Living an awesome story

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A good nickname for me would be “Inertia,” because, like the dictionary definition of the word, I tend to “exist in a state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.” If my choice is accepting an invitation to go to an interesting social… [Continue Reading]

Trust School

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m reading the astoundingly good book God’s Smuggler, which is the memoir of a Dutch Protestant missionary who smuggled Bibles behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. At its core, the book is all about trusting God. On almost every page there is some example of how God comes through when we place… [Continue Reading]

The secret to a life of YES

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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]

A day without fear

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail When Lent rolled around this year, I knew better than to try to attempt too much. Since I was scheduled to give birth to my fourth baby in five years just two weeks into the season, I knew that to plan to give up too much or add too many spiritual practices would be… [Continue Reading]

Fear is the absence of love

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail After a year of prayer, I finally found a fantastic spiritual director with whom I really click (just in time for this spiritual dry spell…coincidence?). When we met a couple weeks ago I was telling her about the “dark night of the soul” I was experiencing, and that a theme of this time period… [Continue Reading]

Admitting that I can’t do it all…or even half of it

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of my big goals for this new year is to finally get things under control, broadly speaking. Ever since I left the workforce about three years ago I’ve tried various Fly-Lady-inspired methods for getting organized and developing a routine to stay organized. I am a naturally scattered and lazy person, but I yearn… [Continue Reading]

Anxiety is easier

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Last week St. Francis de Sales and some bad programming at Google Maps led me to one of the biggest realizations I’ve had this year: that anxiety = not trusting God. For a long time I knew that stress about certain individual matters was due to a prideful insistence that I had the best… [Continue Reading]

Anger, anxiety and trusting God

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I never intended for controlling feelings of frustration and anger to be the theme of my prayers and writing for the past few weeks, but ever since the subject first came up I haven’t been able to avoid it. I didn’t realize how often I let my Irish temper get the best of me… [Continue Reading]