Friends with God

Prayer is friendship with God, St. Theresa of Avila, Amayzing Graces, Karen May

 

I am often asked about prayer and how we know that God is speaking to us. It’s always funny to me how little we trust those moments when we hear God’s voice or see a sign that He sends.

We do well to cautiously see if something that seems to be from God truly is from God. After all, we could be convincing ourselves and letting the blowing wind decide where we go.

If prayer is truly as St. Theresa says – friendship with God – then it would make sense to think of these things in terms Continue reading

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Where is God when…?

Life happens so quickly. Small decisions lead to other small decisions, and before you know it, you are far along a path that you didn’t know you started. Sometimes this is a great thing, sometimes it is a path to an exciting, new adventure. But sometimes it is down a path we never thought we would be walking – one we never wanted to walk in the first place.

As I watched this skit with our high school youth group this weekend, several things touched me deeply. Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 3

to everything there is a season, Ecclesiastes 3; Karen May; Amayzing Graces, amazing grace

A time to laugh, a time to cry,

A time to plant, a time to reap

Every season has its own particular beauty. Spring is one of my favorites, with all the promise held in each budding leaf and blooming flower. Fall is filled with beautiful color and crisp, cool air. For me, it is the transition times that are the most exciting and enjoyable.

Our lives are filled with seasons. Some are longer than others, some are more enjoyable than others. The thing with seasons, though, is that they are constantly changing. There is always something happening. In the depths of winter, seeds and bulbs are chilling enough to bloom the next year. In the depths of summer, flowers are spreading seeds to grow for the next year.

No matter what season God has us in, we are changing. Continue reading

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Goals

My grace is sufficient for you, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Amayzing Graces, Karen May

I once told a friend that I was thinking about reading A Purpose-Driven Life, and she said, “You are one of the most purpose-driven people I know.”

She’s right. I live with goals, looking to the future, always asking God what I’m supposed to do next. What should I be working towards? What is my goal? Where do You want me to go? Or even, what do You want me to do right now?

Well, God’s been working on me in this area quite a bit lately. Sometimes, we really shouldn’t be looking at where we are going, because God doesn’t want us to miss Continue reading

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Blessing or curse?

great for God, Amayzing Graces, Karen May

 

I have a friend who asked God to help her with her relationship. If this was the right one, then let it flourish, and if it wasn’t, let it die.

The next week, her boyfriend broke up with her.

At first, it felt a little brutal – this rejection from someone who seemed so promising. But, when we looked at what she had just prayed it was a little shocking to realize how quickly Continue reading

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Music Monday: Make You Feel My Love

Okay, one more Music Monday. I heard this one last weekend as our high schoolers sat in adoration for an hour. One hour, over one hundred teens, none of them on their phones, none of them talking, all of them praying, singing, or waiting in an enormous line to go to reconciliation. Anyone who is worried about our youth hasn’t seen these kids. The mustard seed is there, and it’s growing.

Back to the song – a friend of mine introduced me to this one. When you listen to it, imagine it as a letter from a God who is ready Continue reading

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Speaking Tour!

Peoria inspirational talks, Karen May, Amayzing Graces

Peoria friends! We have three opportunities to get together. Come to any and all of my talks. They’re sure to inspire and bless you. My books will be available for purchase at each event. Hope to see you soon!

Hidden Blessings
Thursday, October 12, 6:30-8:00 pm
St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church
424 Lourdes Church Road
Metamora, IL

Our Lady of Fatima mini-retreat
Friday, October 13, 7:00-9:30pm
Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N. Sterling Ave.
Peoria, IL

Fearless Living
Holy Family Men’s Breakfast (open to all)
Saturday, October 14, 7:00-8:30am
Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N. Sterling Ave.
Peoria, IL

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Up close, and personal

I beg you, O Lord,

to remove anything which separates me from you, or you from me.

Remove anything that makes me unworthy

of your sight, your control, your reprehension, of your speech and conversation,

of your benevolence and love.

cast from me every evil that stands in the way of my seeing you,

hearing, tasting, savouring, and touching you,

fearing and being mindful of you;

knowing, trusting, loving, and possessing you; being conscious of your presence and, as far as may be, enjoying you.

This is what I ask for myself and earnestly desire from you.

Amen

– St. Peter Canisius

We want to be close to God. Don’t we? So, what is standing in our way? Continue reading

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The things we carry…

Have you ever been with someone who complains and refuses to acknowledge any way to change their situation? It’s so frustrating when we adamantly stay in our misery and refuse to look at anything that might get us out. I hate to complain for just that reason. Turns out, that’s not such a good thing.

I’ve had a couple difficult situations that I was holding onto myself. Until I had to let go. And then I got it. Continue reading

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Pray for Las Vegas

Pray for Las Vegas, Amayzing Graces, Karen MayAnother shooting. Another senseless round of killings. What are we supposed to do with this?

We can change laws, but that won’t ever be enough.

We need to change hearts. We need to change the culture. We need to be the ones who start this change. Who else will?

We are given these moments so often lately. Moments to look at the consequences of the way we live. Moments to look at the effects of the way we treat each other. Moments to see the power of sin and evil.

Is God in this? Absolutely. Continue reading

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