Wednesday, August 31, 2016

SCRIPTURE FROM SIRACHI

Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29

My child, conduct your affairs with humility,
and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.
Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,
and you will find favor with God.
What is too sublime for you, seek not,
into things beyond your strength search not.
The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs,
and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.
Water quenches a flaming fire,
and alms atone for sins.

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Peace be with you, God's little darlings! I'm just about over the malady that has plagued me since Saturday and I need to get back to spreading Good News!

I've talked of telling everyone you meet "Have a Blessed Day". But today, the Holy Spirit put on my heart a different and more powerful thing to say: "Jesus Loves You!" I imagined myself walking down the street and telling everyone who passed me "Jesus Loves You". I might get some sour pusses, and then I might just make someone who has been lost from Jesus think and decide "I need to get back to my faith." That would be ideal, yes?

Jesus asks us to behave with humility in all things we do. We do not do special things for others for the "glory" of a thank you .... or do you? The humble Christian doesn't need, nor want, accolades. Only to spread the Good News. The humble person is above all and the most to find favor in God.

What do you seek in your life? Is it riches or notoriety? If so, you must see that these things are not on the narrow path to Jesus. I think of people I know who will drive three hours to another state just to buy lottery tickets! None have ever won, but they keep on and keep on. People, if God intended for you to be rich, it would surely be God given and to a humble person.

Read the last four lines of the scripture above. These are the ways of a holy individual whose priority in life is to love and be loved by God and Jesus. It's not a difficult way to live. In fact, you will feel your heart soaring with love for The Holy Trinity and all that He is!

St. Therese was always known for her "little ways". And these ways touched Jesus so tenderly that He took her to heaven before she was 30 years old. This is what she had worked for, longed for, loved for. And now she is one of the most celebrated Saints in heaven. Now I'm not saying to "do this or that" so that you will be a Saint. Just do it for yourself and your relationship with the Father and the Son. All they want from you is your unabiding LOVE, and you will receive it back in tenfold.

God bless each of you and those whom you love.

Lovingly,
ABBEY

POSITIVE THOUGHTS

Working my way back to you all! (Something Jesus might say!) Love, ABBEY


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Posted: 30 Aug 2016 10:37 AM PDT
I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight.  

I have responsibilities to fulfill today. 

I am important.

My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be  glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely  and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped.  And here I am, the
sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to me.  I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

Have a great day. . . Unless you have other plans.
Un

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

NOT UP TO PAR

Abbey's Road is temporarily not posting due to circumstances beyond the author's control. Don't worry, just feeling a little poorly. See you back soon with more Inspiration for the Lord

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

Thursday, August 25, 2016

THE BEGINNING OF CALAMITIES

Matthew 24:3-14
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The Beginning of Calamities.


As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives,* the disciples approached him privately and said, “Tell us, when will this happen, and what sign will there be of your coming, and of the end of the age?”4* Jesus said to them in reply, “See that no one deceives you.5For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many.6b You will hear of wars* and reports of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for these things must happen, but it will not yet be the end.7c Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place.8* All these are the beginning of the labor pains.9* d Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name.10And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another.11Many false prophets will arise and deceive many;12and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold.13e But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.14f And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations,* and then the end will come.

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Jesus is near. And he will continue to grow ever closer to those who share a belief in Him, a love for Him, and a desire to be in heaven with Him. Not much more can be added to the scripture and the notes below.

We have been experiencing natural disasters and loss of life therefrom for some years now. Earthquakes have become more frequent and have moved all over the world, the latest in Italy near the Holy City. Tsunami have occurred causing much death and destruction. The flooding in the southern United States has brought much loss of dwelling places, pieces of memories that cannot be replaced, and loss of life. The wildfires in the west continue to move and move, and they have yet to be contained despite the extreme efforts of those brave people fighting the fires. People have stood and watched their homes and everything they had burn to the ground. The tsunami that hit Japan a few years ago was absolutely devastating. I have never witnessed anything as horrible as that. 

Terrorism and just plain crazies are shooting innocent people. There is a great divide between law enforcement and the African American inner cities in the northeastern part of the United States. There have been lone gunmen who have gone into stores, theatres and the like where they knew there would be many people and shot and killed many. Remember the devastation of the terrorism in Paris? We have "sleeper cells" of wanna-be terrorists living in America and there is no way to identify them. I'm sure our Homeland Security is doing all that they can.

We have a very contentious election year that will peak on November 8, 2016. Personally, I will be glad when it is all over. But I do fear that the crazy one might win. Great cause for concern.

There are two storms in the Atlantic that are being watched carefully to see if they turn into hurricanes. These type storms have done much damage to the southern and eastern areas of the coastline and cities near there.

Beware that Christians must be ready for Jesus to come at any time! And we much continue the fight to convert more Christians to return to their churches and to God.

I am ready; are you?

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

Sunday, August 21, 2016

TODAY'S GOSPEL

 Luke 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him,“Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them,  “Strive to enter through the narrow gate,for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us. ’He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from. And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets. ’Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’ And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

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Reading the first few lines of the Gospel according to Luke gives me the visual image of a huge crowd in the wee hours of the morning waiting for Wal-Mart to open it's doors for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. They push and shove, people fall down and people step on or over them. The rush is like herding a bunch of hungry cattle into the feed lot. Everyone wants to get there "first".

When Jesus comes for his flock before the Tribulation, it will be much the same. Those who have not given any thought to him, or the very least thought, will run over those who have remained faithful to Jesus in the daily lives. They will be squeezed out by those who know they do not belong, but are hungry to be allowed into heaven.

But those who are first are going to be the last. Because Jesus is going to push them aside until he gets to the last, the people who have loved and worshipped him, those who attained their salvation and therefore, deserve to be among the first to enter heaven. Afterward, the ones who trampled over the righteous will be judged one by one and the great multitude will be thrown back to endure the promise of Armageddon.

If you will examine your heart and conscience, and if you find that you have been a "slacker" in your faith, right now is the perfect time for you to turn your eyes and hearts heavenward. If you do not, woe be unto you!I look for Jesus every day. 

I don't know when he is coming, but I feel it is sooner than later. I want to be conscious of his coming, and I want to be in the last, because then I will be in the first.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY