Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Losing Friends

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Whether we move, or just grow apart, we sometimes lose friends.

I often see tweeted on twitter: We don’t lose our friends, we just find who are friends really are. But that isn’t all that heartening. Why can’t we feel as though we have friends we can rely on?

This question was answered somewhat after I read this from 21st Century Science and Health, “On the road to Emmaus, Jesus was known to his friends by the words which made their hearts burn within, and by the breaking of bread. The divine Spirit, which identified Jesus centuries ago, has spoken through the inspired Word and will speak through it in every generation and locality.



Jesus was on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection. At first, Jesus wasn’t recognized, basically because the men thought Jesus was dead. But, he wasn’t dead. After Jesus talked to them for a while, they recognized their burning hearts. Their hearts weren’t burning with sadness, but joy and spiritual power.

No matter who I am with, friend or foe, I try to look past the human picture and see, or feel, what divine Spirit is revealing to me. Spirit can only reveal its own goodness, therefore, when I’m true to what Spirit is revealing, I feel as though I am around friends more often.


Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Three thousand miles away, our daughters are walking around outside amongst flowers and blooming trees, while we are bundling up in Carhart® winter clothes before walking outside into the falling snow. My hope for springtime is not dashed though. I know spring will come. It can’t be stopped. Just like love and life can’t be stopped. So, I pull out a favorite recipe, Ginger Oatmeal Cookies, to warm me up.

Oats are a hardy cereal grain. After being harvested and cleaned, they are hulled without stripping away the bran and germ. They are also rather high in manganese and other nutrients. In the cookie, molasses and spices perk the oats up and release a soothing aroma. Making and baking the cookies was a delicious break in my afternoon. And, I was sure to taste-test a cookie before my husband came home, to make sure they were okay to eat.


They were. So, here is the recipe:

Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

Mix in bowl.

¾ cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

¼ cup molasses

Mix in another bowl.

1 ½ cup flour

2 t. baking soda

½ t. salt

1 t. cinnamon

¾ t. ground cloves

¾ t. ginger

2 cups oats



Add the dry and wet ingredients together and mix.

Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes. I like them moist so take them out of the oven closer to the 12 minute mark.

Ginger oatmeal cookie, notice the old-fashioned oats throughout the moist cookie


Beliefs in Christian Science

posted by Cheryl Petersen
YouTube Preview Image


History of April Fool’s Day

posted by Cheryl Petersen


Previous Posts

Prayer is the faith that all things positive and good are possible to God. Fed by selfless love, faith grows into spiritual understanding and reveals remarkable experiences. God’s work is done. We reflect the doing. Prayer embraces action, ...

posted 8:54:03am Oct. 10, 2015 | read full post »

Under the brawny personality
We have a guy who lives down the road. He's all brawn, not a speck of fat on him. Tattoos. He can talk a mean talk too. Not a guy you want to mess with. He drives a big, black 4-wheel drive truck. Fast. The other day, he was barreling down ...

posted 7:31:30am Oct. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Facts and fictions don't stop living truth
I believe in divine Mind, or God. That is a fact. But I don’t believe in the punishing, temperamental, ambivalent God talked about freely in the Bible. In fact, many parts of the Bible are pure fiction to me. Eventually I discovered, ...

posted 9:59:22am Sep. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Knowing what we need to, when
I recently traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, and toured the Medical Museum. The tour guide led a group of us through the history of how science has described human beings. She told us, “It was in the 20th century when science began realizing we ...

posted 9:32:00am Sep. 21, 2015 | read full post »

Giving thanks or giving approval?
Scene on east coast The woman went into the eclectic café and ordered an upscale salad containing romaine, arugula, red leaf lettuces, dried cranberries, and cashews. It came with a slice of homemade sourdough bread. “This salad is ...

posted 9:08:11am Sep. 16, 2015 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.