How to Set Spiritual Goals in 2021

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19 Can you believe that it’s 2021 already? Now that the new year is here, you might be setting resolutions and intentions for 2021. I prefer to use the term “goals” instead of “resolutions” because I feel likeContinue reading “How to Set Spiritual Goals in 2021”

My Spiritual Annual Report

But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19 God’s View of 2020One of my favorite hobbies is planning. I love to pick out a cute planner (or four) at the beginning of the year, decorate the weekly pages with cute stickers and washi, and write in my plans with colorfulContinue reading “My Spiritual Annual Report”

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”

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”

15 Saints Who Weren’t Too Young to be Saints

Ask Jesus to make you a Saint. After all, only he can do that. St. Dominic Savio Saints of All AgesWe often see icons of adults and old men and women, but we know that the Saints come from all walks of life and all ages. There are so many young Saints with steadfast faithContinue reading “15 Saints Who Weren’t Too Young to be Saints”

Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows

And you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Luke 2:35 I meditate on the Seven Sorrows of Mary, and I find myself on the outside looking in. I’m not a mother yet, so I can’t relate to losing a child. I’ve never watched one of myContinue reading “Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows”

8 Ways to Pray Throughout Your Day

Prayer is being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with him who, we know, loves us. St. Teresa of Avila Talking to GodIf we want to have a friendship, or any relationship, with God, then we have to pray. As St. Teresa claims, prayer is the way in which we talkContinue reading “8 Ways to Pray Throughout Your Day”

Going Where God Leads Me

I am not afraid. I was born to do this. St. Joan of Arc An Unintentional HiatusYou probably noticed that I haven’t been keeping up with my usual posting schedule. This is because I gave myself a break from blogging. I’ve been doing a lot of working, traveling, and socializing lately, so about two weeksContinue reading “Going Where God Leads Me”

An Open Thank-You to FOCUS

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 To all FOCUS missionaries, especially Becca, Emily, Jacob, Thomas, JD, Brian, Courtney, Maddi, Molly, and Peter, who served at SRU, and Shannon, my friend from SRU who said yes to FOCUS. Moving in with FOCUSItContinue reading “An Open Thank-You to FOCUS”