Scripture Sundays

Martha and Mary, Luke 10:38-42

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I love this image because Jesus is resting his hand on Martha welcoming her to rest at His feet with Mary.


As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”


Rest at My feet. That is what Jesus is calling me and each of us to do. But it is So. Hard. Especially when there is so much to be done. When there is chaos around us. When it is easier to stay busy than to come face to face with reality, with some thing or things weighing on our hearts. But when we are so busy, we have too much clutter for God to be working in us. When we rest, we can scoot aside that clutter and truly welcome God into our hearts. And then we become transformed and discover the beauty in the stillness and presence of God.


Breathe: Beautiful song about just breathing and resting at God’s feet.


Prayer from Discovering Our Dignity by Lisa Brenninkmeyer, p. 260:

Dear Lord,
I’m slowing down, taking some deep breaths, and sitting at Your feet. This isn’t an easy place for me to be. I’m used to hopping up and getting something done. Sometimes if feels a little selfish to just stop and soak up Your love for me. I struggle to feel worthy of that love. Help me to remember that You love me because I belong to You, not because I’m perfect or because of the things I do. Give me the mind of Christ so that I will live out the truth that I cannot earn Your love; it is unconditional. Help me to lift my eyes to Your face and see reflected back all the warmth, compassion, mercy, and grace that radiates form Your heart. Who am I? I am Your beloved daughter. When I fail, You fill in the gaps. When I see all that I lack, You  remind me that You, within me, are enough. When I’m tempted to beat myself up, You remind me that YOu took the beating so that I could rest in grace. Help me to do that. May I cease my striving, because my worth was defined and settled when You died for me on the cross.
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“A soul at rest is a soul free from worry” (Discovering Our Dignity, p. 261).


May you find peace here. In this moment. In the stillness and even the chaos. In little, soft moments happening every day.


Peace. Isn’t this something all or most of us seek? I know I do! I am currently searching for it through prayer and meditation. Through an increase in trust and faith. With continued practice, I hope to find it! For today, I wanted to share with you the e-mail I received for the novena I am currently praying (St. Therese of Lisieux novena, this is day 6):

Peace be with you!
Despite great suffering during her life, St. Therese still trusted deeply in God.

She lost her mother when she was only four. She was picked on at school. She lost her second mother, her older sister Pauline, when Pauline entered Carmel, the convent. So Therese went through a period of depression and years of extreme sensitivity.

St. Therese also suffered from tuberculosis. It was this illness that claimed her life. She spent over a year suffering from it slowly.

And even then, she fought the temptation to fall into despair, and she united her heart to Jesus Christ.

Today, let’s pray to have the same trust and strength when we suffer through hard times.

The suffering can come in many forms, but none of us are immune to it. Jesus carried His cross and asked us to take up ours and follow Him.

Since that is what He asks, He will give us the grace and strength to endure the suffering of this life as long as we continue to trust and hope in Him.

St. Therese, pray for us!

Let’s particularly pray for those suffering with anxiety or depression.

Here are the prayers for today:

Day 6 – The St. Therese of Lisieux Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.

Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions…

(State your intentions)

Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God’s plan for me, and one day see the Face of God whom you loved so deeply.

Saint Therese, you were faithful to God even unto the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.

Loving God, you blessed St. Therese with a capacity for a great love. Help me to believe in your unconditional love for each of your children, especially for me.

I accept Your will, Lord. Help me to accept your will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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Week 4 MMM Monday! (original post)


Moniker: Perseverance

Defined as: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Mantra: I will persevere and keep my eyes fixed on Jesus.

“Let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us* and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith” (Heb 12:1-2).

Movement: I will stay positive as I persevere towards my goal, despite any setbacks, remember to breathe and take breaks, and know that I am exactly where God wants me to be and He will lead and guide me. (Reach your goals)


God our Father.* (Heb 12: 1-13)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us* and persevere in running the race that lies before us
while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.a
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons:

“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lordb
or lose heart when reproved by him;
for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
Endure your trials as “discipline”; God treats you as sons. For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?c
If you are without discipline, in which all have shared, you are not sons but bastards.
Besides this, we have had our earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not [then] submit all the more to the Father of spirits and live?d
They disciplined us for a short time as seemed right to them, but he does so for our benefit, in order that we may share his holiness.
At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.e
So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.f
Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed.


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MMM Monday 3

Here we are in our 3rd week of MMM Monday!! Since starting this, I have tried to be more mindful of things; but it is difficult being consistent. But, with practice and time, we can strengthen our coherence to these new practices that will turn into happy habits!

So, onto week 3! Here are my 3 M’s for the week:

Moniker: Strength

Mantra: I am His warrior. He is my strength. With Him, I can do anything.

Movement: Strengthening my mind with Scripture and my body with exercise


Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.

Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.

Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.

So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate,

and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.

In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one.

And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

~Ephesians 6: 10-17


Have you put into practice MMM Monday? How has it been going for you?

MMM Monday 2



Monday has rolled around again! But for most people, this particular Monday won’t have the same ‘bitterness’ to it that others may have…..because it is a holiday!! Happy Labor Day! Though the word labor means to toil and work, for many, this is a day of vacation from all of that jazz! But, just as all Mondays, it is still the start of a new week. So let’s have take 2 of MMM Monday to get this week rolling in the right direction!!



(Please refer to my previous post if you are slightly confused by all of this mmm goodness!)

Here are my 3 M’s for the week:

Moniker: Peace

Mantra: Be still and trust…………………………………. Be still………………………………. Be.

Movement: Meditation and coloring with Scripture.


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MMM Monday!


Happy Monday! For many people, when Monday rolls around, happy is not the first word that pops into their head. They may grumble grumble grumble and say, ‘Monday? Not again! What happened to the weekend??’. And bleary eyed with sulking shoulders, they make their way through the haze and somber of Monday. But what if instead of gloom, we choose to bloom?!!
Let’s find the deliciousness in Monday by choosing 3 M’s for the week:
Moniker: What word do you want to focus on this week?
Mantra: What phrase can you repeat and replay this week to help you live out and stay mindful of your word?
Movement: What action can you take this week to put your word into action?
****Travelling back in time****At the beginning of this year, I chose a word to define the year ahead. It was my way of doing a New Year’s resolution. I thought this is going to be great! This is going to help define my year and stay focused! Well, I had it in my mind for the first 2 or 3 weeks; but then it went out the window as many other thoughts and things rushed in and cluttered the space in my head. ****Flash forward to now****: I remember this plan that I had in the beginning of the year. But, it didn’t work for me. Even if I did remember it for more than a few weeks; a year is a long time to stay focused on one word. Life changes too rapidly. Circumstances change that could impact where we need to go moving forward and affect what word is best at keeping us intentional in the moment.
So, going back to our delicious 3M’s Monday, here is what I have chosen for this week:
Moniker: Peace
Mantra: Be still and know that I am God.
For this mantra, as I repeat it, I plan on reducing it little by little each time:
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know.
Be still.
Movement: I really need to make time to meditate. This week I plan on devoting 10-12 minutes to meditation each day.
By focusing on 3M’s each week, we can nurture our minds, bodies, and souls and truly bloom!!
Thank you for taking this journey with me! If you feel comfortable, please feel free to share what your 3M’s are for the week in the comments!