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Thu
28
Jan

"Taking on 8 worthy challenges: Only for today" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   This is my third article on my reflection of the daily decalogue of Pope John XIII. I have already wrote about the first five which were:   
      1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.  
   2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.    
   3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.  
   4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.  

Thu
28
Jan

"Start acting on your Christian teaching" by: Betsy Monico

   Yesterday I ventured out for an afternoon run. Who am I kidding? It was really a jog, walk or stroll. Run just sounds better.   
   All the way down to the lake, I thanked the Lord for my own version of White Rock Lake right in my front yard.   
   White Rock Lake was my favorite when I lived in Dallas.    
   Now, our lake is my top pick because I can take my dogs without a leash and wear my pajama pants if I choose. I did both yesterday. Mind you, I have to watch my three dogs closely and for different reasons.   
   Belle, the older and rounder lab, must be monitored or she might have a heart attack from all of the huffing and puffing she does.   
   I cannot take my eyes off of Bubs, the Jack Russell, or he will take off and torment other animals residing anywhere within a five-mile radius around us.   

Thu
28
Jan

"Refresh with God’s water of the word" by: Caleb Gibson

   On the very last dinner Jesus had with His disciples, He did a very symbolic act. He washed the disciple’s feet. Now during this time, they walked everywhere they went.  
   They also wore sandals everywhere they went. This resulted in very dirty feet.  
   They had a custom because of this, the servant of the house would take water and a rag to clean the guest’s feet. This was a metaphor of Jesus washing us with the word.  
   When Jesus went to wash Peter’s feet, Peter would not let him because he felt unworthy. Jesus then explained how important this was. Peter replied, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”  

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Thu
28
Jan

"Going hog wild" by: Rob Murray

   Pulled pork shoulder smothered in mouth watering barbecue sauce, or dry rub spare ribs, or just good old fashion smoked ham! 
   Wild Hog is Delicious! 
   Those of us that are lucky enough to live here in Matagorda County are also lucky enough to be able to go 
   out and shoot a hog or two, or 12 any time we want! 
   We live in a pig-rich environment! 

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Thu
28
Jan

"Hunting the marked bird" by: Rob Murray

   Last time, we discussed the Art of the Fetch and how to teach your dog to fetch a duck bumper and bring it back to you. 
   If you have been following along, your pup should be able to retrieve a bumper and bring it back to you.
Remember, we aren’t concerned at this point that the dog doesn’t hold on to the bumper and reliably hold it until you take it from its mouth. 
   We are concerned that you and the dog are having fun and that they are going out and getting the bumper and bringing it back to you.  

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Thu
21
Jan

"Remembering Rickman’s roles" by: Jessica Shepard

   As I’ve said before, I’m an avid (or rabid?) fan of music and movies.
   Unfortunately, in these last few weeks both of those worlds have been dealt some serious blows.
   The loss of Alan Rickman has impacted my life a little more than David Bowie or Lemmy Kilmister.
   Not just because he played an iconic role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.
   No, I’ve enjoyed his sarcastic wit since he first took to the silver screen as Hans Gruber in the first “Die Hard” movie.

 

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Thu
21
Jan

"Silent march impressive way to honor MLK" by: Mike Reddell

   It was a privilege for me to walk with folks in the Silent Unity March Saturday morning that was organized by the MLK Committee of Matagorda County.
   I was there initially to take photos of the march, but I wanted to join the estimated 150 people who walked from Avenue C to Linnie Roberts Elementary.
   As the name of the march implies, we walked in silence along Avenue C and there were scores of residents in their front yards who were waiting for the procession.

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Thu
21
Jan

"Making minor changes in our lives day to day" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   The last article I wrote was about making minor changes in our lives as our New Year’s resolution. 
   I can honestly say that practicing the pause has already begun to change me.
I no longer feel the urge to lash out at anyone because if I take the time to pause and pray about the situation I can see the situation differently. 
   I had been ill for about two weeks. Something different every few days, from being sick to my stomach, to having a migraine that made me sick to my stomach again. 
   Being in quarantine (which is what I call it) in my room so as not to infect any other sist

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Thu
21
Jan

"Don’t look for short-cuts; Look for Jesus" by: Betsy Monico

   I witnessed an interstate closure this morning before the sun was even good and up. 
   I spotted a warning sign right before I reached Dallas. The sign informed me that all lanes of I-45 would soon be closed. I quickly went back to my “Dukes of Hazzard” days and surveyed my surroundings. 
   I have been known to go off-road in these situations and find the nearest ditch that can possibly be crossed; however, there was no escaping this one. 

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Thu
21
Jan

"God gives us wisdom in all aspects of life" by: Caleb Gibson

   God gives us wisdom for every area in our life.  
   He guides us in marriage, parenting, church life, and even in the area of our careers.  
   No, money is not going to drop out of the sky, but God does give us the power to get wealth.  
   The Bible tells us, “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth,that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (Deut. 8:18). 
   So what does this mean when God say He gives us the power to get wealth?  
   I believe that one of the ways that He does this is in the area of ideas. I love the show Shark Tank.  

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