A Letter to the Woman Struggling to Surrender Everything to God

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“O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything!”

Do those words bring comfort, or do they make you squirm? If you’re like me (type A control freak here), those words can be a hard pill to swallow. But Christ calls us to surrender everything, to hold nothing back, and to trust him completely.

But what about when he doesn’t fulfill the desires of your heart - even the desires he placed on your heart? What about when trusting him is hard and you want to grasp onto your plans?

In today’s episode, I sit down with Meg Hunter-Kilmer, a woman who has inspired me with her radical surrender.

Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • Meg’s life as a Catholic hobo missionary

  • How Christ in the Eucharist gives us the ultimate example of surrender

  • Realizing that there are desires God places on our hearts that won’t be fulfilled

  • Saints who have surrendered it all to the Lord

  • Concrete ways to surrender things to the Lord and trust him if you’re struggling with control

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A Letter to the Woman Who Thinks Spiritual Motherhood is a Consolation Prize

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Does your heart know the pains of motherhood that doesn't quite look like what you thought it would?

Has Christ called you to marriage, but not introduced the second part of that vocational equation into your life yet? Is your little saint in Heaven, too? Does the experience of infertility weigh heavy on your heart? Does physical motherhood not quite look like what you had dreamed of? Is Christ calling you to be His bride alone, asking you to sacrifice physical motherhood in a vocation to consecrated life? 

If any of these situations are close to your heart, it may feel like the call to spiritual motherhood is a second-rate motherhood. But that couldn't be further from the truth. 

In this episode, I sit down with Danielle Bean and we talk about why the universal call to motherhood applies to all women, how “mother” is a verb, and why you’re made for maternity as a woman, even if you don’t feel maternal.

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Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • The universal call to motherhood

  • What to do if you don’t see yourself being a mom

  • Mother as a verb

  • Why spiritual maternity is not second rate motherhood

  • How to embrace a call to maternity, even when it doesn’t look like you had planned

  • Concrete ways to explore your own call to spiritual maternity

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A letter to the woman searching for her passion

 
 

What are you passionate about? Maybe it’s music, cooking, spending time with friends, or reading a good book. But your passion shouldn’t just be something that you enjoy in the spare moments of your day or just on the weekend. After all, our passions aren’t supposed to exist in a vacuum. Instead, the things that inspire us are meant to draw us closer to the Lord and closer to those around us on a daily basis. So just how do you take your passion to a deeper level of service?

Today, I’m talking with Katie Lynch. She’s the founder of Kate+Grace boutique, an online clothing shop with a unique mission to serve women and bring joy. We talk about the story behind her boutique, how to practice the corporeal works of mercy in our own community, and why it’s important to bring our passions to prayer.

Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • How Kate+Grace Boutique got started

  • Recognizing the inherent beauty and dignity of every woman

  • Discovering ways to live out the corporeal works of mercy

  • Finding your passion

  • Living out the feminine genius as a Catholic entrepreneur


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A Letter to the Woman Facing the Unexpected

 
 

When you go through an unexpected change or struggle, you may find yourself thinking about life in terms of “before” and “after.” When Alexa Hyman reflects on her journey over the past two years, she remembers her life before and after February 17, 2017, when she found out she was expecting a baby girl.

Sharing our unique stories can help others feel less alone, and that’s Alexa’s goal. Each one of us has our own unique story of joy and struggle, our “Februaries.” So how do we be brave and face that struggle head on? Alexa is leading the way with a conversation about beauty, meaning, conversation, community, and heart. Because we’re all facing our own February, or have one that is yet to come.

Alexa is a passionate Catholic woman and mom who knows the value of being there for people. She’s also the creator behind Back in February, where she shares the journey of single motherhood. We talk about her unexpected pregnancy with her daughter, Renley, and how her experience inspired her to minister to other women going through unexpected struggles.

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Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • Totally surrendering the plans we had over to the Lord (and trusting him!)

  • Why vulnerability isn’t weakness, and how to share in a healthy way with those you trust

  • The importance of community as women

  • How to empathize with someone going through an unexpected journey

  • The beauty of physical and spiritual maternity


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A Letter to the Woman Searching for Authentic Happiness

 
 

Happiness on this earth comes in many forms. I find happiness in my marriage, trips, hikes in the mountains, spring weather (minus the allergies), a good song that comes on my Spotify playlist, and a good cup of cold coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.

But we're made for transcendent happiness, the kind that nothing on this world can fulfill. What do our desires for happiness here on earth teach us about the life to come? Today, I sit down and talk with Rose Sweet about how we can search for (and find!) authentic happiness and true joy.

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Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • Aristotle’s four levels of happiness

  • What our earthly desires teach us about Heaven

  • How to avoid getting stuck on the first level of happiness

  • Common road blocks to authentic happiness

  • Why we shouldn’t repress our desire for joy

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