Lenten Diary 2017 (A Summary)

Dear God, we’re still able to smile despite difficulties because your Son Jesus, our Lord and Savior (and not some easter bunny), has shown us clearly that at end of each season of suffering comes resurrection. Victory is indeed ours, thanks to your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.????????

Dear God, I pray that when the time comes, I will also be given the chance to spend my last day, last night with my loved ones. I pray that I will be given the chance to share a loving meal with them, serve them, and for care for them much like what Jesus did with his apostles during the last supper. May my last day, last night be something that my loved ones will also remember, Lord, not with great pain and sadness, but with deep love and fondness. I pray.????????????

Dear God, sometimes I catch myself wondering why others seemed to be more blessed than I and why they can easily have what I’ve been wanting, longing, and praying to have. I cannot help it, I get shamefully jealous sometimes of the way why you seem to favor others. What actually stops me from feeling sorry for myself is the thought that all good things in my life right now also came from you. There is no reason for me to feel this way for you have also showered me with blessings, attention, and love many times like no one else existed. For this, I am extremely grateful.????????

Dear God, bless me with a strong mind that will always choose you over anything else. Bless me with a strong heart that will forever please and love you. Bless me with a hopeful spirit that will soar with so much strength, nothing in this world can weigh it down. Bless me.????????

Dear God, I have never thanked you for my thorns. I have thanked you a thousand times for my roses but not once for my thorns. I realized what really changes me for the better, moves me to persevere in life, and drives me close to you are not really the comforts in this life but the discomfort that comes with every trial, failure, sorrow, or defeat I face each day. Teach me then to love and value my thorns as much as my roses, Lord. Make me realize that it is through tears that I will see my rainbow. Remind me each day that for every thorn that pierce my heart and soul there is a (Your) corresponding grace.????????

Dear God, today I witnessed another batch of students graduate. It is funny how the most common thing I hear parents say during graduation is, “how time flies” when in reality, time has been moving at the exact same speed our whole lives. Today, it dawned on me that time has always been faithful to every heartbeat. It isn’t moving at a rapid rate as what we want to believe. It moves in a set pattern, rather leisurely, like how it has always been. As a parent, I pray Lord that I may learn to cultivate a mindful heart that purposely seek and desire only the things that matter, so I won’t completely miss out on my child’s growing years. Please send your holy spirit to guide me, so I won’t become too busy building a career I would forget about building a good life for my family. When the time comes that I see my child all grown up, Lord, may I marvel not on the years that may seem to have gone in a blur but rather, on the years that I have personally witnessed my child grow into the person you want her to be come. ????????????

Dear God, bless me with your grace so I may learn to cultivate a grateful heart that always seek to magnify you. When I find myself in difficult circumstance, Lord, send me your holy spirit so that I may focus on your goodness and speak only of gratitude and praise. ???????????? #

Dear God, today I was with my doctor and we were discussing the impact of my activities and non activities these past 3 months to my health. As a woman, I have this automatic and instinctive way of nurturing and caring for others but sad to say, I tend to neglect caring for myself. Bless me with the strength and willpower Lord so I will be disciplined enough to feed my body with the right food and commit to a good form of exercise. Bless me with wisdom and prudence so I will be mindful of the attitude I adapt and take everyday, and the nourishment I give my soul. May I never forget that my body is your temple. You dwell within me therefore I should learn to care for it properly, make it strong, and keep it healthy. ????????????

Dear God, I read somewhere that life is a series of happy accidents and chance encounters. Personally, I think it is more like a series of Hand-written stories and events lovingly authored by you. Things, good or bad, unfold not because the universe conspires to make them happen but because Your mighty and divine intervention cause them to happen so that we can receive the fullness of your grace. ????????????

Dear God, today an old friend asked me, has it ever occured to you to remarry and start a new family? Don’t you long for another partner who will take care of you? Kawawa ka naman. For a while there, I was taken aback not by her questions but by the way she seemed to perceive my choice of staying single pitiful. Thanks to you Lord, I do not feel neglected at all nor missing out on anything. I am not saying it does not get lonely because it does sometimes but at this point, there is nothing I desire more than this relationship I have with you. In you, I feel blessed and complete. In you, I find contentment, joy, and peace that no other man can ever give. Continue to strengthen me in your word and spirit Lord, so I may remain faithful and devoted to you always. ????????

Dear God, when you delay, I often forget that You know what is best. Today I am reminded of this…you are never late, I just have to learn to trust and wait. Your timing is perfect, I shouldn’t run impulsively ahead of you. You know the precise moment I’ll be needing your blessing and grace. ????????????

Dear God, today I lift up to you my dreams. I believe no desire will ever be placed in my heart unless You intend for me to fullfill it. All I long to be and long to do for you are within the possibilities of faith. Since you have it all for me, I can make each of these dreams to come true. ????????

Dear God, today I realize something that I wish every teacher would know as well. I realized that my mission as a teacher isn’t really to teach, it has always been to love. For when it is love that moves me inside the classroom, it becomes easy to do more and be more for my students. It becomes easy to stretch my patience and to seek better ways to enagage my students in learning. It becomes easy to assure them, to affirm them, to understand them, to listen to them, and to help them in the classroom. Stretch our hearts teachers as wide as possible Lord, and fill them to the fullest with love.????????

Dear God, today I was with a friend and she was having one of those desperate days. I saw despair in her eyes but also, this glimmer of hope. She said something that truly struck me. She said, sa awa ng Diyos makakaraos din kami. At that moment I realized, hope finds its strength in helplessness and faith is what really sustains us through desperate days. I pray Lord, that every person who finds himself having one of those desperate days be able to draw strength and hope in your mercy. ???????? #Lent2017

Dear Lord, last week, I decided to write in my prayer journal the exact amount I need to cover the cost of my car repair. I remember asking you intently for it. Today just before the week ends, I received a dividend from one of my investments and true enough, the envelope contains the exact amount I need to cover the impending expense. I realize, it is really the aimlessness of my prayers sometimes that accounts for so many of my seemingly unanswered prayers. For really, if I make my request earnest and my petitions specific, you’ll give me definite answers and if I take your word and your promise that you will always provide and care for me, not one of heaven’s blessings will be denied to me.????????????

Dear Lord, when I fall into the trap of negative thoughts, make me realize that whining and complaining about my situation will not do me any good. Help me instead to draw strength from everything that comes my way. Whether good or bad, right or wrong, may each circumstance I find myself in turn me into a better person.????????????

Dear St. Joseph, may you continue to watch over us, widows and orphans, the same way you watched over Mary and Jesus. We entrust our needs to you, during times of uncertainty and trouble, we rest in the knowledge that you are present always to keep us from harm. May all fathers develop the same quiet strength and loving devotion that you have for your family. Continue to intercede for us and bring us closer to Jesus more. ???????????? #Lent2017 #LettertoStJ

Dear God, when I want to do little else but pull my hair out or throw my hands up in the air in frustration, I am glad there’s always heaven to look up to and you to call on. Thank you for being just a prayer away. ????????????

Dear God, help me fix my eyes on you. Help me focus on your graces and not on my problems and difficulties. Help me focus my attention on your blessings and not on the missed chances or opportunities. When I am starting to get discouraged, send me hope and when my patience is wearing thin, stretch me with your love more. Help me fix my eyes on you Lord.????????????

Dear God, you clearly own my tomorrow. I have complete trust in your great design for me. I know you always have my best interest at heart. You’ve brought me this far and I am sure that you’ll take me even farther than my hopes and dreams.????????

Dear God, train my eyes so I will learn to see the beauty in others. Train my tongue so I will learn to speak only the language of respect and love. Train my mind so I will have nothing but good thoughts about others. Train my heart so I will learn to easily forgive and understand shortcomings and mistakes. When I thread the path of self-righteousness, Lord, let your Holy Spirit guide and lead me back to you. ????????

Dear God, teach me how to demonstrate love in big and small ways. Teach me how to be humble enough to admit and owe up to my miatake. Teach me how to speak only with kindness. Teach me how to value people the same way you value me. Teach me how to show genuine mercy and compassion towards others so they may always see and feel your love through me.????????

Dear God, teach me to find miracles in the mundane and ordinary so I won’t have to demand big things from you before I believe in your capacity to meet my needs. Train my eyes to see the blessings that you so generously give everyday so I won’t need convincing of how a great a Father you are. Open my heart and mind so that I may understand that the wonders and signs of your love aren’t always spectacular. In fact, they are oftentimes quite plain and simple, yet amazingly wonderful and beautiful as the great ones. ????????????

Dear God, with your grace make me into this kind of woman everyday: Firm yet loving. Strong yet compassionate. Fearless yet wise. Gentle yet tough. Turn me into the kind of woman who is not afraid to fully embrace triumph and defeat, and joy and sadness in her life. Inspire me to be the kind of woman who deliberately works at creating for her family a home of quiet refuge, where faith, hope, love, and charity thrive. ????????

Dear God, sometimes I feel anxious when you do not respond to my prayers quickly. I have to remind myself a dozen times that you simply don’t do things in haste because you want everything to be perfect when you finally grant my request. When I start to become impatient Lord, please bless me with forebearance so I may learn to joyfully wait for your answers. When I start to lose hope, bless me with wisdom so that I may understand that I will get my answer in YOUR own perfect time. ????????

Dear God, you’ve been attentive and faithful to my every need, how can I not feel loved by you?! When I feel small and insignificant, your grace moves me to do great things. When I feel discouraged, your spirit fills me with joy. When I feel worthless, I only have to look at you on the cross and I’m reminded of my value. Your sufferings and death alone show just how important I am to you. Clearly, I belong to you and for that, you have my heart forever. ????????❤️

Dear God, I trust and thank you for everything you permit me to go through. I know that in the end, they will work out for my good for nothing comes my way that has not first passed through the filter of your love. ????????❤️

Dear God, in the face of difficulty and uncertainty, I choose to give thee thanks and praise, and a promise to trust where I cannot understand. ????????❤️

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