The end of the American Civil War arrived in 1865. The United States was finally at peace after four brutal years of conflict. The end of the war brought peace on the battlefield, but the terrible loss experienced during the war was felt in every community in the United States. By the war’s end over 600,000 men had lost their lives in the line of duty…
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary,
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
On October 4th, 2012, my first and only, beautiful baby was born. Delivered and put on my chest to see my sweet girl for the first time, just to be pulled away quickly as things did not go as planned for me post-delivery. Later, I find out I was hemorrhaging and moments away from an emergency hysterectomy when my doctor got the bleeding to stop. I ended up getting four units of blood, felt great and was in my new world with my incredible husband and healthy baby girl. All was well when we got home until very quickly it was not.
There are few entertainers who have a greater rags-to-riches story than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. At first, he was a highly recruited football player. He played for the University of Miami but lost his starting position in his final years. He went undrafted to the NFL. He went to Canada to play professional football for the Calgary Stampeders. Sadly, he was eventually cut from the team in the middle of his first season. His dream of playing professional football was over. He was crushed. The Rock did not let his failure stop him. He turned to professional wrestling.
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the musical piece “Pomp and Circumstance” since I was in junior high. I’ve always loved to hate it. That’s because starting in junior high, I was in band playing it at every baccalaureate/graduation until my own. Now, if you were in band like me, you know you know […]
When I think about fear in the Bible, I often refer to the story of Jonah. The book is a case study in the psychology of fear as we see Jonah, the sailors, and even the citizens of Nineveh deal with their own anxieties, worries and concerns. In particular, I’ve always been fascinated by verse 8 when the sailors pepper Jonah with questions like, “who, what, and why.” They seem desperate for answers and searching for someone to blame in the middle of the storm.
Since she was old enough to speak, Ella Kate, my 15-year-old daughter, has had a love for horses. Her prize possession, when she was three, was her pink cowgirl boots. One of my favorite pictures of her features her standing in front of a mirror dressed in her little pink boots, pink tutu, and pink cowgirl hat. She loved cartoons that featured horses, books about horses, and she loved seeing horses…
I recently read a column about happiness and how to have satisfaction in life. There was a quote by the Spanish Catholic Saint Josemaría Escrivá that read, “Don’t forget it: he has most who needs least. Don’t create needs for yourself.” I have pondered this thought a lot these days as we have all settled into a more isolated and quieter place in life.
And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him and lead him away under guard.” And when he came, he went up to him at once, and said, “Master!” And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. But one of those who stood by drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear. And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.” And they all forsook him and fled. And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body; and they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.