Be Perfect?

“So be perfect, just as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” ~Matthew 5:48 I’ll be honest, when I hear this reading, my perfectionistic-in-recovery self cringes a little. I have experienced first hand how destructive perfectionistic thinking can be and I can’t help but wonder, why would Jesus say this? My faith tells me though, that being…

Clearing Out The Weeds in My Soul

It’s starting to get warmer here during the day and the rains from the past couple of months are bringing forth an abundance of weeds. While the kids play outside, I start pulling handfulls of weeds out of the soft and moist earth and start reflecting. There is something about pulling out weeds that is…

Uncovering Our Wounds: Why Should I Seek Counseling?

Photo by lalesh aldarwish from Pexels I used to think that counseling was only for those in a state of very serious depression or anxiety, or other mental illnesses. You know, for people that are in a place where they cannot function. In the past, I had sought out counseling when I had been struggling more severely with…

Listening for God’s Still Small Voice

“So He said, ‘Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after…

Rest in Me

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. ” ~Matthew 11:28 When you feel weary and tired, Rest in Me. When you feel lost and lonely, Rest in Me. When you feel discouraged and empty, Rest in Me. When you feel alone and afraid, Rest in Me….

Just Take That First Small Step

“As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.”…

Pray, Don’t Worry

This is often easier said than done. I have struggled with anxiety most of my life and often find it hard to let go of my worries. There was one day that I had been worrying about a particular situation and it dawned on me. How much time have I actually spent praying about this…

When I Have More Time

All my life I have always said, “When I have more time, I will be able to pray more. When I finish college, when I get a different job, when my kids are older, then I will have more time to pray.” That familiar thought that I will always have more time later has foiled…

The Sacred Ordinary

I have always been an idealist. From a very young age, I wanted to do something great to change the world. I wanted to be a missionary to Africa and help the destitute. Or be a teacher in a disadvantaged area. Somehow, I would show the children that they are loved and inspire them to…