Our Effort or God’s Gift?

Everyone to whom much is given, much will be required, Luke 12:48, Karen May, Amayzing Graces

I heard a TED podcast recently that talked about how quickly we can lose sight of an advantage or privilege we have been given and turn it into something that we did on our own.

In a game of Monopoly, one player was given twice as much money as the other and allowed to roll two dice instead of one. At the end, when they invariably won, they were asked why. Interestingly, the answers had to do with their skill in purchasing properties or in decisions they made about developing the properties. It never had to do with the fact that they were given a huge head start and double the opportunity to make it around the board each time.

It is so easy for us to forget that we have been given much to start with, especially when things come with little effort. It is much easier Continue reading

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Answering the Call

In all your ways acknowledge Him. He will direct your path. Proverbs 3_6, Karen May, Amayzing Graces, Bible verse

This weekend, we heard the story of Jonah and Ninevah. I love Jonah’s little temper tantrum response and how it doesn’t get him anywhere.

God calls him to go to the people of Ninevah to convert them from their wicked ways. This historical enemy of Israel sitting halfway between the Mediterranean and Caspian seas was about the last place he would want to go. So, rather than heading inland, he jumps onto a boat.

The complete wrong way.

Of course, we know the story. God sends a storm, Jonah gets thrown overboard, gets eaten by a whale, and is finally spit back out on the shore.

Try again. This time in the general land direction…

When he is in Ninevah, Jonah tells them of their wrongdoing. Rather than being beaten, rejected, or killed, he is believed. The city completely changes its ways.

Two invitations, two completely different responses. One from Continue reading

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Lord, let me love you

We become what we love, and who we love shapes who we become, St. Clare of Assisi, Karen May, Amayzing Graces“Lord, help me to love you to the best of my ability. Then, increase my ability.”

I heard this prayer recently, and I love it. I can only do so much. I can only love so well. I only know God so little. How can I love Him more?

It’s what we are all called to do, right?

What do you do to help your love for God grow? How has He led you deeper into relationship with Him? If you’re not feeling close right now, ask Him. Say this prayer.

Then love God to the best of your ability.

 

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of my new book Walking Through Holy Week. Lent is coming on February 14th. Order your copy here to make it a good one!

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Perspective

What we see depends mainly on what we look for, John Lubbock, rock balancing, Karen May, Amayzing Graces

Who are you? At your core. A mother, a father, a sister, a brother? A student, a doctor, a teacher, an engineer, a designer?

You are a child of God. Someone whom God thought was worth coming down from heaven and taking on human nature for. No only that, but God thought it was worth dying for anything you might do that would turn you away from Him, create distance, or separate you from Him in any way.

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Listen in!

Walking Through Holy Week: A Journey into the Story of Easter, Bible study, Karen May, Amayzing GracesI’m so excited to talk about Walking Through Holy Week. Listen in on Relevant Radio tomorrow morning (Thursday) at 6:45am Central Time where I talk with hosts John Harper and Glen Lewerenz about how meaningful the Masses of Holy Week are for me, and the funny ways kids interpret the lessons.
If you can’t listen in, you can find my interview here at the 30:20 mark.
I’ll be speaking tomorrow in Dallas to the Knights of Columbus at All Saints Catholic Community. Looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing the beauty and wonder of Holy Week!
Contact me if you would like me to speak to your church or help incorporating Walking Through Holy Week with your small group or RCIA program.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of my new book Walking Through Holy Week. Lent is coming on February 14th. Order your copy here to make it a good one!

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Bless This Mess

O Lord, you established the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands, Hebrews 1:10, Karen May, Amayzing Graces

I love how we don’t want to bother God with our messes. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m pretty sure it’s you, too. There’s all this mess, and we’ve got it. Or we don’t, but we sure don’t want to give it to God. It’s too much of a mess, and what could He do anyway?

Don’t you know He’s just laughing at us?

In a loving way.

Don’t you wonder if God’s looking at us and saying, “In the beginning was nothing. All was chaos. And I created Continue reading

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Walking Through Holy Week is Available now!

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It’s finally here! Walking Through Holy Week is available today, and pre-orders are ready to ship out. Order your copy on Amazon now.

Do you want an amazing Easter? Start with an incredible Lent.

Walking Through Holy Week will take you from a passive observer to an active participant in the events leading up to Easter Sunday. Sit at the Last Supper, pray with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and stand at the foot of the Cross, knowing that He will not come down because of His love for you. Standing before the empty tomb will never be the same.

Perfect for individual or group study. Includes discussion and reflection questions, special chapter devoted to the Stations of the Cross, and a leader guide is available at www.amayzinggraces.com

Available today on Amazon.com and at BookPeople in Austin.

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By whose power?

 

My grace is sufficient for you, Karen May, Amayzing Graces

God is strong enough.

I know God answers prayer. In fact, at one point in my life, God was answering a lot of prayers. Over and over again, I would pray for people and things would happen. A relationship was healed, a problem was solved, a diagnosis and proper treatment was found, a job was offered. All of these were incredible, and I was so amazed to be a part of each one of them.

So, when a dear friend was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer and told he had only months to live, I of course went to prayer. But, this time I went in sorrow. I remember praying in tears for God to heal this cancer.

I told Him, “This one is too big for me. I can’t pray this one out.”

Very clearly, and very gently, I heard in reply, Continue reading

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Calling

God is not calling us to be where we are. He is calling us to go where He wants us to be, Amayzing Graces, Karen May

God called Adam, “Where are you?”

God called Isaiah, “Whom shall I send?”

God called Eli by name, “Eli, Eli.”

None of these callings was to discover the location of the person being called. God knew exactly where Adam was, but needed him to come out of hiding. Isaiah was in the presence of God as the question, “Whom shall I send?” came from His mouth. There wasn’t anyone else there to say, “Pick me!” Eli needed to learn to recognize God’s voice before he could follow God’s plans for him.

God calls us every day. Every day, He beckons Continue reading

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Epiphany

Wise men still seek Him, Epiphany, Karen May, Amayzing Graces

At Epiphany, we bring the Christmas season to a close and look directly to Lent and Easter. The wise men arrive after following a star, inquiring of Herod where the new king of the Jews was born, and bearing gifts.

Gold – for a king. This lowly child, born in a feeding trough in a stable is to be King, but not as the world sees. Pilate will ask,  Continue reading

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