Moms Sharing Wisdom

 

What can you do withshutterstock_88840111 all those Christmas cards, here are some suggestions from other faith-filled moms.

*  You pick one card a week and pray for that person or family that sent you that card for the whole week.  ~Kristin ‘Coppola’ Heilman

* We put ours in a photo album on out kitchen table and pray for a new family each day at every meal.  ~Rosie Bahar McCune

* I have a scrapbook that is just christmas cards, the ones with special notes or pictures make it in the book and I list the rest. It shows an awesome timeline of our friends and family.  ~Toni Torsell

Charismatic Prayer

Monday night was the first time in many years that I participated in a Charismatic Prayer Group.

I began my journey with the Charismatic Movement when I was in college at Aquinas.  It was during the heights of the movement; the 1980’s.  The group I was involved with was quite large about twenty young college women so excited to be involved with the movement, ready to receive the Spirit of the Lord.

I remember being very disappointed that I wasn’t “speaking in tongues” as many of the young women were, I am always quiet, saying little, praying silently.  I thought there was something wrong with me, that the Holy Spirit didn’t want me, wasn’t going to “give me” a gift.  It took me many years to understand that I was given a gift, that my style of prayer was just fine, many of my Charismatic mom friends would say that my prayer life “ran deep”; the still waters run deep kinda thing.

I am glad to be back with a group.  The fellowship is wonderful.  Being with people who don’t judge you about your emotional-spiritual life is so reassuring.  The point of the prayer group is to give you a time to be with God, listening for Him and to Him.  In a group you will find a gathering of people who care about what happens in your life, what happens to the world, and the Church as a family.

If you are interested in participating in a Lansing Michigan Charismatic Prayer Group I have provided a list below

Speak to us of children

Lena Levon of Ms Elena Levon Traveling.com came to visit, so I stopped by her blog.  I found on one of her recent posts the meditation of Children written by Kahlil Gibran.

It is my favourite meditation of his and I thought I would share it with you all:

“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, and yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love, but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward, not tarries with yesterday. “

Kahlil Gibran
from the book : The Prophet

Labyrinth Walk

The Labyrinth is a prayer walk meditative tool, a walk of quiet meditation.  It is a large circular walk that draws people walking it from the larger outer circle to the smaller inner circle.  The walk is not a puzzle, game or problem to be solved, it is a walk very reminiscent to our own lives.  The outer circle those broader issues, situation, events that create our lives and as we walk deeper into the Labyrinth we start to contemplate those more specific issues, situations, events of our lives; looking more closer at how our lives have evolved.

Walking this path engages our minds, bodies, spirits to invite the Divine into conversation with us.  The rhythm of the walk is soothing and quieting.  If we concentrate on that rhythm we begin to lose the world, the sounds of the city/forest/green space that we find ourselves walking.  We enter into a meditative state that opens us to God.  This meditative state is something we may experience if we lose our self in Mass and suddenly are brought back by a change of song, or a prayer, or our own child asking us what we are thinking about.  This state is also the state that Theresa of the Little Flower also experienced.

If we have an opportunity to walk the Labyrinth it will help us slow down and listen for and to God, something so important in the business of our lives.

“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Mommy Mantra August 4, 2014: MT 14: 27 “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
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Need I say more. This is for all moms with prayers that need answering, and for prayers that have been answered. For moms who need the courage to stay strong.

FHB Family Hold Back

Mommy Mantra August 3, 2014: MT 14:13-21 The five loaves and two fishes.

Ever have an unexpected guest come to your house for dinner, maybe a friend of your children’s, or neighbour, family member? FHB, means family hold back taking as much as you want for dinner so our guest can have enough.

Well, of course Jesus invited the five thousand plus to stay for dinner, so he didn’t hold back. Instead he gave until everyone was satisfied.

Let’s pray in support of those who must hold back, that one day they will have enough to be satisfied.

A Lansing Michigan Organization helping the poor Loaves and Fishes, an overnight shelter

Tom McKay, columnist for PolicyMic, You Missed So Much

psychologists, find, a, surprising, thing, happens, to, kids, who, read, harry, potter, Tom McKay wrote of the success of the Harry Potter books in “teaching young people around the world to battle prejudice.”

But he missed so much more.  Our eldest twin girl has issues she battles everyday: issues of self worth, anxiety, and others.  As she was growing up reading the books, watching the movies, (what am I saying, she memorized the books and movies), there were so many positive images and attitudes than just defeating prejudice.  Unless you think of the prejudice we have for ourselves.  The prejudice of not feeling worthy in who we are or what we do, or how we look, think and feel.

Defeating the Dementors who come to suck the souls of the books characters was an excellent way to help teen age girls see how depression can suck out their own soul = joy of life, and leave them feeling depressed and isolated by self hatred, self harm and self abuse.  Defeating those Dementors means learning to trust or relearning to trust in parents, teachers, counselors, religious, who can help them find their way back.  By using an everyday version of the Patronus charm: for us it was prayer, remembering three good things about the day, three good things you, she, did that day, and three people you, she, could trust to help her, you; she began to to build a better view of herself and her world.

Than there are the positive images of intelligent likable girls like Luna and Hermione who don’t see themselves as oddities. These girls helped our daughter but can also help our teen girls, tween girls and young girls to that confidence is built not given.  Luna and Hermione seek solutions, don’t wait for the boys to do it for them, work hard for goals they want to achieve.

Than there are the other major themes that help our tween/teen girls see the world, understand their issues, feelings and difficulties.

  • There are themes of self reliance: Bad things happen, but I can and will survive.
  • The book deals with larger questions of life: who am I, what is my purpose in life?
  • The characters wrestle with issues of responsibility:  Was it my fault that such and such happened, (the death in the maze), how do I deal with strong emotions, deaths of loved ones, harm that came to loved ones because of my actions/inactions.

These are major life issues that many tweens/teens can find difficult to face, or impossible to understand; and when a beloved character faces them and does well, it gives hope and shows our children they can as well.  Our girls can analyze how the characters did what things and find out what happens when things are worked out, and see a brighter future when there is success.  The girls can also see that success often comes from failure, or unexpected situations, and that it is alright that there is no prefect plan.

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