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Sweet Honey in the Rock - Unity

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Bring Beauty to the World This Christmas

As we embrace beauty and novelty, remember our pasts and maintain faith, we are able to help reduce experiences of evil. The interaction of these multiple factors can offer life and beauty to the world. (59, Monica Coleman, Making A Way Out of No Way) I'd like to write a long post about love, togetherness, and great food, but my laptop is having internet issues, so I am forced to write this on my new ! Droid phone, which was not intended for writing long posts or adding links. Have a merry Christmas and there'll be longer posts after Wednesday. In the meantime, I hope my quotes will serve to inspire you, as they do me .

New Year's Party for the Recovering Community

New Year's Party for the recovering community-this means people with a diagnosis of a mental illness and/or have an addiction. Of course, there will be no alcohol, but there will be light refreshments. Cost:$5.00 donation requested at the door Where: Ridgeview Institute - 3995 South Cobb Drive Smyrna, GA 30080 Time: Friday, December 31st 8:00pm to 12:30am I will most likely be there and if you're in the Atlanta area, I would love to see you! It should be a really fun time-there will be a DJ, dancing, pictures, and refreshments. If you are struggling in your recovery, then this is a good group of people to get to know. Widen your support group-meet new people-don't isolate on New Year's, but start the new year with people who will understand what you're going through and have fun!

Spiritual Quote and Thoughts about Our World's Interdependence

In fact, when any of us act and live as if our actions and decisions only affect us, when we deny the interdependence of the world, when we act as if we are not all connected and in need of each other, we produce evil. (55, Monica A. Coleman , Making a Way Out of No Way) I will leave you with a few thoughts...I unintentionally was thinking about this the other day when I was at the grocery store. I have said before that I love shopping in the meat department at Ingles, because I can find some really good deals. What I'm not sure I've mentioned is that I'm in the process of really thinking about where my food comes from and the fact that I really don't want to buy meat if the animal it came from was treated inhumanely. There are no Whole Foods nearby, nor are they in my budget for more an occasional treat. I did some research and discovered that the Kroger near me sells Springer Mountain Farms chicken, which is American certified humane. Yesterday I was at Ingles

Psalm 51 - Clean Me, O Washer Woman Godde

Washer Woman Godde, Wash me in the detergent Of Your love and mercy. Make me clean again- Rinse out my impurities. It is time for some truth telling- I know I have down wrong. I have stained the clothes That You gave me. You are right to look upon My blemishes in disgust. Again and again, I go out and sin. This is my truth,But Your truth is That You can make me clean again. Scrub me, O Godde! Rub out my sin stains And rinse me in hot water. Then my burnt body will rejoice! Do not just clean my body, O Godde, But reach inside my soul and my heart. Clean my heart- Make a beautiful space For the Holy Spirit to reside. Replace my soul with a spirit of joy. O Washer Woman of Righteousness, I praise You! For all You demand Is that I speak my truth. You do not demand sacrifice Or degrading demonstrations of guilt. You simply want me to acknowledge That You are the one in control. My grasping for control Has broken my spirit- Mend me and love me anew. Then my heart shall be filled With joy

Joy vs. Happiness

At the A.A. meeting I went to last week, the topic was on what we do to stay happy. The person talking made it sound as if our goal is to try to be happy all the time, but I've got to voice my opinion that I think that is a shallow way of looking at life. Of course, I want to be happy most of the time, but I don't think simply being happy should be our life's goal. For one thing, happiness is a feeling and feelings are by nature transient. I don't think we are meant to go through life only feeling one kind of feeling all the time-if we were then we would be close to robotic. For another thing, many people seriously struggle with the concept of happiness due to depression or because of life circumstances beyond their control and it is condescending to suggest that if people do the right things, then they will always be happy. On the other hand, I do think there are some qualities that are worthy of our striving to always possess and these are the fruit of the Sp

Spiritual Quote - "God is Calling Us"

In every moment, in every context, God is calling us. (54, Monica A. Coleman , Making A Way Out of No Way) I think it is usually hard to hear Godde, because we have to be quiet and attentive to hear Godde's whisper in our hearts. At Christmas time we have to be especially careful to listen for Godde. If we are Christian, then we know deep down why we are celebrating that holiday, but the meaning often gets lost in the shuffle of buying presents and going to parties. Even though we are busy, Godde still wants to be in relationship with us and still wants our energy and attention. This year, I am going to my brother's for Christmas and my mom wants me to be in charge of the food. I am both honored and nervous at the same time. Today at my E.D.A. meeting, we were discussing the stress of the holiday season and it occurred to me that the way I frame my thoughts about cooking at my brother's will determine if I stay stable or not. If I decide to only focus on what I h

Peace and Comfort in Food and Christ

The days and nights are very cold now. I drink cup after cup of hot tea and hot chocolate in an effort to comfort myself from the cold. These cold days call for some comforting food too. I made a dish a few weeks ago that my mom hailed as "great comfort food," but when I tell you the main ingredient, you may be surprised! The dish is called, " puffed cauliflower cheese " and I made the recipe, because the title intrigued me so much. Until that day, I never would have pictured cauliflower as a potential comfort food, but the dish turned out warm, hearty, and satisfying. Ingredients: 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into small florets 1/4 cup butter 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 1 cup milk salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs 3 egg yolks 3 egg whites 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese Some of the commenters had complained about the cooking process taking too long. I read the recipe and I realized that I knew some tricks to make the cooking easier and s

Spiritual Quote: On Making Decisions

The possibilities we consider when we make decisions come from God. God orders these possibilities, urging us, or to use more process language, luring or persuading us, to choose those options that lead to a vision of the common good. (54, Monica A. Coleman, Making a Way Out of No Way) I really want to learn more about process theology. The next book I order from is going to be by Alfred North Whitehead , who was a leading process theologian heavily referenced in Coleman's book. (So order one of my books!) Making a Way Out of No Way inspired me to read Octavia E. Butler and she turned out to be my new favorite science fiction writer, so I figure I cannot go wrong with investigating another author mentioned in the book.

November Books

The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling – This is a collection of “classic” warlock fairy tales. I really enjoyed the stories, but I didn’t enjoy the explanatory notes after each tale. The notes are not really child friendly, because they read like a dry textbook. If you are reading this book to a child or preteen, then I would skip the notes. If you’re reading it for yourself, then the notes are mildly interesting. I did think it was really cool that one of the stories is featured in the latest Harry Potter movie. Jane Slayre - Sherri Browning Erwin and Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books and while I know that many purists think it’s awful that there has been a rash of reworkings on the classics, I must say, I loved it. In this version, Jane is a vampire slayer. I’ve always loved what a strong woman Jane Eyre is and in this version, she is even more adventurous and independent, which I love. In fact, although I hate to admit it, I think I like this