Yes, God Has a (sometimes unexpected) Plan for You.

So….picture this one. You find yourself in a hospital emergency room, being hooked up to an IV, nurses giving you shots, doctors coming in to look at X-rays that were taken of some part of your body, people reporting your vital signs….but you have no idea of what anyone is saying or what is going […]

Tis a Gift to be Simple…

This has been a very American kind of week. What do I mean by that? Hmm…yeah. In one of my previous incarnations, the one as a suburban soccer mom, rushing was a way of life, and the family calendar in multiple formats was indispensable. Trying to keep up with school meetings, husband’s night meetings, at […]

Remain in Me

John 15: 1-8 Remain in me. This comes from Jesus talking to His disciples. In the Gospel of John, especially, it is extremely straight forward. My wonderful son pulled this one out as the “Word of the Day” – to live by for the day. It got me thinking. For me, on this particular day, […]

Does Ketchup Make an Elephant Taste Better?

By: Chuck Taylor Okay, we’ve heard this before, right? “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time” is the age-old answer. It is this rather worn out illustration, though, that has been my view of Life Teen Mission –Germany. This coming Wednesday will mark only our first month in Germany, yet I […]

Future Full of Hope

I’m learning over and over again, that my life is most fruitful when I just spend time with the Lord. This past week, our mission community traveled to the countryside of England, near London. We arrived on Wednesday evening, the 6th of July, at the SPEC center, a Catholic retreat center. It was a time […]

Scared of Justice?

I originally wrote this blog right after Osama bin Laden died. I waited to post it because I wasn’t sure how I or others would react to it. In my confusion over everything, I was scared by my own thoughts and feelings over justice. Below I will share some of the things that were running […]

Acts 16:6…Thanks, Mark Hart

It has been a while since my last blog, so, I will take some time and catch you up on my life. I’m still in Arizona. It is very hot and dry here and we have been battling lots of wild fires. Please pray for rain. Over the past few months, my life has also […]

Ich Bin Überzeugt

I have been blessed in the last few months to be able to begin many of my sentences with the phrase, “Ich bin überzeugt, dass…” (I’m convinced that…). It may not be totally clear why this is so exciting, so let me explain a little further. Most of what followed that phrase was something that […]

A Call to Receive

On the weekend of April 8th 2011, at Rolduc Seminary, people from all over Europe gathered for the European Life Teen Training Conference. The theme for the weekend was “Veni Sancte Spiritus,” which means, “Come Holy Spirit.” Randy Raus, the President of Life Teen, had mentioned that when you call upon the Holy Spirit, you should […]

Back to Basics

Over the last couple of years, I’ve really become a rosary pray-er. I used to pray it sporadically when I was in the car or when others were praying it, but for at least the past year or so, I’ve prayed it pretty much daily. I’ve always had a strong devotion to Mary, so I love […]