Hike 41 – 52 Hike Challenge 2017


my next rosary obsession

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I think I’ve found my kindred spirit…

The Wrap-Around-a-Rosary was created to fill two specific needs. If women today are going to maintain a devotion to the rosary they need something accessible, not tucked in the glove box or shoved in the bottom of an overcrowded purse. Also, in an age of mass-produced trinkets, women need reasonably priced but still beautiful devotional pieces.

You won’t find the one in the picture in the shop. It’s on it’s way to ME!



Too busy for the rosary?

I wish I had started praying the rosary when my kids were still babies.

Granted, I didn’t start praying the rosary until about 5 or 6 years ago.  I wasn’t Catholic and I didn’t pray it regularly at all in the beginning.  When I finally gathered the courage to admit that my heart had been Catholic for a long time and actually start RCIA, I was praying it a couple of times a week.  Then, six months after that our family wound up in the middle of a storm with hurricane strength.  There was nothing I could do to fix things…  except pray.  So on a rather typical, mundane day, I spent the afternoon praying for my babies (who were 17, 21, and 23), including the rosary.  During that afternoon, I was convicted to pray the rosary daily for them.

For the past eighteen months I have prayed the rosary every day.  It was a struggle in the beginning, especially as I stumbled over the longer prayers.   Now I can’t remember what it was like before it became part of me.  It is the source of my peace.  My quiet.  My selah.  (And actually the inspiration for my blog and Etsy shop name!)

Okay.  REALITY CHECK.  Would I have actually prayed the rosary when I was a scatter-brained stay-at-home-mom homeschool my three wildlings?

I’d guess not.  Unless someone sent me a copy of this article.

| 13 Ways a Busy Mom can Pray the Rosary


Create in me a clean heart!

Colleen Mitchell: 10 Prayers to Pray When You Have Forgotten How

I love this list!  I know all of them, I’ve prayed most of them.  John 6:68 is a weekly prayer sung as part of the Alleluia before the Gospel  in my former Lutheran synod.  I learned the adaption of Matthew 8:8 after converting to Catholicism as we pray it every Sunday as part of the Mass.

But my favorite by far, one that isn’t included in this list, is Psalm 51:12-14.   It is traditionally sung as the offertory in the Lutheran liturgy, except during Lent.  I pray it almost every day – either by saying it or singing it.  One of the most incredible gifts I’ve been given by the church that birthed and nurtured my faith for nearly half a century.

Create in my a clean heart, oh God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with your free spirit.
Psalm 51:12-14

Creating Selah
Pause & Listen
Create in me a clean heart
My Lord and my God

This is who I want to be. This is who I am working to be. This is who I am, thanks to the wonderful gift of faith I’ve been given.