September 19, 2023

Acceptance of Alzheimers In honor of Alzheimers Awareness Month, I’d like to show how my faith helped me handle the sadness of watching both my mother-in-law and my mother go through this loss of themselves. With my mother-in-law, Emma, the disease’s progression was brutal. This great lady was one of the kindest people I have ever met, and she was also an accomplished businesswoman, cook and seamstress. When she was at that transition time of knowing something was wrong with... Read more

September 18, 2023

Confidence –Where Does It Originate? I have found that the only way to increase my confidence is through 1. knowledge of God’s Word, 2. knowledge of God’s place, and 3. not making human beings my Higher Power. Knowledge and Belief in God’s Word Growing up, it was not emphasized to learn and memorize Bible verses. I wish I had been encouraged to do so! We all love small phrases and slogans in tough moments. They help us keep perspective and... Read more

September 13, 2023

Carpal Tunnel Surgery –No Way Around It My husband, Rich, suffered for over a year and a half with nerve damage in both wrists. He had poor sleep night after night. Numbness, pain and a weak grip plagued him constantly. These symptoms would not ever get better. He loves to work with his hands. He can fix anything. He landscapes our yard like a pro. Facing losing this valuable ability was a blow. The doctors said Physical Therapy would not improve... Read more

September 12, 2023

September is World Suicide Prevention Month. One of my colleagues lost her dad to suicide. My coworkers and I were all shocked when we heard. This dear friend courageously mentioned on social media that we all must try to open up about how we feel, and not bottle it up until we explode. It’s hard to be vulnerable and tell others about the emotions churning in our heads. We tend to keep our own counsel –a stiff upper lip. This... Read more

September 7, 2023

Toxic People –How Do We, As Christians, Handle Them? When dealing with toxic people, how do we maintain our Christian principle of love, without being a doormat? Does Jesus expect us to keep going back for more abuse? Absolutely not. “Above all else, guard your heart.” Proverbs 4:23 Did Jesus continue to allow the money changers in the temple to keep going, even though He was angry and wanted it to stop? No. He knocked over their tables! We are... Read more

September 4, 2023

Contentment can be elusive, as we all navigate this fickle human condition. With God, Gratitude, Good friends and Good deeds, we can get close to finding it. 1. God First As human beings, we tend to pursue bigger, better, faster and stronger. These are good goals, if kept in perspective. We might want a bigger number of customers to keep our business flush. We might strive to run our business better –more efficiently. Accomplishing jobs faster means we have more... Read more

August 29, 2023

Natural Family Planning-NFP- Catholic Teaching On Birth Control I first learned about the Catholic teaching on birth control while still in high school. They taught us about temperature changes around ovulation, and cervical mucus symptoms of fertility. We were taught all this as teenagers, to prepare for marriage and prudent family planning later on. This Natural Family Planning Method is very healthy and goes with our female bodies, the way that God created them. It is based on Humanae Vitae/On... Read more

August 28, 2023

Discouragement, Distraction, Deception As human beings living in the fickle circumstances of this Earth, we are acutely vulnerable to spiritual warfare. The 3 Ds the Enemy uses are Discouragement, Distraction and Deception. We allow negative thoughts about ourselves to rule our day. We keep disrupting our prayer time with our phones. (Guilty)! And, we believe the lies we are told. I have been an unwitting victim of all of these spectacular strategies the Fallen Angel uses, to try to get... Read more

August 26, 2023

Otherworldly Strength, 2. Steadfast Faith and 3. The Importance of Community are what I have witnessed while watching one special family navigate their unique transplant journey. Teddy endured three. We can all take a leaf out of this family’s book to enhance our spirituality. Buckle your seat belts. What follows is a story of tremendous bravery. I loved meeting Kristen and Teddy when I first entered the family, while dating my husband, Rich. He and their dad, Ted, are brothers... Read more

August 21, 2023

From my busted wedding ring, I learned: 1. to seek God harder, 2. not to count on Earth’s pleasures, and 3. that I have a hole in my heart that only God can fill. St. Augustine once said, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.” Seek God Harder Could I spend more time with God each day? You bet! I do my morning devotional, but I could certainly incorporate an afternoon and evening devotional, too. Instead, I dive... Read more

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