Archive for February 2016

An Inconvenient Mercy

This year has been named the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. A year where as a collective church we mediate on the greatness of God’s mercy and how it should move us to show mercy for others.

As I ponder mercy, memories rush to my mind. Waking up each morning with the gift of new mercies from God, times I have witnessed a friend extend mercy to someone in misfortune, or the frequent occurrence of my husband offering me mercy in the times I have wronged him. It seems to me, mercy is a word that describes a myriad of things. So to paraphrase Justin Bieber what does it mean? Read More →

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Live Your Song: A Lenten meditation from Jon Foreman’s TED Talk

This week Jon Foreman delivered a TedX Talk at the University of Nevada named Live Your Song. He presented a simple and elegant idea about living your life’s song (or purpose). The TED talk-ing intermixed seamlessly within a set of 3 acoustic songs. As Jon bounced between his spoken and lyrical words, the talk did not have the typical drama and performance of a TED talk, instead it was seeping with sincerity, in a style reminiscent of conversational slam poetry.

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It was clear that Jon Foreman was so very passionate about the words he had to share. He wanted to remind us of our temporary and limited life, but at the same time paint a beautiful picture of our significance. He highlights the grandness of our calling without forgetting to mention the effort and struggle it takes to get up and thoughtfully make moves toward our purpose in the world. His words encourage us to humbly realize who we are and that the life we live matters. As I listened to the talk, I couldn’t help but relate his message to the season and mindset of lent.

I think it is fair to say, I loved the talk. Here are 7 quick thoughts and truths for lent, each one structured around a quote from Jon Forman’s TED talk. Read More →

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A Lenten Plan: Something to give, sacrifice, study, and build up relationships

Lent begins Wednesday, sneaking up on us! Each year I appreciate the rhythm of the liturgical year even more. Somehow when lent rolls around each winter, I find I am in need of this season to challenge me and push me closer toward Christ.

As I go into Ash Wednesday, I am committed to chipping away at the apathy of my faith through devotion and sacrifice. Its time to make a plan for how I will walk along with Jesus to Calvary and truly celebrate the empty tomb on Easter. Read More →

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7 Examples my mom set for me and you

Happy birthday mommy. We are so blessed to have the gift of you in our lives. Thank you for the example you have set for us in so many ways.

Can you figure out which one is me?

My hope is that this list will help you and I to reflect on the amazing examples of motherhood in our lives as well as learn a little from my mom’s bold example. Each mama is different and brings different things to the table, it is in learning from those who came before us that we can better hone our own mama style. Read More →

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St Blaise: Making New Friends in Heaven

This post is part of a series of posts on the life of saints. Basically, saints are holy men and women whose lives demonstrate the glory of God and are now in heaven in his presence.Check out an earlier post if you are interested in more information about what a saint is

Today’s post is about St. Blaise. I remember going to a service on St. Blaise’s feast day as a child and being very confused, my mom explained what was happening, but it was not an ordinary tradition. At the end of the service people had their throats blessed using candle sticks. When I saw that St. Blaise’s feast day coming up I knew I needed to do some more investigating. Read More →

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