April 11th, 2016

[podcast] The Truth About Prayer #015

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This week’s topic is prayer. How has the way you approach prayer changed over your lifetime? How should we respond when it seems that God does not answer our prayers? What is the point of prayer? And what can we do when it feels like God is far away?

The inspiration for this topic comes from my interview with author Hallie Lord. Hallie’s new book, On The Other Side of Fear, will be out this summer so she shares about that topic, but also about prayer and ways in which she experiences God’s presence in her life.

This week’s Girlfriends Shout-out goes to listener Jen who wrote to ask for resources for marriage support for couples who are often far away from one another. She has been working on her relationship with her husband who is a truck driver and often is gone for long periods of time. We are proud of you, Jen, for taking those small but important steps toward softening your heart and opening yourself up to growing in love and sacrifice in your marriage. Great job! (And we will do more podcasts on this topic in the future.)

This week’s challenge is to think about your prayer life. What needs improving? Are you in a rut? Do you need to seek some spiritual advice from a priest or get yourself to confession? Do you need to make greater use of the sacraments? Do you need to make greater efforts toward finding time for daily prayer? Decide what needs improvement, and then commit to making a small step toward that improvement this week.

I share feedback from Mary Lenaberg (from Passionate Perseverance) who is suffering from the flu. 🙁 Also, listener Ginny checks in and Sarah Reinhard as well. Thanks so much for your voice feedback. It makes my day!

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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Where I Will Be Next Weekend!
April 16: Our Lady’s Luncheon, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury, CT
See you there!

Other Things Mentioned in This Episode
Kelly Wahlquist’s ministry, WINE, Women in the New Evangelization
Karen Edmisten’s book on miscarriage, After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman’s Companion to Healing and Hope
Book of Confidence (prayer book)

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