Thursday October 30, 2014 Multiplier

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We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.  2 Corinthians 4:7

God is the glory and the power. If I live my life with that firmly planted in my head and my heart… I can see my role clearly.  I am to be an amplifier or a megaphone to spread the good news to the rest of the world.  It is not my power or my presence that is creative or life changing… it’s only HIM!  I can work to help spread the joy that is living in His light.  There are many great products that are enhanced by amplifiers… iPod is wonderful for individual listening but when I have a party at my house… I need to plug it in to a device that will make the sound heard by all.  The music is not changed only multiplied.

At a sporting event the woman singing the Star Spangled Banner would make very little impact without a microphone… but with it, the entire stadium is stirred with patriotism.

God gives me the opportunity to serve as a megaphone for His love . Love would be a very dry and lonely thing without expression and outward signs. Those opportunities for amplification of an interior emotion help me deepen the relationships with those around me..

I pray each and every day that I will be able to be a catalyst or a conduit for the Love of God that lives in my heart so that others will see Him as the Divine Healer, Wonder Counselor and Savior. If I can be that Multiplier, I will indeed have served Him well.  Helping others to see their giftedness and realize their unlimited potential because of the one who lives within them is indeed a calling that I embrace with my whole heart!

Lord Help me always to remember that I hold Your gifts in an earthen vessel. My job on this earth is to joyfully magnify Your greatness.  Help me to convey the music that You have created in me with humility. 

Wednesday October 29, 2014 Rewritten

Posted October 29, 2014 by bgovanus
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If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.  Revelations 22:19

For centuries, Catholics did not read the bible and I think that this verse may have held back those who may have had the desire and ability to read and interpret the words God spoke to His people through the bible writers. I have often disagreed with preachers or authors who have put a different spin on a beloved verse.  I believe that God inspires and it is important to be open to that inspiration, no matter who delivers it.  Having played the game “Telephone” as a girl when one person whispers something to the person sitting next to him in a circle.  As the message is repeated, the distortion of what was originally spoken is often incredible.  That is just in the course of 10 or 15 people hearing and repeating.  What are the possibilities when you are talking millions of ears and thousands of years?

St Paul warned Titus about the same chance for misinterpretation of the authentic message in his letter… Titus 1:11; 14.  In this case, the interpretation was frightening families with irresponsible and errant messages.  God speaks to the heart.  If that heart is broken, the word planted there will help to mend it.  If that heart is shallow, God’s word will add substance and allow grace to take root and blossom.

All I can do is be open to the words of the book and let them speak to me. I must never frighten or confuse others as my immortal soul hangs in the balance. If I always remember that I ask questions and God provides the answers… I will be fine.  I do not have the answers, only God provides the words that bring peace and life!

Lord help me to always seek guidance from Your holy Book. Give me the courage to read and be inspired by Your gracious gift.  I want to live in the Holy City with You for all eternity! 

Tuesday October 28, 2014 Listening for the call

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellences of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  1 Peter 2:9

God stands at the door and knocks… He is calling me to be something entirely new. Hard to hear that I am so different from what the world tells me I am… enough to do the work that God has for me to do.  Sometimes, it so much easier to just sit back and say, I can’t.  To be lazy or comfortable, to hold to the status quo because I know what is expected from me, there.  I never grow when I believe I am all that I can be.  Sometimes, God puts me in new situations to stretch my mind and make me realize that I have more to give and more to do than what I am currently doing.  Those times are uncomfortable for me, especially when they create a situation of loss… a job, a relationship, a home, a loved one.  When I cling too hard to what I am comfortable with… I cannot contribute to the light.  How can I, when I am content to remain in the darkness?

God made me for more… He is waiting for me to let go of my self-doubts and believe His promises. Accept that I am of a chosen race, I am part of a royal priesthood, a member of a holy nation of which I am a person who God LOVES.  He needs for me to step out into the light that He is showering down.  Leave the darkness of fear and stand for what He has asked me to do.

Lord thank You for believing in me enough to continue to knock at my door and seek me to be Your witness. I am growing bolder but always seem to hold back… help me to have the faith I need to give up my comfortable dark place and step into the light. 

Monday October 27, 2014 WHY?

Posted October 27, 2014 by bgovanus
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Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” but not do what I command?  Luke 6:46

I have prayed and prayed over some things and God did not answer my prayer or let’s say the answer was NO! When I look back, I realize there were always extenuating circumstances that I could not understand. As hard as I would try, my limited vision would not allow me to see the big plan that He had at work. There are so many times that my prayers would be so much more effective though if I would be obedient and say yes. His way is well marked and the path is lit. If I opt to not follow it then He has to ask me WHY would He even acknowledge me… much less intercede…

There is a season for everything. No one can reap corn when they plant wheat. It is not logical to think that I can go to my garden for a pumpkin when I planted watermelons. God gives commandments and much instruction through scripture, the great teachers and my conscience. When I am true to that… He may still answer NO but He will help me see the big picture so my soul can find rest.

When I am muddled and confused, the answers are available… when I step back and ask, “Lord, Why do I need to let go?” He will open my eyes and my heart!

My constant prayer is that when I say “Lord, Lord”… He will not reply that I am not living my life as he has commanded. There have been many times when I did not… He called me back to Him, with questions…

WHY do you behave like this?

Why are you separating yourself from me?

Why can’t you believe that I love you?

Why do you want that?

When I answered and realized that my steps had taken me far from Him… Then and only then could I find my way back.

Lord, Lord, I stand before You and humbly submit to Your WHYs. I am asking myself often so that I stay on track. Help me to be Your obedient servant. I know that all You have already forgiven for me is truly a gift and demonstrates Your love for me. Help me to always be appreciative.

Sunday October 26, 2014 Neighbors

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“The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:39-40

I ran into a friend, Sarah, from Catholic Charities, and I asked her why they discontinued the adopt a family program last year. She said they really didn’t shut down the program, but now ask for gift cards because the families received wonderful gifts but could not put food on the table.  My parish was a huge supporter of the program and switched our gifting to other charities and now I realize because the need is still so real that we must educate our generous people that even though it is more in the “spirit” of Christmas to buy presents and wrap them… it is not about our need but their needs. The Platinum rule is do unto others as they would like to be done unto. What their “needs” are, trumps any desire to give.

So much of life is interacting with people. What a gift it would be if love and service were the highest priority.  God’s first commandment is to love HIM.  I can say I love Him but when I do not put Him first or demonstrate my devotion by spending time with Him… where is the love?  How does God want to be loved?  The Platinum Rule in His eyes… I believe would be to live my life in service of those He puts in my path.  God unlike the families who struggle with poverty, homelessness and destitution, needs nothing I can give but my devotion.  They on the other hand need food, shelter and attention.  Gifts only delivered by hand, my hands!

I need to recognize my neighbors… and love them. See them and seek to serve them, not giving what I think they need but instead actually asking, listening and the responding.  It takes more effort but it is certainly what God is calling me to do.  Only two commandments…  I can handle that!

Lord open my mind, my heart and my soul to love and serve You and my neighbors.

Friday October 24, 2014 Bridled

Posted October 24, 2014 by bgovanus
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 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.  James 1:26

It is almost funny if it was not so sad, how much time is spent dissing others. Sometimes it is done in a joking manner but for the most part if the intent is not malicious… it is just to make oneself seem bigger or better.  There is a tombstone that reads… On May 21st Miss  XXX finally held her tongue.  The old saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, sit by me.” was immortalized in the movie Steel Magnolias.  What causes people to talk badly about another?  For some, you would think there was to be awarded an Olympic Medal for this sport and they were in training to receive the GOLD!  But does it have to be this way?

I think often of something I read a long time ago. “Everyone does the best that they are capable of doing, at this moment!”  Through education, it is possible to learn new ways to handle a situation.  Through relationships and caring, it is possible to feel more empowered and confident, so putting others down to make myself feel “better” is no longer necessary.  Seeking to understand before seeking to be understood, changes my attitude and opens me to new ideas and an opportunity to grow.

I know that no one including me, is perfect…. EVER. God would not have had to send His Son to die a horrendous death if I could attain perfection.  I do know that James had it right…  there is no religious person who can defend belittling or demeaning another.  What a wonderful world it would be if the only things that ever escaped my mouth were positive and uplifting words.  How would my day progress if all I ever heard was affirming and encouraging and supportive phrases from the people with whom I live and work?  The amount of work everyone was doing would triple.  The cooperation amongst team members would make territory issues disappear because the team would be accomplishing the job before them jointly.  Ah, what a wonderful world it would be!  So this Utopia is only possible if it starts with me.  When I only speak encouragement… when I don’t allow others to undermine anyone in my presence… then and only then will my religion be worthy of the Savior who died for me.

Lord, help me keep my tongue busy praising You, lifting others up and encouraging those who suffer. Looking for the good in others will indeed be the best mining I can ever do. 

Thursday October 23, 2014 Small Churches

Posted October 23, 2014 by bgovanus
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“Aquila and Prisca, together with the church at their house send you hearty greetings in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 16:19

This husband and wife worked with St Paul to spread the faith. They built a small church in their home where people came together to study and hear more about this Jesus who did miracles, changed lives and gave directions on living a better WAY.  Their lives were forever changed by Paul’s witness about the Lord.  His personal story of how Jesus changed his life led them to be changed as well.  I know I was born into being a true Christian by the witness of one person.  I had been going to the Catholic Church since I was baptized at 1 month of age but I became a Christ follower much later.

It is a daunting responsibility to realize that I must be evangelizing and able to be a witness to Jesus Christ. I need to begin small churches that allow people to love and serve their Savior in their own way.  Sometimes a church is formed by a couple like Aquila and Prisca, or Katy and Jim, Dave and Des, Sherry and John, Vito and Vida, or Bobbi and Gary or single people like Ann, Holly or Mike.  Uniting people, Inviting souls to come together and LOVE God is what church is all about.  It starts when a fire is lit in one heart… a fire that Jesus ignited when He came and was recognized and welcomed.  Sometimes Churches unify for a season to accomplish a specific goal.  Other times they unite and keep growing and contracting with members who join in and leave as they are called.  God is always in charge.

Today with all the demands of life, it is easy to overlook this calling to create church. To cull out time to allow Jesus to be foremost and forefront in mind and heart is precious indeed.  The treasure happens with one yes.  The catalyst for unity is Christ.  He will create and build up as He did in Ancient Greece.  God blesses His churches wherever and whenever they are.

God of all Churches, help each person to nurture another and grow through invitation to know and serve Christ.


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