Don’t Tell

Dec 2, 2016 | Posted by in faith, Gospel, gratitude, scripture | 0

This passage from Matthew 9:27-31 comforts and confuses me. Take a look: As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread word of him through all that land. It comforts me because Jesus shows his love, care, and mercy.  It confuses me because how on earth can Jesus say, “See that no one knows about this.”?  Would  their family, friends, andRead more …

Advent Wreath

Nov 30, 2016 | Posted by in Advent, family, fun, Liturgical Year | 2

Advent began last Sunday, Nov 27.  Don’t panic if you aren’t ready, you can get ready this week.  When my children were young we always had a very traditional Advent wreath then for a time when it was just my husband and me we had none.  Now I am back to a wreath, of sorts, each year.  This year my inspiration came from Pinterest and the decision to make wreaths with the faith formation classes at work. I needed something simple, with easy to find materials, no special tools or hot glue guns given that grades 3 – 7 were making these, and transportable. Here is what they looked like done by the kids, not too shabby at all! So what do you need? 8″ clay pot 4 candles 2 or 3 evergreen floral picks newspaper purple andRead more …

Sacred Reading for Advent and Christmas

Nov 15, 2016 | Posted by in book review | 3

Sacred Reading is a daily gospel reflection book put out by the Apostleship of Prayer and published by Ave Maria Press. This particular book is focused on Advent and Christmas for this year. There are many things I like about this book. It encourages us to read the day’s gospel, which is so important if we want to know Jesus. It also introduces us to Lectio Divina, a prayerful way to read scripture. Each day contains prayer prompts, the gospel, and questions to ponder. There are six steps each day: know that God is present with you and ready to converse, read the gospel, notice what you think and feel as you read the gospel, pray as you are led for yourself and others, listen to Jesus, and ask God to show you how toRead more …

Sunday Scripture

Nov 13, 2016 | Posted by in Gospel, graphic, scripture | 0

Here are today’s readings and my brief thoughts on the Gospel. If we are going to follow Jesus, then it seems inevitable that we will suffer; we may even be persecuted. But we are asked to be faithful and to be ready to give testimony not by relying on ourselves, but by relying on the wisdom from the Holy Spirit.  And God will honor our faithfulness, by saving us. The Good News, we don’t need to wonder if God will save us, he has!  We do need to do our part, though, by acknowledging him and following him.  

7 Quick Takes

Nov 11, 2016 | Posted by in 7 quick takes | 0

7 Quick Takes is hosted at This Ain’t the Lyceum and you can find more quick takes there today! 1. I enjoyed writing on a specific topic for all of October. In case you missed it, it’s all over here. Stay tuned for news about what I’ll be doing with all of those posts in the near future. 2. A heads up to those who try to keep track of the Church seasons…Advent is coming. On Nov 27, which is the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Don’t panic, but now is a good time to find your Advent wreath and think about how you will prepare for our Savior’s birth this year. 3. You know why I felt compelled to remind you about Advent? I realized yesterday that I forgot to order Advent calendars at work. ThankfullyRead more …

The End!

Nov 4, 2016 | Posted by in 31 days writing | 0

We’ve have arrived.  If this were a fairy tale, just before this would be the words, “And they lived happily ever after.”  But it’s not a fairy tale, it’s real life.  And in real life, there are struggles, problems, and concerns that come into our life.  We need to deal with them.  If anything, this month has been remembering that we are not alone and that by letting go, we gain God. We gain his wisdom to guide us, his shoulder to cry on, his arm to strengthen us, his peace fills and his love lives in us. I hope that you have gained some strength for your journey; I have, as usual, received more than I expected and I thank you. I’m re-posting my favorite trust song here, I will Trust in You by Lauren Daigle  

Anxiety, No Separation, Wednesday Wisdom

Here are the last three posts in the series, with just the closing post to go. Anxiety Do you ever feel like you can’t breathe? I do sometimes. At times in my life, it has happened frequently. Not because of asthma or a hard workout, but because of anxiety. It is very frightening. My rational mind tries to reassure me, “you are breathing, you are getting oxygen, slow down,” as the other part of my mind goes off to the “I’m never going to be able to take a deep breath again, I’m going to pass out” place. I can say, that over time, I’ve come to recognize when my anxiety level is rising and have some idea how to stop the possible downward, intense spiral into a full-on anxiety attack. For me, the differenceRead more …

Elsewhere on the Web

Nov 3, 2016 | Posted by in faith, fun, Productivity tools | 0

Maybe you are tired of reading, maybe you’d like to know what I sound like, maybe you want a topic other than trust. I have a solution for you! Take a listen here to A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras and me talking about the Holy Spirit, All Souls Day and more! How about productivity?  Are you all about being productive?  Or at least, keeping your life in some sort of order so you don’t forget to pick your husband from the airport (never have done that!) or get the gift for the birthday party?  Do you have lots of ideas bookmarked as favorite on your computer but then can’t find what you need? Join me for a Productivity webinar workshop on Nov 14, I’ll focus on Doodle, Tooledo and Evernote.  30 minutes from start toRead more …

Sunday Scripture and More!

Nov 1, 2016 | Posted by in 31 days writing, graphic, scripture | 2

We are going to go a bit backward to move forward here to complete the #write31days on Trust.  I know or at least I really hope, no one is keeping count or grading me on this but I want to finish for myself and those of you following along.  So rather than writing one post for each day and filling up your inbox with loads of post notifications I’ll write a few posts and put them together. So here is a meme for last Sunday’s Gospel which is Luke 19:1-10; Zacchaeus and Jesus.  One of my favorite to teach about especially with children.  Here it is in three points:   Continuing in a backward to go forward mode, a post on, yes, trust, but with a slight twist. Do you trust yourself?  Do you follow yourRead more …

Saturday Song – I Will Trust in You

Oct 29, 2016 | Posted by in 31 days writing, song | 0

So it’s been an entire week that I’ve not posted.  I have a number of posts in my head and some notes for others in a notebook; need some time to get them out to you.  Hopefully, I will be caught by next Tuesday.   There been lots of life happening around here leaving little time for writing in my little corner of the web. This song sums up trust in God for me.  It’s certainly a goal worth pursuing.