WELCOME! Here is my not-terribly-eloquent attempt to grow closer to God via... blogging. Unfortunately for you, I'm not sure what that means either. I guess we'll find out!

I'm 30 years old, married to an IT Guy and a stay-at-home-mom to two spectacularly gorgeous children. While we attend Mass on Sunday mornings, I spend the entirety of the Eucharistic Prayer focused on making sure the baby uses her crayons on the bulletin, not the pew

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Your talk reminded me of something I did back in college. I think it was the summer after my junior year, and my mom happened to mention that her church ladies' group needed a speaker for their summer retreat day. I don't know what made me, introvert and public speaking coward, say it, but I said I wanted to do it. Well, it was probably Jesus moving me because those church ladies needed to hear what I wanted to tell them. See, I grew up in a lovely but stagnant church. Same pastor for almost 50 years, very conservative, very not progressive at all. Lots of hymns (which after many years away from them I have grown to love again), lots of repetitive liturgy, sermons focused on the aging population, etc. It was a big church with a school and a decent youth group, but everything was so...unspirited. I went to the NDCF at college and after 18 years in the church, my mind was blown. Grace, mercy, personal relationship with Jesus...what? I knew a lot about Christianity, but really understanding my faith and its depth was something so new to me. And for some reason I felt that I needed to share this with a couple dozen 40-80-something ladies. I agonized over that talk, not wanting to speak maliciously about the church or accuse them of less-than-good spiritual lives, but you know what? I had women coming up to me for weeks after telling me how much they appreciated what I said and how it made them look at their spiritual lives differently. I never, ever thought I could make an impact like that. It was amazing. And you can too. Oh, and when my parents changed churches due to politics about 10 years later, it was really cool to see them GET IT after so many years. The validation was nice, but the reality of their transformation was better!

I do appreciate you sharing your struggles so honestly. My spiritual life has been blah for a long time (again) and not much has worked, but a new moms group at church has me hopeful :)

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