It Is Jesus

It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” ~Saint John Paul II at 15th World Youth Day

Happy Feast Day to Saint John Paul II.

*Image is a painting by artist Christopher Santer, Pacem Studio

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Our Lady of Sorrows

This Saintly Saturday is for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

“After your Jesus – who belongs to everyone, but is especially yours – gave up his life, the cruel spear, which was not withheld from his lifeless body, tore open his side. Clearly it did not touch his soul and could not harm him, but it did pierce your heart. For surely his soul was no longer there, but yours could not be torn away. Thus the violence of sorrow has cut through your heart, and we rightly call you more than martyr, since the effect of compassion in you has gone beyond the endurance of physical suffering.” -St Bernard of Clairvaux

Photo: Our Lady of Sorrows statue in Golgotha, Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem by Creisor

Fear, You Don’t Own Me

This Tempo Tuesday I’m combining a couple of songs that have been playing in my head: Francesca Battistelli’s “The Breakup Song” and Zach Williams’s “Fear is a Liar.”  Both songs are about Fear.  It can consume you. Take over your life, if you let it.
But, as Francesca sings:
Fear, you don’t own me
There ain’t no room in this story
And I ain’t got time for you
Telling me what I’m not
Like you know me well guess what?
I know who I am
I know I’m strong
And I am free
Got my own identity
So fear, you will never be welcome here
And we have to listen to Zach and remember:
Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
‘Cause fear he is a liar
Cast your fear in the fire –  The Holy Spirit’s Fire.
Jesus please, “Let Your fire fall and cast out all my fears/Let Your fire fall Your love is all I feel.” We are all afraid of or anxious about something in our lives. Give us the strength to go to you and ask you for help in casting out the fear. Amen.

You Say

I chose Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” for this Tempo Tuesday. Listen to it. Hold on to the truth that the Lord says you are loved, strong, held and HIS. And Believe It.

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know (ooh oh)

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe (I), oh I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
I believe

The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity, (ooh oh)

Taking all I have and now I’m laying it at Your feet
You have every failure God, and You’ll have every victory, (ooh oh)

How Could I Be Silent

For this Tempo Tuesday I’d like to share Caitie Hurst‘s “How Could I Be Silent.” Jesus is “The Way, The Truth, and The Light.” We can’t be silent when His news is such Good News. I know I struggle with sharing this Good News. I’m unsure of what others with say or think.

It’s easy to share God’s love online. Offline, in person, however, is diffeent, especially when the person or people I’m speaking to are not set in their faith or appear to be non-believers.

The Joy in my heart should take over if I let it and the Good News will shine through.

How could I be silent when there’s all this joy inside my heart
How could I be quiet when you gave me light to pierce the dark
How could I be silent, I will not be silent
Even though my sin had left crimson, you washed away those stains
And the grace you’ve given is the reason I’ll never be the same
How could I be silent, I will not be silent, how could I be silent

Satisfied

“Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.” – John 6:11

The Gospel reading for today was about the miraculous5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Jesus performs this miracle to demonstrate his ability to provide. If we trust in Him, our lives will be full. It’s hard to remember to trust. It’s hard to put our lives in His hands and listen to His calling.

If we trust we will be ok. We’ll be satisfied.

joy.

This Tempo Tuesday is an upbeat song by for for King and Country – “joy.” It’s about choosing JOY even when we see all of the doom and gloom happening to us and around us.  I know that we can choose to be joyful all we want but that won’t “fix” the bad things.  Being joyful, however, radiates.  When someone is full of joy (their happiness comes from deep within – from Jesus) then it spreads into everything he or she does and to others.

Ayla found Joy while trying out a harp today!

 

Gotta get that fire, fire, back in my bones
Before my heart, heart, turns into stone
So somebody please pass the megaphone
I’ll shout it on the count of three
One, two, three
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, I’m singing to the sky
Give me strength to raise my voice, let me testify
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, ’cause this is do or die
The time has come to make a choice
And I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move you, let it move you
Yeah, I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you

 

 

 

Letting Go

Below are some lyrics from Sarah Kroger’s “Letting Go” for this Tempo Tuesday. It’s a catchy song about letting go and letting God. 

I’m letting go
I’m letting go
For once in my life
I don’t even know
I’m just letting go
Oh I’m letting go

And like a friend
This heaviness is settled in my soul
I don’t have to hold it anymore
You whisper to me
Be still, don’t fight
Just let me make the burden light

I will not be afraid
To open up my hands
I will not be afraid
To let you in
I will not be afraid
Your love is more than I could know
So, I’m letting go

*Song be listened to in full on Spotify

 

Masterpiece

I love the first page Ayla decided to color in her new coloring book. It reminded me of His Own’s “Little Girl.” So, I’d like to introduce you to this song for Tempo Tuesday. We are beloved children of God, made in His image and likeness.  I want my daughters to know that they are God’s masterpiece.  They are just who God made them to be and they are beautiful.  I want that for my son, too. 

The King of Heaven and Earth is seeking your face and He is all that you need.   

“Little girl arise and see that He’s not finished yet
The King is calling your name
The King is seeking your face
The King is here in this place
and He is your Lord
and He is yours

[…]

The King is all that your need
The King won’t stop till your free
Oh daughter look up and see
Your father is here”