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See the Light…Be the Light

“PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there’s a word to lift your hat to… to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that’s the genius behind poetry.” – Emily Dickenson I would add that the discovery of phosphorescence, the light “within” and the light “without” is the genius, not only to poetry but to the grandeur of life itself. As humans we are body and soul, bearing the Divine light within. The Divine light is that part of us that connects directly with our Creator. We are called to join in this Divine Connecting love by being the light and seeing the light. BE THE LIGHT for others: Light doesn’t draw attention to itself. It radiates. It lets people see what is around them. It allows another to see what is really there, not what they imagine or fear is there when it is dark and they cannot see. That’s what we are meant to be for one another – light. Light lets people see all the beautiful things that are invisible in the dark. Light lets them see faces, flowers, oceans, paintings and people’s hearts. Light let’s us see what is worth having and being and what is not. We can help each other put things in perspective, whether we know it or not. We help others to see the beauty that is IN them and AROUND them. When someone’s flame is flickering in the wind of anxiety, adversity, or affliction….be their light. Their flame will eventually return burning brightly but until them….BE THE LIGHT that they may need. Since we never know what another person is experiencing we must keep our own... read more

Do You Know When to Give Up?

Usually the term “give up” is associated with a losing mentality: throwing in the towel or waving the white flag. But in the game of life, “giving in” may be just the winning thought. We try to control our lives by setting goals, measuring up to standards, and keeping to the acceptable timeline (getting married, buying a house, having children or in my case now, “downsizing”!) But when we attempt orchestrate the details of life we may be missing the bigger picture. We need to let God love us in HIS special way. Sometimes our timing and God’s timing are not in sync. Unfortunately we want some particular answer to our prayer NOW for OUR plans. But God may have something else in mind according to His plan for eternity. God will send us the situations we need. I think everyone has many invitations for personal and spiritual growth (that doesn’t show up like “old age”.) On the balance side, we are given many opportunities to experience joy and happiness. And through it all, it’s imperative we maintain a grateful heart…no matter what. We just have to “give in”, to surrender to something or someone bigger than us. This is when we need to swap our prayers of supplication to prayer of surrender. We need to shift our type of prayer. My Prayer of Surrender is easy; it’s four “ever” words: Whatever (you want, Lord), however (you deem it), whenever (it fits according to your plan), and forever grateful (thank you, Lord, for this opportunity) “Not my will, but thine, be done.” Jesus taught us how to pray. We... read more

What Can Salt Bring to Your Table of Life?

Ever been to a salt mine? A few years ago Joe and I toured a mine right outside of Krakow, the Wieliczka Salt Mine. With my claustrophobia I was hesitant to adventure from 64 meters to 135 meters below the earth’s surface, but it proved well worth the trek. This 900-year-old historic site consisting of winding passages, giant caves (2,040 caverns) lakes, and chapels all carved out of rock salt and shared a valuable history lesson about our ordinary table salt. What can a common spice teach us? Back in its day, common salt was traded and valued like oil is today. It was because of what it did for other things that made it so important and esteemed. Salt was in high regard and often used as a high standard. (“He’s not worth his salt.”) Salt brings out flavor, and adds zest to everything. Salt acted as a preservative to prevent spoilage, as it does in many ways today, making it a very valuable commodity. Even Jesus used salt in his teaching, “you are the salt of the earth”. Just what are we suppose to learn from this? We are each called to be each other’s salt in two ways: We add flavor: We draw out the best in others, adding the spice of life – we make people smile, we dash their fears (real or imaginary), we add the zest of friendship, love, a hug, a phone call, sharing a meal. Salt in us brings out the best in ourselves allowing us to enhance the lives of others, just like the foods it serves. Let’s be aware... read more

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