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God never abandons us

God never abandons us

God never abandons us.
It is we who quit clinging to God.

God never loses faith in us.
It is we who let go of faith.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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Healing for relationships

Healing for relationships

Jesus says, “Try your best to get my message across, but if they won’t listen to you, shake the dirt from your sandals and walk away.” (Matthew 10:14)

But in a troubled friendship or marriage, how do we know when we’ve given it our best? How do we know we’ve tried long enough?

Attempts to make things right become arguments, which we want to win for the sake of improving the relationship. However, the evils that divide relationships are never defeated by the fight. Arguments become sabotage. Our strong feelings make us want to act out what is ugly in us instead of the beauty of Christ’s light within us.

Jesus’ way is to lean into the relationship with love, not push our way in.

Leaning in is very difficult when we sense that there’s nothing and no one there to catch us if we fail. What if the other person is not interested in solving the problems?

Jesus wants you to lean on him as you lean into the other one with persistent kindness, patience, forgiveness, tools gained from a relationship therapist, and the humility of admitting that you too have contributed to the problem.

Jesus will provide you with supernatural strength to persevere. He will sooth you when the pain hurts too much. He will pick you up and set you back in the right direction when you fall. And he will tell you when its time – and how – to walk away, and you will know it’s his voice guiding you because walking away will be walking with him and you’ll be enveloped by his peace.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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Energized by the Spirit

Energized by the  Spirit

In your work today – be it on the job or chores at home or responsibilities in the parish or community – what impassions you? What energizes you?

This is where your soul is resonating with God’s Spirit.

We often get distracted by our activities, so busily involved in them that we overlook the fact that God designed us for this work. We overlook the fact that we are glorifying our Lord with it.

If we treat the work as nothing but an obligation, we are soon exhausted by it. We find reasons to complain about it. We look forward to doing something else, and we become jealous of those who are doing that something else.

No matter what you are doing today – even if you are sure that this is /not/ what you’re supposed to be doing because maybe God is calling you to go elsewhere – look for the Spirit connection. Put forth your best effort to please God with how well you are doing the work. This is how your soul gets energized and even the most mundane or annoying task can become a blessing.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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Live a victorious life

Live a victorious life

To live a victorious life,
we have to take off the world’s garments
and put on the armor of God,
which is truth, righteousness,
sharing the Gospel, FAITH,
salvation and the sword of the Word.
(See Ephesians 6)

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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Better results

Better results

Poster in a popular, chain restaurant: “Hard work pays, but hardly working has better results.” And we wonder why modern society is filled with lazy people? And why so many settle for less than the best they can be? And why companies are staffed by mediocre employees producing mediocre services? And why, when you ask a store clerk a question about a product you’re thinking of buying, you get less information than you already know?

Father God created each of us with special talents and abilities that came directly from his own divine personality. We are designed to enjoy life most when we excel in the use of our gifts. We make an important difference in the world into which he birthed us when we work hard to be the best we can be, doing the best we can do.

As Eric Liddell, gold medal winner in the 1924 Olympics, said “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.” With the same attitude of giving God his best performance, he served as a missionary in China until his martyrdom in a Japanese concentration camp in 1945.

While in that camp, he taught science to the children – without desks, without textbooks, using one sheet of paper over and over again.  Many of those kids grew up to become highly reputed scientists, doctors, and psychologists.

You, too, have within you Christ’s divine ability – and calling – to be remarkable and accomplish better results that only hard work and determination can accomplish.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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Worth fighting for

Worth fighting for

If it’s not worth fighting for, it’s not worth much at all.

Do not be afraid to proceed forward doing that which others object to or doubt will work or imply that you’re crazy to even imagine accomplishing. This is an important way to pick up your cross in following Jesus (Matt. 16:24). The only thing to fear is going against God’s will by choosing inactivity.

When we have to stand up for an idea that we feel inspired by the Holy Spirit to do, we have discovered a cause that will make a significant difference.

When an idea is easily accepted by many around you, it’s already being done by others or else it’s mediocre or worldly. Our Lord wants to do something through you that no one else is doing sufficiently, something that’s going to challenge status quo and thereby make an important difference.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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Fear vs. Faith

Fear vs. Faith

Nothing is as harmful as fear.

Nothing is as helpful as faith in God.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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Take control

Take control

We get frustrated most by circumstances we can control least. Every morning, the sunrise promises a day of blessings, but by evening we’re preoccupied with what had been unpleasant. Usually, those unpleasantries were caused by something or someone we could not control.

Should we thank God or grumble at him as we prepare to lay our weary heads on the pillow at night? Should we pray for a better tomorrow or pray for understanding of what to learn from the hardships? The answer that pleases God is: “All of the above.” Because it’s honest. Because it’s us being in a real relationship with God. And because it puts our focus back on Jesus.

“I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” – Psalm 16:8 (NIV)

We cannot control everything that touches our day, but we /can/ control how we respond to troubles. By turning to Jesus, leaning on Jesus, learning from Jesus, and crying on the shoulder of Jesus, we can get through anything. We can end each day with a smile as we nod off, resting our weary heads on the lap of Jesus.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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Frustrated?

Frustrated

Something is frustrating you today. Something’s not going well. Where is Jesus in this? Is he your partner walking beside you? Or is he one step ahead of you, leading the way? Or is he behind you, cleaning up the mess?

In the trials we face, we need Jesus to be all of the above. But too easily we prefer that he’d be our follower, doing our bidding, guided by us as we deal with difficulties the way we think is best for us.

Our biggest mistake, I’ve noticed, is interpreting frustrations and disappointments as warning flags that Jesus is letting us down, ignoring us and disregarding our prayers. We feel abandoned by him, so we abandon him at the very moment when he is trying to bless us with new growth, new discoveries, and new holiness.

Frustrations aren’t bad. Frustrations are merely signs that change is required: change that moves us closer to Christ. It might be within, bringing peace in the midst of turmoil, it might be a change of direction or an unexplored solution to a problem. Always, though, frustrations are an invitation to trust Jesus more strongly.

Because we can. Because he understands what’s good for us far better than we do.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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To worry

To worry

To worry is to doubt that you are living in the will of God.
Faith means believing that God is always in charge,
and that even when you stray
from the will of God,
He will bring you back home.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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