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Faith   Leave a comment

I have the gift of faith.  I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not believe in God.  It is often hard for me to explain my faith to people, to express my faith in ways that people, especially non-Christians, can understand.

I’m in the midst of reading a series by one author, and the two central characters in these stories have three kids.  Their oldest is a pretty devout Catholic, and she was explaining to her (born Jewish, now atheist) father about how she gets through the really hard times in life.  In the story, one of her good friends just had her parents murdered.

“Oh, I’m different.  I have all this support.  I have faith, I’m in a community of believers, I have all kinds of rituals and practices that would make something like that bearable…….. all this would have drove me bananas if I hadn’t had the faith.  I mean, death is not the same thing, if you do.”

The Bible says all we need is a tiny bit of faith, and God can do the rest.  Faith as small as the period at the end of this sentence.  He can do the rest.

My faith has gotten me through many things in my life.  I am so grateful for the power of God, who can do all things in me and through me, because of my faith.

Posted April 30, 2013 by Maureen in Christian, Musings

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Further Along   Leave a comment

I had a birthday recently, which means I’m one year further into middle age.  I made a choice a long, long time ago not to get freaked out about my age, and growing older.  Everyone gets older, each year they live.  Why fight it?  Why try to deny it?  Heck — I’ve worked hard to get this far in life; I’m going to enjoy it and embrace it.  I might not like the changes or the way I used to be able to to do some things easily and now it takes much effort — but it is what it is.  Am I right?

My boyfriend is having problems with vertigo and so I spent this past weekend cooking for him and storing the food in the fridge and freezer.  It is nice to be useful, isn’t it?  Doing something simple and, for me, fun — cooking for someone.  Now he can get nourishment with a minimum of prep and fuss.

I’m not one to make a “to do” list or a “bucket list”.  I have some things I want to do and accomplish this summer, but those things are not really “to do” things, or even “bucket list” things.  If I do them – great.  If not – well, maybe another time.  What about you?  What do you want to do/accomplish/complete this summer?

Posted April 15, 2013 by Maureen in Uncategorized

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Easter   Leave a comment

It has been many years since I was able to wear something new for Easter Sunday service.  

Wearing something new for Easter goes back to my childhood.  I never make a big deal out of it, but for a long time I was able to buy a dress or blouse or something new to wear just for Easter Sunday.  I would buy it and not wear it until Easter.  Do you have any habits that date from your childhood?

Well, life intervened the past 10 years and for various reason that are long and involved that I won’t bore you with — I was not able to wear anything new on Easter.  I always dressed carefully, I always tried to be extra “spiffy”.  But nothing new.

Until this year.  By God’s grace and the help of a super shopper I was able to buy new clothes for the first time in 8 years and on Easter Sunday I went to church wearing everything new — including a new alligator-type hair clip a friend had given to me for my birthday.  

YEAH!  No one in the building had any idea I was new from head to toe except me and God, but it didn’t matter.  I was there on Easter to celebrate and rejoice in the risen Christ and I was brand new shiny for it.  

I hope your Easter was peaceful and pleasant and that you experienced the wonder of knowing a risen savior.

Posted April 2, 2013 by Maureen in Uncategorized