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Hey Baby Take a Walk ….

I took a walk on the wild side. I fell hook, line, and sinker for the ‘New Age Spirituality’ movement. I was sure the grass was greener on the other side, mostly it had more manure over the top of it. Some of it was filled with a lot of fluff and feel good stuff too. Mostly it was filled with empty promises, because evil can disguise itself as something fluffy or greener. Watch what you’re stepping in, it might appear greener at first glance, and sometimes you need hip waders, just saying.

About 4 years ago I started my move. I was being guided back to the Catholic Church. Once I began moving away from the ‘New Age’ stuff and back towards Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ it seemed like the battle was on! Some days I took two steps forward and other days I took two steps back. Yet momentum was building for that forward push. Then one day I did it. I broke free, breaking through the jail cell I had found myself in. Funny I had a dream about that years and years ago. I dreamed that I broke out of a jail cell and ran away. As I started to get away I was afraid they (whoever they were in the dream) would come after me, then I remember thinking that no one would recognize me anymore because I changed so much. Once again I have changed or maybe I didn’t change, maybe I’ve just gone back to who I really am, a Child of the One True God, and living that through the Catholic religion, my home. It’s been a strange and tricky battle fighting against the forces of evil, but I’ve had lots of people praying for me.  I thought I was already ‘saved’ because ya know, I was going to help ‘save’ the world. Truth be told, it was about time I actually put on the armor of God and stopped dancing around.

Today I’m going to leave you with this, because I was guided to some awesomeness for #BibleVerseOracle for us today.

You’ll notice on the top of the first photo above the double digits of 33 and 8:22.

John 3:3 ~ Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” But let’s continue with verse 4 & 5  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?”Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit  (baptism covers that)

Matthew 8:22 ~ And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, ….

Yep, I’m going to leave that right there.

Grace be with you on your journey

~ Suziangel224 ~ D.O.G. ~ The Jesus Team

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Shamed Into Silence

So which hypocrite am I?

Am I the one behind door number 1, door number 2, door number 3, or perhaps door number 4?

If you read my book “The Jesus Team” I brought the subject up in chapter 7. Thee darkest part of my past. I have felt guided once again to address the subject. It’s that of abortion. Still not the easiest subject to write or speak about for me, yet with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit by my side, I’m stepping out again, to help heal a soul, or 3, or more, maybe it’s yours. Or maybe it’s to continue to heal mine by helping someone else. Today I’m going to expand on my experience.
When I was 15 I was pregnant with my first child. I gave birth to my baby girl just after I turned 16. At the time it was suggested for me to have an abortion. My Mom firmly said “We’re Catholic, we don’t believe in abortion!”, and that was the end of that discussion. That baby girl is now a beautiful lady who has given me 6 gorgeous grand-babies. I married the father of that daughter and went on to have a son with him a few years later. That marriage ended in divorce. I’ll chalk a lot of that up to being so young when we married, which was the month before I turned 17. Together, separated, together, and separated again all within 3 years. Our divorce was finalized 4 years afterwards, that probably would have happened sooner only I had to once again establish legal residency back in Ohio.
As I was establishing that residency I had begun dating another guy who turned out to be or into a drug dealer. Oh yes, I got caught up in that lifestyle too. I was no Suzi-innocent. At the time that he and I were breaking up I found out I was pregnant with my third child. I thought were we trying to patch things up, yet it was simply a ploy to help him get custody of his twins from his first marriage. He moved out of state with the promise to send for me and the kids, but that never happened. I gave birth to my third child, another daughter, while he went on to marry someone else.
Fast forward through a couple more ‘dark’ years of my life and I met the man I am now married to, we’ve been married for almost 32 years. We had only been dating for a couple of months when low and behold I am pregnant again. Well, that wasn’t going to be convenient. At the time I didn’t tell him I was pregnant. I borrowed the money and had an abortion. All tucked away quietly in my mind. Something like that didn’t just go away for me though. It was buried for a long time, festering. Yet I felt shamed into silence. Was I hypocrite #1, 2, 3, or 4?
Door #1 ~ I was the girl that was told ‘we don’t believe in abortion’. So okay, I don’t believe in abortion.
Door #2 ~ Then I moved along on my journey of life and behind door number 2 was the idea of “I’d never have an abortion, but I support your right to have one”.
Door #3 ~ Oh this pregnancy isn’t convenient at all. This is legal and accepted by society, so i’ll have an abortion.
Door #4 ~ Abortion is killing a child of God.
So I have come full circle. Only it’s not that I ‘don’t believe in abortion’, unfortunately I believe it exists. We play right along with the temptations that lay before us. I believe it’s an evil that plays right along with our society into the hands of the evil one, something that is deemed acceptable which truly crushes our morality, an ugliness that can creep into our soul. I was lazy in the spiritual battle. But how could I know it was a spiritual battle? I was so far away from God. How could I know that it was a battle for my soul, one that I didn’t even know existed? If the evil one can find a little wiggle room to get in or whisper half truths in your ear it can happen. Society has been harmed by this plague.
Then I found complete love and forgiveness from our heavenly Father.
Remember W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do)? I’m pretty sure He wouldn’t say, yeah go ahead kill that child of God, it’ll all get worked out. That’s the evil one at work, whispering in our ears. Yet, I do believe that the Holy Trinity, God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit will seek the hearts and minds of those caught up in this spiritual battle. To bring you, me, us, them, all back to wholeness. The wound in your heart may not have healed yet, God can help with that, it’s time to reach out.
Perhaps I am no hypocrite about abortion. Perhaps I really truly found God. Don’t be afraid to change your mind, because all lives matter to God, even the pre-born!
Blessed to finally admit “I AM PRO-LIFE”

“The Catholic Church is perhaps the only institution which has never minimalized the grave sin which is abortion.”

Pope John Paul II “Do not give in to discouragement, and do not lose hope.” Is it possible that life can go on after such an “unspeakable crime?”

A general and no less serious responsibility [John Paul II continues] lies with those who have encouraged the spread of an attitude of sexual permissiveness and a lack of esteem for motherhood, and those who should have ensured—but did not— effective family and social policies in support of families

“Finally,” he concludes, “one cannot overlook the network of complicity which reaches out to include international institutions, foundations and associations which systematically campaign for the legalization and spread of abortion in the world”

“Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”

Grace be with you on your journey
~ Suziangel224 ~ D.O.G. ~ The Jesus Team

Born Again

Today is The Nativity of St. John the Baptist. As I sat in the pew this morning waiting for the 9:00 a.m. Mass to start I was drawn into the Lord by the smell of church incense. Ahhhh, love that smell.
During Mass we had the pleasure of having a baptism. Cute little tot with snow white/blonde hair. As Father Ingram baptized him “in the name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit” with water I was so taken by the moment that tears of pure joy welled up in my eyes. I don’t remember doing that for any of my children or grandchildren. I believe that is because now my awareness of how special that moment really is for us has increased and with that I was overcome by the joy.
This sacrament is also called “the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit” in the Catechism of the Catholic church. Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua) and a door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission : Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”
John 3:5 ~ Jesus answered “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.”

Grace be with you on your journey

~ Suziangel224 ~ D.O.G. ~ The Jesus Team

TAKE HEED AND READ

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This has been a repeating message for me personally as well as for humanity as a whole.

Whether you believe in evil forces or not, they do exist. Evil knows exactly where to strike to do the most damage. The fight is not mine, as I would believe it is, yet I am drawn into it. This fight is not yours, as you would believe it is, yet you are drawn into it. This fight is between the forces of good and evil, please don’t believe that you are the one on the ‘right’ side. That is exactly what evil does, wants one side to believe they are the right ones as to keep us divided. Evil wants you to believe you have some kind of moral high ground with which to belittle or put down your brethren. You move from one ‘topic’ to the next without regard for the underlying issues.

  1. We have to expand our vision and be used by God’s plan.

2. We are all broken in some way.

3. Holding onto the past will only destroy what lays before us.

I’ve touch on this subject lightly before, yet here I am again because for sometime I was living in some ‘airy-fairy’ version of reality. I was served up the idea that evil isn’t real, that it is some earthly thing, it is only in human form that evil exists, or whatever. I was spoon fed that stuff like a hungry child waiting all day for Thanksgiving dinner. No manners, just gobbling up whatever was served to me.  I temporarily lost my ability to discern, or perhaps I never really developed that as well as I thought I had. I had become a pawn in evil’s game. Then I spoon fed that to any audience I could entice. All the while evil laughed.  I donned the cap of ‘false prophet’, fed by my insatiable hunger for wanting to help ‘save’ the world. But evil doesn’t play fair, so on my quest to help I became a pawn in evil’s game. How easily we can become distracted from God by ‘things’. Shiny things, noisy things, fancy things, bigger things, faster things, alcoholic things, getting ‘high’ or stoned things, and sometimes just things.

It’s time for some new lenses, or perhaps just clearing out the old ones.  We can chose to keep dividing ourselves. When we see no difference between good and evil, mostly because then we would have to examine the side of ourselves that is further from good, further from God, we become tolerant of ‘things’ and intolerant to other ‘things’. Differences do exist when we have willful disobedience towards God.

Yet we hold the keys to success for unity. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Grace be with you on your journey

Suziangel224 ~ D.O.G. ~ The Jesus Team

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.