Not Done Yet

“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.” ~ Acts 4:33

EASTER!!! It’s over!

Well, actually it isn’t over- we have many days of celebration left. Easter is actually the longest season of the church year- 50 days. Easter continues until the arrival of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. So, now what? The Savior rose from the dead, we’ve spent forty days reflecting on our faith lives. What comes next? I think that we have hit the “fun part”.

As many of you know, I’m not a super quiet person. So the idea of spending 40 days in reflection makes me want to cry. But once Easter has come, it is like we have been released out into the world. We are warned not to hide in the chamber like the disciples did. We need to go forth, and show the world that something has changed. The world has been made new!

Easter is not done yet! So let’s get out there and continue with the celebration of new life!

God Bless,
Kim

Already Here

“You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” ~ John 14:17

We have this mindset of Jesus, that “He’s coming”. We always speak as if he’s on his way back, and we need to be ready. Even Palm Sunday has us prepped for the arrival of Jesus with flair, singing, and of course… palms. But even with that famous entrance into Jerusalem, there still seems to be this feeling that Jesus is coming.

The uncomfortable reality is that he’s already here.

JESUS IS HERE

Give it a minute to sink in. Jesus isn’t going to come knocking at your door, he’s sitting in the living room waiting to see what your going to do. Lent is pretty much done. We’re right in the middle of Holy Week, and the time for reflection has come and gone. Now is the time to step up and put into action all those words of faith that we know so well.

So, as Easter approaches, how will you celebrate with our Savior, who art already on the couch?
God Bless,
Kim

A Solitary Place

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark,
Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
~Mark 1:35

I can’t remember the last time that I went to a solitary place. I’m not even sure the last time I got to use the bathroom without the door being banged upon. And as we take on more responsibilities in life, there seems to be less and less time to go off and pray in a solitary place. But it was always a priority for Jesus. He is mentioned going off to pray over 22 times in the gospels. So, if Jesus kept doing it, there must be a reason, right?

Of course there is! How can you take care of others if you aren’t taking care of yourself? The short answer is, you can’t! Not for very long anyway. As the weather has finally gotten nice out (Hooray for the end of a looooong CNY winter!) Take a few minutes to find a solitary place and do some quiet reflection for yourself! Better yet, if you can, take a vacation! Take a few days, and retreat with your disciples… or whoever else will help you to relax, and rejuvenate, to prepare for whatever the Lord sends your way!

Now, before you accuse me of being the “Pot” that called the “Kettle” black, I promise that I am actually practicing what I preach by being (That’s correct- I am ON VACATION RIGHT NOW!) on vacation with my husband. Something we haven’t done in at least 4 years. So, now you have no excuse, I’m setting such a good example! Grab your disciples friends, family, dog, or whoever will help you and find a mountain to hang out on for a while. Or maybe the beach… Jesus spent on awfully lot of time on mountains or at beaches!

Where are you headed to find your “Solitary Place”?

God Bless,
Kim

faith treats

Faith or a Toddler Trick or Treating

I found this back in the archives from 5 WHOLE YEARS AGO- Can you believe it?? And as is the case with faith, it still applies, so ENJOY!

I realized something while trick-or-treating with my 2 year old daughter tonight. It had nothing to do with commercialism or obesity or any other strange, angry topic that the news would have, it was about faith.

I watched my daughter walk up to each and every house, and instead of saying “Trick or Treat” (we tried, oh how we tried), she simply opened her bag, presented it to the adult with the candy, and said “Thank you.” At first I was certain that this was a sign of entitlement, and how my daughter was simply demanding candy, but I realized after a few houses, that it was all about faith.

She didn’t care what the adult put in her bag, but she had absolute faith, that she was going to have something placed in her bag.  We received chips, popcorn, and even kiddie dental floss at one brave soul’s house, but the point was she got something at each house- her faith was rewarded.

Aren’t we all a little like a 2 year old trick or treating? We approach the Lord’s house, Society’s house, a friend’s house and we present ourselves and say “Thank you” expecting to be filled with something. Sometimes it is good- like a full sized snickers bar, sometimes it’s those old fashioned popcorn balls, and sometimes it is something that a parent had to confiscate and throw away because it was questionable.

Remember to take care with what you fill yourself, and perhaps visit the house of the Lord a few more times as we “trick or treat” our way through life. And also, it might be nice if you thanked the Lord, because I guarantee he’s the one giving full-sized candy bars to all the kids on the block, and he’d probably give you a second, and third if you made the trip again.

God Bless & Happy Halloween!
Love, Kimmy

everything in time

Everything In Time

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31

I saw a post online the other day, that bothered me. It wasn’t anything overtly insulting so it took me awhile to realize why I had found it upsetting. It spoke of a 14-year old who had chosen not to participate in a fall sport; naturally the parents didn’t want them “vegging out” so they asked for places in need of volunteering.

Now, at first it might seem like there is nothing wrong with a parent asking for places in need of volunteers. Obviously, I am always asking for volunteers myself, so I am pleased to see that these parents wanted their child involved. But I found myself struggling with the concept that because their child didn’t participate in a sport, they would need something else to do. When did free time become “vegging out”?

We have lost our quiet. The idea that there should “doing nothing” as an activity that we should add to the schedule no longer exists. We no longer have the time to pray in quiet, to sit and reflect on our hopes and dreams. The art of waiting in silence, for anything, let alone the Lord’s whisper is gone. Maybe the 14-year does just want to veg out. But, even if that is the case, this 14 year old took the initiative to recognize that they needed time to do nothing. And instead of recognizing that as a need, a well meaning adult decided that the time must be filled.

I know that parents fear what their child will do when we are not around, but maybe we should spend a little more time filling our spiritual lives, instead of filling our calendars. When was the last time your family was in church, or at class, or at the parish picnic together? Life is only as busy as we allow it to be.

Maybe instead of filling the calendar, we can cancel a few things and spend time together. Let’s all try.

What is your favorite way to spend time together as a family?

God Bless,
Kim

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

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 is the joy? Jeanne knew…

Then, wiping away the tears, she said to her, “Take courage, my daughter; the Lord of heaven grant you joy in place of your sorrow. Take courage, my daughter.”
~ Tobit 7:16

This blog title had been sitting in my Drafts folder for a few weeks, and then sadly today, I was inspired. I say sadly because I was inspired by the life of a member of my church community who passed away in a tragic accident this past week- she was always full of joy.

Every community has those “church ladies”, the kind, smiling, usually older women who look to chat with everyone before and after mass- Jeanne was one of those women. I don’t think I ever saw her at mass when she wasn’t smiling- seriously! I try to be cheerful and say hello at church, but she always appeared to be the happiest woman in the building.

I know that she had her trials and struggles. Jeanne cared for her mother and husband during their long illnesses, and then lost them both with 18 months of each other. Yet, she continued forward, caring for her family during these times of sorrow by reminding them, “The Lord doesn’t give you only what you can handle, he helps you handle what he gives you.” She continued forward in this manner until the day of her tragic death. In short- Jeanne knew where the joy was- in the Lord.

I will miss Jeanne each time I pass her “seat” at church without a smile, but I am going to smile as I pass, and hope that I too can show people where the joy is at.

God Bless Jeanne’s family, and I know that she is up in heaven, smiling on us still.

God Bless,
Kim

Got Prayer?

He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.”
~Mark 9:29

When is the last time you talked to a friend? Probably in the last 20 minutes! I’m sure that your conversation was probably pretty short- because you talk all the time! There was no need to go over your life story, because your friends are with you often through your life journey. God has also been with you on your life’s journey- ALL THE TIME! But when is the last time that you spoke to God the way you speak to your friend?

It is easy to yell at God when things are going wrong, but when is the last time you had a conversation with God- one that included no swearing? God is with you always, and he always wants to be with you, yet he is often alone in the shadows.

Take a few minutes today to have a conversation with God. He sent his only Son to save us, so I think it is a pretty sure bet that he wants to listen!

God Bless,
Kim

It’s coming…

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Winter so Spring is coming! If you have ever seen the popular TV show “Game of Thrones”, then you know that Winter is used to describe any period of difficulties, not just the season. But here in CNY, with our constant winter, it becomes an actual complaint, and the phrase “Spring is coming” is rarely heard. Spring, and the idea of new life, new growth and even new ideas can easily get lost in the day-to-day winter drudgery.

The same can happen in our faith journeys. It is easy to get lost in the day-to-day demands and forget the obligations of our soul! We might remember to put the laundry away, make dinner, grocery shop, finish homework, and practice instruments- but at what expense?

Have we allowed the “winter” to freeze our faith? Our we stuck in a snowbank? What can we do to thaw the winter that takes over our spiritual lives? Lent and Easter offer us the perfect opportunity for a renewal- springtime- for our souls! There are so many different opportunities for prayer, fasting, almsgiving, service, penance. It is a “greenhouse” of spiritual flowers for your soul!

So, maybe you should take advantage of this Lent to pick a bouquet of refreshing flowers for your soul, because remember… EASTER is coming!

God Bless,
Kim