What a spiritual director and an MBA taught me about being overwhelmed


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I have a personality type that leads me to feel overwhelmed a lot. I’m ambitious but lazy; I have a latent perfectionist streak that comes out at unexpected times; I’m an Olympian procrastinator; and I’m so non-confrontational that I often find myself saying “Yes, I’d love to help with that” when what I should… [Continue Reading]

Prayer: Because sometimes you need to be dog-whispered


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Back when we had cable, I used to be a big fan of the Dog Whisperer show. I don’t even have a dog, but it was fascinating to see how Cesar Millan could take all these bad dogs and turn them into happy, obedient pets. One of his most common techniques is to pinch… [Continue Reading]

How I pray when I don’t have time to pray

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail There’s nothing like daily prayer time. Over and over again, I’ve found that when I make the necessary sacrifices to structure my schedule around prayer (instead of vice versa), my small efforts are repaid tenfold by the tremendous graces I receive. But I can’t always get there. I usually blame it on not having… [Continue Reading]

Praying like you’re illiterate


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Yesterday I hit a level of exhaustion like I have only rarely known before. This whole “third trimester” thing just is not working out for me this time around, and after a morning of huffing and puffing around the house to keep up with the kids (including the most spirited two-year-old God has ever… [Continue Reading]

The 7 Habits of People Who Place Radical Trust in God


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I read a lot of biographies and memoirs about inspiring people who place radical trust in God. (By “radical” I don’t mean reckless or imprudent, but am referring to the difficult, very counter-cultural act of recognizing God’s sovereignty over every area of our lives. More on that here.) From He Leadeth Me to God’s… [Continue Reading]

Is it irresponsible to trust God too much?


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Last week I was all inspired about the idea of placing full trust in God, and I shared a story about a missionary who learned to trust God in all things, down to getting a cake for a Bible study event. In response there were quite a number of corrective comments that raised interesting questions… [Continue Reading]

OUR (The Our Father, Word by Word)


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This, to me, is one of the most startling words of the Lord’s prayer. Maybe the most startling. I have a feeling that it wouldn’t be as remarkable to someone who came from a different cultural background, but I am an American and a Texan. I come from one of the most individualistic states… [Continue Reading]

The secret to a life of YES


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A while back I posted a link to this fantastic post by Carrien, in which she suggests that the secret to an extraordinary life is simply saying YES. The whole thing is well worth reading, but here’s an excerpt: That got me thinking about other people I admire. I found the same theme. They… [Continue Reading]

4 ways to place yourself in the presence of God


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As part of our year with St. Francis de Sales, I wanted to excerpt the section from Introduction to the Devout Life where he offers four practical tips for putting yourself in God’s presence. This is an extremely important first step of prayer, he explains, since all too often we pray as if God… [Continue Reading]

Weakness, strength and the “end of self”


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Have you read the comments to my post about finding strength in weakness? If not, you must. They’re so good. How good? Thanks to reading all the responses to that post, I think I might actually be groping my way towards understanding how you can be strong in Christ, even when you’re physically weak…. [Continue Reading]