Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Epiphany and Other Revelations


Today, January 6th, marks Epiphany. According to the Christian calendar, this celebrates the journey of the Magi upon the birth of Jesus. As the holiday season is officially over with this day, there is a reset (or rebirth) in time. Perhaps it is because of this that for me it has always been a personal spiritual new year.

Epiphany marks a time for me to look within myself and really see who I am, and work on who I want to be. This isn’t a time of resolutions, but rather personal reformation.  I look at both the positives and the negatives of who I am. I work on figuring out what I need to do to become a better person for myself and for God. Only then am I able to be of good use to others.

I hope to accomplish some things in 2015. While some things have to do with directly strengthening my relationship with God, others are of a more human nature. I have several chronic health issues including Rheumatoid arthritis, Sarcoidosis, and lung issues. However, I want to become healthier, stronger, and more physically comfortable in my own skin. I believe that some of those things can be accomplished with diet and exercise.

On McGuffy’s Reader, I will still be joining memes and hops, though perhaps not every time. I do plan to work on my writing. I want to share more poetry and stories, but also my thoughts and musings, too.  My blog is not an autobiographical blog, but I do want it to be a reflection of what I believe and what is important to me.

I will also continue my advocacy of animals. Their well-being and their welfare are very important to me. I advocate for them both in my daily life and in social media. I welcome you to check out McGuffy’s Reader on Facebook, too. It is still a new page. I will be posting many animal related things there. I want to make a difference for God’s creatures in whatever way that I can. 

With each Epiphany on the calendar, I seek epiphanies and revelations about my world and myself. I really want to accomplish being a better person.

I am joining my good friend Rory Bore for a Coffee Chat. This weeks topic: 
"One thing I would like to accomplish in 2015 is                    ."
Please join us:

51 comments:

  1. Wonderful post and a good reminder for all of us. I give you a lot of credit for taking stock of where you are and where you want to be. I just seem to amble along and let life happen I guess. i'm so happy to hear you will continue poetry and story writing. I love your stories too, in addition to your poetry. Keep up the good work. When God gives us a talent, it should be used.

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    1. Thanks, M. I am a work in progress. I appreciate the encouragement with my writing! I need to get back to it. I hope that I do not disappoint! Hug.

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  2. A great way to start the year :) I myself have health issues to deal with and despite how they try and get me down this year I plan on putting them in their place..more nature for me and more time spent admiring the beauty around me..and of course snuggles with the pups and kitties and sheep :) hugs Fozziemum xx

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    1. It is love, nature, and critters that get me through the the bad stuff! ~xo~

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  3. You're such a good person Annie. Sometimes I feel so busy during the day that I tend to wait until I go to bed to think about my relationship with God.

    I try to live the way Jesus wants us to live but it's not always easy. One thing I have found out is that when I really struggle with accepting to do something that I really don't want to do is actually where Jesus is calling me and once I accept with faith, it feels right afterward.

    I hope 2015 brings you much healing.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Julia, you are such a wonderful person. Thank you for the kind words. I try to do the right thing. I believe that God expects me to. Hugs!

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  4. I think it is so important to embrace a healthy lifestyle...fresh air, walks, meditation....clean eating...

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  5. I believe you already are a very good person. I wish you good luck and much success in getting your health issues in check. And that you will write and delight us with a lot more poetry this year. You can do this!

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    1. Thanks, CW. I really appreciate your kind words and wishes. Hugs.

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  6. All noble intentions for the coming year. I wish health, peace, and much success in your animal advocacy endeavors!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. Much good health and peace to you, too.

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  7. With your positive attitude, I'm sure you will accomplish what you set out to do this year.

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    1. My furry friends, I will do my best. It is all I can do. ~xo~

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  8. You know, I didn't know that my post corresponded with Epiphany! Well that's rather timely of me! And I like how you say "personal reformation", instead of resolutions. I think a reformation suggests a more permanent situation, whereas resolutions tend to not linger for long. A deeper, lasting change.
    I for one am looking forward to seeing more of your writings and musings too! Hopefully we all will inspire one another and bring out the very best of each of us. :)

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    1. I thought that perhaps this was intentional on your part! I believe in being resolute, but not in resolutions. You know what they say about good intentions.

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  9. What a great attitude! I wish you all the best in 2015, a happy & healthy New Year!

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  10. Although i'm a bit late, i wish you a blessed Epiphany and great spiritual journey in 2015.

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    1. It is never too late for good wishes! The same wishes for you, Mimi. Hug.

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  11. We think you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to and we'll be here to cheer you on!

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    1. Oh, Brian. I am certainly going to try! Thanks!

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  12. Great post about Epiphany and you have some lovely goals for the new year.

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    1. Linda, maybe I am getting wiser with each passing year!

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  13. I think we all could you an Epiphany. I like that approach and maybe in someway I do this already, but just didn't know it until now. Thanks for your insight. I love how more of us are thinking alike on what we hope to achieve in the new year. God bless! PS: Please pray for my daughter, Brittany. No one has heard from her since Christmas and we do not know how to reach her. *long story* A missing person's report was filed yesterday.

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    1. We have a pretty good blogging family here! You and Brittany are in my prayers, my friend. HUGS.

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  14. We do agree in "Doing what's important" Woofs and Golden Thanks. BTW: Sugar is doing well and her current meds is helping her (she'll be on meds for a while and more tests after that). We are just grateful that she continues to have active and happy :-) Golden Woofs

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  15. That is a good tradition. Thanks for sharing more of your plans and about yourself. Good to know you more! God will be there for you too in the future!

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    1. Thank you, Joy. God is the reason and the strength!

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  16. Annie; looking forward to more stories and poetry ( oh; weeds is on the way; should have it by friday !! ) and I'm not on facebook so we all hope you will continue to share the antics of chloe and crew here on your blog. It takes insight to stand up and say, I can improve myself by ..... as well as to say, yes, I have some negative qualities....we ALL do but I wonder how many will admit to it. I wish you the best on your health regime; may you and Bill both have a happy, healthy & blessed 2015. Laura

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    1. Oh, yes. My blog will be run by my critters forever. I plan to share more of them, too! ~xo~
      P.S. You are awesome.

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  17. Wonderful post and this has all been heavy on my mind as well. Also, I just popped over to your Facebook page, I looks forward to all your posts there. Enjoy your day.

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  18. Hope this isn't surpassing embarrassing but I adore you.

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  19. I'm so glad that you'll be devoting more time to your writing. I love your work and look forward to seeing more of it. Big hugs from your pal in Kentucky!

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    1. Beth, this means a lot. I appreciate that. Hug.

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  20. I am so happy to have met you and I am enjoying getting to know you. It will be good to concentrate on your writing. Writers want to write. I seem drawn to writers and I am not a writer.. I love words though and love to see them beautifully written. This is a beautiful post McGuffy.

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    1. Oh, you say so much with your photos as well as your words. I am so glad to have met you, too! Hug.

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  21. This is such a wonderful way to start the year, McGuffy Ann. We are so grateful for you and your friendship, and always enjoy learning more about you. Your writing is always so deep and reflective; I know that it will reflect the ways in which you are growing and experiencing new things this coming year. :)

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    1. You guys are so sweet. I am thankful for friends like you. I hope I don't disappoint you! I am just trying to grow. I think we are supposed to! Hug.

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  22. Very nice post.I like your way better than resolutions.

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  23. I don't do resolutions, they seem self-defeating to me. I like your Epiphany tradition. A more meditative way to walk the path. I always look forward to reading your writings. Thank you for sharing them.

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    1. Exactly, Patricia. I like the way you said that, "a more meditative way to walk the path". And I enjoy your writing, too.

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  24. I am going to have to put some thought into that "one" thing I would like to accomplish from the list of many. As I get older, it seems I have more I want to accomplish with less time to do it. I hope you are successful, Annie. Wishing you your best year ever in 2015. Hugs and love, Janet

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  25. Insightful post. I am sure this post will keep with me for a long time...Me too..." ...really want to accomplish being a better person.".
    You are a wonderful person, Ann. All the best, my friend for all the best for your future endeavors. :)

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  26. Hi Ann,

    I am just learning about the meaning of Epiphany.

    As a family we are striving to eat better this year.
    Lots more fruits, veggies and water.

    I received great news from my Podiatrist, and I'm thankful for my health.
    I have diabetes and the podiatrist said I do not have neuropathy.

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  27. Animals are awesome! We have a few around here....LOL I shared my bed last night with a Golden Retriever and a cat.

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  28. Those are wonderful goals to accomplish. No matter when you post it will be interesting and fun to read.

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