Daily Encourgement, Life in General

Beatitudes Post #8

Alas, we have come to the last Beatitude. Before introducing it, I would first like to say thank you for all who have followed the postings. I hope they have, in some way, helped or encouraged another.

Without further ado, Beatitude #8

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

By living a life devoted to God and doing His good works, He promises life ever-after in His kingdom. Doing good is not the ticket to heaven, but through belief and faith in Him one wants to do good, feels heavily laden to do right by God and His people. When doing for God just for the sake of doing for God, because He is asking us to do good, He sees that selflessness. He sees the humility, the love that He teaches. Our devotion to Him is present in our actions to, for, and against others. When one is willing to die for belief in God, He will recognize that. As simple, yet hard as that devotion is, that’s really all He’s asking.

As always, comments are encouraged and welcomed. If you follow me, thank you. If you don’t then I hope you start. If you choose to ignore, that’s acceptable, too. However, if you feel lost when reading, don’t worry. The previous links are found below.

As always, I hope you have a wonderful, blessed day.

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/07/18/beatitudes-post-7/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/07/11/beatitudes-post-6/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/07/07/beatitudes-5/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/27/beatitudes-post-4/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/20/beatitudes-post-3/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/13/beatitudes-post-2/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/06/beatitudes-post-1/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/06/upcoming-series-to-start-soon/

 

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Beatitudes Post #7

Almost the last one! How sad I am!

The best book that one can own is the Good Book, the Bible. Everything you need to know about life is written within the confines of that Book and this includes the 8 Beatitudes that this series focuses on.

So, with only one more to go after this one, here’s Beatitude #7

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

I believe this is one pretty clear. God is ALL ABOUT LOVE and PEACE is surely a representation of the Love that God is and that He encourages.

Peace.

Peace is the feeling of safety, serenity of heart, and harmony among people. We are a country at peace when we refrain to enter into war within the states or within other countries. We are individuals at peace when we love others by always showing kindness through many different actions and with gentle words. When the spirit is harmonious among us we are at peace.

We are all children of God who were given something called free will or the ability to choose the path we follow, to make choices in our lives that we will be accountable for to God. With that free will, as said, the choices we make as well as the faith we not only carry within us but spread around us will determine God’s judgement of us when He comes again. Living, spreading, encouraging, building and restoring peace in the world while we inhabit it is just one more way to prove our love for God. It’s one more way that we show God’s love for each one of us. Living in peace, being the peacemaker as God promises will name you as His child.

As always, I hope you have a blessed day.

And with each post in this series, if you’re lost the links below will get you caught up. Feel free to leave comments and discover other inspiring posts throughout Blessed Moments -n- Memories.

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/07/07/beatitudes-5/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/27/beatitudes-post-4/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/20/beatitudes-post-3/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/13/beatitudes-post-2/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/06/beatitudes-post-1/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/06/upcoming-series-to-start-soon/

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Beatitudes Post #6

My Goodness! We are sailing right through the 8 Beatitudes. I hope you all have found them to be as encouraging and helpful as I find them to be. Each one is uplifting while reminding me of what is so important in life and how to treat others in my midst. Wise words from our Savior that inspire us to be the kind of person He has created each of us to be.

Beatitude #6

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.

One of the messages I heard recently during Mass focused on doing good for your neighbor, spreading God’s love to everyone because that is what we are asked to do. In the message, the question of who exactly are the neighbors was raised. Quite simply, your neighbor is anyone that crosses your path in this world. It’s not just the lady next door or the family a couple houses down from yours. It’s also the stranger you pass while walking in the grocery aisle, the homeless guy on the corner, the VIP speaking at the local college that you attend, or the child from the wrong side of the tracks that plays third base on the baseball team you coach. It’s anyone you meet, know pretty well, or not at all. It’s every single person that God created.

With that said, blessed are the pure of heart is being that kind of neighbor who helps, who serves others no matter what without expecting anything in return. God, as it very clearly states, welcomes anyone who chooses to be the kind of neighbor as just described –giving with love, giving without expectation, loving others in the way that God has and does so graciously love us. As has been said, it’s easy to love someone who is what we know, what we are comfortable with, or is showing kindness to us. The true test of love is loving those that we don’t think deserve our love, loving those who have wronged us, loving those who are different.

As such, loving others as God loves us is one of the way that we show our love for the Lord.

I hope you all have a blessed day.

Thank you for reading. As always, links are provided for the previous Beatitudes in this series that have already been posted. Feel free to comment or start following if you haven’t already.

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/07/07/beatitudes-5/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/27/beatitudes-post-4/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/20/beatitudes-post-3/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/13/beatitudes-post-2/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/06/beatitudes-post-1/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/06/upcoming-series-to-start-soon/

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Beatitudes #5

I am sorry that I am late, but

Here we are, already on #5 of the Beatitudes.

Where has the time gone?

Without further ado, Beatitudes # 5

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

When one shows mercy and forgiveness to others, God will do the same. If we are not merciful and forgiving to the faults of those around us as well as to the ones who step on our toes, so to speak, how can we expect that God will be merciful or forgiving to us as God does teach love of others at all times?

It’s not our job to hold others accountable for their actions. Through prayer and quiet conversation with God, He will give us the strength to bear our crosses such as the faults of others or the hurt caused by others. The light we see at the end of the tunnel is Him.

I hope you all have a blessed week.

And, always, if you are a follower, thank you for your support, encouragement, and kind words. If you aren’t a follower and want to be, just hit the follow button.

If you’re new here and feel lost just follow the links below to get caught up.

Please feel free to leave comments, but please be nice.

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/20/beatitudes-post-3/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/20/beatitudes-post-3/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/13/beatitudes-post-2/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/06/beatitudes-post-1/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/06/upcoming-series-to-start-soon/

 

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Beatitudes Post #4

Your treat this week:

Beatitudes Post #4

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

As always, this is my interpretation of the Beatitudes. Right or wrong, I do not know. Through scriptural reading and weekly Masses, I am learning the ways of the Lord. Still learning and will continue to do so until my time here is done. Take with it what you will.

I believe the people who study the word of the Lord, seek out His goodness, and spread His love are hungering and thirsting for righteousness. Anyone who not only learns what God is asking of us, but also have the desire to live what He’s asking will be rewarded through His grace. It’s only through the Lord that we will find true happiness.

Spread kindness and love to all around you and it will come back to you. However, it may not come back in the form that you expect.

I hope you all have a blessed week.

If you’re a follower, please continue. If you’re new and feel lost, just click the links below to get caught up and then start following 🙂

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/20/beatitudes-post-3/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/13/beatitudes-post-2/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/06/beatitudes-post-1/

https://blessedmomentsnmemories.com/2016/06/06/upcoming-series-to-start-soon/

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Beatitudes Post #2

And I am back!

I did make a promise to complete a series of articles on the 8 Beatitudes: 1 each week until they are complete.

Please just remember (and bear with me), this is only my understanding, as skewed as it may be because I am still learning. Learning, for me, will run the gamut of a lifetime because we are never to old to learn.

Today’s Beatitude

Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Hmmm?

Obviously to mourn something  is to emit feelings of sorrow at the loss. God does not like to see our pain. However, given that we are born with that ever-present, yet stubbornly active free will, the pain we endure is due, in part, to the decisions that we make, but also in part to the choices and decisions of others. It doesn’t matter the decision, though, because all decisions have outcomes, some favorable and some not.

Back to God doesn’t like to see our pain…..He doesn’t. As I have said many, many times, trusting in Him, putting our faith into something outside of ourselves opens that doorway that let’s God enter. He is there, always, to help us endure whatever we need to endure.

When a person trusts in God, in His abilities to heal our souls, then that is exactly what happens. He wants us to rely on Him during our times of sorrow. We are comforted now, every time we pray He hears. Every time we participate (for lack of a better word at the moment) in the Eucharist, we are admitting fault, remitting sin, and nourishing our souls (renewing our faith).

In essence, admitting our faults/errors with true sorrow or sadness that these errors or faults have offended God (mourn) shows true contrite and God shall comfort us. He knows what’s in our hearts, but loves when we come to Him in prayer.

Does that make sense or have I thoroughly confused you?

As always, comments are welcome, encouraged even. Please feel free to drop a few lines to contribute your own understanding.  Differing perspectives will surely lead to better understanding.

Tune in next week for #3 in the series.

Thanks for stopping by. I wish you well this week.

 

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Beatitudes Post #1

As promised, the first post in the Beatitudes series.

Enjoy. Or not..?

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven

Remember, I am newly back in the church so I have much to learn. Therefore, put stock where you will 🙂

I’ve seen many complete breakdowns of whatever given Bible verse….I mean, each word gets interpreted. With that said, maybe it does make sense as you get a deeper understanding of the verse. However, since I am no Bible genius and I believe interpretations are left to the reader.

So, I’m not going to school you on the Bible, but I will tell you how I understand the verse to mean. As I’ve said, please comment to further the understanding of the verse, but be kind. No judgments allowed here.

Poor in spirit?

What does that mean?

Humility?

Financially broke?

Broken heart?

For my simple mind, I will say that this verse actually packs quite a punch (figuratively of course).

My understanding of the verse is that those who commits themselves humbly to serve the Lord (not just priests, monks, nuns, etc. etc), but all willing participants/parishioners in a Christian religion who will walk a fully devoted walk with the Lord to give all glory in this life to Him. In other words, giving glory to God in good times, bad times, sad times, and happy times. The poor in spirit humble themselves before the Lord, without an ounce pride, and minus attitude of deserving or entitlement, but with the belief that all graces received are given by God. For instance, if a person can sing, it is humbly accepted as a gift from God, absolutely nothing of oneself.

I kind of remind (see what I did there 🙂 ) myself of a child fresh in school….maybe.

Anywhoo, if you have something to add, just drop a line, or two, or ten. I will surely respond.

Tune in next week for the second in the series. Remember there are 8.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Upcoming Series to Start Soon

Okay, if you’ve been reading my blog, I would like to first say thank you. I hope it is encouraging and uplifting, and if it makes even 1 person’s day better in any way, I am thankful for that. As always, feel free to leave comments, ask questions, or offer another perspective not only for kindness to me, but also because it challenges and leads me to a deeper understanding of my faith and my place in this world. Please remember to be kind in anything you may comment on. I will not wish ill-will on you if you are unkind, but (as childish as this may sound) it will make my heart sad. And then I will pray about it and for you.

Now, for the wonderful news! I am going to start a series of posts, however, I am not sure whether the series will be weekly or monthly. This series will feature in each post one Beatitude and my understanding of it. My hope is to deepen my faith in the Lord because I have begun a life changing journey to know Him and what better way to get to know him than to study scripture to apply in my own life and daily prayers/devotions.

I do hope you join me. I am not trying to change anyone’s faith, but I do hope to encourage anyone that visits my blog, either through stumbling upon it or seeking it with a purpose in mind.

So, to begin this series, I’m going give a little background information on my, as of yet, short walk with God – it’s only just begun – I converted to Catholicism 3 years ago, went to church faithfully for about a year, and then sadly, I quit going. It wasn’t the church that led me to that decision, but more my running away from God (you know, because I can do it better). I don’t claim to know what the Bible says word for word because (I’m still learning and I believe it’s a lifelong process) I….well I just don’t. I can’t tell you (at this moment anyway), one verse by heart. After some hardships in my life, I called on God again. As is His nature, He is forgiving and always welcomes anyone who calls on Him. So, not to provoke offense or anger, if religion is not important to you and you absolutely cannot refrain from being unkind, then this is not the place for you because this series of posts, with many others on my blog, are aimed to know, love, and serve the Lord. This is my journey.

Many of you probably know where the Beatitudes are listed, but for those who don’t (and rest assured I was on the same boat just a few short months ago), they are listed in the Holy Bible, in the Book of Matthew Chapter 5 verses 3-10. As I said, this is a series that will take place over a period of weeks or months, still undecided (I have to study the scripture before I can get an understanding of it and then be able to explain it to others), but no matter if it takes only 8 weeks, 16 weeks, or 8 months, I will try to be as in-depth as possible for each Beatitude. Do feel free, if you don’t know them already, to read them over so when I do make the post, you can offer your own understanding, explanation, or perspective.

So, be on the look-out for the first posting within the next couple of days. I do encourage you to stop by. After all, we are discussing scripture which is God’s instruction on how we should live. I would like to stress, if you follow a Christian religion, I am not here to change your mind. By definition, catholic simply means universal, which is to welcome anyone that wants to seek the Lord. Yes, you will find that most churches, if not all, welcome newcomers. But for the Catholic faith to be called catholic, the beliefs in the Church do not change from one area to the next whether it be state, country, or continent, but may variate slightly. All Christians believe God created all people along with the rest of creation and He looks upon each of us as His child no matter where you live in the world. Therefore, what the Catholic Church practices in Rome is also practiced in good ole’ US of A.Unfortunately, I can’t explain it better than that, so if you can, please do.

Moving on…..

Again, it is not my intentions to change what you believe, but if what you believe does change, it’s due to God and He receives the glory. I am simply spreading His word. You are free to come, comment, even disapprove, but use discretion, be respectful and kind. Just because your opinion or belief is different than mine (if it is), this doesn’t require a mean spirit. Be Kind. Always.

Anywhooo,whatever you choose, thank you for stopping by and I wish you well.

I sincerely hope to see you again 🙂