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Everyday Pieces

In the every day, I find the various pieces of my life. There has been a lot of anguish for a hurting world, but in my own space, there is grief. At times, overwhelming. I am surprised that I have managed to survive the loss of a brother and sister in just a few months. A redeeming component is that I will see them again and secondly, Jesus walks with me every step. He reminds me with a beautiful sunset the ways in which my loved ones are still with me. He brings forward to memory, good times, special moments. And although I spend a lot of time sighing, remembering, grieving, I know it’s merely temporary. I will see them again.

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Wherever you are in the various stages of grief, I can attest that some days are easier. And joy does occasionally visit! Hurt is a feeling. God reminds us that feelings come and go, but the light of our life, the salt of the earth, the comfort of a Fathers’ love is right here, right now. Not fleeting.

Amen!
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Peaceful Protesting

There is so much unrest in our nation. It started with Covid19 and and only five months into 2020, the world is once again fighting an invisible enemy. Racism and police brutality. There is a lot of opinion, but on this page, today, I’m not sharing mine. Instead I’m making some suggestions to change the narrative and how we, as believers can support hurting people.

1. Educate yourself on a particular movement.

2. Work on your own habits and beliefs.

3. Research the local presence.

4. Take action in your community.

5. Go to a protest or demonstration.

6. Use social media.

7. Volunteer your time.

Lastly, choose to have conversation in a calm manner. Many social injustices bring out anger and hostility in people. Pray first, maybe even ask to pray before the conversation begins. Show your faith, not your emotions. Be a guiding light. Keep it real.

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Spiritual Exercises

As we continue through this “brave new world,” there are a lot of posts and suggestions on staying mentally and physically active.  I could surely use less couch time and more “crankin’ up the oldies to sweat.”  🙂

If your spiritual life could use a boost, check out these suggestions and feel free to add a few of your own!  Start your day with a new routine; I am!

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Ideas for strengthening your spirit!

  • Get reacquainted (Zoom, Webex, Facetime) with coworkers, family, friends.
  • Go outside as much as possible.
  • Reduce distractions; TV, Internet, news, etc.
  • Observe your thoughts about the people around you.
  • Step out in faith.
  • Be of service to others, make masks, help with deliveries, send cards to local memory care or nursing home.   Sign, “a friend.”
  • Make prayer and meditation a habit.
  • Spend time in the Word.  An online bible study, or do your own, pick a book in the Bible that has been hard for you to understand and research it.
  • Say “grace” with each meal.
  • Start a journal.
  • Write poetry.
  • Memorize scripture.
  • Sign up for daily scripture or meditation.

Quotes about Spiritual exercises (31 quotes)

 

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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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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 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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Dream Pieces

Is there somewhere you’ve always wanted to travel?  Or a dream to own your business?  To be married?  Or win a championship?

Life cannot merely be sleep, eat, work and moments of fun.  It’s pretty hard to find a peaceful work-life-balance.  Harder still if you are working towards a goal or achievement.

God is your biggest cheerleader, He will open doors and provide the training or skill-set for what you need to meet your life goals.  Faith is what helps the work-life-balance exist.  Without faith, aren’t you just a hamster running the wheel for no reason?

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I’ve always loved to travel.  To see how other people live, what they eat, do for fun, tour beautiful sights, soak in lovely sunsets, pick shells on the beach.  Hubby and I are taking a dream trip this Fall to Ireland and Scotland.  I never really imagined we would take this trip; well, in fact – that is what I did; I imagined.  And now, it’s happening.

The grace of God is what gets me through every day.  The way He understands my heart and what makes me tick.  What I need to do, to more than exist.

I am blessed.  But don’t get me wrong, it has never been easy.  I’ve been in the valley far longer than I’ve enjoyed the view from the mountaintops.  I am a Work In Progress!  And having dreams always gives me hope.

By Him, For Him and in Him………..

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Uncounted Pieces

There are so many fragments in our life.  Family, job, living spaces, hobbies, faith, health.  And with these, come many blessings.  The smaller, the easier they are to dismiss.  “The tomatoes are so ripe in summer” (that is a blessing!!) “the fix on the microwave was so easy.” (so is that!)!  

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It might be fun to make a list of the small blessings and just see how fast they add up.  Maybe this list would be beneficial when we can’t remember how good our life really is.  And if it isn’t good at the present time, it will be, in time – because God promises light at the end of the tunnel.

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2 Samuel 22:31
God’s way is unerring; the Lord’s promise is tried and true; he is a shield for all who trust in him.
2 Corinthians 5:17
So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.
Romans 6:4
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.