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Personal Blog of Elizabeth Gray

What I’m Enjoying: 14 Jan. 2024

What I’m Enjoying: 14 Jan. 2024

This week I bought a new Strong's Concordance. My copy is a beautiful red leather binding from the 80s. I've been wanting to compare my older printing to a new edition for some time now. Not for any particular reason other than curiosity and amusement. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across a modern printing at an independent bookstore. Onto the linky links: What tf is Frietsauss? Turns out, it's nothing I'll ever eat. It's a slightly thinner, sweeter mayo that gets thrown onto fries....

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What I’m Enjoying: Week of 7 Jan. 2024

What I’m Enjoying: Week of 7 Jan. 2024

Oh, what a week, what a week. The coffee shop has been closed for renovations since Christmas. We're preparing to reopen in a few days, and the place is in utter chaos. Construction still isn't finished, yet we have to be ready. Between that and the construction still going on at my house, I feel positively restless. ••• I do three card pulls for my daily readings, and I read them as a sweep. I find there's more nuance present versus the one card daily draws that are so popular. I'm not sure...

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What I’m Enjoying: Week of 24 Dec. 2023

What I’m Enjoying: Week of 24 Dec. 2023

I can't believe it is Christmas Eve! This month has been intense. There's several projects on at the house. There's been having some dog drama, and the cafe is undergoing a pivot. To say I'm busy and overwhelmed would be an understatement. But there's light in the darkness. There's progress. There's peace on the horizon. Things are moving forward with finding a permanent church building so I can open our food pantry. And my Quaker podcast is up and running again! Woohoo! I'll take the little...

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What I’m Enjoying: Week of 26 Nov. 2023

What I’m Enjoying: Week of 26 Nov. 2023

Thanksgiving has come and gone. I have a love/hate relationship with the holidays lately thanks largely in part to some family drama, but who doesn't have family drama? The house is moving slowly, but I took advantage of some Black Friday deals and bought paint! I'm so excited! I am going with a deep green for most of the house, and a deep blueish/green for the master. God willing I'll have a liveable home by the first of the year. From my browser history this week: Tom Brittney is exiting...

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What I’m Enjoying: Week of 19 Nov. 2023

What I’m Enjoying: Week of 19 Nov. 2023

Progress on the house is slow going. I've been deeply overwhelmed with work, and the state of the house. Add in the dogs, my health issues, and lack of sleep, and I am barely functional. Progress on the house has all but come to a halt. This week though I did manage to get a box of floor tiles laid, so I suppose that's something. Also this week I started reading Brenton's Septuagint. The Septuagint is the Greek translation of the Old Testament commissioned by Ptolemy II of Alexandria in the...

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What I’m Enjoying: Week of 12 Nov. 2023

What I’m Enjoying: Week of 12 Nov. 2023

My iPhone decided it dislikes me. Last night the screen stopped working and it wouldn't charge past 50%. I was too tired to do anything about it. I could barely hold my head up, so I just fell asleep and decided to deal with it today. When I woke up my phone was down to 21%. I tried all sorts of things from all of the blogs, and none of them helped. What finally did the trick was plugging it in while doing a forced reset. I have a feeling it has to do with the iOS 17 update I did the other...

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Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the Earth.Psalm 46:11 In this modern world where our minds are going at 100 miles an hour, it's too easy to go at such a fast pace that we forget to make room for God. We forget to make time for God. But this is where the Quaker practice of sitting in stillness can be so helpful. When we sit in expectant waiting, we are making space for God. We are making time for God. Often, as Quakers, we forget that...

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What I’m Enjoying: Week of 29 Oct. 2023

What I’m Enjoying: Week of 29 Oct. 2023

Another week in the chaos cabin! We are a little bit closer to having working electric in all rooms. I got the first batch of shiplap so I can start panelling the living room, and my fiancé and I have picked out flooring. We are making good progress. Unfortunately, I am still overwhelmed. The progress isn't fast enough. My (now ex) fiancé isn't here a lot as he's working a ton to pay for the renovations. The natural consequence of that is the restaurant, plus the house, plus caring for the...

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Bringing God Back Into Our Weddings

Bringing God Back Into Our Weddings

On the Equinox I attended a lovely wedding for two dear friends of mine. Their relationship was tried and tested over and over again, sometimes from internal forces, and sometimes from external forces.

Sometimes the Husband’s ego gets the best of him and he acts in a way that is less than divine. Sometimes the Wife’s emotions get the best of her and she lashes out when she doesn’t feel seen.

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How Quaker Ministers Differ From Protestant Ministers

How Quaker Ministers Differ From Protestant Ministers

A Quaker minister is someone in the Meeting who's seen as having a special talent for ministry. How Quaker ministers look and what they do can be quite different between the various Quaker groups or yearly meetings. Some Quaker Meetings are programmed and these look a lot like Protestant or evangelical services. You might find singing, a sermon, and the minister giving guidance to the congregation. These meetings are most like the original Quaker meetings from the early days of the movement....

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What I’m Enjoying: Week of 24 Sept. 2023

What I’m Enjoying: Week of 24 Sept. 2023

As this is a personal blog as much as it’s an educational one, I’ve decided to start doing these weekly roundups where I share things I have recently read, laughed at, or otherwise enjoyed. Perhaps you’ll get some enjoyment out of these as well.

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Mary Dyer: A Quaker’s Life of Defiance

Mary Dyer: A Quaker’s Life of Defiance

Mary Dyer, is a name now synonymous with religious freedom and the price of sticking to your conscience, was a Quaker woman who, in the face of oppression, stood up against the theocratic regime of the Massachusetts Bay Colony with terrible consequences. She was executed in 1660 by the Puritans for being a Quaker, but her legacy is one of conviction and fearlessness. ••• Born in England around 1611, Mary's early life remains somewhat shrouded in mystery. It wasn’t until she and her husband,...

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Meeting Quakers: An Overview of a Non-conformist Spiritual Movement

Meeting Quakers: An Overview of a Non-conformist Spiritual Movement

The Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers, originated in the mid-17th century in England during a period of religious and political turmoil. The emergence can be seen as a reaction to the established Church and its practices, which many believed had strayed far from the teachings of Christ. 

Our movement’s founder, George Fox, had a series of religious experiences in which he felt a direct communion with God, leading him to believe that each individual could have a personal relationship with the divine without the need for intermediaries such as clergy.

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Those Pesky Expectations

Those Pesky Expectations

In this episode I get personal. I discuss how life’s unpredictability has thrown me for a curveball, how I have to readjust my expectations, and how to better manage my mind for the trials ahead.

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Expanded Awareness Meditation

Expanded Awareness Meditation

In this bonus episode I teach you how to expand your mind by zooming out your awareness. Only by zooming out your awareness will you find the capacity to understand you’re not who you think you are; you’re so much more.

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You Are Not Your Personality

You Are Not Your Personality

On this day in history we’re talking about the Valais Witch Trials, and then I guide you through a meditation to expand your awareness.

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