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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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Start the New Year With Prayer

Start the New Year With Prayer

During the Advent season, the Lord invited us—the weary, worn out, and overwhelmed—to come to Him. He invited us into silence and stillness with short Scripture verses, Christmas hymns, and pondering prayers. In our time with Jesus, we found hope—even in the midst of waiting, because we discovered that we are not alone in our waiting. He is waiting with us. And hope brought joy! The weary world rejoiced indeed on Christmas Day. I pray that this Christmas season has…

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Advent Offers a Thrill of Hope While We Wait

Advent Offers a Thrill of Hope While We Wait

This reflection is the third in a four-part series that supplements the free Advent prayer journal I am offering to email subscribers. You may read part one HERE and part two HERE. *** Have you ever felt a little lost? Have you ever wondered what your God-given purpose really is? A year ago, that’s how I was feeling—lost and unsettled about my purpose. Then, an amazing opportunity came my way. It was a dream come true, and I was excited! I was going to…

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Advent’s Gift of Silence and Stillness

Advent’s Gift of Silence and Stillness

Today’s post is the second in a four-part Advent series. To read the first post in the series, click here. I am blessed to be over on the WINE: Women In the New Evangelization blog today, too! *** I open my planner and see all of the “to-dos” on my list, many more than usual. Each task, in and of itself, is a delightful privilege to do for my family. As a mom, I know I am instrumental in making the…

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Jesus’ Invitation to Come to Him This Advent

Jesus’ Invitation to Come to Him This Advent

This summer, I attended a three-day silent retreat. I entered into the retreat with an agenda! I anticipated receiving very clear direction for the next phase of my life as a wife and mom. You see, my family was about to begin a new school year, and it was going to be the first time in 14 years that all six of my children would be in school. I was going to be a stay-at-home mom with no kids at home, and I…

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Advent Prayers for the Weary Woman

Advent Prayers for the Weary Woman

How are you spending Black Friday? I am looking toward this Sunday—the first Sunday of Advent! This weekend, my family and I will set up our Advent wreath, Jesse Tree, and manger scene. But as much as I am looking forward to Advent, the season of hopeful waiting, I am starting to feel a bit anxious about my growing holiday to-do list. Maybe you are feeling the same way—a bit weary before the busyness of Advent and Christmas even begins? The…

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An Advent Plan for the Weary Woman’s Soul

An Advent Plan for the Weary Woman’s Soul

I am so excited to be part of CatholicMom.com’s 2016 Advent Guide, a collection of articles and reflections to help you prepare for the Advent season. Today, I shared An Advent Plan for the Weary Woman’s Soul. *** Sitting across the table from a friend, she sensed my tension. After making small talk, she asked, “OK, what are you holding back?” As she invited me to be real and honest, it all came pouring out. How life just seemed really hard,…

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Day 30: #31 Days—Scripture Sunday

Day 30: #31 Days—Scripture Sunday

“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) When I first started seeing promotion for this Write 31 Days challenge, I was not sure what my topic would be. I was not even sure I had any business writing for a month straight, because my own personal and mental health was a bit weak. I have been battling chronic illness for about…

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Day 27: #31 Days—Finding Hope in Dyslexia (with Bible verses)

Day 27: #31 Days—Finding Hope in Dyslexia (with Bible verses)

When my daughter was first struggling with reading and school work, I didn’t know what to think or do. I felt rather helpless that I couldn’t help her understand that cat rhymed with bat. The whirlwind of having six children, eight years apart, is that I didn’t act too quickly to help her. Every child needs some sort of attention all of the time, and this can leave moms and dads feeling overwhelmed, especially when something like a diagnosis of…

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Day 23: #31 Days—Scripture Sunday

Day 23: #31 Days—Scripture Sunday

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) Today’s Scripture quote can take on many personal meanings within the theme of Dyslexia awareness. I like to think that these amazing kids who don’t quite fit the mold can transform the world with their amazing minds! To think that Dyslexia just might be God’s way of…

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