Seeking what is above has been the answer to much of what has ever weighed heavily on my heart. Shifting my focus to eternity helps the "big deals" on earth to not carry as much weight or cause me as much stress.
For years St. Paul's words about rejoicing in suffering confused and bothered me, but recently the Holy Spirit enlightened me in a way that I can connect with St. Paul's words in my own life.
We are called to give thanks both for the blessings we can see and for God's glory in the ways we cannot see it. God is bigger than what we can understand , and His glory and love for us are not dependent on circumstances.
What if instead of comparing my life to how I want it to be or to other people's lives, I use God's plan for who He created me to be as the benchmark and focus on doing His will in each moment?
Here are several examples of how Divine Mercy has shown up in my life. Jesus, I trust in You!
An amazing "God moment" stopped me in my tracks yesterday and tied into the waiting of Lent and my current faith struggles. Jesus, I trust in You!
When it comes to discernment, the biggest distinction for me is head vs. heart. I'm making a habit of asking God what He wants whenever I am faced with a decision and am praying for God to pull my heart in His direction.
If God doesn't answer my prayers in the way I ask, in the time frame I ask, what then? Even if He doesn't, I'm going to choose to remain faithful, because who He is does not change based on circumstances.
We aren't always called to fix situations. Sometimes, we are just called to walk with others on their journeys, and that presence is a true gift.
Gratitude doesn’t make the grief disappear, but with God’s grace there can still be gratitude and deeper experiences in the midst of grief.