Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 15: Making Sense of Suffering

I think perhaps this is the hardest chapter in the book to wade through. At least for me it is. I have suffered so much within my life that I often wonder why God sees fit to place so much upon my shoulders. From abuse I suffered as a child to the inconceivable way we lost William and all the suffering I have endured in … Continue reading Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 15: Making Sense of Suffering

Prayer of the Day: Not My Will, But Yours

Good morning! You have heard the phrase, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” Is God calling you to something bigger than you feel you are qualified for? Is He asking you to do something that makes you uncomfortable? Are you scared to follow Him into the unknown and so you instead pray that the cup will pass you by? Today I pray … Continue reading Prayer of the Day: Not My Will, But Yours

Prayer of the Day: A Prayer for Our Children

Good morning! Proverbs 22:6 tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” As parents of teen and adult children, sometimes it’s hard to remember this Bible passage. We see our children making mistakes and choosing paths that we know are not healthy for their minds, bodies, or souls. We worry … Continue reading Prayer of the Day: A Prayer for Our Children

Prayer of the Day: Hope In Suffering

Good morning! Today I am praying for those of you who may feel like Job… challenged, tried, and judged. You may feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders and are being asked to carry heavy crosses. You are trying your best to stay faithful to God and yet you still encounter trial after trial-trials that make you feel that God … Continue reading Prayer of the Day: Hope In Suffering

A Shared Day: The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift

It’s hard to believe that three years ago today I didn’t know if I or the baby I was carrying would live or die. I remember waking up and praying that God would be merciful and would spare us both. As we headed to the hospital and I kissed each of our other children goodbye, I prayed that whatever happened, God would also be merciful … Continue reading A Shared Day: The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift

Singing Happy Birthday to Heaven

After Mass today we stopped at the cemetery to see William. Today is his birthday. We gathered around his grave and one of the kids asked if we could sing Happy Birthday. And so, we sang. Afterward, we prayed as a family. We talked abut how old William would be had he lived and a couple of the little ones asked me if I thought … Continue reading Singing Happy Birthday to Heaven

From One Mother to Another: A Letter to Mrs. McSpadden

Dear Mrs. McSpadden, I’m sure you are wondering why I am writing to you. You may wonder what we have in common. After all I am a white woman living in the rural south, I am a stay at home mother to 11 children, and I homeschool. I am also married to a police officer. It may seem that we are worlds apart, both in … Continue reading From One Mother to Another: A Letter to Mrs. McSpadden