Sunday, July 9, 2017

Vacation time with The Spirit/ "I will give you rest"

Joy is now 3 months old and getting big and wonderful in every way.  I wanted to update Ruth's family picture, so we grabbed one after mass this morning...  I have been wanting for them to come over and stand under my wonderful cottonwood tree for a updated family picture, but it is more and more difficult with so many to corral, so we just did it in my new favorite spot with the tabernacle in their midst. 

Such wonderful readings today as Father pointed out that we all think about vacations in the summer and The Lord here reminds us that if we follow after him that he will "give you rest."
Joy discovering the wonder of her fingers, and taking in the lightfilled beauty of our Church sharing mass with her family each week... sharing our Faith with great JOY!
Family time is truly the BEST!  We are having such a great weekend with 4 of Pat's sisters here to go through their mother's things.  Ruth and Paul's porch was finished yesterday afternoon, and today we christened it with our first family occasion with 2 of his sisters.  It was warm, but there was a nice breeze blowing through!  Lots of wonderful food, laughter and talk and baby holding, too!
Joy asleep on Ida's shoulder the view of the pastures and the reflection on the patio door make for a wonderful dose of family sharing on this 14th Sunday of Ordinary time on the farm.  Faith/Family/Farm is what makes our world go round.
Pat with his 4 sisters sharing some time out on our wonderful porch with the full moon overhead last evening... candlelight and sharing from the heart... "mom is looking down on us smiling that we are having this special time together." 

The Gospel today is our motto to live by and all we need to embrace to find our narrow path that will lead us to heaven.  Yes, we are called to take up our cross and follow after him or the way Jesus puts it;
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
Our crosses are heavy and certainly humble us at every turn as we fall or drag them along when we are weak and sick and lowly and discouraged and depressed and selfishly whiney and a mess... yes, we are needing Jesus to show us how and to be in control of our lives and allowing the Holy Spirit to make that change in us as we die to self so that Jesus may live and move and work and share our Faith with JOY and allow us to find peace/rest in the midst of the craziness we call our lives!
I apologize for this poor blurry picture of Pat with his wonderful sisters - only minus one... the darkness and the flash did not do this moment justice.  Oh well, try try again is always a challenge for me! 

St Paul to the Romans in the second reading today reminds us strongly how important it is to leave the world behind and to place Jesus and His Bride, The Church, foremost in our day to day lives!
"If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit that dwells in you."  Romans 8
We are given so very much each day of our journey down the narrow path thanks to The Church!  The Sacraments, the Saints led by Mary, the Mother of God, the rosary prayer which allows me to pray through my day without ceasing, the Word/Jesus coming to me to guide and direct me with The Way, The Truth and the LIFE! 
It was really special for us... Pat actually took some time to spend with them and arrived home before dark two nights in a row!  Unheard of around here lately!

Jesus, how we love you and long to serve with all that we have and without counting the cost!  Family time is truly the Best and we are so blessed to have our huge wonderful families to share our journey with!  May we give control over to you and find the peace that passes understanding and the help that we need to persevere and become the saints we are called to become.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb
surviving after cancer--my bother's story
You will not regret taking the time to read this post by John's sister, Nancy, which reminds us how John has dealt with living past cancer.  It seems especially poignant as he is flying to Chicago in a few days to do a promotional video for his burning desire to share how he found faith through brain cancer and beyond!
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