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Aug 29, 2014

Even Pets Can Have Chores

Even Pets Can Have Chores

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No able-bodied human or animal would live in my house without contributing in some way to our household

images (1)Our pet guinea pig pushed his luck one day when I discovered why Guinea pigs are called PIGS. It is because they eat just like real pigs that’s why.

I was losing patience with ours; every time I opened the fridge that little rodent would squeak like crazy, begging for another vegetable.

One…

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Aug 28, 2014

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Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden. 
Robert Brault

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
than anywhere else on earth.

by Dorothy Frances Gurney

I love gardening; it is a soothing, balm for my spirit. I can sense the Spirit of God permeating nature. In fact gardening is a prayer when we are quiet and listening. Perhaps most people also sense His life-giving presence; that’s why so many love the outdoors, even if they are not especially spiritual.  As for us we are blessed to live on seven acres by a creek.  Much of it still wild but I am slowly reclaiming more and more area, creating meandering gardens.

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The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Genesis 2:15

Sometimes it occurs to me that I am fulfilling the edict from God to Adam and Eve to take care of the beautiful garden He had created on earth.

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 “A tree gives glory to God by being a tree.

For in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him.

It “consents,” so to speak, to His creative love.

It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God,

and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree.”  Thomas Merton

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Little flower, but if I could understand what you are, root and all is all, I should know what God and man is.
Tennyson

Some of my floral delights

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The best place to seek God is in a garden.
You can dig for him there.

George Bernard Shaw

I have pruned back 20 feet of sumac and buckthorn that had become invasive near our lane, across from the house .  After clearing away al the brush and cutting down the stumps I filled pails with soft white pine needles and spread them around as a free ground cover . Next I hauled rocks from  around our property and built low stone walls. After I  moved in some planters. I created.a garden delight. opposite the house, beside our long driveway.

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Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God.
Thomas Jefferson

I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God, it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.
 F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

God almighty first planted a garden.
And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.

 Francis Bacon

Working in the garden gives me something
beyond the enjoyment of the senses.
It gives me a profound feeling of inner peace.

 Ruth Stout

Almost any garden,
if you see it at just the right moment,
can be confused with paradise.

 Henry Mitchell

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At the heart of gardening there is a belief in the miraculous.
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7 Quick Spiritual Gardening Takes 1 Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden. 

Aug 28, 2014

An Article on Catholic 365- God Reveals: We Respond

An Article on Catholic 365- God Reveals: We Respond

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As Christians, our lives revolve around God and not the other way around.

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Decades ago, I ranted and raved at the efficient, organized people who tried to carry out their own personal agendas within the Catholic Church. Yet I lacked the words to connect with these proactive Catholics who dismissed me as some sort of  irrelevant, passive mystic.  It seemed that I was the proverbial contemplative…

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Aug 27, 2014

UPcycling;,NOT REcycling sheets into gorgeous crocheted  rugs. Crocheting rag rugs is so much fun to do because it is fast and satisying.

I crocheted each rag rug in  a few  hours, from one single cream coloured sheet and half a queen sized blue duvet. No pattern needed;  just make a magic circle, squeeze in 8 to 11 half double crochets into the loop and start crocheting around. I varied the rows with  half double crochets and double crochet stitches using a size Q hook…fun, fast, frugal!

I ripped the sheets length wise  into strips about 1 1/2 ” , leaving an inch or so at the end, then snipping 1 1/2 inches over to start the next strip. No need to tie ends together; the strips were continuous.

I got my inspiration from http://www.kingsoleil.com/Upcycled_Crochet_Rug.html

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Aug 26, 2014

Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. – Erich Fromm

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. – Coco Chanel

Creativity exists in the present moment. You can’t find it anywhere else. –  Natalie Goldberg

Einstein-creativityIf you’re having difficulty coming up with new ideas, then slow down. For me, slowing down has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has…

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Aug 26, 2014

Words Have the Power of the Atom

Words Have the Power of the Atom

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The Power of His Words:  To shine light and reveal the truth   

                                                  To diffuse evil and derail violence

                                                  To rile up those who dwell in the shadows.

I am articulate. Words flow with ease, especially when I am upset. However, it would be presumptuous of me to…

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Aug 25, 2014

Honest Prayer

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Is not a mental exercise, a game.

Honest prayer

Opens our core, our heart to the Almighty,

The Creator of the universe.

Such prayer is necessarily humble because

He is God and we are not.

No room for pride;

He knows us better than we know ourselves.

Stark prayer is rooted in this reality.

All we can do is place ourselves in His Presence, in the Light,

Letting go of all demands and…

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Aug 25, 2014 / 1 note

Even if I live in a concrete jungle Just a glance up the sky above me can fill me with awe……

God has come.

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Just a glance up the sky above me

can fill me with awe.

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Only if I can manage

to take my eyes off my tiny problems  

long enough

to allow beauty to inflame my heart with wonder

God has come.

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Aug 24, 2014

A New Perspective on Housework

A New Perspective on Housework

Nine children helped set me free from the prison of perfectionism, especially about housework. Something I considered  an essential  element of a well run household was sacrificed with each additional child. Life was reduced to the basics.  A new perspective on housecleaning set me free from guilt as I realized that:  If I cleaned my house everydayfor two weeks at the end of that time…

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Aug 23, 2014
Aug 22, 2014

False Humility is Sneaky

False Humility is Sneaky

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When I was a young Christian, I thought that humility and sanctity meant ascetic fasting  and  heroic acts of  faith just like all the great saints.

I discovered later that these sorts of practices often focus more on self than on God.

This attitude is actually a subtle sort of self-delusion that is difficult to discern.

Self generated, pious actions  actually drive me further from God

because

I…

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Aug 20, 2014

Can We Love Another Completely?

Can We Love Another Completely?

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“We can love completely—even without complete understanding…”

Remembering when

One of my daughters

Shattered ,

Pieces flying everywhere

Slapping  everyone

Shocking

Freezing all attempts to love

We were all in agony

Our fierce love was as ineffective as  a noodle arrow

which could not pierce through  to her heart.

We do not fully grasp what is best for our husbands, children or parents Often our…

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Aug 19, 2014

No More Striving

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Become like a child again... Carl Heinrich Bloch1834 – 1890

No more striving.

No more work.

Strong words,

Commands actually.

The words reverberate in my mind

Over and over,

Like a mantra.

A Divine mantra.

A Holy reminder to let God work in my core self,

Unhindered by my meddling.

This work of transforming

Is a Holy work

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I just get in the way

When I attempt to…

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Aug 19, 2014

Help: I’ve got 5 Older Sisters

Help: I’ve got 5 Older Sisters

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When you live with five older sisters you might as well have six mothers.

The school bus was not scheduled to pull up for another twenty minutes. Six-year old Rebecca, my youngest child, needed both hands to yank the old, heavy kitchen door open, desperately attempting a quick escape for some free time before school.  As the door squeaked open, I looked up in surprise.

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Before I could…

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God knows EVERYTHING?!

so…you mean to tell me that God knows eeverything I  do, everything that I am even thinking ?!
Aug 18, 2014

God knows EVERYTHING?!

so…you mean to tell me that God knows eeverything I  do, everything that I am even thinking ?!