The Hope That Is Ours

I awake in the middle of the night sandwiched between my toddler and my preschooler sleeping peacefully. As I listen to their steady breathing and snuggle in the warmth of their little bodies, my heart bursts with gratitude to the Father for blessing me with these two precious little ones.In an instant, that gratitude is replaced with the all too familiar feeling of panic. What if something were to happen to one of them? How would I ever survive? My throat burns and tears sting my eyes. My heart … [Read more...]

Reflecting on Easter

  Year after year I have celebrated Easter. I have put on my best dresses, dyed colorful eggs, cried at the Passion plays while thanking Christ for His great sacrifice.   But this year was different. You see, this once innocent girl with the childlike faith had now tasted of the bitterness of death.    Death. Once something that seemed almost surreal has now taken up permanent residence in my reality.    Death. Something so powerful that it took my dad away … [Read more...]

Time

Have you ever felt like everything in your life was pointing you toward something? Coincidence, I don't believe so. More like Divine direction.    1) Ever since my father passed away two months ago, I am much more aware of the sacredness of life and our time here on this earth, however long or short it may be.  2) I have been reading "Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting" (which is an awesome book that I will be posting about soon!) which is all about awareness and … [Read more...]

The Value of Things

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."    Matthew 6:19-21 I've been thinking a lot lately about consumerism and materialism, and how I do not want to live my life in constant want of things. My feelings on this subject are very … [Read more...]

Fly Like An Angel

I feel I would be dishonest to proceed further in this blog without mentioning something that happened that has forever changed my life, how I think and how I feel. Ten days ago, my father passed away unexpectedly and tragically. I am still reeling in shock, feeling deep sorrow and have a lot of unanswered questions. But this blog is not the place for working through those issues. I do, however, want to reflect on how his life and death have profoundly affected the very core of who I am. His … [Read more...]