Ramblings from the Miller Haus

This simple blog is my musing and rambling as I strive to be a servant of the Lord and seek to become a noble wife and mother.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Celebrating the Liturgical Year!

"Families who observe the feasts with joyful home celebrations based on the religious thoughts of the season, will certainly never have to complain that their youngsters find home life dull or uninteresting.  The modern trend of seeking shallow amusements outside the home is mostly due to the ignorance and inability of parents who forgot(or never knew) how to mold the lives of their children in the spirit of Christian tradition with all its happy customs inspired by holy liturgy."  from The Year of the Lord in the  Christian Home by Rev. F.X. Weiser

How very inspirational Father Weiser's words are to all of us!  We have been given rich traditions by our family's heritage and our rich faith traditions.  They may seem trivial at times or too much extra 'work', but these are the things that your children will remember and hopefully pass on to the next generation.  While passing on these traditions we are also passing on prayers and devotions to increase their love of our Lord!  Our Advent season is full of tradition as we anticipate the coming Nativity of the Lord.  Let us use this Advent as a time of preparation and penance!  

Praying Over My To-Do List
I sit here with my list, Lord, and I know I need help finding a balance. I am so looking forward to Christmas Day, with the family here, the company, the wonderful celebration. But, Lord, there is SO much to do!  When will it all get done?  How will I maintain any semblance of inner peace in this "peaceful" season?
I think, Lord, that I need some balance in my life. I feel so torn between wanting to cook and fill my house with wonderful welcoming smells, and wanting to finish decorating the house. I have shopping to do, the house to clean and cards to write and mail.  When?  How?
Help me, guide me, Lord. Help me to set priorities around doing those things that will bring me closer to you. Maybe my house really is clean enough, or maybe I can ask my family for help. Can the cards wait until a quiet afternoon after Christmas?  Can my house decorations be simpler?  Is there more than a little ego involved when I want so desperately to have my house "magazine perfect" for the holidays?
Help me rediscover the joy of simplicity, Lord. Help me to remember what I am celebrating. Help me to find it in my heart to call out, "Come, Lord Jesus."

Homemaker's Prayer
Lord, you have chosen me for the noblest of woman's callings. I ask You for wisdom to use well my opportunity. May the precious lives entrusted to Your care blossom to beauty and maturity in this home. Grant that they may come from the world's rough and thorny ways to find rest and a secure, loving family. May they be renewed each day in faith, hope, and love. May we live for the best and highest, seeking to lessen, where we can, the burdens of others. Strengthen me, but keep me soft-hearted and tolerant of others. Make me willing to learn from the old as well as from the young. Dear Lord, make me sufficient for my task.
*Author unknown

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Count your blessings!

Advent Blessings!

Working in the Kitchen During Advent

What joy this brings me, Lord. Thank you for guiding me into the kitchen
for some time of silence with you. The room fills with wonderful smells and I
share tastes and samples with my family as they make extra trips through the
kitchen on days like this. Thank you for each and every one of these special
people in my family. They are like the ingredients of my own life, adding spice
and heat and wonderful flavor and melding together into a unique dish designed
to glorify you.

You know, God, cooking is quite a bit like my life. It's messy, I get
careless and sometimes things don't turn out as I had planned. But in the mess
of my life, that's where I can turn to you. Help me when I have to deal with
being so imperfect. Bless me with humility when I grapple with my own poverty.
Let me feel how deeply you love me, even when all I have to offer is scorched
and humble.

Be with me Lord, in this kitchen today. Help me to take the time in this
intimate silence with you, to pray for each person who will eat this food.
Allow me to remember all of those around the world who have so little food, and
bless those who share what little they have.