All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Ecclesiastes 3:20

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 

This is the first day of the Marble Women’s Ministry Lenten Blog, a daily reflection to help you reconnect and recommit to your faith.  It is also a time to remember and reflect.  Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, there is a place at the table.

Join us on the Lenten journey.  If you are not a follower of our blog, please click follow and you will be able to sign-up for the daily email sent at 6am, so that you can start your day spiritually.  Feel free to share this special site with your friends and family by emailing the page to them by clicking below.

Marcie Doll, Curator of the Marble Women’s Ministry Blog

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Previewing our Lenten Blog 2020…

Good Afternoon!

Our Lenten Blog will start on February 26th this year.   We are hoping to provide a daily time for you to be inspired and provide you some hope to share in the world.  This is our 4th year of collective prayer during Lent and we are excited to share our theme.

Our theme this year is based on a quote from Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as “Little Flower.”

She says, “May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”

The quote sometimes gets attributed to others, but the quote is a collection of the Saint’s journal writings…

Do you like to write?  We are looking for contributors this year to our blog.  Will the spirit move you to write a post for our Lenten Blog?   Each blog post is 400 words or less and can be a poem, prayer, story, song….

Please email me at doll.marcie@gmail.com for all of the information on how to write a post.

Lent is coming, are you ready?

Blessings to all!

Marcie Doll and the Marble Women’s Ministry Team

 

Gratitude for all on our Trail

Thank you for taking this journey with us for Advent in 2019.  We hope you were inspired to take time out of your busy schedule and to reflect on the importance of Advent.  So many of the stories shared with us expressed gratitude, even as the world around them brought unwelcome change, struggles, and courageous journeys of discovery.  I wanted to share this quote with you today:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough.  And more.  It turns denial into acceptance.  Chaos to order.  Confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast.  A house into a home.  A stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past.  Brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”    Melody Beattie

If you have thoughts to share with us or would like to contribute to our Lenten Blog, please email me at:  doll.marcie@gmail.com.

 

Our Upcoming Events from the Marble Women’s Ministry:

Women’s Open House/Coffee Hour       January 12th right after church

Spa Day for the Soul                                  February 1st from 9am to 2pm

Women’s Retreat                                        March 6th-8th

 

With much love and gratitude,

Marcie Doll, Curator of the Marble Women’s Ministry Blog

 

 

 

Advent Afternoon Message…

 

“I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to give you for Christmas. I’d really like to give you something that just fits your own wishes and needs the way these shoes just fit me. I suppose the thing I’d like most to be able to give you is hope. Hope that through your own doing and your own living with others, you’ll be able to find what best fits for you in this life…I, for one, wish you good memories of this holiday. And I hope you’ll be able to look for all the different ways that people have of showing that they love you.”

Fred Rogers

If you have not gone to see the movie on Fred Rogers, do make the time.  Worth it!

 

Advent Trail Movie List

Tonight, I am sharing with you a list of movies and documentaries to watch this winter on women who have been on this life changing trail….

Redwood Highway (2013)  This movie shows that you are never too old to learn something new.

A Far Off Place (1993) A Disney film where a young girl, her American friend, and a bushman guide escape animal poachers in Africa.

Wild (2014) Based on the book, Wild: To Lost and Found on the Pacific Coast Trail

Tracks  The movie starring Mia Waskikowska about a 2,000 mile walk across the Australian Outback.

Out of Africa (1985)  Still one of my favorites about one of my favorite authors, Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen).

The Wizard of Oz (1942)  Seriously friends, this movie is about a woman taking a walk with challenges that required courage.

Shared by Marcie Doll

My Friends Threw in the Towel, But I kept Walking…

Several years ago, I read the book The Nature Fix:  Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative  by Florence William.  This book has inspired me to spend time outside nearly every day and it has helped me to push myself to get into better shape.  Yes, I have had that lifelong battle with my weight and I need to get outside and move as often as I can.

And the book has also inspired me to find unique outdoor experiences, like the Volksmarch to the top of the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, a non-competitive, but pretty challenging 10K.  And I met up with some friends to walk up the rough path with steep inclines and at an altitude that I just was not used to as I live in a state with its highest point at 812 feet.  By the 2nd checkpoint, each of my friends had given up.   When you look at the walk from about halfway, I understand, but I was not giving up and realized I could not do this alone and needed help from others on the trail.

I was able to get motivation from all of the walkers around me:  four sisters from Oklahoma (one sister was 85 years old), a family from Colorado, a local Girl Scout Troop, two elderly Korean War Veterans from New Mexico, teens from the Rosebud Reservation, and some folks from the Pacific Northwest.  They kept me company, encouraged me as I struggled at times, and pushed me when I did need to rest along the last part of the walk.  If you ever do a Volksmarch, you will find people of all different ages and abilities and when I could not rely on my friends, all of these strangers lifted me up that mountain.  Here are the pictures from the top where the face of Crazy Horse is 9 stories high and then at the finish line after my walk down.  I carried a prayer to say at the top from one of my friends who works to bring the problem of missing indigenous women into public knowledge and for their safe return.

I may have completed one of the toughest Volksmarches in the country, but what I learned along the this trail was the goodness of people who offered support when I really needed it.  I will keep finding these Volksmarches as I try to get my nature fix.

“One of the underappreciated benefits of venturing into remote landscapes is that we are often thrown into connecting with each other.”
― Florence Williams

For more information about the American Volkssport Association, which is a non-competitive walking organization that sponsors events all over the country, you can find it here:  American Volkssport Association.

Hide and Seek

I spent the Thanksgiving holiday with my family in the country.  I was asked by the children to play Hide and Seek. I was then asked if I wanted to be a Hider or a Seeker.  I chose the Hider role and I hid so well, I wasn’t found.   They gave up looking and surrendered.

While I played the game with my family and all of the children, unlike most of the adults, it occurred to me that I’ve been playing “Hider & Seeker” with God all my life.   I was always looking for a church home.  One where I could be myself and where God would honor the gifts I bring to the table.  I have finally surrendered to his loving care when I came to Marble Collegiate Church.  My church home.  

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 
Psalms 32:8

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