A Letter to the Woman Who Hates Looking at Her Bank Account

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When you open up your bank statement or your credit card bill, do you cringe?

You’re not alone if you’d rather avoid looking at the balance of your checking account. After all, a majority of us are sifting through things like student loan debt and credit card debt. You may even be realizing that your money worries are acting like a barrier between you and God when it comes to trusting him. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In today’s episode, Victoria and I are discussing all things money. Yep, we’re going there. Let’s leave behind this idea that talking about money is taboo or impolite.

From paying off debt to growing in deeper communication with God about our finances, I loved this conversation.

If the word “budget” makes you squirm, this episode is for you.

Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • Why it’s unhealthy for us to stay silent about money as a culture

  • Digging to the root of our fears surrounding finances

  • Working towards paying of debt

  • Needs, wants, and wastes

  • Resetting your money mindset so finances don’t distract you from your mission

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A Letter to the Woman With a Heart for Those Who Suffer

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Welcome to Letters to Women, a podcast that explores the feminine genius. How do we serve those who are suffering?

In today’s episode, Jacque Anderson and I discuss what it looks like to see the face of Christ in those who are suffering around us, and to not turn away.

I loved that Jacque mentioned the novena to the surrender of the will of God, which, if you’ve been following the podcast this summer, you know that novena is following me around like nobody’s business.

I loved our conversation, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • Serving those who live on the peripheries

  • Realizing that human relationships take time to develop

  • Seeing people, not stereotypes

  • Fighting the lies of fear and anxiety

  • Seeing the suffering face of Christ

  • How to sit with people in their suffering

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A Letter to the Woman Moving from Fear to Freedom

 
 

I don’t have any tattoos, but if I was to ever get one, I know exactly what it’d be – the words “Be not Afraid,” written in the handwriting of John Paul II. Those words are so dear to my heart that they’re engraved on the inside of both Joseph and I’s wedding band.

John Paul II begin his amazing papacy with that brave cry. Throughout my story as a Catholic woman, his words encouraged me to let go of the fear that paralyzed me and exchange it for trust in the Lord. To trust in His divine providence and mercy.

Little by little, I’ve learned to let go of what makes me afraid and ask God for the grace of trust. This doesn't meant that everything make sense and I'm never afraid. But the phrase "Be Not Afraid" has been with me through so many trials.

In today’s episode of Letters to Women, I’m talking with Kaitlyn Clare Mason about how to move from fear to freedom. She shares the five keys things that have helped her in her own interior life, and we talk about her amazing ministry that helps women encountering unexpected pregnancy situations.

Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • Our favorite resources for overcoming fear and anxiety

  • Why listing what makes us feel insecure helps us move from fear to freedom

  • How God has redeemed Kaityln’s story

  • Surrendering fear to the Lord

  • Overcoming stigmas around seeking help

  • The mission of Mary Garden Showers

  • Ways to come alongside loved ones who experience anxiety

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A Letter to the Woman Criticizing Herself

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Did you know that women criticize themselves an average of eight times a day? Eight times a day. We’re more likely to see beauty and goodness in the lives of those around us than we are to catch a glimpse of it in our own lives.

If you’ve ever stood in front of the mirror and listed off the litany of things you see that you think are wrong, then you’re not alone.

So how do start talking to ourselves and about ourselves like someone we love?

In today’s episode, I sit down with Patty Breen, a woman who is passionate about ecumenism, living in the power of the Holy Spirit, ministry to divorced Catholics, and women whose relationships have been impacted by sexual addiction.

Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • Creating your own positive, self-affirming statement

  • The importance of speaking the truth out loud to ourselves

  • How to combat automatic negative thoughts

  • Why affirming ourselves is good for our relationship with ourselves and with others

  • How you can be more intentional with the words you say to yourself

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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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