REVIVE YOUR RHYTHM

WHEN YOUR FEET ARE DRAGGING…

We’ve been out of step for a while now. Over a year in fact.
 
A year without gatherings and festivities. A year without opportunities to comfort and celebrate. A year without each other.
 
And as true re-opening buds with the spring, it’s not easy to imagine what the next steps should be…

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2021/04/16/revive-your-rhythm

OPENING NEW DOORS

WHEN THEY’VE THROWN AWAY THE KEY…

Even without a global pandemic, it can feel like the world is swallowing us up.

And during Holy Week, as Christians begin to cycle through the complicated emotions accompanying history’s most confounding course of events, it’s easy to find ourselves asking, “Why?”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2021/04/04/opening-new-doors

SPRING CLEAN YOUR SPIRIT

EVEN IF IT’S BEEN AWHILE…

This is the time of year that sends a lot of us digging through cluttered closets, cabinets, and drawers to clean out and clean up.

But consider what we might be able to accomplish if we were just as intentional about caring for our souls?”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2021/03/19/spring-clean-your-spirit

THE SCENT OF SPRING

AFTER A LONG WINTER…

“After 2020, we don’t have the most positive association with the month of March.

But with case counts dropping and vaccine counts rising, we may finally be at the start of a brand new season of a brand new year.

And if you think about it, that’s exactly what spring is. A time for new beginnings, new life, and new hope…”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2021/03/04/the-scent-of-spring

YOU ARE LOVED

EVEN WHEN YOU’RE NOT FEELING IT…

“Love is a word that gets tossed around very easily, but is not always understood. A lot of people, particularly around a holiday like Valentine’s Day, see it as frivolous, silly, or fake.

But most of us don’t always realize or acknowledge how very basic the human need for love is….”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2021/02/24/you-are-loved

HOPE ON THE HORIZON

WHEN THE JOURNEY’S LONG…

“Even in a new year, this is a hard time for hope.

And it has been a bit of a struggle for me, too, as we turn the pages of another chapter of pandemic life.

But my husband Greg has a talent for discovering some pretty incredible things on the internet; most recently a video about a girl named Akiane Kramarik.

And it was truly awe-inspiring…”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2021/02/04/hope-on-the-horizon

LEAVING 2020

WITH ONE THING TO HOLD ONTO…

“Twenty-twenty is over. Finally.

Not the jokes or memes. Not the social, economic, or political repercussions. And certainly not the coronavirus.

After nine months of disappointment, whatever hope we are entering 2021 with is guarded at best…”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2021/01/03/leaving-2020

WEIGHING YOUR WORTH

WHEN THERE’S LITTLE TO GIVE…

“The calendar might say it’s the Christmas season, but if you’re struggling with holiday cheer — you’re not alone.

Whether it’s our wallets or our spirits, it’s safe to say this year’s left most of us feeling drained without any reserves left to draw from.

And with the holidays closing in, it’s much easier to feel like the Grinch whose pandemic stole Christmas than a Who of yesteryear.”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2020/12/03/weighing-your-worth

FINDING YOUR FOOTING

ON SHAKY GROUND…

“This has been a year of many things, but above all, it has been a year of fear.

And now that flu season has re-entered the scene, COVID case counts are climbing with a vengeance.

Fear.

Last week, I sent dozens and dozens of students home due to contact tracing on positive cases.

Fear.

Then, a fellow teacher and friend tested positive. Someone I had most definitely been within six feet of. And I developed a cough and a sore throat.

Fear.

So what do you do when you’ve been hit from all sides? When your plans can’t possibly keep up with the ever-changing and increasingly-unpleasant circumstances of the day, hour, or even minute?”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2020/11/19/finding-your-footing

WINNING THE WAIT

WHEN IT’S FELT LIKE FOREVER…

“Answers just aren’t coming very easily this year.

Whether it’s a COVID test or a national election, no one seems to know what to tell us or what to prepare for.

So when we find ourselves once again in the same waiting game we’ve already been playing for what feels like a few million eternities now, how can we possibly pull out a win?

How can we do anything but pull out what little hair we have left and chalk it up to the year’s ever-unfolding pit of problems?”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2020/11/05/winning-the-wait