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My Amazing Trip to the Holy Land

My Amazing Trip to the Holy Land

I recently was blessed with the opportunity to take an AMAZING trip to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage tour, which of course included Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. Going to Israel in and of itself was an incredible experience, but the icing on the cake was that the tour was led by Jeff Cavins and Fr. Mike Schmitz. If you aren’t familiar with these guys, check them out. They are gifted Catholic speakers and have helped me learn so…

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20 Easy Dinners for Two

20 Easy Dinners for Two

Now that my kids are flying the coop, my hubby and I are excited to try out a bunch of new tastes and flavors. So I asked my blogger friends to send me their best quick and easy recipes for dinner, and now we have a whole list to eat our way through! For the last 20 years or so, my meal planning decision have revolved around the tastes and textures the kids like. Although there were definitely times where…

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When God Feels Distant

When God Feels Distant

Recently I had an experience of feeling like I had lost my connection with God. I worried that I was doing something wrong, which was causing my spiritual progress to recede, but as I prayed about it I had a few realizations. Recently I had an experience of feeling like I had lost my connection with God. It was the first time that had happened in any significant way since I had committed my life to Jesus, about a year…

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Black Bean Jalapeno Dip

Black Bean Jalapeno Dip

If you like appetizers, you’ll love this Black Bean Jalapeno Dip. This bean dip is so yummy and flavorful, you won’t believe it isn’t packed with calories! It is one of my favorite healthy recipes. For years, all the recipes I made revolved around the foods that my boys would eat. And, for many years, the list of those foods did not contain anything spicy, and certainly nothing that contained beans! Now that the boys are older and not around…

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Service or Servant Life

Service or Servant Life

What is your concept of service to God and neighbor? Being a true servant of God requires us to internalize the idea of serving, and have it permeate our every word and action. During my morning prayer and reading routine the other day, I kept coming across snippets about service. I have to be honest, the concept of service is something that I never really considered as something that needed to be an intentional action in my life. I guess…

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8 Things I Have Learned About Prayer

8 Things I Have Learned About Prayer

About  year ago, I realized that prayer needed to be a part of my daily routine. But, first, I had to figure out some of the basics of how to pray. As I have started down the path of daily personal prayer, I was surprised to learn a few things, and I will share them with you! I am a little bit of a late-comer to the whole prayer scene. Even though I was raised in a family that went…

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Waiting and Trusting

Waiting and Trusting

God’s plan for us is for the LONG HAUL. We may not see what that long-term outcome is going to be, but we can trust that he has our eternal best interests at heart! It’s hard to wait and trust! Especially in this age of super-fast technology, waiting for anything just seems to get harder and harder. Consider, for instance, when your computer screen is displaying that little hourglass, or that churning circular cursor that means ‘wait’, and it seems…

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Silky, fragrant, and flavorful, this comforting soup is a perfect dish for a cozy dinner with your honey. With healthy ingredients like celery and carrots included as well, you can enjoy a nice big guilt-free bowl! Have you cooked with butternut squash? If not, you are not alone! Lots of people are hesitant to work with winter squashes. I know for me, I never really knew how to clean them or how to cook them, and when my kids were…

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His Loving Gaze

His Loving Gaze

Of all the Jesus images I have seen, there is one that is far and away my favorite. And it has an amazing story to go along with the purposeful and strong yet gentle and loving image of our Savior. Now, just to note right off, it is my understanding that the information surrounding this image of Jesus hasn’t been confirmed by the Catholic Church. However, I think it is an amazing story, and the painting definitely helps me to…

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Easy Crock Pot Garlic Parmesan Bread

Easy Crock Pot Garlic Parmesan Bread

This Easy Crock Pot Garlic Parmesan Bread is crusty, flavorful, fresh, and best of all, EASY! Enjoy delicious, fresh-baked bread with just a few ingredients and no kneading! There’s nothing I like better than a thick slice of warm, fresh-baked bread, with a slightly melting pat of butter slathered all over it. YUM. Yes, I’m drooling a little bit right now! The problem is that I used to hardly ever get to enjoy homemade bread right out of the oven….

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