Mindful Living

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Reflections on Living Fully Alive

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A New Road Traveled

A New Road Traveled

One of my favorite thoughts to reflect on this time of year is from Fulton Sheen, who said that it should be no surprise that the magi returned home by another route, for no one comes to Christand goes back the same way! I absolutely love this thought. Perhaps this...

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Advent Week Four: Emmanuel God With Us

Advent Week Four: Emmanuel God With Us

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14 He became like us, so we could become like Him. Emmanuel, God with us!  Whatever an amazing, breath taking...

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Advent Week Three: Learning from Mary

Advent Week Three: Learning from Mary

 “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”  Luke 1:46 I stopped breathing last week.  There was tension in our family over the holidays.  When could we all get together?  What about keeping everyone’s in-laws happy?  What about...

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Advent Week Two: Hope

Advent Week Two: Hope

Last week we talked about the Israelites and their longing for their Messiah. Their longing spanned many, many generations.  They waited and waited for God to fulfill his promise.  Like those ancient Israelites we also are a people who long, we long as a community of...

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Advent Week One: His Time

Advent Week One: His Time

If you are like me you might have a bit of an attitude toward the first chapter of the Book of Matthew.  The book of Matthew starts with the lengthy narrative of the genealogy of Jesus. I don’t know about you, but I kind of like to skip by all this. It’s lots of “this...

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Crack me open. Plant Me. Use Me. Grow Me.

Crack me open. Plant Me. Use Me. Grow Me.

Crack me open. Plant Me. Use Me. Grow Me. “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone...

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FAST FROM ACCUMULATING AND PRACTICE CONTENTMENT

FAST FROM ACCUMULATING AND PRACTICE CONTENTMENT

FAST FROM ACCUMULATING AND PRACTICE CONTENTMENT Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. Hebrews 13:5 I saw a cartoon this week that featured an old man standing with his son in front of an open garage door.  The garage was piled...

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Compassion, Pity, Mercy

Compassion, Pity, Mercy

Compassion, Pity, Mercy So during Lent we practice three spiritual disciplines; prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Curious about and struggling to relate to the word “alms”, I did a little research. The word alms comes from the Greek word eleemosyne, which means...

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I Went Hiking With Jesus and Oh, My….

I Went Hiking With Jesus and Oh, My….

I Went Hiking With Jesus and Oh, My.... Let's go on a hike... During Lent we are called to grow closer to God through fasting, almsgiving and prayer.  Of course, there are many, many ways that we can pray, that we can commune with God. One of those ways is to read and...

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Desiring What God Desires for Me

Desiring What God Desires for Me

Desiring What God Desires for Me Our first week of Lent has begun.  For many of us this journey toward spiritual growth may have started with the tradition of having a cross of ashes placed on your forehead and hearing the words “Repent and believe in the gospel”. ...

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