The Prayer That Changed My (Sex) Life

My husband and I are a CCL-certified NFP (Natural Family Planning) teaching couple. And as such, we like to share a little TMI sometimes… 

Hey there, husbands and wives. You should pray before sex.

Hey, Sara. You’re nuts. That’s awkward and weird.

I know. Do it anyway. It changed my (sex) life and it will change yours.

Okay, well… how?

I’ll tell you how. Beware: you might blush. Continue reading “The Prayer That Changed My (Sex) Life”

Inspired to be the Heart of the Home

Lessons from Mary: how I reconciled with “A mother is the heart of the home.” 

My birthday was coming up and I had big plans.

I was going to do all the things I wanted to do for me. It was going to be a whole day of me-ness. I planned to take off first thing in the morning, meet a friend for breakfast, do some shopping by myself, have a nice lunch in a coffee shop, maybe even do some writing, and come home to a quiet dinner with my husband.

I had been feeling overwhelmed with meeting everybody else’s needs, and I was sick of it. For once I wanted to just do what I want. To not have to answer to anyone else. I was becoming more and more short-tempered. Less engaged in effective discipline. More shouty than problem-solvey.

So I was going to escape. For an entire day. Happy birthday to me. Continue reading “Inspired to be the Heart of the Home”

A Catholic, a Methodist, and a Happy Marriage – 3 paths of prayerful discernment

This post is part three of three in the series 3 Paths of Prayerful Discernment: the importance of prayerful discernment in dating and marriage, stories from 3 Catholic women.

Anni from A Beautiful Camouflaged Mess of a Life shares her story of discernment, a journey from religious life to married life, and the way God’s inspired growth in her faith through interfaith marriage. Continue reading “A Catholic, a Methodist, and a Happy Marriage – 3 paths of prayerful discernment”

The Cradle and the Convert – 3 paths of prayerful discernment

This post is part two of three in the series 3 Paths of Prayerful Discernment: the importance of prayerful discernment in dating and marriage, stories from 3 Catholic women.

Today I (Sara) am sharing with you the story of my discernment process in dating and marriage. I started with a strong desire to date a good Catholic boy, but God had different and beautiful plans for my life. Continue reading “The Cradle and the Convert – 3 paths of prayerful discernment”

The Catholic Couple – 3 paths of prayerful discernment

This post is part one of three in the series 3 Paths of Prayerful Discernment: the importance of prayerful discernment in dating and marriage, stories from 3 Catholic women.

Lexie from 4 The Love of Lexie shares her story of discerning her decision to date only faithful Catholics. Lexie truly believes that God is leading her to pursue marriage with a man loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and committed to loving Jesus with his whole heart. Continue reading “The Catholic Couple – 3 paths of prayerful discernment”

3 Paths of Prayerful Discernment

The importance of prayerful discernment in dating and marriage.

In a perfect, sinless world, everything would be the way God planned it to be. Man and woman would be naked and not ashamed. They’d love Him with their whole hearts. They’d join together in the union of marriage, with perfect self-sacrificing love, and endless bliss.

But since the fall, things became a bit more difficult. It’s no longer a matter of lounging in the garden, eating ever-ripe fruits straight from the Tree of Life. Now we have to work hard for our living, our holiness, our vocation. God’s will isn’t as cleanly spelled out as it was in Eden days: “Don’t eat the fruit of that tree.” Not only do we have to choose between right and wrong as laid out by the Commandments and the precepts of the Church. But we also have to choose between good, better, and best. Continue reading “3 Paths of Prayerful Discernment”

NFP: Our Story

My husband Chad and I share our story as an NFP teaching couple.

Sara:

Chad and I met in college. Just a couple of nerds studying math together.

We began dating in September 2007. Around Christmas time that year, Chad took me aside and told me he’d decided to join the Catholic Church.

I was so excited! This was a huge moment for me. Continue reading “NFP: Our Story”