miércoles, 19 de junio de 2013

Hello! And here I thought this blog was done! Well, it is, mostly, but it is a nice and safe place to post about this without bothering all the non religious members of the boards.
Anyways, I'm still on the middle of the crisis that started it all, although I think I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. We've found a nice church to attend on sundays, although we still struggle with actually going. The latest plan is to leave Fede with my parents and try to get Julia to fall asleep (she still refuses to stay with others other than DH and me) before the mass so we can actually concentrate on what is going on vs. chasing two toddlers. Not to mention to actually make room on the weekend schedule for mass... (sigh!)
I suppose I still have a long way to go, but I am taking baby steps.
During this time I realized that although I have been praying almost daily, I haven't been teaching my kids to pray, or even the existence of God. I bought Fede a kid's bible about a year ago, but he doesn't have the attention span for the stories, and instead looses concentration and starts commenting on the animals and people on the pictures. It's really frustrating!!!
And when on prayer, I get the feeling he doesn't understand what we are doing, and I can't find a way to explain to a 3 year old about Someone he can't see.
How are you handling this with your little ones?

miércoles, 7 de noviembre de 2012

Good Things
Luke 11, 9-13 (english amplified bible)

So I say to you, Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you.
10 For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened.
11 What father among you, if his son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
13 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!

   Hi all! Sorry it took me this long to post a new verse. It's been hectic around here with the moving and all.

  I chose this because it was something I stumbled upon at a time when I wasn't sure if God listened to us. I wanted to pray for my family's safety and wasn't sure if I had the right to... you know all that about God's will and such. Ever since I was a little girl I've heard people explaining tragedies and bad things in general as "god's will". If those things are His will, then what right do we have to ask him differently? Or is it some kind of contest to see if we can "convince" him otherwise?
  So I went to my bible and one of the first things I found was this. And it gave me great peace.
  I thought that if God is our loving father, then his WILL must be always good. Perhaps natural disasters and crimes and disease are just part of the world we live in, but certainly not something he chooses to send upon our heads, you know?

domingo, 30 de septiembre de 2012

Micah Chapter 6, Verse 8

He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God. 

This  is a small excerpt of a larger chapter when God was chastising Israel - but the message in verse 8 is so strong.  

My son is constantly asking me what it means to have faith and to live his life as God commands.  We go over several examples, but I have been coming back to this one lately - not just for him, but for me.  I struggle with being non-judgmental (what mother doesn't consider her parenting superior?!), merciful AND humble.  

I've been reflecting on this so much and working to bring these qualities into my daily life and especially my walk with God.  The more I learn, it seems the less I know!

martes, 25 de septiembre de 2012

1 John 4

God’s Love and Ours

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

jueves, 20 de septiembre de 2012

  I am so happy this is happening! Who would have thought that such a whiny post would end in this?  
  Even Mati surprised me yesterday driving to our church to check the Mass schedule! He said that from  now on we'll make the effort of going together, every weekend. We'll leave the kids with grandparents and go... It seems amazing to me that what I wanted just happened, no arguments or awkward talks!
  And this is the next step, I think. Part of living a mature faith is to be brave enough to read God's words and truly listen to what he is telling you. The idea is to post a certain Bible text, then we can comment what those particular words mean for us at the time.
  Let's remember, this is not a place to start heated debates. I am sure there will be times when our different backgrounds and personal feelings will conflict. I think when that happens, the best will be to accept that others can have a very different idea and just move on.
  No matter if we are catholic or protestant, you know what Jesus said "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them"(Mt. 18, 20). If we start this journey with respect and love I think only good things will come out.