Day 2: ESTER: [Old Testament Heroines every Woman Should Know]

esther_siraniAs we continue in our biblical heroine series,  here is another amazing women who inspired me to stand up and speak… Her name is Ester.

Ester was a beautiful young Jewish woman who risked her life to serve God and to save her people. She lived in captivity under the reign of the Persian empire. After her parents died, Mordecai, Ester’s uncle, adopts her.

The King, Ahasuerus, of the Persian Empire, threw a lavish party. Imagine amazing food, epic music, and high class peeps. The king gets himself drunk Continue reading

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Ladies!!! 3 Old Testament Heroines Every Woman should know

w OT heroicsAs we all know behind every great man, is a great woman. Growing up, I only knew the major stories of the Old Testament which highlighted heroic male leaders: Moses lead Egypt to freedom, David was a great king, and Abraham was a faithful patriarch (the list goes on).

At first glace, there only seems to be stories about men. Most of us just think, great women didn’t exist before the New Testament. But this is NOT true… Continue reading

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Three Keys to Evangelization [Video Blog]

This is my first recording of coffee shop confession. So grab a cup of coffee and cuddle up. Here we go!

Last week a stranger in a coffee shop approached me to talk about faith… and this launched me into this weeks topic: Evangelization-It can be daunting, exciting, life-giving and challenging all at the same time. Here are some key things to remember.

3 Key Takeaways to Evangelization:

 

 

 

 

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Fighting Envy: 3 takeaways from Matt 20:1-16 [VIDEO BLOG]

I need to be honest, sometimes I struggle with envy. In my weakness, when other people “get” more blessing than me, it feels unfair, especially when I am working hard in the God’s vineyard. But the parable of the workers in the vineyard gives insight in the gospel message of grace. Here are 3 points to remember:

THE LABORERS IN THE VINEYARD (MATT 20:1-16)

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A Tender Conversation with a Teen experiencing Same Sex Attraction

conversationSSADo you experience Same Sex Attraction (SSA)?

If so, you are loved and welcome in the Catholic church. Please hear me scream that as loud as I can in this blog: You are loved.

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Help! I’ve Been MACED!

pepper-spray2I’m getting my masters in Theology at ND Seminary. So I get to hang with future priests all day and talk about God and the Church. It’s every Catholic nerd (**ahem** = Me) woman’s dream.

Due to my studies and ministry travel, I haven’t been able to blog. My days are filled with writing papers, reading the Church fathers, talk prep; and exciting moments like Monday’s class:

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#5-10-15 Prayer Challenge

prayerchallengePeople keep asking about the #5-10-15 prayer challenge being posted on Twitter. So I wanted to give the basics and invite you all into some accountability with simple daily prayer.

HOW IT ORIGINATED:

At Steubenville San Diego. I was in prayer Sunday morning and wanted to give teens a way to start a prayer life that is easy, simple, and accountable. So God birthed #5-10-15

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The Annunciation- NOLA or BUST

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896Sometimes God surprises us.

On the feast day of the Annunciation, I am sure Mary was surprised.

Boom!… An angel appears–That was a big day.

An angel has never appeared to me, nor have I given birth to God. But there are moments that we are all faced with questions. Not just questions about life.   But questions about trust. Will I surrender “my plan” for God’s?”… Will I trust Him? Continue reading

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Beauty In Weakness

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I don’t want to be vulnerable, weak, or needy.

Last week, I was meeting friends for lunch. I was just having one of those “I feel crappy about myself days.” I was tempted to give the typical “I’m good” answer when they asked me how I was.

I was afraid to look like I didn’t have it all together. I wanted to be strong, competent, and in control of my life. When, in reality, I was far from it…. CONTINUE READING

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The Good News About Your “Messed Up” Family

Family-Christmas2The countdown is here!!! Christmas is just around the corner. By now you might be jamming to “Grandma Just Got Run Over By a Reindeer” in your car, sippin’ on some eggnog (Okay. Does anyone even drink that stuff anymore?), and anticipating the joy of friends and family. Continue reading

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