Waiting for the Scales to Tip

“When someone strikes you on [your] right cheek, turn the other to him as well.”     Matthew 5:39

Gospel-Reflections-800x800-gold-outline-400x400This scripture passages is a tough one for me. I’m all about keeping things even and balanced. If someone does something kind for me, I don’t rest until I’ve reciprocated. If someone insults me or does me harm, I shake their dust from my shoes and walk away (Matt. 10:14). I’m far more into passages like Luke 6:31, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Continue reading

Peace in the Mayhem

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you…”     John 14:27

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We are all in the thick of the end-of-school madness. Every mom out there is overloaded, and overwhelmed. Hanging on by our fingernails, we’re just trying to get through.

We can’t even begin to imagine that God could grant us peace in the midst of this crazy time. But I’ve learned over and over again, never underestimate Him, or His awesome power. Continue reading

My Devotions in These Days

59264TDcoverfor_00000029472I’m thrilled to announce that I have seven devotions published in the spring edition of These Days devotional. I would like to thank Pastor Mary Lindberg and her team for this amazing  opportunity.

Here is a quick excerpt of one of those devotions:

A Golden Moment

Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?    Proverbs 8:1

My oldest son has become all things “teenager.” As he pushes me further away to establish his independence, I find I’m drawing nearer to God in my dependence.

Recently, the friction from that push and pull lit us both on fire. In the midst of the heated argument, I felt prompted to tell him: “This is new territory for me too! I don’t know how to handle this, and it’s killing me!” Continue reading

Doing Our Part

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Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.        James 4:17

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My nine-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, has hands that get so dry, they crack and bleed. I feel her pain; the same thing happened to me when I was young.

I soon learned to apply lotion to my hands every time I washed them, even when they didn’t seem dry. It eventually became a habit, and the issue no longer exists for me.

I’ve been trying to teach Jocelyn this proactive approach. But when her hands aren’t dry, she thinks it isn’t necessary. Of course, within a matter of days, her hands end up cracked and bleeding once again.

I finally got so frustrated, I found myself saying, “You know the answer. You’re the only one who’s in charge of your choices. If you don’t make the choice to fix it, I can’t help you.” It sounds a bit harsh, but I think it’s the same truth God speaks to us. Continue reading

The Trade-Off

But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.    John 15:7

Gospel-Reflections-800x800-gold-outlineI resisted going back to work with all my might. I couldn’t move past the enormous loss of time I’d have with my kids. Who was going to help them with their homework? Who was going to pick them up from after-school activities? Who was going to ensure they were doing what was expected of them? Continue reading

Where Do We Draw The Line?

“Let the wise also hear and gain in learning…” Proverbs 1:5

5.23.19 Where Do We Draw The LineA few weeks ago, Jocelyn asked me what special treat I’d like her to make for my birthday. I told her I would LOVE a funfetti cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Her face fell, and she said, “We ALWAYS have that for birthdays. I want to make something else special for you.” I explained how much I love that cake, and since I don’t eat sugar often, I’d been looking forward to it for weeks.

She heard none of it, and argued with me for a full three minutes, trying to make me change my mind. She had some idea in her head and wanted to push it on me, even though it was MY birthday and should have been MY choice.

Don’t we all do this? Continue reading