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Prayer For the Week of May 16 — Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?

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Perhaps because yesterday was Pentecost or perhaps it’s because Spring is in the air with all its abundant hopefulness and joy. I don’t know. But for some reason I woke up feeling old skool. For realz. I was belting this out at the top of my lungs this morning.

Prayer can take a lot of forms. Maybe it’s time to dance?

HAPPY PENTECOST!!!!!

Thank you, Jesus, for sending us the Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit, have Your way! AMEN?!?!

Dance Before The Lord!

Perhaps because yesterday was Pentecost or perhaps it’s because Spring is in the air with all its abundant hopefulness and joy. I don’t know. But for some reason I woke up feeling old skool. For realz. I was belting this out at the top of my lungs this morning. Prayer can take a lot of […]

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Prayer For The Week of May 9 — Ordinary Lives For The Glory of God

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Ordinary Lives

Yesterday in the homily my priest said, “If you could look around this room and see each face, you’d notice what I notice from up here. We are all very ordinary. Not one of us stands out as more important than the others. We are all just ordinary people. The real miracle of the Church is that it is still here.” (Think about that a minute.)

Yes, all God has to work with is us–these extraordinarily ordinary people. That’s not a lot to work with, it would seem. Read More

Ordinary Lives

[This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. The Provision Room is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.] Yesterday in the homily my priest said, “If you could look around this room and […]

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Prayer For The Week if May 2 — Pondering In My Heart

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Jesus, Change Our Hearts To Bear Good Fruit

We have really gotten behind in our prayer posts. We had a good run–about four years of faithful Monday morning prayer posts. And then life really got crazy and we just couldn’t keep up the writing schedule. But, we have missed you all. And so, we are picking up the prayer posts again.

I have several swirling thoughts this morning that all have the same theme, but came from different places.  First of all, my kids and I can’t stop singing this song from Rain For Roots:

And that got me really meditating on what thoughts I allow my heart to grow. What grows in the heart, goes to the mouth. What comes out of the mouth, started in the heart.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14

“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Thinking about these things, I remembered that Mary “kept all these things pondering in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

Being a homemaker can be isolating in some ways. We can be busy, busy, busy all day with kids and housework and gardens. And our hearts and minds can be running in the background while we are unaware. Like a computer that starts to malfunction because of programs running in the background.  What’s running in the background can often go unchecked. Unintentionally we can be thinking about things that are going wrong, worries about money or our marriages or how our kids are turning out, discontentment, unforgiveness, grief. All running in the background.

What if we could reprogram our operating systems to run gratefulness, joy, appreciation, shalom in the background. Can we rewire ourselves to think on things that are lovely and pure and holy and praiseworthy?

It is my prayer today that I can. Jesus, change our hearts to bear good fruit.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Jesus, Change Our Hearts To Bear Good Fruit

We have really gotten behind in our prayer posts. We had a good run–about four years of faithful Monday morning prayer posts. And then life really got crazy and we just couldn’t keep up the writing schedule. But, we have missed you all. And so, we are picking up the prayer posts again. I have […]

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Easter Lovelies

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I know everyone’s favorite holiday is probably Christmas, because of the month-long hoopla and presents. Plus, it does boast the best soundtrack of any holiday.* Thanksgiving is quite the to-do as well, because families come from far and wide and gorge themselves on food until they fall into a tryptophan induced food coma.

Easter Lovelies

But, Easter. Easter is so close to my heart. It falls at a time in the year when I need it most. Its hopefulness. Its triumphant overtones and peaceful undertones. It’s grace and mercy after a long Lent. Like the promise of Spring after a long Winter.  The stark contrast of Sunday morning, compared to the hopelessness of Friday night, is the Gospel in all its glory. Read More

Easter Lovelies

I know everyone’s favorite holiday is probably Christmas, because of the month-long hoopla and presents. Plus, it does boast the best soundtrack of any holiday.* Thanksgiving is quite the to-do as well, because families come from far and wide and gorge themselves on food until they fall into a tryptophan induced food coma. But, Easter. […]

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Encouragement For Your Parenting Journey

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 Big Foot. Loch Ness Monster. Yeti.The Perfect Parent.

All myths folks.

This parenting thing is a journey. We all grow and change. We learn about who we really are–all our flaws and imperfections. Also our gifts and strengths. We learn about our kids–their gifts, their differences, their otherness. It’s a blessing, every single day. In the middle of its realness and its chaos and the ups and downs, we become more and more who we are and who God made us to be.

Daja has been writing about parenting over at Modern Alternative Mama and Modern Alternative Pregnancy. Here are two posts you may have missed: Read More

First Child vs. Ninth Child

 Big Foot. Loch Ness Monster. Yeti.The Perfect Parent. All myths folks. This parenting thing is a journey. We all grow and change. We learn about who we really are–all our flaws and imperfections. Also our gifts and strengths. We learn about our kids–their gifts, their differences, their otherness. It’s a blessing, every single day. In […]

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What to watch during Lent

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We like movie time. There’s just something about piling as many people as possible on the couch and continually shushing the children who like to talk through movies about the movies. Being that this is the season of Lent, you may want to choose some films that drive home the virtues and intentions of the season. Service, sacrifice, love, justice, penance and fish on Fridays.  So, unless you gave up movies for Lent, here are some recommendations:

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What To Watch During Lent

We like movie time. There’s just something about piling as many people as possible on the couch and continually shushing the children who like to talk through movies about the movies. Being that this is the season of Lent, you may want to choose some films that drive home the virtues and intentions of the […]

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Want to hear a horrible story?

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“Want to hear a horrible story?” This is how my priest should have begun his homily on Ash Wednesday. Because the story he told was indeed horrible. But the lesson has been chewing on my heart for days. It won’t let me go.

When he was on a train from Southern India to Northern India there was a family in his  car with several children. In the course of the journey one of the little girls died. A doctor on the train examined the child and declared that she had died of something terrible and very contagious. She could infect the other little daughter. The doctor told the mother to throw the dead child’s body out of the train before others caught the disease. Like any mother would, she refused to throw her child’s body from a moving train. They argued over it. The train then went through a tunnel. While in the tunnel the electricity to the train cut off and the train went dark. While it was dark the father of the child threw the child from the train. When the lights came back on it was discovered that he did not throw his dead child from the train, but his living child. The body of his dead daughter was still there.

Selah.

Do you feel like throwing up? I did when I heard that. My heart was sufficiently wrenched. The pain, the trauma, confusion, suffering, anger. Injustice of it all.

This is what fear does.  When fear is our motivator we throw away what is good and alive while holding onto what is dead and dangerous.  Fear causes us to react rather than respond. It causes us to embrace what is terrible and reject what is good.

Fear causes the culture of death and the rejection of life.

Fear causes  people to throw away relationships and isolate themselves.

Fear causes the confusion that eventually leads to torment.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” I John 4:18

The enemy loves to make us afraid. He knows that if we become afraid we will make bad choices, disconnect from important relationships, and turn our love off.  Surrounded by beauty, with grace right there within reach, with Jesus being closer than a water is to fish. And we choose darkness.

Torment. That’s what it is.

The devil is a terrorist whose suicide bomb is fear.

Like the father who threw away his precious child whom he intended to protect, we will throw away our peace and freedom and cling to bondage.

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

We are in this season of fasting and self-denial. But are we doing it for the right reasons? What is our motivation?  Years ago I had a sign on my bedroom door that I would read every day before I walked out. It said:

Fear of what you might lose.

Hope of what you might gain.

Love of what you might give.

There are only these three motivations for everything we do, in every interaction we have with others, with every decision we make: Fear, hope or love. Choose love. Choose love. Choose love. Every day, a thousand times. It is the only way.

“In order to live in one single act of perfect Love, I offer myself as a victim…to your merciful love.” (St. Therese of the Child Jesus) 

For some of us, because of our pasts or our brokenness or our sin, fear has to combatted on a daily, hourly or sometimes moment-by-moment basis. We have to choose all the time to banish our fears and drown them in the love of God. Perfect love is what drives out fear. Perfect Love is my lifeline. It is my prayer, my deepest longing, my vocation. As I learn to embrace and cling to and welcome and live in Perfect Love, fear–the kind of fear that throws the baby out of the moving train–loses its control of me.

Want to hear a horrible story? Fear destroys lives. Everyday.

Want to hear a beautiful story? Jesus is Perfect Love. Everyday. Everywhere.

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

 

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

“Want to hear a horrible story?” This is how my priest should have begun his homily on Ash Wednesday. Because the story he told was indeed horrible. But the lesson has been chewing on my heart for days. It won’t let me go. When he was on a train from Southern India to Northern India […]

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40 Ways To Have A More Merciful Lent

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When most people think about Lent they think about fasting. Lent equals giving up pleasures. But, Lent is just as much about taking something up as it is laying something down. It’s about giving….giving up, giving in, forgiving

Last year we shared 40 Things You Should Clean-Up For Lent.

This is a year of mercy.  Making mercy a focal point of Lent is a beautiful sanctifying challenging thing.  Here are 40 ways you can bring more mercy into your Lent:

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Merciful Lent

When most people think about Lent they think about fasting. Lent equals giving up pleasures. But, Lent is just as much about taking something up as it is laying something down. It’s about giving….giving up, giving in, forgiving… Last year we shared 40 Things You Should Clean-Up For Lent. This is a year of mercy. […]

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10 Pinterest Boards To Follow This Lent

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Hey Mama! Need a little inspiration for Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week and Easter? Here are 10 Pinterest Boards from the best Mommy blogger out there!

Pinterest Boards To Follow

Check these out:

LENT AND EASTER by A Blog For My Mom

Lent by MuffinDome

Spring Into Easter by MuffinDome

Domestic Church: Lent + Easter by Two O’s + More

Lent and Easter by Catholic Mommy Blogs

Lent and Easter by Look To Him and Be Radiant

Season.Lent* by Catholic Sistas

Season.Easter* by Catholic Sistas

Lenten Work For Children by Like Mother Like Daughter

Lent by Raising Young Ones

Easter by Raising Young Ones

So, go now to Pinterest and follow these terrific boards! You’ll be inspired beyond measure! And while you’re there, make sure you are following us, too!

FOLLOW THE PROVISION ROOM ON PINTEREST!

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Pinterest Boards To Follow

Hey Mama! Need a little inspiration for Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week and Easter? Here are 10 Pinterest Boards from the best Mommy blogger out there! Check these out: LENT AND EASTER by A Blog For My Mom Lent by MuffinDome Spring Into Easter by MuffinDome Domestic Church: Lent + Easter by Two O’s + […]

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Let’s Talk About Lent, Baby.

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Are you all ready for Lent?

Candles, Stations of the Cross, alms box, extra special books for reading, journal?

Are you all ready for your meatless meals and Fish Fridays? Can we talk Lent meal planning for a minute?  Specifically, Fish Fridays. Lent is about prayer, fasting and almsgiving. But unless you live in a coastal town, fish can be really pricey, which encroaches on the whole almsgiving thing. Fortunately for us, we do both live in coastal areas where fish can be had fairly inexpensively.

But for the rest of you, here are four ways to do fish during Lent that will not break the bank:

Tuna Casserole

Fear not. This is not your middle school cafeteria’s tuna casserole. This is real food and it’s delicious. I mean, com’on! It’s topped with cheese rolls. Cheese. Rolls. Nuff said.

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LINK HERE FOR OUR TUNA CASSEROLE RECIPE.

Trout Pate and Yorkshire Pudding

Who would have thought children would eat anything called trout pate! Seriously though. Delicious.

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LINK HERE FOR TROUT PATE. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

Salmon Burgers

This one gets the prize for being very nutrient dense! It really packs a nutritional punch! But that doesn’t mean it compromises on taste. No siree! This is one to convert your non-fish eater in your family!

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LINK HERE FOR THE BEST SALMON BURGER EVAH!

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad

Although this is one of our breakfast favorites, there are no rules saying you can’t have it for lunch or dinner!

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad

LINK HERE FOR BREAKFAST SALAD YOU WILL WANT TO EAT FOR DINNER!

OK, so, prayer, fasting and almsgiving….

What if you love fish. Like LOVE it, as my kids do?  It’s hardly fasting to say that Halibut is on the menu.  Nothing but cheers from the studio audience here. So, sometimes it’s better to redirect Fridays in Lent to vegetarian meals and dishes that are a bit more austere. Remember the purpose of why we skip meat and get down to the bare bones of what the fast is really all about.

So, here are some vegetarian suggestions for non-fish Fridays:

Tomato and Garlic Paste Pasta

Veggie Burgers

Fermented Veggies

Fontina Basil Blueberry Sandwich

In fact, we have a myriad of ways to eat your veggies and get your kids (or hubby) to eat them, too!  Our very best vegetable inspirations are in our cookbook: All Things Veg. How about a Vegan Ceviche? Or Creamy Honey Lemon Slaw? Or Eggplant Mozzarella Sandwiches? The possibilities!  Delicious possibilities. You won’t miss the meat, we cross our hearts! PURCHASE HERE IN OUR STORE. Only 3.99!

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So, now, we would love to hear: What are you planning to cook during Lent?

Let's Talk About Lent, Baby.

Are you all ready for Lent? Candles, Stations of the Cross, alms box, extra special books for reading, journal? Are you all ready for your meatless meals and Fish Fridays? Can we talk Lent meal planning for a minute?  Specifically, Fish Fridays. Lent is about prayer, fasting and almsgiving. But unless you live in a […]