Author: tmcasciano

Finding Peace Amongst the Chaos

I’ve had the opportunity to visit New York City several times and I am amazed each time. The towering buildings, bustling streets and endless nightlife make the city very unique. I love to watch the people who appear to be locals and wonder what it must be like to live or work in such a busy city. I marvel at the beautiful women walking quickly on 5th Avenue in their high  heels and wonder if their feet hurt. I watch the men in business suits hustling from cabs into buildings and wonder how they keep the pace. The noise and lights of Times Square is exhilarating to the senses. Restaurants, shops and entertainment line the streets of this “city that never sleeps.” It’s full of so many distractions, I wonder how anyone gets anything accomplished! But nothing amazes me as much as Central Park. An oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle, it offers green grass, water, and peace to those who visit. Each time I visit I wonder how often the people who …

Finding Balance

Do you ever wake up and wonder how you are going to get everything done on your to-do list? Laundry, groceries, kids, meals, work, time with your spouse, exercise, rest… It can be an overwhelming feeling! How can we juggle our different roles as parents, spouses, employees, friend, and children to our own parents all while being a child of God? We must remember that everything we do reflects our love for Him — even when it seems mundane. God sent Jesus to live as one of us. He experienced our life and its many demands. And although the life He lived was very different from ours today, we can look to the Bible for the importance of balance between life and work. “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:23–24 NLT) In other words, all our work is done on behalf …

Faith Can Be Scary

“Why would you share something so personal with complete strangers?” This is what the voice inside my head was saying as I contemplated writing my book. I was 41 years old and not who people thought I was. I had a secret and was about to go public; and even though I had a sick feeling every time I thought about it, I knew that God wanted me to do this. I had been called. It all started about a year and a half earlier… I was struggling with the guilt, shame, and doubt that accompanied a life of abuse. I was an only child and had survived a life with an alcoholic mother and sexually abusive father. After being estranged from my parents for many years, I began to worry. I would be unable to sleep at night thinking about what I would do if something happened to my dad. My mom was a stroke victim and he took care of her. As much as I tried to ignore my conscience, the thoughts wouldn’t …

Your Body Is a Temple

I was shocked when I saw a report by the CDC recently that stated that 80% of Americans don’t get the recommended amount of exercise per week. The U.S. government recommends adults get at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity, or a combination of both. Adults should also engage in muscle-strengthening activities like lifting weights or doing push-ups at least twice per week. That’s it?! I have been involved in some sort of exercise my entire life. It began when I was young and I started swimming. I was on a summer swim team from age 5 until I graduated from high school, and competed for my high school team. Was I always a winner? NO! But what I loved about it was the feeling that I was moving my body; and as I was under the water, my mind was free to think about whatever. During my high school years, I began to take up running and found that same feeling of …

Living From The Inside Out

I have a friend who is a wonderfully talented singer. She leads worship at our church and every time she opens her mouth, it is amazing. I often find myself wishing that I could sing as well as she can. I have another friend who has a high powered job and is very successful in the business world and travels a lot. I think about how great it would be to have a job like hers. Isn’t that typical? We compare ourselves to others wishing that we had their job, voice, hair, skin or talents. Our culture encourages us to do this, and it leads us to feelings of inadequacy. We find that we feel worthy when others say you are. For example, if you work really hard on a project and no one says that it was well done, you start to wonder if it really was any good; if you’re any good. Also, our culture demands attention. If you measure your worth according to Facebook and Twitter, then attention equals worthiness. But God …

Forgiveness Leads to Love

Think back to a time when someone hurt you. Remember how that person’s words or actions made you feel? Remember that feeling in your stomach? Remember the anger? Maybe you are still affected by it today. The Bible says that we are to forgive, no matter how hard it may be. “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 11:25). “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37). God is saying that it is in our own best interest to forgive, and He has given us the perfect example of forgiveness. He knew that we needed to be forgiven for our sins so He sent Jesus to save us from the consequences of our sin. If God was strong enough to allow his son to die on a cross to prove to us how much He loves us, shouldn’t we …

Experience: Raising Godly Kids Today – A Glimpse Into the Life of a 4 Boy Mom

When I meet someone for the first time and they hear that I have four sons I often hear one of the following comments…  “Better you than me!’ “Wow, how do you manage it?” “So, you’re the queen?” Never in all my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be a mother of four boys. When the doctor placed my first born in my arms eighteen and a half years ago and announced that it was a boy, I actually panicked a little bit. I thought, “What am I going to do with him? I don’t know anything about dinosaurs or airplanes!” Seven years later, our fourth son was born. He was perfect and my husband and I were excited and proud. Then it hit me… this was our last child and I didn’t have a daughter. I must be honest and admit that I felt alone. As I was raising my young sons, I’d find myself looking at clothes and toys that were targeted for girls.  I’d walk through the aisles making comments in my …