#MyMassTakeaway: Shake It Off

Today’s the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 15, 2018

My takeaway:

 

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#mymasstakeaway :: Take only your shoes, a walking stick, and a friend. The rest will be provided. I am one to admit that I want to do and be all the things. For a life journey I want to plan it all myself, pack everything I need in a bag and not rely on anyone but my DANG self. And I’m pretty decent at handling all of it until… I’m not. #realtalk Lately I’ve been feeling anxious and depressed. Overwhelmed, cranky, mean, unable to juggle all the things and hearing God very blatantly tell me a path I should take and me very adamantly saying “naw, I’m good.. I know better anyways.” It’s all manifesting as a big bout of anxiety and depression. When I get like this I have to remember that God calls us to SHED all the unnecessary. Reprioritize. Refocus and wait for him to send everything we need to sustain life. My focus needs to be my relationship with God and living and proclaiming the Gospel, my relationship with my Husband, with my kids, homeschool and my home. Currently I’m pretty much prioritizing everything but and all my big life important things are failing miserably. So I’m cutting all the non-essentials, getting back to basics and letting God handle the rest! Oh, and starting back on my rosary a day Routine bc Our Lady is a mighty advocate for us anxious types! Are you stressed and overwhelmed? What can you cut? Soccer practices? Crafts? (Ahem.. me), Clutter? Delegate chores?? Meal plan to take away that stress? Let me know where you’re at, if you’re anxious and I’ll pray for you too!

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This part of today's reading: "… leave there and shake the dust off your feet." It's extremely meaningful for me. While I was in college, I had a job where, after a year and a half, I felt like I was contributing to and writing things that I didn't agree with — things that conflicted with my faith. At the same time, I was also going to a holy hour each morning and praying for God to guide me closer to what He had in mind for me. After some time, I realized that meant leaving my job there (I had already had another offer that I thought would be a better fit, too). I finally came around to the idea of leaving when my spiritual director at the time shared this reading with me — the one that was today's Gospel. And she said something like, "It sounds like it might be time for you to shake the dust off of your feet." And that was that for me. I was ready to move on and find something new — something that I could somehow incorporate my faith into. Not too long after that, I ended up praying a Novena to St. Anne, during my holy hour, with the intention to meet a good Catholic man to date. When that novena ended, I decided to cover the local 40 Days for Life campaign for a radio news story, and I ended up getting the contact info for "the pro-life guy" in town. 👌🏻 I scheduled an interview with him, met him, interviewed him, turned off my recorder, and he said, "So tell me about yourself." ❤️😂 #whatagoodline Long story short: 1) I've almost only ever had good things happen after shaking the dust off of my feet. I highly recommend it! 2) The St. Anne Novena starts this Tuesday. Perfect timing. ❤️🙏 #catholicwife #catholiclife #mymasstakeaway

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