Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Haiku My Heart: My Sweet-Heart

who are you 'xactly?
I think I like and trust you
shall we meet again?

latest addition
to my family of girls
she is my Sweet-Heart

Leannah's aunt Chrissy is the one holding her,
giving me opportunity to photograph 
this little dumpling.

linking with the 
greatest of pleasures
to Rebecca's

gentle reminder: my give-away

Saturday, January 25, 2014

My Prayer for the Beginning of the Day

Please, Holy Mother of my Lord and Savior,
allow me to…
be an instrument of love today.
serve in spite of 
(or because of)
listlessness and physical pain,
have spiritual healing, 
with the purpose of
my forgiving others,
and my being forgiven.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Carpe Diem #380: Frozen Heart?

from Kristjaan Panneman's Carpe Diem Haiku-
lotus flowers
rising from the depths of the pond
everlasting love

and here is mine...

berries frozen
are they symbolic of my heart?
may His love enflame it

joining others at 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

Small Stones: Eucharist

 never too old to learn...
newest discovery-
Eucharist is Greek
for Thanksgiving!  
 so I give thanks
for the Eucharist,
our Lord's 
Body and Blood, 
for our salvation.

Mornings with Mary: Kissing the Face of God

Imagine such an awesome kiss,
being pressed on the face of our Savior!
What was Mary thinking as she
kissed and cuddled this Babe in her arms?
Would fear have entered into her mind,
or was there only the sheer delight
in holding her Divine Child?
We know that she pondered
all that the angel Gabriel announced to her
because the Bible tells us that.
But, in this moment,
did she just give thanks that
Jesus had arrived intact
with no harm done on their long journey
to Bethlehem?
I hope that she was only giving thanks,
unaware of all the trials 
she would suffer as the Mother of God.

Go here for how Weistling was inspired
to paint this exquisite art.

then join me in visiting
Mornings with Mary

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mornings with Mary: The Virgin Mother

 Beloved Mother,
we come to you with our prayers, 
help us be strengthened

to follow your Son 
in the way that you modeled,
with true deference.

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hosted by the gracious

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Postcards from Paradise: Away in a Manger

Away in a manger,
no crib for His head,
the little Lord Jesus 
lay down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky
looked down where He lay.
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

A reminder from our parish priest: 
It is still the Christmas season
and will continue to be until next Sunday.

linking to 
the inimitable Rebecca

Thursday, January 2, 2014

I thought that I was ready for the new year,
with my one word to be my centering for the year.
I also thought that my new medication 
for chronic depression was treating all my symptoms- 
fatigue, indecisiveness, trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
But, no!  One symptom remains, that of indecisiveness.
I discovered that whilst I was reading a blog post by someone 
whose writing talent I admire.  
Her post yesterday was entitled No Word, No Mantra.  
What, no one word? No mantra?  
Well, in reality, 
the only mantra I’ve ever uttered is “Let go, let God.”  
I used that to settle my brain from the teaching day 
in order to go to sleep.  
Other than that, I am not into yoga, zen
or whatever symbolizes meditation for people. 
 I struggle to be silent and just be.  
And any way, God seems to speak to me 
through magazine articles, 
words uttered on TV 
and synchronicity of conversations with others, 
especially during discussions at Bible Study.
So now what?  
Do I still pursue picking one word 
for what I hope for the year 2014?  
Oh, and what word had I chosen?  GRATITUDE.
 A satisfactory word, yes?   
Well, it fits in wonderfully 
with a practice I started yesterday, 
which is to pick one bit a day of what I call 
“Life’s Bits of Wonderfulness”.  

found on Facebook
So, out with ‘one word’ and in with a practice full of gratitude.

Are you making any resolutions, 
picking one word as your centering goal?
Pull up a chair, sit a while, 
and share with me, if you’re so inclined.
Happy 2nd day of our new year!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Bits and Pieces of Day One of the New Year, 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
After I ventured out today, 
I made shopping stops at Dollar General 
to buy items that cost lower here than anywhere else, 
then Lowe’s for potting soil and sunflower seeds for the birds, 
lastly Walmart for a few groceries and nonfood items.
At home, I put things away
 and potted the cedar ‘tree’ gifted to me from Lowe’s.  
(The tree was the reason for the potting soil purchase.)  
Next, I cut an apple for my lunch.
Lastly, I tended to banking, 
read some blogs, then sat down for some serious chillin’!
My bit of gratitude: 
I’m grateful for all those ladies 
in Bible Study and Women at the Well 
who contribute to my spiritual welfare.
Thank you, ladies.  
May the new year shower blessings on you and your families! 
This image is a greeting card which I scanned,
then added text.