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Prayer for the Week Apr 6 – Loving Well

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Every married couple has experienced distance in their marriage.  It’s not a matter of will it come, but when will it be here.  Life encroaches on our relationship and the enemy attacks marriage and family every single day; we’re out-numbered.  As I was reading my devotions this morning the Lord lovingly reminded me of the wisdom of Saint John Paul II, one of the great guardians of marriage and family.

This morning I want to share a couple of scriptures and prayers from my devotional.  May these prayers strengthen you for the journey this week.

~Mathew 19:4-6

[Jesus] said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”

Loving Father, I want to love you more and better through my love for my husband.  Let me see opportunities to become one with you by serving him.

~Genesis 2:23-24

The man said:  “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”  That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of the become one body.

In those time when I feel distant from my partner, help me to cling to him.  May our love be united even when we feel the challenges of the world pulling us apart physically and emotionally.

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Every married couple has experienced distance in their marriage.  It’s not a matter of will it come, but when will it be here.  Life encroaches on our relationship and the enemy attacks marriage and family every single day; we’re out-numbered.  As I was reading my devotions this morning the Lord lovingly reminded me of the […]

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10 Movies More Romantic Than 50 Shades! (Plus some creative date ideas!!!)

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I know we are not alone in the conviction that there is nothing romantic about abuse, domination, and lack of respect for human dignity. Dehumanizing violence is not a good theme for Valentine’s Day (a holiday named after a great saint who stood for marriage and true love, even to the point of death).

10 Movies More Romantic Than 50 Shades!

The annual Valentine’s Day French Dinner!

We will most certainly not be seeing the depraved film being billed as a romance this weekend. No Grey, No way!  We hope you will join us in celebrating REAL romance this weekend! Here are our suggestions for movies you could watch with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Weekend!

1. Happythankyoumoreplease

Oh my word. This movie is the best movie no one ever saw.  We have watched it more times than we can count and every time we fall in love with it again.  Check out this scene (and if you don’t hear Jesus saying this speech to you, listen to it again!) and then rent the movie on Valentine’s Day!  This is how a man woos a woman and affirms her worth and dignity! This movie is just quirky and fun, has a great sound track and reveals so much about the meaning of love.

2. Ever After – A Cinderella Story

A girl who is strong, knows her mind and gets the prince in the end!

3. An Affair To Remember

This is probably the most romantic and heart-wrenching movie ever! It’s classy and timeless and if you aren’t weeping by the end, check your pulse.

4. Braveheart

Love. It’s not about bondage and domination. Love is about freedom!

5. Sense & Sensibility

Poor Marianne has to learn the hard way, but in the end is able to discern the User from the Lover. And seriously, how is the English countryside not romantic! SWOON!

6. Pride & Prejudice

Classic! And we are partial to the BBC version. It’s rather long, yes. But, if you are sipping tea and eating scones (or drinking wine and eating cheese!) it flies by!

7. The Vow

True love–it’s a commitment to vows no matter what. Love is not just a feeling, it’s a determination and commitment to behave in a loving way. This is based on a true story and it makes you stand in awe.

8.The Notebook

Daja: Having watched my grandmother stand by my grandfather through the slow painful process of dementia, until he went to be with Jesus, I have a soft spot in my heart for this movie.  Two people, in it for the long haul. May we all be blessed with such a love story.

9. The Princess Bride

“Love, true love, is what brings us together today.”  (If you just read that in the minister’s voice, you’re a true fan, as we are!)  This is a great movie for the whole family to enjoy on Valentine’s Day!

10.The Holiday

Sometimes love takes us by surprise and we find it in the most unexpected places. We love this movie (especially the Santa Ana winds…..We are So Cal girls after all…)

Romantic Date Ideas For Real People:

You might think us strange, but we just don’t like going out on Valentine’s Day! It’s crowded. It’s expensive. There are set menus at most restaurants. And those menus are rather cliche. It’s just not our style. Here are some ideas for dates that are fun and romantic and won’t break the bank!

  • Why not watch your wedding video? Pop some champagne, get some strawberries and chocolate, snuggle up on the couch and relive that special day! You could even buy a cake and reenact the cake cutting and cake-feeding (with or without the shoving it in each other’s face!).
  • This is our third year having a French Dinner. Daja and her husband, Kristina and her husband, and two other couples. We make a 6 course meal–from the apertif to the digestif! One of us hosts it in our home with full place settings and candlelight! One gentleman plays the accordion and we drink a lot of wine and take our time. It’s romantic and fun. And beats going out to a crowded, busy restaurant surrounded by strangers hands down!
  • Pack a picnic and go watch the sunset from a beautiful location.
  • Put the kids to bed early or better yet let them have a sleep-over at Grandma’s.  Then light a fire in the fireplace and light some candles and turn off all the lights and unplug your phones and computers.  Pretend there is a power outage and enjoy the quiet!

Just remember, it doesn’t have to cost a lot or look fancy to be a date that speaks love to your spouse.  Just. speak. love.

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10 Movies More Romantic Than 50 Shades!

I know we are not alone in the conviction that there is nothing romantic about abuse, domination, and lack of respect for human dignity. Dehumanizing violence is not a good theme for Valentine’s Day (a holiday named after a great saint who stood for marriage and true love, even to the point of death). We […]

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Loving Yourself Well with Teas, Tonics, and Tinctures!

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One of our most popular workshops!  

 

Learn to care for yourself well, using all that God has provided for us–herbs, foods, oils, rest, and more! More than just a “how-to” class, we share a philosophy of abundant wellness that starts with you and spreads to your whole family!  Learn how to turn regular every day herbs and foods into powerhouses of healing, unlocking their restorative properties.  Learn how the practice of rest and silence can be practically incorporated into your regular routines.

 

You will get to take home some of our favorite remedies and a take-home packet jam-packed with practical resources and recipes.

Teas, Tonics and Tinctures

 

 

 

Teas, Tonics and Tinctures

    One of our most popular workshops!     Learn to care for yourself well, using all that God has provided for us–herbs, foods, oils, rest, and more! More than just a “how-to” class, we share a philosophy of abundant wellness that starts with you and spreads to your whole family!  Learn how to […]

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The World Needs More Coffee Makers

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Have you ever stopped to think what would happen if instead of rushing from one task to another, instead of prioritizing tasks and things we prioritized people,  instead of seeing strangers we saw Jesus?

Father, give us Your eyes this week.  Jesus, Let us see You, in all the ways you reveal Yourself to us. Spirit, go before us, prepare the way and empower us to radical acts of love and hospitality.  AMEN

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Have you ever stopped to think what would happen if instead of rushing from one task to another, instead of prioritizing tasks and things we prioritized people,  instead of seeing strangers we saw Jesus? Father, give us Your eyes this week.  Jesus, Let us see You, in all the ways you reveal Yourself to us. […]

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Encountering Love On Your Advent Journey (Week 2 of Advent)

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“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2

 

“…and Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David. To be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.” Luke 2:4-5

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Micah had prophesied this 700 years before the birth of Christ and yet it is so specific, calling out the name of the very town in which the baby would be born!  The magi even used this scripture when asking Herod about the baby.  You see, God’s plans were very specific.  He was bringing light into the world with the birth of a baby in a humble manger.

To me this means God has a plan for the little details.  He doesn’t forget the most humble of circumstances and is alive in them.  As we light the candle each evening this week shouldn’t we ask for the grace to see the little details, too?  We get so caught up in wanting to do big things!  We want to leave our mark on the world and succeed and leave that legacy.  What if that legacy is simply a thousand tiny things done with the greatest of love?  Blessed Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

Ask to see the small acts that can be accomplished through eyes-wide-open and hearts full of light.  Hands that can be used for helping instead of hurting.  Ways to bring the light with you wherever you go.  People are hurting and are in need and somehow, especially at this time of year, there is a special grace to help in small ways, small acts of kindness that mean the world to the hurting ones.

What can you do? Start a list with your family of ways–new and old, small and great–that you can journey with love this Advent season.  And then start doing one and then two and then more.  And see how the light begins to shine your own heart.

Great love this Advent

BE IN LOVE.  SHARE GOD’S LOVE. BE HIS HANDS.

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“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2   “…and Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the […]

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Prayer for the Week of September 29 — It’s the little things

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“I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.” –St. Therese the Little Flower Read More

Great Love

“I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.” –St. Therese the Little Flower

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A Thousand Small Noes and One Big Yes

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When it looked so decadent and piled with whipped cream, I said no to that fancy coffee drink and brewed my own at home.

When the leftovers in the lunchbox were lackluster and rather unappealing, my husband said no to the drive-thru and ate the cold spaghetti.

When that tax-refund came in and we really wanted to blow it on something frivolous, we said no, and tucked it away in savings.

When the kids wanted to head to Disneyland or Six Flags, they willingly said no, and planned family days close to home instead. Read More

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When it looked so decadent and piled with whipped cream, I said no to that fancy coffee drink and brewed my own at home. When the leftovers in the lunchbox were lackluster and rather unappealing, my husband said no to the drive-thru and ate the cold spaghetti. When that tax-refund came in and we really […]

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Prayer for the week of May 26 — A Vocation To Love

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Almost two years ago I read a book about St. Therese of Lisieux. She was one of the youngest women to ever take vows as a Carmelite nun. When it came time for her to choose a vocation Jesus told her that her vocation was to love.  Her spirituality was really simple.  She didn’t concern herself with things too weighty or in theological debates.  Her simple desire was to love.  To love God truly and deeply.  And to be a channel of that love to others. Read More

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Almost two years ago I read a book about St. Therese of Lisieux. She was one of the youngest women to ever take vows as a Carmelite nun. When it came time for her to choose a vocation Jesus told her that her vocation was to love.  Her spirituality was really simple.  She didn’t concern […]

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Beyond I Love You

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Beyond I Love You

Those three little words.

I. Love. You.

I don’t know about you, but as someone whose love language is words of affirmation, I want to hear them loud and often.  But that’s not all I need to hear.  In fact, I’ve been thinking of other beautiful things we need to say and that our families need to hear. Read More

Beyond I Love You

Those three little words. I. Love. You. I don’t know about you, but as someone whose love language is words of affirmation, I want to hear them loud and often.  But that’s not all I need to hear.  In fact, I’ve been thinking of other beautiful things we need to say and that our families […]

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This is my body, broken

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Yesterday was the Solemnity of the Annunciation, which has got me thinking about pregnancy and birth and what women go through in order to conceive, carry and birth their children.  I’m a childbirth educator and doula, so it’s not as if this theme is new to me.  But, lately, it seems like the Lord has opened it up to such a greater revelation for me.  A big part of that is probably that the Eucharist has been my undoing and remaking lately.

I remember…. Read More

This is my body, broken

Yesterday was the Solemnity of the Annunciation, which has got me thinking about pregnancy and birth and what women go through in order to conceive, carry and birth their children.  I’m a childbirth educator and doula, so it’s not as if this theme is new to me.  But, lately, it seems like the Lord has […]