Being

“Is it so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done?” – Matthew Arnold Do we think we have to accomplish something every day? Can we allow ourselves to ‘waste’ time – just being, just seeing, just enjoying? Let’s take a walk today. How about a good book? How about spending time with loved ones or just alone? Just being! Being alive! Breathing, relaxing, and just appreciating the beauty around us. How can we appreciate our life if we don’t take the time to appreciate non-accomplishment? How can we hear the birds, love that poem, smell that ocean air, if we are too being making excuses for our own existence. Do we ne

St. Patrick's Day

Today is St. Patrick’s Day! It is a celebration of a man who not only forgave the people who kidnapped him and made him a slave, but a man who came back to his captors to bless them with the faith he held. It took courage, great faith, and grace to face the formidable Druids who ruled the people with fear and intimidation. It wasn’t easy to challenge them but Patrick did and in doing so freed a nation of people from the pagan strangle hold that bound them as slaves to a system that included human sacrifice. St. Patrick ’s Day is portrayed as a day of parades, partying, and leprechauns. We Irish, and many others, want to celebrate today. It is easy in the merriment of fun, song, food and dri

Habits

“Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window…but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” - Mark Twain Whenever I decide to do something, to make a change or a move, I make it in a big way. Whether it be a career decision, a diet, or a new exercise program I attack it with a vengeance. I set a date. I prepare. I tell everyone about my new plan. If it is a diet, I make sure to clean my shelves so they are free of temptation (usually by eating all the temptations). If it is a work project, I clean my desk, set up my paper, and put new files on my computer. Announcing my plan for a new and better self, I attack my new way of living with abandon. It consumes me. It is all I talk about, think

Storms

"He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm." Mark 4:39 Today, as I look out my window, a blizzard rages. It is not as bad as the weatherman predicted, but we have high winds and icy sheets of rain. As usual everyone panicked when news of the storm came. Supermarkets were crowded and lines were long. The large home depot stores had empty shelves where the snow blowers and shovels used to be. Living on a farm Mike and I had special preparations to make. We got more hay and grain for the horses and goats. We moved the pregnant goats to the new goat pen, and sheltered the baby goats in the barn. We loaded up

Small Miracles

"Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6: 38 I have had big miracles in my life, miracles that have left me stunned and in awe. But yesterday I experienced a small miracle that warmed my heart and reminded me that God is truly interested in my everyday life and well-being. Two events occurred and together those events softened some pain and strengthened a fading faith. The first event was the loss of a friend. In fact, I have had a lot of loss lately. In less than a year I have lost my youngest brother and four friends. The particular friend

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