Welcoming Ashes and Watching Chains Break

Lent Reflection

I have never received a cross of ashes across my forehead.   This ceremony has not been a part of my faith tradition – not something I observed in my church as a child, or that I have participated in as an adult. Growing up, Ash Wednesday was simply the beginning of Lent, a season that I […]

The Grace of God’s Work

Get Ready

Purpose. A simple word, for which many of us spend our entire lives searching. To discover that one special intention that we believe, in our heart-of-hearts,  we are destined to fulfill. The exact role that will inundate our life with its determined meaning. And to believe that once we have achieved this duty, we will feel totally and completely content.  Pleased. Satisfied. […]

Dear Expectant Mom

Dear Expectant Mom

Dear Expectant Mom, I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough with the discouraging blogs and horror stories of pregnancy and motherhood. Before my son was even born, I was told I’d never sleep again, nor shave my legs; that my house would reek of spit-up, and I’d be lucky to make it to […]

Mary’s Response: The Only Question We Should Ask God

Mary's Response

Christmas time for me is all because of one main story, the story of Jesus and his virgin birth. We have all heard it from the time we can remember; Gabriel, an angel of the Lord visited Mary and brought her the news that she is going to have a baby! Do not be afraid, […]

Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin In Me

Let there Be Peace

I find myself fighting against anxiety on a daily basis these days. It’s as if there is a full blown war going on against the peace in my soul. At first I thought it was just the pressures of motherhood but it’s moved on to attack my marriage, relationships and the atmosphere in our home. […]

This Little Light of Mine

Lighted Trees

My mind goes back to an old Sunday School room of fraying carpet and an out of tune piano. Sticker books filled with pictures of cats reading, “Blessed are the meek.” I sat eager to learn. Eager to listen. Eager to hear about Jesus, and David, and a little girl brought to life. And we […]

The One Thing We Can’t Miss Out On This Christmas

Joy

We pulled out the Christmas decorations ready to deck our halls. My 6 year old had been begging us for weeks to “please put up the Christmas tree.” The time had finally come Thanksgiving morning. We started upstairs and before we could unpack the first box, my husband hurt his back. He laid on the […]

Giving Thanks in All Seasons of Motherhood

Give Thanks

< Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1 {ESV} My one word for focus and inspiration for 2014 has been “intention” – approaching life with a deliberate pattern of action, savoring each moment, focusing on the most important things. And as we approach this […]

Looking At Our Schooling Choices With An Eye On Others

Colored Pencils

The beginning of the school year has always held excitement for me.  I was that kid who loved back to school shopping and that teacher who’s head swarmed with ideas for my classroom set up. However, it’s a hard pill for me to swallow that soon we will be waving farewell to the laid back, […]