Lent 2019 – Day 24

By on 29/03/2019

What we cannot change, God can.

Friday 29th March

All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

There are a few people I really admire. Some are still alive on earth, while others have died.

One man in particular with his writings and what others have shared about him, speaks to me and to my life.

This man is Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. He was a Capuchin friar, who died in 1968 at the age of 81. He was a humble man who glorified God by his life, his actions and his prayers. He loved his God and loved God’s people.

One of his famous sayings was ‘Pray, hope and don’t worry.’

This is so easy to say but not so easy to do, especially in worrying circumstances.

But as Padre Pio so often said, ‘worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you cannot change. Prayer is a conversation you have with God about things HE can change.’

When put like this it shows us that worry is useless. It does not change anything and is bad for your mental, physical and spiritual health.

Whereas prayer- conversations with God – can change things, can change our circumstances as well as being good for our mental, physical and spiritual body.

God is the Game changer. He is the miracle worker, the creator of all. He is the Almighty. We could go on and on trying to describe who God is and what He does.

Do we believe it though? Do we trust in Him enough to give Him all our worries? Do we pray to Him and know He will fix our problems and change our circumstances? Do we trust that He will change things for good in His timing and will?

Part of Prayer, in a way, is humbling ourselves before God and holding up the white flag and saying I need help. The other part of prayer is revelling in Him, in our relationship with Him, loving Him, spending time with Him, praising Him, sharing with Him and Him with us.

In Lent as we reflect upon Prayer, we look to our mentors and reflect upon areas we need to work on, repent and try and change those areas and things we don’t like or the Holy Spirit has revealed to us (that He does not like).

Can we combine these together?

We can put in place good habits and try and change ourselves, try and have a better prayer time, try and act and be more Christ-like but sadly we often do too much DIY. (DO IT YOURSELF)

We need GTDI. (GOD TO DO IT). We need His strength, His grace, His input, His ability to overcome obstacles, overcome US. Remember HE IS THE SAVIOUR, we are not.

Let us ask HIM (prayer) to change us, change our families and change our circumstances.

Let us try not to worry, let us Hope in God and Pray to Him.

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. I want to talk you to today. Thank you for my distant mentors who help me to become more holy and more of who you created me to be. Help me lean on your strength and grace to overcome my obstacles and change what needs to be changed in me. I need you to do it. Amen.

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

24 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 24

  1. Thank you Rosemary for your encouraging words.
    Life has its ups and down, although it’s more down for me, but I still think
    everyday is a gift and blessing from God.
    God bless

    1. Thank you Lord for your gift to all of us in the person Rosemary. Your words Rosemary so spoke to me as this is me in my life with my family. I prayed that prayer and could begin to feel that peace that only comes from Christ. My refuge my strength my God. God bless you Rosemary.🌹

    2. Thank you Lord for your gift to all of us in the person Rosemary. God bless you Rosemary.🌹

  2. Dear Rosemary, you, Bruce and the whole team inspires me. Gives me hope when I need it. God Bless you all for the wonderful work .

  3. Thank you Rosemary. God has spoken to me through you today and I really needed to hear these words today.
    God bless you

  4. Dear Rosemary
    You have indeed written from the heart to our hearts. How moving and inspirational but, also simple at the same time. Love Padre Pio, one of my daily Saints I call upon.
    Warmest regards
    Many thanks and God bless you and the Ministry.

  5. That was beautiful Rosemary. You all inspire me. I know that I can rely on God in every circumstance for many reasons, but one huge one is that I know you and Bruce DO rely on Him always in every way and through that trust miracles occur. God Bless you and all your family and staff as you continue to teach and inspire us all.

  6. Rosemary, you are my Padre Pio, your words inspire me and lead me closer to my Lord, thanks

  7. Dear Rosemary, your headline today, “What we cannot change, God can”, is a truely amazing blessing from Heaven. Yesterday during my prayer time, I read a prayer I had not read for years, “The Serenity Prayer”. When I read the first words, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference”, I stopped and pondered those words for some time and in the end came to a conviction that even the things we cannot change, God can! We can pray and completely surrender to God all the things we cannot change but ‘nothing is impossible to God. I try not to worry too much and I know that God and Jesus, with the Holy Spirit will make everything right and good. Not just in my family, but in the whole world. Thank you Rosemary. God spoke to me through you today!

  8. Thanks guys for giving me hope and encouragement to pray to God my Lord everyday. Sure prayers change a lot of things and draw you near God every moment. Thanks guys don’t forget to pray for me and my family always. Thanks and God bless you.

  9. I Thank you whole heartedly Rosemary for your beautiful post today. It really stirred my spirit and gave me goose bumps! I pray for you and your team and thank you for the awe inspiring work you are doing in the world today, a world that is so troubled. We truly put our hope and trust in God our Father to change things for the better. God bless you all!!

  10. Thank you Rosemary, Bruce & team for these thought provoking & encouraging words. May God Bless you & all your works on this glorious morning when the sun is shinning & the birds are singing in beautiful Perth Australia. It is truly a heavenly day in Perth.

  11. Thank you Rosemary & Bruce for all your great work
    Today’s reading has been so inspiring & helpful to me as it is to all. Thank you both & May God Bless you both for keeping us in your prayers!!

  12. Thank you so much Rosemary!!! Today’s Lenten reflection is God sent!! This morning while waiting to cross the road, I contemplated on my very difficult predicament and I heard myself say “all things work together for good.” But I couldn’t remember where to find the scripture verse!!!
    The night before I opened the book by Bruce, Pray for Someone You Love and found a prayer dedicated to giving our worries to God. While I was reading your message I felt as if the Lord is speaking to me through you Rosemary! God bless the wonderful work you and Bruce along with the Catholic Guy team do for all of us!!!
    With Love from your sister in Christ

  13. One time I was “worrying” about something,( thought I was praying )and I heard a still small voice.. “Either you believe Me or you don’t”! Wow. I stood corrected! And very Thankful, I believe His every WORD, and thank God for your ministry which brings TRUTH we can Bank on!!!

  14. Thanks Rosemary. That exactly what I needed for my family. Just did not know how to say it. Now I just shared.

  15. Thank you, thank you Rosemary. I just love Padre Pio. Your sharing with us today just touched my Spirit.

    I trust you would not mind if I jot down some of your most crucial points to my living a more full filled life. Blessings.

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