Wednesday, May 10, 2017

One thing I know

"A season of big changes is coming up in my life. If I try to imagine six months from now, I cannot; there are so many unknowns looming ahead. Of course, none of us can really know what our lives will look like in six months – or tomorrow, for that matter, as every breath is a gift from God – but many of us probably have a decent guess. 

As for my family, we hope that my husband will successfully complete his Ph.D. program, receive a job offer, and we’ll pack up our lives and move to who knows where. (The Lord knows where.) I don’t know if we will move closer to our families, as we both so desire, or farther from them. I don’t know what the opportunities for my own work will be in our new location. I don’t know what parish we will attend, what community we will be a part of, or where my son will go to preschool. But, one thing I do know."

Read the rest of my devotion at Blessed is She today.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Let's catch up, shall we?

You know those friends whom you don't get to talk to as much as you would like? The friends whom you can go months, even years without seeing, yet when you are back together it's as if you had never been apart? That's kind of how I feel about you as I sit down to write this blog post: like I'm talking to friends I haven't seen (at least not in this space) in a long time. Too long!

So I'm imagining we are together and about to catch up over a pretty latte or a hot cup of tea, whatever makes your heart smile.


The blog is (subtly) a little tidier and cleaner – did you notice? (I've watched a few episodes of Fixer Upper since we last chatted. If only you could shiplap a blog...)

And my goodness, we have so much to catch up on, I hardly know where to begin! I want to show you pictures from milestones celebrated  – my son's birthday parties and his baptism party, too. I want to tell you how the Blessed is She sisterhood has changed my life (did you see theirLiturgical Planner is now available for pre-order?). I've read beautiful books that I want to share, and had some experiences that are just aching to be written.

For today, though, I just want you to know how wonderful it is to see you! Whether you are an old friend or you're new to my blog, I am delighted that you're here. Your companionship is truly a gift.

More very soon –
your friend,



         


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Anchor Yourself in Him

"Newspaper headlines tell us the future looks grim: Division in our country and our world are apparent. Sin freely abounds (Lord, have mercy on us all.). Being a Christian, let alone a faithful Catholic, is far from celebrated in the eyes of our modern society. It can be difficult to be a witness to our faith, and it is then that our weary hearts so desperately need to hear – really hear – the words in today’s first reading from the Letter to the Hebrews.

'God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.' God doesn’t miss anything you do."


Click here to read the rest of my devotion over at Blessed is She today.


Blessings to you, my friends. Praying your hearts are full of hope this day.



           



P.S. In case you missed it, here is my last Blessed is She devotion, Flickers of Light and Dark, written for New Year's Eve. I pray it will bless you!

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

the love of a father and our Father

The love of a father - a mother - a parent, has a whole new depth and meaning to me now that our son Peter is here. More than anything else I have a deeper understanding of the love God has for us as His beloved children. I have spent a lot of time reflecting on that lately. It's an amazing kind of love that fills your heart as a parent. What leaves me speechless is that I know His love is bigger and deeper and stronger and wider than I will ever be capable of in my humanness. It's a love I cannot even begin to fathom. What a gift that He loves us in such a way.

God has abundantly blessed me with a daddy who has shown me an endless amount of love and support my whole life long.

He has given me a father-in-law who welcomed me as if I were his own from the start.

And He has given me an amazing husband who is an absolutely incredible dad to our sweet boy. Truly.

Dads get the short end of the stick appreciation-wise, I think. People are constantly assuming Michael has it easy in comparison to me as Peter's mom, but it's just not true. He has played just as important a role in our son's life. I look forward to celebrating Michael and the gift he is to our family today. 

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. May God bless each of you and all those men who long to be dads, those who miss their dads, those who miss their children, and those who are our spiritual fathers. 

Praying we all might know the deep and everlasting love of our Father today and every day...



           

{From the archives: My all-time most-read post from last Father's Day.}

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