Frame of Reference
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by Claire
1w ago
When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Acts 14:11 It was well before cell phones when I first started doing mission work in Haiti. Nonetheless, I was warned that I should never take a villager’s photograph without their permission. A great deal of them thought that taking their photo would steal their soul. The concept was incredibly foreign to me. Then I realized that taking pictures was incredibly foreign to them. It all comes down to the fact that we each view life through our own eyes. That view is fram ..read more
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The Great Commission of Motherhood
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by Claire
3w ago
Published on CatholicMom.com “In my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:17-18 When I read this scripture passage, I envy the disciples. Imagine Jesus giving us the power to cast out demons, speak different languages, pick up lethal things with our hands, drink poison and not get hurt, and touch the sick to make them well? The more I ponder this passage, however, the more I realize Jesus has given ..read more
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I’ve Been There Too
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by Claire
1M ago
Published on CatholicMom.com As a child, I had such extreme seasonal allergies that the discharge from my eyes overnight would seal my eyelashes shut by morning. I’d have to call out to my mom to bring in a warm cloth to melt and wipe it all away. For the first time last spring, it happened to my teenage daughter, Jocelyn. Understandably, she was rattled. It’s very unnerving when you wake up with your eyelashes glued together so tightly, you can’t even open your eyes. Click here to read the remainder of this post on CatholicMom.com ..read more
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Smoothing Out Our Rough Edges
Shifting My Perspective
by Claire
2M ago
Published on CatholicMom.com When my son, Zack, was thirteen, he took up whittling. It was amazing to see him cut away chunks of wood to reveal the sculpture he’d envisioned within. The final step outlined in both the How-To-Whittle book I got him and the YouTube videos he watched was using sandpaper to gently sand away the jagged edges where he’d cut. Doing so was the difference between a rough creation and a refined masterpiece. Click here to read the remainder of this post on CatholicMom.com ..read more
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Love Languages
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by Claire
2M ago
Published on CatholicMom.com How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God? John 5:44 Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages, explains that each of us gives and receives love in one of five ways: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, or physical touch. Without even taking the quick online quiz to determine my love language, I knew it was “words of affirmation.” Click here to read the remainder of this post on CatholicMom.com ..read more
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Christ’s Constant Gaze
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by Claire
2M ago
The Lord will… watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8 I’ve had this beautiful sketch of Jesus by Frances Hook on my wall for years. I see it as I sit on the floor to pray. It watches over me as I stand at my computer and work. In it, Jesus is always gazing at me with incredible warmth and love in His eyes. You could argue that the sketch is one dimensional, just charcoal on paper, just one face or aspect of Who Christ is. I would agree and disagree at the same time. Yes, it is just one face of Christ. But I firmly believe t ..read more
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What Do We Take for the Crossing?
Shifting My Perspective
by Claire
3M ago
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side… then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; then over us would have gone the raging waters. Psalm 124: 2-5 I watched a TV series recently about a woman who is the sole survivor of an airplane crash in the middle-of-nowhere Alaska. In the midst of her journey back to civilization, there are several times when she has to cross lakes or raging rivers. There are no other options. Each time, she’s smart enough to not go it alone. She strategically takes a log with her to stabilize herself as she swims. And when it a ..read more
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A Bad Equation
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by Claire
3M ago
Published on CatholicMom.com I recently had an issue with my teen son that put me over the edge. It was a small thing (him not doing what I asked), but it was the last straw of a much bigger issue that broke my back. I went a bit ballistic! Leading up to that moment was me investing countless effort and hours helping him resolve a big problem he was facing. I use the word “helping” loosely when referring to his input because he did very little to participate in the solving of it. He also did very little in expressing his gratitude when I finally fixed the issue for good. The resulting bad equ ..read more
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The Armor of Experience
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by Claire
3M ago
“The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Sammuel 17:37 Working doubly hard in November, I bought and wrapped all my Christmas gifts by the first of December. Conquering that major hurdle made December feel like there was time for everything: fun gatherings with friends, meaningful time with God, and great memory-making activities with my kids. It was one of the best Advents and Christmases yet! Oh, how radically different January and February have been! I realize now that another reason why December was so g ..read more
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Look for the Noahs
Shifting My Perspective
by Claire
4M ago
Published on CatholicMom.com I live far more by my heart than I do by my head. Most of the time, it works for me. I get deeply invested in whatever I do. When things go right, I’m on Cloud 9! Things aren’t so great, however, when I’m constantly bombarded by bad news. Headlines in the newspaper, rants on social media, and people who feed into the negativity bruise my heart so much, I feel defeated. It makes me wonder what the point of it all is. I can only imagine how God must have felt when He looked down at Creation and “saw how great the wickedness of the human race was on the earth (Genesi ..read more
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