Philippians 4: 4-7Brothers and sisters:Rejoice in the Lord always.I shall say it again: rejoice!Your kindness should be known to all.The Lord is near.Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ … Continue reading Gaudete! Rejoice!
Advent is something of a little Lent, wherein we, hopefully out of love of God and neighbor, give up a little something either as a charitable gift, or spend a bit more time in prayer for someone, or take a moment to examine our heart. It is a time of preparation for the Advent (coming) … Continue reading The Grace of Beginning, Again
An Advent Reflection The other day I read something really beautiful written by Dr. Tom Neal on Word on Fire: Show me the Father. By the time I arrived at the end of the piece the tears were sliding down my face. It is in part because of my experience earlier this year, having that … Continue reading It’s a good day to begin anew
Yes, it's the Liturgical New Year. Today we begin again, telling the stories leading up to the Birth of Jesus. That moment when God, who seems, often feels, somewhere out there, way beyond our grasp, entered into out daily, human, corporeal existence, becoming one of us in everything, except sin. Through all the trials, and … Continue reading Happy New Year!
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. I'm changing this nonsense: if you want to make God laugh, tell him a joke. The other day I read The Face of Change by Caralyn of Beauty Beyond Bones. Caralyn shares: “I’m going to put *this* one all the way in the back. Hide … Continue reading There’s an old saying
Wanderlost Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving. For Sweetie and I it was quiet, and our food consumption was not considered "traditional": steak, baked potatoes, oven roasted asparagus, and lemon meringue pie. I had a glass of a French Rose that complemented the meal well. A simple feast for two. While we as a nation give thanks … Continue reading Gratitude
Wanderlost Every craft, skill, profession has a beginning, someone who started doing something that eventually led to a business, that led to an industry. I don't know who the first quilter was, or what prompted them to begin cutting up fabric, stitching it together, adding batting and a backing however I'm grateful. Grateful, and warm. … Continue reading God Gives us Friends
Vulnerable Abandonment I'm in Jersey with a friend for the weekend and took the opportunity to go to St. Mary of the Pines for Mass once again spending time reflecting on the beautiful Crucifix. Remembering and reflecting on the experience in July of being loved, of accepting God's Love for me. Since that moment there's … Continue reading Forty Days of Prayer for Quilters: Day 14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m_sWJQm2fs Last night just before my Sweetie went to bed I held him close for a moment to thank him for loving me through, walking with me, reminding me of God's love and direction and to pray for that, to be open to where God is leading. This was one of those "I am always … Continue reading Going out into the Deep
The horizon is changing color quickly as the sun begins to rise. Our room here in Houston faces East making it possible for me to enjoy the beginning of the day. The color today begins with a red purple, into a kind of green yellow, into the end of the deep blue night sky. Moment … Continue reading Go to the Source