Spiritual Direction Helps Moms

Motherhood and God: Planting the Seed of Faith, Breaking Ground, Cultivating, Gathering

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Home is the first place we experience the love of God, the love of family and a place of rest and refuse.

Many of us wish to have our home and motherhood reflect the home we remember, or the one we are called to create.

For some moms home was not as nurturing a place and they wish to bring into being a home quite different than the one in which they were raised.

Some feel their childhood home was fine but still want to “improve” on the childhood experiences of home, and others wish to conceive a home that is both “holy” and “lived in”.

As moms we know that home is a paradox, it can/should/is the source of consistency but is always in a state of flux; and it’s that flux that makes it important to try and have a time for the sacred everyday.

And the sacred includes care for and nurturing ourselves: Body, Mind and Spirit.

Spiritual Direction can help you balance Body, (Are you taking care of yourself?), Mind, (Have you prayed about it?), Spirit, (Is it true to your calling?), together to help you achieve your calling from God as mom and woman.

Nurture Your Important Inner Life

The Body

Are you taking care of yourself?
How does care of your body help you create a home that is a Sacred Space?aaaaaasssssssssssssssssssssssss

If we can not care for ourselves we find it harder to care for others, create an atmosphere that is fulfilling, and a life that is more in balance.

Scripture: 3 John 1:2  Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

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  • Upon waking, use prayer to organize your thoughts, goals and hopes for that day.
  • When going to bed at night, review your day.
  • Worship the Lord alone and with others.
  • Avoid overloading on negative things: News programs, negative social media, gossip.
  • Eat sensibly/exercise/sleep well
  • Do things that feed your mind: Paint, dance, listen to good music.
  • Surround yourself with significantly positive prayerful supportive people.
  • Pray and discern how God is calling you to change.  Learn more about the spiritual exercise of discern: The Examen

 

The Mind

Have you prayed about it?
Prayer helps us discern what we are being called to do in any situation.aaaaana

Prayer helps us “keep our calm”

Scripture: Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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  • Become aware of God’s presence.
  • Review the day with gratitude.
  • Pay attention to your emotions.  They are tools.  They are amoral, meaning they can only cause occasions of sin by How we Use Them.
  • Be Spiritually-Emotionally Conscience e.g.:Don’t hold grudges-forgive others quickly.
  • Choose one feature of the day and pray about it, for it, from it.
  • Positively look toward tomorrow.
  • Examine negative thoughts to find the positive hidden in it.
  • Pray for others
  • Give all your wandering or troubling thoughts to God.

HEART

The Spirit/Emotional

Is it true to your calling?
Bring both your body and mind into focus by Living Loveaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

You bring to the world a greater sense of connection and create a world where love rules over hate.

Scripture: John 13:34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.with all my heart

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  • Monday: Work toward a righteous cause
  • Tuesday: Be gentle and patient toward everyone, including yourself.
  • Wednesday: Renew the world around you, your relationships with God and others.
  • Thursday: Connect with yourself, your world, your God: reach out to someone you have not seen in while, care for a garden, pray.
  • Friday: Tell your sacred story, help others tell theirs, share your wisdom in a significantly positive way.
  • Saturday: Connect with your calling
  • Sunday: Reconnect the spirit and the mind: go to Mass, read a good book, listen to good music

Ways to learn more

The Spiritual Lives Of Women Daily: Filled with resources and information to help mom Read it Here

Informational Yahoo Chat! Wednesdays  9 AM – 11 AM EST (Yahoo ID pacwp2001), , On the Yahoo! Chat where questions about motherhood and spirituality, children’s spiritual development, finding time for reflection, or just learn more about Spiritual Direction can be asked.

Twitter Chat for Spiritual Direction for Moms follow Tweet #PPQ on Wednesday 7 PM – 9 PM