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Take Root Publishing
Jacksonville, FL
Owner Take Root Publishing LLC
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“To be so loved and so wanted is so terrifying and so awful that we can see why we shrink from believing it.” Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Take Root Devotions
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Take Root Devotions
It is so strange to experience the incremental loss of movement control. My uncle is nine years older than I and he could ride his motorcycle cross country – in a leisurely way, of course – but he’d certainly make the round trip. I try to stay hopeful in my attitude and I plan to participate happily and completely in physical therapy which starts soon. Things are not happening for me like I wished. But I believe in the God who makes all things work Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Take Root Devotions
Our compassionate God insists we consider the strangers and homeless with our prayers, money, and other ministry as love leads and empowers. In Matthew 25: 34-36 Jesus makes it clear his heart is with the homeless and hurting: “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me. . . .” NIV Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Take Root Devotions
The desire for a home is hard wired into the human psyche. That God will dwell with his people in an eternal home of comfort and joy is woven securely into the fabric of our faith. We need a home in the here and now. And at the end of our pilgrimage of faith we desire our ultimate home. Hebrews 11:16 - Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. NIV. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Take Root Devotions
Luke 21:4—She from her want has given what she could not afford. A man left church one Sunday complaining bitterly about the lousy sermon, the terrible music and the stony faced worshippers. His little son was confused and corrected his father saying, “Gosh, Dad, I thought it was a good... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
I felt my heart leap to my throat and had to choke back tears. I wanted to worship. I ached to pray. All I could come up with was, “You’re here. You’re here. And, I’m here to.” I was caught up in the presence of the Other. Perhaps there is a bit of hero worship in worship. All I wanted was to touch him, hold him, taste him. I held him in my trembling hand and I was not ashamed. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
“Cool! It’ll be like giving yourself a Christmas present.” Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
My left hand was trembling so bad it was nearly useless. And, I was so nervous I was nearly trembling all over. My right hand was trembling as well. Holding a phone to your ear as your own hand involuntarily uses the phone as a cudgel to bang your ear as you speak and try to read numbers off your membership card and find out from the store clerk the street address is both embarrassing and frustrating. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
I could pray an Our Father for every bead, medal and cross on my rosary, 56 by my count. I would put aside my needs, lift up my miseries to the Lord as a sacrifice for lost souls, and humble myself by using the timeless words of Jesus for the salvation of lost souls. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
The only way to get the best out of life is to be deeply and sincerely grateful for it. And, the truly grateful are always generous. They do not become storage tanks for life’s riches – love, joy, adventure, peace, relationships, worship, healthy goals and honest work. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
Staring out a tenth story window I was surprised to see a beautiful garden circling about the flag pole in front of the building. I was shocked at its simple beautiful design. The grass spread out in four triangles like petals separated in symmetry with brown stone pavers. The flag pole shot up from the center like a pistil of a flower. I am not saying it could be an award winner. I was simply moved by its beauty and form. From down below, near the valets, the revolving door, circle drive and sidewalk I have passed it more than ten times on my way to see my neurologist concerning treatment for my Parkinson’s. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
Due to ongoing health issues I am pausing posting on this site for a while, maybe longer. I continue to post at There I am listed as The Catholic Journeyman Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
Sometimes I feel the faith I hear presented is little more than hopeful dreamy infatuation with the Holy Spirit. In the face of pain, confusions, loss of balance, bad family news, international news, and frightening confrontation with aging, how do you reach for the famous words of Psalm 23: Only goodness and kindness will follow me all the days of my life. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
The Ping Pong Ball Exercise Today I learned an exercise designed to help me combat certain emotional stressors such as disappointment, sorrow, self-pity, bitter doubt against my God who is supposed to be my healer and, of course, the hegemony of despair. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
see in it the guiding hand of a loving God. We are, I believe he is saying, Spirit-controlled when we are grateful. Or joyful. Or hopeful. Or gracious, or generous, or kind. We live in a world that sees such as that as weak. Taking on the fruit of the Spirit requires time in the tube where we surrender control and pray much. Not to change things but to change ourselves. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
better. I am beginning to give God thanks for leading me on one more difficult road. There is no building of character or deepening of one’s prayer life without suffering in one way or another. And, also, as I found in an article Dorothy Day, it could count as reparation for some of my many sins and thereby shorten my time in purgatory. I greatly admire her and if that is her belief then I will embrace it also. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
we cannot prevent birds from flying overhead but we can prevent them from roosting in our hair. Anything out of the ordinary will attract attention. I can thank God that this condition is not common. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I am also thankful that this condition makes me more aware of how disabilities feel. Perhaps, I can pray more and better and even become more empathetic. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
issues were certainly part of the back drop of an unfolding love story. Joy’s Christian faith has been proven over and over again through the miseries, griefs and drama of life. So, really, I have no fear that she will get sick of me and bolt. I would gladly accept that Joy, Jesus and I would share the journey through life’s valleys. The thing is I really hate the idea that I may become her valley. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
Consider the birds of the field, Jesus instructs us. Even the common sparrow, he says, is seen by his Father. It just occurs to me that my joy of watching birds can speak to God’s joy of watching the whole of his creation. That of course includes me. I am having a lot of struggles lately. It is comforting to know the great Caregiver is in touch with me. It is a good message I receive from my little friends. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
Lately, my brother regularly disabuses me of the lies he told me when we were younger. Such as: “Anne Parnell really liked you. She always wanted you to call her.” That thought nestled over me like a cast net of gauze – spider web sticky. He meant that as a compliment but I found myself irritated. I just got on Medicare. I no longer think of high school girls. However, back when I did I now realize she must have teleported that idea – real subtle and feminine like – because I was toying with the very scary idea of asking her for a date. I ran this venture passed my teenage brother who laughed at me and jeered, “You ain’t good enough for Anne. She’d just feel sorry for you.” Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
merge – one warmth, one flame from two wicks – one light. The rest of God in completed when we fall exhausted into his arms. His rest is completed by our trust. The challenge for us who strive to be his beloved is to continue in trust when life gets rough. I have learned from writers, believers and from the disappointments of living that trouble and pain are often the signal that grace is rising up to engulf us if we stay grateful and humble even when the diagnosis or other news is bad. That is my challenge now. I do not find anything easy but I do find God present. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
eventually began to feel more control. I got through the day without life feeling worse. The dread remained, but as I engaged the day, which included both a lunch and dinner date with friends, I began to approach feeling normal. Sometimes normal is formidable goal. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
My lame cat – long haired, beautiful and probably retarded and always looking for a fight – is sitting on the table on my porch and staring at me. He is healthy and, maybe, happy now which is a big improvement over the way he was when we met. When he found me he was in the backyard of my previous address – gaunt, feral and recently injured. He has no more that 50% usage of his left paw. While feeding my two black cats, Flo and Jet, Bob speared my heart with his haunting, fearful eyes. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
"More than ever, I understand that the smallest events of our life are conducted by God; He is the One who makes us desire and who grants our desires." St. Therese of Lisieux. Make me desire as you desire, may my feet walk by the light of your fire. Until every little thing, every little thing I do . . . is attended by you. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Take Root Devotions