This is Your Sign
This weekend I was wrestling in prayer. I was asking questions of God, begging Him for peace in a particularly painful struggle. For an hour, I dove into scripture, sat silently in expectation, and pleaded for greater peace and trust. Exhausted and honestly disappointed, I closed my bible and headed out into the day.
But a couple hours later, before mass, our priest said to me (unprompted), “You know, sometimes the answers don’t come in prayer. It could hit you when you walk into Safeway, all of the sudden the answer is revealed. So pray, yes, but stay open because God is answering everywhere and in all ways.”
Oof. Right in the heart.
The peace and the consolation of Jesus meeting us in prayer is sweet and beautiful. But sometimes we have to wait. And we have to stay faithful, showing up to prayer even when it’s hard and we don’t see the fruit.
So if this is you, and you’ve been waiting for a sign that God loves you, knows, chose, hears, and holds you, here it is.
Stay faithful. Stay open. He’ll meet you where you are (even in your inbox).
If you’re looking for a sign that…
God loves you
God chose you
God hears you
God knows you
God holds you
God calls you
God rejoices in you
…here it is.
What we’re loving lately (on the blog and beyond!)
Billionaire Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has a theory on this subject worth exploring: “The difference between successful people and really successful people,” he says, “is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” Erica shares how she’s come to gain an appreciation for the word “no,” and ways she’s found it empower her to say yes to more meaningful projects and pursuits. I’ve already bookmarked this article, and will go back often for a reminder!
I love resumes, and my favorite thing is helping others position themselves for their dream jobs through a clean, sleek, and savvy resume presentation. After so many requests, the resume template and guide is for sale in The SundayMonday Shop! The guide includes a step-by-step for building your resume, a one-page resume template, a master resume template and a sample resume. The guide and template is priced at $15, but for the next week it will only be $7.50 through this link only! Jump on it now and get ahead of your next job search 🙂
I loved this podcast episode on Patrick Lencioni’s show “At the Table.” He and his team explore the question of “When is it time to leave a job?” Worth a listen, no matter where you are in your career journey!
Walking with Mary Through May with Gabriela R.A. Doyle
This May, in honor of our Blessed Mother, we’re sharing weekly reflections by our very own Gabriela R.A. Doyle on the life of Mary! Enjoy!
Thunder boomed outside, the dark clouds colliding overhead. Mary smiled and counted to three. As if on cue, she heard small footsteps before she saw Him. Jesus ran from the other room into his mother’s waiting arms, the safety of her embrace overpowering the storm outside. Tucking him in gently against her side, Mary fell into a deep sleep.
The following morning, she woke in a panic. The sun normally roused her, but today’s overcast skies had let her sleep in. Well, the skies and her husband, it seemed. Mary walked into the kitchen, rubbing the sleep from her eyes. To her surprise, a small step stool sat on the kitchen table with a red bow tied around it. Under one of the wobbly, misshapen legs lay a note: “Happy Mother’s Day, Mama! Love, Joseph and Jesus. P.S. We made it together.” She laughed. It just might have been her favorite present ever.
Words of the Week
“Look for Christ, and you will find Him. And with Him, everything else.”
// C.S. Lewis
Intentions for This Week
For Erica’s birthday! For all of the mothers in our lives, physical and spiritual. For those seeking a deeper sense of peace. For anyone searching for truth.
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Jane Kennedy lives in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and works in criminal justice reform. When she’s not working or writing, she’s probably catching up with friends on FaceTime, getting lost in Rock Creek Park, quoting C.S. Lewis, or trying to recreate Salt and Straw ice cream at home.