Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Telling a Story

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our stories are our realities; however, realities change. Interestingly, our story can change before our reality changes. As a reporter, I’ve noticed that people who stop repeating stories tainted with bitterness and depression, and start telling stories infiltrated with hope and gratitude, receive improved realities.

“Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.” (Ps. 96:1, NIV)

Crying Heart

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I just received a call from a friend who broke off a close relationship. I love them both and don’t want them to hurt.

I also just read about a U.S. soldier who turned himself after killing 16 people in an Afghan Village, mostly women and children, for no apparent reason.

I’ve never been able to shake the belief that truth and love will always ultimately win, but in the meantime, my heart can cry a boat load of tears and ask, Why the horribleness and hurt?

Then I think of people like Christ Jesus or Louie Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned Army hero who endured brutalities unspeakable and went on, after a conversion under the ministry of the Reverend Billy Graham, to become an inspirational speaker. And, I think of Christ Jesus who showed how divine Spirit overcomes the flesh, Love beats hate, and divine Mind gives us the strength to follow through on the winnings.

Jargon Disease

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I admit it. I do not understand the jargon of rappers, computer coders, or lawyers.

Although jargon makes communication easier within a group, it comes across otherwise to outsiders, and can pose a problem.

New cover of 4th edition "21st Century Science and Health" coming soon!

The jargon isn’t the problem or disease. But the jargon can become diseased if people insist on certain terminology and language, as if those words are irreplaceable or sacred. Jargon and words need to evolve or they die.

As a work in progress, and with the intent to keep jargon healthy and communication flowing,21st Century Science and Health, is now in its 4th edition, available in a few weeks for purchase from Trafford Publishing, in print and e-book format.

Zen Kitty Climbs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Calvin, Richard, and Hobbes

I’d never climbed a tree before Calvin and Hobbes came to live with us. Calvin is the real climber. In a split second, she runs to the trees and hikes up into the limbs. Hobbes easily follows.

I had to watch them both for a while, to make sure they were okay, before climbing up myself. They were patient with me.

Now, we all poke around in the tree branches. We never dare one another, or brag, we just have fun and cause Cheryl to smile at our cuteness.

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