Lent 2019 – Day 4

By on 09/03/2019

Spending Time in Reflection

Saturday 9th March

“I can do all things with Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)

If I had a mirror for my inner most self, what would I see? Would I even like what I see? Would I have changed for the better over the years or would I have a scowl on the inside? Life has not treated me well so I’m not going to treat ‘it’ well?

The amazing thing is that it may be too late to change my outward appearance (unless I’m up for cosmetic surgery and spending a lot of money) but with God’s help – His Grace – I can change my inward appearance.

Firstly, I just need to do some inward reflection – to have some inward ‘mirror time’. To be honest with myself. If that’s too hard to do or I don’t know where to start I just have to think back over the last week.

What arguments/discussions did I get into with people close to me? What bugged me this week? What was I worrying about, praying about? What was at the forefront of my mind?

That’s where you need to start.

Did I argue with family members unreasonably? Do I always want to “win” the argument? Do I have too much pride to say I’m sorry I was wrong? Do I need to work on my anger management?

If I was worrying about money or paying the bills, do I need to work out a better budget? Do I need to take it to God in Prayer? Do I need to give Him my worry and not take control of this area? Worry can turn into a habit we do all of the time and it affects our outlook on everything in life.

Remember God waits for an invitation to come into our Lives, for He is a respecter of our free will. What one area do you feel you need to work on?

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Help me to start reflecting on one aspect of my life today that I have not let you into before – maybe my arguments, worries, pride, finances, or habits – knowing that you will love me and strengthen me always. Amen.

Written by
Rosemary Downes: Co-founder of The Catholic Guy Ministry and founder of the Heart Ministry for Women.

18 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 4

  1. Thank you Sandra – I am going to revisit this reflection later today when I can spend time in front of the inner mirror! Blessings to the team

  2. I am constantly worried about my 37 year old son, recovery addict, has been in trouble with the law. I just can’t stop worrying. I do say, I will hand you my worries Lord, but I still worry. I also pray all the time that my son comes back to the church and continues to do well. It is just so hard to let go! Help but also please pray for my son, Josh. Help him to continue to prosper, find a nice catholic girl who will turn his life around. Help him to become financially secure. It is a constant battle. Thank you.

    1. It helps me to thank God for healing my prodigal and that Ieaving her on His hands is the very best! God Bless you. I know it breaks a mother’s heart, but God loves us too.

  3. Sometimes we think that prayer is reciting the prayers from the prayer book. This is a good place to start, but I think God just wants us to talk to him as in everyday conversation. This way we really open our hearts to Him. I must try harder.

  4. Mrs. Rosemary,

    Thanks for the reminders. For sure, right off the bat, I must stop trying to fix everything I am responsible for getting done.

  5. I’m constantly worrying about my parents & finances..I know Father God has everything under control and we continue to stay strong as a family I pray.In Jesus name.Amen

    Thank you Father God for keeping my loving spouse El & I together no matter the situation or circumstances,Thank you Father God for being in every aspect of our lives and the head of our lives we can’t do this without you..I humbly thank you..

  6. Thank you God for being with me and my family all the time. Please God walk with me and take some of my many worries.

  7. Oh Rosemary, your insight and heart of love makes you a great Help-Mate to Bruce, and others!!! “Father God we thank you for the unity, power and oneness of our Holy Catholic Church. There is nothing like being a part of Your” Blood Bought and Paid for Family”. Blessed, happy and to be envied are we and let us bring others to an awareness of THIS!!!

  8. Thank you Lord for ministering to my soul through today’s reflection, I pray Lord that you help me in every area of my life that I have fallen short of your glory for I cannot do it myself. I need your help; Lord help me in Jesus’ name. Amen!
    Thank you RoseMary for today’s reflection!

  9. At the start of this Lenten season, I felt to learn to sit quiet, and read the word- with expectancy that something I am unaware of that is blocking my joy, will be healed!

  10. Thanks so much Rosemary for this note.In my spiritual journey I continue to learn a lot on self reflection and spending time talking to God whom I really love and trust. I find lent season to be the best to increase spending my time with God and praying that continues and strengthen even more. God bless you all and let’s keep praying for each other so that our trust to our Lord increases….amen

  11. In ‘digging deep’ looking at our own flaws, and imperfections, we may become more accepting (and less judgemental), of those around us, …those who have hurt or let us down.

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