Will You be Home for Christmas?

What Christmas Looks Like This YearFor Christmas this year, Nathan and I will get to visit my family and his, like we did for Thanksgiving. We’re really blessed that we’re able to make these visits happen, and they’re really important to us because we don’t get to see our families in Pennsylvania often now thatContinue reading “Will You be Home for Christmas?”

Christ’s Peace with Us: 4th Sunday of Advent 2020

Peace on Earth?Do we really have peace on Earth? I tend to look on the bright side of things, but the pessimist in me says no, peace is nowhere to be found. After experiencing the difficulties of 2020, I’d say that we’re far from peace on Earth. Our world seems to be in a stateContinue reading “Christ’s Peace with Us: 4th Sunday of Advent 2020”

Hidden with God in Isolation

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? Psalm 139:7 Entering IsolationThis Thanksgiving, Nathan and I traveled home to Pennsylvania to visit our families. We were so blessed to spend so much time with his family and mine after being away from home for months. Of course, because we’reContinue reading “Hidden with God in Isolation”

Joy in the Lord: 3rd Sunday of Advent 2020

I rejoice heartily in the Lord; in my God is the joy of my soul. Isaiah 61:10 Our Search for JoyAs humans, we long for joy. Because we’re human, we’re not always sure how to seek joy, where we can find it, and if the source of our joy is good. Often, we find andContinue reading “Joy in the Lord: 3rd Sunday of Advent 2020”

Deepening our Faith: 2nd Sunday of Advent 2020

A voice proclaims: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Isaiah 40:3 Cleaning Up Our FaithWe often hear that Advent is a time to deepen our faith. Like we clean up our house and make it lovely for a guest, we do theContinue reading “Deepening our Faith: 2nd Sunday of Advent 2020”

Giving God Our Daily Fiat

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 Our Will or His Will?How often do you dream about the day when God reveals His plan for your life? I used to daydream of having some great epiphany. I dreamed up an elaborate scenarioContinue reading “Giving God Our Daily Fiat”

Waiting in Hope: 1st Sunday of Advent 2020

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul. Hebrews 6:19 What is Hope?Recently, I’ve been pondering what it means to hope. I understand that faith and hope are completely different, but they seem so similar at a glance. After researching it in the Catechism and reading a few articles, I learned that whileContinue reading “Waiting in Hope: 1st Sunday of Advent 2020”

3 Intentional Ways to Practice Gratitude

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wondrous deeds. Psalm 9:1 An Attitude of GratitudeHow often do you practice gratitude? Lately, I’ve been learning that when you practice gratitude, you’re more receptive to the blessings that God gives you, and when you’re happy with whatContinue reading “3 Intentional Ways to Practice Gratitude”

This Sunday’s Gospel: November 22, 2020

Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus said to his disciples:“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,and all the angels with him,he will sit upon his glorious throne,and all the nations will be assembled before him.And he will separate them one from another,as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.He will place the sheep on hisContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: November 22, 2020”

How to Practice Holy Leisure

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 What is Holy Leisure?I first heard about holy leisure when I started discipleship in college. Courtney, my discipler was teaching me about six-step planning, and she reminded me to take time for holy leisure. She advised meContinue reading “How to Practice Holy Leisure”