I'm a person who has a lot to say, and I hope this blog will be one more way for me to share my ideas with others. I like to brag about my kids, discuss my faith and life issues, and even talk about books, movies, and places I've visited. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the things I have to say. Enjoy!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Praise, Prayer, and Outdoor Fun
My friend Judi is running in the Boston Marathon today! How awesome is that? I'm not a runner, and I don't usually follow those kind of things, but I'm excited about this one! If you're on Twitter, you can follow the Boston Marathon here. --------------------------
I love hearing good news. This past week I anxiously followed the coverage of the search for Nadia Bloom, the missing 11-year-old girl from Florida. A former high school classmate of mine, who I've recently connected with on Facebook, is a friend of the Bloom family, and he kept all of his Facebook friends updated on the progress of the search. Like many others, I cried and uttered a prayer of thanks when Nadia was found safe and reunited with her family. They said she wandered into the swamp to make a nature video. That sounds like something one of my boys would do. ---------------------------
I've learned that the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel is April 26, and yesterday began the Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena. I'm starting this novena today, and I'll either extend it until the 26th or say the prayer twice one one of the days.
Confession: I've never taken much stock in novenas (maybe it's from growing up Protestant); I tend to mostly ignore them. I guess it's because I'm a little skeptical about the idea that saying a prayer every day for nine days will somehow get me the answer to whatever it is I'm praying for. Truthfully, I know this is not the purpose of a novena; instead it's a way for us to place our burdens on God's shoulders, and to unite our prayers with the saints. So this time I'm going to try and put more trust in Our Lady, and I'm certain that she'll give me the confidence and wisdom to follow the Lord's will when I have to make those little choices from day to day. I pray that she'll give me more patience with my children, and the courage to stand up for the truth.