Thursday, March 23, 2017

The "If Only" Zone



My mind is in overdrive (again) and the Holy Spirit nudged me to blog about beating myself up over past mistakes.

Although I confess my sins to a priest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, there are times when I just cannot let go. The tapes of my mistakes keep playing in my mind, and I end up entering the "if only" zone, wishing I could turn back the hands of time. Yeah, like that's going to happen.

It is Satan that pulls out those old tapes and I can almost see him laughing as he hits the replay button, highlighting all the ugliness and shame. What saves me from self-destruction is turning to God. He fast forwards the tapes to lessons learned, and reminds me if I was able to turn back the hands of time, I would not be the person I am today ... defined by His mercy, not my mistakes.




I'm pasting this on my bathroom mirror.....



Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Cleaning



The dreariness of winter is on its way out, making way for the sunlight of spring. This sunlight regenerates nature's beauty and becomes a gentle reminder to renew my faith life.

 I go through periods when I get distracted by so many earthly matters I end up neglecting God; a heart filled with the Holy Spirit quickly becomes one filled with discontent. The only way to get back on track is to “spring clean” my soul. I set aside time to reflect and journal about my successes and shortcomings. I find a multitude of reasons to rejoice as well as what needs to be purged through the sacrament of reconciliation. The words create a road map back to Him and the peace that had been evading me.

Once that spring cleaning is complete, I have the energy to tackle my closets and windows!

 He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness,
but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration
and renewal of the Holy Spirit. 
 (Titus 3:5)