How To Live the Dream the World Doesn’t Understand

What looking back at a sacrificed career can teach you about your vocation as a wife and mom.

Forget the perfect Pinterest project, by the time you change every diaper that needs changing, feed the starving animals you call your children, put the cushions back on the couch for the thousandth time, toss every LEGO block back in the bin, feed those children again, teach them their letters, feed them again, brush their teeth, tuck them in bed, tell them to get back in bed – you don’t have the energy left to stay awake until a reasonable adult bedtime, so you’re passed out in your spit-up-covered jeans on top of the bedspread at 7:59.

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Why (And How) to Bring Your Kids to Adoration

Jesus waits in the Tabernacle, saying, “Let the little children come to me.”  Bring your kids to Mass and Adoration!

I could almost feel the disapproving glares of the parishioners behind me burning holes in the back of my head, but I didn’t dare turn and look.

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Martha, Martha. Revamp your to-do list

A lesson from Martha and Mary on the importance of adding love to your to-do list

I just finished making a to-do list for the day

  • laundry
  • dishes
  • important phone call
  • school work
  • haircuts
  • dinner (plan and prep)
  • de-clutter the living room (i.e. project: find the tabletops)
  • try not to freak out.

I feel my stress level rising. Put that to-do list on hold!

Time to pray.

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Beginner’s Guide to Powerful Meditations {Printable}

Six steps outlining St. Francis deSales’ method of meditation – good for beginners and for experienced pray-ers.

“I like reading meditations, but I don’t know how to do one myself….” Does that sound familiar?

Honestly, I used to feel that way.

Then I found that St. Francis deSales, in Introduction to the Devout Life, lays out a wonderful outline that taught me how to spend an entire hour in Eucharistic adoration (nearly) distraction free!

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Naked and Not Ashamed: Seeing Myself as an Image of God

Imagine someone saying to you, “I am naked and I’m not ashamed.”

Did your eyebrows go up? Mine did. Yeah, TMI hippie, thanks for sharing… This comment is at least a little inappropriate, and definitely awkward.

But the Bible tells us Adam and Eve were able to say this, and not just to brazenly make someone else feel uncomfortable, but say it and mean it.

Would I ever be able to be “naked and not ashamed?”

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Picasso: Seeing Beauty in the Brokenness

I Just don’t see it.

How is this art? This broken, distorted face, it’s not even beautiful. I could paint a face all wrong, too. And I would never be famous for it.

Picasso, I don’t see what you see.

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Will You Also Go Away?

Sometimes I feel like quitting. It’s too hard to pray before bedtime; it’s much easier to turn on Netflix. It’s easier to press like on the latest post begging for donations to send to Haiti; it’s a lot harder to budget the money to send.too hard to speak up about controversial topics, I’d much rather just mind my own business. It’s more socially acceptable to laugh along with the gossip than to interject some blatantly kind words, or suddenly change the subject. Many times, every day, and every week, I am faced with the choice: follow Jesus, or turn away.

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The vocation of children

Back-to-school ruminations and prayers.

It’s time for back-to-school.

We’re overloading with preparation, scheduling, and planning.  We have goals and hopes for the academic year.  We made check-lists and to-do lists and standards lists miles long.

In all the flurry of change and anxiety and excitement, let’s remember the reason for it all.

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The 5-Minute Sacrifice for Lent

A personal devotion that has helped me have fail-free Lents and grow in relationship with Jesus.

What to sacrifice for Lent?  I’ve tried giving up all the standard things.  Chocolate, caffeine, Facebook…

But I always worry my sacrifices aren’t good enough. So, as Lent approaches, I choose harder and harder sacrifices until suddenly, I’ve picked an acceptably “impossible” penance.

Because there’s nothing quite like “failing Lent,” right?  Needless to say, I’ve never cold-turkeyed something for Lent and stuck with it the whole 40 days. Continue reading