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! 

Why Wait?

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Why Wait?  Is anybody as bad as a procrastinator as I am?  I find a reason to put off anything!!!  It is a blessing and a curse!  Of course, the blessing is that I have learned to work very well under pressure, the curse is that I have to work under pressure.  I have had plenty of conversations in my head that go something like this: “I should do, x, y, or z!  But if I do that now I can’t do this?  Oh no worries Tara, you can do that tomorrow!”  I live by the motto of, “Why do today, what I can do tomorrow!” Instead of the ever-famous Benjamin Franklin quote, “Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today!”

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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

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Why do bad things happen to good people?  I have worked in church ministry for over twenty years, and this is the question that I have been asked several times within that ministry?  I know there are many articles and books written about this topic, but still the question remains.  In fact, I would be lying if I did not say that I was asking that same question right now in life!  Not about my own life…I feel incredibly blessed most days, even though my life is certainly not perfect, but about the life of one of my dearest friends. 

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"Why Are You Troubled?"

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“Why are you troubled?”  These are the direct words Jesus spoke to His apostles during one of His appearances following the Resurrection.  The living God stood in front of His apostles and asked them, “Why are you troubled?”  That same living God stands in front of us today, asking us that same question.  As I spent time in prayer pondering that question, I realized there was much on my mind and my heart that seemed to be consumed with trouble.  God does not want our heart to be troubled…He desires for us to give Him those troubles and allow Him to work within our lives. 

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Sturdy Shelter

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“Let those who are friendly to you be many, but one in a thousand your confidant.” (Sirach 6:6 NAB) This has been my life motto since I was about 18.  I got burned many times by many people I considered “friends” while I was in high school.  I shared my heart with people I considered “friends” only for it to be trampled on by those same people.  I made a conscience decision to be kind to others, but to share my heart with very few.  This has made for a bit of a lonely journey, but God has always given me at least one person during the different seasons of my life that I was able to call that one in a thousand confidant!

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Tis the Gift to Be Simple

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“I wished we lived in a world where everything was as simple as it is for my six-year-old son.”  This was the thought that swam around my head over and over today as I watched his joyful face and stamina as he competed in his FIRST Track Meet.  This was not just any track meet, but instead it was a track meet full of children who have different “special” needs.  He did every, single event from throwing the discus, to running an obstacle course, and then his favorite…the long jump.  He did it all with a smile on his face, never complaining if he did not get it the first time and cheered for himself no matter how “good” or “not good” he did, according to the world’s standards.  Those standards did not matter to him…he did it with joy, and he did it for the glory of God. 

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Hope, Joy, and Pink

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We have entered the “joyful” week of lent!  The fourth Sunday, which in our house is affectionately called, “PINK Sunday!”  Of course, we know that it is Laetare Sunday, but I have a lot of priest friends and I am married to a deacon, and they loudly proclaim that they are wearing rose, NOT pink.  (Of course, I disagree and chalk it up to them being color blind 😊)

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Homeschooling Blues...Discernment Times

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I asked my family what I should write my next blog article on and my eight-year-old piped up and exclaimed, “ME!!!”  I laughed loudly, but then I got to thinking about it…he was right, it had been a long time since I had written a “homeschool blues,” update.  Though most of my homeschool updates have much to do with him, right now is the time that most families, God-willing, begin to discern what their next year may look like.  What is discernment?  

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