Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Happy Mother’s Day

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I hope your day is blessed. Thank you for nurturing innocence and integrity. Thank you for comforting the hurting. Thank you for hugging your inner self.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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Picking up litter

posted by Cheryl Petersen

pick up litterOur spring may be slow in coming this year in upstate New York. The trees haven’t even leafed out yet.

Once the snow was gone, I picked up litter. Plenty of it, sad to say. The bags get so heavy that I leave them alongside the road.

Before I can get the pickup truck to go pick up the bags, someone had already picked them up for me.


Goodness exists.

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” –Romans 8, ESV



Time warp

posted by Cheryl Petersen

time warpAirplanes carry us around the world into yesterday or tomorrow. These experiences tweak my perceptions.

I see my mind traveling to yesterday or tomorrow. Probably too often.

I’d like to think I live in the now, but the infinite Mind doesn’t know “now” as I know it, with a past and future. The “now” to God must be the “only.”

I find a more effective prayer as I know the only, as I live in the only. The only law of harmony.



posted by Cheryl Petersen

The film, Happy, tells about the latest discoveries that happy people believe in something greater than themselves.

I have to agree because believing that what I see and hear is reality only brings a happiness that comes and goes.

Thirty years ago, finding fault with other people and organizations made me happy. Today, finding fault shames me.

happy penguinTwenty years ago, snowmobiling and water skiing made me happy. Today, those activities sound loud, cold, and tiring.


Ten years ago, a couple minutes of free time by myself made me happy. Today, in the empty nest stages of my life, free time can be unhappy time.

Last year, the birth of a baby made me happy. Today, the child’s growth makes me happy.

Happiness is independent, not dependent on any particular event or person. Happiness is unattached to money or status, so if we have more money or status, it doesn’t guarantee happiness.

“Happiness is spiritual, born of truth and love,” wrote Mary Baker Eddy in the 19th century.

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