Turning Away From Distractions, Turning Toward God

Turning Away From Distractions, Turning Toward God

Wrestling with an uneasy feeling in the depths of my soul, I cried out to God again. “What do You want me to do?” I knew that my priorities were off balance, but it was overwhelming to consider the work of fixing the brokenness. “What do I need to do to be free, Lord?” On a summer eve, He finally answered me. “Come to Me, Sarah. Spend time with Me. Leave the distractions behind. What is keeping you for Me?”…

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Trusting in God’s Patience

Trusting in God’s Patience

Originally written last Lent, I thought I would share it here for #WorthRevisitWednesday! It is always a good time to ponder the Lord’s mercy, patience, and love! +++ In this Year of Mercy, I wonder how I experience God’s mercy. It is difficult to wrap my head around something so profoundly miraculous, because often, I feel so unworthy of it. But as I ponder the Scriptures, I cannot deny the reality of God’s mercy. Pope Francis explains it well when…

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Thirsting For Souls: Jesus, the Samaritan Woman, and the Sacrament of Confession

Thirsting For Souls: Jesus, the Samaritan Woman, and the Sacrament of Confession

Last Sunday’s Gospel about the Woman at the Well (John 4:5-42) is very common during the season of Lent, and over the years, it has become one of my favorites. Several years ago, I attended a women’s retreat, and an image of the Woman at the Well was the focal point. A small holy card was taped onto our retreat journals. Large posters with the image on it surrounded our meeting room. And every time I gazed upon it, I saw myself….

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Finding Joy in the Season of Lent

Finding Joy in the Season of Lent

This was originally posted during Holy Week 2011. I thought it might be helpful to repost it earlier in the Lenten season in case we are already waiting for Lent to be over. Perhaps we are even tempted to give up. The Lord is inviting us into the desert to be with Him, to remain close to Him, and to one day share in His glory for all eternity. We can do this! We can do this with joy! +++ This is…

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Lenten Weariness: How to Avoid the Temptation to Quit

Lenten Weariness: How to Avoid the Temptation to Quit

It was January 1, and I was gung-ho to begin my New Year’s resolution. My plan was to start a rigorous elimination diet in the hope of feeling better. I purchased ingredients to make healthy meals, and I set aside time to cook for the week. I knew it was going to be hard, but I reached a tipping point in my chronic illness and knew I had to try more drastic measures. After a week, I started to regain…

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Lent Around My Home: Reclaiming My Joy

Lent Around My Home: Reclaiming My Joy

This was first posted on March 2, 2015. It some ways it surprises me that this is still so applicable to my life, and in other ways, it does not surprise me at all. Life is funny that way. Our struggle—our cross—may take a lifetime of carrying, and yet how often do I just wait for it to disappear? Sure, our cross might look differently from year to year, decade to decade, but often it is the one way God has invited us…

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How I Lent: Giving Up the Swirl and Shoulds

How I Lent: Giving Up the Swirl and Shoulds

The swirl of thoughts left me weary. What should my focus be? What should my days look like? What is my purpose? The lack of answers, or my fear of failure, left me paralyzed. My present brokenness was all I seemed to know, and despite the pain, it was surprisingly comfortable. And yet, the small flicker of hope deep within my heart convinced me there is a better way. “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall…

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Faith-based Greetings + a Coupon Code

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Faith-based Greetings + a Coupon Code

Ever since I was a little girl, Valentine’s Day has been a special holiday to me. During my childhood, I remember making mailboxes in school to collect all of the red and pink heart-shaped cards from my classmates. As I grew into my tween and teen years, my family emphasized the importance of celebrating friendship and appreciating loved ones. Valentine’s Day, therefore, wasn’t just about romance. As a result, I never resented Valentine’s Day if I didn’t have a “sweetheart”…

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Why We Do the Things We Do

Why We Do the Things We Do

Today, I am joining the monthly CWBN Blog Hop. I have been part of plenty of link-ups, but this is my first blog hop! So, here goes … I clearly remember the conversation that got me into blogging. It was 2008, and I discovered that my friend Anna wrote a blog. At the time, I didn’t even know what a blog was! As my friend described blogging, I thought, “I would love to do that.” You see, as a communications major and life-long…

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God’s Resolutions for Your New Year

God’s Resolutions for Your New Year

My emotions surrounding the New Year swing from excited to nervous. I anticipate with hope the new opportunities and adventures that surround the dawn of a new year. What is in store? What is around the corner? At the same time, I feel timid, because I have made plenty of resolutions in years past that fizzle after a month or two. Will I fail again this year? Recently, I heard some wise words that are helping me think differently about the New…

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