Never Thought I’d Say…(random parent command)



I said DO NOT

banned sign

Put your CAR

hotwheels car



that means YOU BUSTER!

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For when you are stumbling and bumbling- Hillsong United: Oceans

An amazing song which has been on “repeat” for the past week on my playlist.  Great song for meditating before prayer.  Because Jesus meets us in all situations, even leading us out onto the waters on which he walked.


“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

From Ragman (and other cries of faith) by Walt Wangerin, Jr.

 hands shaking

You say: “But how can I serve the Lord?  I’m not important.  What I do is so common and of little consequence.  Anyone can do what I do.”

But I say to you: “Every time you meet another human being you have the opportunity.  It’s a chance at holiness.  For you will do one of two things, then.  Either you will build him up, or you will tear him down.  Either you will acknowledge that he is, or you will make him sorry that he is- sorry, at least, that he is there, in front of you.  You will create, or you will destroy.  And the things you dignify or deny are God’s own property.  They are made, each one of them, in his own image.”

And I say to you:  “There are no useless, minor meetings.  There are no dead-end jobs.  There are no pointless lives.  Swallow your sorrows, forget your grievances and all the hurt your poor life has sustained.  Turn your face truly to the human before you and let her, for one pure moment, shine.  Think her important, and then she will suspect that she is fashioned of God.”

and you shall know He and the Kingdom by (a poem)


and you shall know He and the Kingdom by

mustard seed, salt, coins, and sheep.

lilies and birds of the air, eyes, and teeth.

oak planks and specks and motes.

bread- leavened and unleavened.

oil for lamps, nard for feet.

fig trees and houses of sand, houses on rock.

water. to wine.

fish.  by the net and basketful.

spit and sand to mud and healing.

seeds.  weeds.  harvest time and pearls.

treasure and fields.  shekels in mouths.

talents owed to kings and servants.  canceled debts.

children and vineyards.

fathers.  sons lost and found.

donkeys and leaves of palm.  Wedding feasts.

bread and wine, again.

a place for skulls, three crosses, thieves and blood and nails.

soaked vinegar in sponges and spears in sides.

cracked foundations and torn curtains.

a rolled-back boulder, two messengers.

a woman.  a garden.  a Gardener.

fish for breakfast.

love to proclaim, sheep to be fed.

tongues of fire, promised.  given.

Words from the Magic Monastery

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a book by Theophane the Monk:

I asked an old monk, “How do I get over the habit of judging people?”

He answered, “When I was your age, I was wondering where would be the best place to go to pray.  Well, I asked Jesus that question.  His answer was, ‘Why don’t you go into the heart of my Father?’  So I did.  I went into the heart of the Father, and all these years that’s where I’ve prayed.  Now I see everyone as my own child.  How can I judge anyone?”