Monday, June 9, 2014

June Daybook: A Snapshot Into My Life

Outside My Window
Too dreary and rainy outside to post a picture of that.....Instead, as the church honors the Sacred Heart of Jesus during the month of June, here is a picture of my mantle...

I am thinking...
About the amazing Pentecost Rally that I was privileged to be part of the core team for, which took place this past Saturday. Over 1500 people joined with our Bishop in attending this first-ever multi-cultural rally. It was truly a Pentecost experience bringing together the English-speaking, Hispanic, Haitian and Filipino communities in our Diocese "All together in one place" (Acts 2:1) to pray for a new Pentecost for our church.  What a joyful, Spirit-filled celebration! 

I am thankful...
For my wonderful husband who works so hard to protect and provide for our family and does it all with great love. He is a supportive homeschooling Dad and husband and seems to intuitively know when I am at the end of my rope - tossing in a lifeline of a Saturday to myself or an evening at Adoration or just cleaning the bathrooms!  I am grateful for him and for all the Dads out there who are trying to faithfully live out their marriage vows and lead their families to heaven. 

In the kitchen...
My 11 year old son has recently taken an interest in cooking and has basically taken over breakfast. He has learned to make pancakes from scratch, corn muffins and eggs and toast. I really hope this is not a passing phase because I am enjoying having my breakfast served to me! Now to work on getting him to clean up after he is done cooking....

I am wearing...
A rainy day outfit - pink tee shirt, black sweat pants and flip-flops. 
I am creating...
A weekly blog series of reflections on  the Blessed Mother, entitled "Love Beyond All Telling" that I am hoping to launch in August.  I am considering doing it as a link-up as well - if you are a Catholic blogger and are reading this - let me know if you would be interested in participating. Here is the logo for the series...

I am going...
On a whirlwind of errand running, in the pouring rain - should be an interesting day....One of my stops is the Post Office to mail Lighthouse CD's and the book "A Father Who Keeps His Promises" to the winner of the Father's Day Lighthouse Giveaway which I hosted last week. Thanks to all who participated and shared the giveaway and congrats to winner Strahlen Smith - check out her powerful blog at Single Mom Smiling.  

I am reading...
Dr. John Bergsma's book "Bible Basics for Catholics". Dr. Bergsma is a professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville and this book is based on his Principals of Biblical Studies course which he teaches at FUS. The book's text  is interspersed with Dr. Bergsma's stick figure drawings which provide eye-catching visual enhancement to his lessons and are a great memory tool! I hope to write a longer review when I am finished reading. In the meantime, if you are interested in purchasing the book, (which would be a great book for a small-faith sharing group or Bible Study) it is offered by Lighthouse Catholic Media for only $5.00 a copy-click here for more info or to purchase.  It would mean a lot to me if you used my promo code 103065 for Lighthouse purchases!

I am learning...
that I need to incorporate some balance into my busy life, mainly by being able to cultivate the useful, but challenging art of saying "no". Dr. Taylor Marshall's podcast "Should You Budget Your Time" was a great motivator and provided some very practical tips that I am trying to incorporate into my life to be a good steward of God's precious gift of time. 

I am praying...
For my Dad and Husband and all the priests whom I am blessed to have as spiritual fathers - that the Lord would pour out his abundant blessings upon them this Father's Day and strengthen them as they lead their families in an increasingly anti-Christian world.

I am looking forward to...
Giving a teaching tomorrow night at a Life in the Spirit Seminar at my parish. The teaching entitled Transformation in Christ and it is the final talk of the eight week seminar. It is a joy for me to be able to share some of the amazing ways the Lord has (and continues) to transform my life! 

A favorite quote for today...
"Pentecost is a moment when a heart of stone is shattered and a heart of flesh takes its place." Father Raniero Cantalamessa 

A few plans for the rest of the week:
  • Shopping for my hubby's Father's Day gifts. 
  • Father's Day celebrations this weekend with my husband and Dad.
A peek inside my life:
Our Bishop, David M. O'Connell humbly asking for and receiving the prayers of all those gathered at this Saturday's Pentecost Rally, in imitation of our Holy Father's example the week prior at the Charismatic Conference in Rome. Thank you Lord for humble Shepherds!

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  1. I would be interested in linking up on your series! Please let me know more details and when you will be beginning. Thanks, so much.

    1. Great Jennifer! I will keep you posted - am thinking of getting started around the Feast of the Assumption in August - definitely not before then. God bless!

  2. Hi Debbie,

    I am SOOOOO excited to have won your Father's Day give away! Thank you so much. I will definitely share the CD's with my boys. I'll listen to the one meant for adults first but may let my older boys listen after I'm done, especially my oldest as he begins looking at colleges and considers entering into the adult world.

    I'd also be very interested in your Mary link up so I'll be coming back often to check our what you're up to.

    I was going to say that one of the things I like most about Saints 365 is the photos you have of Catholics praying together in large groups "Wherever 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst" (Matt 18:20). It's so good to know there are others out there who feel the same way we do when the world is beating us down.

    That is what I WAS GOING to say, but then I remembered the part about your son cooking and your hoping he'd learn to clean up too and I started thinking that if you found a way to make a boy clean up after himself that would definitely be another one of my favorite parts of your blog and SO worth coming back for!
    I guess there are just a whole lotta reasons to read Saints 365!!! ;)

    Thanks so much again! xoxo

    1. Mailed the package yesterday so it should arrive in a few days! I am sure you will love the talks! I will keep you posted on the Mary link-up - I am thinking about starting in August around the feast of the Assumption - no earlier than that for sure...My son is actually very neat - his room looks like a monk's cell - he keeps it very sparse and it is very orderly. Unfortunately, this hasn't spilled over into his kitchen - habits. Oh well, I am so excited to have another amateur chef in the house! God bless!