His Circle of Love

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He saves them. Psalm 34:8

9.13.18 with word overlayI recently found out that Zack got some kids to walk the Prayer Path at the Youth Group camp-out this summer. He just shrugged it off  when I commended him for inspiring some teens to get closer to God. Despite him being a kid of few words, I needed more details. I had to dig deeper. Continue reading

The Day Will Come

“No one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.'” Luke 5:39

Gospel-Reflections-800x800-gold-outline“When can I get a cell phone?” my son had asked constantly over the course of his Middle School career. “When you’re in High School,” had always been my go-to response.

I knew I was the one parent in his peer group that had held out the longest. But, just like Jesus wasn’t phased by his disciples’ behavior being compared to that of John’s and the pharisees’, I wasn’t phased by mine being compared to that of other parents. I knew my teenage son getting a cell phone would change everything. Continue reading

Praising Him

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Offer praise as your sacrifice to God… Psalm 50:14

9.5.18 Praising HimOne of the Kindness Projects my kids did this summer was to appreciate my husband. They rotated weeks focusing on how hard he works to provide us with the life we lead. Then, in gratitude for all he does, they carried out small, secret acts of kindness for him: writing him little thank you notes, leaving candy on his desk, etc.

Initially, I was having them do this so my husband could get the recognition he deserves. But, as it played out, I could see a dual purpose: My kids slowly recognized, for themselves, all my husband does behind the scenes. They also learned to be grateful for all of it. Even more surprising was what I learned. Continue reading

A Not So Subtle Growing Point

All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness… 2 Timothy 3:16

8.30.18 with word overlayLast week, on vacation, my husband and kids did something to really piss me off. I’m too embarrassed now to admit what it was because, in retrospect, it was pretty minor. But in the moment, I was all fired up about it. Continue reading

Changing It Up

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.  Ezekial 36:26

8.16.18 with word overlayJocelyn picked Beados as her project this week. She meticulously arranged the teeny-tiny beads in a certain pattern in the little tray that holds them in place before you spray and seal them. But every few minutes, she’d bump the tray by accident, causing the beads to get all jumbled. Each time she did, her frustration level rose. Continue reading

Our Problem Solver

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.   Proverbs 3:5-6

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As I drove Zack to Youth Group a few weeks ago, he and I hit a snag while planning his upcoming birthday celebration. Now that he’s entering high school, his and his brother Mason’s relationship has shifted. Where they were once joined at the hip, shared all the same interests, and finished each other’s sentences, they’re paths are now diverging. The love and bond are deep and everlasting, but things on the surface have changed.

The issue was: Zack wanted just his same-aged-friends to go to the local amusement park for his birthday. Yet, he was deeply distraught about excluding his brother. The seven-minute-drive to the Parish Center was not long enough to solve the problem. I dropped him off saying we’d talk more about it when he got home. Continue reading