One of my unexpected visitors that I spoke about was an elderly gentleman, Willard. Willard is my hubby’s mom’s husband. We haven’t seen him much since James’ mom passed away. It was a wonderful visit. He is a loving, gentle man who loves God, loves to talk to God and about God and gives God… Continue reading Peace
Wow! I can't believe we only have five Maxims left after this week. It has taken quite awhile to get through them all, after the big break last winter. It sure has been fun, hasn't it. We might need to have a little celebration when we get to the end! Today... Be merciful with yourself… Continue reading Maxim Week 50
As promised, let's take a look at what St. Seraphim had to say about idleness and despondency. Continuing in the same paragraph we read yesterday about acquiring peace St. Seraphim touches on despondency. In the same way the Saint warned about struggles with despondency, "You should throw off despondency, and strive to have a joyful… Continue reading You Must Not Sorrow
My inspiration. My mentor. St. Seraphim of Sarov is an incredible follower of Christ and if only I could emulate his life even partially. I came across a new book about him and am thoroughly enjoying it. It is incredibly rich with stories of his life. St. Seraphim Wonderworker of Sarov and His Spiritual Inheritance… Continue reading Saint Seraphim
Welcome to 2019! A new year to walk on the path to salvation…to meet the risen Lord. Another year to make changes. In me. To take one step at a time to work on joy and love. Daily. I don’t really like the term “New Years Resolution” as it has such a bad reputation. My… Continue reading Happy New Year!
Happy Friday my friends! This week as I launched my new Instagram account, @kindlerofjoy, which I started way back in March but was too anxious to go "public", I was reminded about my true goal of this adventure. This entire adventure is completely and utterly outside of my comfort zone. Putting myself out there like… Continue reading @kindlerofjoy
I know some of my readers are probably unsure about why I quote saints, why I write about them and why my last maxim talks about emulating saints. I feel the need to justify myself I guess and since this weeks Maxim is about saints I figured before the week is up I would write… Continue reading Why Saints
Fr. Thomas Hopko says in his podcast: Read the Scriptures regularly—not reading them to fight with others, not reading them to show off quoting, but reading them as fuel, as food. Because if we don’t read the Scriptures regularly, we die. It would be like trying to live without eating or to drive a car… Continue reading Maxim Week 15
A couple weeks ago I happened upon David Drillock’s My Life in Church Music which was a talk he gave at the St. Vladimir’s Summer Institute 2004. I was searching for information about church music of some kind, I can’t remember exactly what or why, when I happened upon this incredibly fascinating article. It is… Continue reading The Spirit of Joy
St. Seraphim of Sarov is one of the most inspiring Christians for me. If you don't know anything about St. Seraphim you can read about him here. When I read his story to my Sunday school class one year ago, as I talked about it in Radiant Joy is Mine back in March, I really… Continue reading Cheerfulness is not a sin!