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Finding God in our lives
is quite simple.
We just have to take
the time to look.

David and Goliath - Eyes to See

This video has a very interesting explanation of the story of David and Goliath. However, Malcolm Gladwell leaves something significant out of the story. Namely, God. Some of his explanations make a lot of sense. But others fall short precisely because he leaves the miracle out. This giant may have been unable to fight well, but the Israeli army didn't know that. None of them would go down to the valley, so there was something about the giant that none of them wanted to confront. David may have been a great marksman, but he was not a soldier. Great soldiers could hit things with accuracy from very far away, but they had training in war. David was a shepherd who was bringing lunch to his brot

God's plan or mine?

I'm going to share with you a reflection that I got from a friend who was reading my latest book, Walking Through Holy Week.I love seeing how God takes my thoughts and reflections and uses them to speak to others. I hope hers will do the same. Enjoy! ------------------------- I was reading about the second station of the cross (in Karen's wonderful book) when Jesus is carrying his cross up the hill and it paralleled to when Abraham was called to sacrifice Isaac and he too carried the wood he was to be sacrificed on up the hill. In the story of Isaac and Abraham obviously God had a different plan. I started thinking about how Abraham must have felt taking his son to be sacrificed and if he qu

Music Monday: Even If by Mercy Me

It's hard to imagine that we can do good when we are in difficult times. Our pain and our struggles are something to be carried and endured until they are over. We need help, and we don't have anything to give to anyone else who needs it. Right? So. Totally. Wrong. I'm here to tell you that those are the moments when God's light shines through us the brightest. Even more, if we're looking, they are the moments when we see what His power looks like, because we know our power is so limited. As someone who writes and inspires, I have to say that it is particularly difficult when I don't feel like I have the footing to stand and encourage others because I am discouraged myself. But it is precise

How much should we give?

"I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc. is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them." - C.S. Lewis I read this passage during Lent this year, and can't stop thinking about it. It made me pause as I thought about my comfortable life. I really lack for nothing, so how can I say

Music Monday: In My Blood

I was a little hesitant to include this song in my Music Monday posts. My daughter recommended it excitedly, and after listening to it, I wasn't sure what message was coming across. I like the strength in it and the spirit of never giving up, even when things are completely overwhelming, because it just isn't "in my blood." But how was this spiritual? My daughter was a little incredulous as she explained it to me. "It isn't in our blood, because we have the Blood of Christ in us." Oh, yeah. We have been transformed, we are covered and we are redeemed. Things may be falling apart around us, but giving up isn't an option. Not if we can immerse ourselves in the blood that has been given for us.

Hope for the Hopeless

https://www.facebook.com/BESTAustinBestProducts/videos/2137967459772397/ I am excited to share this video about Community First Village in Austin. Mobile Loaves and Fishes, the charity that developed the village, has a unique and beautiful understanding of homelessness and what is needed to help end it. The understanding of family and community that they bring to their ministry is one that helps not only the people who are living on the streets, but the people who serve them through MLF, and the community they live in. I know the woman who speaks at the beginning of the video. She worked a corner near my home for a while, and I unexpectedly got to lead the blessing over her new home at her h

Receiving the Gift

So that we might obtain this life of happiness, he who is true life itself taught us to pray, not in many words as though speaking longer could gain us a hearing. After all, we pray to one who, as the Lord himself tells us, knows what we need before we ask for it. Why he should ask us to pray, when he knows what we need before we ask him, may perplex us if we do not realize that our Lord and God does not want to know what we want (for he cannot fail to know it), but wants us rather to exercise our desire through our prayers, so that we may be able to receive what he is preparing to give us. His give is very great indeed, but our capacity is too small and limited to receive it. - St. Augustin

Music Monday: Tightrope

I love this song from the movie The Greatest Showman. It's a poignant song about the adventure of love. The more I listened to the words, though, the more I felt it reflected my life in Christ. "High in the sky, we can see the whole world down below... Never sure, will you catch me if I should fall? Well, it's all an adventure that comes with a breathtaking view." Life is such an adventure when you live deep in your faith. Even so, we can have our moments our doubt, wondering if God will really be there when times are tough. I'm here to tell you that He is, and even in the tough times the view can be stunning. Nothing could keep me from it.

Funniest Church Moments Ever

For our first Fun Friday post, I'm going to share some hilarious church moments from a Jennifer Fulwiler Facebook post. These short, ten-word stories had my family laughing until they cried. I've lived some of these, and seen a few more, and they're always funnier when they're happening to someone else, aren't they? My story (not my kids, but I think brothers should count): Altar serving brother sleeping mouth open. Priest's homily? Vocations. (9!) or Same brother, standing room, purse taking chair, perfectly-aimed vomit. (That one might be the best, not the worst) What is your ten words or less moment?

A Taste of Heaven

"About death I go through different moods, but the times when I can desire it are never, I think, those when this world seems harshest. On the contrary, it is just when there seems to be the most of Heaven already here that I come nearest to longing for a patria [homeland or native country]" - CS Lewis, Letter to Dom Bede Griffiths Have you ever experienced anything like this? How much do we long for heaven when we experience difficulties, suffering, or evil? I think in those situations, we mostly want relief. Heaven is a nice concept, but not something very accessible in those moments. But when you have those glimpses of heaven - when everything is working together, when your soul is at pea

Music Monday: Unpack Your Heart

Bring your secrets, bring your scars, Bring your glory, all that you are, Bring your daylight, bring your dark, Share your silence, and unpack your heart... Into your darkness I'll shine a light I love this joyful, energizing pop song. It's not in the Christian music genre, but it definitely expresses something that God tells us continuously. Bring it all. Good, bad, glorious, disastrous. It doesn't matter. You are loved, no matter what you bring to the relationship. In fact, you are loved because of what you bring to the relationship. Come. Lay it all in front of the one who can bring light to everything you have. You've never seen anything so bright.

Summer Schedule

June 1st and summer has begun in our house. School's out, the temperature is rising, and the pool is calling. Every summer, I go into a little lighter mode and I plan on doing the same this year. I'll keep up the Music Mondays, have some spiritual/Bible reflections on Wednesdays, and then some posts on Fridays where I will share some things I've found. I hope to hear from you about your summer and where you are finding God in it. It's one of my favorite times of the year. Not the one hundred degree part, but the slowing down and reconnecting part. After months of scheduled activities, it's nice for our family to do whatever we feel like together each day. As the children get older, those day

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Karen May

Inspirational Catholic Writer and Speaker

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