Day 272.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through my fabulous choir directors. We are currently in the middle of region choir auditions, and this season is either extremely loved or extremely hated by people. There really is not an in between. I see Christ’s love in my directors because they literally give up hours of their time and dedicate it to us in hopes that we are successful in our auditions. Other school’s directors do not do half of the things our directors do for us. These women are some of the most driven people I have ever met, and they play a huge role in how I push myself to become a better musician. They genuinely love their job and love their students and love watching us grow. They sacrifice time with their own families so we can become the best that we can be. I can only hope that one day I can love what I do with my life have the same impact on others as they have had on me.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 271.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through productivity. I am one of those people who does not like wasting time when I have a list of things that need to get done. I had a two projects, a paper, and reading to get done today on top of practice for my drill team and extra practice for an officer dance. It took me a little while, but I managed to complete my list. There is this wonderful sense of accomplishment I get when I get a lot of things done. It just feels really awesome to fulfill some sort of purpose.

I feel that same fulfillment when I move close to discovering my true purpose that God has planned for me. There are always things in our lives that lead us away from Christ and that lead us closer to Christ. Whether it is lending a hand to a brother or sister in need, or taking the time to pick up trash and keep our earthly home clean, or lifting up prayers for those who are hurting, or spending time with the Lord in His Word or just in His presence. This sort of “spiritual productivity” has a much more wonderful satisfaction and peace that comes with it than productivity in school.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Christ has won, which is why all our failures are irrelevant. They are reminders of His saving grace, don’t let them hinder your ability to serve Him. I pray that our faith increase because of His goodness not ours.
Marc Phun (via marcphun)

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Day 270.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through the many blessings God has showered upon me. Tonight, we had four new members join our youth ensemble. Our ministry is finally growing again, and that makes me really excited! Also, one of my childhood best friends who grew up Catholic, but fell away from the Church, came back tonight. This last year of his life was full of some crazy turmoil, so he fell away from his faith all together. However, he came back tonight and joined the youth ensemble as our new pianist, and I could not be more joyful to see him back after so many years. His mom came up to me after Mass telling me how blessed they are to know me and to have me reach out to my friend to get him back, but she does not realize how much of a blessing he is to me. One of the greatest joys of my life is to watch people fall back in love with Christ and to find life again. Nothing can beat the peace and love and joy that comes with pouring into my brothers and sisters in Christ.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 269.2

Today I saw the light of Christ through a book by St. Pope JPII that I was reading while on a long car ride. The portion I read today was about how God seeks us out like a Shepherd seeks out his lost sheep. It then went into a portion about overcoming evil to bring us redemption. I wish I could quote it, but it was like a bunch of pages long.

When I get really swamped in school work and extracurricular activities, I am really really hard on myself because I am not making time for God and to dwell in His presence. However, after I read St. Pope JPII’s book, I looked back on some events in the past few days, and realized he was right. God found ways to leave me in awe of His majesty in the smallest ways. Like a beautiful sunrise, or wonderful friends, or beautiful weather, or scriptures in my devotional that speak directly to issues I am having.

Each of these little things put together one big message that God is after my heart; He will do anything to win it over, and not let the hands of evil grab old of me.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 268.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through spending quality time with my best friends. I had a rather odd day, so seeing them made me ten times happier. We went to dinner and Starbucks, and it was a wonderful time. I always see Christ through them because they genuinely care about the events in my life. They are not worried about the gossip or anything, they just want to make sure I am okay and growing. We are all pretty good about keeping each other accountable for our actions, and that’s a huge blessing. Their friendship always brings me back to the joy we have in Jesus Christ, and I’m glad to have them in my life.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 267.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through an epiphany. On my drill team, I help lead the Rookie members, and today we were working on cleaning a part of the dance. When we did it with music, I noticed how dead and bored they looked. In this part of the dance, they aren’t supposed to be smiling, but they are supposed to be fierce and powerful and anything but boring and dead.

So, I went on this big long schpeel about how when they perform, they need to remember to have life. Have a presence. Have a purpose. I remember I just kept repeating those three concepts. After awhile, they were looking at me like, “okay Erin, we get it.”

I feel a little bad that I kept going on, but I think I really kept talking bat having life, having a presence, and having a purpose because those are things I need to hear the daily. When our lives are diminished to a simple routine, we are nothing but empty robots following the rhythm of what we are told. I refuse to live a mediocre life. I have a purpose in the Lord, and so do you. Find it. Embrace it. And really LIVE.

Day 266.2

Today I saw the light of Christ through an open door. Today, God gave me the opportunity to reconnect with one of my childhood best friends. I’ve reached out to this friend plenty of times in the past, and he was always polite to me, but I never seemed to be a priority to him.

Tonight, his mom called me and asked me to check on him and make sure he is doing okay and invite him to get involved at the Church. See, this friend of mine used to be suicidal, so I thought it was a fair request to make even if we aren’t as close as we used to be.

Thankfully, I talked to my friend and he accepted my invitation. This was very exciting for me because: 1, I’ve always wanted to share my faith with him, and now God has given me that chance, and 2, because evangelization is usually really hard for me, So inviting him to church was kind of nerve-wracking. However, it was totally worth it because he has decided he needs more of God in his life.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

passionistheart:

Two lovers staring into each other’s eyes—that’s what Eucharistic adoration is like.

(via thelaity)

Day 265.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through my English class. First of all, I am absolutely awful at English. Often times, I am terrified of that class because it is not my strong suit. Secondly, I usually don’t learn much of anything because high school public education is more concerned with test scores than actually acquiring knowledge. So as you can see, school is a blast. :-)

Much to my surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed English today. We had to find symbols in part of a movie we watched, and as a class, we discussed them. For the first time in awhile, I was able to participate because I am much better at speaking and talking out my thoughts rather than writing them out. But beyond that, the “hero” of the movie was looked at as a self-sacrificing Christ-figure, and I thought that was interesting. Especially because he sacrificed himself to help move along the Civil War. He sacrificed himself for a greater cause, and I feel like we did not talk about that today just because my teacher assigned it to us. I feel like God spoke to me today, telling me it is time for some radical change in my life.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 264.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through a girl on drill team. She is a fellow officer of mine, and she is EXTREMELY talented. She had the opportunity to be a featured dancer in our band’s marching show, however, she gave that spot up to a different officer who is higher in rank than her. I was surprised by this because she is just as talented as the officer who is higher in rank, but she gave the spot up anyway. Her humility is something I have always admired, and it reminds me a lot of the humble savior we have. We like to think of Jesus as this crazy miracle worker and what not, and He is those things. But even Jesus gave all of His glory back to the Father. It is seen all throughout the Gospels that any time Jesus would work a miracle, He would perform the miracle, and then step back and let the work of God be shown. That may be kind of confusing to think about since Jesus and God are one, and I am not in any way trying to diminish the greatness of Jesus, I am just saying that even Jesus did not think or act like it was “all about Him”. He could’ve come as a great King or powerful warrior, but He came as a little babe in a manger, a carpenter, and a man of service. So, we as Christians are to follow in His footsteps in the same path of humble, but fierce, servitude.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

laurenarlene:

"The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭4-7‬

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Day 263.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through rejuvenation! All day, I was feeling pretty crappy. I felt anxious all day, and that’s not very fun for me because it feels like I can’t breath. I really think I’ve just been super stressed and worn out and exhausted. School and drill team have been taking over my life that I haven’t been giving myself enough time to digest the word of God and live in His presence. The constant struggle of my life is getting away from being what society tells me to be, and instead, simply being. Simply just being who God has created me to be. I meditated on that before Mass this evening, and it brought me back a little bit. It pulled me out of my anxiety long enough for me to soak in my priest’s homily, which was FABULOUS. To make an already long story shorter, I feel much more alive than I did when I woke up this morning. Different things were leaving me drained, but I’m slowly allowing myself to be filled back up with nothing but God’s love, and I feel better than ever.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 262.2

Hey followers, sorry this is late! I had a LOT going on last night, and couldn’t get around to posting my light of Christ. I’m going to take this moment to be extremely vulnerable and real. God is still very very very alive in my life, but I’m going through some personal things that are causing me to falter. During this time, God is relentlessly pulling me to Him, and I can feel Him. It is I who is getting distracted and not paying attention to His wondrous blessings. With that being said, I would like to ask you to pray for me because I know I am drifting, but I don’t know how to get back.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! 

I love you all!

GOD BLESS