Beth Moore Bible Study – Day 9 – God is at Work in You

beth_moore_bible_study_day_9I have to admit that I am not at the head of the class when it comes to Bible studies. I am more like a limpin Lizzie – always trailing a bit behind, never quite getting all the homework done, the scriptures read or the questions answered. But, even so, I  get a lot from them and God manages to steer me into new directions and fill me with new fervency with just the little that I do manage to do.

This morning I had a SUPER DUPER WAKE-UP – MIRACLE CALL! It really, really was. It’s not that it happened today – but it was today that I realized it was happening.

A week or so ago I was feeling like I was not making enough progress for one of my clients that I do Social Media for. A big part of this was that everything seemed to be blocking my attempts for pushing forward. My internet service was crawling, my laptop was dying, and my frustration level was so out of control my sister actually asked me at one point if I thought I should be on some anti-depression medicine.

So I decided to do what I always do when things get over my head and the flood waters start rising and the ark doesn’t show up at my doorstep to remove me from it all. I started praying a 30 day rosary novena. Only I don’t usually do it 30 days – I just pray 30 rosaries as much as I can and as often as I can. Sometimes 4 a day sometimes less – but I get serious with this.

So bit by bit everything changed. Everything. My laptop got fixed for only $79.00. My internet speed went from a download that was a hair above dial-up to 15 & 16 times better and I worked with a Comcast support person who helped me to get a discount so I could afford it! Thank you God. All that is really, really good – but it wasn’t until I was writing in my journal this morning and figuring out when I started praying the rosaries and when things started changing that I realized something momentous had taken place.

I didn’t realize it at the time but I got the PUSH from above to start that rosary praying on guess what day? The feast of Padre Pio! It was Padre who helped me all through my Novitiate days in the Monastery and Padre and St. Joseph and Mary who saw me through my internet ministry, book publishing, radio and everything else. So when I realized that it was Padre that was giving me a kick and a push and a pull I got a huge pick-up. So huge that as a thank-you I dusted off my prayer bones and went to Mass this morning. Something I haven’t done for a long time. (Been going on Sundays but not during the week).

Then of course I discovered it was the Feast of the Guardian Angels which I really love and it was a real Mass not just a communion service which was extra nice. So there you have it. I now know that Padre has not given up on me even if I temporarily gave up on him. You can’t imagine what a relief that is for a wimpy Catholic.

So I am not even half way through the 30 days of petition and then will start the 30 days of thanksgiving – and I have every confidence that wonderful, glorious, super-duper things will continue to unfold. Maybe not big in the eyes of the world but I know life changing things will happen.

I remember what Sister Eileen used to always tell us, “You can never out give God.”

You can try – but it’s just not going to happen.

Do you have any remembrances where you tried to do something for God and were out given by what He did in return? Please share we would all love to read them I think.

 

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Christmas Eve is my Dad’s birthday. He is celebrating it in heaven. My mom always made him a pecan pie for his birthday. Since they are both up there together now – maybe they will get some heavenly pecan pie. Course I always thought my mom’s pies were pretty heavenly anyway.

The rosary story today is one that my brother Roy submitted. Hard to believe it has been ten years since doing the book and how so many things have changed. He was in the Caribbean for a long time but came back to Washington State a few months ago. Still haven’t seen him yet – probably not till Spring the way life goes.

Well I must give you a book report on my Christmas books. Finished the first one – and truthfully – didn’t like it that much. So I’d give a pass on that one. The second book I was suspicious of. I thought, “Have I already read this?” Turns out once I got into a bit I realized I had. But it’s good and I have such a poor memory I don’t remember exactly how it turns out so reading it again and enjoying it. This is the one by Mary & Carol Higgins Clark – Dashing Through the Snow.

Hope you all have a very wonderful and blessed Christmas! I am not sure if I will send out a post tomorrow – I think it might be a rather busy day.  🙂

Rosary Book Update for Tuesday – Dec 24, 2013

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Day 49 of Book Production
125 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

A Special Grace From Mary

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Christmas stove, Christmas books and days before Christmas

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Today’s Word Search Puzzle: December 23
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kitchen_stove Today has been an almost Christmas day and it hasn’t even arrived yet. I woke up this morning and went out into the kitchen and there was my beautiful new stove. Somehow it took a day for it to settle in and feel at home but it looked just right and where it should be this morning. I made myself a pancake and wonder of wonders I didn’t even have to swing the frying pan to a just so position so that it would lie flat on the burner. I just set it down and it was perfectly flat. How nice is that? And of course it cooked more evenly. I hadn’t really even thought what a difference it would make to have burners that were flat and not a bit turned up on end.

Then I went to Oakville for the service there. My friend Edith who lives at the Villas has gone to that church for over 25 years I think and now most Sundays I pick her up and we go together. We have such a fun, gossipy, chatty time on our way too and fro. Lots of times we just come home after the service but today we stayed for a bit of fellowship and that was very fun and of course delicious as they had yummy treats.

When I came home the sun was shinning and the world was inviting me to go back out into it. So Pudge and I went for a short trip to the library where I finally got some Christmas books to read! I got three.

A Christmas Blizzard is what I am reading now.  It is by Garrison Keillor – you may know of him from his radio program A Prairie Home Companion. So just like his radio show it is very funny, wry humor. It is the one I decided to start first. It is in very large print so even though it is over 300 pages I will probably get through it today or at least tomorrow.

Then I have Dashing Through the Snow by Carol Higgins Clark. I am hoping this will be good, but no idea. One book I read by her I wasn’t so excited about but this one looks good. So we shall see.

And the last is Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright. No idea about this book either but someone recommended it in the comments of the posts I shared a few days ago that Cathy sent me. So I made me a list of possible Christmasy books, checked online to see if they were available and then went and got them.

Rosary Book Update for Monday – Dec 23, 2013

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Day 48 of Book Production
126 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

My Parents Prayers

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Almost Christmas

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Today’s Word Search Puzzle: December 22
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Went to Mass this evening. Hard to believe Christmas is only a few days away. Father T told us about this young 13 year old boy who is on hospice. I have seen him once in the church in a wheelchair bed – he had such a beautiful smile and loving mom and sisters. How hard that must be for them this Christmas. I wish someone with the gift of healing would help him, so hard to figure out why some people get healed and some don’t. And only God in his great love knows why.

My new stove came today. It is really nice. So far all I have used it for is to boil some water which it did very nicely. I will have to try out the oven soon and bake something. Lately I have been eating too many sweets and since I have zero resistance to cookies better not do that!

I still didn’t get to the library to pick up a Christmas book. I really could use one tonight. Something nice, warm and comforting. I bought two used books from Amazon about the Miracle stories collected by those two Jewish ladies and they came in the mail today. I am keeping them in their package though as a Christmas present to myself.

Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow with miracles! I think every day should have a miracle in it. Just makes the day so much more exciting.

 

Rosary Book Update for Sunday – Dec 22, 2013

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Day 47 of Book Production
127 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

Don’t Give Up

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Put a smile on your Christmas

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Have you ever heard the old saying, “Champagne tastes on a beer pocketbook?”

Well, that is me in the matter of some things. Not clothes or food or houses but when it comes to working on different projects that is me. Always and totally. Now I am thinking of something new to do and of course don’t have the means to do it. But – that is not going to stop me I think. One thing I believe in and that is that if God brings you to it, God will see you through it.

Step by step God leads us into new adventures if only we are bold enough to say yes to them. I don’t know exactly what this new adventure is yet – but I see a bit of it today and I think it will be good. And it is part of the mission I am on with the rosary book. It’s like an impossible, impossible thing and yet I believe, hope and pray that it will all happen.

But if it doesn’t – that is okay too. I have put it all into Mary’s hands – so what happens, happens with her blessing. And if it doesn’t than it wasn’t supposed to be and that will be just as fine because something else is to be. I believe walking and living with God should be full of joy and freedom and love at all that is and happens.

BUT I also believe in taking risks and stepping out of the boat when one hears a voice that says, “Come.” Being a Christian is not for the faint-hearted!

Of course I am faint-hearted more days than not I expect, but still – sometimes – God fills me with an inner joy and conviction to move forward. And this is the thing. I knew it was God that led me out of the monastery – and I knew it was for a reason. I wasn’t sure what and I’m still not clear. But today, I got an inkling, a glimpse that it might be something fun and exciting. Part of it begins with learning Google+ and doing something that is called “hangouts.”

Now I don’t know exactly what a Google hangout is – but I guess it’s like a live television show in which the people on one side of the screen can interact with people on the other side of the screen. Anyway, that is what I am going to step into and see if I can do. My hope is that it might be a way to promote the rosary book and move things along in that direction.

It will take some time. Just little steps at first – but I am going to start by taking a 6-8 week course on learning Google+ and then see how things proceed from there. Will let you know how it goes . . .

 

Rosary Book Update for Saturday – Dec 21, 2013

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Day 46 of Book Production
128 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

Mio Papa

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Come, Divine Messiah

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Well, it finally happened! I got in the Christmas Spirit and put up a Christmas tree! Will wonders never cease. Last year I just had a tiny little one on in my Kitchen but this year I went all the way and put up a real tree.

It all started when I picked up a few Christmas things from my sister this morning. And once I started adding a bit more Christmas to the house it all of a sudden seemed like a good idea to go and get a tree! And so when I took Pudge to get his Christmas grooming session I went looking for a tree. The first place had only big trees that started at $25.00. I did not want a big tree nor did I want to pay $25.00. So I decided to forget it but then driving back I found another place that was selling trees from straight from a tree farm. (Little know Oregon fact: “Oregon is the leading producer of Christmas trees – 8.6 million were harvested in 2001). )

Well, it certainly seemed like a good idea to support a local tree farmer so I drove into the lot. I found a beautiful, beautiful tree for only $5.00! It’s about four feet high and fitted perfectly with just one inch to spare into the back seat of my car. I had put up a tree the first year I moved to Albany in 2010 that was about the same size so I had just the right amount of lights and decorations. It looks very nice and so I have now officially decked the halls!

When I had finished decorating the tree it was time to pick Pudge up from the groomer. He was so happy to see me and he looked so much better. Poor little guy he had gotten terribly matted because his hair was so long and he loves to roll and roll in the grass and everywhere else (carpet will testify to that). Last night I could tell he was rather miserable so I made up my mind that would be his Christmas present.

Rosary Book Update for Friday – Dec 22, 2013

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Day 45 of Book Production
129 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Excerpt from First Book:

Such is the greatness of Mary,
such the favor she has with God,
that he who when in need of help
would not run to her,
would wish to fly
without the aid of wings.
Pope Leo XIII

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Christmas Fun

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This evening I went to see the Christmas Program at Oakville Church. It was so much fun! I wish you could have been there. The play was very different – with a modern twist and members of all ages participating to make it truly spectacular. Afterwards there were yummy things to eat and fellowship. I went with my friend Edith from the Villas and we both now feel properly into the Spirit of Christmas!

My new Sunday Worship starts with going to Mass on Saturday evenings with my sister and then to Oakville service on Sunday Mornings. I feel like a get a double portion of God’s blessings. This week I got a triple blessing because of the Christmas program. I had never been to a Church Christmas program before and this was very special.

Well, old Pudge is sitting behind me crunching on a bone. Crunch, crunch, crunch. Almost makes my teeth hurt to hear him gnawing away but he’s a happy puppy!

Rosary Book Update for Monday – Dec 16, 2013

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          Day 41 of Book Production
133 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

A Knock at the Door

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