September 2018
Reflections of God's Goodness

September challenges us to let go of summer, its warmth, its beauty, its comfort. Letting go is never easy. Whether we are trying to change a season, a habit, or deal with a life crisis; real success calls for us to let go of our tight grip of control.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding:

in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct your path.

This passage teaches us that we do not have the whole picture—our understanding is limited—so why depend on that when God promises to work it out for our good? (Romans 8:28)

Our God is so good. He tells us over and over again in the scriptures that He has great plans for us! That He is with us and wants to give us good things. He holds out hope to us and asks us to seek Him and to trust Him.

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

We live in a fast-paced world, where the sheer volume of information and the demands of being constantly plugged into technology leave little room for God or His word. Anxiety and stress are beginning to feel ‘normal’ for so many people. The best-selling books on the market are those that ‘help us gain control’—over our life, our choices, or our to-do list!

And yet, nothing changes.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6.

ANYTHING! God really is interested in the smallest details of our life—even our to-do list. He promises help when we are ready to let go and let Him take over. That’s our challenge—to let go—to be thankful and to reflect on our dependence on God.

May the good God give us all the grace of a grateful heart and a peaceful life through the process of letting go and letting God as He directs our path.

Blessings,

 

Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN
Director of Development

“Trust-filled prayer is a response of a heart open to encountering God face to face, where all is peaceful and the quiet voice of the Lord can be heard in the midst of silence.”

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