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
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
I know, I know. There are all kinds of tips and tricks out there. Stick with me while I offer some unsolicited advice to fellow mommas. These words came to me after a nice, long bubble bath...which means nothing more than this list isn't a reaction to anything, but rather a revelation during some quiet … Continue reading Advice for Young Moms, From a Young(ish) Mom
How many of these declarations have you said or heard recently: I would be much happier if I could lose _____ pounds. Her house looks so perfect. Do kids even live there? I wish my house would look half as nice. I tried another recipe from Pinterest. Fail! And my kids complained about it. Dinner … Continue reading In Pursuit of Perfection
If only there were more hours in the day . . . If only there were two of me . . . I'll never get all of this done . . . If only there were a solution . . . But wait. There is! You won't like it though. In fact, I can already … Continue reading A Radical Solution to a Common Problem
Let me tell you something. Spiritual attacks are real. I plan on writing more about that specific topic in coming months. For now, know this: the enemy seeks to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He wants to steal your attention away from God. He wants to kill the plans God has for you. He wants … Continue reading What About Jesus?
A while back, I wrote about how obedience is hard. It is much easier to disobey the prompts we feel from God on a daily basis than to follow Him. I didn't realize this when I re-dedicated my life to Christ back in 2014. Witnessing the believers around me, life appeared easy. It's not, friend. Jesus never … Continue reading Not Today, Satan!