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Take Root Publishing
Jacksonville, FL
Owner Take Root Publishing LLC
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Be kind! Be the loving expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your eyes, kindness in your face, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greetings. I believe that the way in which an act of kindness is done is as important as the act itself.”–Teresa of Calcutta Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Take Root Devotions
The Book of Wisdom laments those who "search busily among (God's) works but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair . . . . If they so far succeeded in knowledge that they could speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its Lord? Wisdom 13: 7-9 Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Take Root Devotions
He required two things of Abraham. He wanted from Abraham the same thing he wanted from Adam and Eve. First, he said, “Walk in my presence.” That means God wants Abraham’s company. God desires company. Second, he said, “and be blameless.” This refers to holiness or piety, or to be good company for the LORD as he makes his rounds. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Take Root Devotions
Listen well, O peoples of the earth, to inner promptings of the Spirit. Let Silence enter your house that that you may hear. (Nan Merrill) Psalm 78: 1-2 What was delivered to Moses on tablets of stone, as the fruit of lightening and thunder, is now more thoroughly born in our souls as quietly as the breath of your own being. Thomas Merton Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Take Root Devotions
I will not fear the darkness where, desiring to find you, my desire does not seem to find you. But if I desire you, I have already found you. If I love you, you are with me. If I cry out to you, you have already heard my voice. Thomas Merton Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
With your hand in hers, you will never falter. With her protecting you, you will have no fear. Her kindness will always be with you. Then you will know from your own experience how true it is that "the Virgin's name was Mary." St Bernard of Clairvaux Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
An attitude of silence can give expression to personal moments of reverence. Such silence leads us into rest which is an activity with God that allows us to truly live. Such silence leads to peace which has been called the stillness of order; a dynamic stillness. O God of peace, you have taught us that in returning and rest we are saved, in quietness and confidence is our strength. By the power of your Holy Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we are still and learn that you are God’ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
. . Everywhere a great joy is preceded by a greater suffering. St. Augustine Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
My baby, God’s kid, has a crack cocaine smoking mother who occasionally resorts to crime (including blue-light special sexual favors on dangerous corners and strip club parking lots) to stave off homelessness and support her drug habit. Her daddy has been jailed several times this year. Once for beating his landlady for demanding rent and once for beating the child’s mother. However, when Mom and Dad were sober you couldn’t help hoping. . . . Hoping for the best, however, getting a consensus on the definition of “the best” is not easy. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"The nothingness of me is strangely loved; Sustaining ever -- The all of love, my need, is strangely here -- Departing never." St. Therese Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"I long for no other treasure but love, for it alone can make us pleasing to God." St. Therese Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"You must not set yourself up as a judge-that is God's right alone-your only mission is to be an angel of peace." St. Therese, The Little Flower Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
I always felt very disappointed that I had to drop out of school. After Sam and I secretly married in Kentucky the preacher did exactly opposite of what we asked of him. He published the news of the marriage in our home town newspaper and that was like a blanket bombing of my life. Sam had been accepted into Ohio State on the GI Bill and we planned on living in the married person’s quarters on the campus. I had also hoped to go to school myself. But, Mother had such a fit and had everybody believing I was pregnant that even Daddy was carried away with the news. He told Sam, “You married her. You keep her.” Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"We practice charity much better when we are helping a person who is less appealing to us." St. Therese of Lisieux Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
When I am hopeful I am open to time and events as they unfold. Open without fear. Nothing is required of me. I am hopeful or full of hope. I do not have to be strong or clever. I am content to do nothing. Or free to take on a challenge. Hope has energized the present and cleansed me of fear that anything other than God’s love makes me OK. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
“God does not ask all souls to show their love by the same works, to climb to heaven by the same ladder, to achieve goodness in the same way of life. What sort of work, then, must I do? Which is my road to heaven? In what kind of life am I to sanctify myself?”–Charles de Foucauld Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Walking out of my credit union earlier today with $500.00 in my wallet something triggered in my brain. I was met with a euphoric moment of gratitude. I lived for 8 1/2 years and never touched a penny or any coin or dollar bill or check. I wasn’t allowed to choose what clothes I’d wear. I had no options of where I’d eat. And what I would eat had to be consumed in less than ten minutes. And, the only things I sat on had no backs: bunks, stools, metal benches – my bad, the pews in the chapel had backs. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
“To pray and actually mean ‘thy Kingdom come,’ we must also be able to say ‘my kingdoms go.’ Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Dan Rather: What do you say when you pray? Mother Theresa: I listen. Dan Rather: What does God say to you when you pray? Mother Theresa: He listens. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
The first service that one owes to the fellowship begins in listening to them; just as love of God begins in listening to his word sot eh beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that he not only gives us his word but also lends us his ear. Christians especially ministers so often think they must contribute something when they are in the presence of others. This is the one service they have to render. They forget that listening can be a greater service to others than speaking. Many are searching for an ear that will listen. He that can no longer listen to his brother will soon no longer be listening to God either. This is the beginning of the death of spiritual life. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
“Pray for Walter,” my mother said. “Marcella had to take him back to the hospital." She paused. Looked worried. And, then smiled. "Know what she said?” My mother looked happy as she quoted her sister, “Patty, will you pray for Walter? Your prayers always work.” This made me curious and so I asked her about her experiences of religion and faith as she was growing up. “As kids, Daddy went to church…I went with him. Marcella, sometimes, but not always. I never remember Mother in church.” Then she told me of when she professed faith in Christ. “I almost got a whipping. I had walked down the aisle in Sciotoville Christian Church (Sciotoville, Ohio) in great conviction and tears. But, when Daddy and I got home and Marcella found out I had beat her to it she nearly had a fit. She began screaming and carrying on something awful. It was like I had beaten her to it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"I leave myself in the Arms of Our Lord. He teaches me to draw profit from everything, from the good and from the bad which He finds in me." St. Therese Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"I understand very well why St. Peter fell. Poor Peter, he was relying upon himself. Before ruling the Church that is filled with sinners, he had to experience for himself what a person is capable of without God's help." St. Therese of Lisieux Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
As I drove home I wondered if what I experienced was an exorcism. Earlier, prior to the group meeting I had made a point of asking my angel to be with me in the therapy session. Perhaps he was. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
The repetitious nature of profanity is steady and mind numbing in its lack of imagination. What are there? Seven profane words? Seven or so root words to all basic profanity. And, yet, I swear if some of these men (staff or inmate) lost their ability to speak these seven words they’d lose their ability to communicate. Training in remedial speech would be required, or Teaching English as a Second Language. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Take Root Devotions