QUOTES TO PONDER

by Diana Marie Winkler on July 3, 2016

QUOTES TO PONDER

“BEFORE THEY WERE SAINTS–THEY WERE US
STRIVE FOR SAINTHOOD”
DIANA MARIE
THE SHEPHERD’S DAUGHTER®

I penned this quote years ago. I even had bumper stickers with the quote.
It was my way of saying to the world, “Hey, if you don’t start off Saintly,
there’s still hope!”
I am what some call a “revert”. I was in the Catholic church, walked away (Not one of my saner times) then returned, (Thank You, Lord!)
Upon my return I had a perception of how I should act and be. I wanted
to be this super Catholic, super holy and super spiritual person. I found
that was hard work!!
The problem I ran into was that although I wanted all that, my
personality and who I was within was not going along with the
program. I have been told I am joyful, funny, have a little flair, and
at times I do laugh so hard I get the hiccups!
Anyway, in my quest I decided to read about the Saints then maybe I could
get some insight to pull it all together. Insight I did get! I found there
were many Saints who, like me, did not start off so holy! There are Saints
who were womanizers, rebel rousers, grouches, ill-tempered,
short -tempered, spunky, and lippy! Some experienced doubts about their
faith and trouble with their prayer life.
Later, I thought, “I just might have a chance at Sainthood.” (Go along with
me on this one!)
So, even though some of these men and women had shaky starts there was
one thing they had in common and I would need to do the same….Total
surrender to the Lord. In order to do that I knew I needed to get to know
Him intimately and develop a relationship with Him. There were not going to be secrets between Him and me. I would need to confess everything to Him. I would need to start being totally honest with Him and myself. I
would need to love even when I didn’t feel like it or want to. I would need to forgive and even ask for forgiveness. Like many before me, if I wanted
to be one of His spokespersons I not only had to “talk the talk”, but “walk the walk”.
Once again, I thought of the Saints and how they were able
to overcome their obstacles and how the Lord turned around their lives.
“To place on those who mourn in Zion
a diadem instead of ashes,
To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,
A glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit.
They will be called oaks of justice,
planted by the Lord to show his glory.”
Isaiah 61:3
Taking in all that was a little frightening, but I also read that even as they
were leading new lives they still at times struggled with being “Saintly”.
They were human like you and I….flaws and all!
I believe God wants us all to strive for Sainthood. As we are striving
toward it our relationship with the Lord will grow stronger and stronger.
A special love will grow deeper and deeper. It will be the kind of love that
gives you the security that no matter what may happen in your life He will
always be by your side. He will let you know the depth of His
love for you.
So, let’s journey to Sainthood together!

God bless………Diana Marie
The shepherd’s daughter®

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