I must first apologize to those who are checking in on the June’s Archives. You will see only two posted. As I was transferring posts to the archives I lost all but two in the transfer. I am still new at this. Enjoy what is here.

Jim

Where to go when in need.

Ever feel like your losing control, the situation desperately tail spinning and you are heading straight to the ground at an incredible speed. Well, this has been my life this last week, when my family went through another crisis with our daughter again. She is fine and adjustments have been made, yet it was a very hard week to go through for us as we worried about her even more than we do all of our children on a normal basis.

This time though I did not try to do it on my own or ignore my Lord, (see Trials from last month). Through the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Mother’s intercession and I imagine a few saints it was manageable this time. Now I did not say that it did not hurt or that there were moments of panic and questions, for there were, but we turned, I turned to the Lord for strength. The culmination of that peace was on Wednesday just before I visited her, I had went out to a place called Terra Sancta in Rapid City, SD and went to the childrens garden. It was beautiful and peaceful. I just listened to the breeze blow through the trees and felt the breeze upon my neck, I just took it all in and I just melted. The sense of peace that came over me was again I know from my Lord.

I looked at the statues of the children running toward an open armed and smiling Jesus and the thought came to me to be like a little child. I imagined me being one of the kids running to Jesus to be in His presence, to feel His touch, to listen to Him. As I did this I realized that if I was to do anything for my family or daughter in this situation that I must be like a child, with child like trust, with a child like love, so Jesus could take over and handle the situation instead of me.

It felt great to hand my family’s current situation with our daughter to Him and know that with a child like faith all would be taken care of, in fact she got out the very next day.

Trusting in the Lord at times can be very hard, scary and sometimes a frustrating thing to do. We are wired to seek out God, to begin a relationship with Him, to keep perfecting ourselves and become more like Him, yet with our free will given to us by God, we prefer or our first inclination is to fix the problem on our own first, even when we know we our over our heads. For males, it is natural to want to protect and provide for the family, but as time has gone on and our nature has become more twisted, we have pushed God out of the picture a lot of times and have failed each time. It is then we seek out God to fix, probably complaining all the way.

What seems so monumental in trusting God is really quite simple in all situations if you trust Him with a child’s innnocence. Simplicity in faith in asking Jesus for help, for direction, for whatever we want, is the part of the key. The other part of the key is to remember that our prayers will only be answered if it is within the will of God who at that time of asking is looking for the growth and betterment of our eternal soul.

Will I get this right all of the time now that I spoke from my soap box? Certainly not for I am just a lowly man, however it is during the times, like this one, that I take the grace that God has given to me and grow, mature and become stronger for the next time.

I find it amazing that with all God, His Son and the Holy Spirit has given us as tools over the centuries that we still cannot get it right. But I know that He still loves me, us and through His Son God sees us for who we are, His creation. All He asks in return is to love Him with a child like faith, to trust in Him with a child like faith.

May God Bless you and yours,

Jim

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What to do When Someone You Love is Hurting

What do you do when someone you love is hurting, when that someone is your child? As a parent you are willing to do anything to help your child, you want to take there place. I got home tonight from my monthly session of Veritatis Splendor Institute, (VSI), which are diocese, the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota started so lay people could learn the faith and learn to evangelize. When I got home my youngest daughter Ruby was crying because of a major headache. She had been outside in the heat of the day for hours and wasn’t drinking water. It seems small but I wanted to take her place. We fixed her right up.

We are all called to suffer and bare our crosses while here on earth. This suffering no matter how small or great the trial can test us and make us question why if God is there or is He absent during the moment. We know that by faith God is always there. These crosses, temptations, trials are to help us grow spiritually closer to our Lord Jesus Christ, who with great humiliation bared His Cross and died for our sins, so that the gates of Heaven may once more be opened. Jesus died for all sinners, for all their sufferings, past, present and future, for all time.

The Catholic Church teaches us that we are to unite our sufferings, trials, crosses with Him, we are to with faith follow the example Jesus showed us. It is with this suffering that we grow closer, that we mature more spiritually, that we change our lives, our very being to become more Christ like. It is only with humility and a child like faith that I believe we can enter into Heaven.

So know that there is a God despite all of the evil in the world, all of the suffering, all of your suffering. We cannot even begin to know the big picture of God, therefore we have to accept with faith and hope and bare our crosses joyfully while focusing on Christ and never losing sight. So bare your crosses and know that God is right by your side.

May God Bless you and yours,

Jim

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