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It seems the older I get, the more mercy the Lord reveals to me. Most of us never think about actually committing the Seven Deadly Sins. The truth of the matter is that we do these things every single day. We just don’t recognize them for what they are.

Pride- All I have to do to recall God’s mercies in this area of my life is to look  at my few extra lines. They just keep growing; deeper and deeper, more and more. Oh, and my hair! A little more gray grows in every day. If I am tempted to feel a little prideful about my appearance or my attitude, I just imagine that a camera crew follows me around for a day. A secret movie of my life would reveal me at my worst. I have no pride left.

Avarice (Greed) -I probably would be a very greedy person without God’s mercy. I could easily imagine myself wanting more. God’s cure for this ill? I am so busy that I don’t have time to want anything besides a hot shower and a warm bed. Just like most women, I am trying to split myself between my duties as a good daughter, great Godmother, church work and other jobs that come up.In this way the Lord covers another one of the sins.

Sloth- I feel like one of those toaster pastries. I pop up and down all day. “Mom, can you get me water.” “Honey, where are my keys?” “Can someone get the phone?” Yikes! I would actually love the chance to be lazy, but it is just not going to happen.

Lust- “He’s so cute!”  I am guilty from time to time.  That is an ongoing struggle to always be pure of heart.

Gluttony I love food. My arms are barely long enough for me to grab a first helping, let alone a second.  Sometimes I am either too tired or too busy to eat. God is so good.

Envy- I drive past a beautiful, big house and my only thought is: “Glad I don’t have to clean it.” As you mature you begin to realize that everything comes with some strings attached, this knowledge makes it fairly easy to not want what you don’t have.

Anger – Okay, truth time, I still struggle with this one every day. I do realize, though, that life is short and the time I waste being angry is time I could have spent showing love.

I pray that God will continue to work on me – I am definitely a work in progress. Even though the serious temptations are reduced in some way, I am even more aware of the many ways I do sin, everyday. I trust in the continued mercy of God.