BE DONE (Our Father, Word by Word)

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Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done . On Sunday we heard Jesus speak the words, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” Thy will be done, he says. And then… [Continue Reading]

WILL (Our Father, Word by Word)

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Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy… . by Dorian Speed When Jennifer first asked me to write a guest post, I was honored. And I knew just the word to choose: “Will.” About five minutes later, the ramifications of this choice hit me hard. “WHY COULDN’T I… [Continue Reading]

The secret of discernment

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I‘ve been thinking about the topic of discernment again lately (longtime readers know that this is a big area of fascination for me). How do I know what God wants me to do in this or that situation? If I have a bunch of good options in front of me, which one do I choose?… [Continue Reading]

Granularity of prayer

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I spend a lot of time thinking about how prayers of petition work. (Truth be told, one of my first thoughts after discovering that God exists was, “SO HOW DO I GET HIM TO GIVE ME WHAT I WANT?!” Which is why the title of my bo will not be Adventures in Spiritual Maturity.) On… [Continue Reading]

Does God speak through randomness?

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Or, What’s up with seeking guidance by opening the Bible to a random page? One of the things I’ve never gotten clarity on is whether or not it’s recommended that Christians seek answers from God through chance, e.g. opening the Bible to a random page and reading whatever you first lay your eyes on, or… [Continue Reading]

Looking for the tow truck driver

Coming from atheism, the whole concept of there being a personal God who is somehow involved in all that we do was amazing…and intimidating…and confusing. As anyone who has read my 2007 archives knows, for many months I was fascinated with the concept of knowing exactly what God’s plans were for all the little details… [Continue Reading]

Knock, knock. Who’s there? A clue.

My post from Friday about St. Frances of Rome was supposed to be up on Thursday. After a fun but completely mentally and physically exhausting day, Thursday afternoon I put the kids down for their naps and flopped into my desk chair for my daily quiet time. It was like a taste of heaven itself… [Continue Reading]

Anxiety is easier

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 plan… [Continue Reading]

Part II: What happened when I decided to trust God

OK, since a couple people asked, I’ll share the rest of the story that I alluded to in my previous post: what happened when I decided to let go of my anxiety and just trust God. (I hope my atheist readers are taking a break from blog reading today. They’ll think I’ve lost my mind… [Continue Reading]