50 things to tell you.

 

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The first 50 years of childhood are always the hardest!

What is a period of 50 years or grouping of 50?

Well, let me tell you…

“A Half-Century!”

Which means I have had a Half-Century of blessings to be thankful for!

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I Hope-ity-hope if anyone ever re-enacts ME in another 50…they remember 2 important things: hats and polka-dots!

Does this mean it has been 50 years of perfect-living?

Of day after day of over-flowing joy?

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‘Celebration Ribbons’ are so much fun!

Of no tears nor pain?

Of only sunshine beams streaming and eating zero-calorie ice cream for my dinner?

Let me tell you…

“NO!”

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“Angel of God, my guardian dear…”

But I have learned, while skipping along the way,

(even if it were to have been *admittedly*  s-l-o-w-l-y)

that the “perfection” of my life has occurred in the

Sweet Surrender of accepting God’s will.

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Let me tell you…

God knows what He is doing!

God has a bigger plan for me than I have ever had for myself

and His plan far exceeds the circumstances of any one given day!

And, let me tell you…

I can hardly wait to discover what this next

half-century

will contain!

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Erie, Pa is a beautiful place to have lived for 50 years.

There is so much more I would like to sing-song-say,

but if I could only tell you 50 things

I’ve discovered during this first half-century

Let me tell you…

  1. Let go! Let God!
  2. Peace on the outside comes from knowing God on the inside.
  3. Start each day with a grateful heart.
  4. The older I get the surer I am that I’m not running the show!
  5. Life is not meant to be perfect…it’s meant to be LIVED with all its imperfections.
  6. We aren’t called to shine our own light; we are called to reflect His.
  7. Find joy in the ordinary.
  8. Pray hardest when it is hardest to pray.
  9. Not my circus.  Not my monkeys.
  10. Let it be.
  11. Don’t worry about others opinions of you.  God never told you to impress people; only to love them.
  12. Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.
  13. Learn to say “no” without explaining yourself.
  14. Sometimes not saying anything is the best answer. (Silence can never be misquoted.)
  15. We aren’t called to be like others, we are called to be like Christ.
  16. To forgive takes love, to forget takes humility.
  17. Heaven is not a prize for the perfect, but the future home for all who are willing to be perfected.
  18. Sometimes you’ve just gotta accept that some people can only be in your heart, not in your life.
  19. Let all that you do be done with love.
  20. God refuses nothing.
  21. Until God opens the next door, pray in the hallway.
  22. Faith means that you have peace, even when you don’t have all the answers.
  23. Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.
  24. A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.
  25. Say you’re sorry, ask for forgiveness, and mean it. Truly.
  26. Be prepared when you pray to God to defend you against your enemies, you may lose a few friends.
  27. Each day is a decision!
  28.  You can’t but God can!
  29. Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.
  30. You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.
  31. Everything is going to be alright.  Maybe not today but eventually.
  32. On a bad day…there’s always crochet!
  33. If it doesn’t make you feel fabulous; don’t do it, don’t buy it, don’t keep it.
  34. No one heals themselves by wounding another.
  35. NO ONE will ever love you more than Jesus.
  36. Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.
  37. Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got.
  38. Someday it’s going to make sense!
  39. For what it’s worth:  it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be!  I hope you live a life you’re proud of , and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.
  40. Do the next thing.
  41. Be confident because you are a child of God.  Be humble because everyone else is too.
  42. The unhappiest people in this world, are those who care the most about what other people think.
  43. God often uses small matches to light up great torches.  No matter how small you feel in this world, He has something big in store for you.
  44. Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.
  45. A few nice words can help a person more than you think.
  46. It’s okay to say no to unnecessary crazy.
  47. Sometimes it’s better to react with no reaction.
  48. Never get tired of doing little things for others.  Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.
  49. We don’t stop playing because we grow old.  We grow old because we stop playing! AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST…..
  50. It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.

I pray my humble-attempts at living out

this half-century 

has been pleasing to Him…

but even perfect people (of which I am not) make mistakes

(that’s #51 I’d like to tell you!)

Where I have failed I pray, with God’s help,

to do better this next half-century

so that I may celebrate

2 Solid-Gold 50’s someday!

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(I wonder if Smucker’s could add some polka-dots?)

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hugs n’ blessings to all those who will tell me new life-lessons, along the way!

Will you be the first to share?

(I hope you will!)

light shines, darkness hides. 

Prayer to St. Michael

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wiles and wickedness of the devil. 

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all other evil spirits, who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. 

Amen. 


Dear Angel, in His goodness God gave you to me to guide, protect, and enlighten me, and to bring me back to the right way when I go astray.

Encourage me when I am disheartened.  Help me to become more Christlike and so some day to be accepted into the company of Angels and Saints in heaven.

Amen.

hugs n’ blessings to all those praying tirelessly to battle the darkness in the world & send forth light.

take a chance on me!

 

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“What would you do if you won?” 

That seems to be the 900+ million dollar question around our local town today.

“I wouldn’t show up for work on Monday, that’s for sure!” we overheard one man say at the corner convenience store, where long-lines of people stood prepared to make their Pennsylvania Power-Ball purchase.

Tonight’s drawing is a record breaking 900 million dollars and climbing!  Leaving suspicion that it may reach One Billion dollars before the drawing actually occurs this evening at 11:28 pm EST.   No one has won the Powerball jackpot since early November, which is why the prize has grown so large.

Cuppycake & I have had this conversation once before when this same Pennsylvania State game-of-chance was creeping toward a previous record winnings.  Thankfully we both had very similar desires on how the over-sized prize would be distributed.  Our first distribution of funds, said almost simultaneously to one another, would be:

“That the first 10% of the total winnings goes back to God!” we proclaimed.

Today, with my potential winning ticket in the pocket of my gray cardigan sweater, I’ve flit-fluttered through the afternoon imagining what that could truly mean.  What would I want this gift for God to look like? What good works could I do for Him?

I know our local Catholic Charities office would benefit greatly, as would our Diocesan Bishop’s Breakfast Program! Our parish of course, the Seminarian program and most assuredly the retired priest program (Methuselah Ministry) we established a few years back…all of these would  receive the reward of these winnings.

And then there’s the dream I’ve had for establishing a restaurant which serves as a beacon of hope for those looking to rebuild their lives…

Eve’s Garden!

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The model for Eve’s  Garden is to offer a training opportunity for those seeking to re-enter/enter the work force after a particular difficulty in their personal life. There would be training opportunities in all aspects of culinary service, revolving around all aspects of food preparation. There would be training opportunities for hospitality service and  management training for those seeking to progress further.

The entire operation from menu planning to food ordering would offer the opportunity to re-build themselves not only financially but more importantly emotionally & spiritually.  Always keeping in mind that this place…Eve’s Garden…is a safe, supportive, stepping stone for them to use as they build toward a renewed life for themselves.  The goal would not be to solely train individuals in food service but rather to help help them to believe in themselves again.  To assit them in setting goals for their future and see the potential in what they have the power to create this New Life to be.

Why will it be called Eve’s Garden?  Because in my dreamity-dream I have always seen us located right next door to our local Fuhrman’s Apple Cider Store! The menu would showcase their famous Cider and lots of apple-icious food dishes to boot! And of course the most famous apple orchard of all comes from the Garden of Eden…where Eve often could be found picking the apples I am sure.  But it’s not this Eve the restaurant will be named for.

Rather the New Eve, Mother Mary.

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Eve Becomes the “Mother of All the Living”
New Eve Becomes the “Mother of All Who Live in Christ”

Eve – a female – sinned and brought about the Fall; thus, there is a certain justice in God’s providence allowing someone of the same sex – Mary – usher in the salvation of humanity. In a full understanding of her biblical roles in salvation history – the New Eve, the New Ark of the Covenant, and the Queen of the Eternal Davidic Kingdom – Mary is seen as the highest created being. She was the pure and perfect vessel for Christ’s Incarnation, i.e., the Theotokos, the Mother of God. No other created human being will ever have such an elevated role.

The New Eve, Mother Mary undoer of the sin of the original Eve, would be the Mother to those seeking to rebuild their lives as they sought safety, support and understanding under employment at Eve’s Garden.

I am certain there are other opportunities to gift God through our potential winnings too, but these are the quick dreams that I would proclaim if I were to be asked,

“What would you do?”

And predictably, if you knew my  Cuppycake, he WOULD still show up for work on Monday!  (But if there is a lottery-angel out there somewhere, perhaps he may consider at least leaving early that day.)

hugs n’ dreamy blessings to all the lottery-winning angels who may be out there!

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