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What is the real Purpose of Lent? Why do we have this season anyway? Is it about giving up candy, Netflix, Facebook and meat?

Why all the focus on “sacrifice”? Why do we fast? How do we decide what to “give up”? Why do we spend this time focusing on filling food banks and upping our tithe?  Is it just a good time of year to make us feel guilty about being fortunate? a time of year to make us feel guilty about whether we meet or don’t meet our resolutions?

It is true that Lent encourages us to make sacrifices, to die to ourselves like Christ, to give more, to work harder, to move outside our comfort zone…. but the purpose often gets lost in the details…

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Personal Growth, Relationship with God, Seasonal Reflections

10 reasons to Seek a True Relationship with God this New Year

Are you still debating whether or not your relationship with God needs a little TLC this year? My guess is that you already know the answer to that question… the real question is whether or not YOU are ready to give a your relationship with God the effort and attention it needs… Maybe you just need to be reminded what a true relationship with God could look like in your life!

Well, what does a true relationship with anyone look like?

Prioritizing your life, Seasonal Reflections

How to Offer God the Gift of your Presence

Presence is a powerful thing…

Every morning I wake up and my husband is gone to work already. At 6:30 I get the kids breakfast on my own and begin the day, usually with a lot of grandiose plans for the day. As the hours go by, I begin to lower my standards to survival and being excited if I manage to get a shower. By 3 pm, I am spent. My quota of patience and all other necessary virtues for mothering 5 children under the age of 7 has been exceeded by about 12,000% and I am literally living for the moment the door opens and all the kids scream, “DADDY’S HOME!!!”

The minute he enters the house everything changes.

No matter how tough the day has been, I can breathe a sigh of relief and rest for a moment knowing that I am no longer alone.

Discernment, Seasonal Reflections

God designs our seasons… Happy Lent!

When God has a plan it trumps everything else.

I knew I would probably go into labor this week but that was the tiniest fraction of what would happen. After nearly 3 days of false labor Adam and I pretty much resigned ourselves to the fact that “the kid was never coming out” and relaxed once again into our normal schedule.

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