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Forgive often and always

Living a life of grace requires a constant effort to forgive those who offend us. That does not diminish the wounds afflicted on us, but forgiveness renders freedom from resentment, anger and jealousy. That may take time but the reward is infinite. Forgiveness heals and makes everything new in us and most likely others.

A RE-BLOG POST – The Blessing of Light

What a powerful silent expression of Winter…maybe nearing its end, and worthy of a re-blog here, Daryl, Thanks!


From a night of darkness
Of blustery chill
Sky of snow falling
We awake to morn’, still

We blink once or twice
Rechecking our eyes
A miracle blessed
Of wonders surprise

A pasture of snow
Icicles formed
With a coating of ice
Each tree is adorned

Sun of arising
The scene to ignite
The world set ablaze
With the blessing of light

Every branch glows
Each blade of grass shines
Diamonds of brilliance
Proclaim joy divine

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Stay Golden

“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?

–1 Peter 3:13

I so appreciate this daily “verse of the day” application on my phone which brings back wonderful memories of a dear friend Donna gone before me.

We met once a month for years at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit being formed as Secular Carmelites.  During her long illness we corresponded often, and in her last letter she quoted this verse which follows today’s verse:

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed…because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.” –1 Peter 3:14, 4:1

How prophetic was Donna’s last message to comfort me now!

Peter continues his revelation:

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”  1 Peter 4:12, as if Peter is reading my mind.

“So then those who suffer according to God’s will, should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.”  

I get it, Lord, help me, knowing I am with the family of believers undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  In due time we will all be made strong, firm and steadfast.

“To God be the power for ever and ever, Amen.”  1 Peter 5:11

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“But I call you my most intimate friends, for I reveal to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father.”

–John 15:15

How many true friends can you count on your hands?

My loyal friends are a hand full, almost as true as my utmost friend Jesus.

Knowing from Revelator Kat Kerr how much Jesus loves sweets, I shall bake Him a bake today.

Here is my favorite Lemon Lover’s Pound Cake


1 cup creamed butter

3 cups sugar

6 large eggs

5 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 grated lemon zest

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups of all purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt and baking soda

1 cup buttermilk

In a large bowl combine:

creamed butter and sugar until fluffy

add eggs one at a time and beat well, stir in vanilla

add flour and baking soda, pour in buttermilk, beat well

Pour in a greased and floured 10-inch fluted pan

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 55-60 minutes

Check doneness with a toothpick

Cool in pan for 10 minutes and place on dish

Prepare Icing:

Combine 1/4 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons soft butter

2 1/2 cups Confectioner’s sugar

2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

Drizzle over cake and enjoy!

Happy Sunday to you and your best friends.

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