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Best Day in the Year

I saw a quote today from Ralph Waldo Emerson. I read it to my parents and we thought it was a great way to start the day.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”

I Found God today in an uplifting poem.

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Responsible for Souls

Today I read a story from a beautiful friend of mine who teaches in a Catholic school. I am sharing it here for you.

“This is what real love looks like.. About a week and a half ago I received a message from a friend asking for prayer. This happens often and I am most lovingly obliged. It was a prayer request that someone who was near death, that their heart be softened and that they would see and speak with a priest before passing away. At the point of the message there was little interest, to see a priest, by the person dying. The person asking for prayer was reaching out because he knows heaven and hell are real!!! He was very concerned for his friend and wanted to do all he could. This is an incredible understanding and knowledge of what life and death are really all about. Heaven and hell are real.
Our souls are real!!!!! Eternity is real!!! Whether people choose to believe this or not, does not change the reality of it. He asked because we are responsible for each other’s souls!!!!!!

The next day I shared this with all of my students and each class offered many prayers. It was an incredible reminder of God’s love and mercy and judgement, life and death. Our prayers interceded for the person passing away and the person who asked for the prayers. We did not use names because God knew exactly whom we were praying for. A few days later I received a message that the person dying wanted to see a priest. “Praise the Lord”!!! Within hours it was made possible a priest would visit the person before they would pass away. I shared the wonderful news with the all students, how their prayers and interceding can move mountains and save souls!!! It was incredible and awesome news. The person has passed away. I can only hope and pray when it is my time to pass away.. that someone has that much concern for my soul!!! Our souls, eternity, heaven and hell are real, not only our death but our lives need to clearly reflect this as well. So grateful for the incredible people the Lord puts in my life, to show what true love looks like.”

I Found God today in my friend’s story of love, life, and lessons.

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Scared Silly

The other night, my sister told me she found a “haunted hike” at one of our favorite state parks. The area is just about half way between her house and ours and has been a great place to get together. I was able to meet both my sisters there tonight. The sky was dark and ominous as we got ourselves prepared. My sister brought her headlamps and I had my cell phone flashlight. But when we reached the entrance to the hike, the ranger told us to turn them off to have the best experience. As she was explaining the details, we could hear screams coming from the trail and realized what we were in for. At that time, the storm arrived and with lightning and thunder. We screamed, then laughed. As we headed off, we linked arms and chanted, “lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” The trail was lit in places with jugs of glowing stuff. Most of the fear was the anticipation of being scared. There were a couple of creepy people that jumped out and we obliged with loud shrieks. After the hike, we had hot chocolate and treats. Then we stopped at the visitors center where one of the docents told stories of mysterious happenings at the park. It was just a fun night full of screams, fun, and laughter with my sisters.

I Found God today having a fun time with my sisters.

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Family Bond

My mom and dad told me all about how my brother took charge of things while I was away and the things my sisters did when they were here as well. I thought of the words I wrote yesterday. My siblings and I have the unbreakable bond of being family. While that counts for something, it doesn’t necessarily commit any of us to have a relationship with one another. Yet, 3 of my siblings were here, present at various times, helping to care for our parents so that I could take some time off. Each of us has our own “lifestyle”, but we rally together when it is necessary. We do our best to support and encourage one another. Today I am feeling very blessed in the relationships with my siblings.

I Found God today in my siblings.

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Back to Lifestyle

I spent the past week visiting many people and spending time with my far away family. For some reason, I was very aware of all the different lifestyles. There were newlyweds, single people living on their own, young couples with babies, parents helping their kids with their kids, parents helping their parents, those flourishing in long marriages, those struggling trying to make it on their own, and so on. These were just a few of the lives that I was blessed to enter into. And each had their joys and their struggles. None could say that or if they were better or worse off than the other. I came away with a new perspective. While we are all living our own different lifestyles, we are all still intimately connected with one another. These lifestyles change as time goes on and our situations or priorities change. But each of us is called to be the best person we can in our current lifestyle, with the people we are connected to right now. I was happy to make it home safe today after a long day of travel. My dad thanked me for returning.

I Found God today realizing the blessings of different lifestyles.

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Loving Grandkids

I spent most of today with my younger grandson and granddaughter while the oldest had a game and their mom and dad were off to work. We all thought about what would be a fun place to go for a 12 year old and a 4 year old and decided on mini golf. Instead of keeping exact score, my grandson and I competed on each hole to see who could use the least amount of strokes. We let my granddaughter put the ball wherever she wanted to start from. It was fun to watch her enthusiasm. And she was super excited when she started at the beginning of the final course and made a hole in one. On the way home we stopped at the store to pick up a few things for dinner. My grandson pushed his sister in the cart. I loved watching how he cared for her and encouraged her. They were both so well behaved, cheerful, and helpful. It was a joy to spend the day with them.

I Found God today still enjoying my grandchildren.

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Dessert For Lunch

Today was another great day with my son, daughter in law, and grandchildren. We headed up north to view the beautiful fall foliage, but quickly got into traffic with the other hundreds – maybe thousands – of people who had the same desire. We decided to change course and landed at a favorite ice cream/sweets place that my family wanted me to experience. So, we had ice cream for lunch and candy for dessert. I guess you have to do that every once in a while. There were different games scattered on the tables, so we had fun playing while we indulged. When we left, we found a covered bridge that wasn’t too far away and stopped there for a walk and to take some photos. We were the only ones there, so it was very enjoyable. The water was so still and the reflection of the leaves and sky was stunning. The kids tossed acorns in the water and we watched the ripples. Even though our original idea didn’t work out, the time spent together was better than any plan.

I Found God today in another fun, impromptu day.