I’ve been musing lately over the etymology of words. I love languages and find it fascinating to study the similarities and differences between them. I love to understand the roots of words and histories of idioms. One word that has been brain fodder for some time now is Responsibility. I am trying to take responsibility for my problems and my life. For my state of mind, my vibration, and all that that entails. Responsibility should be empowering, not crippling.
Weight is such a heavy topic in our culture. We, especially women, are bombarded with messages pushing us to be thinner, or more fit. Weight is equated with health, and if you want to be healthy, you have to be within a certain weight range. And of course, everyone else knows exactly what you need to do to get yourself into that range. You have to eat certain things, not eat certain things, exercise more, and generally make yourself miserable and hate your body. We also aren’t allowed to say that we are fat. We may say that we need to lose weight, but God forbid we call anyone fat. Fat is almost a swear word. Continue reading →
Although I titled this like a tutorial with the words “how to”, it isn’t one. Instead, it is more a realization that I had today. With our words, we often ask for help, but then with our actions, we push it away. We often don’t realize that we are doing it, and we get frustrated. With awareness, we might get our words and our actions into better alignment. Continue reading →
There are many tragedies in life. Death, disease, violence, natural disasters, accidents all cause us stress and worry. In times like these, we often talk about praying for the victims, or sending positive thoughts and energy. We do it to help those who are hurting, and we do it to feel like we are contributing in some way, even if we are too far away to be of service in person. Some people say that such efforts are useless. They do not believe that positive thoughts can help anyone. Whether this is true or not, we still do it. We do it for ourselves if for no one else. It helps ease the pain of feeling helpless. But I do believe that such things can be helpful to those in need, too. Continue reading →
As I discussed on Thursday, I was in the pulpit last Sunday. So many people have asked for a copy of my sermon, either so that they can study it in more depth, or because they were unable to attend church that morning. So I decided to publish it as today’s post. I hope you enjoy it and learn something new. Continue reading →
I know I’ve been thankful for my church before, but it is such a fabulous place that I have new reasons to be thankful this week. This past Sunday I had the opportunity to preach the sermon. It was an unforgettable experience. Sunday service is so different from behind the pulpit than it is from the pews. Continue reading →
Ah, Thursday. A day to delight in our bounty. In astrological terms, Thursday is ruled by the planet Jupiter, which represents abundance and growth. This makes it the perfect day to think about thankfulness and count our blessings. I am especially grateful today for the age old handwork of knitting. Continue reading →