All Hail the Queen!

A rose to the living is more than sumptuous wreaths to the dead.      ~ Nixon Waterman Lately I have been completely overtaken by a desire to use Rose essential oil on my skin on a daily basis. I had already been adding rose water to my refreshing skin spray (borax and filtered water) for many… Continue reading All Hail the Queen!

Fasting

When I was growing up, my family didn’t practice any kind of fasting. I had Roman Catholic friends who told me about not having meat on Fridays and about giving up certain foods during Lent, but that was about it. We also didn’t have blood tests at doctors that I can remember, so I never… Continue reading Fasting

The Gift of Exhortation

Are you familiar with the concept of spiritual gifts? Christians believe that the Holy Spirit gives one or more spiritual gifts to each and every believer to equip each one to strengthen and uplift other believers and to build up the Church (people, not buildings) for daily life on planet Earth and in preparation for… Continue reading The Gift of Exhortation

The Golden Rule

When I was growing up, I was taught to live by the “golden rule”: to treat others as I would like to be treated by them (found in the Bible at Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31). This post is about what I have learned along the way. To my young mind, the golden rule sounded… Continue reading The Golden Rule

Saying Goodbye

The icon shows St. Sisoes over the dead bones in Alexander the Great’s open tomb and with the following inscription: “SISOES, THE GREAT ASCETIC, BEFORE THE TOMB OF ALEXANDER, KING OF THE GREEKS, WHO WAS ONCE COVERED IN GLORY. ASTONISHED, HE MOURNS FOR THE VICISSITUDES OF TIME AND THE TRANSIENCE OF GLORY, AND TEARFULLY DECLAIMS… Continue reading Saying Goodbye