Monday, June 13, 2016

The Sunday Plan: Pan de Vida

JMJ

Aloha my friends!

We have made it back from a beautiful vacation to Hawaii, we are blessed. Some of my friends have referred to it as visiting "paradise," and yes God's creations are magnificent - but paradise it is not.

I try to keep away from the news and so my husband told me about the latest tragedy on the way to Mass on Sunday morning. I didn't really know how bad it was until last night.

My heart hurts.

This week at Mass, the song below is the one that stood out to me and the rendition by this artist is beautiful and simple. We need more beauty in this world, more love. Always love.


Pan de Vida by Bob Hurd

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

We are the dwelling of God,
fragile, and wounded and weak
We are the body of Christ,
called to be the compassion of God

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

Somos el templo de Dios,
fragiles seres humanos.
Somos el cuerpo de Cristo
Llamados a ser compasivos.

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

You call me teacher and Lord,
I who have washed your feet.
So you must do as I do,
so the greatest must become the least.

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

Ustedes me llaman Senor,
me inclino a lavarles los pies.
Algan lo mismo umildes,
sirviendose unos a otros.

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

There is no Jew or Greek,
there is no slave or free.
There is no woman or man,
only heirs of the promise of God

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

No hay esclavos ni libres,
no hay mujeres ni hombres,
solo aquellos que hereran el reino que Dios prometio.

Pan de vida,
Cuerpo del Senor.
Cup of Blessing,
Blood of Christ the Lord.
At this table, the last shall be first.
Poder es servir,
porque Dios es amor.

A Dios!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Sunday Plan: Lead me to the Cross

JMJ

So yes, I'm going to sneak right on in like I haven't been absent from all things blog related in months and post today's beautiful, oh so beautiful song!

The verse that struck a chord with me was "Rid me of myself, I belong to You." It is so difficult for me to do this, I fight it like my BBs fight going to bed! There is prayer though, and I pray to always remember what He's done for me. May He quiet our souls and may we always remember.



Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemption's hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom

Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out

Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You

oh Lead me, lead me to the cross

You were as I
Tempted and trialed
You are
The word became flesh
Bore my sin in death
Now you're risen

Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost
Lead me to the cross
Where your love poured out
Lead Bring me to my knees

Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself I belong to you
Oh, Lead me!
Lead me to the cross

-instrumental-

To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart

Lead me to the cross where your love poured out
Bring me to my knees Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself I belong to you

Lead me....
Lead me...
Lead me to the cross
Where your love poured out

Lead Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to you
Oh Lead me
Lead me to the cross.
ADios!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

MAM: Immaculate Conception

JMJ

God Love You!

12/7/2013

I know I have not posted in forever, but it gets real and busy most of the time and I'm so grateful for it all.

I've had this post on draft for a couple of months and as providence would have it, I get to post about it today - on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Here are some of the highlights Mother Angelica goes into:


  • For us to TRY to grasp the wonder of Mary
  • The Pieta and the degree of love in that piece
  • The awesomeness of our creation and how we're not awe struck at the wonder of God!
  • The hunger for God
  • The hunger to adore our Lady
  • The hunger for Holy Days of Obligation
  • Better to die with your boots on, than to have to face the Lord and say "I was too tired"
  • Get your soul in order - confession!
  • She takes a call about infertility

As I was reading this list, the hunger for Holy Days of Obligation jumped up out at me - the thought that we need to feel obligated to do something at times. How we sense a feeling of love when others expect something from us.

I see it in my daughter, when she asks me if it's seven yet. We have a rule that says "no Ipad after seven." She doesn't watch the Ipad often, but when she does she is somehow comforted in knowing that I have set some rules for her - for her own good.

So if you can, try your hardest to make it to Mass today!



ADios!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Sunday Plan: Amazing Grace

JMJ

God love you!

So I believe it was last week that I wanted to start posting the song that spoke to me most during Mass. As it happens with me often, I never got around to actually writing that post but I kept thinking about it throughout the week.

This week, it just happened that the song the 10 am choir chose to sing was "Amazing Grace." Good one God!

I know there are many renditions that will just bring you to your knees. This rendition, however was made more special by the elderly man who I had the pleasure to sit next to. His voice was so soft and worn and he sang each word with such meaning, with such love. I just couldn't help it, I cried - it doesn't take much these days.

It turns out it was his birthday, too. I wanted to tell him that I hope my children grow up to sing like that one day. I wanted to tell him that he did his Mama proud that day and to keep singing like that every day of his life. Sometimes, when I want to say things like this to someone I know no longer has a Mama this side of heaven, it almost makes me feel like I'm talking to my BBC. Don't ask me why, it just does. A lump in my throat and a few tears, and I didn't tell him - so I'm telling you instead.

The cool thing, though is that in my "research" for this post, and by "research" I mean the "Amazing Grace" Wiki page, I learned all about John Newton's amazing conversion and how he came to believe God had begun to work through him. I learned that his conversion, like mine and many others is a day to day thing. God is constantly calling us back to Him.

I also learned that Mr. Newton had been reading The Christian's Pattern, a summary of the 15th-century The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. That is just amazing! The same book that sits on my table and never finished. I must change this.

The video below says it is the best version by far which I think is a crazy claim seeing as how it's estimated that it's performed over 10 million times annually. As for me, I'll never forget the rendition by the man sitting next to me!

What's your favorite rendition?





In keeping with the Sunday plan posts, I'm going to be posting my workout plan for the week. It'll be a good way to keep me accountable and to hopefully remind you to get that body moving!!!

Monday: ripped-with-hiit-hiit-circuit-upper-body
Tuesday: ripped-with-hiit-hiit-circuit-lower-body
Wednesday: ripped-with-hiit-plyo-hiit-one + ripped-with-hiit-bonus-abs-one
Thursday: ripped-with-hiit-lift-it-hit-it-back-biceps-shoulders
Friday: ripped-with-hiit-lift-it-hiit-it-legs

ADios!

Friday, October 9, 2015

7QTF: Only in El Paso


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JMJ

God Love You!

This, OMG, this possibility:



He may come to visit Cd. Juarez, according to this article. In a city that has seen so much violence, this would just be awesome - so pray that he makes it out there!

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I've been to two of these missions and they are just beautiful and so full of love! I know, living here - I take them for granted so I must make it a point to go visit them soon.

I'm always in awe when I walk into any Mission. I wonder how many people walked through those doors? How many were suffering or angry? How many were forced? How many felt God's love?

It amazes that people chose to leave the comforts of their own home and community to brave a new world just to bring God's love to others. Wow.


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BB: "Hey, you missed a page." She's convinced I skip pages in her bedtime story so she just has to wrestle the book away to make sure.

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BBC: The Compassionate Friends "Walk to Remember" is this weekend. There are so many emotions in this last sentence so I will leave it at that.

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NCC: Walking all over the place and playing with his plastic yellow ball, he laughs each time it hits his tummy - that is, when he's not getting ear infections!

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The Doggies: missing my little Dulci - praying she's playing up at Rainbow Bridge. I miss her little nails on the wood - always by my side.

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I just found this song and thought the video was too cute not to share. Try not to picture me dancing to this song at work, it's hilarious - I have no rhythm!




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ADios!

Monday, September 7, 2015

MAM: Resolutions

JMJ

God Love You!

Oh my goodness, what a title for this post. Resolutions. We are almost at the three-quarters mark and I've probably gotten around to getting less than 10% of my resolutions going.

Today I had one of those events where you come up a little shaken. It was nothing big, but just big enough that you know you need to work on trusting our Lord just a little, more like a lot more. Ever have one of those?

The episode below originally aired on 1/5/1999. I was going into my junior year in college, but I honestly can't remember how I spent New Year's that year. Friends, family - that particular year is drawing a blank - aahhh! Oh well. I know I was young and probably looking for love or something like that.

Some of the topics Mother Angelica covers are:


  • How we don't know what God is preparing for us, but He does prepare, for here and the after life
  • Why does God allow these things, like abortion and storms
  • Luke 16 - the demands on the man that showed no sign of repentance
  • How we cannot serve two masters
  • Warning to those who hit their wives and how that's not love at all
  • How do we know suffering has value? She knows because of Jesus. A lot of us think suffering is an evil, but it is not.
  • Dryness when you don't feel like praying/bored/running away from suffering, we must try to love with a pure love and sometimes no consolations can be a good sign!
  • How we must persevere in loneliness, desolation, in your problems even when you think God's not hearing you. He may just be saying no.
  • How every storm passes and they all pass
  • For those that need assurance that God loves you - well you wouldn't be here if He didn't!
It's a really good episode, and so funny too. I hope you watch it - I'm so glad I did!



ADios!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

7QTF: Jambalaya!

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JMJ

God Love You!

We are planning a trip to Durango, CO and cannot wait. Any recommendations?


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These dogs, oh my gosh - these dogs! The one with the lid on his head, priceless!




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BB: "You'll pick me up ..., but that takes so long! Believe it or not, it's been a difficult summer with BB and drop offs at the learning center. A couple of times I've regretted my hair being down as it gives her the chance to grab on and hold on tight.

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BBC: Some kiddos joined us in praying the Divine Chaplet of Mercy at 3 (I'll tell you more about that later) and I kept thinking about him. How these little girls have already been introduced to such a beautiful prayer and it all started with my friends praying with me and for my family. It was such a blessing.
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NCC: Almost walking, almost - eight teeny tiny steps of joy into my heart.

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The Doggies: they both just love to dig through some trash, I need to record their guilty faces!

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Jambalaya!



Makes me laugh every time!

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ADios!