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Guess what I did yesterday?…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on August 28, 2008

I actually read a book!  “What?” you say.  “A book?  Big deal!”  Actually, it IS a BIG DEAL, because this book was fiction and for fun!

I haven’t read a fiction book for fun in the last 2 1/2 years!  I’ve been so inundated with text books and required theological reading (all very wonderful and well worth it ), but so time consuming that if ever I wanted to read a book of fiction, I didn’t have the energy or the eye-sight left to do so.

So yesterday, whilst I was a bit on the bedridden side (thanks to a very large tropical depression making its way through the area, and a rather painful injury sustained in 11th grade that makes me something akin to a human barometer), I picked up a book that I had set aside for a friend of mine and began to read.

I read and I read and I read!  It was wonderful!!!  I had forgotten how much I really do love to read.  The book chosen is also rather significant as God has continued to take me into the “I have something really wonderful planned for you…TRUST in Me” journey that has me waiting in anticipation for the next step mentioned in the last post.

The story is entitled, The Crossroads, and is written by Beverly Lewis.  She writes about the Amish and Mennonite communities – of which her family is distantly related to – of the Pennsylvania Dutch origin.  In this particular story, the main character – Rachel Yoder – is coming to terms with her Trust and Faith in the Lord and what He has planned for her.  She had lost her husband and only son in a terrible buggy-car accident 2 1/2 years earlier as well as miscarrying her unborn son.  The very memory of that terrible accident caused her so much pain that she repressed it to the point of making herself blind.  It’s called in medical terms blind hysteria , and truly does exist.  Kudos to Lewis for her research!

Any rate, in this book two (it’s a two part series), Rachel is ready to come to terms with her self-inflicted blindness and begin healing from her emotional scars.  Though she is turning to God for her entire healing, her family (through no fault of their own – just plain ignorance – yes, all pun intended), are caught up in the practice of “White Witchcraft” or powwow-doctoring.  Those involved receive these “healing gifts” down through the family line that come from… no one knows…  At any rate, the underlying story involves Rachel’s discovering of a great-uncle’s encounter with a deceived Bishop who claimed to have that power and wanted to pass it on to him.  Gabe refused the gift and received a curse instead.

The book continues on to discover the power of prayer and spiritual warfare as Rachel begins the process of praying not only for her eyesight to return, but also the healing of her family from the generations past to the present day.  The gift of powwowin’ and healing had been present in her family to the great-great-great grandparents.  Gabe recognized its dangerous ties with Satan and his dominions, and Rachel comes to the same conclusion through a series of events that intertwine with her own healing from the loss of her husband and children.  Btw, her other child – Annie – did survive the accident and is another character mentioned throughout the story.

The connection that I recognize with me is: Rachel is trying hard to wait on God and Trust in His perfect timing, just as I am waiting on God, Trusting in His perfect timing.

God has made it clear that I’m here (Steubenville, OH) for one more month.  The next question is, will next month be in Louisianan?  Oh, how I wish I could trust HIM better!  Maybe this month will be a time God will increase that virtue in me?  Please, Lord, increase this virtue in me!  Purify my heart!

One definitely wonderful thing will come of this month: I’m going to get more time at my beloved parish of St. Pete’s!  After having visited another parish with a friend of mine west of here, I’m beginning to quickly appreciate the Catholic Identity and community that exists in Steubenville.  It’s unlike anything ever experienced!  So I intend to experience as much of it as I can before I leave. 🙂

Reading at daily Mass, spending quality time with my Lord in the setting of the Adoration chapel or on the altar in my hidden location.  Praying the daily Rosary with the group that meets prior to the 5:15p Mass (just FYI Steubenville folk – that’s at 4:40p, M-F), and participating in any small gatherings that I can when they present themselves.

But having this much time on my hands also means I’ll be able to do some more necessary writing.  On that note, I’m going to begin another series but this time on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  God has it planned out, so I’m just gonna start writing and wait and see how many parts it becomes. 🙂

Rest assured, however many parts, it will be linked when completed, just as I did with Sin and Redemption.

Okay folks!  It’s going on 3:10p and my back is screaming for me to go home and for heaven sakes, put your back brace back on! So I think I’d better ablidge.   Thanks for taking a moment to read my post!  Hope you’ll stick around a while and peruse the site.  God Bless! ~Anne Elizabeth 🙂

Posted: 8/28/2008 6:07pm EST

God has a MARVELOUS sense of humor! So I told ya’ll how I’ve been trying to wait on the Lord n’all, when today God gave me an answer just a few hours after I said, “Lord, I need to know soon…am I moving or not?”  And then Aaron called and said, “Make ready to move.”

Doesn’t God have a wonderful sense of humor?

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Persied Meteor Show…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on August 12, 2008

Now you are very early or else very late… what’s your view of it? ~ Marty: Return to Me, MGM 2000.

Get this, early this morning after I completed my 12a-1am Holy Hour, I returned to my friend’s house and went online to do some last minute “surfing” before going to bed.  Somehow I stumbled on a find for the Perseid Meteor Show 2008, which was scheduled to be viewable from 9:30p EST until sunrise.

Well, I had plenty of alertness within me, having enjoyed a quick cup of coffee before going to my Holy Hour to insure my conscious state, so I followed the impulse and drove East to “see what I could see”.

I really hadn’t thought ahead, I had just enough gas to get me out and back, but I was still wearing my skirt from the daytime, sandals with no socks, and only my purple wrap to keep me warm.  What can I say?  I don’t usually do things on an impulse.  I’m typically a planner, but when this impulse presented itself, I thought I’d try something a bit new for me.

Thankfully I do not live too far from Pennsylvania, and before one arrives at the outskirts of Pittsburgh, you’ve got pretty rural settings with very little light.  I took the first exit, turned left, and headed North knowing I was already east.  The sources I had found said that the starfield for best viewing was in the Northeastern sky.  I drove on 18 North, saw many small communities, and wondered if they really enjoyed living out so far from civilization ?  Gas prices for them was over $4…

By the time I had made the fifth turn I was almost ready to give up.  So far all I saw for viewing spots were tree surrounded and no real parking ability where I wouldn’t be in any danger from any passing traffic.  I was just about to turn around when God said, “Just a little further, Anne.  I promise, I’m bringing you to the best viewing sight you’ve ever seen.”

I climbed a small hill and at the top were fields on both sides of the road.  The right side had fencing and cows, but the left side was wide open with plenty of space available for parking, and far enough off the road so as to keep my car and I safe from oncoming traffic.  I rejoiced, turned around and parked the car.  Grabbing a bag of pretzels that I brought for snacking and my water bottle, I got out and rested myself on the hood of my “new” Dodge Neon.  Not long after, I realized that it was awkward holding all that, so I promptly returned them to the car.

My Neon provided an excellent viewing couch – so to speak.  The engine kept the hood warm which is where my torso rested.  My feet and legs were in front of the grill propping me up as my hood is too small for all 5’5″ of me, and did fairly well providing a little heat to the legs.  Mind you, I did quite a bit of shifting as I gazed up at God’s glorious creation, and I did get a bug-bite or two from some industrious little mites. But I digress…

I could see it all!  The Milkyway, surrounding galaxies and clusters, neighboring stars and long-past supernovas that still sent out their pulses even though they were no more.  It was AMAZING!  I just rested there and looked up at Him and all His wonders… and yes, I counted several meteors as they entered into our atmosphere and burned with fury.

I was there from 2:30a to 4am, just in awe and worship of my God and all that He has created.  The dome of the sky surrounded me, and I felt as if I were in a very large planetarium.  I watched the Space Station set on the western horizon, I saw the subtle movement of the earth and the heavens as the Milkyway continued its slow “progression” across the night sky, and I felt ever so privileged to be alive and… single!

I wondered – very briefly – if I were a mother would I have dragged my kids out of their beds to come with me and possibly watch the night show?  I like to think I would have, knowing they could have stayed in the car if they were more interested in sleeping.  Back to topic…

I saw a total 20-25 meteors.  About 7 or 8 of them were large and burned brightly upon entering our atmosphere, but most were small and cutesy, quick to enter and quick to burn up.  It was kind of like when ya go to get your eyes checked, and they check your periferal vision?  I picked a single spot and watched all around me as the meteors showered away.  It was incredible, even though the night was cold and the climax of the event wasn’t to happen until sunrise.  Still, I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything.

My Lord and my God, You are ever so amazing!  Thank You for all that You have done in my life, for all that You have created so that I can continue to know You more intimately.  What an amazing gift You have given Your Creation!  Small and vastly incomparable to Your greatness am I.  How wonderful You are to take so much time and care with someone as small as me.  Thank You, Lord!  I love you, I LOVE YOU,… I LOVE YOU TOO. 🙂

For mor information visit on the event you can visit:
NASA’s web site: click here
Space.Com: click here

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