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Psalm 50 - Listen to Godde

I, Godde, have words to say And I will not be silent. In fact, if you listen, You will hear me From sunup to sundown. My words are eternal light. My words are for everyone: For the heavenly hosts And for all humankind. Gather round, all you righteous- All who are in relationship with me. Let me assure you-you are enough. You do not need to give up what gives you life. I love you and you are my beloved children, So do not fear. What do I want? I want to hear your songs of praises. I want to hear your cries of joy And cries of pain. I want to be In right relationship with you. But to you, evildoers, this is what I want: I want you to acknowledge your evil. Know that when you watch a crime, You commit that crime. Do not remain complicit. You speak evil and spread lies And you thought I did not hear. You thought I was complicit in your bullying, But I was not, for I am Godde. Remember this: I hear everything And I listen to your cries. Let me hear your praise; Let me be your salvation

Don't Worry-Eat Pineapple Beets Instead!

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Today I had a revelation. I was in the car and someone answered the phone when I thought they wouldn't. I had been worrying about what would happen if I couldn't get in touch with them and after the phone call, I had this epiphany: Maybe all my worrying isn't so necessary after all. Maybe everything will be alright. My revelation may have been inspired by my minister's sermon on the same subject just a few days before. Or maybe the timing was finally right for this anxiety-ridden woman. Not that I think that I'll never worry again by a long shot. At my church , the congregation discusses what was said in the sermon, which I like a lot. I tried to explain what having an anxiety disorder is like, but I don't think I did a very good job. Of course, I thought of the perfect description a day later. Having an anxiety disorder is like having an annoying alarm bell go off in your head over and over again and the only way to stop it is by developing strange habits. Thi

Spiritual Quote - The Way Evil is Overcome

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...one can conclude that evil is loss, and that it is overcome by the way we remember the past, the way that God remembers us and searches for the best in us, and through the vision for the common good that we can experience in God's calling. (53, Monica A. Coleman, Making a Way Out of No Way)

Eating Disorder Recovery and The Highland Games

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As you know, I attend an alcoholics anonymous group and one thing I often hear people say is that they are proud that they are alcoholic. They are proud, because they have worked the twelve steps and so have become a better person. I was thinking about this on my home from group and I realized that although I am not an alcoholic, I am proud that I am an eating disordered person in recovery. Being an eating disordered person in recovery means that I listen to my body and I do not diet. It means that I am learning to trust my body and to give it what it needs. I know the value of good nutrition, moderate exercise, and meditation. I do not compulsively weigh myself or count calories and fat grams. In short, I am no longer a slave to the diet industry or the eating disorder monster in my head. While I try to eat healthily most of the time, there are, of course, times when I cannot. One of these such times was at the Highland Games at Stone Mountain last October. The Highland Games are a

Spiritual Quote of the Day and Finding Value Amidst My Anger

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God attempts to save what is lost and find value in every aspect of the world. (52, Making a Way Out of No Way, Monica Coleman) Right now I am having a very frustrating experience dealing with a harmful person. I really cannot get into the situation, but I will say that I was extremely angry this morning. But then some friends helped me realize that I am giving this person way too much power over me. Several friends suggested I find something to be grateful in and I guess I was in a healthy frame of mind, because I took their advice. This surprised me a little, because usually I like to talk about what made me mad over and over again, which keeps me in the mode of righteous anger, but I realized today that I did not want to stay mad. What is happening to me is wrong, but staying angry and hurt only harms me more. And then I read this quote and I realized that I could find value in what had happened to me today. In fact, I can find a lot of value in what happened! You see, I a

My Sermon-When People in Power Don't Get "The Big Picture"

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This past Sunday I led the service at my church and preached. It felt good and I am proud of myself, although I was a little annoyed by how my voice started to get a little shaky towards the end. I spoke about a tough subject, but I didn't realize I was still that affected by the incident I was describing. I was also nervous, but the only way to get over nervousness is to keep putting yourself in the same nerve-inducing situation... Here is my sermon and the verses that go along with it. The verses are from The Inclusive Bible . I changed some of the wording in the sermon, so that I don't name the people I talk about-I wouldn't want anyone to get in trouble... Haggai 2:1-9 In the second year of Darius the ruler, on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of YHWH came through the prophet Haggai and told him, “Speak to Zerubbabel ben-Shealtiel, the high commissioner of Judah, and to Joshua ben-Jehozadek, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people. A

October Books

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Jake Reynolds: Chicken or Eagle? - Sara Leach – Honestly, I thought this book was sort of boring. I liked that the female character was strong and I know that it’s probably good for kids to have stories about boys that are not super macho, but with that being said, I just found Jake’s character to be very boring and uninteresting. The book wasn’t bad-just one that I would not recommend. And Another Thing – Eoin Colfer – This is the sixth in the Hitchhiker’s Guide “trilogy” and I give it a C+/B-. This book has many very funny moments and I love how Colfer brings in obscure characters from the other books, like Wowbagger, but the book just doesn’t have the same flow as the books by Douglas Adams. The book took me a long time to read, whereas I practically devoured the earlier ones. I still have one more hitchhiker’s book to read: Mostly Harmless, which is the last one written by Adams. Somehow I missed reading this book, which is a travesty! Read “And Another Thing” if you are a

Spiritual Quote - A Constructive Postmodern Theology Insists...

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That is, a constructive postmodern theology insists upon a belief in God, a cosmic purpose to our lives, and that it is possible, even advisable, to have a sacred relationship (as opposed to one of domination) with the earth. (50, Monica Coleman, Making a Way Out of No Way)