Monday words for the Soul~April 28~Today


by Mary Oliver

Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.

But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.

Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.

“Today” by Mary Oliver from A Thousand Mornings. The Penguin Press, 2012.



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Monday Words for the Soul~April 28

Behold, my friends, the spring is come: the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! ~ Sitting Bull




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This Weekend~April 25~Wag Your Tail

Midweek Question~Is it Time for a Time-Out?

The world will give you that once in a while, a brief time-out; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life. ~Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

time out Sue Monk Kidd

 This week’s question: Is it time for your to give yourself a much needed, nurturing Time-Out?


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Monday Words for the Soul~April 21~After the Hunt

Repurpose what is cracked

Life is like the day after Easter…it is best to re~purpose what is cracked :)


Life is like the day after Easter…it is best to re~purpose what is cracked  :)~Because of Grace, He re~casts and re~purposes what we’ve cracked and lets The Light in.


Happy Monday!



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The Pine Trees Know When It Is Easter

The Pine Trees know when it is Easter .

The pine trees start their new growth weeks before Easter .

If you look at the tops of the trees two weeks before Easter, you will see yellow shoots.

As the days get closer to Easter Sunday, the tallest shoot will branch of and form a cross.

By the time Easter comes around, you will see that most of the pine trees will have yellow crosses on all of the tallest shoots.

He is risen. ~ Matthew 28:6





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This Weekend~It is Good Friday Because of Grace

Good Friday–an Echo from a past post and a past journal:

Been trying to write about Beauty all week for Be Gentle Be Love.
This week has been a wreck for me. The tears kept coming. I was in panic.

And my trusted friend reminded me.
“It is Passion Week”, he said.
The last holiday in my “what was” was Easter of last year.
Maybe last Easter was the last holiday before your diagnosis.
Or before your loss. Or before your pain.
In the time of “what was.”

His Sacrifice Still Is.

There is beauty in His sacrifice. You may say you do not understand it and to that I reply, “good for you!” Because if understanding distances you from the Beauty of Passion Week and His unselfishness and in any way allows you to maintain controlled manageability, I would not want that for you.

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it. ~ Luke 9:24

Keeping eyes fixed above

Angel Picture in Bryant Park, New York, Helen Teague

Angel Picture in Bryant Park, New York, Helen Teague



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Midweek Question of the Week~April 16

Little by Little, a little becomes a lot~Tanzanian Proverb

little by little

Early 20th Century Huntington Beach, California pier with Catalina Island in the background

How are the little things going and growing? (in a good way). I don’t mean the little pesky annoyances that prickle and get under your skin (such as this post, which, in my morning haze, I just inadvertently deleted and am not retyping.)

No, I am referring to your collection of small things that become the big things that show beauty, show grace, and give you peace. These small things can be a cushion for your faith, which Michael Cartright writes about with honesty in this post.

Perhaps, this year, along with Easter Eggs, we can gather the small things.


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Little by Little quote first seen at the Kind Over Matter blog

Monday Words for the Soul~April 14

If you want to make your dreams come true, wake up. Wake up to your own strength. Wake up to the role you play in your own destiny. Wake up to the power you have to choose what you think, do, and say. ~Keith Ellis the obstacle is the path











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Midweek Question of the Week~April 10~100 Days

How are the first 100 days going?

Today marks the 100th day of 2014. Traditionally, a President’s success in office is predicted by their first one hundred days.

How are your first 100 days going?

Pat yourself on the back for the successes of the first 100 days. Take a look at areas to improve (but just a look not a stare) and pray for His grace during the next 100 days. Perhaps pick one small thing to notice, tweak, or embrace.

Happy 100 Days



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Monday Words for the Soul~April 7

One day you will wake up and realize that the small things in your life – like building warm and trusting relationships – were really the big things. Those simple, sincere moments between people who share goals and values are the basic building blocks of a grand life. We all know how easy it is to forget about those small moments when we are caught up in our busy lives. Just ask the ruler of a great empire surrounded by enemies while he shivers alone on a simple army cot. Fortunately, we have the wisdom of those who went before to guide us. ~Michael Virardi in this post


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a word from The Sponsor~April 6

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. ~Zechariah 4:10

Other translations offers new lenses of perspective. The Orthodox Jewish Bible’s rendering of Zechariah 4:10 specifically mentions the Yom Ketannot, the day of small things.

Perhaps as spring finally peeks out from a long winter, it is good to look for the Yom Ketannot, the day of small things to celebrate.

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Midweek Question~April 2

What small things catch your eye?

(petals, fog, foam on top of the coffee, empty cans, hugs, heads nodding while listening, drops of water on the airplane window, someone humming while sweeping, a man playing “The Old Rugged Cross” at Union Square….)

What small things catch your eye?

 What small things catch your eye?


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