Friday St. Vincent de Paul

Luke 9.18-22

Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.”

Jesus sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favourable light at all times and under all circumstances.
St. Vincent de Paul

The Feeling Toward Imagination

My Joyous Feature

Into that genuine moment, there’s that imaginary feeling. Leading us into a visionary journey. Letting our thoughts taking over. More like we shall employ it into a different imagination. Seeing it with some passionate limits.

An imaginative moment can overcome our minds into a soothing impression. Feeling like that we can envision something very clearly. There’s a moment that an imagination can cherish the dream within our precious thought of mind. It can be seemly like we’re in that fantasy world. Letting things opening up on that imaginary movement.

Something can have our imagination follow that intuition. Making it more into that visionary dream. That visionary dream shall conquer out inner strengths into that guiding spirit. It can also cherish some hope at pure reality. Putting that imaginary moment into something like reading a book or maybe writing it entirely out.

That imagination can refresh our passionate life. Making it…

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Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows…”
(Galatians 6:7, NIV)
He Has Mercy
Have you ever looked at a large old tree and wondered how long it has been there? The thing to remember when you see a tree like this is that at one time, it was merely a little seed. Just like a mighty oak tree, if you want to grow tall and strong in your faith, you must plant the good seeds of faith so that you may reap a great harvest!

All through the Scripture, we find the principle of sowing and reaping. Farmers may get discouraged sometimes, but they know that if they want good results, they must keep planting and watering the good seeds. This is true of you as well. Notice, we reap what we sow. If you want to reap happiness, you have to sow some “happiness” seeds by making other people happy. If you want to reap financial blessings, you must sow financial seeds in the lives of others. If you want to reap friendships, you should sow a seed and be a friend. Keep planting the seeds of faith, and you’ll see growth and a good harvest.

Today, look for ways to show kindness and goodness to the people around you, even when they aren’t kind to you. Don’t repay evil for evil. Take the high road. Bless those who wrongfully use you. Seek to do good, show kindness, and you will see it come back as a blessing in your own life in return!

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for the relationships in my life. Help me find creative ways to connect with the people I love. Help me to walk and live in a spirit of unity as You commanded in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

God Qualifies the Called By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: https://hourofpower.org/god-qualifies-the-called/

“Moses said to the Lord, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’”

– Exodus 4:10

Yesterday, we learned that Moses was not too keen on the fact that God was calling him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Since he had established a nice comfortable routine in Midian, the last thing he wanted to do was leave what was familiar. But why? I believe the answer to this question can be summed up in a single word: inadequacy.

Since he was living as a fugitive and likely still wrought with guilt over murdering the Egyptian before he fled, Moses did not feel equipped or worthy to carry out the Lord’s call. This is why he offered excuses. First, he drew upon his unworthiness and tried to convince God that the people would not believe that his purpose was divinely appointed. In response, Yahweh performed a series of miracles right in front of him to prove that he did not need to worry about that — any required strength would come from Him! As if seeing His power wasn’t enough, Moses offered yet another excuse, this time saying that he stuttered and would not be able to effectively deliver messages to the people and to Pharaoh. Once again, the Lord answered him with the confident assurance that He would be his help. Still not convinced, Moses finally just pleaded with God to send someone else, and then the Lord became angry.

Friend, God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called! Don’t be like Moses and offer excuses based on your own inadequacies. Instead, hold fast to the Lord’s miracle-working Hand and trust His power to part the waters before you. Anything He calls you to, He will carry you through, and He will show Himself glorious in the process. He is always with you and for you!

Prayer
Thank you for placing a call on my life, Jesus. I trust you to equip me to do all that you have set before me.

Reflection
Which inadequacies keep you from fully stepping into God’s call on your life?

Thursday Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and Companions

John 12.24-26

Then Jesus answered Andrew and Philip, saying: “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. The person who loves their life loses it, and the person who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.”

Father,
you consecrated the first beginnings
of the faith in North America
by the preaching and martyrdom
of Saints John and Isaac and their companions.
By the help of their prayers may the Christian faith continue to grow throughout the world.

NYC Casting Firm Seeking Autistic Actress for Musical Theatre

Originally posted here: https://the-art-of-autism.com/nyc-casting-firm-seeking-autistic-actress-for-musical-theatre/
Stewart/Whitley, a casting office based in New York City, is currently in the process of casting a Developmental Staged Reading entitled Indigo. The reading of this new musical is currently scheduled to take place November 1-15 in New York City.

They are seeking actresses with strong musical theatre/pop vocals to play 15-18 years. They must be on the Autism Spectrum.

Indigo tells the story of non-speaking Emma, who is 16 years old. Although the character doesn’t speak, the audience is able to hear her inner thoughts and hopes.

Email indigoauditions@gmail.com

Evolution

Untangled

I could longer
run
hide
deny
because it ate away my soul

I could longer
fight
pretend
act invisible
because it eroded my identity

So I learned to
see My-self
accept who I am
have self-compassion
embrace growth and change

I slowly evolved

Now, even on those darkest days
there is light in my soul
dancing in the sun
and hope in my heart
©Alexis Rose, image: Pixabay
Thank you for reading my books: If I Could Tell You How It Feels, and Untangled, A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph      

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Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had…”
(Romans 15:5, NIV)
A Spirit Of Unity
Do you find that you are surrounded by people all the time, yet you still feel disconnected from them? In your family, is everyone going in different directions, always busy, always doing their own thing? I’ve found that we really have to make a conscious effort to walk and live in unity with the people in our lives and not allow distractions to pull us apart. Walking in a spirit of unity goes beyond just getting along, it’s about going the extra mile to support and lift one another up. If you want to get the most out of life, you’ve got to draw a line in the sand and say, “I’m going to slow down and connect with the people I love. I’m not going to take my relationships for granted.” Start today by calling a friend or family member whom you haven’t talked to in a while. Reach out to them and let them know they are important. Make time to have dinner as a family and support each other’s activities. When you walk and live in unity, you bless the Lord and open the door for Him to pour out His abundance in your own life in return!

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for the relationships in my life. Help me find creative ways to connect with the people I love. Help me to walk and live in a spirit of unity as You commanded in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

The Pinnacle of Your Purpose By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: https://hourofpower.org/the-pinnacle-of-your-purpose/

“And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

– Exodus 3:9,10

Once we embrace the desert seasons of our lives, it’s interesting how we can become almost too comfortable there and wind up afraid to leave. Such was the case with our friend Moses, who developed a nice quiet routine for himself in a foreign land that became his home. So far removed was he from where he had come that he never imagined going back to his roots in Egypt or living among his people the Jews again; that is until God spoke to Him in a burning bush.

Once he realized something peculiar was going as he watched a shrub that was not being consumed, the Lord had Moses’ attention. Yahweh spoke to him to tell him that He had seen the suffering of the Israelites and was intending to lead them away from Egypt. Even better, the man He had chosen for the job was Moses! However, already feeling inadequate for being in the presence of the Lord Almighty, Moses immediately cried back to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Though he was being called by his Maker, the only thing he could do was try to convince Him that he was not the right one for the job. The Lord Almighty was clearly leading his servant to something far greater than he had known in Midian, but the thought of giving up the familiar and comfortable freaked him out.

Friend, when the Lord speaks, the best thing you can do is respond in willing obedience. As tempting as it is to protect your comfort and stability, God’s best for your life is not found there. While you needn’t go out of your way to uproot yourself, if Jesus leads you to something new, He will equip you to do whatever it is He calls you to. Be willing to risk what is familiar for the sake of what is divine with the understanding that it will take you to the very pinnacle of your purpose!

Prayer
Jesus, when you speak, I don’t just want to hear, I want to obediently respond. Fill my heart with courageous faith so I can get to the pinnacle of my purpose.

Reflection
If God called you to give up the familiar like He did Moses, how would you respond based on your current position in life?

Wednesday 25th Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 9.1-6

Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money — not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

Lord, we honour the memory of Saints Cosmas and Damian.
Accept our grateful praise
for raising them to eternal glory
and for giving us your fatherly care.