Excerpt from my Lenten Devotional

I’m thrilled to announce that my Lenten devotional, “With Our Savior,” is now for sale! Published by Creative Communications for the Parish, “With Our Savior” is a 48-page Lenten devotional for families. For each day of Lent there is a little, family-friendly story to help parents and kids connect to that day’s scripture passage. The story is followed by a short prayer, and then an activity to help prepare everyone for Easter.

Booklets begin at $1.99 each, but reduce in price the more you order. To order in bulk, visit Creative Communications for the Parish.  For smaller orders, email withoursavior@gmail.com.

Enjoy this excerpt from the devotional! Continue reading

Who Will You Give the Victory To?

For the Lord your God is He who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.     Deuteronomy 20:4

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With the turn of a new year, it’s as if we all get a clean slate, an enormous “do over.” It’s a collective opportunity to regroup, re-prioritize, and re-imagine how we want to live our lives.

The more I reflected on how I want this new year to play out, the more I realized there’s a battle raging for my perspective. Continue reading

A Three Minute Sabbath

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 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.    John 14:27

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I started back to work last month, after fourteen years of raising kids and doing small, paying jobs from home. I’m still learning the juggling act of working outside the house, while still keeping up with all the responsibilities of motherhood. Most days I’m completely wiped out by bedtime, and I can’t get rid of my kids fast enough.

After one especially hard day, my eight-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, asked if we could kneel down and pray together before I tucked her in. Because I’m such a bad mom at that hour, we do our family praying in the car as I travel all over town dropping off and picking up kids. So it took everything I had not to yell “NO! We already prayed today!!”

Seriously, how can a mother of faith turn down that request? Regardless, I knelt down with resentment and impatience, wanting it to be over before we even began. Continue reading

Moving Away from “I”

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.      Philippians 2:3-4

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Jocelyn and I recently watched a girly movie together while the boys were off doing their thing. Jocelyn Chose “Princess Diaries.”

In it, the main character, Mia, discovers she’s a princess of a small country called Genovia. The glitch is, as a clumsy, insecure, and awkward teen, she doesn’t feel she’s princess material. Despite a beauty makeover and etiquette lessons from the queen herself, Mia doesn’t experience the inward transformation she needs. Consequently, she continues to mess up.

Of course, everything changes over time. The turning point happens right as Mia is giving her speech to abdicate and stay her clumsy, insecure self. The transformation is exactly what each of us moms goes through, whether we know it or not. Continue reading

Birthday Party Invitations

Originally posted on December 24th, 2015

For to us a child is born…. Isaiah 9:6

12-20-18 with-word-overlayI got a frantic email last week about a child’s birthday party that Saturday.  The mom was apologizing profusely.  Weeks before, when she was creating the Evite for her daughter’s sixth birthday party, she had overlooked inputting Jocelyn into the invitation.

Jocelyn loves this little girl and would have been over the moon to attend.  But I’m an advanced planner and had already filled that Saturday with other commitments.  All week, I tried to problem solve to find a way to make it happen.  But you know how this time of year is: We’re all overbooked with no space for spontaneous invites.

 Years ago, my mom gave me a small, laminated card with a story called “Mary’s Dream” on it.  Its author is unknown.  Every Advent, I pull that card out and reread the story. Continue reading

The “Sweep”

My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away. Indeed, I forget to eat my bread.     Psalm 102:4

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A control freak at heart, I’ve always been the one to move about the house putting everything back in its place. It calms me to look around and see things neat and orderly in an otherwise chaotic world. But in a household of five, that task is almost a full-time job.

So, when I went back to work a few weeks ago, the house fell into complete disarray. Seeing the clutter everywhere when I got home from work pushed me over the edge. Continue reading