When you feel worried


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When you feel worried
Look at the endless sky
At the clouds that roll in and out
At the strong sun bursting through
Look at the tall trees that sway in the wind
But are rooted in the ground
Look at the green weeds that sprout up from the ground
At the geese ever eating
Look at all the flowers blooming

When you feel unsure
Look for any and every piece of nature you can find
At the deer grazing in the field
At the rocks covering the ground
Peacefully

Yes there are storms where limbs come crashing down
Where trees are uprooted
But the storm will end
And the world will return to peace

holier than thou

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As I grow closer to God and follow His ways I have to guard myself from a holier than thou attitude. I have to remember how far from God I've been in my life, years ago and just yesterday. I am a sinner and I will always be a sinner. I am and will never be any better than those who do not know God. God loves us all the same whether we know him, follow him or not. He doesn't want me to look down on others as I follow Him.

Call to dress more modestly

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I have a calling to dress more modestly.  I’m struggling with this a bit.  The more you reject modern wordly culture and cling to what you believe God wants, the more odd you seem.  I remember when I would see Jehovah Witnesses standing at the subway evangelizing.  I would think they were weird, afraid they would try to convert me.  Now they look like normal people.  They look to me like Christians, the women wearing long skirts.  I have changed.

But you know what, even if it isn’t easy to dress modestly, even if we do stand out and look different than everyone around us, that is okay!   We are not supposed to look like the rest of world.  Romans 12:2 says:

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

 

What is a saint?

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A saint is a person with an exceptional degree of holiness. In Christianity, saint has a wide variety of meanings: a believer who is “in Christ” and in whom Christ dwells, Christians that are in heaven, holy people who live extraordinary lives, or a person who has responded to God’s invitation to use his or her unique gifts.

God calls each one of us to be a saint.  Be a saint!

By the way, St. Patrick is one of my favorite saints.  I love how he looks a little black here.  :)

 

 

All things must come to an end


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We fall in love with things and people
And inevitably
Things change
And end
People age and die
Jobs come and go
Friends move and drift away
That favorite shirt loses a button and 
Eventually wears away

Life is a constant changing
Ebbing and flowing
Beginning and ending
Beginning kisses
Ending kisses

It is hard to say goodbye
And yet goodbye
is the most useful word
We will ever learn
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