Thursday, November 20, 2008

Please Consider

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Monday, November 17, 2008

God heard me

This morning before I opened my bible to read I prayed a simple little prayer, "Lord, show me how to gain the wisdom I need." I then opened my bible and went right to this passage:

If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments,
And the Lord will supply it to you.
for the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction,
And His good pleasure is faith and gentleness.
Do not disobey the fear of the Lord,
And do not come to Him with a divided heart.
Do not be a hypocrite in the sight of men,
And be careful with your lips.
Do not exalt yourself, lest you fall
And bring dishonor to your soul.
The shall reveal your secrets,
And in the midst of the assembly He will strike you down,
Because you did not come in the fear of the Lord
And your heart was full of deceit.

Wisdom of Sirach 1:23-27

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Thanksgiving: Feast or Fast?

Father Deacon Raphael has a wonderful post titled Thanksgiving: Feast or Fast? It is an article written by a Father John Parker. It really is very well written and gives much food for thought.
Check it out!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Joseph Says

Joseph was sitting on the sofa with grandma and they were talking. I heard Joseph say, "Do you know what I want to be when I grow up?"
"No, what do you want to be?" Grandma answered.
"I want to be a monk."
I piped up and asked him "Since when?" (He's always saying he wants to be a priest.)
"Since Halloween." Mom and I both, laughed out loud. But that's not the funny part.

I then said to Joseph, "Do you know that if you are monk you cannot get married."

"OH, never mind, I won't be a monk then."


Before going into my post I must say:
Axios, to Metropolitan Jonah! I'm so happy at this election. See what James says and he posted a video here.


A couple months ago I decided that I needed to begin to pray for wisdom in my vocation as a mother and wife. I prayed that God would give me wisdom in knowing how to raise my children and to run my household. I studied Proverbs 31 to the best of my ability and prayed God would give me wisdom to become the woman he wanted me to be. So I started reading the "wisdom books" ( Proverbs, Wisdom of Sirach, Wisdom of Solomon). I came across this first:

Wisdom of Sirach 1:9-12

The fear of the Lord is glory and boasting,
And gladness and a crown of rejoicing.
The fear of the Lord will cheer the heart
And will give gladness, joy and long life.
For those who fear the Lord, it shall be well to the utmost,
And on the day of his death, he will be blessed.
The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord,
And she was joined with the faithful in the womb.

"gladness", "crown of rejoicing", "joy" These were things that I really wanted in my life but if "The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord" what really is the "fear of the Lord".
I found it in many places in scripture....

Psalm 111:10 (sep:110:10)
The fear of the LORD
is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD
is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

If I wanted wisdom I needed to "fear the Lord". What does it truly mean to fear the Lord?
What does that look like?

I want to answer these questions and will continue to search scripture and also read the Church Fathers.
I found a page of 27 quotes from Fathers of the Church on "Fear of God",
And there are 19 quotes on "wisdom".
And I am sure scripture is full of reference to these.

More later.

Monday, November 10, 2008

James, my love, you will get a kick out of this.

You can take the girl out of the Midwest (NorthCentral) but you can't take the Midwest out of the girl.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: North Central

"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

The Inland North
The Midland
The West
The Northeast
The South
What American accent do you have?
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Monday, November 03, 2008

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:34