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Near – Five Minute Friday challenge

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Near – Five Minute Friday challenge

Near The warmth of the fire when I sit close The baby’s smell when I kiss his head The feel of God’s kiss when He brushes wind against my cheek The rush of hope as a goal comes within sight Near as our breath, He is Hovering over us like a protective new parent Guardian angel unfelt but present The communion of saints so very close The smell of yeast bread moments before the timer The salty air in nostrils on beach walks The presence of deceased loved ones on special days Relationships grown cold in need of nurturing Five Minutes Friday is a...

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Thirst lessons from the Samaritan Woman

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Thirst lessons from the Samaritan Woman

We all thirst for God, whether we know it or not. The Samaritan woman at the well is a story that intrigues me. I can relate to her loneliness, her defensiveness about some of the poor choices she made, her avoidance of others. She was less than open to Jesus when He talked to her. She even tried to change the subject, but He redirected her attention to the “gift of God,” to the “living water” she longed for. Perhaps she purposely misunderstood what He was saying. The truth is often hard to face. But who can avoid it when God Himself tells...

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On Time: Delusional Thinking

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On Time: Delusional Thinking

I’m so delusional about time. I always think I can squeeze in more than is humanly possible in any day. I have a long list of things I want to read each day on top of all my To Do’s. I never get to all of them. In ten minutes, I have to get ready to leave for Mass. I read one of Sarah Kay’s poems while my eggs cook. She’s so delicious, I allow myself only one poem a day. I cheated today and read two. My strawberries and cream, eggs and toast wait on the table. My coffee is already half gone. It takes me half an hour to get ready before I can...

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10 Ways to Battle Discouragement and Get Back on Track

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10 Ways to Battle Discouragement and Get Back on Track

When discouragement strikes, we don’t always find our way out from under its darkness right away.  Here are ten quick lifts that work for me. 1. Recognize discouragement for what it is: a fiery dart from Satan. Use your shield of faith to protect yourself. As a child of God, you have authority over the powers of darkness. Stop to pray and bind the spirit of discouragement. Use Jesus’ words if none come to mind:  “‘Get behind me,  Satan.’ In the name of Jesus Christ, be gone from here.”  He encouraged his...

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The Rich Do This One Habit. Nothing to do with Money.

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The Rich Do This One Habit. Nothing to do with Money.

The rich have an amazing and admirable habit that does not involve money, according to Ken Rutkowski’s Facebook page. They read. A lot. Do you know what the majority of them read?Non-fiction. The rich read to learn.  They rarely read for entertainment. They know they’ll never live long enough to learn from all the mistakes they can possibly make. So they learn from others, by reading biographies to learn others’ life stories and lessons. They read history books. They read self-help books. They read about topics that intrigue them. In...

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Five Minute Friday: Work

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Five Minute Friday: Work

One shared prompt. Five unedited minutes. That’s the challenge of an online writing group I have discovered. This is my first five minute, unedited submission on the topic of Work. My work. My life’s work. What is the legacy of my life’s contribution? I photograph and write and love and pray. I sing and play guitar for prayer services and Masses. Encouraging others, sharing my God-given gifts. This is what I do. I can’t keep from thinking about Dmitri. He’s the subject of a documentary. A minister, if I remember...

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Nothing satisfies that ache in my heart

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Nothing satisfies that ache in my heart

Do you find yourself saying “Nothing satisfies this ache in my heart? Nothing …” I did. There’s a loneliness you feel that has nothing to do with your life as you know it. Right? There’s an ache in your heart that you cannot fill. It’s not from lack of food. Or lack of a boyfriend or girlfriend. It’s not from some lack in your childhood. I’ve felt it for years and called it loneliness. I didn’t know what else to call it. When did the answer come to me? I’m not exactly sure. But if...

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How Do You Know God Answers Your Prayers? For sure?

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How Do You Know God Answers Your Prayers? For sure?

God answers prayers. I heard this all my life and was pretty sure people who told me this might be slightly mistaken. It seemed to me that I didn’t get any answers when I prayed.  Sure, every once in a while, I’d pay attention to the fact that I did get through the trial about which I was praying, but in the rare moments that I did notice my prayer had been answered, it didn’t seem definitive. Because it could have been a coincidence. I didn’t see any evidence of God anywhere. You know, like George Burns’ voice...

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Miracles Always Fascinate, But Would You Be Convinced?

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Miracles Always Fascinate, But Would You Be Convinced?

Miracles always fascinate me, although the Doubting Thomas in me flashes like a neon sign when I read of them. The miracle below melted the stubborn toughness that still clings to the edges of my soul’s robe. I’m not sure why I find myself drawn to images or stories of mules over the past few years. I almost bought an original oil painting by Linda Sasse at the ArtsQuest festival a few years ago. If memory serves me well, it was in pastel colors and featured three mules. I couldn’t figure out where I’d put it in my...

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Trust, talking to God, and the Gift of Tears

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Trust, talking to God, and the Gift of Tears

We all know tears, but the gift of tears? What’s that? I’m off to tell more stories from my book at the Coastal Library in Santa Rosa Beach, FL today including the little-known spiritual gift of tears. Crossing my fingers for an audience, however small. One of the topics in the book and my talk is the gift of tears. I address this topic for two reasons. I was confused by spiritual tears falling effortlessly without reddening of the eyes. I’d never heard of the gift of tears, and I’m fairly well-read on spirituality,...

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