A Four-Letter Word Helps Me Focus This Year

Posted on Jan 20, 2018

A Four-Letter Word Helps Me Focus This Year

For the last five years or so, I’ve chosen a word for the year. It focuses me; gives pathways to my thoughts and intentions. I like it! The year I retired, my word was JOY.   This year, I tried a program that generates a word for you. The word I received didn’t resonate with me after sitting on it for a day, so I clicked for a new word, and then another, Dense me, I finally prayed about what word God wanted me to keep before my heart and mind. Quite...

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How Does Being Different Feel?

Posted on Dec 19, 2017

How Does Being Different Feel?

I don’t know when being different from others awakened in my consciousness, but certainly, a little before high school, I understood my way of acting and thinking did not conform to others’ actions or thoughts. It didn’t bother me much because I knew no other way to be. When I tried to act like others, I failed. I felt uncomfortable, almost like lying, not being true to my self. Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, resonated with me early in life...

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Near – Five Minute Friday challenge

Posted on Dec 2, 2017

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...

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Thirst lessons from the Samaritan Woman

Posted on Nov 10, 2017

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...

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On Time: Delusional Thinking

Posted on Nov 1, 2017

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...

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10 Ways to Battle Discouragement and Get Back on Track

Posted on Sep 20, 2017

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...

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