Ash Wednesday: Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent:

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

via The Book Of Common Prayer

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Into The Lenten Journey: Engaging in the four ancient spiritual practices: Read, Pray, Deny and Give.

I’m settled in for the Lenten journey 2016.
I have my Lent Devotional Guide via wolc.com/lentguide
My hope is to be drawn deeper into the journey with Jesus.

I plan to gather in an Ash Wednesday gathering.
I plan to take part in challenges along the journey.

I plan to read short passages from the Gospel daily.
I plan to pray the prayer for the week daily

I plan to deny myself and pull away from certain activities. daily.
I plan to give to others daily.

To all who are in the Lenten Journey, God bless you.
May we encounter Jesus in new ways.
Christ be all around us.
AMEN!

Celebrate Every Sunday
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Lent is about Jesus!

Thanks for reading.
Susan

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Used For His Glory Believing His Word

Early morning dawn
Surise shines so bright

A beautiful day
God brings forth His light

To shine in His world
Allowing us to see

What He created
So that we can be

God brings this new day
Through Him we be heard

Used for His glory
Believing His Word

Poem # 644
Idea 19 May 20, 2010
6:30 AM

How did I come up with this poem?
Another beautiful day that came.
We saw the sunrise.

Thanks for reading.
Susan

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May (we) be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory;

O God, who before the passion of your only ­begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

via The Book Of Common Prayer

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Reflections Of Old Things somewhat, now passed Away, yet, no more, To think or to ask.

Reflections of old, Things somewhat, now passed
Away, yet, no more, To think or to ask

Leave it, left behind, Think about it less
No more to ponder, No wanting to guess

Stop looking backward, Moving on ahead
Stay with the living, Don’t cling to what’s dead

Be alive, present Awaken to life
Reflections of old,  Living sacrifice

Thanks for reading Poem #2178

Idea on July 24, 2013 at south window 8:27 PM
Re read and made some changes on January 28, 2015
and February 2, 2015

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I hope all had a wonderful week!
God bless you on  your journey.
Peace
Susan

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The Last Weekend Of the Epiphany Season: And invited to a “Chili Supper.” Happy Fat Friday!

Happy Fat Friday! I never heard of Fat Friday, until last month. Some church members and I gather together on Friday nights. We have the desire to want to know more about Jesus.

Where did the phrase Fat Friday come from? A member in the church was thinking about having a Fat Friday gathering. We’re having chili. I call it a chili supper. And there’s lots of it.

Our gathering won’t meet on Fat Tuesday. So the last Friday of Epiphany, our gathering will meet on Fat Friday. I know that this isn’t on the church calendar.

As for Fat Friday; there are about 22 team who have cooked chili. There’s a contest going on. Who cooked the best chili? We even get to vote. There will be prizes. I’m not on a team.

I do like chili. I have it at least 2 to 3 times a month. I don’t normally eat after 7 PM. The gathering starts a 7 PM. I don’t know.  What am I going to do?

This is funny. Yes! What I’m I going to do? Go along with the crowd and eat chili. Not attend the gathering because I don’t eat after 7 PM. Or attend the gathering and eat a little? What a dilemma. Or will I go? We’ll see.

May the Lord guide us in what we should do. May we not be force to do things that we should do. May we see the good in doing some things in  a new way. Amen.

Thanks for reading.
Susan

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My Farthest Memories

I have been thinking…
How Far Back Can I Remember?

I can remember the time before I started going to school. My mother was on the telephone talking with someone. I heard my mother talking about enrolling me in to KG. I went in the afternoon.

I even remember walking to and from school with some of my siblings. It was along walk. We did have buses in those days. We lived about 9 blocks from Mark Twain Elementary School.

I recall playing with blocks in our play area in our classroom. I recall looking out the window onto the playground. I remember the swing set, the monkey bars and jungle gym. I recall the white and yellow circles and squares… drawings on the playground.

I recall the double doors in our classroom to come in our room. We even had a back door to go out to the playground. We had our own private bathroom in the back of our classroom. I thought that that was cool.

I recall that parents came to see their children. My parents did come. It must to have been Parents’ Day. The parents came to see our classroom. And to look at what we did.

I recall laying down taking naps on a mat in our classroom. Then one day I was sick and missed school. I heard that Santa came to class that day.

So I missed Santa. I was not too disappointed. I knew who Santa was. Some of my siblings told me.

I recall reading about Sally, Dick, Jane and their dog named Spot. I recall that I was called upon to answer a question from one of our readings. I cannot recall which girl it was but Dick took and hid Jane’s or Sally’s ribbon. Our teacher, Miss Wise ask me What would Jane or Sally do about Dick taking the ribbon?

Here was my response to the question: I said, She would beat him up! The kids laughed at my answer. Miss Wise said that Dick would not do that. Miss Wise said that Jane or Sally would ask Dick to gave the back ribbon.

I felt “dumb” and “stupid” about my answer. I did not talk much. I was quiet. Yes, I was shy.

I recall hearing about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Assassination. I remember that famous black and white photo. I wondered what those guys where pointing at.

I recall bringing candy to my classmates. It was my birthday four days after Dr. MLK Jr’s Assassination. I even remember that I felt strange giving candy to my classmates during a time like that.

I recall seeing the men on the moon on TV. U.S. President Richard Nixon on TV during in his first term in office.

I remember relatives coming over to our Family House. People would be playing cards and talking. I recall that we had a hope chest in one of our rooms. It reminded me of a coffin.

I recall one day that the Hope chest opened up. I saw the lid was close. I ran when I saw the lid opening. I did not like being around coffins when I was a kid.

I recall watching TV shows; The Riffle Man. Other TV programs that some of my siblings would watch.

I recall one of my brothers hanging up my bicycle our swing set. He did this in our back yard and left it there. I was crying. ( I was teased a lot.)

I recall our Family Dog biting me in the stomach. Here is a section that I posted about “Dogs In The Family and Neighbor Dogs”:

The First dog that I can remember in my family was “Fido”. I don’t know what breed of dog “Fido” was. What I remember about “Fido”, he was iffy iffy.

He would be good to us. He was a happy dog. And at times turn on us. “Fido” would attack people if he though we were in danger.

Then again, there was a time when I was out in the back yard helping my Father clean up. I bent over to pick up something. All of a sudden “Fido” came running out of his house and charged at me biting my stomach. Boy I was scared. I cried…

Yes,”Fido” was something else. He liked to bit. He loved chasing cars tires. Well, one day our Father was going on his trash route. “Fido” broke loose and went chasing after the truck. This time “Fido” got ran over.

My Father buried “Fido” in our backyard. I was there looking on. Even though “Fido”was a crazy dog, I still like dogs.

I recall some of the games that we played in the house. We played marbles and jacks. We played with “army men”. We made paper air planes and toss them in the air.

We played race cars with the orange tracks that made loops and turns. We built houses out of playing cards. We stood dominoes upright until we tapped one letting them fall one by one. (We played cards and dominoes too.)

I recall when our Dad and my brothers enlarged our basement. There was a lot of dirt to dig out. I remember one time there was some things outside the window. Someone one had an idea to lift me up to the window so I could get it. Yeah, I was small enough to go through our basement window.

On my journey of transformation
As I reflected back on my memories of the past, I found out as I was typing this blog, more things came to me. I added more detail. O the memories of what once was.

I had a thought. As the years go by, I lose some things of the past. So I challenged myself to this was a simple exercise. I put some thought into what I did.

So I thought of How Far Back Can I Remember? It was as though I took a journey in time’s past. I had more memories than I thought.

It is good at times to recall the good things of the past. My memory goes back to 40 or 41 years ago. I think that that is good.

From my Book of Thanks and Blessings

Father God, I thank You that You blessed with a memory. I thank You for what I can remember things of the past. I thank You for the idea that came to me, to write things down for future generations.

I thank You for all the PROVISION that I have had in my life time. I thank You the FAITH that is in planted in me. I thank You for the SIGNS and WONDERS that I have witness in my days.

I thank You for the LOVE that surrounded me as I was growing up. I thank You that Your HEALING Hands guard my life. I thank You that DELIVERANCE that is in my life.

I thank You for the Door of HOPE that has been in my life. I thank You that well before I was born, You choose me to have the choice of SALVATION in Jesus’ name Amen.

(This blog came from my Xanga site 2007)

Thanks for reading.
Susan

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