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Psalm 73:  Are You Green with Envy?

 May 21, 2019

“Truly God is good to the upright, to those who are pure in heart.” (1) Thus begins Psalm 73. The psalm ends with words of confident trust, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.” (26) But the path to reach this faith […]

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A World Where It Is Easier to be Good – Is That Possible?

 May 16, 2019

On Tuesday I blogged about “Is it possible to create a world where it is easier to be good,” using Psalm 72 as the basis for this post. Because this topic warrants more time, I’m continuing it in this post. Working for a World Where It Is Easier to be Good In my twenties I […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

 May 10, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there! Whether you are physically a mother or nurturing others as an aunt, sister, teacher, nurse, friend, or in any of the many ways we women nurture and sustain others, I hope you have a great day. Even if not a mother ourselves, all of us […]

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Psalm 71 – Grow Old with the Lord!

 May 7, 2019

Getting old is not for sissies, the residents of my mom’s retirement community told me on numerous occasions, quoting Bette Davis. The writer of Psalm 71 knows something about this. Psalm 71 The author of Psalm 71 is an old man. His hair is gray, “So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, […]

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Psalm 70: Hurry Up!

 April 30, 2019

When you or a loved one are sick, it’s easy to become impatient with the slow healing process. You can’t wait for them to get better. The writer of Psalm 70 knows about being in a hurry! Dealing with Sick Kids When my kids were in grade school, it seemed that between snow days, special […]

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Twelve Steps and Depression – Is there a Program for That?

 April 25, 2019

One of the characters in Beautiful Questions, book six of my Dancing through Life series, suffers from clinical depression. I researched depression, the many different treatments, but as I wrote the book, it occurred to me that an important part of healing may entail having a support group of others in the same situation. I […]

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Psalm 69: Dealing with Dark Days

 April 23, 2019

We just celebrated Holy Week and are now in the season of Easter, a time for celebration and new life. Yet not everyone is rejoicing. The sun may be shining, flowers blooming, but those dealing with depression find little reason for celebrating. They are stuck in somber Saturday, alone with Jesus in the tomb. Psalm […]

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Seven Ways to Celebrate Easter!

 April 20, 2019

Wishing everyone a joy-filled and Happy Easter! My article, “Seven Ways to Celebrate Easter,” was featured in St. Anthony Messenger this month. If you haven’t read it yet, click here and check it out! Finally winter is gone (though we had snow last weekend), spring is here and time for new life. So often we […]

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Saints and Sickness – What Is the Correlation?

 April 17, 2019

For the past few years, I have received daily emails with the Saint of the Day from Franciscan Media. I don’t spend a lot of time reading these. If I’m too busy or miss a couple of days, I might delete a few without reading but for the most part I do at least a […]

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