Monday, October 6, 2014

October Daybook: A Snapshot Into My Life

Outside My Window
It is a crisp fall day with the wind blowing the leaves off the trees in a steady stream of falling color. Autumn is my favorite time of year and I am grateful for the beautiful scenery that the Lord paints during this season.  

I am thankful...
...that my son has recently had the opportunity to begin Altar Serving at our parish. What an honor and privilege it is for him and a joy to watch for my husband and I. Serving at the altar has given him a new and deeper reverence and understanding of the Mass.

A dear friend and mother of a the seminarian who trained my son shared this video with me  - it is a much watch for all Altar Servers and gives a moving display of the great dignity of their role in the Mass. 

I am going... the Adoration Chapel this afternoon for some much needed time in the presence of the Lord. If you have never spent time in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, I invite you to do so.  St. John Vianney says:
"Our Lord is hidden in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for us to come and visit him....See how good he is! If he had appeared before us now in all his glory, we should not have dared to approach him; but he hides himself like one in prison, saying: "You do not see me, but that does not matter; ask me for all you want..."
I am reading...
...The Consuming Fire: A Christian Guide to the Old Testament by Father Michael Duggan.  This is a text for an Old Testament Scripture class that I am currently taken and I am loving every one of it's massive 688 pages. 

I am learning...
...about the Old Testament and how the experiences, struggles, sins, and victories of the Israelites have so much to teach us today. I have to admit, except for a few favorite verses and a handful of Psalms, before taking this class I had about a second grade knowledge of the Old Testament - you know, Jonah was the guy who got swallowed by the whale; David killed the giant; and Samson had a really bad hair day...

Through the course and Father Duggan's book, as well as reading the OT from beginning to end (an exercise I highly recommend) I am learning the importance of knowing how the Lord has operated in the lives of his people since the beginning of Creation. The Old Testament's narratives were often written to remind the Israelites of the fact that what God has done for their ancestors, he will do for them too. It is so easy for me to look at whatever problem I am facing today and panic. I have come to realize through the Old Testament, that what I need to be doing is reflecting on how God has seen me through problems in the past and he will continue to do so in the present and the future, provided that I remain faithful to him. All of God's word is a living word, with as much relevance and meaning for us today as it was when it was written thousands of years ago.  How great is our God! 

I am praying...
...for a multitude of people and intentions. However, the foremost on my list is for protection for my family and all families. The family seems to be under unprecedented attack and I pray that the Lord will pour out the grace of fortitude and perseverance for all families trying to live holy lives in a challenging, often anti-Christian world. 

I am looking forward to...
spending the weekend with my family celebrating my brother's birthday. My brother is a diocesan priest - if you get a minute, please say a prayer for him and for all priests that the Lord would protect them as fearlessly and tirelessly proclaim the Gospel to a world which badly needs to hear the Good News.  

A favorite quote for today...

A few plans for the rest of the week:
  • Putting away summer clothes and getting out fall/winter ones.  (Yes, even the flip-flops)
  • Attending our parish's Christ Life program - an 8 week evangelization program designed to bring the attendees to a personal encounter with Jesus. My husband and I have been blessed to serve on the core-team for the program.  It is really a joy to watch people's faith come alive as the Lord touches their hearts. 
  • Taking my kids to the zoo with our homeschool co-op and to the local hayride/corn maze. I am amazed that at 12 and 10 years old they are still super excited about these trips and I am looking forward to spending some time outdoors enjoying the beautiful fall days! 
A peek inside my day:
Our classroom.

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  1. I enjoyed your daybook . The seasonal clothing swap is on my agenda for this week too (and then today it decided to be warm!) Have a blessed week ! Lora

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lora! The Fall surely has unpredictable weather -it is warmer here today too!

  2. Thanks for sharing your day with us Debbie. Have fun at the zoo co-op. My husband keeps reminding me that I promised him a zoo date. Lol

  3. Thank you for the inspiration, Debbie! By the way, I love your classroom!! We'll be praying for your son as he begins altar serving. God bless!

    1. Thanks Colleen - you really have the gift of encouragement!