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Not Lukewarm Podcast with Deanna Bartalini
17 minutes | 8 days ago
To have integrity
What does it mean? Integrity is honesty, strong moral principles and an upstanding character trait. I think it is essential. A person of integrity is someone you can trust to do the right thing and do what they say they will. You can count on them. What does God say about integrity? Observe the person of integrity and mark the upright; Because there is a future for a man of peace. Ps 37:37 I look to the faithful of the land to sit at my side. Whoever follows the way of integrity is the one to enter my service. Ps 101:6 The wicked are overthrown by their wickedness, but the just find a refuge in their integrity. Pro 14:32 Love righteousness, you who judge the earth; think of the Lord in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart. Wisdom 1:1 Reliable instruction was in his mouth, no perversity was found upon his lips; He walked with me in integrity and uprightness, and turned many away from evil. Malachi 2:6 Each of those verses points to God telling us and showing us that his hope is that we be people of integrity. Are we? Consistency in behavior To truly be a person of integrity we are called to act that way no matter who we are with or where we are. We cannot treat certain people one way and then others a different way as it suits us. At times, we may stand alone in the truth. But that is possible because we know the Lord is with us. This week, choose a verse that helps you to be a person of integrity. Write it out and post it where you can see it. In prayer, ask God to show you how to have greater integrity in your life. The post To have integrity appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
15 minutes | 15 days ago
The desire to please God
Why Pray I pray to keep focused. I pray to remind myself that I am not alone. I pray to ask for guidance. And sometimes I pray for direction. Who am I kidding, I pray for that reason lots! This prayer from Thomas Merton has been in my prayer box for quite some time. Some call it the Prayer of Surrender others of Abandonment. Either way, it is about the idea that while we want very much to do God’s will we don;t always know we are and it’s okay. Our desire, our intention matters. And God knows our intention always. The Prayer My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going I do not see the road ahead of me I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you and I hope I have that desire in all I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, you will lead me on the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, will I trust you always. Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my struggles alone. Amen. (Thomas Merton-Trappist Monk) This week, pray this prayer as you begin each day. Allow it to comfort and guide you. I’d love to have you join me in the LIve NOt LUkewarm with the Sunday Scriptures group. Join my email list or read more about it. The post The desire to please God appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
16 minutes | 22 days ago
Humility is not easy
Foundational Virtue Humility is the virtue on which all others are built. CS Lewis said this, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” We are not being asked to not think of ourselves at all, but to not forget others. For many people, it is difficult to let go of the need to be right, have the last word or let others know how great they are. Can we look instead at the model of Jesus? Christ did not deem equality So beings the beautiful Christological hymn from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In chapter 2, verses 5-11 he tells us that though Jesus is the Son of God he was still obedient, even to death – for us. And because of his humility, God exalts him. Here is the entire hymn: “Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus,Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, ecoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phillipians 2:5-11 Jesus had humility I think about that when I am prone to a lack of humility. I don’t have to have the last word; I don’t know everything; let someone else do it their way. It is better to wait to be asked your thoughts than to give them all the time. We know these things, and yet, we struggle. Maybe we are tired or overwhelmed and little things get to us more easily than usual. Let things go that are not harmful to you or others. And when it’s hard, come back to these verses. Because if Jesus did it, he will give you the grace and strength to do it, ask him. Each day, pray these verses and ask Jesus to help you have humility in your interactions with others. The post Humility is not easy appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
16 minutes | a month ago
Things mom said
The Advice Or were they comments? I’m not sure. But like many of us, I can recall things my mom said that were meant to be a help as I went through life. you know, don’t touch a hot stove, run with scissors, and stop hitting your sister. She also said things that have stuck with me, or I hear her say them still. Don’t tell anyone who you vote for. Think about this, we vote in private, so why would it then be told to everyone. And of course, when I started voting there was no social media to spread the word about how you voted correctly and if people voted the other way, well. I can’t go there. To extend this idea, think about other things you do in private, we keep them private. I really like this advice! In your heart of hearts. I know that’s not a sentence, it’s a phrase that can be used in different ways. As in”What is in your heart of hearts? Or In my heart of hearts I believe, know, think, feel… You get the idea. As a teen, I would roll my eyes, now, nope. What does your gut tell you? What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you in your soul? In the deepest part of yourself? Trust it. And act on it. That’s what it means. When it’s your toothache it hurts. Well, yes it does, now doesn’t it? And sometimes that pain, wherever it is coming from, causes you to irritable, less than loving and charitable. Conversely, others have toothaches too. So try as best you can to extend them some love and kindness. Think about some advice your mom gave you that is still helpful and true today. Pass it on to others. Thank her for it. And, drop it in the comment box so we all can see it. You can register here for the Catholic Moms Summit Nov 13, 14, 15. All Access Pass or Free registration. The event has something for everyone, from parents of newborns to empty-nesters and grandmothers! The post Things mom said appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
14 minutes | a month ago
Joy in Difficult Times
A Prayer O holy St. Philip Neri, patron saint of joy, you who trusted scripture’s promise that the Lord is always at hand and that we need not have anxiety about anything, in your compassion heal our worries and sorrows and lift the burdens from our hearts. We come to you as one whose heart swells with abundant love for God and all creation. Hear us, we pray, especially in this need (make your request here). Keep us safe through your loving intercession and may the joy of the Holy Spirit which filled your heart, St. Philip, transform our lives and bring us peace. Amen Joy is not happiness Joy is something deeper and more lasting. Even when an activity is over when you feel contentment or consolation, that is joy, as St. Ignatius points out. Focusing on the long term goal of heaven and not on the little things that annoy us can help us have joy. Yes, there are difficulties in life, but if we allow ourselves to focus only on those, we will sink into the muck of our emotions. Where to look Look to the cross. It is an example of focusing on the joy that is to come. But remember because of Christ’s death and resurrection we can have that joy now, in this life. I’m certain our joy in heaven will be far greater than any we experience here on earth, but we can still have joy. That is the gift we have from God. When you are feeling less than full of joy, pray the prayer of St. Philip Neri and ask him to intercede for you. Don’t forget to register for the Catholic Moms Summit Nov 13, 14, 15. All Access Pass or Free registration. The post Joy in Difficult Times appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
Relevant Fiction for Body & Soul
Do you like to read? Reading is my favorite way to relax! I’ve read a few of Carolyn Astfalk’s books and thought it would be nice to talk about how she got started writing fiction. How did she get started? A few years ago when she had only 2 children and a husband who traveled frequently for business, she took part in a popular writing challenge, write a 50,000-word novel in November. So she did! Currently, she has 4 novels, Stay with Me, Rightfully Ours, Ornamental Graces and All in Good Time. All can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and independent Catholic bookstores. What I like about her writing It is real! The characters face real-world contemporary problems and solve them by relying on faith to do so. Each book shows us how mercy works, why we need the sacraments and how grace and forgiveness are ours for the asking. These are novels you can read knowing faith is not an aside but applied in a practical way in the character’s lives. I haven’t read All in Good Time yet, but plan on it. All the books are geared to adults, mainly women though men read them too. Rightfully Ours is a coming of age novel that is appropriate for older teens as well. All about Carolyn Her website Facebook page Twitter Pinterest Instagram This week, read a work of fiction, preferably Catholic or Christian! Tell us your favorite title in the comments. Don’t forget, register for the Catholic Moms Summit Nove 13, 14, 15. All Access Pass or Free registration. The post Relevant Fiction for Body & Soul appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
21 minutes | 2 months ago
Need a special gift?
Meet Anne Kidder, the woman show who runs Kidderbug Kreations! Anne loves to sew and create special gifts for others. She created the items in her online store to give people an opportunity to give meaningful handcrafted gifts. She says, “there is a memory in every moment.” And there is! What types of gifts are there? There are gifts to help us remember those we love who have passed on. Pillows, bears and hand-embroidered prints are a few items. Anne also has great baby gifts. My favorite is the hooded towels! What’s new in the shop? A new line of St. Michael gifts with custom-designed fabric. There are baby toys, burp cloths, and a diaper clutch when your big bag is too much. Anne welcomes the opportunity to help you find just the right gift, so don’t hesitate to contact her. Her webiste is KidderbugKreations! Pray the St. Michael Prayer this week! St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Register here! It’s free. The post Need a special gift? appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
16 minutes | 2 months ago
Magnify the Lord
What does it mean to magnify? It means to make something appear larger, to enlarge, increase, enhance. The archaic meaning is a bit different and more in line with what we think of in relation to God. It means, to extol, glorify, praise, bless, worship, venerate and adore. Scripture PS 34:2-4 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall always be in my mouth. My soul will glory in the LORD, let the poor hear and be glad. Magnify the LORD with me and let us exalt his name together. Luke 1:46-55 is Mary telling all that God has done for her and her ancestors. It is her response to what God has given her. How do we magnify God and how does God magnify us? The above verses remind us that we have much to thank God for and when we do, we are magnifying what he has done so that others can see it. It is one way we share the Good News. But God also takes our work and prayers, small or large, and magnifies them. In the same way as a small bit of yeast leavens all the dough (Matthew 13:33) he takes what we offer him and makes it bigger. God can use all we do for his glory if we put it at his disposal. As Christians, that is our call – to both magnify the Lord and let him magnify us. Spend some time praying about this: How can you magnify the Lord? And how does he magnify you? Learn more about the Catholic Moms Summit and register here! The post Magnify the Lord appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
17 minutes | 3 months ago
Becoming a Deacon
In the Catholic Church, there is a group of men, called permanent deacons who are married and serve in various ways. This episode looks at how one man heard his call to become a deacon and acted on it. Who is it? It’s my husband, Deacon John, and I am happy to have you hear his story of how God spoke to him. It is a personal story and certainly not the experience of all deacons. But, that’s the way God works. He treats each of us as the unique individuals we are, not reaching us in the same way. What is a permanent deacon? A permanent deacon is a man, married or single, who wants to serve God in a particular way. Each diocese has different rules as to the age of the man, the schooling required, and other variables. What is consistent though is that deacons are ordained to serve at the altar and proclaim the Gospel at Mass. They can also baptize, officiate at weddings, and bless items that people want to have blessed. Why did I interview my husband now? Because this month is his 5 year anniversary as a deacon. I thought it would be nice to share his story. Questions? Leave your questions in the comments and I’ll answer them. This week, take a few minutes to thank a deacon for saying yes and serving God and the Church. If you don’t know a deacon, thank your pastor, priest, a sister – a person you are grateful for who said yes to God. The post Becoming a Deacon appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
15 minutes | 3 months ago
What is a Doctor of the Church
Have you ever wondered, what is a Doctor of the Church? Well, wonder no more. I’ll explain, in broad strokes what that means. How does one become a Doctor of the Church? First, you must be a saint. A saint is someone who has great holiness. A Doctor of the Church has holiness that is outstanding. During their lifetimes, they truly exemplified what it means to follow Christ. They also left behind a body of work for us today. Writing, letters, books, sermons, which had great depth on a particular doctrine or teaching of the Chruch. This helps us, even today, grow in our own understanding. Their work has withstood the test of time. How many Doctors are there? 36; 32 men and 4 women. The Church has been selecting DOctors from saints since 1298. The latest, St. Gregory of Narek, was made a Doctor in 2015 by Pope Francis. The four women Doctors are Catherine of Siena, Theresa of Avila, Terese of Lisieux, and Hildgard of Bingen. While all the saints are notable, a few are more well known than others: St. Anthony of Padua, St. Augustine, St. Jerome, St. Thomas Aquinas. For a complete list, look here. I mentioned in my podcast that I am starting a study group on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. I’d love to see you there and signing up is as easy as entering an email. Our NotLukewarm Challenge this week is to write in honor of all the great writing left to us from the Doctors. Read a bit of scripture or just sit and pray by writing your prayers. Take 5 or 10 minutes. That’s all! The post What is a Doctor of the Church appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
A Journal created for boys!
Amy Brooks, a former middle and high school teacher, has written a journal for boys! She is a mom of 3, 1 son and a set of twins – a son and a daughter. Besides taking care of her family, she is behind quite a few websites (the list is below) and now the author of 2 journals from Our Sunday Visitor, Be Yourself, A Journal for Catholic Boys (new) and Be Yourself, A Journal for Catholic Girls. What’s the journal like? Amy describes it as teen magazine meets religion textbook! There are writing prompts, activities, pages to color, saints to learn about and more. The journal is for tweens and young teen to use on their own or in a class as independent work. She says, “The purpose of both journals is to encourage young people to identify as a son or daughter of God and to truly enjoy the journey of getting to know God and getting to know the mission or missions God has planned for each individual. ” The book would make a great gift for a tween starting middle school, for a feast day or Confirmation. It is something I would have liked to have when my children were that age. NotLukewarm Challenge Amy had a great idea for this week’s challenge. Every morning, before you even get out of bed, pick one person to pray for that day and start off by thanking God for that person right away. It’s one small yet powerful way to pray for someone. Where to find Amy Prayer, Wine, Chocolate – her website. Catholics Online Facebook Page Catholic Talk and Inspiration Facebook Page The post A Journal created for boys! appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Make Every Day Blessed – A new Stay Connected Journal
I recently spoke with Jen Frost, a sewist and fabric designer who wrote a book on living out the liturgical year. I didn’t mention it to Jen, but this is one of my favorite topics! How we can incorporate the Church seasons into our daily life is something I think is so important. It truly helps us to live out our faith every day. I also loved the way Jen said it, it helps her make “my faith my own.” If you want more specific information on the Church seasons, I have an episode for you. A little about Jen Creating has always been a part of her life; she learned to hand sew at a very young age, and remembers her mom sewing Halloween each year. Jen’s mother-in-law quilts. She introduced Jen to it and she fell in love with it – and that Christmas, after not being able to find an Advent quilt pattern available on the market, Jen taught herself how to write quilt patterns and published her first pattern: Advent Wreaths. For Jen, creating Christian patterns is a beautiful way to share faith through gorgeous quilts and fabrics! She fills a niche in the quilt pattern market that wasn’t being filled before. Jen appreciates the inclusion that offering faith-filled patterns brings and being able to connect with so many different denominations. From sewing to writing Back in 2015, Jen met Allison Gingras on a podcast interview for Catholic Creatives. The pair stayed in touch and when Allison put together a group of women to write the Stay Connected Journals she asked Jen to write the one on liturgical living. What’s in the book? The book, published by Our Sunday Visitor, has 7 chapters, each focusing on a different Chruch season. Advent, Lent, Easter, Christmas and Ordinary Time are discussed. There are scripture references and questions to ponder to help make a connection between the word and everyday life. And while it can read cover to cover, Jen suggests reading it just before the next season, so you’re not reading about Christmas in July! In fact, she has a book club set up on her website that does just that. Take a look at it and consider joining in! Not Lukewarm Challenge This week, Jen invites you to consider your family and faith traditions and find out a little more about it. Where does it come from? Why do you do it? So maybe you’ll ask a family member or maybe it requires a bit of internet research, but either way, find out a bit more! Jen’s website, Faith and Fabric. Buy her new book! The post Make Every Day Blessed – A new Stay Connected Journal appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
A Saint for today, St. Maximilian Kolbe
Who was Maximilian Kolbe? He was a Polish Franciscan priest born in 1894. He entered the seminary and began studying in 1910 and in 1918 was ordained a priest. While in seminary he formed a group with 6 other men called the Militia Immaculata, an organization devoted to being an instrument of Mary, our Blessed Mother. Why Mary? As a young boy, he had a great devotion to Mary. He asked her, “What will become of me?” after his mother asked him the question. Maximilian had a vision in which Mary held out 2 crowns, one white for purity; the other red for martyrdom and asked which he chose. He chose both. His life As a priest, he worked in Poland and Japan. He founded a magazine, Knights of the Immaculata; two monasteries, one near Warsaw the other in Nagasaki. When WWII broke out he continued to work spreading the Gospel. He was considered a threat, was arrested in 1941 and sent to Auschwitz. His death A prisoner had escaped from the camp and as punishment, 10 men were randomly chosen to die by starvation. One man, called out when chosen, that he had children and a wife and could he be spared. The guards were indifferent but then Fr. Kolbe said he would take his place. So he did. After 3 weeks, 4 men had not yet died so they were given an injection of carbolic acid. Maximilian was one of those men. He died on the eve of a great Marian feast, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgen Mary. Not Lukewarm Challenge This week, when you feel indifferent or weighed down by life, pray the Hail Mary and ask Mary to help you. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen. The post A Saint for today, St. Maximilian Kolbe appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
17 minutes | 4 months ago
Standards and Attachment
July 31 is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. One of the greatest gifts St. Ignatius gave the Church is the Spiritual Exercises. The Spiritual Exercises are a way to grow closer to God, to learn to live for him and for the world. In week 2, day 4 of the Exercises he leads you through a meditation on the two standards and then on attachment. The Two Standards Do we choose God or the evil one? That is the question. If we choose God, then all of our actions and decisions flow from that choice. If we choose the evil one, our actions and decisions flow from there. Do we want to live for God and orient our lives toward him or not? The answer will help or hinder us in our spiritual lives. Attachment How attached are we to material goods? Or our own needs, ideas, and desires? How attached are we to our life, to good health, to money? I tell the story Ignatius uses as an example, a person who comes into a large sum of money. What does she do with it? It is a reminder not to hold on tightly to our own desires but to follow God’s will. When we can follow his lead in all things, we learn to be attached first and most firmly to him. Our Not Lukewarm challenge this week Pray the Suscpice prayer morning and evening. For more about St. Ignatius, take a look at my website. The post Standards and Attachment appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
An Interview & Book Notes with Christina Semmens
Welcome to Christina Semmens, author, speaker and spiritual mentor from Say Yes to Holiness. Christina’s book, Say Yes, Discovering Purpose, Peace and Abundance in your Daily Life was written in response to her own personal experiences and others who are seeking to become saints. A convert to Catholicism, Christina’s life change when a friend invited her to a Good Friday service in a Catholic church. She has a personal encounter with Christ and eventually joined the Catholic Church in 1989. Since then, she has been on a journey to wholeness, growing in virtue each day, living out her faith. Her book is bilingual, English and Spanish, and focusing on 3 themes: Discovering Deep Purpose, Encountering Authentic Peace, and Embracing Abiding Abundance. Each theme is fully developed, leading you deeper and deeper into your own personal path to holiness. She talks about being intentional, being aware and the need for a response. How are we living out our faith every day? Christina talks about 4 steps: prayer/meditation, the sacraments, growing daily in virtue and abandoning yourself to God’s will. While she has examples of different ways to engage in these, there is no one size fits all. It is a process, not a program. I have read parts of her book and cannot wait to get a hard copy of it. I know I’ll want to underline and make notes in it! To learn more about Christina Semmens go to her website or Facebook page. To receive book notes and news beginning on July 31, text 66866 with say yes to holiness and you’ll be able to stay up to date on what’s new! The Cappadocian Fathers For the Not Lukewarm challenge, Christine suggests a daily examen and gave a brief outline: 1 What are you grateful for from your day? What could you have done better? Ask forgiveness for your failings. And ask for a good night’s rest and to do better tomorrow. The post An Interview & Book Notes with Christina Semmens appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
Confusion? Chaos? Turn to God
In the past few weeks, I have found myself saying “I don’t know” far too often. I was starting to annoy myself and honestly, feeling a bit dumb. It was not possible that I don’t know that much. But there is much confusion and maybe even chaos happening and it can be hard to have answers to even simple questions, especially involving other people or making plans to go places. But in all of that, I realized I may now know, but God does. He always has and always will. And so, rather than say “I don’t know” and leave it there, turn it into prayer. Follow your “I don’t know” with an aspiration. A short, one-line prayer asking for something in the moment. Some examples of aspirations are: Bless the Lord, my soul! Lord, my God, you are great indeed! Psalm 104:1 I surrender it all to you, Jesus. Come Holy Spirit! Be with me in this time and place. Give me your strength, Lord. Be the Lord of my life. (from Lord of my Life by Matt Maher) Heal me Jesus, body, mind and soul, of everything that is not of you. All will be well. (Julian of Norwich) You are precious in my eyes and honored and I love you. Isaiah 43:4a I ask for grace Father, to do the next thing. In time, the aspiration may even come before the “I don’t know” ad then you may have a real answer to the question. Difficult times can be a burden or a chance to turn to God. Turn to him, ask for help, he wants to love us. Turn to his word, Psalms 91 and 104 have been particularly helpful to me lately. Our challenge this week: whenever you say “I don’t know” say an aspiration afterward. Hopefully, after a few days, you’ll say it before you answer the questions! What is your favorite aspiration? The post Confusion? Chaos? Turn to God appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
20 minutes | 5 months ago
I am God’s Storyteller by Lisa Hendey
It was a pleasure to talk with Lisa Hendey about her book, “I am God’s Storyteller” with illustrations by Eric Carlson. Lisa is the founder of CatholicMom.com and a writer of adult non-fiction before she began writing for children. She began with the Chime Traveler’s, a series of illustrated saint stories written in chapter format and after many classroom visits, both live and virtual, she realized that everyone has a story to tell, in different ways. That is the main message of the book, to tell your faith story how you tell it best – through words, art, music, dance – each way is unique just as each story is unique. Lisa’s goal in writing the book is to empower children to use their particular giftedness to be God’s storyteller. The book itself tells the story of the many different people who have told God’s story in the Bible. The stories span the Old and New Testament. It is beautifully illustrated and visually appealing. The book is geared toward elementary school age but I could see using it in middle school as well. Our Not Lukewarm Challenge this week comes from Lisa – ask to hear or tell someone a story of love. It can be the story of your family, of someone you know, or from scripture. Whether you tell the story or listen to it, listen with love. You can find out more about Lisa Hendey on her website. The post I am God’s Storyteller by Lisa Hendey appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
Passion of Hope, a Ministry to Singles
Marriage isn’t for everyone, right? Or is it? Julieanne Bartlett, based on scripture and Church teachings thinks it is for everyone! Her ministry, Passion of Hope speaks to the heart of people who long for a spouse. Their world and culture may look and think they have it all – education, career, good income, fun – but the deepest desire of their heart, someone to build a life within marriage is missing. As someone who married late in life, Julie shares her struggle to wait with hope. She believes that God uses marriage to reflect his presence in the world. Marriage mirrors Christ’s relationship with the Church and is our path to sanctification. Passion of Hope ministry aims to give hope to singles who want to be married. This is often in direct contrast to the world which does not value monogamy, sees marriage as unnecessary and difficult to sustain. In October, Julie will present a talk, God wants you to be Married, at the Standing in the Word Retreat. This event put together by Sonja Corbitt will be held on October 23-25, 2020 at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament n Hanceville, AL. To learn more about Julie and her ministry check out her website, Passion of Hope. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. Our Not Lukewarm Challenge this week? Pray for a friend who is single and wants to be married. You can use this prayer for marriage from Julie: “Lord, you have said that it is not good for man to be alone. (name) is alone. You knew that this would not be beneficial and can be remedied with a spouse uniquely suited for (name). Please help his/her situation to change to one that is good.” (Genesis 2:18) The post Passion of Hope, a Ministry to Singles appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
18 minutes | 5 months ago
Live in the Fruit of the Spirit
We all want to live our best, growing and learning to live out the fruit of the Spirit. For many of us, patience, self-control, gentleness and love will come when we focus on being more like Christ and knowing the Word. Scripture to guide us St. Peter tells us, “Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace. And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you,” (2 Peter 3:14-15. Jesus has patience with us, giving us many chances to turn our lives towards Him, forgiving our mistakes, showing us what to do. While it isn’t always easy to follow His example, we have opportunities to try. And then, how do we exercise self-control? Sirach 37:31 says, “Through lack of self-control many have died, but the abstemious one prolongs life.” Many bad habits, from road rage to abuse of alcohol can lead to death while controlling your temper, being understanding and knowing your limits helps you in many areas of your life. Gentleness is a beautiful quality Jesus exhibits in many different circumstances. One of my favorites is the story of the woman caught in adultery, in John 8. He does not condemn, but gently forgives and calls her to new life. And then there is love! Jesus’ death is the ultimate example of love. St. Thomas tells us that highest form of love is “to will the good of the other.” Do we love others in that way? Click on the cover for a sample. To learn more about the Fruit of the Spirit, take a look at my Bible Study. This week, ask the Holy Spirit what fruit you need to grow in and then ask for an infusion of grace to grow where you need. The post Live in the Fruit of the Spirit appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
17 minutes | 5 months ago
God shows us the Fruit of the Spirit
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, others can see it by how we live our lives. “Is your life bearing fruit?”, is a good question to ask ourselves regularly. In this episode, I take a look at 5 fruit: joy, peace, faithfulness, generosity, and kindness. It is helpful to look at these from the perspective of how God shows them to us, gives them to us and then how we give them to others by our actions. Here are a few verses for you to contemplate: Joy “You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.” Psalm 16:11 Peace “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” John 16:33 Faithfulness “good indeed is the Lord, His mercy endures forever, his faithfulness lasts through every generation.” Psalm 100:5 Generosity “You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11 Kindness “Then I remembered the mercies of the Lord, his acts of kindness through ages past; For he saves those who take refuge in him, and rescues them from every evil.” Sirach 51:8 Spend some time this week asking God to show you where the fruit of the Spirit has been in your life. Where have you seen God as joy, peace, faithfulness, generosity and kindness. And how have you given those to others? The post God shows us the Fruit of the Spirit appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
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