Monday, June 10, 2013

Waiting for someone to reach a state of grace...

A wise woman knows the importance of speaking life into her man. If you love him: believe in him, encourage him & be his peace -Denzel Washington

State of grace:  Oneness with God.  Being open to receive his message.  A state of mind.  Recognizing the power of the sacraments.  Letting God do his works through you. 

How do we reach a state of grace?  By opening our hearts.  Starting with opening our hearts to God and then opening our hearts to others in our lives.  "Peace be with you" really means "I wish you a state of grace". 

It's not something that can be rushed or forced on someone.  But it is something that someone can see in you and for you to project that sense of inner peace.  It truly gives you the feeling that no matter what happens, above all, you have God.  And that is enough.  Even death for ourselves and for our loved ones.  While it may cause some pain and suffering, God knows the plan for each of us.  We have to trust in that plan.

Health concerns, financial strife, work and home stresses, the struggles we all face today...are all not a big deal if we do as God commands us to do.  Pray to him.  Ask for his grace. 

It doesn't automatically make anything go away but with a different mindset, it changes your way of thinking and therefore you place less emphasis on it.  Change has to occur step by step.  We have to change our way of thinking and make the correct choices in order to have control over the situation.

Yesterday at mass, Fr Escalante said if you want to grow closer to God, start with 1 Kings.  Look closely at how he did his works.  Trust fully that he is doing the same in your life.  What do you have to lose?  Do as he asks and pray to him about what is weighing you down.  Pray about the big things and pray about the little things.  He wants you to come to him in prayer.  Don't expect the changes to happen over night.  But trust that things will start to fall into place.  Open your heart.  Believe in him.  Trust in him.  Go to him.  He's there and waiting.      

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