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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01/05/2017

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Steph

This helped me! :)

el-e-e

i love this. will keep coming back to it.

Arianna

I love this, Maggie, and I haven’t responded until now because I’ve been chewing on it for days. So many thoughts swirling in my head. You will regret asking me if I have any more questions.

1. I grew up much like you did in terms of faith being this thing you did on Sundays and during Lent but it wasn’t intermingled with my daily life. Combined with being SUPER introverted and socially anxious, I find it very hard to be open about my faith with others. Heck, I find it uncomfortable to worship with my arms outstretched, much less talk to Jesus as if he’s sitting next to me. Maybe I’m too much of a cynic? IT’s embarrassing to me, if I admit it, to be so open and vulnerable. I’m a scientist and usually like Proofs. God doesn’t speak in Proofs, does he? (sigh)

2. You said you are trying to instill in your kids the idea that they (we) should EXPECT God to talk to us. Can you give me an example of how you do this in practice? I’m guessing that when my kid is refusing to study for his upcoming math test it’s not the best time to say, “Hey, what do you think Jesus wants you to do here?” Because I know my sour kids and that seems like asking for them to give me a smart-ass answer. What do you say to them? When? How do you let them know when you’re trying to listen to God’s word? Big stuff or looking-for-a-parking space-please-God-don’t –let-me-get-a-ticket stuff? How do you pray with Phillip? With your kids? Extemporaneously? Rote prayers? Talk about the day? I NEED A SCRIPT. Blergh.

3. Re: start paying attention: maybe this is where I get stuck, because I seem to be able to make anything (or nothing) appear like it’s from God. A while back I had what felt like God reaching His hand directly out to me: a perfect, unexpected job offer with great pay, great hours, husband’s surprise enthusiasm about the project- one of the few times I DID feel like God was speaking to me. So we prayed about it and I took the job even though I hadn’t been looking for one. After about a year, it became very clear (I THINK, OR MAYBE NOT) that this was a terrible idea. Family life was more stressful, I was more isolated, longer hours than I ever expected, kids unhappy… I quit but we’re still feeling some of the repercussions in our family. It damaged some relationships and changed things financially and I’m not sure that I can draw much good out of the experience. So was I wrong when I thought I heard God’s voice the first time? Or was I wrong the second time (and I should have stuck with the job)? Or am I just being short-sighted and this will all be seen as a part of His Masterful Plan later? (You can sense my cynicism about the latter explanation, as this always seems to be the response when something you THINK was God’s will seems to have a very bad outcome.)

4. I want the kind of faith that is attractive to others because of its joyfulness. The kind that is so intimately a part of myself that it’s hard to separate and that draws others closer to God- but instead I feel like it’s tucked away in this corner of my life. My faith is weak which is why it’s scary to pull it out of that corner.I want to be you when I grow up even though I am 5 years older than you, ha ha! I love the Eucharist, I believe in the Catholic Church as the one true Church, but there is nothing that irritates me more than hearing the picayune arguments of Catholics who find the sound of drums at Mass so distracting that it somehow prevents them from finding Jesus. Some of the most powerful spiritual experiences I have had have occurred at charismatic prayer meetings. Protestants and charismatic Catholics have taught me so much about a fully trusting, believing in the power of, exuding joy, loving Jesus kind of Christianity. *I want more of that in my life.*


wow. that was long.

Arianna

Also: Pray for me?

Rahim mia

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Rahul amin

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