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Finding God in our lives
is quite simple.
We just have to take
the time to look.

Time for the Beach

To finish up this week celebrating God's creation, I'm going to leave you with a study on the importance of the beach. After visiting a couple beaches this summer, I can tell you that all of this rings true. I'll be taking a couple weeks off starting Monday so that I can get my kids started in their school activities. Summer is about over for us. It was a short but wonderful one. Enjoy the rest of yours! Neuroscientists Strongly Recommend ThatYou Visit The Beach Regularly. Here’s Why: We all know that spending time outdoors is good for you on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time specifically at the beach have just been revealed. That incredible feeling of peace

God and Science

Did you know that the Big Bang Theory supports the Bible and the story of creation? In fact, a Catholic priest, Father Georges Lemaire, proposed the theory in the first place. So many people think that science, religion, and faith are incompatible, but if God created the world, if God actually exists, how could science be something that doesn't give us glimpses of Him? My family and I were in the Houston Museum of Natural Science this summer (great place, by the way), and tucked down in the basement was an interactive display that went through the timeline of the Big Bang Theory. Three panels in, and we were still at less than a trillionth of a second. All of a sudden, the time spreads out a

He Is by Aaron Jeffries

Who is God? Really. Have you ever thought about who God is to you? I think it's easy to put God in a one word box, but in reality, God is so much more if we just think about it. Here is one way to look at it. He Is by Aaron Jeoffrey: In Genesis, He’s the breath of life In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb In Leviticus, He’s our High Priest In Numbers, the Fire by Night Deuteronomy, He’s Israel’s guide Joshua, He’s salvation’s choice Judges, He’s Israel’s guard In Ruth, the kinsmen’s Redeemer 1st and 2nd Samuel, our trusted Prophet In Kings and Chronicles, He is Sovereign In Ezra, He’s the true and faithful scribe In Nehemiah, the Re-builder of broken walls and lives In Esther, He’s Mordecai’s

Music Monday: Live Like You're Loved

Isn't it funny how hard it can be to accept someone else's generosity or even something as simple as a compliment? I know that I am one who is happy to help others, stepping in when times are tough or even helping out on a fun project, but asking for help for myself was much harder. I've gotten much better, because I realized that the person that kind of attitude hurts the most is me. This song is a great reminder to get over ourselves and accept what we have been given. Accept the love that is being poured over you. Accept that you are treasured in the eyes of God. Live it. Loudly.

Come Holy Spirit - I think...

A friend shared this beautiful prayer with me, and I want to share it with you. Pray it. Live it. Come Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit Come to me! Fill me! Inspire me! No, that’s not right Be the source of wisdom in my life Become the spring of discernment throughout my days Mature in me as the Spirit of God Not just while my hands are held high in worship But while they are cuffed by hardship In drudgery and setbacks In delays and interruptions Interminable waiting Yes, that’s right, Holy Spirit. While life batters and bruises Be the source of wisdom Become the spring of discernment Mature in me as the Spirit of God Amen (from 40 Days with the Holy Spirit: Fresh Air for Every Dayby Jack Levison) �

Music Monday: The Saint That is Just Me

I am so very imperfect. I mean, truly imperfect. I want to be like so many of the amazing saints I have learned about, and most times I just can't. For sure, I can't be like the whitewashed perfect stories about them. But, when I look closer, most of them are pretty much imperfect. Their perfection comes from giving all of it over for God to mold, direct, and use as was needed in His most perfect plan. It's hard to be grateful for my weaknesses and faults, for my failures and stumbles along the way. Really hard. But then a song like this comes along and helps me find that gratitude. It is in our weakness that God's strength is most apparent. May we all discover how we are to live out our own

A little fun: Sounds of Nature

I know I've heard this before. I think it came from my girls upstairs. Or was it me and my teenager? Or was it when I was praying. I just can't remember. Happy Friday! I hope your weekend sounds better than this.

Gratitude

I was at a gas station about to pump gas into my car and I saw a homeless man standing around the corner of the building. To the surprise of everyone around me, I ran to him and gave him the biggest hug I could. This man had been working a corner in my area for years, generally with a sign about his Lear jet being out of fuel. I carry food in my car to hand out to people on the corners, and he's someone I had asked for preferences to help me get the ones that tasted good but could last in the car for a long time. I loved talking to him. Sometimes, though, I would run out of food and had nothing to give him. No matter. I would roll down my window and apologize, and he would always greet me wi

Music Monday: What Love Really Means

This song touches such a chord in me right now. I see more and more disdain and distrust of Christianity, religion, and faith in general, and I see more and more examples of why that attitude can be justified. With today's atmosphere of name-calling, dismissal of others because they don't agree with something we stand for, the political climate of hatred, some people covering their hateful and judgmental actions with the banner of faith, and all of those getting plenty of media attention, it's hard to find examples of a true life of faith. It's all a little disheartening. But then I remember the mustard seed. "When it is sown in the ground, [it] is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.

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Karen May

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