Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (January 5, 2014)

Sunday Snippets

It is time for Sunday Snippets over at RAnn’s place where Catholic bloggers share some (or all) of their post from the week. Why don’t you come and join us?

My posts this week are

A New Year and a New Focus

Meet Mistletoe (aka Danny Skip) the new addition to the family!

Mary Mother of God

Goals for 2014

A New Year and a New Focus

A New Year and A New Focus!

Another year is over. Wow. Where did the time go? It went fast, I tell ya. 🙂 In looking back over my goals from 2013, there are many goals achieved, and of course, some that weren’t. In many ways it was a year of growth. I got through two semesters of college and I only have about two more to go! Andrew grew in many ways and accomplished a lot in homeschool. We moved and added a new addition to the family by way of a  dog (we are actually picking him up tomorrow, New Year’s Eve).

Blogging was another story. Classes took up a lot of my time and so the blog suffered post wise. It was what it was and I am okay with that. However, now in looking ahead, I feel called to go in a slightly new direction with the blog. I feel the Lord is calling me to use this blog as a form of ministry to busy Catholic women. I want this blog to be a place of refreshment and spiritually uplifting to women who are pulled into many directions on a daily basis. I also feel the Lord is calling me to challenge women to grow in their faith and in their relationship with Him.

How this new focus will look like in the coming months, I’m not sure. The Lord has been nudging me to share my faith and faith journey is a more personal way. That’s hard though, isn’t it? There is a risk in letting oneself be vulnerable, in showing one’s true self, but if it is what God wants, it is worth the try. 🙂 I also want to find ways to encourage women to read the bible more and will probably offer up my own reflections on scripture from time to time.

One thing for sure, there will be less “filler” posts. I won’t be posting much  about Andrew’s homeschool, recipes or home management tips unless it relates to what I am writing about. I will be sharing about those things on Facebook and Pinterest, though, so if you aren’t following me there, please do! By the way, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to sign up for email updates. I will be sharing exclusive content with subscribers on a regular basis that you won’t want to miss (as well as the free ebook “Six Unique Ways to Find Time for Prayer” you receive when you sign up). To subscribe, fill in your name and email address in the box on the side bar or under this post.

As far as the blogging schedule, I will probably focus on one or two posts a week. Classes start up January 20th so I will feel less pressure (a pressure I put on myself, I know!) to blog or feel (unnecessarily) guilty if I miss a post or two.

My desire for 2014 is to be more intentional, purposeful and to grow and be all the God wants me to me. I want this for you, too. My prayer for each of you during the New Year is that you be filled with all the blessings, joy and peace that only God can bring!

(P.S. If you are regular reader/subscriber to Simple Catholic Living, THANK  YOU! If you commented on the blog or emailed me during the year, THANK YOU. I truly appreciate the opportunity to share with and connect with each of you. 🙂 )

 

Live Your Life Without Limits!

I posted this video way back in 2010 but it is worth another look. We always think we have insurmountable obstacles but Nick shows us that with God’s grace we can do anything!

We all have to face obstacles to face in life. When life gets difficult, think of this inspirational story of Nick Vujicic:

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Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (August 11, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

Another week has gone by and it is time for Sunday Snippets over at RAnn’s place. Why don’t you join us and link up your favorite posts from the week? Here are my posts:

Weekly Goals

10 Reminders of God’s Love for You

“Baba’s” Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Praying a Novena

Have a blessed week everyone!

 

What Does it Mean to Trust God? (A Little Random Thought)

That’s a hard question and I don’t have an easy answer to it. It is something that I struggle with which is why I think the Lord lead me to make “trust” as my focus word for 2013.  I clearly need the practice!

The scripture that stands out most to  me in regards to trust is Proverbs 3: 5-6:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; in all your ways be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

(Saint Joseph Personal Size Edition of The New American Bible)

This quote convicts me and encourages me in my faith and trust in the Lord. I don’t know about you but I prefer to rely on myself a lot of time rather than on God, thank you very much! I want things to happen on my timetable and my way. I don’t want “wait” for an answer, either, I want what I want when I want it! This makes me sound like a two-year-old or something doesn’t it?

Right now we have a lot going on. We are looking for a place to live (after staying with my in-laws for a while), we need to get an extra car for me so I can get to school. I have to figure out who will watch Andrew every Tuesday for my early morning class that is starting in two weeks. Finances are tight. I’m homeschooling and have projects piling up. I’m feeling a little stressed to say the least.

For me, this is where trust comes in. I need to have the faith to trust that God will bring us to the right apartment that we can afford, that he will provide a car or transportation for me to get to my class and he will arrange for a sitter for Andrew. Yes, I have to do my part, and calmly look for that new apartment and car, but I have to quit stressing over it and trust in the Lord. That’s not easy.

Trust means that we rely on God and believe that He is invested in our lives. It means giving up our illusion of control and allow God to work in our lives – even in the details of our lives like finding a place to live. To me, trust means letting go of anxiety and knowing God is God.

Do you remember the 1980s sitcom, Charles in Charge starring Scott Baio? (You can see free episodes on Hulu.) Sometimes when my IRL friend Anne and I talk about stuff and remind each other to trust God we say, “God’s in charge, NOT Charles!”

That’s what I am going to try to remember for 2013 – to let God be in charge and not try not to interfere with God’s plan for me.

What about you? What does trusting God mean to you? I’d love to get a conversation about this going, so leave your thoughts and reflections on trust and what it means for you in the combox.

 

 

31 Days With Mary: Day 17

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Mary: Our Sorrowing Mother

“From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!” –Pope John Paul II

Offering: Mortification of the senses; for example, not complaining about an inconvenience or keeping quiet about a physical or mental pain and uniting the mortification, with Mary, to her son, Jesus.

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10 Words to Describe God

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Call it the joy of Easter, call it spring fever, or just call me crazy 🙂 , but lately my heart has been full of the praises of the Lord, and I can’t resist sharing the many attributes of our great God!

1. Merciful. This past Sunday was Divine Mercy Sunday, and a great time to remember how merciful our Lord is, ready to reach down and lift us up when we fall, ready to fill our souls with His goodness.

2. Patient. God is patient, so, so patient. I always say, “Thank God, for God” because if I were God…well, the world would have been wiped out a long time ago! LOL! Okay, I’m kidding. 🙂

3. Loving. The Life of Jesus. The Suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. Need I say more?

4. Forgiving. As Catholics, we have tangible proof of God’s forgiveness every time we go to confession and hear the words of the absolution. I always leave confession feeling refreshed of soul and ready to continue the “good fight of faith” no matter how nervous I might feel before going in! Here’s a guide on how to make a good confession if you need it.

5. Holy. Our great God is a holy God, worthy of all our praise and gratitude!

6. Worthy. God is all worthy. Worthy of our adoration and worship!

7. Faithful. We may not always be faithful to God (speaking for myself) but God is ALWAYS faithful to us. This is comforting to remember as we pray for our loved ones who are far from the faith.

8. Our Salvation. Jesus is our Lord, our redeemer. Through Him, through is life, death and resurrection we are “adopted children of the Father.” Through Jesus we have access to heaven for all eternity.  How awesome is that?!

9. Healing. No one goes through life unscathed. It’s impossible. But, God is there with healing balm to soothe our spirits and fill our emptiness of heart, if only we let Him.

10. Perfect. God is all-good, all-knowing, all-loving. He is perfect in all things. He knows all, and NEVER makes mistakes. We can never “know the mind of God” but we can trust that all that He allows is for our own good, our holiness and our salvation.

Come, praise the Lord with me and share your words that describe our awesome God! Just leave your attributes of God in the comments.

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday.)

Giving to God What is God’s and to Caesar What is Caesar’s

Barb over at Suffering with Joy, has a fantastic, thought-provoking reflection about our Christian “rights, duties and obligations” as citizens of the US.

Here’s a peek:

“Our society has become confused as to what is Caesar’s and what is God’s. A large percentage of society, in fact, doesn’t believe in God and therefore doesn’t believe that anything belongs to Him. And so we have the fallacious law of behavior: what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine. And I’ll pay Caesar with your money to get the free stuff that Caesar “owes me”.

I highly recommend and encourage you to go to Barb’s blog and read her post here.

Advent Meditation, Week Two: Mission of Mary

Advent Wreath

In this week’s Advent Meditation, my friend Anne is expounding on the life and mission of Mary, the Blessed Mother. Here’s a snippet:

“What Mary does, who Mary is, how Mary is obedient and LOVES God is the model for us, the the REAL HUMAN EXAMPLE of how we can LOVE God, be OBEDIENT to God, LISTEN to God and accept His commands…just as her Son would ALSO DO during His lifetime on earth.

Did Christ endure trials during His life, or was it all a ‘bed of roses’? Did Satan try to tempt Christ or did he just leave the Son of God alone? Did Jesus come to live among His creation because He LOVES us or…not?

 He IS God and He IS man, and because His mother said, ‘YES’, to God’s plan we are redeemed. Her participation LEAD TO our REDEMPTION!”

You can read the rest here

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God of Mercy and Compassion

This gorgeous Lenten Hymn is more of a prayer than a song:

P.s., please say a prayer for my cousin’s wife who is battling cancer. It went from her lungs to hip to neck and to now her brain. Thank you.

(Linked to Fearless Friday.)