About Marie

Happily married to the same awesome guy for 48 years. Love God, reading, cats and travel. Avid crafter, especially counted cross stitch and crochet.

Prayers for Anxiety

Have there been times when you want, really want, to pray the right words but something is blocking it. Of course, you have, we all have. I came across this article by Laura Fleetwood in the Joyful Life Magazine that was tremendously helpful. Check out Prayers for Anxiety.

Prayers for Anxiety

Blessings to you and yours!


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Which did you choose to celebrate on October 31st? Reformation or Halloween?

I choose to remember the day as the re-formation of the church. On this day in 1517, Martin Luther is said to have nailed the 95 Thesis, which were a list of his grievances against the established church and its practices at that time, to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenburg, Germany. Many new denominations (all worshipping the same Jesus) were part of the result of his action. Most importantly, for me, is the move toward worshipping as the Spirit guides us and not as a governing body says it must be.

Martin Luther had five basic teachings, called sola (solus, soli) that summed up his thoughts. They are still applicable to all Christians today. Sola is a Latin word (the language of the Church at that time) that means alone, only, single, unique. i.e., God’s word, and His Word alone, is the only Word that matters!

SOLA SCRIPTURA – As followers of Christ, we live by the Word (Scripture) and acknowledge that every Word is the breath of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

SOLUS CHRISTUSChrist alone is the Perfector of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2

SOLA GRATIA – We, in Christ, by His grace alone, are loved, forgiven, and chosen. Romans 3:24

SOLA FIDE – We are justified by faith alone. Faith is God’s work in us, drawing us closer to Him. Because God is working in us, through our faith in Him, we can’t help but work for others. (See Martin Luther’s explanation of faith here.)

SOLI DEO GLORIA – All glory is to God alone! Psalm 115

These are simple truths and we are called to share them as His Disciples.

Make it happen!

Blessings to you and yours!


All scriptural links are from Bible Gateway. Check it out!


Treasure Haiku

Today’s word for 5-Minute Friday’s free write is Treasure! I am delighted to join this community of writers each Friday.  Join us here.

Blessings upon blessings and grace upon grace to you!


One Person Can Do A Lot – The Healing of Natalie Curtis – Book Review

Natalie CurtisThe book I’ve just read may get 1st place in my fiction list for 2021. This is the story (based on fact) of a depressed, defeated woman’s journey. She had spent hours studying and practising piano but at the first of what would have been many performances and honors, she couldn’t do it.

Natalie Curtis (Burlin) determines to face her imperfections and fears and travels to the West to find herself again in the songs of the Native American culture. She discovers the right thing to do, follows through, and in the process finds her life purpose.

Never imposing her personal thoughts or views, seeking to simply understand, this nearly forgotten woman of history gave us the history of the Southwestern Native American culture, through her saving, writing, and recording of their music, dances, ceremonies, and traditions.

In her journey, she discovered that all people need healing. She discovers hers through the music that was (and still is) everywhere in the Native American culture. She found healing in the songs that surrounded every event, chore, and life circumstance.

And that’s not all! She took on a nation that was trying to cancel the culture of another through what is known as The Code of Offenses. This government program, in effect in the Early 1900’s, prohibited the Native Americans from singing, dancing, worshipping, and even speaking their native language. They were required to wear “American” clothes, attend “American” schools, and never speak or sing of their past. (Sound familiar?) She set out to right the wrong and even received the support of then-President, Teddy Roosevelt.

I highly recommend reading The Healing of Natalie Curtis!

Blessings to you and yours!


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Crown Haiku

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Blessings to you and yours!