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Let HIM Shine Out Of You

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Two weeks ago, I attended a Sunday mass that really impacted me. As mass began, I had a weird yet calm feeling. Almost as if I was about to experience something new that God was about to offer to me. I’m talking about a feeling where I was just full of God’s grace and I just took in everything that mass had to offer. Every word the priest said, I listened, and I mean I LISTENED. And every response I said, I SAID. There was one part of the mass where I just looked up at Jesus on the cross, and in my head I prayed, “God, let me be your servant. I give MYSELF to you. I am YOUR HANDS, help me do the things you want me to do on this earth.”

We are all called to be more like Jesus but I will be the first to admit, it’s easier said than done. They’re so many distractions and temptations in this world that it makes being like Jesus hard. And it’s hard because we are human and we have free will. You can go to mass every Sunday or even every day, you can read the bible every night, pray before every meal, but if you don’t live to be in His image, all of those things are just turning into a routine and it becomes a cycle. And then you might start to wonder, “Why do I feel a bit disconnected from you God? Especially when I am doing all of this stuff?” Now don’t get me wrong, doing all of those things is encouraged! Please keep doing them! They help a lot! I am just trying to encourage you to do a little bit more.

I encourage you to make His Word a part of your everyday actions and choices you make. Let all of that going to mass, reading the bible, praying before each meal, etc. shine out of you! Make it known to the world who is your God and why His Word and Love is everlasting. Let this reflect off onto others because I promise you will feel an even GREATER connection with God. I read this book and this one part said, “My life didn’t change completely in one day, or even in one month, but as I began to make His Word a part of my life, the layers of mess started to peel off of me. And now I am a completely new creature.”(God Girl) That’s exactly how I felt after I let God take control of my actions after mass that day and for two weeks I have already felt like a new person.

I want everyone to be able to relate to this at some point in their life and never look back. Nobody’s perfect, I’m farrrrrrr from perfect but that’s the challenge we have to face every day. We’re going to slip, but it’s our duty to make sure we get right back up again and continue to be more like Christ and sharing His love with everyone. Watch what you say to others, pray for someone, be courtesy, caring, loving, really listen to what someone has to say today, anything! These are just little suggestions but every action you make, do it in His Word and Love.

I wouldn’t be telling you all of this if I didn’t think it would make a difference. I waited awhile to write this blog because I really felt this is what God wanted me to write about and in order for me to write about it, I had to experience it. I pray that you get at least one thing out of this blog and apply it to your everyday life. Thank you for reading and I will be praying for you!

God Bless :)


“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”   ~ Matthew 7:24-27

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