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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Achievement-unlocked

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

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

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

Lessons from a Toddler- Wandering Wisemen

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
~ Matthew 2:1-2 

There are no elves on my shelves. There are many reasons for that, but mostly it boils down to the fact that good behavior is a year-round endeavor in our house and it feels like adding an elf for a month once a year would complicate that idea.  It may seem silly, but I don’t want my children to behave well because “Santa is watching” through the little elves. I am absolutely not passing judgment on anyone who does Elf on the Shelf, it is a very cute and creative idea. My daughter has even asked if we will be getting an elf that moves all around this year. The answer, despite her asking, is still no.

I don’t remember there being an emphasis on Santa “watching us” when I was growing up. We definitely knew Santa was coming, and that if we were rotten little monsters there might not be any presents, but it was more of a peripheral awareness. We sang all the songs about Santa watching, and keeping his list, but the idea of actually being on the naughty list never occurred to me- my daughter is actually afraid of it. I have much clearer memories of designing my Christmas dress with my mother- and that is what I want for my kids. I want them searching for something else at Christmas, which is why three strange little men visit our house in December.

The 3 Wise Men search our house each December for the Baby Jesus, and isn’t that what we all should be doing- searching for Jesus? So the quest in my house is about finding Jesus, where are those silly wise men now, and the naughty list fades into the background. We love watching the Grinch, and decorating Gingerbread cookies, but what I love even more is knowing that the first thing my kids do every morning in December is search for the Wise Men searching for Jesus.

God Bless,
Kimwandering wisemen

She said YES

Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. ~Luke 1:38

Can you imagine probably being 16-18, and being told that you were going to give birth to the Son of God?

Seriously???

I have difficulty saying yes to help out with another event on a weekend, and Mary said “Sure”, to spending the rest of her life raising the Son of God- because all parents know that it is a lifetime commitment, no matter how old the child gets! Even worse this is the actual flesh and blood of the divine. Failure is not an option.

However, this teenage girl, faced with ridicule, abandonment, and even death calmly and serenely accepted one of the most difficult tasks undertaken by a human. She did this all with just one word… Yes, and the entire world has never been the same.

One word can change the world, so the next time someone asks you to help, support, or just show up, you never know what the result of your “Yes” can be.

God Bless,
Kim