A Little Prayer for When You’re Feeling Anxious

Alright, my site just deleted my first version of this post, and then it timed out on me multiple times, which is a decent indication for me as a writer, that what I’m about to share with you is golden. Because is there anyone out there who absolutely hates when we find peace and calm …

When You Feel Discouraged as a Parent… read this

‘ Once during the building of a giant cathedral, an artist high on the scaffolding intricately carved a bird into the stone of the structure. A man down below looked up at him, and questioned why he was spending so much time there. “They’re about to cover that part up,” he said. “No one’s ever …

Giving Yourself Permission to Rest

Take a breath. In and out. This is a busy time of year, yes. But it’s also a beautiful time of year. A time of anticipation. A time of joy-filled wonder, and icing-covered cookies. A time of cold, starry nights and warm, tightly-stitched quilts. A time when the wood stove is filled with crackling logs, …

How to be Kind and Merciful to Yourself in 5 Steps

Someone recently published a little poll, asking people what they thought about the words “self-care.” I think this is a dangerous word in our world today. While we certainly need to take care of ourselves, far too often, I think we are quick as a society to justify comfort and luxury items in the name …

5 Quick Ways to Kick Anxiety to the Curb (without chocolate…)

We are currently potty training with our 3-year old, and I keep heading to the pantry to eat some of the m&m reward candy, so I’m writing this as a reminder for myself today just as much as for anyone else! Anxiety is no joke. Sometimes we don’t even realize how tense and uptight we …

5 Reasons to Say No & 1 Reason to Say Yes

Life is full of decisions. New situations and opportunities present themselves constantly, requiring us to continually examine where and how we should devote our time and attention. And our primary focus of course should always be on keeping our priorities straight – serving God, serving our spouse, and serving our family, in that order. But …

3 Ways to Snap Yourself Out of Negative Self-Talk

Our pastor Father Winslow once told a story once about the time his friend visited a monastery. The man had been discerning a vocation as a monk, so he went to live with the monks for awhile. It reminds me of P.J. Funnybunny who decided to be a bear, so he went to live with …

Why Chastity Talks Are Not Enough

*Some names and details have been changed to protect privacy. She sat in a chair facing us and smiled nervously. We asked each person at youth group that night to share about something in particular, though I cannot for the life of me recall what they were supposed to share. Mikaela chose to speak about …

The 17 Day Anger to Mercy Challenge

St. Francis de Sales once said, “Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, not even if your whole world seems upset. If you find that you have wandered away from the shelter of God, lead your heart back to Him quietly and simply.” Quietly and simply.  This is much easier said than done …

5 Steps to a Capsule Wardrobe that Works for You

Yesterday I shared some benefits of a minimal wardrobe.  Here are 5 steps that I routinely take to ensure I’m maintaining a simple and merciful capsule wardrobe.  And I highly recommend using this 5-step process to create your own! 1.  Identify your style and what type clothing is comfortable and appropriate for you. Is your …