Twelve Steps to Being a Spiritual Writer

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Step Six – We’re entirely ready to have God remove all the defects of character that affect our writing and our writing career

Let’s find a place where we can talk to God, and most of all, listen to Him. For months we have been working toward becoming the spiritual writer that God created us to be. Now, with Step Six, it is time for action. In the first five steps we opened our minds and hearts to the truth. Sometimes the truth can be very difficult to admit. When we look at Step Four and truthfully review our faults and failings it can be depressing to know how imperfect we truly are. So many times we have promised to do better, confessed our sins and went forth with a determination to succeed. It didn’t take long for us to fail. Why? Because we thought we could use sheer determination and the power of our own will to become the person and writer we wanted to be. We can’t.

Only God can change us. As long as we think we are in control, we will fail. He is in control. So let’s find a quiet place to be alone with Him for at least an hour. For the first part of that hour let’s review the first five steps.

1)      Step One – We admitted that we are powerless over our human desire for fame, wealth and power – that our writing life had become unmanageable.

2) Step Two – Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore our writing to sanity.

3)      Step Three – Made a decision to turn our writing and our writing career over to the care of God.

4)      Step Four – Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves as writers and of our writing.

5)      Step Fivet- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

After a short review, let’s turn it all over to God. The place we go to pray is important. I think there is nothing better than an empty church or a Eucharistic Adoration chapel. You might prefer a deserted beach or park. Maybe you have a special place where you find peace each day. Wherever you go, please be sure that you will not be disturbed for at least an hour or more.

Close your eyes and thank Him for the closeness you have found while practicing these first five steps. Thank Him for your gift of writing and the grace of knowing Him and His Will better.

Now, knowing your faults and failures as a writer and living in complete truth, ask Him if there is anything that you have missed. STOP, Pause and Listen! Let His Love cover you. Let Him flood you with His Grace.

Turn it all over to Him, all the dreams and all the failures. Hand Him all the pain and the failures. Give Him the inspiration and imagination. Let go of the ambition and control. It was all His to begin with. It just took you some time to really know that.

Don’t you feel better? Aren’t you lighter without that weight on your shoulders?

Now let it all go. Just sit. Let Him do the talking.

Bask in His Love. Absorb His Grace. Let Him increase your understanding and your gift.

 

Stay. Stay as long as He wants you to. At least an hour… You may be surprised how fast the time flies by.

 Now is the time for the sixth step. Now is the time to ask.

Ask Him to remove your defects of character both personally and professionally. Ask Him to remove any defects that you are aware of and those you are not aware of. Only He can. Let them go and trust that He has.

You will be surprised that the next time you are about to fall into one of those flaws you will become aware before you do. Or if you fall, you will be aware that you did and can make restitution immediately. It is a gentle process. Give it to Him and it will begin and you will be free to use your writing gift according to His Will.

And you have just completed the Step Six.

 

Karen Kelly Boyce is a mother of two and grandmother of two who lives on a farm in N.J. with her retired husband. She and her husband love to camp and take ‘road trips’ around the country. She has published four novels and three children’s books. Her website is www.karenkellyboyce.com

 

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: January 22, 2016

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

Isaiah 8:23–9:3

For is not everything dark as night for a country in distress? As the past humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, so the future will glorify the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, the territory of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; on the inhabitants of a country in shadow dark as death light has blazed forth. You have enlarged the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at harvest time, as they exult when they are dividing the spoils. For the yoke that weighed on it, the bar across its shoulders, the rod of its oppressor, these you have broken as on the day of Midian.

 


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JANUARY INTENTION PRAYER 

Prayer to the Holy Family

Lord Jesus Christ, who, being made subject to Mary and Joseph, didst consecrate domestic life by Thine ineffable virtues; grant that we, with the assistance of both, may be taught by the example of Thy holy Family and may attain to its everlasting fellowship. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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The Millennial Search for Meaning

A recent article at Forbes about the lament of Millennials and their desire to find meaning in their work got me thinking. What makes these youngsters so special? We all want our work to be meaningful, don’t we? I mean who hits the marketplace thinking I can’t wait to do tedious, monotonous work, day after day, until I can retire? I spent some time considering this phenomenon and suddenly many pieces fell into place.

Everyone wants meaning in their lives. The very fortunate find a rewarding career that pays the bills and provides personal satisfaction, but most people rely on family, friends, and their faith for meaning. Compared to their parents, millennials are more likely to change jobs and move a greater distance from their hometown. This makes it difficult for them to maintain contact with family and build relationships with friends. In addition, survey after survey has shown that many millennials stop practicing their faith and designate their religion as “none”. So, without having the typical sources of meaning, it is clear why millennials so desperately yearn for meaning at work, the place where they spend the majority of their time.

What happens when millennials can’t find meaning in their work? This article relates how millennials are more likely to be stressed, depressed, and diagnosed with a mental illness than members of older generations. It suggests this is due to being brought up thinking they are important people who must always do well. When they don’t find immediate success and prosperity at their workplace it challenges the upbringing which led them to believe the sky was their limit. Then, being away from home and struggling to find purpose at work one could ask “What about dating?” Unfortunately, this is also the generation that is mired in a “hook-up” culture. Smartphone apps allow users to meet others for casual one-night stands. I know several poor souls whose flings turned into months of cohabitation only to end in a realization that the couple had nothing in common. So meaningful romantic relationships can be elusive for this crowd as well.

I certainly don’t think any baptized millennial Catholic who doesn’t attend Mass will read this blog and rush to the nearest church for Confession. My intention is for faith-filled parents, godparents, grandparents, siblings, and friends to realize the spiritual crisis we are all aware of is not disjoint from all of the other issues that young adults struggle with. We must build bridges of trust so our loved ones can know that Our Lord lived as one of us and understands our human life perfectly. How do we relay a message of mission and meaning without coming off as preachy or “churchy”?

The pain the millennial generation feels needs to be addressed on two fronts. First, we need to build a church where we put the communion back into community to help young adults see what Christian living should look like. The early church grew from village to village and nation to nation because others would say in reference to Christians, “See how they love one another”. We must show this love and demonstrate the power of community to those who don’t find meaning in theirs. Pope Francis, moved by the Holy Spirit, declared a year of Mercy, but when it was over said that “Compassion must live on.” The second thing is to save the next group of children from the same pain. The emptiness that millennials feel was created by the generation that preceded it. Parents who don’t aspire to build church but instead built large houses and demanding careers will show their children that community and faith are not sources of meaning. These children felt like they didn’t matter and want to make it right, but they don’t know how. It’s time to get back to work.

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Johns

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As Catholics, we have a reputation for being basically incompetent when it comes to knowledge of and application of the principles found in scripture.  This is a shame, not to mention a real disability when it comes to the practice of the faith.  St. Jerome taught: “Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ.”  We know that Jerome was so taken with the bible that he physically moved to a cave very close to the site of the Nativity so that he could be inspired as he translated the early scriptures into Latin for the world to read.

When you get to know the bible, you come to understand it is not just a “bunch of stories and/or rules” but rather a road map that summarizes all of history and lends order and logic to the human race and why we do what we do.  One of the most interesting examples of this logic is the appearance of the two pivotal Johns.  We have John the prophet and John the evangelist.  They basically “book end” Jesus and his ministry.  They lend insight to Jesus, his purpose and what he did while on earth.

Interestingly enough, both Johns have traits that are similar.  They were both mavericks and, to put it mildly, pretty radicle in their thinking and preaching/writing.  John the Baptist was out of the norm, no matter whose definition you are using.  He did not look, act or speak like any faction of popular culture of the day. Wild eyed, bombastic, unwashed, and with a strange diet.  There were even some who said he was crazy. St. John the Apostle had his own peculiarities. Nicknamed by Jesus himself, he was one of the “Sons of Thunder”, and when passing through a Samaritan town he fully wanted to “set them on fire” because they did not give Jesus proper respect.  His writings are often in a  zone with visions and descriptions of other worlds, angels, bowls of incense, scores of those dressed in white vestments and a luminescence that can’t really be described.

No matter whether you think these Johns are sane or logical or not, they both have an identical mission.  That’s the message each brought to their time: God is here, pay attention!  These guys are the pre and the post.  They both carry a message that can’t be ignored whether you believe the message or not.  Their demeanor and presence will make you think.   Both bring the example that we have a radicle, ever present God.  If you are seeking God, don’t think you will always find him in the most ordered, quietest places.  He is to be found in the middle of the fray, in the midst of the confusion.

God, then, demonstrates his persistence and constant love for us. Clearly, He sends us information that “the message” is always there for the taking, before we are ready to listen, when we are listening and after we think we have listened enough.  He never leaves us clueless.  His guidance is always hidden in plain sight and always available.  There is no secret to his love and care for us.  John the Baptist called us to look out and always be aware.  John the Evangelist  fills us with hopes and visions and something real to strive for after this world.  He gives us the hope of dimensions we can’t see but are very much a part of.  In the long and the short of it, we have everything we need to be part of God’s dream for us right now.  The idea that God doesn’t speak and we have no way of knowing how he acts in our life is quite simply a lie meant to stir discouragement and inaction.  Don’t get caught in that obvious trap!

©2017, Kathryn M. Cunningham, All Rights Reserved

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: January 15, 2016

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10

He pulled me up from the seething chasm, from the mud of the mire. He set my feet on rock, and made my footsteps firm. How blessed are those who put their trust in Yahweh, who have not sided with rebels and those who have gone astray in falsehood. Then I said, ‘Here I am, I am coming.’ In the scroll of the book it is written of me, my delight is to do your will; your law, my God, is deep in my heart. I proclaimed the saving justice of Yahweh in the great assembly. See, I will not hold my tongue, as you well know. I have not kept your saving justice locked in the depths of my heart, but have spoken of your constancy and saving help. I have made no secret of your faithful and steadfast love, in the great assembly.


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JANUARY INTENTION PRAYER 

Prayer to the Holy Family

Lord Jesus Christ, who, being made subject to Mary and Joseph, didst consecrate domestic life by Thine ineffable virtues; grant that we, with the assistance of both, may be taught by the example of Thy holy Family and may attain to its everlasting fellowship. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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CWG Book Blast: “Opal’s Jubilee,” by Leslie Lynch

This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie LESLIE LYNCH’s book, OPAL’S JUBILEE. It is a SOA winner.

Teaser: Justice gone wrong, secrets unraveled – a powerful story of love, forgiveness and redemption.

"Opal's Jubilee," by Leslie Lynch

Summary:
Fresh out of prison after twelve years, Opal McBride must find a job in order to meet parole requirements. Failure means she’ll serve out the remainder of her sentence behind bars. The system has seen fit to drop her in Louisville, Kentucky, a far cry from her hometown of Jubilee in the Appalachian hollows. Scrambling to adapt, Opal finds more than a potential job in May Boone’s quilt shop; she finds acceptance and perhaps even friendship.

That is, until May’s son recognizes her. A detective, Josh Boone is not about to let a felon work for his soft-hearted mother. Though Opal’s crime was against a sheriff’s deputy, his innate sense of decency prods him to break ranks and defend her from the disdain of his fellow officers. Then he finds she may have light to shed on a cold case—and discovers there is more to Opal’s story than it seems.

Josh risks his professional reputation (and his heart) as he digs into Opal’s past. When secrets are exposed, will justice prevail? Will Opal and Josh find redemption—and maybe even love—where they least expect it?

Special: Only 99 cents through February 21. Regular price is $3.99. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Women’s Prison Association (Piper Kerman author of “Orange Is the New Black,” is VP of the Board of Directors) http://www.wpaonline.org/

Website: www.leslielynch.com

Excerpt:

Opal McBride clenched her hands inside the pockets of her Goodwill prize, a five dollar coat that probably would’ve stood up to the cold, but was proving no match for humidity. Bitter wind tugged a strand of her braid loose, and she tucked the errant hair behind her ear. She added another stop at Goodwill for a hat and gloves to her mental list.

Right below find a job.

A shiver raced up her arms, triggering a shudder unrelated to the chill.

Traffic roared by on a street barely wide enough to accommodate opposing vehicles. Louisville, Kentucky, wasn’t the biggest city around, but it was more than she’d ever encountered before, and it intimidated her.

Unable to avoid a fellow pedestrian, Opal murmured, “Excuse me,” as they bumped, but the woman forged on, cell phone to ear, without a glance in her direction. She took a tremulous breath and forced herself to keep walking as if the noise and bustle didn’t set her teeth on edge.

She could’ve borne the cold, even the noise of traffic, but the people—so many of them, so loud, so unpredictable, and worst, heedless of her personal space—well, she’d had enough. She detoured off the main thoroughfare into a residential neighborhood, and ducked her head against a gust.

The farther away from Bardstown Road she got, the easier Opal’s breath came. The tension in her shoulders eased and she slowed. She paused, and turned in a circle, looking up to examine her new world. Louisville had trees, and sky, but its hills couldn’t compare to the mountains back home. Nor did sky in the Appalachians hover oppressively, like the perennial low cloud cover here. But she’d had precious few outdoor moments over the past twelve years, and she reveled in the feel of fresh air moving across her skin, no matter how dreary the overcast or biting the temperature.

A pang of homesickness for Jubilee, Kentucky, rolled through her, but it didn’t last long. There was nothing left for her in Jubilee, nothing but pain, and she deliberately moved her mind in a different direction.

The wind blew a plastic grocery bag across her path, and Opal bent to snag it, concerned that a small animal or bird might become trapped in the suffocating material. She stuffed it in the pocket of her coat for proper disposal later, and her fingers encountered the paper documenting her job search for the day.

She sighed. Nothing like reality to squelch her joy in walking unfettered down a street of her choosing. If she’d gotten a signature at the last place she’d sought an interview, she’d be done and heading back to the house. But no. She’d walked out after the manager leered at her chest, then indicated the back room with piggish, lecherous eyes.

She needed a job, but not that badly.

On the other hand, she really needed a job. The alternative didn’t bear contemplation. A shiver of anxiety ran down her spine, but Opal straightened, her resolve strengthening. Not gonna happen. As long as she could draw a breath of air laced with freedom, she’d keep trying.

Bio:

Leslie lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and a feral-turned-sweetheart rescue cat.  While not engaged in wrestling the beautiful and prolific greenery of her yard into submission, she flies small airplanes, loves the exuberant creativity and color of quilting and pottery…and, of course, writes.

Her first love is fiction.  She has published three novels, Hijacked, Unholy Bonds, and Opal’s Jubilee; two holiday novellas, Christmas Hope and Christmas Grace; and occasional nonfiction articles.  She is a member of Catholic Writers Guild, and contributed to their blog with articles on the craft of writing for a number of years. Also a longtime member of Romance Writers of America®, Leslie has served as President of her local chapter, Louisville Romance WritersHijacked was a finalist in the prestigious Golden Heart® contest in 2013 prior to publication in 2014. Leslie is currently enrolled in Spalding University’s Low Residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program – and loves the challenge of learning new skills.

Like many writers, she came to this career via a journey through several others.  As a Registered Nurse, she relished the thrill, variety, and problem-solving of Emergency Medicine.  She also earned advanced certification as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.  Nursing helped fund her love of flying, and she attained several ratings including Certified Flight Instructor.

She loves to go on long walks with her husband, sing in the church choir, and spend time with her kids…when they come to visit her cat. 

Buy Links:

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Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley

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True Radiance, Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life

trueradiance-coverThe subtitle of True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life, reflects Lisa Mladinich’s way of relating her experience and encouragement to women. Readers find grace here in her wisdom and insight.

Lisa covers all aspects of menopause and asks searching questions about inner and outer beauty. She sees a true friendship as “a glimpse of Heaven” and promotes the Communion of Saints as our companions.

She delves into our calling as women to a specific vocation as wives or consecrated virgins and how our vocations mature or change, perhaps to single parents or widows. We can guard against and adjust to the impact of health, setbacks and temptations that thwart the fulfillment of our life’s work. When all our efforts fail, no matter! We can respond to God’s loving ways of communicating his will to us. We can honor our vows of love in our hearts through diligent prayer and perseverance.

Authenticity comes through immediately as Lisa writes about her breakthrough moment of realizing she wasn’t young anymore. I recalled a moment when I froze at the thought, “My life is half over!” I was in my late 30s, standing in my kitchen preparing dinner for my family of six and in no way ready to imagine myself as an old woman. Unlike Lisa, I pushed the thought away. She took an opportunity to explore a moment of realization of her mortality until, as she writes, “A profound peace swept over me and I felt drenched in gratitude and love.” True Radiance helps women take time to find peace in those pivotal moments.

Listen to influencers

Lisa interviewed women whose stories she weaves into True Radiance and found a special sisterhood. She listened to the lovely and intuitive ways they bring their gifts of receptivity, maternity and maturity to the spiritual life. When women share their spiritual wisdom in intimate conversations, “we all grow with new insights.”

She writes of spiritual motherhood where we pour out our maternal hearts. “The wisdom and insight we share increases as is it is reflected back on us,” revealing a facet of God to our soul that we would not have considered on our own.

Lisa relives her encounters with people who shaped her uneasy return to the Catholic sacraments. One young woman, whom Lisa met on a train on her way to a life-changing retreat, shared how her husband physically abused her for years until Jesus Christ transformed both their lives.

At the retreat center, the Blessed Mother invited Lisa to unburden herself of her resentments and condemnation and profoundly directed her to take her problems to Jesus. Standing before a large white statue of Jesus bathed in moonlight, she let it all out—the rage, fury, condemnation and anger – draining her emotions. Nothing happened. She did feel lighter, but foolish and disappointed. “Yet, the next morning, the bitterness was completely gone,” Lisa marveled. “A healing had taken place and Jesus was responsible.” How many of us have irrationally raged at God like a wounded animal, and later marveled at his gift of joy?

Challenges, pitfalls and grace

Many women willingly reinvent themselves in the second half of their lives, going back to college and starting a new career as I did. Many are forced by negative circumstances to face challenges they never expected. Lisa writes, “Willing acceptance unleashes spiritual treasures that pour into our souls with great power, turning our expectations inside out and bringing light to the darkness of our hearts.”

She speaks of grace in times of spiritual dryness and suggests practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy to humble ourselves by serving. This is one way to rediscover the delights of the spiritual life.

Lisa warns against the three pitfalls of complaining, comparing and obsessing over our lost youth. She takes up the challenge of culture shock and charges us to take stock. Then we move forward as we learn to know ourselves, pace ourselves, discern God’s ongoing call and shine with that radiant beauty that comes from within.

As I read True Radiance, my first thought was how well she expressed my struggles a few years ago when I was making the transition from childbearing years to grandmothering. But that was only the beginning. Now, as the second half of my life brings new surprises, I cherish the wisdom she offers so graciously.

Lisa Mladinich

Author and speaker, Lisa Mladinich, creates dynamic presentations for catechists and inspiring talks on women’s issues and Marian spirituality. Lisa was raised in a military family and eventually landed in New York City, where she was as an actress for many years. She is a wife and homeschooling mom and teaches writing classes online for Homeschool Connections.

Copyright 2017 Nancy Ward

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The Twelve Steps to being a Spiritual Writer

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Step Five- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Let’s take a look at our wrongs as writers. Not the wrongs we may or may not have done to others, but the wrongs we have done to ourselves. Writing is a funny gift. It requires long hours of being alone. Often we need a quiet space to think and work. I have a friend who can write on her mini laptop while waiting for the bus. She is prolific and very much the exception. Most writers, including myself, need to be alone. We need quiet and concentration to listen to God’s whispers as He speaks to our hearts. It is hard to listen to what God is trying to teach us. First, we need to get past the noise of the world. Second, we need to get past the noise and demands of our loved ones. And third, we need to get past the noise and distractions of our own minds.

The world we live in is an attractive but ruckus place. Most of us find it hard to find a place in nature where we can commune with the natural world. The beaches are full of people with portable music, the stores and even the elevators are full of canned music. Years ago, I used to take a book with me when I went to the doctor’s office. Now a television is blasting with nonsense whenever I try to read. It is almost impossible to be alone to think, pray or ponder.  A spiritual writer has to search for a space to be alone in silence. However, without that special place of quiet, we can easily lose our way. Whether it is a room in your home, a log in a forest or (one of my favorites) a Eucharistic Adoration chapel, we need to find a place for our imagination and inspiration to grow.

The most difficult barrier to our silent reflection can be the very ones we love. How difficult it is to get away from our spouse or children without being overwhelmed by guilt. After all, isn’t it God’s Will that we be attentive to our husband or wife? Don’t we want to imitate Mary and be the perfect mother? In the list of our priorities, our family comes before our writing. However, our relationship with God comes before our relationship with anyone else. It is a balancing act. Timing is what is important here. Do you need to get up early to write—before anyone else gets up? Do you need to stay up late? Are you willing to make that sacrifice? Or do you just need to turn off the T.V. after the kids go to school? Do you need to turn down an afternoon with your friends, or just need to write before you check your emails or Facebook? I know a writer who goes to the library each day after she drops her children off at school. It is quiet and she sits at the library table for two hours each day before she goes home to the rest of her life. Our fear of facing that blank page or that new chapter can have us creating excuses and blaming everyone else for our lack of work. If you are honest with yourself, you can always find a time alone, a separate space to do your work.

The logistics can be worked out if you are a serious writer. However, once you find your place and time, the biggest distraction can be yourself. When you are alone in your quiet place do you start planning dinner or think of all the real work you are ignoring? This often happens in prayer. How do you deal with it? I go into Christian meditation. Close your eyes, and while taking deep slow breathes, think of you favorite place on earth. Mine is the pine forest behind my house. Bring yourself mentally there. Then have Jesus come and sit with you.  Don’t talk—let Him talk. Let Him lead you into the writing, into the story, into His Will for you. It never fails. You can be physically sitting in your house, in front of your laptop, and yet you have gone to your special place with your Savior. When you open your eyes, things become clear as you become inspired.

How does this relate to step five? You have been wronging yourself. And what is worse is the fact that you have been dishonest with yourself. Like the story of the talents in the Bible, we are all guilty of being afraid and burying our talent. We find excuses and distractions to keep us from doing the work we were sent here to do. We can always find the place, time and inspiration to write. Let’s be honest with ourselves. Let’s live in truth.

 

Karen Kelly Boyce is a mother of two and grandmother of two who lives on a farm in N.J. with her retired husband. She and her husband love to camp and take ‘road trips’ around the country. She has published four novels and three children’s books. Her website is www.karenkellyboyce.com

 

 

 

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: January 8, 2017

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have sent my spirit upon him, he will bring fair judgement to the nations. He does not cry out or raise his voice, his voice is not heard in the street; he does not break the crushed reed or snuff the faltering wick. Faithfully he presents fair judgement; he will not grow faint, he will not be crushed until he has established fair judgement on earth, and the coasts and islands are waiting for his instruction. I, Yahweh, have called you in saving justice, I have grasped you by the hand and shaped you; I have made you a covenant of the people and light to the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison, and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.


The power of prayer and the power of people praying.


JANUARY INTENTION PRAYER 

Prayer to the Holy Family

Lord Jesus Christ, who, being made subject to Mary and Joseph, didst consecrate domestic life by Thine ineffable virtues; grant that we, with the assistance of both, may be taught by the example of Thy holy Family and may attain to its everlasting fellowship. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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