Tuesday, September 27, 2016

No erasers

I write in pen in my notebooks.
The problem with pen
is most pens can't be erased.

This is true with life as well,
What you say and do can't be erased.
words and actions are permanent.

When I have written something that is not right
or what I was trying to convey;
I can't erase it, however I can start a new page.

I start new pages all the time and
so can you!

If you do not like what you have said or done,
start a new page.

Every day is a NEW day!
Even if you have to start over every day
that is okay.

It is better to try again than it is
to simply give up.

May you find the courage
to find peace
in your heart
today and each new day
forever and for always
love, kristyn

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Please join me in prayer

Most merciful divine spirit of love and light

I give you thanks for the
Stones of Support Ministry.

Praying with countless others
that those affected by this disease
will find the peace and comfort
that comes from
we are not alone.

We have you and
we have each other
to lean on in times of sadness
and times of rejoicing.

Please show your
unending grace
to all who suffer.
those we love who still battle,
those in recovery 
and those that
now rest in your loving arms
watching over us

You have sent messengers
throughout the ages
to teach us to
love and support
all people

With your help and
the help of each other
we can and we will
find healing

In the name of all that
is compassion & kindness
in our world


Friday, September 23, 2016


What is prayer
Prayer is, and means many different things to all people.
This is merely a sampling of what prayer could be.

Some Definitions
-A solemn request for help or expression of thanks
addressed to God or an object of worship.

-An earnest hope or wish.

-Prayer is conversation with God,
in direct address to him/her.
Prayer may be spoken or thought, occasional or constant.

-An act of communication by humans with the holy,
the transcendent realm, or supernatural powers
that are found in all religions in all times.

-An intimate friendship,
a frequent conversation held alone with the Beloved

How to pray
-Speak out loud, think, sing, YELL! 

-Can be recited from memory or read from a book.

-Prayer can be a conversation.



-Alone or with a group

Where to pray


When to pray
-Whenever the 'spirit' moves you.

-In times of need & in times of plenty.

-When you are feeling strong.

-When you are feeling weak.

-When you are happy

-When you are sad


Types of prayer
-Blessing: recognizing the power of God.

-Gratitude: being thankful.

-Intercession: asking God to step in and help others.

-Petition: asking for what we need, physical & spiritual.

-Praise: expression of love for God

I selected this photo (from my retreat at Camp Calumet)
because I liked the representation of the line between
the water and the sky being blurred.
It is a reminder to me that I am as close to God
as I choose to be.

Are prayers answered?
Prayers are always answered.
However sometimes the answer is yes,
sometimes no,
and sometimes, wait.
The belief in a higher power is, at its heart
a trusting relationship
that one must understand and believe
that God is at work
even when we don't understand
the answer

Prayer is personal.
For me, it is an intimate relationship
with the one who loves me (and you)
more than could possibly be imagined.
My higher power knows my heart
better than I know it myself
and wants to hear what I have to say,
good, bad or indifferent.

Finally, for me, prayer is
a two way street
When I pray
I must always


The answer is there
open your heart
so that your heart
can be opened

The peace & love

of the one who was,
is and always will be
our God
be with you
today and always,
For me, through Jesus Christ
my Lord and Savior, AMEN
xox Kristyn

Thursday, September 22, 2016

FROG: Fully Rely on God

I came across this little critter
while visiting with a patient

Many years ago a pastor friend of mine had a collection of frogs.
When I asked why, he stated that the first one had been a gift
and that it was a reminder to:


Everyone needs reminders that God is with them all day everyday
forever and for always!
Sometimes when you least expect it a little surprise
will arrive to let you know you are not alone,
and you are not.
If you are having trouble believing,
my belief
is big enough
to share
with you
until you believe yourself

When all else fails
Fully rely on the FACT that
God is with you always
God loves you always
no matter what.
That is the power of God's love for YOU!

Peace be with you

Friday, September 16, 2016

At the end of the day........K.G.

Working every day with patients who are dying and their families has taught me many things. This spring I had the honor of working with a family who was preparing for the death of their patriarch. He was and will be remembered as an incredibly loving husband, father and grandfather. His grandson was what I like to call an 'old soul'. He was 16 at the time and had such incredible insight; much more than he should have had at such a young age. He shared with me this message from his grandfather:

At the end of the day
if you have
a laugh
a cry
and a hug
its been a pretty damn good day

This is one of my therapeutic drawings;
my patient took this up at the suggestion of his daughter.
There is always room in life, even at the end, to try something new

It is a very simple philosophy and it is a very thought provoking one at the same time. Sometimes it is not the grand days; the days you feel you have done your part to save yourself or humankind. Sometimes it is the day you are grateful for a laugh, cry, and a hug. Enjoy those days because they truly are a 'pretty damn good day'.

Thank you young man for inspiring me and others, your grandfather was blessed to have you to carry on his message of hope and love.

In peace

Thursday, September 15, 2016

You can't go back, but you can turn around

Every day begins and ends with choices
the only thing that is certain is the day
will begin and the day will end

Crescent lake Southington CT (yes that is a rainbow in the top image)

You can not go back and change the past
however you can turn around
and head in another direction

ultimately the choice is yours

Peace and love forever and for always, Kristyn