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When I travel to St Louis, Missouri there is a beautiful sight on the way. I see it every timei drive in the area and decided to take a picture this time. As I sit in the hotel tonight I think about the cross and whyI am so afraid to bare the cross that I have and carry it strongly forward on the journey. I usually do my best to set it aside, ignore it, tell myself it can’t possibly there, it is invisible, it is a fictional thing that is not real, or a hundred different excuses. Not to signify that the cross is a huge part of my life, as it is the cross of salvation, but also the cross of the saving grace that gives peace and the divine.

This cross in the middle of nowhere is a huge reminder to me who and what is in charge of my journey and who makes the plans. It is a bearer of salvation, love, suffering and joy of Divine Love and the Holy Spirit in my life. I must acknowledge this and move forward on the journey with this love and joy helping me to face suffering to assure my salvation.

What do you do to maintain peace and the divine in your life?

 

There are so many things to explore, be grateful for and love in this world, why are there some who would rather control or bully their way through life? Are these types really comfortable in their own body, or do they get their kicks by making others be at the whim of their ideas, mood, likes, dislikes, and basically try to mold others into their bullying, controlling mold.
It would seem that the divine made us all in his image, however each different, for us to cultivate that difference into a caring compassionate, growing learning about each other, and not a put down, bully, controlling attitude. It would also seem that these bullies are really the issue and not the ones they are trying to control. After all if the bully said jump off a bridge would you do it, absolutely not, then, just walk away and acknowledge that you are better for doing so.

And so it is!

Kim

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    Yesterday morning we woke up to a huge tree branch that was hit by lightning covering our back door patio. My husband looked out and said “Oh Mama, we have a mess. Never mind it missed the house and nearby windows by a couple of inches! The dog just stared at it all day, wondering what had happening. No one had heard it in the night. I think it happened about 10-12 midnight when the worst of the storms came through. I could not help but take pictures of it when I got home! I do not know the status of my patio set and the Statue of the Virgin Mary or the roses that lie underneath, as we could not see them under the branches. And it missed the grill sitting on the patio, a good thing with propane waiting to explode under it.

God sometimes reminds us of the size of the power and also makes us humble in knowing that we are dust without his grace and love.

Note: Reminder my e-mail has changed to Snoopykg2@aol.com

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Throught each life time – run rivers to cross
What if there’s no life line and you’re sinking or lost
Just believe in your direction
Let your heart explore
Cause you can’t reach new horizons
Standing on the shore

There are mountains – we need to climb
But the mountains standing in the way are only in our minds
And the risk of all
So just listen to the voice that says
I’ll catch you if you fall

On the other side of doubt is faith
On the other side of pain lies strength
The journey may seem endless
And You know the road is rough
But on the other side of fear… is love

For such a long time I put my dreams aside
The tides of change felt dangerous
The mountains seemed too high
But my dreams were slowly fading
As time went quickly by
So I held me breath with every step
Never knowing I would find…

On the other side of doubt is faith
On the other side of pain lies strength
The journey may seem endless
And You know the road is rough
But on the other side of fear… is love

The Other Side Lyrics


Artist: Anne Murray (Buy Anne Murray CDs)
Album: Anne Murray

Ireland Mirror 1800's in our entranceway.

     When there is a mirror, no matter how old, it may reflect what we like, or it may show things we do not want to face, or discuss. Some days are better than others when looking at the relection in the mirror, Some like to look in the mirror, while others would rather not. The important thing is to be comfortable with what you see and have the ability to see the Divine Love that is there to see and wondrously experienced as self.

It is so challenging to be still and know that I am love. I am always, or my mind is always running, day, noon and night. I really think it is running in one capacity or another 24/7/365 days a year. When I think about it, I wonder if it actually does really turn off even when we are asleep, even for a minute?
I do find prayer and meditation a great way to be still and become close to beloved Divine Love/God.
Is there a true place where stillness takes over and there is no other way to be than letting it overcome our fears, desires, passions, and dreams to bring us to a safer,calmer, and more spiritual place?
I guess that is why we call it a journey, an ever-moving, always changing, never-ending road to Divine Love on the way and forever.

I would have to say the time around our wedding day 9/15/84 was a time of vivid imagery, great dreams, and great plans….We were at a time where anything goes, trying so hard to make all our dreams and imagination come to life. It was a time of new beginnings innocence,
laughter, when there was a lot of uplifting and constructive dialogue about life and it wonders.

I am in the process of becoming an Associate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, SSND, who taught me in Saint Paul Minnesota in the 70’s and I now visit Mankato, Minnesota every so often to visit. It is a blessing to go there and have so many sisters in one place, who knew I could have over a 150 grandmothers in one place! They take very good care of me. I sometimes wonder if my path had been slightly different, I would have probably became a Sister working in HealthCare. Being an Associate helps me keep connected with SSND in another way that gives me peace and joy. some of the pictures in the video might look familiar, as I have posted photos I have taken on the Mankato Hill as well.

Truth, the state of being in accord with fact or reality.

I am a facts kind of person. Emotion and feelings are really not something I deal with well. For example tonight while talking to my husband, he gets all emotional about his friend Dan, who has cancer, who I might add is doing well. My husband gets all emotional about it, as I am more practical in my response, or am I? Although I consider myself to be a loving, caring person, I am not going to worry because God is there holding Dan in palm of his hand. I have the general impression that I cannot get all crazy and emotional every time some bad or terrible happens to someone. This may be my reality, but not someone elses. Their true reality is probably very different. I may be trying to hide those bad feelings and teach myself a different truth.

I find that truth is in the reality of the teller and the receiver. There is a choice to be made in believing and going with truth, or challenging it based on our background and beliefs.

In the meantime, I will try to be more in the present to realize that, just like my husband, there are different opinions, feelings and judgements that all can be true in the eye of the beholder.


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