In Between the Dust

El Remedio (The Remedy)

January 27, 2017 | by: Sharon Bruce | 2 Comments

In my hometown, El Paso, Texas, there is a traditional food eaten to ring in the New Year. It’s not black-eyed peas, but menudo, a red chile based soup featuring hominy and tripe (the stomach lining of a cow). Many locals swear by it as a hang-over preventative and cure, hence the tradition of menudo for breakfast New Year’s morning. I cannot attest to menudo’s medicinal qualities in that particular instance; and because of its intimidating ingredients (especially that last one) I deliberately and successfully managed to avoid it, despite growing up in the Borderland.... Keep Reading

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The Key

October 13, 2016 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 2 Comments

It’s easy to look over the course of a lifetime and wonder what it would look like if different choices had been made. Life is full of choices. We make them every day. Some are minor and of no consequence but some are major and affect not only us but those we love. There have been times that I’d wished I could go back and redo some of those choices; the ones where I disregarded the Words of my Lord. I didn’t cherish them in my heart. They’d been written there but I didn’t regard them with honor for their life-giving power. I was foolish. I thought I could circle back around later on, when I had more time for God... Keep Reading

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Limbo

September 7, 2016 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 1 Comments

Lately, it feels like such an effort to focus on God. I seem to go through this from time to time. I find myself in what feels like a state of limbo. It’s as though I’ve been trapped in an intermediate stage of travel; a kind of holding pen for the soul whose air hose has been crimped. It’s not enough loss of air to cause me to gasp but the rich mixture of communion and worship seems like a memory rather than a daily experience. My heart longs to enter into his courts with praise. My eyes want to see him high and lifted up in glory. This is not a “dark night of the soul” but more like a hunger; a longing to be satisfied. It’s a memory of being in those courts and seeing his glory and longing for more.... Keep Reading

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The Presence

August 3, 2016 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 0 Comments

The sky is a deep shade of charcoal and the thunder is shaking the walls. It’s early morning but I need to put the lights on so I can see my keyboard. This is not a typical Florida morning. I usually feel like I need sunglasses inside my house.... Keep Reading

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Shalom

July 6, 2016 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 1 Comments

Have you noticed the absence of the word “peace” in our world’s vocabulary these days? It used to be a fairly regular word that politicians and diplomats rolled off their tongues with a certain amount of confidence. We got used to hearing things like, “peace talks” or “peace initiatives” as though we were o... Keep Reading

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The Yellow Brick Road

June 1, 2016 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 1 Comments

I had a conversation once with a man whose heart was full of the shiny new life of a young faith. It’s that period of time when the hunger for God is fierce with zeal and the yellow brick road is lit up like a runway. The adventure was just beginning and his courage was great, his thoughts were clear and his heart was certain that on this roa... Keep Reading

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The Fragile Silk

May 4, 2016 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 0 Comments

I was looking at a spider web strewn across a panel on my lanai. The intricacies of the fragile silk weave start from a single thread shot from the spider into the wind with the hope that it will catch on to something. It is a game of chance for the sustenance of a life. The silk is delicate but flexible which gives the spider some pretty decent od... Keep Reading

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The Race

April 5, 2016 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 0 Comments

I’ve heard of the expression “writer’s block,” but since I never thought of myself as a writer I never really gave it much thought. But over these past few years writing has become a big part of my life. I’ve always been an observer of life, both the inner and the outer forms. I usually expressed my observations in ver... Keep Reading

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Soul-Sight

March 2, 2016 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 0 Comments

There’s a very well-known verse that Christians have quoted for years. “For we live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) It can be easy to rattle that off when life’s struggles are more like inconveniences than burdens. It doesn’t require a digging down into the core of what you really believe about God. Inconv... Keep Reading

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Enjoy

February 3, 2016 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 4 Comments

I’ve been thinking about the word enjoy and what it really means to enjoy someone. Webster says it means to take pleasure or have an experience that is pleasurable and satisfying; to have a good time. I pictured how that looks in my life when I am enjoying the company of friends or family. I might be having a meal, a glass of wine perhaps, as... Keep Reading

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When the Dust Begins to Settle

January 6, 2016 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 1 Comments

Life seems to flow in stages. It seems no matter what stage you are in you can’t really grasp the one ahead. A teen doesn’t appreciate the wisdom of their parent’s guidance but rather sees it as an intrusion to stifle their zest for life. College kids are too busy enjoying their independence from the overseeing eye of mom and dad ... Keep Reading

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Gumbo

December 2, 2015 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 1 Comments

I think every now and again faith needs to be put through a strainer to filter out all the accumulated bits of grizzle, skin, fat, bones and shells that have added to the flavor of our beliefs. This Christian faith that we hold so dear can have the taste of many different flavors. It seems that so many have taken it up a notch to give a bit more sp... Keep Reading

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Out of the Darkness

November 4, 2015 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 2 Comments

What do you think of when you think of God? Are you filled with a sense of wonder, a sense of holy mystery? Do you stand in awe at the beauty of his creation and long to know the One whose hands forged it into shape? Do you speak out in words of honor with the hope of a whispered response? Maybe not. Maybe you think of God as the big man in the sk... Keep Reading

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The Changing of the Guards

October 7, 2015 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 1 Comments

I awoke before the sun this morning. I could see the brightness of the moon still filling the sky; this big ball of light shining so boldly, confidently. I poured myself a cup of sensory-awakening goodness and went out back to sit and stare up at this riveting white ball hanging there so very big. It was that time of day when the black sky has turn... Keep Reading

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The Eyes of Harmony

September 1, 2015 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 1 Comments

Harmony is a word that conjures up such pleasant images. The harmony of sounds in the early morning hours as the earth awakens and the birds sing out their alternating melodies on the dew covered scape. When the sun peaks over the horizon the sleepy-eyed observer is deluged with the harmony of colors so beautiful that we never tire of trying to cap... Keep Reading

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The Moorings of Heaven

August 5, 2015 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 0 Comments

I’ve often heard it said that faith is a crutch for the weak of heart and mind. To look to God as the navigator through the rough seas and narrow canals is just a vain hope placed in ancient fairy tales and early traditions. I don’t necessarily have a problem with people saying faith is a crutch because at times I am thankful to have my... Keep Reading

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Reflections

July 1, 2015 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 2 Comments

My heart is in need of filtering. Oh, on the surface it looks pretty clean. The eye is easily fooled from this perspective. From here it looks like a clear pool - still, smooth, deep and temperate. It’s only upon entering into the pool and dipping below the surface that I realize how murky and cloudy these waters really are. On the surface, ... Keep Reading

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Barefoot

June 10, 2015 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 0 Comments

There come these moments in life when everything seems crystal clear. It’s like a clear night when the moon hangs big in the sky and brilliance floods your eyes. Your vision is sharp as it takes all things in and makes sense of them. These are special moments of clarity in the presence of a holy God where you know your rightful place of humil... Keep Reading

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The Shattering

May 23, 2015 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 0 Comments

Can you remember what shattered you? Do you know what I mean? That moment in childhood when you intuitively knew that this wasn’t Eden anymore? What broken shard pierced the canopy of your innocent understanding of life with its first thundercloud? That moment when your heart felt its first devaluating cut of your significance? Maybe it was t... Keep Reading

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