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For Your Weekend: Time to Prepare

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mat thew 25:1–13 I remember the first time I heard the phrase, “Lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.” It seemed to me the wise sort of thing someone says who has very good boundaries. Within that same week, it’s likely I made a late-night run […]

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Why We Need Jesus

[…] impossible, to be as good as God wanted her to be. She gave a big nod of agreement. And then we got to the good part-the good news. Every time our children (or we) mess up, it's an opportunity to be drawn to the Cross. My daughter was right-it is impossible to be as […]

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How We Own Our Mess? We Confess Our Sin

[…] going to learn? I am certain that God is wondering just how many times it's going to take for me to get it through my head that there is a limit to what I can stick on my calendar and actually get done with a sweet spirit. The school year finally ended, and next […]

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So tell me what you want, what you really really want

[…] head...what DO you want? What are you longing for? What precious desire of your heart has not been met yet? That’s a sacred space, I know (unlike the space song lyrics from 30 years ago take up in our heads), but I want you to think about it. For me, it’s many things: I […]

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And He Loved Them To the End (John 13:1)

[…] about what it signifies, we are going to see His love for the Church especially in the most difficult marriages, because Jesus “loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end” (John 13:1). We’re going to see heroic love—for Jesus loved those who were “his own” not just to the […]

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A Place to Call Home: Franciscan University of Steubenville

I’ve had many spells of homesickness over the years. Typically, I’d try to soothe myself by looking at houses online in the town where I grew up. I imagined what it would be like to move back to Duluth, Minnesota. Could I relive all the comforting memories? Would my desire to belong finally be […]

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The Secret to Surrender

[…] remain at peace when things are in pieces-how I could possibly surrender all to a God who appears to have bought me a season pass to the world's fastest roller coaster of events and emotions-I realized why surrendering to His will and letting go of mine was so hard. It wasn't because I was […]

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There’s No Escape

[…] would He allow so many horrible things to happen? If God really loved us, why wouldn’t He just step in and fix everything? Have you been asked these questions before? Have you ever asked them yourself? There’s no shame if you’ve questioned His goodness. Lord knows I have. As I shared with a beautiful […]

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Unexpected Gifts Hiding in the Advent Calendar

“All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.” James 1:17 As Christmas approaches, I'm freshly inspired to create the perfect Advent setting in my home. I picture beautiful arrangements of greenery and berries by my front door, a lovely tree by the roaring fire, homemade cookies, and […]

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The Less Offended Life

[…] to pick and prod at our confidence and flare up our entitlement? Genesis 11 reveals to us the root of this problem. The people of the ancient world came together and said in Genesis 11:4, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make […]

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