Tuesday August 23, 2016 Glory

Posted August 23, 2016 by bgovanus
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“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:31

There really is nothing glorious about eating or drinking.  Even at the finest restaurant the act of eating is really only to nourish our bodies.  So why did Paul use eating and drinking to illustrate giving God the glory?  I believe he wanted me to think that in every situation, I am called to focus on God’s glory.  When it is time for a meal, others sacrifice themselves to prepare the food, the animals contribute in the case of eggs or make the supreme sacrifice in the case of bacon.  Eating is a gift to our bodies of life… and grateful hearts filled with glory for God’s providence abound.

Does gratitude and glory really abound?  For many eating is a nuisance, an interruption…  for others who like my grandmother, “Lived to Eat” her life was all about the food.  God has a right to expect a happy medium. He created our bodies so that we need to eat to live.  Good food gives us energy and pleasure.  I delight in succulent fruits and glow with excitement over a decadent dessert.  The problem is that I rarely give God the glory He deserves for these simple pleasures.

Lord, I am grateful indeed, but need to recall the giver of the gift!  Help me to always to gratefully acknowledge those who prepare my meals and  give YOU the glory for the ingredients, for the way this food nourishes my body and my soul!  I live and move and only have my being because of Your gifts! I give YOU the Glory!

Monday August 22, 2016 Childlike

Posted August 22, 2016 by bgovanus
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Jesus said “Truly I say to you, unless you become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3

Have you run through the sprinkler with a 4 year old?  Have you stooped next to a 2 year old to examine a caterpillar?  Have you sat on the floor building trains, card houses or sand castles with a 5 year old?  It is hard for me to get down to their level but the trip is so worth it.  Each time I experience the world through the eyes and mind of a child, I am reminded again how very important this verse is to the salvation of my soul.

Children, at least my grandchildren and the wonderful children at my church with whom I am blessed to have a few precious moments always teach me how big God’s world is and how much I miss in my rush to be a grown up.  A childlike perspective on the world is a huge blessing.  Their imaginations and perspective allow me to dream again of what is really important. God provides all this beauty and I am out of touch with it most of the time.  My daughter is driving out west with her boys ages 6, 8, 10.  The DVD player broke so she handed her cell phone to the 6 year old to take pictures of the scenery.  The moments that he captured are amazing.  Cloud formations, a lone cactus growing through a rock, majestic mountains and a broken down shack.  Hundreds of sights captured in the eye of a child that I would never have seen except that he did.

Jesus knew that His followers would need to have perspective.  Oh how much we do!  Today more than ever, the moments of awe need to be dwelled upon and cherished.  Every day, I need to embrace my childlike curiosity, my ability to focus on the tiny dimensions of a butterfly or hummingbird and allow myself to play!  God has a lot to show me, I can only see it when I stop long enough to notice.

Lord give me the perspective of a child and let me appreciate the gift that is their ability to make a molehill into a mountain…  A flower into art… and a moment into eternity! 

Sunday August 21, 2016 Let’s

Posted August 21, 2016 by bgovanus
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Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Hebrews 10:24

Many hands make light work was a favorite saying when we were growing up in a big family.  My mom didn’t need to say that all these kids caused more work in the first place but instead she focused on if we all work together we could be done in a hurry without any one of us feeling the burden.  I think getting to heaven is a joint venture.  St Paul seemed to think this way.  He exhorted all the people in the churches that he planted to help one another.  He often referred to acknowledged friends so that they would feel connected to him and to the community.  He made introductions so that new members could have credibility and be accepted because he knew how important community would be to living “The Way’.

I know that we have 4 churches inside our parish.  Each Mass has its own community of regulars who meet each week and encourage one another.  It is great to connect with these 8:30 People or these 5:30 people at Social gatherings or meetings but the special bond of worshipping together creates a deeper connection.  God invites me to spur on those with whom I am walking so that all of us can arrive in heaven together.  It is a team effort.  No one likes to be lonely and in serving and in praising God it is great to have many to share the joy.  It is though in trial when the support and uplifting by friends who believe as I do is most important.

Jesus. I am grateful for the crowd of witnesses that You have placed in my life.  Help me always be sharing the burden of my sisters and brothers and spurring them on when they face the trials of this life.  Help us all move forward in love to greet You when You come again. 

Saturday August 20, 2016 Giants

Posted August 20, 2016 by bgovanus
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We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.  Numbers 13:30

Most people are familiar with the Scripture passage where the twelve spies went into the land of Canaan that God had promised to the Israelites as their new home.  Ten of them described the people as giants and their fortifications as unbeatable.  Only Joshua and Caleb knew that if God had brought them to it, He would get them through it.  It seems completely unfathomable that these people who had watched God send plagues, part the Red Sea, produce water and food from nothing could be concerned now with mere mortals.  BUT sadly they were and they caused the delay of forty years wandering in the desert for the whole people of God.

I too have delayed God’s will for my life by seeing GIANTS as well.  I have talked myself out of jobs by believing myself unqualified, I have missed opportunities to lead and to grow because I believed others were better than me.  I forgot that God is bigger than my doubts.  I just needed to call upon HIM and say YES when He brought opportunities into my life.  When I finally realized how important it is to listen to His promptings and quit overthinking what I was up against… I began to live the life that He has called me to live.

There are giants and there are problems but my God is much bigger than any of them.  When doubts flood my mind, I need only to compare them to God instead of to me.

God if YOU bring me to it, I believe that You will bring me through it.  I will learn new skills and meet new people.  You only have my best interests so I must trust You as You allow me to face my fears and overcome them.  Thank You for the opportunities!   

Friday August 19, 2016 Being a Kid

Posted August 19, 2016 by bgovanus
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But I call to God, and the Lord will save me.  Psalm 55:16

So many pictures depict Jesus as the Good Shepherd carrying the one lost lamb (KID) back to the fold.  Today I want to focus on the lamb prior to being rescued.  This little lamb was out having fun following a butterfly and nibbling on the sweet grass not paying a bit of attention to where she was.  Just like kids do today.  Being led far a field by friends, pretty scenery or what appears to be a sweeter and easier life.  When suddenly, reality sets in!  It has grown dark, the surroundings are unfamiliar and there is NO easy way back.

It is comforting to have Jesus pick up that lost lamb and be carried out of harm’s way.

Each of us really in our heart of hearts longs to be that KID.  Lovingly carried on the shoulders of Our Lord.  The neat thing is WE ARE!  Jesus is at the ready to bend down and put you and I upon His broad shoulders and carry His lost lambs back into the fold.  THE trick is in this verse.  It is imperative that I Call to God.  That is the thing!  I need to admit I am lost, I have to want to be transported back and I have to ASK!  Otherwise, how will God know that you and I are not content there in that crevasse, alone in the dark.

Lord give me the courage and the wisdom to stay close to You.  Help me to remain in the fold but when I stray through my own sinfulness, help me to always seek YOU with a contrite heart.  I know You will bring me home! 

Wednesday August 17, 2016 Leaning

Posted August 17, 2016 by bgovanus
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The same happens to all who forget God.  The hopes of the godless evaporate.  Their confidence hangs by a thread.  They are leaning on a spider’s web.  Job 8:13-14

What a vivid image… leaning on a spider’s web.  Nothing there to support, nothing there to comfort.  I have walked through spider webs and the immediate reaction is to brush every tiny thread away and shiver!  Job describes that feeling of being in a dark cave all alone perfectly.  Hopeless, scared and completely and utterly alone.

I love the song, Leaning Upon the Everlasting Arms.  The strength of those arms not only provides comfort but security.  God inspires everyone who believes and calls upon His name to be infused with hope and courage in the face of trials.  So even when I have no idea how things will turn out, I can keep up my confidence and plow ahead.  There is absolutely no better place to be than LEANING upon God.

It seems like when I get headed in a direction where I feel LARGE and IN CHARGE is when I fall hard!  Forgetting that God is the Alpha and the Omega is never a good thing!  I am aware that when I hit the wall and crumble, it is likely because I forgot that I am not the master of the universe.  God is the basis upon which I stand.  I pray today that I will never forget… who made me and where I am called to serve so that I can always lean upon Him!

Lord, You are worthy to be praised.  You are the only place where I can truly find hope and confidence.  I lean into YOUR everlasting arms!

Tuesday August 16, 2016 SHINE

Posted August 16, 2016 by bgovanus
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In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

I know that you have picked up that I LOVE the Olympics.  One of the things that bothers some commentators and radio personalities is that some of these athletes thank God or give Him credit when they have performed some of their amazing feats.  I am always happy to see this.  Everyone knows that this athlete has trained and practiced endless hours and they have built upon skill and innovated new routines until their feet and hands were bloody BUT each of their opponents have done the same.  The athlete that recognizes that today is their day to shine and gives God the glory realizes that it could do easily gone a different way.  In competition where the deciding factor is 1 one hundredth of a second. There is any number of factors that could influence the decision.  God’s help and their humility being key.

In each life comes opportunities to shine.  My youngest granddaughter started baking and creating delicious cookies, breads and puddings.  This has allowed her to SHINE in a very special way and she has become incredibly blessed by orders and opportunities.  Lots of young people took the same culinary class with her but she has developed her skills to do something creative with it.  Our gifts are given by God to allows us to light up the world and give GLORY to God.  It is truly easy to diminish our talents or hide behind false humility… “It’s Nothing” or “Or thanks but”  God does not make any junk and if He has plans for you and me to do something with the gifts He has given… I think it is our responsibility to SHINE and acknowledge God’s giftedness.

Lord, I humbly acknowledge the gifts that You have given to me.  Help me to use them to always serve You and others in the best way possible.  That rarely means I win a medal BUT in all things let me give You the glory! 


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