Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Fostering a Better View of Rain

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I was cleaning out my files and came across this article I wrote in 2009… it happened…I don’t mind the rain now!

……

Lying on the sofa, I could hear the gentle pitter-patter of rain drops on the roof of our house. The rainfall, naturally quenching the thirsty desert land on which we lived, was destroying our cherry crop. Too much water on the exterior of a ripe sweet cherry causes the fruit to take in the water, overdose, and split open, making it unmarketable. All the effort spent caring, sweating, and investing in a cherry crop, evaporates.

I refuse to believe agony and loss are a blessing, or a bane. Admittedly, this means I must not believe the profitable years on the orchard are a blessing, or a bane. It is impractical to get caught up in the cycle of a downpour, a soaking, dissipation, and an accumulation—only to start all over again.  I keep caring, sweating, and investing in worthwhile projects on this earth, however, with a constantly expanding perspective on life away from the cycle.

Ugh. This is not always easy to do. The wet soggy covering of resentment can be an obstacle to progress.

After that crop loss, it occurred to me as never before that I have family love to be thankful for. This appreciation allowed forward thought. My husband and I were happily married and our 2 young daughters were sweet as homemade cupcakes. In order to expand this view, I needed to share. So, we became licensed foster parents.

Fostering is not for everyone, however, the children who joined our family definitely contributed to a new, bigger perspective that pierced through the nonsense of blood defining family. Ironically, other children who were not in the foster care system, but who had harsh family situations, also stayed over. The orchard, on which we lived for 20 years, was a haven. We had no TV reception. But, children and teens appreciated the fresh fruit to pick and eat and preserve. They became partial to the chickens and horses we had on the farm. Eggs were collected and baked with. Horses were cared for and ridden. Grades in school perked up.

Oh, these experiences weren’t always trouble-free and transparent. But, understanding and answers came as I turned away from any melodrama and proceeded to think along a straight line of improved perspectives on life, love, and the truth about how we can change for the better.

My heart still tightens when I hear rain drops splashing on the windows, however, blessings are bigger than dreads. Family, related by love, and grown children visit us as grand reminders. They keep us up to date about their latest motorcycle stunt, college degree, or travels to Istanbul, Turkey. And, one day, I suspect the rain and I will see eye to eye with appreciation.

Gotta Laugh

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Oh sure, my last blog post is about making marriage work and this morning my husband wakes up grumpy and not exactly nice. Doug does apologize before going to work, but I could feel my brain triggering anger. I stood my ground with God, with the New Testament concept of a God of Love, Spirit. My prayer was an affirmation that God can control my brain and therefore the anger. Within 20 minutes, the anger was not only gone, but replaced with a thankful calm.

Doug came home and showed me his new beard. Yes, I cracked up.

 

From 21st Century Science and Health, “People, who touch the fringe of Christ’s garment[1]and master their illegitimate convictions, their angers, and their fight-or-flight reactions, will rejoice in the proof of healing—in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.”


[1] Matt. 9:20

What Keeps a Marriage Together?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Human lifestyles or attitudes are not what keep a relationship intact. Truth keeps relationships intact. And the truth is we have to be adaptable in this world or else we adapt to all the materialism, consumerism, isolation, heartache, and deluge of information in the world.

When I first met Doug, we clicked. We both were partial to farming as a goal. Our sense of humor was similar. Our values were alike. Our work ethics related. However, over the last 28 years, we’ve had to adapt. We had children. Our work places changed. The economy fluctuated. Parents needed to be cared for before dying. We bought newer vehicles that are so high tech we were doing well to open and close the windows without setting off the alarm.

Doug and me on motorcycle trip across the United States

We are still married, not because we think alike, but because we can change our thinking and adapt to thoughts that reach out and love. It hasn’t been easy sometimes, because sometimes one person is carrying a lot of weight, but instead of defending what we have, we look forward to more.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Rom. 12:2, NIV)

Head and Heart

posted by Cheryl Petersen

How do we know Cause and effect? How can we believe in God? Is it through the head or the heart?

God has been defined as divine Mind, Love.

Instead of answering, or bickering over, the above questions, I ask, What is an infinite Mind? How would a compassionate, principled Love express itself?

I find, the head and heart don’t get to know God.

God knows and loves our head and heart.

Previous Posts

Roadside flowers invade myopic view
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is a highly invasive non-native plant that threatens significant portions of Maryland's marsh, swamp, and coastal habitats. By crowding out native wetland species, purple loosestrife can reduce biodiversity, eliminate food sources for marsh animals and change w

posted 7:39:24am Sep. 17, 2014 | read full post »

The inane and the insane
Human beings wake up each day to find themselves doing everything from the inane to the insane. Women’s corset, being a suitable example. Starting out as a fashion statement in the 1500’s women began wearing corsets made out of rigid materials and designed to diminish the waist, amplify the h

posted 8:00:00am Sep. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Clever ancestors
Stonehenge, an important prehistoric monument in Britain, stimulates weighty conjecture in the circles of scientists, archeologists, and the impressed curious minded. Speculation says the large earthwork began 5,000 years ago and went through a series of uses, one being religious ceremonies. Pict

posted 7:47:19am Sep. 10, 2014 | read full post »

Saying NO
It’s a quick and snappy word. It’s easy to remember, but do we remember to say it appropriately? The almost universal word, “no” probably began with hunkered down eyebrows, becoming more serious with a shaking head. Well, we can take up that animation and its seriousness We can say, "N

posted 7:18:57am Sep. 06, 2014 | read full post »

Local hiking on the rise
The local Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) has given the community a couple of shots in the arm over the last year. Club members follow the proper channels, get approval from officials, and with GPS instruments in their hands, hack out trails for the public. The recent Delhi Trails is close to the Vi

posted 11:03:54am Sep. 02, 2014 | 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.