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DAILY DEVOTIONS:

Mar
8

'Strength in Fasting'

St. John of God

Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits,
and drive all your laborers.
Yes, your fast ends in quarreling and fighting,
striking with wicked claw.

- Isaiah 58:3-4

It's the first Friday of Lent, and here am I, giving up things, fasting and abstaining, just the way I should. Good for me. But here am I also on the same day, standing in the kitchen, irritated and letting the irritation affect others, scoring a point, determined to emerge the victor. In one of his Lenten sermons, St. Leo the Great expressed the challenge and promise of connecting the Lenten fast to the rest of life: "For it is not enough that the substance of our flesh should be reduced, if the strength of the soul be not also developed."

Jesus, I offer up my emptiness; fill it with your love.

- Amy Welborn
 
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Hahaha! Amy, what you share reminds me of the 2010 Superbowl Snickers commercial with Betty White :-) When I am hungry and tired, I am not myself and irritated!

So with me it is not about giving up things, fasting and abstaining, but standing firm on Christ, indulging on my soul and embracing my faith!
* I will give up things so another can stand firm on Christ;
* I will fast on devices or whosoever so I can indulge on my soul;
* I will abstain from my own desires so I can embrace my faith openly!

I will give You thanks, my God and my Lord, for You answered me; You have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! Amen! (Psalm 118:21-25)
Salina | Posted on: 2019-03-08 15:27:27
 
Amy, this was me this AM I usually have everything laid out and when I arise I sit quietly and say my prayers and read my books. This morning my adult son was up early cleaning and moving things around. Asking questions looking for stuff, I lost it telling him I needed to get my things together first. What a great father. When I get home tonight I will apologize.
Praying for Diana, Debbie, Carren Denise, Joseph and Naomi now. Ken
kjc | Posted on: 2019-03-08 12:42:59
 
I know the feeling of being irritated and affecting others when im trying to be closer to God and the Chhrch, Lord give me strenghth and help me lead a better example. Thank you for your many blessings... Amen
James | Posted on: 2019-03-08 12:00:03
 
Beautiful devotion Amy thank you.
Help me Jesus to be more humble and kind
To others as we start the first Friday of lent.
Peace
Ana | Posted on: 2019-03-08 11:27:57
 
Amen.
freeter | Posted on: 2019-03-08 09:23:07
 
Another beautiful devotion, thank you Amy.

Happy "first Friday of Lent", Living Faith Family!

Dear Lord help me to have a good Lenten season with a "contrite spirit"; and a Kind and humble heart. Help me to reach out to others and care for them with love. Amen

Continued prayers for Diana, Carren, Joseph, Debbie, Denise, Naomi and the Living Faith Family.
Tillie | Posted on: 2019-03-08 08:57:57
 
Good Morning Everyone.

Thank you for your prayers for Dianna, Caren and Joseph.

Dianna my friend is still in the hospital trying to get strong enough after her Cancer surgery. We cannot thank you all enough for your prayers.

I hope your faith, relations and clarity increase for all of you this Lenten season.

Have a happy Friday and great weekend.

Amen
Tim | Posted on: 2019-03-08 08:46:17
 
Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me , a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
Thank you Thank you Thank you
A sinner | Posted on: 2019-03-08 08:40:58
 
Amen. Thank you Lord for prayers answered.
Mike E | Posted on: 2019-03-08 08:16:49
 
Good morning Living Faith Family,
Mike prayers are said for your wife Denise that the operation will be successful. Thank you to all who have been praying for Carren operation was successful she has been discharged from hospital and is back home and her husband looking after her and taking care of her medications, continued prayers for strength for what lays ahead of them. prayers are being said for all our Living Faith Family who need prayers Diana Carren Joseph Debbie. God Bless you all
Arlette | Posted on: 2019-03-08 05:16:31
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Amen!
Brian D. | Posted on:: 2019-03-08 13:21:16
 
 
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