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Suffer? Me? Why?

"We accept good things from God; and should we not accept evil? (Job 2:10)
It is an inevitable truth that in this life everyone will suffer. Nobody is immune from this reality.  But what can we do when faced with suffering?  How can we continue living life when we are suffering?  Why do some people thrive while suffering and others fall apart?  How do we reconcile the notion of a benevolent, loving God with a God that allows suffering.

I like this quote from the book of Job: (couldn't find citation, sorry) " On the day of prosperity do not forget affliction, and on the day of affliction do not forget prosperity."

The Lord is teaching us all through Job that we need to develop a balanced mindset when it comes to suffering.  Does this mean that we should always be gloomy and on the lookout for something bad to happen?  No, the Lord wants us to celebrate the good things of this world.  Celebrating life is a foreshadowing of heaven; we need joy in order to comprehen…

God's "Riff Raff"

"For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; but God choose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise,  God choose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,  God choose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption;  therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."  (1 Corinthians 1: 26-31)

It is so comforting to know that the Lord chooses the everyday person, the poor person, the struggling person, the exploited person, the depressed person, the chronic sinner, the average Joe, the homeless person, the forgotten elderly person, the single mother with three jobs, the immigrant, the prostitute, the recov…

Renee Rewards: Reason 35

I love my wife Renee because she throws great 30th birthdays.  My beloved wife was able to successfully plan and create a truly special event for me.  I felt incredibly loved and blessed by her efforts. She is simply the best party planner that I have ever met.   To top things off she bought me a custom made footed pajama (Photos soon) and a book about Ronald Reagan, very cool indeed.  

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God: President & CEO

Here is a quote from one of my favorite spiritual works, "God Calling" by A.J. Russell; that helps put our relationship with the Lord in proper context. The selection is titled, "Know Your Rights",

"In every thing by prayer and supplications let your requests be made known unto God."  (Philippians 4:6) But do not beg.  Rather come just as a business manager bringing to the owner the needs, checks to be signed, etc., and knowing that to lay the matter before him means immediate supply.
I long to supply, but the asking-or the faith-assurance from you, is necessary, because to you that contact with me is vital."  (Message for Feb 20)

I particularly love this quote because it highlights the way God wants us to come to him.   As the world's greatest president and CEO God is telling us, his managers to chill out, to just make our requests known and that he will take care of the rest.  But why is this so hard to accomplish?  I believe that there are…

One Mass- New Life

Last weekend I ran and attended a retreat titled, “Prayer is the key that opens the heart of God: Love God and be loved in return.” It was inspiring to see how the Lord was working so powerfully in all of the participants. ( I will talk about the retreat in another blog) The wonderful thing about attending a good retreat is that it gives one the opportunity to reflect on the bountiful blessings of the Lord. Like all effective retreats it got me reflecting on my life, where I am now, where I came from, and where I am going. But first things first…the decision that changed my life forever.

I remember the day clearly; it was a frigid Sunday morning in the middle of February, the year 2005. I was a broken, depressed, hopeless person. I had tried everything to be happy but nothing had worked up to that point. I had dabbled in eastern spiritualities, countless “isms” the new age, music, and relationships. The only thing that was evident was that I was depressed , and as a 23 year old I felt …

Mercedes musings

There is a cliche that goes, "The clothes make the man." In my case I would say "The car makes the man and fakes out the onlookers."  Every once in a while the Lord decides to help me in a cool way and this is one of those times. Here's the story. 

About two weeks ago as I was driving to my (hour and a half away- unpaid) internship site, I began smelling a strong odor of antifreeze as I blasted my heat; the heat that never worked in the first place.  As I lifted the hood I realized that my car was leaking antifreeze.  Worried,  I filled up the container with the last remaining antifreeze from my trunk.  I prayed and hoped that my car would be able to survive but during the course of the week it got worse and started leaking antifreeze at a faster pace.  I was in a bind, I needed help, but where could I go?  I did not have any money, and worse off I still had about 5 months remaining on my internship.  The Lord would answer my fervent pleas with the gift of a M…

30 Years: A Milestone

This past Sunday I celebrated my 30th birthday.  I can't believe it,  I have been on this earth for 30 years!  I like to think of 30 as a great age, an age where I like to think that my hormones have finally caught up with my brain;  an age where I am still young, but hopefully wiser then in my second decade.  In this post I will list the highlights of my special day:

On Saturday night my wife threw me a beautiful dinner party with my closest family members.  I was touched and honored to have my family with me to celebrate this milestone.The highlight of the evening came when my sister, 2 brothers, and brother in law all recited their tributes to me.  I felt so uplifted and loved as each of them shared their moving words.  I felt like God was speaking through each one of them, affirming his deeply personal love for me. I was treated to the best, berry, cheesecake, chocolate fusion, cake ever. This cake was made for me with tons of TLC by my mother.  My wife wanted to have each gue…