AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. And gratitude doesn’t need to be reserved only for momentous occasions: Sure, you might express gratitude after receiving a promotion at work, but you can also be thankful for something as simple as a delicious piece of pie. Research by UC Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, shows that simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.(Courtesy of Happify Daily)

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How many times do we takes things for granted, living our lives as if there were no tomorrow? How many times to we busily go about our daily life and then something happens and it shatters us to the core.

But if you are Christ centred then you  will be able to cope better and keep sadness, and depression  away because it’s when we give thanks and praise to the creator that we receive what we need and if it’s not what we need, it’s because God has a better plan for you. A plan better than the one you mapped out for yourself, if you believe. It’s only when we stop to smell the roses, share what we have that we get to appreciate the things we love.

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How do we do that?

1. Keep a digital gratitude journal

There are a number of apps that focus on cultivating a spirit of thankfulness. The Gratitude! app challenges users to write five things they’re grateful for every day. Developers say that recording gratitude consecutively for three weeks creates a brighter outlook and a new habit of happiness. Plus, it’s pretty cool to be able to look back on all of the things that made you thankful. Other apps to try include Gratitude 365 and The Gratitude Journal.

2. Take a thankfulness challenge

Chances are you’ve seen one of these challenges floating around your Facebook news feed at one point or another. The premise is simple: every day, for a week, or two weeks, or a month, post what you’re thankful for. Hesitant to be so public? Try private messaging different friends every day, letting them know why you’re grateful to have them in your life.

3. Get some Twitter inspiration

When Thanksgiving rolls around, many people turn to Twitter to share the reasons why they’re thankful, but several trending hashtags prompt sharing your appreciation all year long. Follow the hashtags #AttitudeofGratitude, #WhyImThankful, and #Thankful to read through thousands of reasons why people all over the world are giving thanks. Tweet your own to join the uplifting conversation.

4. Master the “thank you” email

While it’s no handwritten letter, sending a short “thank you” email can be a huge pick-me-up for someone in the middle of a long day. Thank a coworker for his or her hard work preparing for the morning meeting, or send digital appreciation to your roommate for listening to your worries about tomorrow’s big presentation. Knowing someone’s thinking of you makes a person feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

5. Pay it forward

Random acts of kindness work in the digital world, too. Browse through Kickstarter campaigns, and donate a few dollars towards somebody’s dream of opening a gallery or creating a documentary. Visit GiveForward.com, a fundraising platform where people raise money for loved ones in need. Can’t contribute financially? Share a story that speaks to your heart and offer words of encouragement.

PRAYER OF GRATITUDE BY KELLI MAHONEY

Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar.

Also, thank you, Lord, for keeping me safe. You protect me from those things that seem to haunt others. You help me make better choices, and you have provided me with advisors that help me with the difficult decisions. You speak to me in so many ways so that I always know you are here.

And Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to give to them the same kindness they have provided to me. I am just so grateful for all of your blessings in my life, Lord. I pray that you remind me of just how lucky I am, and that you never allow me to forget to show my gratitude in prayer and returned kind acts. Thank you, Lord. In your name, Amen.

 

 

 

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INSPIRATION THAT WILL FEED YOUR SOUL – BY R.A. TORREY

I recently came across R. A. Torrey-a great evangelist with interesting things to say that caught my eye (see link) –R.A.Torrey history.

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 HERE IS SOME FOOD TO FEED YOUR SOUL

It is very easy to put our trust and beliefs in the power of man, but not so in giving God the gratitude He deserves. Giving gratitude to God who allows goodness and success into our lives and who takes away what is harmful and evil, are often dismissed as coincidences or the work of men.  Because these are often intangibles and that which we cannot immediately see, they often go unnoticed.  Make no mistake about it, God is at work in our lives moment by moment, weaving a web of connectedness that will affect all spheres of our lives and others around us.

Some things God does are to teach us something, some things are to give us something, some things are for us to hold on to and some things are for us to give away. Some things are immediate while some things take time because all that we think and do is in keeping with the gift of free will. Sometimes we hold ourselves back because we don’t understand things or because we don’t trust in God. But God is patient, loving, rich in mercy and kind. Think of Him as your Father and what does a Father want for His children? The best of course!

In patience and trust is how we should live our lives, because God has mapped out all of it for us. All we need do is pray and communicate with God through prayer. All we need do is claim it, that which God has already given to us in a box and is sitting there with Him in heaven with your name on it. We should ask for mercy and forgiveness and have a heaven perspective. Make each day a little sacrifice or offering to God so that He can grant you His peace, His grace and His abundance.

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PRAYER 

Come Holy Spirit and infill us afresh with your gifts of patience, love, awe in your presence, kindness, knowledge, wisdom and understanding so that we may know and fulfill Your will for us. AMEN

PSALM 23 – Explained

FEAST OF THE SACRED HEAT OF JESUS-Friday, 23rd June, 2017

The symbol of Jesus’ heart represents His great love for all mankind

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Lamb of God Latin: Agnus Deī [ˈaŋ.nʊs ˈde.iː]) is a title for Jesus that appears in the Gospel of John. It appears at John 1:29, where John the Baptist sees Jesus and exclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”Image result

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Psalm 23 Explained

The Lord is my shepherd –

That’s Relationship!

 I shall not want –

That’s Supply!

 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures –

That’s Rest!

 He leadeth me beside the still waters –

That’s Refreshment!

 He restoreth my soul –

That’s Healing!

 He leadeth me in the path of righteousness –

That’s Guidance!

 For His name’s sake –

That’s Purpose!

 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death –

That’s Testing!

 I will fear no evil –

That’s Protection!

 For Thou art with me –

That’s Faithfulness!

 Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me –

That’s Discipline!

 Thou preparest a table for me in front of my enemies –

That’s Hope!

 Thou anointest my head with oil –

That’s Consecration!

 My cup runneth over –

That’s Abundance!

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life –

That’s Blessing!

 And I will dwell in the house of the Lord –

That’s Security!

 Forever –

That’s Eternity!

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GRATITUDE FOR MOTHERS- A PRAYER

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Gratitude for my Mother

Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me.

Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

Most of all, Lord, on this Mother’s Day, give my mother the graces she most needs and desires today. I ask you this, in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior forever and ever. (from Prayers by and for Mothers)

Mary -100th anniversary of Fatima miracle – A woman of our time, why she is still relevant today?

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“The universal motherhood of Mary”‘mother of all living’ (Pope Francis)

titles of Mary-song (click here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWfx50CrYrw

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Universal depiction of Mary-art ( click here)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVVy7pN4_cg

On the Cross, Jesus did not proclaim Mary’s universal motherhood formally, but established a concrete maternal relationship between her and the beloved disciple John and us all. (John 19:26-27) 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[a] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

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Our world is in turmoil right now, many of us have lost our way, people are leaving the church in droves , there is little or no regulation, relativism is growing, evil is destroying our nature – the nature that God gave us. We need to turn back to God Jesus and Mary our mother.

Mary, at Fatima in 1917, felt the need to make herself known to us because of the evil in the world. The thing is, nothing’s changed, if anything, we have not learnt by our mistakes. We need to consecrate ourselves to Her.

Jesus showed us how He listens to Mary at the wedding at Cana, this is where Jesus performed His first miracle (John 2:1-11).

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Mary is our link between Heaven and Earth, She can help you when you pray to Her.

 

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As we approach the 100th anniversary of the miracle of Fatima (13th May)- where Mary appeared to the three children on the 13th of the month till 13th October. there is more reason now to pray to Her.

Written recount of miracle (click here for more)

Movie version of Miracle at Fatima (click here for more)

  • Mary gave us the miracle of the son at Fatima, this was witnessed by 70,000 people.
  • Mary identified herself as our Lady of the Rosary.
  • One of those messages  was to pray the rosary. Mary had many message for the three children to pass on to the world.(see links)
  • Mary is our intercessor that can help us through her Son Jesus Christ.
  • Mary predicted, the end of the First World War and the prediction of the second. She also predicted Hiroshima, monks who were there, living the message of Fatima, were unharmed by it.
  • Mary gave the three children visions of hell and told them that praying the rosary would prevent others going to hell.
  • We’ve seen the end of the cold war, walls come down, Jubilee 2000 was a global campaign that led ultimately, to the cancellation of more than $100 billion of debt owed by 35 of the poorest countries.
  • Many catastrophes have been prevented because of Mary, our intercessory prayers have reduced the time and effects of wars.
  • Russia today has returned to international politics after it was consecrated to the heart of Mary. Saint John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square on 25 March 1984, for example, consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  More recently, Pope Francis in October 2013 consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in front of some 150,000 pilgrims in Rome.
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  • If you would like to pray the rosary but need help, here it is easy as 1,2,3,           (click here) Virtual Interactive rosary

THE UNDISPUTABLE, UNDISMISSABLE, UNDENIABLE POWER OF PRAYER

When I hear of sadness and iniquities, it hits me to my core, then when it’s someone close to me, it brings me to a depth of sadness. Many people just learn to live with sadness and evil, but that’s not what God has in His plans.

Jesus prayed for direction and resolutions in his life. Jesus had a relationship with His Father, Jesus was in sync with the will of God. Jesus accepted death on the cross for the greater good that it would bring to mankind but, throughout His tribulations, God had not intended for Jesus to go through it alone.  Jesus was comforted by the affirmations God gave Him, He was comforted by angels every step of the way. You might think that Jesus was different, but He had a human side like all of us. He felt pain and heartaches too.

Someone close to me described some toxic situations happening to her at work, she had tears in her eyes, her heart was aching, but so was mine. No one should have to endure such evil. So, there was something I could do and that was to pray.


God answers prayers when they are prayed, God answers prayers through other people.

  • Together we asked Jesus to bring the truth and light into this situation, Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  • Together, we cast out every form of evil she expressed.                                             (Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness-Matthew 10:1) Jesus passed on that power to us mortals too.
  • Together we asked God to  erase memories and words spoken over her that affected her spirit.
  • Together we asked Jesus to go before her and infill her space with joy peace, truth, honesty, love, kindness, knowledge, wisdom and understanding (The gifts of the Holy Spirit).
  • Together we praised and thanked Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for Their glory, Their almighty power, mercy, abundance, forgiveness, love and redemption.

The next day, she messaged me, she was overjoyed at how quickly the situation had turned. Peace had come and apologies were given with strategies to make the workplace better.

PRAISE THE LORD! ALLELUIA!

So when bad things happen and bad things happen to good people, enter into prayer and allow Jesus to help you.

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WAR LEAVES A STAIN, PEACE CLEANS IT UP!

PARIS IS NOT AT WAR!!!!! THE PEOPLE OF PARIS SHOULDN’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS.  MY HEART IS BREAKING AS I ADD THIS, BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO ENDURE SUCH DISRESPECT AND DESTRUCTION TO THE MORALE AND SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE OF PARIS. AN ATTACK ON PARIS IS AN ATTACK ON THE FREEDOMS OF THE WORLD. I THOUGHT WE LIVED IN A DEMOCRACY NOT IN AN AUTOCRACY!  YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.

I BELIEVE THAT ONLY GOD CAN HELP US GET THROUGH THIS.

Despite the immense evil of war, Jesus said it is inevitable that wars will continue until He returns (Mark 13:7-8), and He did not oppose earthly governments or their right to maintain armies (Matthew 8:5-10). 

God listens to prayer and the more people pray the better

PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE AND HELP FOR THOSE DISPLACED BECAUSE OF WAR. 

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’
(Psalm 34:18)

We pray for all whose lives                                                                                                 have been touched by tragedy,
whether by accident
or a deliberate act.
For those who mourn,
immerse them in your love
and lead them through this darkness
into your arms, and light.
For those who comfort,
be in both the words they use
and all that’s left unspoken;
fill each heart with love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
whose own suffering brought us life,
here and for eternity. Amen

©John Birch