If you’ve ever owned a garden, you know it only thrives if you take care of it. Of course, you can’t make the plants grow on your own, but your attention counts. It’s the same with your faith life.
The enemy will try to snuff out your belief. The world will distract you with apparently more important things to do. Don’t believe those lies. Resist. Make the effort to cultivate your faith. Dedicate some time every day. It makes a big difference.
If God is your creator, and Jesus your Savior, don’t they deserve some quality time? The results are more clear thinking and peace in your heart. You resist temptation, and you’re more likely to show mercy. So keep the faith.
A message and prayer from Vincent:
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Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.
1 Peter 5:6-9
Thou hast said, “Seek ye my face.”
My heart says to thee,
“Thy face, Lord, do I seek.”
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
Oh blessed Lord,
In your infinite creation… you looked upon me. Why Lord?
You gave this little one faith. Healed the deep wound. The Spirit of Jesus rushed in. He is alive. And so am I.
I didn’t do anything to deserve my faith. I’m no better than any other. Still, you called me. And your grace let me know it was you.
Show me what to do with this gift, oh Lord.
Help me care for my faith.
Make me hungry for your Word.
Call me again and again to prayer.
Unite me to your Body.
Give me courage to proclaim the Gospel with charity and love.
None of this happens without you, as it all begins with you, and this gift called faith.
Christ rising up to give me new life.
This sinner reborn all for the glory of God.