Category Archives: Spirit Lifters

Be Yourself (in God’s will)

Being oneself is always a challenge, for most of us may not really know ourselves well enough to be that which God has created!  For one reality always remains: Our selves are constantly evolving.  Yes, God works with us throughout … Continue reading

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Happy Eternal Birthday!

A letter arrived in which someone urged:  Don’t go away!  It has been a day of pondering not being noticed, as well as of celebrating the tenth birthday of my dad who died Nov. 20, 2001–but was born into eternity … Continue reading

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Doing Great Things for God

As a child, in one of those moments remembered in each detail, and deeply sensing God, I promised with my life to do great things for God.  When a bit older, someone taunted me about my promise:  “You’re just a … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of Bitter

Someone emailed asking how not to be bitter.  Came on a day in which I was at peak of bitterness, having had meekness challenges galore [reference post: Meekness Rice Pudding].  A steam-roiling walk gave opportunity to ponder the query on … Continue reading

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Life Is Good the World Is Beautiful People Are Loving

Joyful Hermit reflects upon a time period in which the last of the children had left home.  A time of challenge followed.  The hermit vocation was fairly early in its development, and Joyful was not so joyful in the perceived … Continue reading

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Do I Like Work?

When in the early phases of the gardens here at Agnus Dei hermitage,  Joyful Hermit considered a small gazebo to be built fairly close to the subdivision pond.  A man came who builds such garden structures, and JH showed the … Continue reading

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Doing the Best with What We’ve Got Left

Sometimes Joyful Hermit feels a little guilty that God has provided so much good in my life.  It is sad that there are so many people in the world who have not enough food to eat, or not the best … Continue reading

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Funeral Dinner Fruit Salad

The Joyful Hermit is asked to contribute a food item for a funeral dinner.  Such a fruitful way to help the grieving, and Joyful ponders the full effect of the project.  Given several options, JH settles upon a fruit salad; … Continue reading

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The Joyful Hermit: Love Heals

There are many facets to suffering and all manners and types of pain.  I rank types of suffering from greatest to least in this order:  spiritual, emotional, mental, then physical.  Physical pain can aggravate mental, emotional and spiritual anguish.  Mental … Continue reading

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Choose Joy

I encounter people, including myself, who feel hindered and a bit used and abused.  I also encounter people who, including myself, frankly, could use an injection of kindness to others.  We all have at one time or another probably felt … Continue reading

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