Have you ever shouted in a valley? Sometimes your own voice will echo back to you. The sound waves bounce off mountainsides and the noise reverberates through the atmosphere.⠀
There are times when the Lord feels far away and in the attempt to be heard by God, our prayers can become shouts. We tell ourselves that the louder we pray, the more likely it is that He will hear. We convince ourselves that if our prayers are strong enough, long enough, powerful enough, then they will surely break through Heaven’s door and reach the Lord.⠀
Oh but friend, I believe we have it wrong. Assuming there is distance between us and the throne of grace creates a chasm that doesn't exist. There are no barriers to be broken between us and the Lord Almighty. Shouts become echoes of our own hearts trying to reveal something that is already known by Him. We can then become susceptible to thinking we are hearing back from Him, when really it's our own voices.⠀
The truth is that He is with us. He is holding us by the right hand. It's the whispered prayer He desires from us because it’s intimate—personal. Since He is so close it takes nothing more than a gentle word from our lips. He's leaning in and listening intently to our every word. Instead of a parade of words, let it be a conversation. Quiet words create a better opportunity for hearing His still, small voice. He is close enough for an embrace and tangible enough to cling to.⠀
"But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you." Matthew 6:6 NLT⠀
"I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely." Psalms 63:8 NLT⠀
Natalie Venegas, @milkandhoneyfaith
1 33 minutes ago
One follower can start a revolution. Jesus went after the one. Wherever you may lead, do it with all your heart. Whether it’s 2 people or 2000- someone is looking to you for answers. #theactiveleader@sheworkshisway
I tend to make excuses for certain sins in my life. Most of the time, it’s with anger, worry, or control. I get caught up with dwelling on how long I’ve struggled with these sins & begin to doubt that I’ll ever be able to completely turn away from them. •
Regardless of how long we’ve been in sin or how deeply rooted the sin may be, realizing that we have the SAME Spirit in us that raised Jesus from the dead is something we often neglect to remember.
Our Savior is SO much more powerful than any stronghold, generational curse, addiction or habitual sin! When our sins feel too daunting to overcome, we ought to acknowledge (& not discount) the perfect God that we serve! 🙌🏻🙌🏻❤️
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” Romans 8:11 ✝️❤️
6 62an hour ago
Let’s talk about SEARCHING 😉
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having the desire to be married someday but it is important that you are not so consumed by the desire to get married that you start seeking out relationships that are not purposed by God.
Our modern society makes it hard to be single especially with the display of affection heightened on social and romantic movies; feeding into our impatience and inability to wait on God.
But you cannot claim to be waiting on God and yet refuse to relinquish control.
Before meeting my husband i was on a path to build and maintain a relationship with God. I was more consumed with the desire to go deeper with God than the desire to get married. I desired for God to transform and mould me into the woman He made me to be. I was thirsty(still am) and actively searching but not for a man; i was searching for God. I wanted to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to understand the word, to walk with God, i was searching for something no man but God could give. Marriage eventually happened when He purposed it to happen. -
We are susceptible to feeling the need to find someone to be with and sometimes the neediness causes us to evaluate everyone as the “POTENTIAL ONE”. However, the disadvantage of actively and desperately searching for “The One” is that it opens you to the vulnerability of getting into wrong relationships.
Focus on other pursuits like the pursuit of God - He grows you and makes you into a better woman. The desire to get married should not be a burden - nothing should be a burdensome when we trust God. •
Some of you need to say Yes to God more than you need to search for “The One”. Some are more captivated by their desire more than they are captivated by God - ““But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV. We are First called to be Kingdom Minded individuals. •
Focus on your own physical and spiritual development, joy and wholeness does not reside in a relationship (Yes marriage is good) but your joy and wholeness should come from Christ.
The average American is physically, biologically, psychologically and neurologically unable to do anything worthwhile before he has a cup of coffee! And that goes for prayer too. Let them have coffee before meditation // Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
God’s Will + my will = Sainthood ✨
Help me to do your will, always. Thank you God, for giving me the opportunities to choose your will on earth.
1 133 hours ago
Def missing the city (and the walking and the shopping and the foooood 💙💙) but Levi said he was the luckiest boy to have me as a mama (he must’ve forgotten about my maje meltdown during his reading lesson today 🙈) and man, is that worth more than anything in the world. 🌈 #familyiseverything#thefutureisfamily
2 609 hours ago
“Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, "Thus saith the Lord!"
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him—
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!”
That last line, though. Even the deepening of our faith is an act of God’s grace. If the desire is there, there’s grace to meet it. Lord, help us in our unbelief and give us grace to trust you in everything.
Glad I took my time with this one (swipe to see the full piece).
BG photos: Avery Klein and Mike Tinnion via @unsplash
3 6410 hours ago
Today we were supposed to go to a meeting after a belated birthday brunch but it was moved to the afternoon. We were trying to figure out how to kill some time and my sweet husband says, “Hey! Doesn’t @annunciationorlando have Mass at 12:15?” So off we went to our favorite first row pew!
Sebastian wasn’t perfectly behaved (lots of talking & he farted so loud during complete silence lol). Lily was fussy.
It’s normal. They are little and as long as no one is being very disruptive, it’s ok. Moreover, it’s important for them to be present, to be taught. We tell him what’s happening & teach him the words!
I think there is such a stigma with little ones at church... but Jesus said “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them....” Mt 19:14. Howwwww will they know if they are not there!!! We teach our little ones the abc’s, how to count, animal sounds, etc. So why can’t they learn how to say prayers & participate at church? My little guy actually repeats some of the prayers without us asking. He still enjoys grabbing the song books, the envelopes and pens, messing with the kneelers, standing on the pew, etc. Oh and last Sunday he tried to grab some cash from the offering basket 🤦🏽♀️ There’s also a lot of sweet things that happen like how he blesses himself, genuflects, & says “Jesus I luh (love) you!”, “Jesus in the castle (aka tabernacle)?”
It takes work and effort on our part as parents, to the point we sometimes wonder, did we get anything out of that Mass? Then we realized, this is our job right now. It’s not to get but to give to our children. For it is in giving that we receive!!
I used to be so mortified when Sebastian was younger, if he even made a peep during Mass. If you’re bringing your littles to church, don’t worry about their imperfect but perfectly normal behavior. You are doing God’s work. Don’t let anyone stop you!!
Also, love repping my @deckandoar “Mother” tee!! Nyssa is a fellow mama & an amazing artist- check her out!!
¡SOS HERMOSA! Desde que te levantaste con el corazón roto y amaste igual. Desde que te mostraste real. Desde que sonreíste sabiendo que todo estaba mal. ¡SOS HERMOSA! Desde que te enteraste que no necesitas a nadie para brillar, que no sos una simple mitad, que también te queda bien la soledad. ¡SOS HERMOSA! Porque te gusta la libertad. Porque entre mentiras no perdiste la honestidad. Porque entre bastardos no te vi perder la amabilidad. ¡SOS HERMOSA! Porque cada día te querés un poco más. Porque te cuidas cuidando a los demás. Porque agarras la piedra con la que tropiezas, porque aprendes, porque la usas y así perdonas. Porque sos toda una rareza. Porque cada vez es menos triste tu tristeza. Porque llevas alas en el alma y sueños en la cabeza.🌟🖤
Give Thanks for the Hard Things
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” James 1:2
Joy isn’t the opposite of trouble, it’s a choice you can have despite your trouble.
You can choose joy in the middle of a broken family, memories of a painful childhood, or even your own failing health.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, troubles might actually be your bridge to true thankfulness.
It's a hard choice, but it's a better existence, and it's available to us through the Holy Spirit.
What are you thankful for today? What hard thing can you use as a prompt to turn to gratitude?
Tomorrow! Restock happening tomorrow (Friday) at 4:00 pm EST. It will be a good time to peruse and pick what you want to get during the sale! I’m participating in @etsy ‘s Black Friday weeklong sale that is running 11/20-26. Everything will be 10% off, and if you use the code IGFAM you will earn free shipping and a free gift as well! 💌
1 3812 hours ago
Thank you generous supporters and prayer warriors! Last night we took hats, scarves, gloves, and blankets out to the KM64 women and also provided blankets to the Espero women in town today. It's in the 20s at night lately which is so dangerously cold for many.
On Tuesday we will head out to deliver medicine, Jesus, and presents (a communion service + Christmas cookies and playdough) and say our goodbyes until February. Please pray for the women and children and for our hearts. We look forward to a little time in the US for the holidays but will miss them so much.
1 2412 hours ago
I'm going to drop my first ever #fridayintroductions on a Thursday, because I am an innovator. The name's Danica, and I make sh*t happen. I have my Bachelor's degree in #Kinesiology, and have worked for over a decade in the fitness industry. My favorite apparatus is the #TRX, and I recently got a Duo Trainer to explore new and more challenging movements! I enjoy weight lifting and swimming, and will soon be training for my second #SpartanSprint. I currently stay at home to homeschool my kids and support my husband, a Navy JAG. We love science experiments, reading, baking, and getting outdoors. #Millennial SAHMs have to have a side hustle these days, or else they don't let you on Instagram (I jest), so I decided on Trades of Hope. This missional business embodies my beliefs in social justice and pro life feminism, and has also paid for several trips and.....a LOT of jewelry. Like....a lot of jewelry you guys. What else? I'm #Catholic. I'm soooo Catholic that I have actually practiced NFP with my husband for almost all 11 years of our marriage. We used to teach the #symptothermal method, and I am down to discuss mucus and cervixes any time. We also attend the Latin Mass and dig frequent Confession. Go hard or go home, amiright? 😅 I like #cosplay and hope to spend more time sewing after the holidays. I love scifi and anime, but despise romantic comedies, with the exception of most Bollywood films. I am trying to get through Crime and Punishment on my Kindle, but it's so dreary that I keep going back to P.G. Wodehouse to see what Psmith is up to.
16 6812 hours ago
#caffeinefiendfriday HEART > RESUME ▫️▫️▫️
This has been a big theme in my life over the last couple of weeks. I’ve started contributing to @igyouth’s Fuel app reflections over the last few months and when I was preparing today’s readings... these words hit me hard.
As a chronic ‘Martha’ I’m consistently having to remind myself of the need to be like Mary and simply sit at His feet.
I’m consistently reminding myself that joy, reward, salvation, peace are not things that need to be - or can be - earned.
I’ve realised in new ways recently that the intentions and attitudes of my heart are far more pleasing to Him than anything I can do, achieve or succeed in.
He has been humbling me a lot lately. ▫️▫️▫️
I have hidden your word in my heart. — Ps 119:11
2 3112 hours ago
At Faith Charms, our slogan is "More than a fashion Statement. It's A Faith Statement."... this is more than just a cute tagline. It is real to us and to our customers... ❤
When this business idea was given in prayer, it was to create jewelry that would carry spiritual meaning and hope for believers everywhere. This jewelry would serve as a personal symbol and act of faith and trust in God's Word. It would also serve as a gentle reminder that God is a God who hears prayers and delivers on His promises... ❤
Many of our Faith Charms Family are not only only believing God for things like marriage, children, health and purpose fulfilled in their own lives but they also connect their faith with others and gift Faith Charms to their friends and family... ❤
We want to hear and share those stories. Our own struggles and victories are what brings hope to others...So, we are accepting Faith Story submissions and will be posting them on our social media feeds and on our new web blog each week ❤❤... If you would like to share your Faith Story with us, please email it to [email protected] for review. We look forward to hearing from you!
4 3813 hours ago
LAUNCHING TOMORROW ❗️❗️🚀.......GRACIAS😘😘.....NEVER in a million years would I think I would be launching the SuzVIBE🌸 website, story telling, blogging, modeling 🤗 ....LET ME SHARE AND GIVE SOME 💗 LOVE FOR MY SUZVIBE🌸 TRIBE •
My fantastic and patient hubby Steve has supported me while I spent hours and more late hours🕒 figuring out how to use goofy hashtags ( he’s my editor/photographer at times ) and suffered through frozen(burned) pizza. .Reminding me I have a story to tell and need to blog and write a book! ...I was like ,, “whatever “... I can’t spell and even when i use spell check it can’t figure out the word I’m trying to spell ( yes it’s that bad 🤣😂) Steve has been my cheerleader all the way 🥳. He is the voice of encouragement when I say “I’m done, I can’t and I quit”!(those are fighting words💪🏽). .....He has taken on going “LIVE” with me on the SUZ AND STEVE SHOW and actually loves❤️ it now❗️....I love❤️you more today then when we meet at the BP gas station 10yrs ago. •
My beautiful and creative friend Geneva, who tirelessly has worked on my media materials for Sweet Pea Beach House💗🏠 and SuzVibe🌸even though her family has had health issues and has been affected by Hurricane Michael. ..I couldn’t ask for a more fantastic friend.
THE SuzVIBE🌸 TRIBE ❗️ I am so amazed God has put me on this journey to share my life and story with peeps, some I know personally ( much❤️ to Ina .. you are one special lady and to my sweet sister Tuna Lou who runs Sweet Pea 💗@sweetpeabeachhouse 🏠with me ..couldn’t do it without her ! ) and some I can’t wait to get to know... so honored ya’ll want to be a part of it ...together❗️
Sisters, we are all BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN yet BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED 💐by the ONE who calls us beautiful... Our Lord and Savior🙏🏼.
A place to BeYOUnique🌸BeYOUtiful and just be YOU ..a beautiful masterpiece ...a place to find encouragement, shop for worthy causes and to find local charity events .. a VIBE called blessed. •
Can’t wait to see where all this leads cos I’m honestly flying by the seat of my pants ❗️.. May we, because we are all so blessed, be a blessing to others 😘 ............JOIN AND SHARE WWW.SUZVIBE.COM. ...WHO IS JOINING??
Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 NKJV
We have all been chosen as Daughters of the King to serve a purpose that brings God glory and because of this there will be times when God has to use you in unexpectedly. Just like Esther you can choose to look past your fear of consequence and act in bold faith.
All of these snow pictures is making my heart hurt for home ❄️💛 Throwback to one of my favorite memories in the snow, with one of my favorite people taking the photograph @jackieo_7 .
“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her by the Lord.” Luke 1:45
“Running has shown me that my mind and my body can be at the same pace, and when those are in line, it helps my anxiety and depression subside. However, I’m still learning that I have a ways to go. Each stage of life has its own, unique difficulties and as someone with anxiety, I need to be cognizant of that fact and make sure I’m always doing what I can to take care of my mental health. •
Knowing that God knitted me in my mother’s womb, and that I’m wonderfully made (anxiety and all), has helped me in my journey of understanding who I am outside of anxiety and depression.”
Today’s interview is with Maria Abbe, founder of RunningMyselfTogether.com. She talks about how her faith, cognitive behavioral therapy, and running has helped her heal from an eating disorder and cope with anxiety and depression, and she shares her tips for thriving in life, even when struggling with mental illness.
Link in bio!
3 7514 hours ago
My little bundle of ‘tude has been giving me ALL the sass 💁🏻♀️ and it’s just cracking me up! She’s such a little busy girl with things to do and people to see! 😍
11 23414 hours ago
A little something NEW for tomorrow’s pop up shop! // hand-lettered ornaments!
9 5114 hours ago
Anyone else give up on having nice things? Completely used to going up the stairs to make the bed only to come down to paper shreds everywhere? #nothingisscaredanymore This is our life... chaos, messes and disorders. We basically live in the autism White House. #screwit 🍷
i’m entirely convinced that when we take small steps towards God, he runs toward us. have you read that parable? you know the one...with the prodigal son? did you know in ancient culture it was completely unheard of for an elder man to run? but nonetheless, our Father runs towards us with pure joy- that nothing can hinder- because we are his beloved children. “He ran to me, He took me in His arms, Held my head to His chest, Said "My son's come home again!" Lifted my face, Wiped the tears from my eyes, With forgiveness in His voice He said "Son, do you know I still love You?" oh, how i love that story. #blessedisshe#blessedproject#catholiccreative#catholicwriter
1 5015 hours ago
A little #tobymac to get you #dancing when life has you stuck. Go ahead and move! Keep walkin’! Ice cream helps sometimes, too. 🍨 Who loves Braum’s!? #braums
She’s wise beyond her years...she tells me the heart of God when I’ve forgotten...she is all of FIVE... just now she randomly said “you are kind, you are pretty, you’re special, you’re a beautiful person and you’re precious”....
Out of the mouths of babes....seriously 😢😍
3 3416 hours ago
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2 8016 hours ago
Through complete submission, I have found joy. I have found it in overflowing and abundance. I have found joy in knowing You, my God, are in complete control.
3 3116 hours ago
Anything that stands between you and the life you desire to be living.
6 5416 hours ago
A year ago today, one of my dreams came true. Being in St. Peter’s Square surround by people from all over the world, celebrating our Catholic faith and who were so joyous to see our Pope. It was such a gift to experience the universality of the Catholic faith and to feel the Holy Spirit move in ways I have never felt before. Just thinking of it makes me feel total awe at the greatness of our God!
2 2616 hours ago
I don’t want to enjoy Ariana Grande’s music but I just do. Can’t say I approve of all her songs or everything she stands for, but I actually really love her new song “thank u, next.”
I love the message behind it, that our life is not over after our breakups, heartbreaks, or when our plans get messed. Amazingly, it’s the exact opposite. We gain so much from the people we date but don’t end up with in the end. We gain love and patience and become who we were created to be when we go through pain.
Look back on your life and think about the people and experiences that have caused you pain. Imagine what you’d be like without those people or experiences. Thank God for the pain that has brought you to who you are today.
2 6616 hours ago
It's time! I've listed the Advent wreath in my Etsy shop (HandmaidHomeCo- link in profile). Every part of the wreath is hand stitched, except for the flames- that's the "interactive" part (swipe to see). There is even a little pocket on the back to keep them in. I designed it to help little ones participate in the season of Advent, but it would really fit anywhere! We'll definitely have one hanging. 😃 I also added a star of Bethlehem at the top, though it's sort of hard to see in pics. 🌟
I've had this idea for awhile, and I'm so grateful I have the time this year to make it happen. There are more pictures and details on Etsy! ☝
13 2916 hours ago
#appreciationpost This was sign No. 4 for the McAuliffe wedding all the way in Ireland, AND is also an opportunity for me to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me and this little side gig of mine! ▫️▫️▫️
These orders not only help fill my creative buckets but first and foremost, helps fund my work on campus.
For those that don’t already know, I’m a campus missionary by day (gallivanting as a creative at night 👩🏽🎨) and I have a real heart for journeying with students and young adults and encouraging them to discover who they’re created to be by first discovering Who they were created by.
Feel free to DM me if you’d like to support a missionary via an order or a kind donation!
Oh! The anticipation!
Gotta make sure everything is on point moments before the wedding begins.
Am I the only one who thinks its sweet when guys help other guys? 🙋🏽♀️ Maybe its because you don’t see them getting hands-on help very often?
3 2717 hours ago
These lyrics from Pat Barrett’s “Sails” have been repeating over and over in my head. I’ve been so scattered these past few days and am so tempted to apologize to the Lord in prayer- Sorry for not hearing you, sorry for feeling distracted in prayer, sorry for sometimes just being a stinker. But when I even start to apologize he puts these lyrics in my heart- he is PATIENT. Maybe I keep forgetting that because I am so gosh darn impatient, but he is always ready for me to pick up and start again. If you haven’t listened to “Sails” do yourself a favor and put it on repeat forever and ever. #the100dayproject#100daysoflovelyletters 50/100
#TBT to the time I lived in South Korea. It was one of the most amazing experiences. Korea is beautiful.
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11 13619 hours ago
Custom quote with a fun new feature - a custom painted mat to match! A little jungle scene for this Asian the lion quote. (If you’d like to talk about a custom order before Christmas, I have a few spaces left in the second week of December - we could JUST sneak in a gift for Christmas! Message me OR place a custom order request in my shop - link in profile!)
1 3719 hours ago
Back at that #edesign and I gotta say it feels pretty dang good...💁🏻♀️💪
If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you, right?! So glad Derek was home over lunch to witness me about die during today’s workout 😅 .
A little later I walked by the mirror and thought “Really? But I’m working so hard.” That’s my old way of thinking creeping back in. I used to workout because I thought I had to. I wanted to be in shape for the wrong reasons. .
Through the support of the wellness community I’m in and personal development, I have changed my mindset so much. Now it’s very rare that I’ll think about that side of it. I think I feel so much better than I look and that is what’s important to me. The rest will come and I’m in no rush. .
The most important thing I’ve learned is that the joy is found in the journey. It’s the little struggles and moments that seem insignificant added up that make us who we are today in this moment. And I’ve found even more joy in sharing this journey with others 💕
A friend and I are hosting a sneak peek into what this community is all about this weekend in a private Facebook group! Come be a fly on the wall as we share our journey, a look into the group, and how you can join us if you think it’s what you’ve been needing. .
Link is in my bio to join on your own and I’m always only a message away if you ever want to chat or give me tips on how to not yell at my computer during my workouts 🤣💌👯
1 2919 hours ago
Last night I dreamt of today's ultrasound. Everything was so real, even the touch and the sounds. I could see so clearly your little lips that were like mine and your thumbs like your dad's. Then I saw you cloaked in Mary's veil, sprinkled with stars and you were pointing with your little fingers Up.
And I know I was thinking in a dream how can anyone said that a child is not from God, when it is surrounded by angels.
8 3519 hours ago
Spent the weekend in one of my all time favorite places: LAS VEGAS 🎰🎸🎲 I had such a fun time & made use of as many Veteran’s Day deals as I could 🇺🇸 Aka buffets on buffets (a preggo gal’s dream) 😍😛 That being said, I got quite a few side eyes for being out & about pregnant in Vegas. It made me think about a girl in my high school who got pregnant and how everyone was so judgey towards her. On the flip side, people were extremely judgey towards me for wearing a chastity ring (it said ‘true love waits’ & I was wearing it because I was STRUGGLING to stay chaste & needed a constant reminder during that time). I remember the only time I ended up crying in the counselors office was after a guy teased me for two periods straight for wearing it. I can’t even imagine what the pregnant girl went through... If you think about it, we were both struggling with the same sin in different ways. But neither of us fit what sex was ‘supposed to be’ for a typical high school setting. It just goes to show that you will NEVER be good enough for others. There’s always going to be someone disappointed in who you are & what you do. One of the most freeing prayers to me is the ‘Litany of Humility’. In it, I ask God to free me from the desires of being admired, praised, consulted, and even loved by others! By praying it, I care SO much less than I used to about how people will perceive me and what I expect from others is so much less important. God really is the only person who can judge you. While He has an insanely high standard, thankfully, for our sakes, He is a merciful & ever loving Father 💖🤗
5 9623 hours ago
Women are guardians of the Gospel message. It is women who are strong enough to bear Christ’s suffering with Him. And it is women who are the first witnesses of Christ’s Resurrection – the first entrusted to share the Good News. ⚔️
7 1582 days ago
Say yes... and God will take care of the rest. I spent this Saturday in a cloistered Poor Clares convent in the Los Altos Hills. It was quiet, peaceful, and the retreat (put on by the @diocesesanjose) gave us equal time to listen to talks, ask questions, and spend time in prayer to discern what vocation God was calling each of us to. Discernment should not be an excuse to not do anything. We should be involving God in every decision in our lives, from jobs to moves, and we should practice saying yes in whatever God is calling us to do right now. And right now, I’m called to be here, in the city of St. Francis. I spoke to a man named Darren this morning. He needed $1 more for his BART fare, and knowing that situation very well, I opened up my wallet and my heart. He thanked me profusely and told me it made his day. He’d had an awful night, he said. He got beat up for the ring he was wearing and broke his finger trying to fight back, but now he’d be able to eat and get to where he needed to go. THIS is what we’re called to: to listen, to love, to show mercy, and to bring Heaven to earth in the day-to-day. In whatever vocation that may be.
This quote has been convicting us this week. Thinking about it so near Thanksgiving is spiritual food. Blessed be God!
This season can feel very busy at times. Juggling tasks at work. Cramming for upcoming tests before the winter break. Scrambling to mark everything off our to-do lists.
Maybe you feel weary. Maybe you feel discouraged. Maybe you just need to take a breather. & That’s where grace comes in — give yourself some grace.
Slow down. Pursue the One who fills you up. Enjoy this season. The Hallmark movies, the decorating, time with family, gift shopping, cookie baking, the cozy things. Whatever it may be, give yourself permission to enjoy the things you love because they are gifts from God.
It’s in these slow moments that we’re able to hear God. He gives you everything you need.
So slow down. Give yourself grace. & Enjoy this season.
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I’m not scared of my anxiety anymore. I don’t wish I never struggled with it or that I don’t see it pop up from time to time.
Why? Well, I truly believe that His glory can and does shine through despite my sometimes racing mind and heart. That He can reach others through my lowest moments. That He can and does shine His light upon me when I call out to Him.
I also believe that when I take care of myself - when I see my therapist or psychiatrist, when I take my medication (yes, I said medication), when I practice mindfulness and spend time in prayer, when I run - I am in a better state of mind. And when I’m in a better state of mind, I can love harder, I can pray deeper, I can be more present. I can be the person He has called me to be.
Mental health is a tricky thing to talk about and to understand. I don’t know it all. I don’t understand it all. But what I do know is that God can take our lives and transform them, despite our insecurities and our imperfections, into something beautiful. Let Him lead you there. He loves you. And He wants you to love you. Because when you love you, you can love others. 💙
“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a REVOLUTION OF THE HEART, a revolution which has to start with each of us.” —Dorothy Day
Pray hard. Act courageously. Love fiercely. Reject despair. The renewal of our world begins with each of us renewing our hearts and homes. Know of my prayers for each of you today, and for our bishops, our Church, and our world.