“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Hallelujah! If there is one verse I need to hear this Lent season, it is this one. I know how hard on myself I can be. As one in the flesh, I know I fail my God. I know that no matter how hard I try I will continue to mess up. I can’t imagine how hard it was for our God to watch his son be crucified. I can’t even watch a clip out here of the scene without breaking down. I think about my baby girl. The love I have for her as a Mom is indescribable. I fail as a Mother every day and I know that. Am I ok with it? No. But I should be. I need to give myself more Grace – we all do. Parenting and loving and living on this Earth as a human being is so very hard. We face battles every single day that test our Faith. We get angry when things don’t go our way, we get upset with each other, with God even. Having endured the trials and tribulations I have over the past year, I have really been digging deep lately – doing a lot of praying. I am a pretty private person and take my Faith very seriously. I mess up – every single day. We all do. The most important thing, I believe, is that we learn from the past, grow and choose to be better than we were yesterday. We must stick together in this journey of life and support one another. You never really know what people are facing. I do know that the most important message we need to be living is that Jesus Christ was sent to this Earth and was crucified so that we can be saved and experience eternal life forever. I don’t use that as an excuse to mess up – I don’t want it portrayed that way, but I do think it is important for people to know that God knows your heart. He knows everything about you.
The signs I have had from my Grandmother this season have been incredible. Her smell, her peace lily blooms, the cardinals that flock my windows… God is so good and he knows just what we need at the right time. It can be discouraging to folks when they see the bad that is going on in the world, but it’s time to focus on the good because there sure is a heck of a lot of good out there! I need a good confession because I gave up cursing for Lent and I’ve messed up this season. However, I have a greater awareness of my words now. Awareness is so important. It will lead us on a beautiful journey to growth and being better than we were.
I can’t thank my friends and family enough for everything they’ve done for me over the past year. I know my head has been in the clouds a bit, but I truly feel at peace where I am and excited for the future. Doing good for others makes your soul smile. Let’s all go out there this week and do something good and then share. It doesn’t have to be known, but maybe we can share a blue heart on FB when our heart smiles due to the good deed. Share this post if you’d like. I think people need to know that verse. “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them,” I remember my Dad talking about his verse, but now I truly know the meaning.
I also completed my ten commandments Catholic online class and you know – wow! If we can just support one another and our shortcomings to help each other grown in our Faith – now that’s Family. That’s the Church. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by so many beautiful Christians – so many forgiving and supportive Christians. There’s no such thing as perfection – as a Mother, a Wife, a Christian even. It can actually make life hard to strive for it. Striving to real is so much more comforting.
I am so proud of my daughter! She is a warrior.