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Picking up the pieces and taking God with me

Hello!  This blog post has been delayed for many reasons.  I have written and rewritten it many times in the past two weeks! Picking up the pieces best describes these past two weeks.   Getting back from our launch at  World Meeting Of Families did not go as smoothly as anticipated.  My show shipment arrived a week late and unpacking it all has been daunting!  The amount of items I took along for the trip might suggest that I was going to be on the road for several months without food, water or access to washer and dryer!  Have you ever had a trip like that?  …And taking the car as opposed to a plane just accommodates that mode of thinking even more!  Once home from the show, my vocation as a wife and mother took center stage, as expected…it is nice to be LOVED!   

This past Sunday’s gospel reading was reminds us how important it is to keep God first in our lives.  Sooo, after all my busy-ness of these past two weeks; of making sure my life has a particular order; a particular flow; getting every kid where they need to be; and getting all the merchandise back on the shelves…I plopped myself down in the pew for Sunday morning mass with my son, after his early morning basketball training, (my girls had  their own schedule with my husband for the day), and I asked God to give me some direction as I prepared for the new week ahead.   The gospel reading was about the rich man running up to Jesus and asking Him how to inherit eternal life.   Already knowing that the rich man was a rule follower, Jesus told him to keep the following commandments: you shall not kill, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness and honor your father and your mother.   The rich man exclaimed that he was already observing these commandments.  But when talking to the man, Jesus intentionally left out the first three commandments…the ones about honoring God.  Jesus did this intentionally to shine a light on the fact that many times, WE are just like the rich man…we follow the rules; or should I say we follow the rules that seem so obvious…the ones that would wind us up in jail or in deep, deep trouble with the ones we love here on earth.  While those are excellent and very necessary rules to follow, how many times do WE forget to honor God?  And maybe we don’t always forget God, but we say…”I’ll get to that prayer in a minute or at bedtime,” and that minute never comes or that bedtime prayer eludes us.  God, as the Creator of all, deserves more than just rule followers.  Jesus wants us to deeply understand this.  Jesus could have just told the man, “you haven’t been giving honor to my Father,” but He didn’t.  He told the story like this so that even in today’s age, the story causes us to ask more questions.  Questions that lead us into a deeper understanding of the truth.  And…Jesus is not just talking about the “rich man” because of his monetary wealth.  He is speaking to each one of us who are “rich” in other ways too…rich in full social calendars; rich in watching our favorite TV shows; rich in ensuring that we have enough for our own need.  When we are too rich in one area of our lives, other areas are lacking.  In the case of the rich man, he did all the right things, but was lacking in a true relationship with God.  

So, as I go about my daily living, one simple thought resonates with me.   Before I begin my day of “rule following,” I wake up and take God with me and I include Him in my daily living.  It is my prayer that you all will do the same!!! 

Happy St. Teresa of Avila Feast Day to you!

You are all in my prayers daily.

Blessings and peace to you always,

Darla

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Darla Wainscott

Darla is the Founder and President of Put On Christ® , Apparel and Accessories. As the company's trademarked tag line states, Darla is "Making Faith Fashionable®," by trailblazing this unique boutique brand since it was unveiled during World Meeting of Families in September of 2015. She created Put On Christ® after feeling certain that the Blessed Mother was calling her to get to know her Son better and to share Him with the world in a very relevant way. The athleisure market is the fastest growing segment of the clothing industry and Darla made a bold decision to carve out a segment of this market for Christians wanting an alternative to traditional "big box" manufacturers. With an accent on modesty, all Put On Christ® products are manufactured in USA. With its exclusive trademarked Christian logo adorned on each product designed to take you from errands to exercise, there is no other company in the nation like Put On Christ®. Under the patronage of Saints Teresa of Avila and Ignatius and consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Darla hopes to strengthen each customer's relationship with Christ in their everyday living. Her company prays daily for each customer and for every person who visits the Put On Christ® website or engages with the company on any of the five most popular social media channels. Darla invites you to follow the Put On Christ® team on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest.



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