A funny thing happened today. God answered my prayers, completely the way I asked him too, everything that I have prayed about wrapper into one instance, one heart felt conversation, one friend. Something my heart has been longing for day after day.

I had given up hope, given up the desire to wait.

And right when I least expected it God showed me someone special, someone I have been waiting on for a long time. That’s when I realized, right when I have up the desire to show God my patience he answered my prayers and because of how far I have strayed from him, I lost my opportunity.

God has a funny way of teaching you a lesson, of showing you he always has the perfect timing, and showing you that he always has something better in store.

Jesus thank you for the wake up call, and while some of the people reading this may have absolutely no idea what I am talking about I just want to say, never give up on God.

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.” // Proverbs 3:5-6


The Reason for the Season

Well, it;s Christmas and it’s only 11. The presents are unwrapped, toys are out, and parents are taking their mid day naps before we start cooking a delicious dinner. Sometimes in the whirlwind of the holiday season it is nice to take a step back and remember just who is the reason for the season. The reason we all come together to laugh and share stories. The reason the parking lots are full of people looking for last minute gifts for their loved ones and the reason everyone who has ever said a prayer to Jesus makes their way to church, even if it’s just the one time a year.

It’s Jesus’s birthday.

People can argue that he was born in August and we got it wrong, and others can argue that Christmas is just a season regardless of you’re religion, with presents, lights, and Santa, but none of it would possible without Jesus.

At Christmas Eve mass last night I could help but wonder if Mary knew what she was in for. If she knew her son would walk on water, preach to nations, have an entire book written about him, or that one day she would watch her son walk to his death to save the world, sacrifice himself for millions of people he has never meet but loved with his whole heart. And even more than that I wonder of she knew that millions of people would come together to celebrate the same miracle she experienced thousands of years later. And all Mary did was say yes, yes to the call of angel sent by The Lord. In times like this when a new year is about to start and families are brought together take the time to think about what God is asking you to say yes to, because you never know where that Yes will take you. And the best part is God will walk with you every step of the way.

Merry Christmas to all, Peace to you and you’re entire family!

    • • • Happy Birthday Jesus • • •


What are you thanking God for?

Today I am thankful for all the people I drove 814 miles yesterday to see for this beautiful day. For my loving disfunctional family, my fiends that never fail to stand by my side and build me up, for my puppies that always know how to make me smile, and most important the God that blessed me with it all, the unconditional love he has given me over the year, regardless of how far I strayed at some points, is what has kept me strong and smiling through the tears. I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving today, and tell me what you’re thanking God for today!

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“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Read” // 1 Chronicles 16


This is your life, are you who you want to be?

If singing music is praying twice than I might have set myself for the rest of the year today. Not that I would ever stop praying, but music has it’s way of touching hearts in ways no one thought possible. Music has the ability to bring you to tears or laughter, and sometime a completely disgusting feeling in the pit of your stomach. Today has been one of those days where I have drowned myself in music. Starting off with A-Capella to sappy love songs and beautifully sang covers by Boyce Avenue, than to some up beat “Jesus Music” than working its way up to my all time favorite, hearts stirring, tear jerking praise and worship songs that haven’t listen to since the first week of school. All that has brought me to reflect the past four years I have gone through, all the forests fires I have faced and the mountains I have climbed. Scrolling through old photos, bringing back some of the best memories I could never replace, all leading me to the conclusion that God is in the mist of answering one of biggest and most consistent prayers.

Reck me, tear me apart and carefully put me back together again so that I may never want to leave your side again.

I’ve missed mass and skipped prayers, I’ve come to the point that going back to church scares me. Facing all the people that haven’t seen me in months terrifies me. And admitting how far I’ve fallen away from God face to face with someone scares me even more. But now and than I walk into the chapel and say that prayer look at the Blessed Eucharist with an empty heart and a desire to be full again. I tell God to do whatever he has to do to bring me back. For so long I have used St. Augustine’s words in my prayers, “I want to change, but not yet.” And I can’t do that anymore, Lord it is up to you, your timing, your will! Let it all be done according to you and take me home :)



What will it take for you to run back to Jesus?

God consistently shows us his love and mercy, wether or not we are paying attention. He never fails for continuously bring the people who have fallen the farthest back to his church. But how much will he have to do for us to turn around, look into his loving face, and run back to him? We all have a story of how far we needed to run away in order to fall flat on our face and turn around, share your story.

"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you."  Deuteronomy 31:6


by-grace-of-god:

When you recite the Creed, are you being real or are you being a robot? Do you even know what you are saying? Is there a difference between believing there is a God and believing in God?

This Sunday, ask yourself: Am I a robot?


Use your money for happiness?

Driving to Walmart to get some milk and bread after work I came across a man and his dog asking for food. I’ve been paying my own bills now for the past few months and have realized how hard it is to be able to support yourself and I don’t make much and haven’t been the best at saving money, but decided money isn’t everything. You can use money in evil ways by exploiting others and overspending selfishly or you can use money for the greater good and buy a poor man and his dog some food and be able to put a smile on his face for that one second. That small moment of appreciation will bring you way more satisfaction then having a lot of money. By having money and making it the center of people’s worlds, society and God have placed the decision in our hands to either do good with what we have or live selfishly, so choose wisely and remember there are those who have everything in regards to money and fame and still have yet to find happiness.

-Katelyn Jaramillio

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"But seek first the kingdom of God"

Three weeks into the school semester and already having a hard time trying to find time to sit down, write, and pray. The world can do that to us sometimes, “I have an exam tomorrow”, “not right now, sleep is more important”, or simply, “I just keep forgetting”, we have all had those thoughts pop up into our heads. But when we take a step back and look at those excuses what are we really putting off? Is it just a post on a blog, or a simple goodnight prayer? Or is it much more than that?

Just as we have to continuously do something in order to get into a habit, we can break ourselves out of good habits by continuously putting them off. Maybe our excuses are go even deeper, maybe it’s failing to find time for God at all, consistently putting things above him. By letting the world stress us out, it is easier to put off building our relationship with God, and by putting off our relationship we are not leaving it at a stand still, we are letting it slowly weaken. 

In the cases where we do find ourselves stressed for time remember what is said in the Gospel of Matthew “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” Matthew 6:33. Seek the Lord first and everything else will follow!

Below are bible verses, calling us to prayer. Think of what God is asking of you. And remember we’re in this together, I can make my promise to putting more time and reflection into this blog and traveling down the road less traveled and I ask you to take these verses to heart and see what God is asking of you. 

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"But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:6

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4:3

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing. in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18