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The Last Word: We Need Each Other

The Last Word: We Need Each Other

We have reached the end of our second week of this 31-days series on Resetting the Rhythms of Life. I continue to thank God that we are on this journey together! As we end this week of reclaiming family time, we recall what we covered this week … We were reminded that we are never forgotten, even when our schedules are too full for us to remember everything. We pondered what this season of autumn is calling us to do—take…

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Kindle: God’s Word Warms the Heart

Kindle: God’s Word Warms the Heart

I am late in posting Day 13 of Resetting the Rhythms of Life. The end of the week brought a lot of extra activities for my family, including the last volleyball games of the season. And last night, my son joined the varsity football team for youth night. And then, there was this lovely Day of Reflection I was able to attend today. In a way, the last few days were a nice mix of prayer, rest, and family time….

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Love: He Leads By Example

Love: He Leads By Example

Day 12 of Resetting the Rhythms of Life brings us to a devotion on friendship. More specifically, friendship rooted in faith, in Christ. As we continue to find renewal in our prayer life and ways to reclaim family time, I want to contemplate our friendships. Perhaps friendship is something that gets put on the back burner, when life gets overwhelming. How can we reclaim our friendships, even in little ways? Let’s ask God for grace and guidance … Friendship in…

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Gratitude: The Virtue of Togetherness

Gratitude: The Virtue of Togetherness

Today is Day 10 of Resetting the Rhythms of Life, and our focus is gratitude. Often, when we feel weary or imbalanced, everything can overwhelm us. The calendar looks too full and our inbox is overflowing. But the refrigerator is empty, because the week was too busy for a grocery trip. We can feel like failures, because we can’t seem to keep it together. And yes, this affects our loved ones. Today, let’s pause in this moment. Let’s not try…

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Autumn: What is it Time for?

Autumn: What is it Time for?

On Day 9 of Resetting the Rhythms of Life, we respond to the hard questions we journaled about yesterday. As we continue to pray with God’s Word and rest in His loving presence, what season are we entering? During this season of autumn, what is it time for? Simply Being Me A number of years ago, I shared my struggles with anxiety and feeling overwhelmed with a very kind and wise priest. I told Fr. John that my life was…

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See: You Cannot Be Forgotten

See: You Cannot Be Forgotten

Welcome to Week 2 of Resetting the Rhythms of Life. I cannot tell you enough how happy I am that you are here! As you may recall, I am writing this series out of a desire for rest. The new school year has been a whirlwind, and I need to hit the reset button, reprioritize, and begin anew.  Perhaps you are joining me, because you are in a season of imbalance and weariness, too. From time to time, all of us…

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Summer: Making a Plan, Keeping Your Sanity, and Having Fun

Summer: Making a Plan, Keeping Your Sanity, and Having Fun

Tomorrow marks the beginning of summer vacation for my six children. And they can’t wait. Currently, my oldest three are cramming for final exams, while my younger three are cleaning out desks and making teacher gifts. As for me, I am switching back and forth between excitement and trepidation about what the next three months (87 days to be exact) will bring. I am the type of mom who likes the predictability of the school year—the rhythm of the day,…

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A Day at the Beach: Learning to be at Peace With Myself

A Day at the Beach: Learning to be at Peace With Myself

Perfectionism is a struggle that comes in all shapes and sizes. It often accuses us of being less than and hinders us from being true to the unique creations God made us to be. And as a result, we put on masks, cover up flaws, and slowly and steadily forget who we truly are. One thing perfectionism is not, however: It is not from God. And He showed that to me quite clearly one day on the beach of Hilton Head Island,…

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5 Simple Ways to Encourage Vocations Within the Family

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Vocations Within the Family

O, God, we earnestly ask you to bless this archdiocese with many priests, deacons, brothers and sisters … At every Sunday Mass, my parish prays two special prayers for vocations. We begin with a prayer for marriage and family, asking St. Joseph to intercede for us. After the Prayers of the Faithful, we pray another prayer that begins with the words with which I began this blog post. It has been a long-standing tradition to pray for and foster vocations…

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Advent Traditions My Family Loves

Advent Traditions My Family Loves

With Thanksgiving just two days away, there is a lot to do. My plans include cooking, baking, and cleaning. I have always liked the Thanksgiving holiday. To be with family and friends, to pause in gratitude for God’s abundant blessings. It’s a good day. Often, the Advent season begins the Sunday right after Thanksgiving. We have just a couple of days to transition from pumpkins and fall hues to our Advent wreath of purple and pink. This year, however, Advent…

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