09 January 2020

When God Steps Back - What does this mean?


I subscribe to a rather neat newsletter, Friends of the Little Portion Hermitage. I like reading these so much, I save each one.

Today’s title caught my eye and it gave me pause when I read it. ‘The Discipline of Darkness.’ Today’s was a statement by Oswald Chambers:

At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Songbirds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him.… Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God?… When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light.” ~Oswald Chambers

05 January 2020

Happy New Year!


See the source image

So, here we are, a new year! Already!

I was trying to figure out how to write this post, and this is my… I think the fourth or fifth attempt at writing this out.

Here’s hoping this time it doesn’t need re-written, because I’m a little more ‘with it’ today than I have been for the last several days. Sigh.

As I write this, I’m babysitting my great-nephew who will be celebrating his first birthday next Saturday. My baby is going to be 20 on Tuesday. Holy smokes, man, where does the time go, just … where?

28 December 2019

Christmas 2019: All of the Because.





Firstly, I want to say Happy Christmas, everyone.  :) I hope that things have been well for you all, that time with loved ones was joyful and fun!

You know…  It’s been years since I’ve celebrated Christmas on purpose.  Sure, I’ve gone to family functions with my (now ex) husband, visiting his family, but that wasn’t something I really wanted to do, it was out of a sense of, ‘Well, I mean, it’s his family, they’re my in-laws now, and what could it hurt to get to know them a little?’  

This year …  has been really something.  It’s been worlds different for me, and I blame – largely – my mentor and friend on this one.  Don’t worry, he knows. He’s heard me having a go at him: ‘How dare you, what have you done to me!’  To which he just laughs and says, ‘Told ya!’ Sometimes, honestly, I think the man just gets such a kick out of how frustrated I get with all of this.  And none of it in a mean-spirited way, but in a ‘You’re so funny when you’re frustrated and trying to think too much on this!’ kind of way.

22 December 2019

Fourth Sunday of Advent: PEACE...



Fourth week of Advent. Already. Wow, Reader, where’s the time going, you know? So… I wanted to try to tackle this week’s readings without a repeat of last Wednesday’s statement about the Gospel. It’s the same Gospel this week, which I found quite fascinating – and, I admit, I thought I was misreading or maybe even there was a typo that had me saying, ‘What...’ I reached out to my mentor about it and was pointed out that this happens when there’s a point trying to be made. So, here we are, and I ask that you please bear with me on this. I really don’t want to fall into the trap of recycling what I wrote for the 18th’s Reflection. ;)

18 December 2019

Third Wednesday of Advent: JOY



Recently, someone I care very much about like my own flesh and blood was put through some unnecessary things by family. Now, ‘family’ … I want to explore that word a little.

Family, as we are typically taught from the time we’re old enough to have a little bit of an understanding is usually a couple parental units, maybe some siblings, even for the really fortunate ones, some aunties, uncles, a horde of cousins, and even grandparents. However… Family isn’t just limited to DNA and genetics in common. For those of us – such as yours truly – who grew up in a highly toxic environment, that word, ‘family,’ has a more frightening meaning than what was originally intended by God Himself when He designed the blueprints for Creation.

15 December 2019

Third Sunday of Advent: JOY!


DISCLAIMER:  So, Reader, I'm a touch behind, but this week has been a pretty hectic one for me!  I'm gettin' this all caught up.  :)  Thank you for your patience!
Moving on!

Here we are, Reader. Already the Third Week of Advent. This month seems to be racing by, doesn’t it?

As I was reading the Scripture passages for today, a couple of things came to mind. In Isaiah, he talks about restoration. A mental image flashed in my mind, about as winter’s time ends and springtime starts to come around, and as we slowly come around and start seeing warmer weather, it’s really no different than what we’re waiting for and preparing for our Beloved Lord’s Grand Arrival!

Nemo dat quod non habet.


For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been taking apart the Readings for the First and Second Sundays and Wednesdays of Advent and sharing my thoughts with you on here.

Today, Reader, I am going to take a small break and address something that broke my heart. I’m a subscriber to the ‘Acts of Faith’ in the Washington Post, I have them come to my e-mail. This one that hit my e-mail a couple of days ago, the subject header made me do a double-take. ‘I feel so distant from God.’ I thought, ‘Uh-oh… what is this…?’ and out of a sense of equal parts morbid curiosity and concern, I clicked on the e-mail to read it.

When God Steps Back - What does this mean?

I subscribe to a rather neat newsletter, Friends of the Little Portion Hermitage . I like reading these so much, I save each one...