Christian books and novels

Some good reading:

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And pretty much anything by this author.
She is a Christian romance author.

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Pope Francis- first heal

““We have a great pope,” said Father Spadaro in a phone interview from his office, surrounded by Italian journalists. “There is a big vision, not a big shift. His big vision is to see the church in the middle of the persons who need to be healed. It is in the middle of the world.”
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“I see the church as a field hospital after battle,” Francis said. “It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.””

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/world/europe/pope-bluntly-faults-churchs-focus-on-gays-and-abortion.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20130629_enciclica-lumen-fidei_en.html

ENCYCLICAL LETTER
LUMEN FIDEI
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
FRANCIS
TO THE BISHOPS PRIESTS AND DEACONS
CONSECRATED PERSONS
AND THE LAY FAITHFUL
ON FAITH

4. There is an urgent need, then, to see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith dies out, all other lights begin to dim. The light of faith is unique, since it is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence. A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves but from a more primordial source: in a word, it must come from God. Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love, a love which precedes us and upon which we can lean for security and for building our lives. Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see; we realize that it contains a great promise of fulfilment, and that a vision of the future opens up before us. Faith, received from God as a supernatural gift, becomes a light for our way, guiding our journey through time. On the one hand, it is a light coming from the past, the light of the foundational memory of the life of Jesus which revealed his perfectly trustworthy love, a love capable of triumphing over death. Yet since Christ has risen and draws us beyond death, faith is also a light coming from the future and opening before us vast horizons which guide us beyond our isolated selves towards the breadth of communion. We come to see that faith does not dwell in shadow and gloom; it is a light for our darkness. Dante, in the Divine Comedy, after professing his faith to Saint Peter, describes that light as a “spark, which then becomes a burning flame and like a heavenly star within me glimmers”.[4] It is this light of faith that I would now like to consider, so that it can grow and enlighten the present, becoming a star to brighten the horizon of our journey at a time when mankind is particularly in need of light.

Smell the color 9

Wow! I just heard this song and it really struck a note with me…..
a video to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip2WgqBHYqM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

http://www.lyricsmania.com/smell_the_color_9_lyrics_chris_rice.html

Lyrics to Smell The Color 9 :
I would take ‘no’ for an answer
Just to know I heard You speak
And I’m wonderin’ why I’ve never
Seen the signs they claim they see
Are the special revelations
Meant for everybody but me?
Maybe I don’t truly know You
Or maybe I just simply believe

‘Cause I can sniff, I can see
And I can count up pretty high
But these faculties aren’t getting me
Any closer to the sky
But my heart of faith keeps poundin’
So I know I’m doin’ fine
But sometimes finding You
Is just like trying to
Smell the color nine

Now I’ve never ‘felt the presence’
But I know You’re always near
And I’ve never ‘heard the calling’
But somehow You’ve led me right here
So I’m not looking for burning bushes
Or some divine graffiti to appear
I’m just beggin’ You for some wisdom
And I believe You’re puttin’ some here

‘Cause I can sniff, I can seek,
I can count up pretty high
But these faculties aren’t getting me
Any closer to the sky
But my heart of faith keeps poundin’
So I know I’m doin’ fine
But sometimes finding You
Is just like trying to
Smell the color nine

Smell the color nine?
But nine’s not a color
And even if it were you can’t smell a color
That’s my point exactly…

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Take this world…. Enjoy it! It is a gift!

20120704-152051.jpgI was listening to a Christian radio station. There was a song playing it was singing “take this world and give me Jesus this is not where I belong.” Sometimes, I think that we focus so much On heaven that we fail to see and enjoy the beauty God had created. The earth, the people, the abilities and talents of his creations. If we want to truly appreciate what God has given us, not only do we need to appreciate Jesus’s sacrifice for us on the cross but we also need to appreciate the beauty in the world around us and not always look to heaven but to look at the creations and feel blessed

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It is a beautiful song though

Sometimes it feels like I’m watching from the outside
Sometimes it feels like I’m breathing but am I alive
I won’t keep searching for answers that aren’t here to find

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

So when the walls come falling down on me
And when I’m lost in the current of a raging sea
I have this blessed assurance holding me.

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

When the earth shakes I wanna be found in You
When the lights fade I wanna be found in You

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong
[x2]

Where I belong, where I belong
Where I belong, where I belong

by building 429: http://www.lyricshall.com/lyrics/Building+429/Where+I+Belong/

Yellow-poplar Magnoliaceae Liriodendron tulipifera .

http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/Tennessee/tree_tulip_poplar.html

Tree

The tulip poplar was designated as the official state tree of Tennessee by Public Chapter 204 of the Acts of the 1947 General Assembly. The act stated that, as no state tree had ever before been designated, the adoption of an official tree seemed appropriate. The tulip poplar was chosen “because it grows from one end of the state to the other” and “was extensively used by the pioneers of the state to construct houses, barns, and other necessary farm buildings.”

the other day I temporarily lost my car keys do I had to walk the kids to school. On the walk home after I had blown off some steam (anger at myself) I noticed these flowers littering the sidewalk.

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I’ve been off

So, I recently joined my library online through something called overdrive.
I’ve been demolishing romantic trash for the last couple weeks because it is an online library and books are “due” to be returned at a certain time. So, I’ve been reading and reading romantic sappy stuff by Christine feehan and reading sci-fi from Anne Mccaffrey… So ice been to busy to Facebook or blog, which is good. I needed a break.
So here are some funnies, sarcasms and Inspirationals for you

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Hubby’s birthday

So today was my hubby’s 32nd 33rd birthday.
He scheduled me a dr appt for a physical so I had to fast so I was bitchy to him this morning… I hate going to the dr for anything…. At least I opted out of the pap… I wasn’t prepared mentally or physically for that…
But then afterwards I went to the grocery store and bought chicken breasts to make chicken Parmesan for dinner.
I first made a lemon pound cake. I cheated and used a box mix of pound cake and added lemon juice and lemon curd to the mix and then drizzled a butter, powdered sugar, lemon curd concoction onto the cake after it cooled.

The chicken parm a la Roxanne has no actual Parmesan in it.
I dipped the thinned (horizontally halved) chicken breast in an egg and water mixture, cover it in Italian bread crumbs with extra Italian seasoning and garlic salt, fry it up, bake it for a while, smother it in my fav sauces or sauce and mozzarella cheese, cover it in foil and bake until the sauce is hot…

Make a side of spaghetti noodles and wah-la

Since, we’d been sick I took the dinner over to the student commons room and several friends met us and joined us for cake and dinner.

Lent

Ok, I grew up in a non-denominational church. There was no talking in tongues or miracle healing from laying of hands….(basically not a charismatic church)… But there also wasn’t Lenten observance, saints, confessions, Eucharistic mass or prayer books (it wasn’t a traditional church like catholic, episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist)
We had prayers from a speaker not a prayer book, there were songs, offerings, preachings and the bread and grape juice communions in remembrance of Jesus’ last supper, sacrifice, death and resurrection.

When I was 20, I moved to Miami. Away from the church going members of my family and away from my church home. I floundered about until after a couple failed romantic relationships I found my darling to be husband at around age 23. He was a Roman Catholic and a volunteer youth group leader. We met, dated, got engaged and then married by April 2005.
I had converted to Catholicism. I’d read books and attended the catechism classes and I agreed with or saw the point of many of their teachings.
Well we had children. Darling hubby got a masters degree in theology and slowly realized he didn’t believe some of the traditions of the roman catholic church so we started attending the episcopal church.
He found a home.
I was never very happy spiritually in the Catholic church. I’d grown up with loud hymns, many hymns, less procession, more preaching, more straight from the bible, less prayer book…..
Attending a mass in the Episcopal church isn’t much different from attending a mass at a Catholic church.
So far I feel spiritually bereft.
It doesn’t help that daily in bombarded by negativity and ignorance on parenting discussion boards.
Growing up, I never followed Lent, since being Catholic and then almost Episcopal I’ve tried half heartedly to observe Lent….
This yr, for Lent, for the next 30 days, I will avoid babycenter and my anti- circumcision fan pages so that I can heal spiritually from the emotional turmoil, and anger I get when dealing with people who don’t see circumcision for what it really is and from the melancholy that over takes me when I think about those poor boys.

I will still continue my blog but hopefully, it will be a little sunnier….

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Labyrinth

Today is quiet day for the seminarians. We are communing at a local convent/abbey(?).
There is a labyrinth there. I walked it, barefoot.
Our walk with God is like walking in this labyrinth. The closer I think I’m getting to God/the center, the further I am taken from Him/it at the next wall/turn…. Sometimes I walk in a hurried manner in an effort just to finish and sometimes my walk slows down as i get deep in thought. Sometimes the mulch underfoot is annoyingly rough, sometimes painful, sometimes sticking to my feet…. A reminder of where I’m at and drawing me back to the purpose of my journey on the labyrinth.
Finally, I reach the center if the labyrinth. The feel of success, the resting of my body and the calmness of my mind helps me send a prayer of adoration and thanks to my/our God.
Then I must turn around and make my way out of the labyrinth. Do I chose the winding path back of contemplation and worship? Or do I chose the quick and ease path of stepping over the low stone lined path and hurry back to my changing life?????

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K-cups coffee and eBay

So I’m trying to get used to the life of a student or student’s family and realizing I need to spend less. This concept is really hard especially since I just started beading again and beads anin’t cheap.
So eBay is becoming my friend again. I set the parameters and see what I can get.
Well a few months ago my hubby bought me the keurig machine. I ordered from big cats coffee and I was in heaven. Only problem is you gave to buy $75 worth of stuff for free shipping or shipping is almost $10…. So I turned to eBay….
Yesterday, I bought 36 k-cup of coffee from an eBay vendor. Great! Except the expiration date is 8/11. (this month, this yr)…. Well I’m betting it’s a “best if used by date” and the fact that each pod is sealed shut should mean the coffee stays fresh….
My point is.. I love coffee… I’m now poor… I must make sacrifices… So buying expired k-cups is my sacrifice…. I know it’s a pretty weak sacrifice but i love coffee so it’s big to me.

My blog

Sometimes, I feel self conscious that I’ve put my blog link on Facebook. Ido not direct post to my wall but the blog address is in my info. I guess I’ve made so many new “fb friends” that are real life acquaintances and friends that I’m scared they will think I’m some psycho. This blog is my outlet. It allows me to give voice to my activism interests without pressuring my fb friends and family to read about it on my wall. People have to actually choose to click the link. They have chosen to enter my “mind” and I have not forced my views on them. No one likes to be forced.
So if you are a real life acquaintance…. I’m not crazy just concerned! 🙂

Spiritual direction

So I went to my first spouses of the seminarians group spiritual direction meeting. Had a good time. Opened up a bit about myself and learned a bit about some of the others. Living in – city all my life I never really got to know my neighbors. Now living in a small town is a revelation to me. So many nice people right next door.

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Moving

Well yesterday we packed up the moving truck and sent it on it’s way to Our new home….. For the next 3 yrs.
My husband will be a Episcopal seminarian and after getting his Masters in Divinity he should be able to be ordained and then get a job as a priest and who knows where we will be.
I’m totally freaked out because I can’t control any of this.(I’m a control freak) and I’m scared about meeting all these new people.
Soooo nervous