Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome— for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Thank you for stopping by. I continue to pray each day for my blogosphere friends. I am reading many of your posts through Google reader and this helps me stay on track with the amount of time I have to read posts.
I have had on-going frustration with wordpress.com such as the inability to plug-in useful java script from linkwithin or inlinks (just to name two).
I am aware that self-hosted wordpress is available. Way back in the early 2000s, I used to run my blog on self-hosted blog platforms with different names and URLs. Unfortunately, I almost lost all of my posts because I picked one that was too cheap / low quality. This lead me to choose wordpress.com.
Give my available time to write, I want to spend more time creating content and not fussing around with self-hosted wordpress; doing upgrades, tweaking bits of php code. I cannot afford the time.
I also have prayed for clarity on the things that God calls me to write about as his disciple. I have used scripture readings as the basis of the last 250 posts (or so). I have come to understand that my life must be based on the Word and I can write about my faith and my life in many and other interesting ways.
Finally, I felt like I my faithful readers and I were too much alike – we wrote posts about our faith and I love them and continue to find inspiration in them.
To me, it began to feel too much like I am preaching to the choir and I am moved by Matthew 28:19-20:
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
All of this being written today and 655 posts on this site, I want to accept a journey where other, non-Christians can come and learn about Jesus Christ. So I have decided to launch a new blog on blogger. They have fixed most of the annoying limitations (like ability to change the page width) and allow a lot of interesting widgets not allowed on wordpress.com. The interface is blessedly simple.
I need simple at this point in my life.
I am grateful to land an awesome URL and will be back soon to post it. Unlike cinhosa.wordpress.com – that was cobbled together over time – I am in the midst of planning and executing activities for this more comprehensive look at my life.
I will keep my wordpress.com account and all of hundreds of hours of work in posts so I can continue to leave comments and interact with the WP community. I’ll plug in some tools to make it easier for WP folks to keep track of my new blog if it is interest.
I want in particular to thank Mark Mathia (markmathia.com) who provided an example a few months ago as he re-branded his web site. This week, he launched a podcast. He continues to be one of the many inspirations in my writing life. Thank you, Mark!
And God bless you!
P.S. At mass tonight, I learned about the Foundation for Children in Need. Please consider a donation to help folks in India who are much less fortunate than many of us who are able to blog because our basic needs are met.
I mentioned last week that I am establishing new routines as my life moves through significant changes. Unlike in times past when I generally freak out that my life changed, I continue to remember a lesson from That Man Is You – a simple prayer from 1 Samuel 3:10: “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
I have been praying this at times when I am in need of help because my client has a significant number of decisions to make that it can lead to mental gridlock. I try to rely on grace and whispers from the Holy Spirit to guide me, rather than pretending I can do everything myself. It creates in my an emotional freedom that is a gift and a blessing.
My vocation as disciple, husband, and father means that I am called to work to provide for my family. As I have written, work often became a means to feed my unchecked ego. It was often about getting more (responsibility, budget, authority, people) to “prove” to others that I am important. It was an unpleasant and unhealthy way to live and led to a lot of sorrow and regret.
In these times, I glorified myself. I did not recognize that the love I receive from God will satisfy my spirit beyond anything generated by my ego.
In today’s scripture reading, we begin part one of The Prayer of Jesus. It is a beautiful intercessory prayer by Jesus directly to God – as Jesus prepares to ascend to heaven and he said:
“I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.”
As I go through my day now as a consultant, I am keenly aware of the clock because I bill the client for each hour I work. This shift from a salaried employee at my old company to an hourly one has been magnificent because the focus it creates in me is wonderful.
I end my day satisfied because I have glorified God by accomplishing the work he gave me to do today. I can leave the client site and then turn my full attention to my family and enjoy their love and our precious time together.
The key for me is to keep it simple, focus on what is happening right now, and ask for God’s help often.
Today, as you go through the work God called you to do, think of the example from Jesus to glorify God. Also, please remember to send me a prayer request from here or to my twitter account and I will pray for your intentions.