams in the Desert

Photo courtesy of R. Foster!  Thank you!

Saturday, March 8, 2014


"May it not be the same with us in our weaving?

Sometimes it is very dark.

We cannot understand what we are doing. We do not see the web we are weaving.

We are not able to discover any beauty, any possible good in our experience.

Yet if we are faithful and fail not and faint not, we shall some day know that the most exquisite work of all our life was done in those days when it was so dark.

If you are in the deep shadows because of some strange, mysterious providence, do not be afraid.

Simply go on in faith and love, never doubting.

God is watching, and He will bring good and beauty out of all your pain and tears.

That is His Promise!

      --J. R. Miller

Stay Strong!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Oil Can

There is a story of an old man who carried a little can of oil with him everywhere he went, and if he passed through a door that squeaked, he poured a little oil on the hinges.

If a gate was hard to open, he oiled the latch.

And thus he passed through life lubricating all hard places and making it easier for those who came after him. 

People called him eccentric, queer, and cranky; but the old man went steadily on refilling his can of oil when it became empty, and oiled the hard places he found.

There are many lives that creak and grate harshly as they live day by day.

Nothing goes right with them.

They need lubricating with the oil of gladness, gentleness, or thoughtfulness.

Have you your own can of oil with you?

Be ready with your oil of helpfulness in the early morning to the one nearest you.

It may lubricate the whole day for him.

The oil, of good cheer to the downhearted one- -Oh, how much it may mean!

The word of courage to the despairing.

Speak it. 

Our lives touch others but once, perhaps, on the road of life; and then, mayhap, our ways diverge, never to meet again.

The oil of kindness has worn the sharp, hard edges off of many a sin-hardened life and left it soft and pliable and ready for the redeeming grace of the Saviour. 

A word spoken pleasantly is a large spot of sunshine on a sad heart.

Therefore, "Give others the sunshine, tell Jesus the rest."

We cannot know the grief
That men may borrow;
We cannot see the souls
Storm-swept by sorrow;
But love can shine upon the way
Today, tomorrow;

Let us be kind.
Upon the wheel of pain so many weary lives are broken,
We live in vain who give no tender token.

Let us be kind.

- Streams in the Desert

Stay Strong and use that "oil" can profusely!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


This past Sunday I was at Mass and as my son was the Altar Boy I was there very early.  I was thinking of so many things and friends and family - all the usual thoughts and prayers that we reflect upon so often.

When the mass arrived at the reading of the Gospel, I was so thrilled to hear one of my all time favorite passages being read!

I am still bewildered that this passage from the Gospel of Matthew still holds such relevance and truth to our current lives so many years after it was written.

If you didn't know this message came directly from the Bible you would think it came directly from the lips of Dale Carnegie himself!

For me it is impossible to read this passage and not be immediately comforted and gain a sense of peace from the logic and insight it lends to all of us as we go through the ridiculous gyrations and trials in our daily existence!

Perhaps it will do the same for any of you struggling with worry, fear or anxiety today!

It is my sincere hope that it does!

Stay Strong!

"This too shall pass" is also a promise and a fact!!

PS - Happy Birthday Tim OT and Barry K!!!  :)

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 

26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 

30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 

31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.

Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Living a life of faith often requires us to leave things alone.

If we have completely entrusted something to God, we must keep our hands off of it.

He can guard it better then we can, and He does not need our help!

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes."
Ps. 37.7

Things in our lives may seem to be going all wrong, but God knows our circumstances better then we do.

And He will work at the perfect moment, if we will completely trust Him to work in His own way and in His own time.

Often there is nothing as godly as inactivity on our part, or nothing as harmful as restless working,


  - Streams in the Desert

Picture inspired by Nick B - thank you!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Be Still

Their strength is to sit still. (Isa. 30:7).

In order really to know God, inward stillness is absolutely necessary.

I remember when I first learned this.

A time of great emergency had risen in my life, when every part of my being seemed to throb with anxiety, and when the necessity for immediate and vigorous action seemed overpowering;

and yet circumstances were such that I could do nothing, and the person who could, would not stir.

For a little while it seemed as if I must fly to pieces with the inward turmoil, when suddenly the still small voice whispered in the depths of my soul,

"Be still, and know that I am God."

The word was with power, and I hearkened.

I composed my body to perfect stillness, and I constrained my troubled spirit into quietness, and looked up and waited;

and then I did "know" that it was God, God even in the very emergency and in my helplessness to meet it; and I rested in Him.

It was an experience that I would not have missed for worlds; and I may add also, that out of this stillness SEEMED TO ARISE A POWER to deal with the emergency, that very soon brought it to a successful issue.

I learned then effectually that my "strength was to sit still."
       --Hannah Whitall Smith

Stay Strong - Help is always on the way but we need to ASK for it!