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The Rain Will Come

It was just a couple of months ago that I remember walking across my lawn thinking how wet the grass had become. With each step taken, I could hear the water squishing under my feet after a very wet spring. The grass, trees and plants were all green and vibrant with color. It seemed that I could almost see the grass growing each week, as I was mowing the lawn more frequently than seemed justifiable. I would come home in the evening, try to get the yard mowed before another ... Read More »

Set Free

“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” – Galatians 5:1 Several years ago, in the midst of a carpool drop-off, a friend said to me in passing, “Someday I want you to tell me why you always seem so content.” If I recall correctly, I laughed and said that my kids and husband might disagree with her characterization but that I would love to have coffee and chat more about it. And ... Read More »

I’m So Disappointed in You

One day when I was eight-years-old I was walking through the kitchen and there on the counter was a full size Hershey’s chocolate bar, not one of those little miniatures, a full size candy bar. I wanted that candy bar. A lot. So I looked right and left, around the corner and behind me to make sure no one else was looking, and I took it. I went into my room and hid it in this little red and white lunch box that I played with sometimes. That night at ... Read More »

Reclaim Your Sabbath Day

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God.” – Exodus 20:8-10 I’m dating myself here, but does anyone but me remember when most stores were closed on Sundays? When I think about those days as a kid I remember feeling sometimes that Sunday afternoons were boring. No mall to go to, no errands to do with my mom…just books to read, maybe some TV to watch and hours ... Read More »

Unless the Lord Builds the House, Those Who Build It Labor in Vain

Years ago, I drove past a home construction site where the foundation had been laid but the frame had yet to take shape. A small sign greeted everyone who came to the job site. It read: “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” – Psalm 127:1 I marveled at that bold expression of faith! What courage it took for that builder to proclaim his faith, on the job, everyday. What a privilege it must have been to work for someone who gave such thanks and demonstrated such humility. I didn’t have that ... Read More »

Rethinking Resolutions

It’s almost mid-January. This is when most people start rethinking their resolutions. The excuses begin. “I don’t really need to lose that much weight.” “I can start saving money next month.” “Work is way too busy right now to plan for a vacation.” Why is it so hard to stick with certain commitments? Why do so many people fail, even though they spend months preparing for the special moment to begin working on their goals? There are many reasons why someone might give up on something before he or she ... Read More »

Growing Up Catholic

I grew up in Long Island, New York in a Catholic household. For the most part, I have very good memories growing up as a Catholic. Every Sunday we went to Mass. During the week, we went to confession. Saturday mornings, we went to confraternity. I spent many Saturday afternoons at the church with my Mom, who routinely volunteered at the book fairs, bake sales and other charity events. One of my earliest childhood memories is that of my Mom praying the rosary in her bedroom, in the dark, on ... Read More »

Ready for the Fire

One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 43:2. It reads, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” I found this verse when I was in high school and my best friend was going through a hard time. She was struggling with an eating disorder and a desire to end her life. I was terrified for ... Read More »

Cats and Air Conditioning

A few weeks ago our twenty-two year old air conditioning unit decided it no longer wanted to function. As you may recall, this perfectly coincided with the worst heat wave our region had seen all summer, so the timing was impeccable. As is the case in Virginia in July, the heat was oppressive. But even worse was the stifling humidity. My husband and I decided to rough it out in the 100-degree temperatures by camping in the basement for a few days. While it certainly wasn’t convenient, we’ve endured worse ... Read More »

Such a Time as This

One of my favorite Bible characters is Queen Esther. The story of Esther is full of intrigue, hidden identities, treachery, betrayal, a kindly uncle, spineless royalty, evil sycophants and the courage of one woman who risked her life to save her people. The book of Esther also has the unusual distinction of being the only book in the Bible that never specifically mentions God. Consider that little tidbit of Bible trivia a bonus. Through a series of circumstances not under her control, a young Jewish girl named Esther becomes the ... Read More »

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