Sunday, February 11, 2018

Make a Lacy Heart

So our plastic bin was getting out of hand so i thought that some recycling was in order.
Yup this heart is made of plarn. Ever heard of it? It’s strips of plastic cut and joined together to form a yarn like material - but it’s free!

If you google Plarn, a plethora of projects will emerge. But never have I seen a project like this.

They’re actually plarn coasters connected to make a large shape. Since Valentine’s day is coming up, I thought a heart might be appropriate.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Greatest Love of All

Photo by Aaron Burden

Did you know that Valentines Day this year coincides with Ash Wednesday?

It doesn't seem all that different as it's all about love!  And...

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."
John 15:13

Ash Wednesday is the time we take to get back to the basics of our faith life and to remember that He loved us FIRST.  It's the perfect time to turn towards God who is the Source of all LOVE!

So I was searching for some materials I could use this coming Lenten season and came up with some links.  I thought I would share these with you as you might find them helpful.  Pick one or 2 and see what happens!!!

Best Lent Ever

I don't know ... why shouldn't I give us chocolate for Lent?  Check out Dynamic Catholic's site as they have a fun, fresh look and a lot of resources (not just for Lent).  Their reflections are bite-sized so it's great for the busy Catholic.

The Pray More Lenten Retreat

Learn how to have a holy, prayerful and transforming Lenten season.  Slow down and reflect on your walk with Jesus and how you can strengthen your relationship with Him and get to know Him and His word better.  

Let Yourself be Shaped by God

The Carmelites have made this online retreat available for all.  Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1614-1691) lived most of his life in the convent of the Discalced Carmelite Friars in Paris. It was there that he discovered and then taught what he called "the practice of the presence of God.  Brother Lawrence "helps us to live our most ordinary everyday life experiences under the gaze of God. Prayer is no longer reduced to specific times. It is our whole existence that becomes a living relationship with the Lord. During this Lent, we will let ourselves be shaped by this Mystery!

Living Lent Daily

This Lent, come to know Jesus as a friend, and experience God’s unbelievable love and generosity toward us. Living Lent Daily is a daily e-mail series designed to help you grow in friendship with God.
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When You Have the Time Online Retreat

These days, everyone is being tugged in a million different directions. Even finding time to pray and feed one's soul has become difficult. Carving out a weekend for a spiritual retreat is nearly impossible. So, this Lent, the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative is offering an online retreat that can be done wherever and whenever you have a few minutes to spend with God.

You are invited to interact with the Sisters of Charity Federation live on Facebook to reflect on the themes of the Lenten season—prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Ask your questions about the season or discernment and learn more about the 13 member congregations. For more information, contact Sister Maryanne Tracey, SCNJ at
February 18 at 9:00pm EST | Prayer
February 19 at 9:00pm EST | Fasting
February 20 at 9:00pm EST | Almsgiving
February 21 at 9:00pm EST | Wrap-Up

Lenten Retreat in Daily Life

We are not always able to take a concentrated amount of time out of our schedule to make a retreat. This Retreat in Daily Life allows you to incorporate prayer into your busy schedule. The retreat helps you form prayerful habits and the discipline to be able to “find God in all things” in the context of your daily routine, relationships, and activities. Retreat materials will be emailed daily, and all are welcome to join the Loyola University New Orleans community in this Online Lenten Retreat.

Let me know what your plans are this Lenten season and if any of these online resources have helped you!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Don't Listen to Those Voices

"You cannot enter here!" they said to King David.  But David did take the stronghold... and he grew steadily more powerful, for God was with him." 2 Samuel 5

David was told he couldn't do it.  But he did.

Jesus was told He couldn't heal on the Sabbath and He did.

The Lord wants me to believe in order to receive.  He wants me to work on seeing the impossible happen because in His mercy, power and grace - ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

My brother, who conducts arts and craft workshops,  starts by telling all the participants to deaden the voice of discouragement even before they pick up a pen.  

Before today starts, replace the voice of negativity and oppression with the voice of positivity and encouragement that comes from above!

When we do something against God, we are saying, "I can do it better than God!" which is an utter lie!  No one does it better than the Maker of heaven and earth!  So we must also be aware of those voices that cause us to be deceived into doing wrong.

Let's create something beautiful and good today - and be free from the voices that wish to hinder us!  Start creating!  We can do all things if only we believe!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

He's got this

If you're like me, you have a lot of unwritten goals for the new year.  I want to become good at speaking Nihonggo, want to have more time to develop my skills at design, want to be a good cook and learn more recipes, want an apartment that looks like it came out of an Ikea catalog and grow herbs in our balcony and so and so forth...

Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the things I want to do and looking at such a small space of time to do them.  Since getting married, I have had a much simpler lifestyle but somehow I still feel frenzied at the tasks I face each day.

Someone else I know was super duper busy every day.  He hardly had any sleep.  He would wake up well before dawn and have a talk with His Father.  Then he would need to go on a boat just so he wouldn't get crushed by the crowds!  He would have to see each person in line (the whole day) in order to heal them of all their ills (physically as well as spiritually).  His overall goal was to save the world... talk about a lot of things on your plate!

Still you never see Jesus getting fidgety or stressed out in the bible (of course there was that one time when He sweated blood - but that would make anyone get a nervous breakdown).   Jesus took things one day at a time and put first things first. He took the time to pray (sometimes the whole night through) and then He did His daily work.

My hope for this 2018 is that I be still and know that God is in control and that I don't have to stress out.  The battle is the Lords (2 Chronicles 20:15)  He's got this!


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