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The Path

The view from Camelback Mountain….. In our house, we’ve been talking a lot about purpose. What is God’s purpose for us? Why did he make us all different? How do we know when we’re following the path that God wants us to take? A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to explore these questions in a very literal context. I took a path that I had never taken before, and it led me right up a mountain. (Literally. Right up a mountain!) Climbing Camelback mountain with my dear friend Becky helped me to answer these questions. What is God’s purpose for us? I believe God’s purpose for us is to enjoy the journey on our way home to Him. I believe He wants us to climb, to pursue, to experience, and achieve. He didn’t put us on this earth to “play it safe.” We have to actively pursue works…

Socktober 2018

This October, the kids of St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Bryan once again hit it out of the park by collecting 209 pairs of brand new socks for donation to our local shelter.  Pictured above are some of our great sock collectors.  From left to right; Phillip Calabrese, Joe Calabrese, and Tucker Miller.  Great job, kids!

An Unlikely Friend

I haven’t always had a lot of friends.  For a long time, I only had a lot of “acquaintances.”  Matthew 5:47 helped me to recognize the difference. “If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? Ouch.  I was (and still sometimes am) guilty of only engaging would-be friends with superficial small talk.  Afraid to open up for fear of rejection, I dance around deeper subjects, missing the opportunity to fully engage with God’s fellow children.  When I make this mistake, I am missing out on experiencing one of our Father’s greatest gifts: friendship.  We can be certain that God intended us to have friends on this earth;  Scripture is full of friendship references, and the word “friend” appears approximately 107 times (depending on the version of the Word.) Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:     whoever finds one has found…

God Loves Math

I’ve never been a “math” person.  I struggled with it in school, spending many evenings crying at the kitchen table while my Dad tried to explain the principles of Algebra and Geometry.  In college, my best friend (now husband) tutored me throughout my  Calculus, Accounting,  and Economics classes.  Today, I rely upon my handy calculator on my phone to complete simple math problems.  So to say I’m not a “math” person, might actually be an understatement.  What I’ve recently noticed though is, GOD LOVES MATH! This concept that God Loves Math really dawned on me when having lunch with a new friend a few weeks ago.  She kept using the word, “discipleship” to describe how she and her husband complete their work as campus missionaries for Cru (also known as Campus Crusade for Christ.)  In their work, they seek out others to “disciple” with the hope and intention that they too…

A Recipe for the Saturday Before Easter

A few years ago I came across this recipe and made it with my boys on the Saturday before Easter.  It was a great activity not only because we got to make cookies together (which they loved doing) but it was a great way to talk to them about the true meaning of Easter.  The cookie preparation is simple, and each step has a Bible verse that coincides with the ingredients and the Easter story.  The best part is the anticipation and  joy of cracking open the cookies on Easter morning to find them empty inside.  The cookies bring the focus of Easter morning back to Jesus and away from the egg hunts and chocolate bunnies.  If you have small children or grandchildren, consider making these cookies (and these memories) this Easter weekend! Resurrection Cookie Recipe Prep these cookies the Saturday before Easter (or whenever you want to share the…

Treat your Neighbor

This Halloween, if you’re like our Family, you have lots of candy leftover!  While it’s tempting to squirrel it away to eat through the Winter, another idea may leave your waistline a little slimmer come Spring.    I found this idea on Pinterest, and I think it’s a great one.  Just print and adhere labels with bible verses to the leftover candy, and donate it to your Church’s youth group, or to any other group that regularly passes out candy.  It’s a quick and easy way to spread God’s word, and to share these “treats” with others.  Here are a few Bible Verses that fit the bill: Taste and see that the Lord is good;     blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.  -Psalm 34:8 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. -Proverbs 16:24 Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away…

Chalk it up to Experience

Try Creating a Menu Board! Weeknights used to be nutty in our house!  After a full day of work (and ubering kids)  I’d return home with a hangry (hungry +angry) crew asking, “What’s For Dinner?” Inevitably, no matter what the answer was, someone in the crowd would be disappointed.  That was until, my lovely and smart sister-in-law, Abby gave me the brilliant idea to post a weekly Menu Board.  The menu board allows me to plan our meals, and answer the “What’s for Dinner” question a full week ahead of time.  The grumpy “I don’t like that” comments are used up on Sunday night, and the meal planning has helped me to reduce our weekly grocery spend, too. We also use our Menu Board to post a Bible verse for the week.  The Bible verse sets a tone for the week, and it always opens up great dialog around the dinner table.  Below…