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DAILY DEVOTIONS:

Jun
22

'Treasure the Lord'

St. Paulinas of Nola, Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.

- Matthew 6:19

When I was a child, I used to frustrate my parents--so they told me later--because when asked what I wanted for Christmas, I would shrug and say that I couldn't think of anything. I told them that whatever they gave would be all right.

I don't share this so you can file it away in my canonization file: "Even as a child, she eschewed the false glitter of the world..." Far from it! I do have earthly treasures to which I cling. Mine are just experiences rather than things. I may try to hook spiritual rationales onto my wanderlust and curiosity. But, the truth is, they're as limited as any material object, and I need to regularly let Jesus remind me of that. It's not only things we can touch that can become false treasures, distracting us from the Lord, whose love never fades.

Loving God, teach me to treasure you above all else in life.

- Amy Welborn
 
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Amy a lightbulb came on for me thinking of myself and others who hold on to experiences to justify why they should be repeated them, why we value how we "feel" instead of keeping our focussing on Jesus and asking Him for courage and grace to face life's issues. Amen!!
Lennise | Posted on: 2018-06-22 12:02:06
 
Amen to my Loving Father. Who I praise you for everything you are doing . I thank you for hearing my prayers for some of the children that got untied with there families. I ask again to reunite the children with there families.
amanda | Posted on: 2018-06-22 09:19:56
 
So true, Amy! Relationship is one of those earthly treasures I cling on to!!! What else takes my focus away from my Lord? Worries and disappointments!!!

Here is what I find that will last forever:
* Isaiah 40:8, "The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God endures forever."
* Matthew 24:35, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away."
* 1 Peter 1:24b-25a, "the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord endures forever."

Yes, His Word, Scripture, the Bible! It is my constant companion into eternity :-) That is why I go to His Word daily through this devotion!

That does not mean I cannot value the things of this world! Why? Because this is my training ground:
* Luke 16:11, "So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?"
* Matthew 25:23, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!"
* Luke 19:17, "Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities."

How?
* Luke 16:9, "I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings."
* Philippians 4:8-9, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from Me, or seen in Me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
* 1 John 2:17, " The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever."

Your Word, Lord, is my constant companion! You are my Rock and my Salvation! Amen!
Salina | Posted on: 2018-06-22 08:32:06
 
Amen.
freeter | Posted on: 2018-06-22 08:26:34
 
It is very easy for us to justify many kinds of experiences, believing that they enrich us, when, in fact, they distract us from Jesus. Hurry can be a form of gluttony, as we attempt to fit as much experience as possible into a limited amount of time that the Lord has given us. Constant reading/learning, while it seems like a good thing, can be a distraction from life's deeper values, loving others (including enemies), and discipleship.
Chad | Posted on: 2018-06-22 08:17:20
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Great reflection, Chad, especially hurrying as a form of gluttony.
Anna | Posted on:: 2018-06-23 00:59:38
 
Lord, let me experience the gifts and blessings you bestow upon your servant today but never taking my eyes of the true prize, Jesus Christ.

God Bless You.
Tim | Posted on: 2018-06-22 08:05:28
 
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 Reconcilliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory. Amen
A sinner | Posted on: 2018-06-22 07:32:24
 
Amen..
Carol | Posted on: 2018-06-22 06:42:40
 
 
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