Your Life Depends On It

Love others well, and don’t hide behind a mask; love authentically. Despise evil; pursue what is good as if your life depends on it.
~ Romans 12:9

I was in the process of sorting through e-mails when I came across this bible verse and it struck me hard. “Pursue what is good as if your life depends on it.” I had to think, because I cannot remember the last time I pursued anything, let alone good, as if my life depended on it. When is the last time that you pursed anything as if your life depended on it?

It can be easy in our society, which is so busy all the time, to accept that some things just don’t get as much time as they should. Good things get pushed to the side, or the bottom of the list. We will get to them… eventually. I know, I am with you! I am the queen of pushing things to the side, and then accomplishing everything in one night, at the cost of sleep.

Life has gotten so busy that I think the only thing that I pursue as if my life depended on it is coffee, but that is going to change now.

Lent is coming, much like winter for Game of Thrones fans, and this time I am going to start a little early. I am going to pursue good as if my life depended on it, not in a few weeks, but now. I am going to pursue prayer opportunities with my family. I am going to pursue time to reflect and grow with my husband. I am going to pursue patience when dealing with my children. I am going to pursue all of those things as if my life depends on it… because it does.

Jesus told us, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” So, I am getting on board a little early for Lent, and I invite you to do the same. Maybe make a Lenten sacrifice or change be a lifestyle change. Who knows what amazing things will come of your pursuit of all that is good!

God Bless,
Kim

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Close Encounters

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
~Matthew 28:20

I encounter Christ in the smiles and laughter of my children, and the embrace of my husband, and those encounters fill my heart with joy daily. They blend seamlessly into my days, almost without notice. I think it can be easy to let our joy-filled “Easter” encounters with Christ fade into our memories. Not because they aren’t profound, but because joy seems so transient to us, something that we can’t quite hold on to.

The times I remember an encounter with Christ more vividly are often the painful, heart-wrenching days when I feel that I cannot go on anymore- Good Fridays of my life. The days when I just don’t have any more patience, when I don’t have a plan; the day when I want to channel Pontius Pilate- wash my hands of everything, and go build a blanket fort and eat cookie dough!

I  remember the encounter with Christ very profoundly on those days because those are the days when I can’t, and HE must. Those are the times when Jesus picks me up and carries me down the beach- or as it more accurately feels- carries me through the minefield of stressful situations, unfinished tasks, and drama-filled arguments. He carries me toward the times I know are right there waiting for me, the times I vow to value more, and hold closer to my heart. Towards the smiles of my children and embrace of my husband- my extraordinarily ordinary daily Easter encounters.

Where do You encounter Christ?
~Kim

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His Ways

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~ Jeremiah 29:11

If you’ve ever met me, then you know that I am always doing something new. I jokingly refer to it as DIY-ADD (Do it yourself attention deficit disorder. That isn’t to say that I have a ton of unfinished DIY projects- because I don’t, but it does mean that I am constantly offering to do different things for people and taking on new challenges for myself.

Most recently, I have been inspired to bake- because I have three kids and that’s a lot of birthday parties. And with a full time job, and being the fulltime childcare giver in our house it seems like just adding one more thing to my plate, but I find these new adventures give me opportunities to share something that I am good at with other people. I LIKE being helpful, and doing things for other people. And, the Good Lord is watching out for me, even when I don’t know how. Each new project I start helps someone- sometimes me!

For example- as I sat down to write this blog post, and looked up the bible verse it was an excellent reminder to me to have faith! ***Update on the house saga- we should be closing on our new bigger house in two weeks- but it has been stressful, and tough, and required extra paperwork, tighter money managing, and ALOT of boxes in my house! However, through all of this, I have to have faith, that even if I don’t know the plan, there is one, and that is good- because GOD IS GOOD! (ALL THE TIME) and ALL THE TIME (GOD IS GOOD!) So, between the Prophet Jeremiah, and Jesse Manibusan, I’ve got this handled.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go bake a cupcake, while sewing a quilt, and painting a bible verse on a mural. blog crafting emojisGod Bless,
Kim

 

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Lessons from a Toddler- Can I go? Can I?

When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:

My oldest son is finally old enough to go to our church’s gathering of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. I wish that I had the same enthusiasm to go to mass each week as Matthew does to go to Children’s Liturgy of the Word! Each time is like the first time for him, and he get’s a big grin on his face as he follows his sister to the altar for their blessing before he follows the group to their special room downstairs.

When is the last time you were that excited to go to church? Why aren’t we excited to hear the word of God? There is a lot of hope and encouragement to be found in the word of god. Words of salvation, and heroes in a world where we desperately need better heroes! I think that we forgotten to be childlike in our enthusiasm- or our enthusiasm might be caught up in more worldly encounters- Facebook? Work? Netflix?

So, the next time someone asks you if you want to go church- “Can I? Can I go?” Try for some enthusiasm!

God Bless,
Kim

 

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Prayer

Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.
~Psalm 54:2

Pray. Pray for your family and friends, pray for your neighbors, pray for the stranger down the street. We are told that we should constantly pray. But what does that mean exactly? Does God get tired of constantly hearing our voices?

God never tires of hearing from his beloved children. As a flawed human there are some times when the constant “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy PLEASE!” gets to me-  but I am not God. The bible tells us that his ways are far above our ways- which is GREAT! So pray away! Because prayer is meant to be more than a laundry list of the stuff we want! There are more than just prayers of intercession, where are the prayers of thanksgiving? Joy?

Be happy sometimes when you pray- no parent wants to hear only the bad- that would get depressing- lets share the good stuff too! “Thank you God, we went to the store and my toddler only screamed like a Wildman for 5 minutes instead of 10!” “Thank you that the kids went to bed without a fuss- Them 4,569 Me 3!” “Holy You, there is an amusement park “Thomasland” that I can take my kids to, that is incredible!!!!”

Of course, while we’re praying- please watch over Bonnie and her family while she has surgery and they miss her mom!

God Bless,
Kim

 

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Where’s your sign

So Gideon said to Him, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who speak with me.” ~ Judges 6:17

We are trying to sell our house. It’s not impossible- but the conditions are such, that timing needs to be perfect. As time pas passed pieces have fallen into place, and I keep wanting to think that this is a sign!

God wants us to move into the large brick house that I love! But realistically, it doesn’t necessarily mean that! I do believe that God has a plan, and if it is meant to be, then it is meant to be. But, God didn’t say, stand around waiting for a sign. God said to live a prepared sign.

So as much as I would like to wait around gushing over this small event falling into place, I need to live my life, and let it go, and let God!

God Bless,
Kim

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Level Up

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
~ Luke 17:5

I often overhear teens (and adults) talking about how they have reached the next level of a game, of binge-watching Netflix, and texting, or any number of activities that require time and effort. My question is, how are “leveling up” you faith?

Lent offers us the perfect chance to get things together in our faith life. Good old Catholic guilt gets our butts to mass more, a few Lenten “extras”, and even *GASP* confession! All of those are wonderful, and no matter your reason for getting through the door- you are adding some “faith experience points” and you never know what achievements from God you might unlock!

God Bless & and May your Level Ups be EPIC!
~Kim

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Just moving some mountains

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
~Matthew 17:20

Size matters- we hear that all the time in advertising. Bigger is better! Supersize it! But when it comes to faith, many people don’t feel like their faith is big enough…

But we’ve been told that we don’t need to have our faith supersized! We need only have faith as small as a mustard seed to move mountains. Great news for all those times that we feel less than holy, or those days when everything is going so wrong, that we figure God must be on a coffee break.

I don’t know what the divine break schedule looks like, but I do know that as long as our faith is this big:

 We’ve got this covered!

Blessings!
~Kim

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Can anybody turn on the light?

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
~Matthew 5:14

We have all heard the gospel about the Pharisees who made a big deal out of their faith- putting on a big show and “suffering”. So, it could be easy to make the mistake of thinking that your faith is something that shouldn’t be “seen” outside of church. However, there is a big difference between making a show of your faith, and a being a light for your faith.

Don’t make your faith a performance, make it normal! Faith is not the “sparkly” noticeable actions of giving up something and making a big deal about it- yes, give something up if that is helping you feel closer to God. But complaining about that action of prayer is not helping you get closer to God!

God is not Hollywood, full of empty promises of glitz, glamor, and perfection. God is waiting for you to come home, and turn on the light for everyone to see.

God bless,
Kim

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Keep Christmas

“…and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.” ~ Stave 5, A Christmas Carol~ Charles Dickens

For they will scarcely brood over the days of their lives, because God keeps them occupied with the joy of their hearts. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:20

We are now a week out of the joyous Christmas season- Jesus has been born, baptized, and presented in the temple. This past weekend he began his earthly ministry with the miracle at the Wedding at Cana. So, it can be easy to fall into a rut, and just kind of slide through Ordinary Time, just waiting for Lent to show up and make us sacrifice chocolate(or soda, candy or *GASP* Netflix- now there’s a sacrifice). But how are you keeping the joy of Christmas alive? Christmas may be over, but the joy shouldn’t just disappear with the last of the Christmas cookies!

How can we take all that joy that practically explodes out of Christmas- the company, gifts, music, food, excitement, and enthusiasm and insert that into our “Ordinary Times” lives? No one is going to just hand you joy. A lot of people have this idea, that joy and happiness are just going to be given to us, but Jesus tells us that the path of happiness requires some effort on our part! So, if you hear me humming “Angels we Have Heard on High” or “I Saw Three Ships”, don’t worry- it’s just the Christmas joy I’m trying to hang to for just a little bit longer!

God Bless,
Kim

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