You ever feel like God keeps giving you the same message over and over, just in different ways? That happens to me a lot. I'd like to think it's just because God thinks I'm forgetful, but it's probably because He knows I'm stubborn.
The message I keep hearing, seeing, feeling lately? Be vigilant.
It is becoming more and more obvious to me how much the devil wants to ruin things. He takes the smallest opportunity to turn things in his favor, without us even realizing it. He's sneaky, and he wants us to forget that.
He wants us to take that one innocent comment by a friend and get offended by it.
He wants us to get swept up in the ridiculousness on Facebook when everyone has to share their opinion in a rude and sarcastic manner (as if those conversations actually change people's minds).
He wants us to assume that our spouse is not on our side, just because they forgot to take the garbage out again.
He wants us to yell at our kids when they're being just that – kids.
He wants us to focus on all the risks and what could go wrong during a very routine procedure.
He wants us to think that skipping prayer time “isn't a big deal” just that one time (which will inevitably lead to another time, and another time...).
He wants friends to fight, family members to hold grudges, and co-workers to gossip.
He wants to distract us from the important things in life, which are faith and family.
And somehow we let him.
Thankfully, God is always there, showering us with His mercy and grace. We just need to ask for it! The Divine Mercy chaplet is such a beautiful prayer, and I just love how the Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday. Yes, it's so easy to let the devil distract us and steal our joy (ask me how I know!), but there's always forgiveness. Always. God's mercy and grace is endless!
This glorious Easter season is a time to celebrate and be joyful. But sometimes that's hard – life tends to knock us down a time or two. Things happen, and we don't always feel like celebrating. But being joyful doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means finding the joy in our blessings (which are many!) and knowing that after suffering and death, there's a Resurrection.
The devil wants to steal our Easter joy. Don't let him.
The Closing Prayer to the Divine Mercy chaplet...because it's one of my faves!