Ah, mothers. Aren’t they great? Always running around serving, Acting like a combination of Martha and Mary. A+ Mums, who are in control, right? Think again. When any one of us, whether a mother or not, refuses to give up control, we shut out the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we end up acting just…… Continue reading Mothers in Control: Holy Vacuum Cleaners?
When I admitted defeat, then God had an opportunity to save me from myself
For me, it was easy to look like a saint on the outside as I mothered nine little people. The trouble was, although I looked like I lived a life of self-denial, losing myself to give life to others, I tended to over control. I depended on my strength to get through the overwhelming chores…… Continue reading Letting Go of Control Meant Mismatched Socks
Until we stop railing against our powerlessness, we will never be happy. Only the truth sets us free. Only living in the present moment will we find the peace and joy we crave. Yet even once we realize this truth it seems almost impossible to let go and trust in God. For example, every time…… Continue reading ‘Tis The Gift To Be Simple
All about ingrained anxiety and growing in trust. Anxiety makes us ill in body, mind, and spirit. Yet worry is ingrained in our nature from the moment we are born, part of original sin. Babies are not simply empty slates; they are complex little people who just happen to be preverbal. Babies are born with…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Worry, Mental Kung-Fu and Trust in God
Ah, parents Aren’t we great? Always running around serving, Acting like a combination of Martha and Mary. A+ parents who are in control, right? . Think again. When any one of us, whether a mother or not, refuses to give up control, we shut out the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we end up acting…… Continue reading The Vacuum Cleaner Syndrome
If you asked a typical Catholic, “Are you stealing God’s job?”, they would laugh out loud at such a ridiculous question and emphatically deny it. I know I did. Granted, the wording of this question is designed to shock. Yet the question is also meant to provoke self- examination. After someone asked me this question, I…… Continue reading Stealing God’s Job
Ah, mothers. Aren’t we great? Always running around serving, Acting like a combination of Martha and Mary. A+ Mums who are in control, right? . Think again. When any one of us, whether a mother or not, refuses to give up control, we shut out the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we end up…… Continue reading Mothers in Control: Holy Vacuum Cleaners?
Simple. Everything about God is simple and natural.Or as Saint Therese of Lisieux says,“Everything is grace”. We are the ones in our pride who complicate our relationship to Him. Although Jesus surprised me by suddenly appearing in my life at 16, I tried too hard afterwards to grow in the spiritual life. I read all the complicated…… Continue reading Small Success Thursday: Moments of Grace
The pivotal point in my personal and spiritual growth was realizing that, in fear, I clung to control. I have let go of this control at least a thousand times already. A thousand times of choosing to surrender fear and lies and trusting. Each time I peel back a layer, another deeper level of fear…… Continue reading Surrendering Control to God
‘Whoever flees from prayer flees all that is good.’ St. John of the Cross Prayer. We often think of prayer as something difficult, especially contemplative prayer. If we read the classics, written by the saints, it seems to take years of arduous training to pass through gradually ascending levels to reach the pinnacle of prayer,…… Continue reading Small Success Thursday: The Mustard Seed of Prayer
7 Quick Takes Friday with Jenny at Conversion Diary A major pitfall facing all committed Christian mothers, especially a home school mum is letting go of control of our children’s spirituality and inner healing so that Christ has a chance to save, heal, and sanctify them. Over zealous mothers get in God’s way. Trust me.…… Continue reading 7QT: Are You an Octopus Parent?