Who Are You Working For?
This week, I pondered the question: “If someone offered me a full-time salary to run The SundayMonday for a year, what would I do? How would I spend my time? What would I invest in?”
I thought for a long while, and settled on doing a 30-day spiritual exercises retreat, then probably writing a book and maybe some bible studies. I started listing all the ways I could let the site finally pay for itself, build up a paid team, and impact people all over the place. My mind was going a hundred miles an hour. This could be so profitable! Hooray!
But when the daydreaming ended, I felt unsettled. There was something about the thought exercise that felt like a push beyond where I feel God calling me. I heard a gentle whisper “What about my plan?” As analytical and strategic as my little mind likes to be, I knew that whatever plans I have for the SundayMonday are leetle specks of dirt compared to the glorious mountain that God wants for me, my life, and maybe even this site.
This week at mass, our priest’s homily was about comparing the greenery of our grass against the grass of our neighbors. How easy is it to compare Instagram followers or podcast streams or email open rates? To get impatient with what God is asking for and to start making suggestions?
So for now, I’ll be here, doing my very best to love others through this site. Being patient with God’s plan. Trusting that just as He called me into this work, He’ll lead me through it. Because, although the world asks me to believe otherwise, I can trust in God’s providence. So, today, I will lead with obedience over ambition, faith over strategy, and presence over fear.
What is God calling you to surrender this week? What is one action you can take to make it happen?
What we’re loving lately (on the blog and beyond!)
I love Gretchen Rubin, and this quiz of hers is one I try to take every few months. In her own words: “What is “drift”? Drift is the decision you make by not deciding, or by making a decision that unleashes consequences for which you don’t take responsibility.” It’s so easy for us to slip into patterns of just drifting into what we think is right, or what others tell us to do. I love that she makes the clarification that drift isn’t always easy – often we work really hard when we drift! The questions in this quiz are great to ponder, especially in seasons of transition and change. Take it here!
Magdala Ministries is “A place of honesty, hope, and healing for women of faith struggling with sexual addiction.” Their blog and podcast are phenomenal resources, and they offer guided small groups if you or someone you know is looking for accountability with pornography, masturbation, or other sexual addictions. I love seeing women speak out on this topic! Their founder, Rachel Gieger, shares some beautiful words: “You are capable of the greatest and deepest of loves because of Jesus, and your struggle with lust and sexual addiction is only evidence of the enemy’s plans to stop you in your tracks.” Don’t let him win!
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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!
Anne scrubbed at the sauce around Jesus’s chin, eyeing Mary and laughing. Mary sighed. The boy refused to eat the dish at home, but when grandma was around…well that was different. Joachim beamed with pride and took his squirming grandson to lay down for a nap. The two of them always napped together on Sunday afternoons, to both Mary and Anne’s chagrin. As quiet settled over the house, Joseph retreated to his workshop, content that his family was safe. He was working on his latest project from Anne, fixing a cabinet so old its left door refused to close. Once it was just the women, Anne stirred the pot, teaching Mary one more time how to properly cook the dish. One day, Anne assured her, Jesus’s own children would beg Mary for the meal.
Mary smiled with a twinge of sadness at the memory as she spooned the meat onto the plate. Jesus’s children indeed. Her Jesus had returned home last week, but He hadn’t left her alone. With a silent thank you to heaven, Mary beamed as John savored every last bite.
Words of the Week
“This is the very perfection of man, to find out his own imperfections.”
// St. Augustine
Intentions for This Week
For our families. For those grieving. For those longing for children and walking through infertility.
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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.