High Noon

Today, at high noon, in a chilly, winter moment, a morning scripture meditation became clear.

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“For while all things were in quiet silence, and the night was in the midst of her course, thy almighty word leapt down from heaven from thy royal throne…in the midst of the land…”

Wisdom 18: 14-15

Christmas, the birth celebration of a baby boy born somewhere in a dark, wretched stable with only a simple carpenter father to help a lowly handmaid mother.

We hear of no complaints from either parent but only a silent humble royal birth.

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In the midst of whatever may disturb our inner peace, may we pause and reflect on the attitude we keep when confronted with the ordinary, difficult, bleh, boring or insignificant circumstances within our own daily lives.

A Christmas Day reflection inspired by Daily Prompt: High Noon>At noon today, take a pause in what you’re doing or thinking about. Make a note of it, and write a post about it later.<

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

The Weekly Photo Challenge question is: What images does renewal conjure for you?

When I think of renewal, I wonder, is it possible to have a renewal of hope that exists between two people where true love blossoms and grow beautifully together, year after year,  like the way some pretty field flowers grow?

The Field Flowers

Finding a grave site memorial gave me a renewal of faith and hope that love, a lasting one between two friends, can truly exist, even in the short-term relationship society we live in today.

The Forever Couple

I wonder how special an event was this couple’s first date that eventually became the beginning of a loving friendship not even death could break.

Death leaves a heartache
No one can heal
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

As I said goodbye to this unknown couple resting in peace, I smiled at their chosen scripture verse from 1 Corinthians 13:13…

Three things will last forever-faith, hope and love–and the greatest of these is love.

…of course, I thanked them for their inspirational life once lived and the renewal of faith, hope and love that continues on to those who find their memorial.

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Do you think Renewal can be found even after we pass on?

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Enjoy far more creative contributors for this challenge below:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

In everyday life with chickens, come eggs…
Brown eggs with nice thick shells
In everyday life, pondering on little things such as, faith.

What exactly is faith? 

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Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch. ~Ramona C . Carroll

In everyday life, thoughts can turn to the “dark side.”
Take us to the dark side, Dorothy Parker:

It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard! 

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Everyday, how would you like your eggs done ? 

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Scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, poached or simply raw?
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If you are looking for fun and inspiration, why not hop over to the Weekly Photo Challenge: This week’s feature is>Everyday Life.<

Weekly Image Of Life: A Lifetime Of Memories–On God

“Nothing else is required than to act toward God, in the midst of your occupations, as you do, even when busy, toward those who love you and whom you love.”  ~St. Alphonsus Liguori

How does a person “act toward God,” and how does a person simply remember their faith journey?  I have no recollection of my baptism and today, my religious memories are just snippets of faith teachings here and there. But what if God was sitting next to me as I write this, or should I say, how would I act in front of him? Would my actions change because I know God is sitting right next to me? What memories do I want to remember about my God? What faith memories do I have??

Nothing comes to mind about my baptism, I do remember nuns, so I did get baptized early and I did go to Catholic schools, but not consistently. Since my family had very weak ties to the church, I took it upon myself to follow-up after high school to get confirmed with the Catholic Church. Confirmation is just a teen Catholic thing, in my opinion, and really, my memory of the whole thing is simply, a big blur.

As you can tell, my sparse Catholic upbringing without a strong family support did nothing to build a lifetime of faith building memories. I could say, I am a product of my upbringing. Thankfully, I can go on a, do-it-yourself, mini spiritual exercise,called, What If…, to overcome my lack of lifetime faith memories that lives dormant within me.

What if God paid me a visit, now…

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I actually would pull up a chair and politely ask God, ” Please, have a seat.”

Now, I look over at him and think, hmm, this is the great Divine, the One most revered and He is sitting next to me!! What should I say or do??

Nervously, I shamefully say, “Would you like a beer? I have an extra can, not chilled, but you can have it over ice. Maybe, coffee or tea, perhaps?”

I fidget in my chair and frantically think, girl, say something…but what? What can I say to God who is sitting next to me that He does not know already?

Randomly I blurt out, “Uh, you know Roxy, my hen, passed on yesterday. Of course, you knew all about that but still, just in case you had other things going on, and uh, what is up with the thermostat turned way up to 115 degrees?? Just wondering…”

(He wants to know what I am up to.)

“Oh, this, uh, it is blogging. A bunch of us bloggers share what we know or have talent for on a page called a post and then we publish it over the blogosphere. I am just a rookie, still learning all the ins and outs and making mistakes left and right.”

He nods approvingly, I hope.

“Papa, (I call Him that) we have a lifetime of memories, right? Maybe one day you will tell me the story of how you created me and the story of all your hopes and dreams you anticipated I would carry out for you? I need to hear these stories…please?”

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Crazy, I know, but, What If...is a mini exercise that helps put God back into perspective because:

I sometimes forget what is important in life.

I forget that a lifetime of memories comes not only with special celebrations, cherished moments with loved ones, with every pain and heartache endured up to this point, but also through the imagination.

I forget that nothing else is required from me, that my life can go on as ordinary or extraordinary, and the only thing required is simply to point all my actions towards God.

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“Papa, I love you. Thank you for every life memory, happy, sad, tough and good times,  imprinted on my heart. I may have forgotten many of the spiritual ones, but the ones I do remember, I want to hold on to them tightly because I do not ever want to forget…You.”

If you would like inspiration every week, please hop on over to Island Traveler’s, Weekly Image Of Life: A Lifetime Of Memories.

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Now, it’s your turn: What if God paid you a visit, now…

A Collectible that R-O-C-K-S!

Sometimes one can find God unexpectedly in one of nature’s collectible items such as in a simple rock:

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him.
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He alone is my ROCK and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.”
~Psalm 62: 1-2

It is easy to start a simple rock collection. Usually, a few steps outside will have you stumbling over a few, if not many, various rocks of different sizes and shapes. It is easier to find rocks living in country towns where dirt roads are as common as paved sidewalks are to big city towns, but, if one looks long and hard enough, rocks can be uncovered in the least expected places.

Heck, the easiest would be to go buy yourself a rock collection.

Now, once your rock collection starts to take off, finding ways to display your collection is also easy. For example, by adding a few river rocks to a simple prayer/meditation table it can help visualize the fortress, the Divine One made visible; the ROCK of safety, ready to shelter and protect during any earth shattering life storms.

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Other people have used their rock collections for hot/cold stone massage, as decorative pieces in their rock garden and one woman I know fills her guest bathroom sink with small rocks she picked up over in the garden supply. Washing your hands over rocks brings a bubbling brook right into your own home!

So, rocks, as a collectible, can be an economical, practical and best of all, spiritually inspiring for those looking for a “solid” way to build a collection that R-O-C-K-S!

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Do you have a favorite collectible that simply rocks your world?

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Find weekly inspiration over at Jakesprinter, SUNDAY POST : Collectibles.

Road Maps

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“We’re all pilgrims on the same journey–
But some pilgrims have better road maps.”
~Nelson Demille

These days with the internet use of Map Quest, Google Maps and GPS units, having to reach in the old glove car compartment and wrestle with the old paper road map is long gone. I guess you can say using a paper road map may become another ‘lost art’ to be written in historical, “Do-you-remember-when-lists.”

It is a good thing that the paper road map is fast becoming obsolete. Not only was it difficult to read and decipher but being somewhat dweebish, I had to have the map refolded back into its original fold lines. Depending on how large your paper map is, this task is almost, if not, impossible. (Please do not try it when you are driving and if you are in a hurry to get from point A to point B.)

I will not miss having the paper road map if it should happen to vanish off the face of the earth. One person, I think, may share my same feelings about the paper road map. Take for instance, one day, as I stood filling up my very thirsty automobile with fuel at the local gas station, I suddenly heard a stranger’s voice behind me and he spoke to me like this:

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Well, you can imagine the only word I understood clearly was Wal-Mart and since I practically live there–just kidding– I think maybe I should ask for extra Wal-Mart customer benefits since I do spend an incredible amount of time shopping browsing at all the neat stuff they have in there.

Anyway, back to what I was telling you, here I have this stranger speaking to me in his native language, and it was ‘all-Greek-to-me,’ and I gathered he was trying to find his way to our local Wal-Mart since he kept repeating it over and over.

Therefore, I pointed him in the direction he should go, tried to guide him in my best broken whatever language he was speaking in and sent him on his merry way. He left looking like he understood me and I could only hope he got there without having to stop again for directions. He did not have to worry about getting there before closing time since, thank goodness, Wal-Mart is always opened to happily grab take your hard-earned money.

Maybe the lost  ‘pilgrim’ had a paper road map in his rental car glove compartment and was unable to open it up to read or understand it; maybe his GPS was malfunctioning, but either way, it was plain to see he was lost.

As I watched the lost ‘pilgrim’ drive off, it hit me that we are here on a journey; the destination being, for some who believe in the eternal after life, a perfect place called heaven.

I am like this lost pilgrim!!

Many times I find myself wandering around trying to understand how to follow God in the way I think he expects, occasionally finding my life goals, similar to a road map, getting unfolded in ways I did not expect, and it is in this moment I need to take a few minutes; tap on His divine shoulders and say,

“God, can you please, show me, again, how to get back home to you?”

Hopefully I can be like the lost pilgrim and have enough faith to know that the heavenly sent ‘road maps’ will always guide me in the right direction and for sure, it is way-out-of-this-world better than any paper or modern tech map.

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So, my Pilgrims, what road map(s) do you prefer using when getting to your destination? 

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