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Breakfast for Dinner

Throughout my lifetime, I’ve enjoyed making french toast & bacon or sausage with OJ for dinner.  “Breakfast for dinner.”  I’ve also had ice cream for breakfast!  These were usually times when I craved comfort food.

You may be feeling this way too.  Covid19 has changed all of our lives, across the globe.  No one is immune, everyone is at risk.  Granted, we sanitize and wash our hands and do more laundry than ever before (I never thought that was possible!!)…we attend church online, most of us are more active; walks around the neighborhood, maybe gardening, etc.

Where do we go for spiritual comfort cravings?  I’ve found I’m praying more; not just for the people I know or even my own community, but the world as a whole.  Being incredibly grateful for those in the healthcare field, hustling like crazy people to care for those affected by the virus, or have unrelated issues.  These people are overworked, underpaid, and I believe need much more cheering on.  If you see someone in a healthcare uniform, buy them lunch, thank them for their hard work, drop off cookies to their mailbox if you know them.

God is working through all of us to lean on Him.  Not just when the car breaks down or the oldest child is doing drugs, but ALL of the time, the good, the bad, the pandemic.  He is our only hope.  He is what we need.

leaning onWherever you are, you are safe in the arms of Jesus.  Lift your faith and soak up His Holy grace.

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Times, they are a changing

It’s a strange new world.  Somber and oftentimes, lonely.  I am not in the camp that God is using this to bring people closer to Him.  I just don’t buy into that way of thinking.  Man creates these viruses, man is responsible for the unwinding of Mother Nature.  This was God’s paradise, until that fateful day when Adam and Eve realized they were naked and hid from God.  God always wants us to turn to Him.  In tragedy and joy.

But what about the people in our lives that we miss seeing and spending time with?  How can we reach out safely?  Our minister encourages us to make two phone calls a day to check in on friends and family!  Send pics of your kids or make funny faces!  A card in the mail is more of a treat than ever before!  I’m sending a package of cards I hand wrote that can be distributed at local nursing homes.  What can you do to stay connected?

Image result for staying connected when you can't visitTell your kids to “phone home” if they are under 30, they probably won’t get the reference!

May you be blessed, healthy, and sane during this time of separation from your tribe.

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Influenza x 100,000

This is the strangest post I’ve ever written.  The past three weeks have been a time of anxiety and fear for people across the globe.  Including me.  I have a suppressed immune system for medication I take and have recently (2 years) had cancer.  I’m 55, so not in the elderly group, but that’s about all I have going for me.

Well, that and tons of hand sanitizer.  Oh and an active prayer life.  Those two will hopefully save my sanity.

The Coronavirus ranks with school shootings and tsunami’s.  There is very little we can do after the fact, but a lot we can and must do now.

The obvious; wash your hands, sneeze into your elbow, keep six feet away from people, don’t shake hands or hug. 

But what can you do on a larger scale?  Volunteer with the local Red Cross, volunteer to deliver groceries for the grocery store (they are overwhelmed with deliveries right now).  Find out how to safely check in on your neighbors.  Don’t keep the momentum going on buying toilet paper, hand sanitizers, milk or food.  Buy what you normally need.  Share your overstock with the local food-banks.

And mostly, be kind.  Be the (helping) hands, and eyes that see (need) of Jesus.

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Conversation and conversion

I like having a good conversation about why I became Catholic, it seems to be what people care about now days, and is the first topic we discuss when we haven’t seen each other for awhile.

What I dislike greatly is the morbid curiosity or judgment kind of conversation about my conversion.  Had one of those tonight at a pancake breakfast!  It was accusatory and put me on the defensive.  In the end I just said that it fed my spirit and let them push their nose up to the ceiling and sigh.  I did the latter and left the table.

Shared this theory with my SIL when we visited her last month, we agreed, it’s not like becoming Lutheran.  I mean – heck people don’t see that as admonishing.  Or Jewish; now I do have a friend that converted to Judaism and she’s functioning just fine and doesn’t seem to get hassled about her beliefs.  (Gypsy, I’m gonna need some feedback from you)!

Catholic is probably the most misunderstood religion on earth.  I should know, I had my high and mighty opinions too, when I was in RCIA (a class to learn more about Catholicism) I asked my many ignorant questions.  Why do you worship the Virgin Mary?  Why is she so important anyway?  What is purgatory all about (I still don’t buy that one)!  Why can’t priests marry?  The amazing thing is, all of my teachers were patient and gave me explanations that helped me understand.

I’m not an expert, trust me.  I attended mass tonight, my first Tuesday night service and felt like a 3 year old.  However, I was able to function and it was a lovely 1/2 hour. When you have conversation with people; whether it’s about lifestyle changes, religion, politics or child-raising, remember the other person is a human being and deserves the same respect you have for yourself.

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Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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Celebration Hymn

These verses are repeated three times.  Isn’t it lovely?  Written for Steve Green Ministries

Find Us Faithful

O may all who come behind us, find us faithful.

May the fire of our devotion, light their way.

May the footprints that we leave; lead them to believe.

And the lives that we live, inspire them to obey.

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The Pieces 2020

Hello faithful readers (and new ones)!  It is January 2020 and my writing sabbatical is over, I’m ready to blog and share parts of my faith-filled life with you.

We often hear about the “hands and feet of Jesus.”  But what does that actually mean?  To me, it is the ministry of kindness.  Walking the walk, caring for people as you are able, sharing your time, helping with a project; whether for a child’s school project or a neighbor’s household repair.

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I also think it goes miles beyond “praying for someone.”  Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge proponent of prayer.  I have been prayed for, healed from mental anguish and cancer because of prayer.  I pray for others when I have no other option.  When there isn’t something I can personally do, I stand in the gap for the heartache of another.  So prayer is BIG….but bigger still, is doing what Jesus would do; if He were here in a human body.

A kind word, smile, a moment of your time, but most of all, an open heart that is willing to give.

To love.

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Sabbatical

I am taking a writing sabbatical.  It’s transitioning into a ‘against-my-will-don’t-make-me-do-it-social-media-once-a-day-check.’  It won’t be long, because this is part of my ministry, but I need to be cognizant of what’s in front of me and how I’m being guided.  Thanks for being a part of The Pieces Blog.

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Learning Pieces

We are truly never too old to learn, nor does what we think we know have the ability to fill a book!  I’ve been lazy the past year; faithfully, speaking.  I thought I knew God the best way I could.  I turned to Him in prayer, at church, fell in love with a newer Him through Adoration and becoming Catholic.  But these were incidents, not experiences.  They were moments in time, but they were not THE moment in my life.

I never allowed myself to learn, I just learned to adapt.  This is not the way to walk faithfully.  I am a daughter of the One True King.

After hearing him speak at our parish last year, and continued delving into Fr. Dave Pivonka and a book he has written; Encounter Jesus, I am, once again encouraged and inspired to reignite my faith.  The power of Jesus’s love for us.  I hope you will read it and share your thoughts here.

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Pieces of Emptiness

My trip to Scotland and Ireland was wonderful, but it’s always good to be home.  Summer is winding down fast here in Western Wisconsin, our maple tree is half orange and dropping leaves, right on schedule; usually the third week in September the trees start to change color.

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In this post I want to write about the emptiness we all feel at various times in our life.  For me, it generally stems from a loss or is a season of grieving.  My mother died when I had just turned 14, it was already a tumultuous time; with hormones raging, a new school to attend and the fact that my home life was changing drastically.

Here I am, 40+ years later and I still deeply miss my mother.  It may very well be the definitive change of seasons, the earth is getting ready for her greatest time; hibernation with renewal fast on her heels.

I tend to go deeper into my faith during these times, I wonder if you do too; or do you crawl deeper into your bed, a warm comforter or dog to soothe your heart?

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Psalm 10:14
But you do see; you take note of misery and sorrow; you take the matter in hand. To you the helpless can entrust their cause; you are the defender of orphans.

 

 

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Pieces of the World

I’ve traveled to Germany, Amsterdam, Canada, Mexico and a few Caribbean islands.  I was born and raised in the United States and at 54 this might seem like a small list.  I am not a world traveler by any means, but I am……becoming one!  We leave in a few days for Ireland and Scotland.

Many well-wishers/have traveled these places suggest visiting the many cathedrals and small churches along the way.  I am looking forward to this because I want to see how other people worship. Catholicism was brought to Ireland in the 5th Century by missionaries, one of the most famous being Saint Patrick.

I am traveling with an incredibly open heart.  I want to see Jesus in a new way; in the centuries-old buildings, the faces of the faithful.

What unusual places have you discovered Jesus?  Would love to read your comments!

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St Brigid of Kildare