March 21st, 2016

[podcast] How To Be a Better Friend #012

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This week, we are talking about the Communion of Saints, the power of friendships, and how to help those we love when they suffer.

Sarah Reinhard shares some touching feedback about how she supports a family member through a time of terrible loss and we talk about small ways to show love, friendship, and support to those who are suffering, even if we can’t “fix” every problem they face.

In this week’s interview, I talk with Michele Faehnle, co-author of Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina. Michele shares her struggles and triumphs as a mom and as new author, as well as ways she seeks balance between family and work opportunities. She also describes some special ways that you can participate in works of mercy, even if you are a busy woman with many responsibilities.

This week’s Girlfriends Shout-out goes to Christine Vecko who wrote to share about fighting the good fight of potty training. Keep it up, Christine! You (and Bryce) will triumph in the end! I guarantee it.

This week’s challenge is to think about your relationships and friendships with other women in your life and resolve to approach one of these relationships with a new commitment to giving. So often we are self-seeking in our relationships with others and it’s friendship-feeding when we can focus on the other and meeting the needs of the other first and foremost. Let me know how you do!

I want to thank listeners Tracye1, Beckysuem, and MariaMurph for leaving reviews on iTunes this week. It is so helpful to have those reviews and so encouraging to me as I produce the podcast each week. If you can spare a moment to leave an iTunes review, I would be so grateful. Also, please be sure to rate and subscribe while you are there. It really helps me get the word out about Girlfriends.

Listener Deanna left some voicemail with information and pronunciation help about the San Damiano crucifix I mentioned on the show 2 weeks ago. See her comments and links here. Also, Melissa left a message asking for resources and links and ideas about blended families. She would love to improve her relationship with her stepsons and I know she is not alone in facing this challenge. Send me your ideas and I can put them together in a future show.

And finally, I asked you to please send me your questions for afun new project I am working on related to the podcast. What do you want to know? About my ife, my work, my opinions,? Ask me anything! You can leave questions here or email me any time. Thank you! If you have a moment, please fill out this brief form to share your opinion about Girlfriends. Don’t be shy! It’s anonymous, and your feedback is so helpful to me!

Thank you, as always, for being here. Your encouragement and support of Girlfriends means so much and I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!

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Michele Faehnle
Michele’s book, Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina
About Michele and her co-author Emily Jaminet
Mercy Jar project with labels
Divine Mercy for Moms book trailer

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