This morning as I was getting ready for the day I accidentally knocked over the angel encased in a clear plastic case and tied up with a yellow ribbon that is pictured above. This was a gift to me from a dear Army sister that I received 13 years ago in the midst of my … Continue reading Peace
In Paul's Letter to the Ephesians he describes the "armor of God." Bible scholars agree that Paul would have had a familiarity with the arms and armor of the soldiers of the Roman Empire, particularly the foot soldiers or infantry. This is meant to remind us that we are in a battle and we have … Continue reading The Armor of God
We can't have a relationship with Jesus if we don't love Him and understand that He loves us. And to have a relationship of love with anyone you need to spend time with them. So, read the New Testament, pray with it, and afterwards continue to pray. Prayer is just speaking to God, whether it … Continue reading The Prize
This is about choices. We all are able to, and indeed should make, many important choices in our lives. We can try to go through life never making any great, personal decisions. Actually, it's pretty easy, isn't it? And then we can blame everybody else for our confusion, and fear, and uncertainty. I prefer to … Continue reading Choices
I recently changed the subtitle of my blog from "Reflections of an Army Wife" to "Reflections of a Hopeful Woman." I did that because it has been a year since my husband retired after 37 years of exemplary and faithful service from the United States Army. I didn't feel I could continue using the "Army … Continue reading The Ultimate Project
The song, Broken Things, by Matthew West reminded me of a poem I wrote a long time ago. Just like when we read the Bible, sometimes a phrase, word, or entire story that we've seen before will jump out at us and give us a new perspective or fresh encouragement. That's the case with this … Continue reading The Crown
From May 1, 2018. Bears repeating on this May Day, the Feast of Joseph the Worker…
Today is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. That’s Jesus’ foster father, as I was taught to refer to him. Mary’s earthly husband was an awesome human being. He had an amazing faith, a huge heart of compassion, and unlimited patience, it seems to me. He also worked hard to support his family. It was noble service, an honest living, providing a needed product for people.
I read somewhere that one of our Pope’s decided to make 1 May the Feast of St. Joseph to counter the socialist and communist celebration of the worker on that same day of the year. But that didn’t happen until 1955 and there were May Day celebrations by communists for a long time before that.
St. Joseph was a humble man, as well. All of the qualities I mentioned are good characteristics for anyone to possess. But they are not something that just…
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It's with your heart And with your life- That's how you worship Him. It's not just words, It's not just deeds; But you go out on a limb. You trust and then you take a 'chance,' But it's not a chance at all. Because when you take that leap of faith, He'll catch you as … Continue reading Untitled
This song (video link below) is a companion piece for yesterday's blog entry for teens. I love that it's a young girl dancing and painting a picture at the same time. Our actions, even our failures, can bring us and others closer to Christ. God will use everything we give Him to bring people to … Continue reading You’re Not Alone
I wrote this specifically for teens. Young people so want to be included, to not stand out, to be part of 'the group,' which ever group they have decided upon. The gauge as to what is acceptable or cool, or the 'in' place to be is so elusive and ever changing. But wanting to belong … Continue reading A challenge for teens…