Three years ago today, my family's life changed. Our beloved mother, mother-in-law, and grandma passed away unexpectedly. None of us escapes death, either our own or a loved one's. As Christians, we grieve with hope. We feel the agonizing pain and empty place in our hearts, but we also know there is hope. We pray … Continue reading Where Were You, Lord?
Lent allows us an opportunity to slow down and reflect on the events leading up to Jesus' death and resurrection. For a long time, I had head knowledge of the events of Christ's Passion. Only recently have I began to have heart knowledge of these events. Jesus loves you. Do you know that? Do you understand … Continue reading Agape
I've fallen into a comfortable routine: wake up, take the dog out, get kid's lunches packed, wake kids up, take kids to school, return home and do a variety of different tasks depending on the day of week, pick kids up, begin evening plans, put kids to bed, and go to bed. My daily life … Continue reading Finding Jesus: Lessons from Simeon
Have you ever asked God to prove something to you in exchange for your trust? Difficult circumstances may tempt us to question God's faithfulness. We may find our prayers taking a turn from "help me" to "do this, or else." A friend once shared with me that if God didn't do a specific thing, and … Continue reading Prove It, Lord
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe -- and shudder." James 2:19, RSV My grandpa passed away in July after a long battle with dementia and heart problems. A nun who walked closely with him through the last years of his life spoke at his funeral about how he … Continue reading Belief versus Surrender
I gave my kids some suggestions as to what they could give up for Lent, and immediately received backlash. "No way! That would be way too hard!" they cried. "And that is exactly why I think you should give it up," I responded. Every year, I sacrifice something in preparation for Easter. Certain Catholic traditions stuck … Continue reading Understanding Lent
Journaling is a practice I highly recommend to anyone wanting a deeper relationship with Christ. The word can be overwhelming, though. You might think of notebooks full of deep, meaningful words. Or images of colorfully crafted verses in Bibles may come to mind. Journaling can be anything you want it to be, though. I love … Continue reading Journey to Journaling: Five Tips for Beginners