Fast, Pray, Give…in Secret

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start to our 40-day season of Lent. I know that we have all been considering (prayerfully) what it is that God wants us to commit to prayer, to give, and to fast from during this time. However, I notice a trend that may not be good. We have a tendency to be a little too vocal about our fasting, praying, and giving. In fact, conversations will often turn to the topic: “What are you giving up during Lent?”

Today’s Gospel reading squarely challenges us being too “sharing” about our Lenten sacrifices. Jesus, in Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18, gives us clear guidelines for how we should approach giving, prayer and fasting. He generally warns us: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them.” Continue reading “Fast, Pray, Give…in Secret”

#ProLifeGeneration

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I couldn’t be more proud to be Pro-Life as I watched such a diverse, loving, and inspirational group of hundreds of thousands March for Life today. From the streets to the stage, words of conviction sounded loud and clear: “Life is winning again!” “Keep fighting for Life!” “We are the Pro-Life generation!”

It is so encouraging and inspiring to see crowds of children, high-schoolers, and college students passionately standing up for unborn babies–the victims who have no voice. These youth are the next generationĀ of the Pro-Life movement, and they give me great hope for the future. I believe that they will courageously link arms with the generations before them who have builtĀ the foundation of the movement to end legalized abortion in this country and the world. Continue reading “#ProLifeGeneration”

Thankful…for Hope

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Yesterday was one of those days. I was struggling with parenting bad behaving toddlers, dealing with some stressful and emotionally challenging issues, and then to top it all off, my 16-month-old pulls a hot cup of tea off the counter and onto his chest. I raced to pull his clothes off, soak his burned skin in cold water, and call the pediatrician. Continue reading “Thankful…for Hope”