Do you keep little notes and cards that people have given you? I have notes from my husband and children and friends that I keep in a special place. I have messages on my phone that I don’t erase. While I may not consciously think about the scripture “The power of life and death are in the tongue”, my actions almost always tell me that it is true. ...more
Seven years ago, my daughter, Kara Beth, who was sixteen at the time asked for a Labrador retriever for Christmas. Her dad quickly reminded her that we lived in the church parsonage which was right by the church parking lot and that we just couldn’t have a Labrador retriever....more
Chinese New Year this year falls on February 14, 2010: Valentine's Day. It's different every year, since the dates on the lunar calendar are different. Perhaps it's a good sign for this Year of the Tiger.
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Do you have a prayer request? A special need? Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email. All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed. Then...
This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY! Wow. I had no idea! That is just so cool...
Three recent stories from the Middle East reminded me that people may use religion and culture against women in different ways, but at the end of the day, they are really the same. If we look at these stories and see the threads of commonality rather than casting one culture/religion as "bad for women" while others are "good," I think feminists can find new ways to work together to solve global problems. When women and girls are abused anywhere in the globe - be it the U.S. or Pakistan or Russia or Bolivia - because she transgressed against some social norm, the roots of the violence turn out to be the same (patriarchal control), as these stories show.
Today, my son, 19, returned home from classes at the University of New Orleans, bounded into my bedroom where I was working and said, "So, tomorrow, you'll be over the hill."
I said, "What do you mean? I'm already over the hill." And I laughed.
He said, "Mom, haven't you heard that 50 is the new 40? Everybody knows that the half-way point makes you over the hill."
I want to shake up this holiday. I have no Valentine. Boo Flipping Hoo. Poor me. I need to get over it.
This year there is no significant other, either here or looming on my horizon. I watch the TV commercials knowing I am not getting candy or flowers or diamonds or a romantic anything on February 14th. And you know what? I am sick of it. I am sick of having some Hallmark Holiday get me down because I don't have the ingredients deemed necessary. Pfuiiiiii!
So I have created a new holiday.
Last night as I tried to think of a topic for this morning’s devotion, the statement Don’t you let go came to mind. I thought about it for a minute and was brought to the story of Jacob and the Angel. You see Jacob had stolen Esau’s birthright and now was in need of the Lord’s protection and intervention. Esau was on his way and we all know it wasn’t going to be pretty when he got there. Jacob began to pray real hard then something miraculous happened.
How would you define your faith? Is it unshakable, or is it driven by your circumstances? Do you trust God or believe in the existence of a universal power—but only as long as life favors you? Or do you find yourself questioning your faith the moment you feel your good karma, prayers or positive attitude weren’t rewarded? Your answers to these questions will help you understand yourself and the path of your spiritual journey....more