Tara Brooke is a wife, mother, educator, and child of God.  Tara has worked in various aspects of ministry in the Catholic Church for over 20 years, her last years as a Director of Marriage and Family Life for her local diocese.  She now stays home and tends to the needs of her growing and beautiful family.  She has three biological children and two adopted children, both with Down Syndrome. She loves helping engaged couples grow in their understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage as well as helping enrich already married couples in growing in holiness together.  She resides in Bismarck, ND with her amazing husband, Deacon Dan! 

Homeschooling Blues

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We are brand new to homeschooling!  I have a theology degree, not an education degree.  We are about four weeks into the year and most days I feel I am sinking further and further into the depths of the ocean without any life jacket or preserver.  I am so over my head that I am not sure if I’m still breathing.  

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Trust...It is the Truth

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In sticking with my theme of anxiety…I want to explore how trust, or lack there of trust, really affects my anxiety!  So, let us begin by looking at the definition of “trust”. 

                Trust: (noun) reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing.

In my walk of the Christian life, trust has also been something I have struggled with from time to time.  In fact, when I was 20, I directed a retreat and I got to choose my own theme for the weekend. In prayer, very quickly, the theme, “No Doubt”, came to me.  I choose a song for the weekend by a Christian band called Petra, also called, “No Doubt”.  (It is still one of my go to songs today when I am struggling!) My theme revolved around the story of Doubting Thomas and his doubt of the resurrected Jesus.   I had a beautiful banner made that had Jesus and Thomas embracing with the words: “My Lord and My God!” I have always thought Thomas got the raw end of the stick.  One time he expressed that he needed to see Jesus, and he was given the nickname of Doubting Thomas for the rest of eternity.  His words of “My Lord and My God!” have become a beautiful prayer that the Church still prays today.  Thomas had great faith in the Lord and in that weak moment of doubt I am sure he learned a lot. 

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Fear...It is a Liar

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Fear: (noun) a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.

Anxiety:  (noun) distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.

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Are You Ready for Battle...Part II

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on being ready for battle, the spiritual battle.  This is a topic that I feel we cannot talk too much about.  This topic cannot be ignored as we seem to do in the world today.  Evil is everywhere and evil seeks to destroy us little by little every day. 

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Am I Crazy? Musings from a Mom of Five!

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Are you serious God?  Why?  Why now?  Why have you chosen me?  Have you ever had these conversations with God in prayer?  So many times, in my spiritual life I have had these conversations with God.  Often, I feel as though God asks way more of me than I think possible.  I know I am not alone, and God asks the unimaginable from all of His faithful followers.  Today, I thought I would muse on my last conversation that went something like this!

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NFP...IS...HARD!!! But...a gift?

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I remember very clearly sitting with my husband in my Pre-Marriage Seminar, listening to a beautiful couple give a testimony on the use of Natural Family Planning (NFP) in their marriage.  They had five children and a sixth due any day.  My then, soon to be husband, looked at me and said, very clearly, "I will NEVER consider using NFP until you show me a couple that has used NFP effectively and has three children or less." 

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Family Mission Statements...BE INTENTIONAL

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From the beginning of my life I have always been part of a family, most of us are fortunate to be able to say that. The first role I played was that of a daughter, sister, grand-daughter, niece and cousin. Then, I added the roles of wife, a daughter-in-law, a sister-in-law, etc. Finally, I became a mother to my children who now play all the same roles that I started out with in my life.

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