The Positive Power of One

Making a Positive Difference One at a Time


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Focus on Family

I grew up in a huge extended family. This was a bit overwhelming due to the fact that I am an only child. Over the years, I have come full circle with the meaning of family. Family is a precious, God-given gift to each and every one of us.
My husband and our dog mean everything to me. Some days I am just too amazed for words at how much family means.

During this time of year, I am reminded what a void lack of family can leave in a person’s life. This saddens me to know that there are people who, for whatever reason, do not feel the acceptance that family can bring.

In a family, it does not matter that you are imperfect. It does not matter that you have strong opinions. It does not matter.

What does matter is that you are accepted and loved for being yourself, warts-imperfections-and all. Thank you, my family, for being there.

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Quote from Emily Bronte

“If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.”

Emily Bronte

This quote is so deep and explains me well. If I had a mantra, this is it. I prefer to work in silence and behind the scenes. I also would rather my efforts be known by their results.

It frustrates me when I am required to do something to make someone else look good on paper or for the appearance. This is very shallow. I believe in setting the standards high and striving to reach them for the improvement of the situation or the people involved.

 


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

I believe that the twinkle in his eyes say eveything.


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Weekly Photo Challenge

Imagine this:
The sun is just coming up; the coffee is fresh from the French Press; the dog is resting in his chosen bed near your comfiest chair.
You are siting in this chair with your journal, your fountain pen, and a steaming mug of coffee ready to write…

 

This is totally my time after my husband has gone to work and while I prepare for the adventures of the day ahead.


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Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck by Kevin Lowry

Have you ever wondered why you have a sense of peace after Mass on Sunday only to have it tested when you get to work on Monday? Kevin Lowry addresses this scenario in his book called Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck.

Faith at Work is a practical, yet challenging, guide to keeping God as our top priority in all aspects of our lives. It is divided into thirteen chapters. Within each chapter, Mr. Lowry provides thought-provoking sections that highlight the main point. At the end, he provides action steps and questions for reflection. The action steps can be used immediately while the reflection questions are to be contemplated like you would with Scripture using Lectio Divina.

I have been using Faith at Work for several months, not necessarily in the order of the chapters. It has been a great source for reflection and learning, both of which i have been keeping in a journal that chronicles my progress in keeping God at the forefront at work.

I have learned so much from Mr. Lowry who writes as though he is having a conversation with the reader. It is refreshing to learn that everyone struggles with their faith at work. Because of this guide, I have been able to see my job, as well as coworkers, in a different light.

I recommend Faith at Work for anyone, especially introverts, who struggle with keeping God as the focus of life and balancing home life with work.

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Weaving Faith and Experience: A Woman’s Perspective – Patricia Cooney Hathaway

When I began reading Weaving Faith and Experience, I thought that I would finish reading it in a few days. Little did I know that I was about to go on a brief journey that would redefine how I view the stage of life that I am experiencing at this moment.
Ms. Hathaway begins Weaving Faith and Experience by discussing the defining stages of life, specifically the adult years. She uses the seasons as Daniel J. Levinson defines them in his work, Season’s of a Woman’s Life. I believe that Ms. Hathaway does a great job taking the ideas one step further and puts the woman’s perspective into defining the adult years.
The main themes that I found were the unconditional grace of God, God’s presence in our lives, and how our love for God manifests itself in our love for others.
Truly a great resource for adult women who are looking to go a bit further in their faith journey and in their closeness to God.

 


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Consoling the Heart of Jesus – Michael Gaitley

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If you are looking for a retreat from daily life for a bit, Consoling the Heart of Jesus may be your answer. Mr. Gaitley has created a guide that will work with anyone’s schedule.
Consoling the Heart of Jesus begins with four types of retreats, moves to setting the groundwork, then, addresses possible hinderences. The two appendices are “Rules for the Discernment of Spirits” and selections from the “The Diary of Faustina.”
I like the way that Mr. Gaitley divided this guide into two parts and included the appendices. Consoling the Heart of Jesus is great for individuals, as well as groups.
I recommend this resource to anyone who wants to take a moment or two away from everyday life and enjoy time in the Spirit.

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