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Reflections

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

Releasing the Names

My heart is heavy today. Today the Catholic Dioceses of Texas released the names of all priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse with minors. As I have said before, it is important that we bring light to this darkness. It’s there. It’s not just local, it’s worldwide, and it must be revealed so we can move forward, correct the wrongs, and start anew. The basis of our faith is not held in the perfection of our leaders. If that were ever meant to be the case, Peter would never have been chosen to lead anyone. But Peter it was, and Peter we will receive. The basis of our faith is Jesus. Jesus who came to be one of us. Jesus who came to die for us. Jesus who came to open heaven for

Coffee Date

My husband and I have a standing coffee date every week. The day varies occasionally, but every week we carve out time to spend together without distractions and at a time when we can both stay awake. (Our couple time used to happen after the children went to bed, but as they got older we could hardly stay up as late as they did, much less carve out time for coherent conversation.) We don't have a set agenda for our dates, but we always have something we need to talk through, we would like to share, or want some insight on. It's our way to stay connected and keep the lines of communication open so that minor issues don't become major issues and major issues have space for work. If I'm willin

New Math

There's a song I would teach my pre-school classes that went, "Love is something if you give it away, give it away, give it away. Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more." It's true, isn't it? The more you love, the more you receive love in return. The more you hate, the more you receive hate in return. Mathematically, it's a pretty good deal. God is the same way. We've been talking about why we would put God first and why we would offer Him our best. Our third reason is that giving God our best and first fruits brings so much more than it takes away. It's not as selfish as it seems, and it's definitely not a "get rich quick" scheme, although it does make your life much

Gift Exchange

Every time I sit down to read or listen to Scripture lately, the word Beloved jumps out. Not some general greeting, not some non-descript hello, but “Beloved.” I know there are a million other ways to address the reader, but right now, beloved is the way I am being addressed. It’s made me wonder. What does it mean to be beloved? Is it more than being loved? Is it different? Why is this so important right now? The verses that I have read are generally pieces of advice given to someone who is trying their best to follow God’s will. “Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are of God” 1 John 4: 1 “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God.” 1 J

Walking Through Fire

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? When I was little, I had my answer at the ready in case I was ever asked what superpowers I wanted to have bestowed upon me. Because someone was going to ask. I wanted to fly and have the ability to become invisible. Not because I wanted to save the world, but because I wanted to fly to school rather than wait for the bus. I wanted to go into rooms and conversations that I wasn't allowed to be in so I could get the inside scoop on whatever was going on. Looking back, it's a good sign that I didn't want to use them for evil and become a super-villain. I just wanted to be a super-regular-person, I guess. I was reminded of my super-person longings when I

Saying Yes

I want to say YES to God. Really I do. If He asks something of me, I want to do it without hesitation, without reservation, and without arguing. But that's not what I do. Probably half the time, I want to say YES but I get stuck on some part of it that I don't like, can't do well, or don't believe I have the ability to do. It's frustrating because I know deeply that doing what God asks always works out and works out well. So how do I quit arguing? I think part of it is listening just a little longer. Maybe even asking a question or two. Even Mary asked the angel Gabriel how this whole pregnancy thing was going to work out. She already knew the mechanics, and this new plan didn't seem to fit

What is your true identity?

Have you ever wondered what it means that we are made in the image of God? An image is a reflection or a representation of something else. If we are made in the image of God, then we have to wonder - what do we reflect? What do we represent? What is God's image? Once we know the answers to these questions, we can try to reflect this image more clearly, don't you think? I have found a few clues that may help us out: God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him. 1 John 4:16 Love one another as I have loved you. John 13:34 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is l

Searching for Treasure

We were driving across a featureless landscape for a long time, looking for anything interesting to see on the hike we were planning. There was nothing in sight and our destination was near. Suddenly, the ground fell away and exploded into hues of gold, red, purple, pink, and yellow. The breathtaking beauty of the canyon was hidden from view on the surface, even though the brilliance within seemed to fill the world once we were there. As we come to the end of the Christmas season, putting away the decorations, finishing the Christmas desserts and candies, and returning to our regular playlists, we celebrate the visit of the Magi to the child, Jesus, and I am reminded of hidden treasures like

What's in a word?

Have you chosen your word for the year? I haven't really gotten into this before, but this year I have a word that has been coming up for the last month or so. I don't know if this will be my word for the year or my word for right now, but it's clearly a significant word. It's been leaping off pages as I read and listen to Scripture. Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. And so we are ... Beloved, we are God's children now... Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in God and receive from him whatever we ask,because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 1 John 3:1-2, 21 Beloved. Not just loved, but bel

Reflections and Resolutions

What a year it has been. I was talking with my family last night at dinner and we couldn't believe that some of the things we were reminiscing about had happened in the last year. So many things to be proud of, to be happy for, and to learn from. I'd like to hear what you think about the last year and the one that has just begun. What is something you are proud of or that made you happy in the last year? What is God inviting you to for this coming year? (This could turn into a resolution, but I think it's much easier to accept an invitation than a demand and isn't that basically what God does with us anyway?) Have a happy and blessed new year!

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Karen May

Inspirational Catholic Writer and Speaker

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