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Three Simple Ways to Honor Mary on Mother’s Day

Three Simple Ways to Honor Mary on Mother’s Day

As a mom, I look forward to a little pampering on Mother’s Day. Of course, I don’t expect lavish gifts or for my kids to wait on me while I lounge around eating truffles. Rather, I look forward to seeing the excitement they have to give generously. Their handmade cards are filled with love, and I can see the effort they put into them. They are excited to shop for brunch ingredients and flowers with Dad. It’s sweet and enduring, and no matter…

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Hello, Mom: Mary’s Constant Presence in Our Lives

Hello, Mom: Mary’s Constant Presence in Our Lives

Today, I am joining the #WorthRevisitWednesday link-up, hosted by Allison of Reconciled to You and Elizabeth of Theology is a Verb. Since May is the month of Mary, I am sharing a piece I wrote for a 31-day series on the Blessed Mother. I pray that it will inspire you in your own relationship with the Mother of God, the Mother of us all. It is a bright, sunny fall day. (Do you notice how on the sunniest fall day the…

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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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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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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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Meeting Jesus in the Quiet and Crazy of Advent

Meeting Jesus in the Quiet and Crazy of Advent

As I sat in front of my computer on Cyber Monday, browsing the websites of various retailers, irritability peeked its ugly head. Site after site, I wasn’t finding what I was looking for at all. I was running out of ideas, and panic filled my heart. I closed the browser and walked away with a big, heavy sigh. It wasn’t even December 1, and I was already feeling behind on all of my Christmas preparations. But why? Looking at 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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Your Turn: Seeking Reader Feedback

Your Turn: Seeking Reader Feedback

As 2016 winds down—with only 10 days until Thanksgiving, 13 days until Advent, 41 days until Christmas, and 48 days until 2017—I am starting to think about what is in store in the new year. What are my goals—personally and professionally? Perhaps you are starting to think about goals, too! For the past 14 years, I have been a stay-at-home mom, and I have cherished every moment. The days were definitely long, but those years—wow!—were short. Starting this fall, all…

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Day 31: #31 Days—Trick or Treat?

Day 31: #31 Days—Trick or Treat?

It is hard to believe this is the last day of my Write 31 Days series on Dyslexia Awareness. I was nervous to take this on, as I stated in yesterday’s post, but God has given me so much grace to endure. To endure during these 31 days of writing. But also to endure in this journey I am on with my daughter. “… for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and…

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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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