Are You Lead By The Spirit? October 4, 2015

If you have a sense that the Holy Spirit is leading you, ask yourself some questions. First, will this bring me joy? Does the world need this? These questions are inspired by Frederick Buechner who wrote that “our place in the world is to be found where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” The Spirit often leads us to the intersection of joy and need.

Continue to ask questions. Is this a loving action? Will it help me and others? Why am I motivated to move in this direction? These questions, while not guaranteed, often protect us from extremes.

If you get positive answers to these questions, and still feel strongly about where you are being lead, then check with a trusted person or clergy. If they agree, then by all means proceed with the action or further discernment.

I want to give you something to ponder. The Jesus narrative of Him sending us a presence to comfort us was woven into the Christology of the emerging church at least six decades after the death of Jesus. Does this make it not true? Of course not. The early church had many mystical experiences which they could not understand. The even earlier Hebrew Scriptures were rife with mystical experiences – just have a quick look at Genesis.

Can’t you just hear the words of John’s gospel that the early Christians might have said to each other? “Is this the Spirit He promised to send us?”

I always tell myself that something quite extraordinary happened a little over two thousand years ago. And it changed the world.

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New Blog! September 23, 2015

Friends, my new blog is up. Please go to It will take awhile before Google and Bing pick it up, but the order has been placed. It is also on facebook for as long as facebook allows it. They are frequently changing their policies.

This blog will remain opened until next February, 2016. Then, should you come here, you will be pointed to emergent faith.

I hope you will continue with me on my journey. The world today offers so much to talk about, and pray about! How do we, as people of faith, deal with so many conflicting ideas?

Fear seems to lurk around the corner, so we have to march forward in faith, hope and promise and always do the right thing.

May the peace of the Lord be always with you. I will be posting from time to time right here.


The Prayer Of The Chalice September 15, 2015

Father, to You I raise my whole being – a vessel emptied of self. Accept, oh Lord, this is my emptiness, and so fill me with Yourself, Your light, Your love, Your life – that these Your precious gifts may radiate through me and over-flow the chalice of my heart into the hearts of all with whom I come in contact this day revealing unto them the beauty of Your joy and wholeness and the serenity of Your peace which nothing can destroy. Amen

By Frances Nuttall

Church Signs September 6, 2015

When I was a little girl (a long long time ago), whenever we took a trip, our family would look for what were called “Burma Shave” ads. You would see a small sign and they all had something different to say, but they would go something like this:

As You Drive The Trail Of Life (first sign, then drive five miles)
Just Be Sure Your Wife (second sign, then drive five miles)
Will Not Want To Go See The Kin (third sign, then drive five miles)
‘Cause This Will Surely Do You In (forth sign, then drive five miles)
Use Burma Shave (last sign, twenty miles later!)

I cannot begin to tell you how much fun that was. And I am sure Burma Shave sold plenty!

Today the family is scattered, and the parents are with God. But my husband and I still get a kick out of looking for signs. We are Florida residents now, coming from Virginia and there were plenty of church signs there. For example:
TGIF – Thank God I’m Forgiven
Prayer Is A Spiritual Exercise – Are You In Shape?
Don’t Give Up! Moses Was A Basket Case!
Lord, Keep Your Arm Around My Shoulders And Your Hand Across My Mouth
When The Last Trumpet Sounds, We’re Outta Here! (One of my personal favorites.)

I love to see these signs. They make me smile. Smiling when we drive by a church is a good thing. Usually the people inside have a good sense of humor and great hearts. Actually, here is another one: For A Healthy Heart, Exercise Your Faith.

That’s right. Pray daily. Enrich your spiritual life, and smile. Oh, today, coming back from church, along with dodging crabs making their way to the ocean, we saw this sign at Christ By The Sea: Be An Organ Donor, Give Your Heart To Jesus.

Who Was Kabir? September 1, 2015

Kabir (1440 – 1518), was a remarkable religious reformer, and a famous artist and musician. Born in India, he achieved a synthesis of Hindu, Muslim, and Christian belief. He was introduced to the West around 1915 when some of his poems were translated and published; and many present-day readers think of him as a divine smart-aleck. But Kabir had many facets. For instance, one of the legends surrounding his life is that he chose to never learn how to read or write. One of his writings talks about not letting God leave his arms, so how could he hold a piece of paper? Probably most of his writings were songs for this reason.

Kabir’s life exemplifies many of the saints. He lived humbly and his circumstances were especially challenging to some of his Hindu disciples. Hindu’s are vegetarians and Kabir lived over a slaughter-house. Just imagine what it might have been like in the hot Indian summer. I believe the glorious life of the mystical poets is to help us accept God more as He is. As we begin to want God, we want Him on our terms not His. Kabir helps us lessen our prejudices and fears. I am a huge fan, and I want to share one of my favorite Kabir poems. Get ready.

I don’t think there is such a thing as an intelligent
mega-rich person.

For who with a fine mind can look out upon this
world and hoard

what can nourish a thousand souls.


A little bit of “Paradise.” I want to thank all who have followed me on 99 Beads. I will take my search for spirituality into an expanded direction by launching a new Blog “emergent”. Please watch for it soon.

God Says and Man Says August 26, 2015

Man says….Show me and I will trust you.  God says….Trust Me and I will show you.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin has said in his view that the Christian life is essential to the progress of evolution.  Our role is to “Christify” the world by our actions.  To love God, we must also love what God loves.  Maybe we should ask ourselves if our heart desire is God’s heart desire.

We might be having spiritual sensations, or we might not, but God is working on our souls all the time.  Let’s take a present situation as it is now, and try to deal with what it brings us in a spirit of generosity and love.  Right now, in fact, most of the day, TV is overwhelmed with the shooting of a news reporter and camera man in rural Virginia.  They died at the scene and another woman is recovering.

The killer is a former employee of the station, with a checkered past and unconstrained rage.  We do not know all the details yet, but we do know he perceived terrible discrimination, and looked for trouble.  He was difficult to work with, and was finally fired two years ago.  Today he opens fire, then ran, and eventually killed himself.

When we ask ourselves the question I posed earlier, we are full of anger toward him and sympathy for those who were injured and lost their lives.  We even might think, gosh, what in the world is happening?  Everyday somebody gets shot.

How does God think about this situation?  He didn’t do it.  He is not at fault.  God is love.  So does He look at this situation in the spirit of generosity and love?  No, I am sure He does not.  (Please forgive me for presuming what God might or might not think.  I am aware that His time is not my time, and He is the creator so yes, this is my imagination)  What that killer did was wrong.  Thou shalt not kill.  God is committed to justice.

Does this situation bring us anything in the spirit of generosity and love?  I think so.  I know one thing for sure.  We are all broken and we need to take up the whole armor of God, which is the sword of Spirit, (Ephesians) and seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.

The only offensive weapon mentioned is the sword of the Spirit.  Ephesians also says to pray in the Spirit at all times, in every prayer and supplication. I  think we need to do a  lot more than we do. So, let us pray, for those who lost their lives, for those who are recovering, and for the killer because his last words were about having peace.  God will see to the justice.  Thy will be done.

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Baseball, God And Worship August 11, 2015

There is a great story about Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra.  Joe, a devout Catholic, put a cross in the dirt with his bat once he reached the plate.  Seeing this,Yogi, also a devout Catholic, came up and erased the cross to the astonishment of the crowd.  His comment to Joe was something like,  “Why don’t we let God watch this inning?”

I love this story.  Let’s give God a break?  Perhaps we should.  Let me give you a quote from blogger extraordinaire, Steve Goodier.  “If I imagine a God so small as to favor those who think like me, worship like me and act like me, then I know very little of life and less of faith.  I can’t help but think this world would be in better shape if the Gods most of us believe in were a little bigger.”

I happen to be a Christian.  I was raised like a Christian and live and have lived in cultures that support Christian beliefs.  But I cannot and will not judge those who believe in a different way.  I know what my faith promises me if I do my best to follow its precepts.  But I know nothing of what Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, or other faiths have been promised by God.  That is between God and them.

My God created the Universe.  He is Master of my soul.  And He is MIGHTY BIG.  The only thing I am sure of in this life is that human’s look at things two ways: with love and with fear.  I was taught to love.  Fear is not elusive, especially in today’s world.  But we cannot live that way.  Love.  Always love.


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Deep Intention and Focus July 31, 2015

My Mother and Father were the first people to teach me that life isn’t easy.  My family was a loquacious one, with lots of stories around the dinner table.  The brothers tried to sneak in without shoes, but Dad’s rules were, “No shoes, no shirts, no eats.”  It became a game that they never won.

Our time together around that table stretched far beyond the time it took for us to eat our meals.  But we loved it.  We aired our problems and with each other usually found answers to solving them.  We didn’t always like what we heard, but we understood it, and  never forgot the mandates given to us with authority, and great love.

Our parents would pull in the faith equation.  They were people of great integrity and felt their strength was given to them by God and each other.  Sometimes, they had to make separate decisions because Dad was away on a military assignment.  But they made their decisions with God in first place.

I remember my Mother telling me when I was a teenager, that faith requires a life of deep intention and focus.  We make decisions and choices with God first.  If we have trouble doing that then we need to ask ourselves what is holding us back.  If we can’t  figure it out, then we ask someone to help us.  I asked Mom or Dad.

I have always been a person that wanted to do the right thing.  Sometimes I failed miserably.  But I never forgot what my precious Mother told me.  Now that I am older, that philosophy means everything to me.  God first.  Simple.  If I have a dark night of the soul like St. John of the Cross, I just don’t make a decision until I am clear that it is what God would want me to do.  Oh, how blessed we all are to have the Creator of the Universe as our “go to” friend!

May He bless us all.  I know He will.

Thy Will Be Done July 18, 2015

I have heard people say, “I just want to do the Lord’s will.  I don’t think He listens to me. Why won’t the Lord help me?”  We have often waited for things to change, hoping and praying that we would know God’s will and then we would do it.  Or maybe something magical will happen and it just will be done.

I believe that we cannot wait on God’s will.  He is not going to do my work for me.  I have to get myself going and do it myself.  I think I should go forward as best I can in good intention, and trusting in Divine Providence along the way.

My will and “Thy Will” can be confusing.  But now I pray for the highest and best use and good of all concerned in whatever I am facing.  I don’t always know what is in my best interests in the long run, so then I pray “Thy Will Be Done.”

Here is something to remember.  God works through us, not for us, in the use of our will. My will and God’s will are united in good together for the best outcome.  Free will and God’s will are the same.  Our free will is our free use of God’s will which is living in our divine consciousness.  I think what this means is our true aspirations and loving intentions all represent our true Self.  We deny the Master’s will if we accept anything less than the highest and best in this life.  That is what God wants for all of us.