Membership has its privileges

Membership has its privileges

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It’s not every day that a person gets the opportunity to be in on the ground floor of something special – something anointed – something Holy Spirit driven.

About two years ago, the call went forth from the heart of Jenna Guizar: It’s time, her message seemed to say. It’s time to strengthen women in the Word. It’s time for us to seek and find Him. And each other. It’s time for building community. It’s time for Blessed is She.

Although I’ve written recently about saying, “no” to various tasks, ministries, and projects, I don’t make it a habit of saying, “no” to Blessed is She.

Why? You might ask. What makes BIS so special? 

So many things, my friend. So. many. But, in a nutshell, I stick with this ministry, this community, this God-shaped mission because, above all else,

Blessed is She is good.

It is true.

And it is beautiful.

Not familiar with Blessed is She? No worries! Please take a moment to familiarize yourself – and perhaps even more importantly, sign up for the daily devotions – each day’s Scripture verses and a beautiful reflection delivered 365 days to your inbox – for free.

Don’t worry – I’ll wait.

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, they totally did. Blessed is She is proud to announce an amazing new membership option.

  • Monthly workshops offered by speakers teaching on matters of faith, life, prayer, Church teaching, and more. My good friend and The Visitation Project Co-Host Bonnie Engstrom will be giving the next workshop, on Forming Intentional Community July 22, and I am on tap to give a workshop in the Fall – stay tuned!
  • The popular Lent journal auto-shipped to your door
  • The popular Advent journal auto-shipped to your door

Priced separately, workshops are $15 apiece and journals are $20 each, so your membership fee of $9.99/month or $99/year means you’ll save at least $100 each year!

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If I seem a teensy bit excited about the BIS Membership option, well, it’s because I am excited! Women striving to learn, know, and live our faith, steeped in the Word of God and the love of Jesus is something I can get behind. I hope you will, too.

Blessed is She has provided untold blessings in my life, and I can’t wait to dive into the latest offerings. Subscribe today, friends. I promise you won’t regret this “yes”!

God bless y’all,

heather

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31 Days of Unexpected Joy: The New Evangelization (Day 7)

31 Days of Unexpected Joy: The New Evangelization (Day 7)

Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, y’all!

Many of you may not know that I owe much of my understanding of the Catholic faith to what I learned through the excellent programming of Catholic radio, specifically, Mater Dei Radio, based in Portland, OR. It is in no small part because of what I heard and learned on this station that I not only fell back in love with and reverted to the Faith, but am now doing whatever I can to be a small part of the Church’s efforts in the New Evangelization, including blogging, organizing the local women’s conference, producing and co-hosting The Visitation Project, leading retreats, speaking at events, etc.

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Today, my Visitation Project co-hosts Rebecca and Bonnie and I are honored and blessed to appear live (eek!) on-air at 9 a.m. PST to help raise money to keep Mater Dei fully funded. We’ve supported their bi-annual sharathon pledge drive once before, but this is our first appearance as a team! As TVP is produced through the facilities of Mater Dei, we owe them a debt of gratitude and are proud to joyfully support them in their efforts to bring the Truth of the Catholic faith to the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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We hope you will be a part of the New Evangelization, too, and support Mater Dei by calling in your pledge of support: 1-888-823-5286. Please be as generous as you are able … you never know whose life will be changed by what they hear on Catholic radio!

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Joyfully yours until tomorrow,

heather

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{SQT} So Much Awesome, So Little Time

{SQT} So Much Awesome, So Little Time

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Sometimes life is so busy you don’t even have time to catch your breath and tell anyone what’s going on. Thank God for the opportunity, a day late (natch), to exhale for a minute (brushed my teeth – promise!) and share some of the incredible stuff that’s been happening in my little corner of the world.

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Recording with these ladies was a tremendous blessing. We laughed waaaaay more than is likely legal in the contiguous United States and abroad, yet we still managed to complete everything on our production schedule (thank You, Holy Spirit!). I’m so incredibly grateful to them for their generous friendship and I’m especially excited to spill even more beans about The Visitation Project in late April.

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And that’s a wrap for our first round of recording – time to celebrate! Bottoms up!

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The last few weeks have been so great, but honestly, also pretty stressful for me. There’s a ton of stuff I feel called to do, but I don’t want my family to suffer, you know? Although I worked outside the home the majority of our marriage, I’ve been a SAHM the past two-plus years, and it appears I’d forgotten the specific struggles working-outside-the-home Mamas face. My hat is off to those valiant women who work outside the home and still manage to hold everything together en casa. Ladies, I salute you, and pray God blesses the work of your (seriously full) hands.

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Taken at a local Lenten prayer retreat … So beautiful, meaningful, and necessary during this penitential time of the year.

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The Rock and Worship Road Show with Mr. Matt “I speak Elvish” Maher and the glowing Shaina.

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 The Enforcer and I took turns attending a days-long Lenten Mission led by our dear brother in Christ, Richard Lane. We even took the whole kit and kaboodle to Adoration and Benediction the second-to-last-night, and against all odds, there were no casualties!

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After so much awesomeness and no real sign of the jam-packed “to-do” list letting up anytime soon, I was grateful to steal away for a little while to our beloved local retreat house not once but twice this week – yesterday with just my babies and our friend with her babies, and today with the whole family. I’ve always felt it to be a place of genuine refuge, and today’s visit, albeit super brief, didn’t disappoint because (of course!) God is faithful.

Bottom line? No doubt I’m an incredibly blessed child of God. I pray for the grace to wholeheartedly glorify Almighty God, the Giver of all good gifts, through all the various times and seasons of my life.

Until next time,

Peace.

heather

Linking up with the ultra-rad homeschooling, Whole30ing, mic-dropping Kelly Mantoan at This Ain’t the Lyceum. See what other amazing people are writing about right here.

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Introducing The Visitation Project #WhatisTVP?

Introducing The Visitation Project #WhatisTVP?

When I was growing up, I wanted to be a mailman, Wonder Woman, a writer, astronaut, broadcast journalist, jazz singer, and then a writer again. In that order. And maybe a cowgirl somewhere along the lines, too. Whatever the case, it’s not every day that one of your childhood dreams comes (well, sorta, anyway) true!

No. I am not becoming Wonder Woman. Nice try. 😉

What I am doing, though, is joining with two wonderfully amazing women to broadcast an exciting new show called T H E   V I S I T A T I O N   P R O J E C T!

I am incredibly blessed to partner with the fantastic Rebecca Frech (Patheos blogger, best-selling homeschooling author, CrossFit junkie, and #AdaptiveArmy mama) and the phenomenal Bonnie Engstrom (A Knotted Life blogger, founder of the Sheenazing Awards, the Behold conference, and speaking next week at St. Joe’s in Vancouver). Together, we’ll be chewing the fat about everything and the kitchen sink from the perspective of Catholic women, wives, and mothers, because, hey – that’s who we are.

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Exactly #WhatisTVP? Here are some details:

  • Coming soon to soundwaves near you
  • Website under construction but we’ll announce as soon as we can
  • Launch date/time to be announced in April
  • Like and follow our FB Community page here, Twitter here, and Insta here for the latest updates
  • Y’all best join up with us on social media ASAP, because we will be giving away a very special prize NEXT WEEK!

And that’s quite literally all I am permitted to say for now. No more details. None. Nada.

So, #WhatIsTVP? Stay tuned and find out! Hold on to your horses, friends – it’s gonna be a wild ride!

heather

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{SQT} It’s never too late to Lent!

{SQT} It’s never too late to Lent!

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Since I’m usually running behind on most things (hellooo, recovering perfectionist/adrenaline junkie/busy mom of five/late bloomer), I thought there might be others who are struggling with what they can do this Lent and scrambling to choose easy yet edifying resources. I realize Lent has been blogged about to death already. But, if you’re like me, and you sometimes think, “I’m so late to the party, I might as well stay home,” this post is for you. While my list isn’t exhaustive, I’m not listing anything I wouldn’t do, haven’t done, or am not attempting to do right now. ‘Salright? ‘Salright.

7. ONLINE RESOURCES: Lenten goodies on the interwebz, part one

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  • Lots of friends are signed up for Matthew Kelly’s Best Lent Ever program, and if it’s like the rest of Kelly’s offerings, it’s bound to be excellent and transformative.
  • Although not Lent-specific, Blessed is She offers daily readings and devotions directly to your email box. The great news is, once you’re hooked on the practice of meditating upon the daily readings this Lent, you can continue the practice all. year. long. Winnnnning!
  • Fr. Robert Barron from Word on Fire will send you daily emails this Lent to keep you on track, too. Really good stuff, and it’s free!

6. JOURNALS & MEDITATIONAL HELPS: 

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  • Blessed is She Lenten Journal – While the paper versions sold out, the super good news is you can still download a digital version for under $15! The other good news is, I think there will be another journal available for Advent. Woo hoo!
  • The Little Black Book – Maybe your parish already stocked up on these bad boys and is offering them for free. If not, you can order one (or many) for waaay cheap in regular or e-book format. About five minutes a day is all it takes to read the scripture and short meditation, and I love that it fits easily into a small purse or, let’s be real, my diaper bag.

5. BOOKITY-BOOKSYou know – the kind you read. 

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I like to have a few titles available to read for Lent just in case one is awesome and I race through it or if, for some reason, God isn’t calling me to read one selection just now, or, frankly, I find I just don’t like one I’ve chosen. You may notice that the following titles aren’t even explicitly about Lent. And that’s okay. Pick what speaks to your heart. Here’s my short list:

  • Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. This do-it-yourself retreat has, sadly, been sitting on my bookshelf for months. I have picked it up a few times, yet never dove in. After being completely transformed by the 33 Days to Morning Glory consecration process in 2013, however, I know I can trust Fr. Gaitley’s material to bring me closer to Jesus and His Church.
  • Loved as I Am by Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT. I’ve been putting this off for several months now because, as I skimmed the first few pages, I realized I wasn’t reading the words of a typical memoir; rather, I was reading words that were going to challenge, pierce, and potentially convert me. Sounds like a good choice for Lent to me.
  • Walking with Purpose by Lisa Brinninkmeyer. The author’s last name might be tough to pronounce, but it’s easy to get ahold of this well laid-out book from Dynamic Catholic. It’s only $5.95 for shipping (U.S.), and there’s a free downloadable study guide here. Whether I’m able to do it this Lent or not, I’m reading this book. Oh yes, I am.

4. OTHER STUFF: Things I found helpful and/or pretty aka Lenten goodies on the interwebz, part twoglory of god bis

  • Lacy over at Catholic Icing always has amazing resources for families with children.
  • Kendra at Catholic All Year has a big, fat post chock full of Lent-y goodness right here.
  • Bonnie has some Sheenazingly beautiful graphics at her site. Not specifically Lent, but apropos all the same. Plus, she’s coming here next month (see below). Y’all better come!
  • Sarah wrote one of my most favorite posts on repentance (don’t be afraid; it’s probably not what you’re thinking – it’s about self-care and it’s completely awesome).
  • Last but not least, Sterling created this awesome worksheet – 40 days of suffering – that she kindly offered permission for me to share with y’all. It is BRILLIANT in its simplicity: indicate a person, organization, or cause for whom you’ll be offering up your suffering for each of the 40 days of Lent.

3. COMMUNITY Do something more, different, or new this Lenten season.

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  • Is your parish or one nearby having a Lenten retreat? Even Jesus had to take time away in the desert! Make plans now to attend!  Here’s one for women in the Pacific NW featuring my friends Bonnie Engstrom from A Knotted Life and Sterling from Beauty in Belief. I hope to see you there.
  • Here’s a Lenten mission for the whole family with my brother Richard Lane. I guarantee it will be Holy Spirit-filled!
  • Many parishes offer a light soup/supper and/or Stations of the Cross, especially on Fridays (that’s tonight, by the way). Find one in your area, and make it so. If nothing like these events are happening in your (Arch)Diocese, perhaps you’re being called to organize something for next Lent! Think about it.

2. CHURCH Go hang out there more.

  • Go to Confession. Too afraid? Tell the priest. There is an ocean of Divine Mercy awaiting you in the confessional, my friend. What better way to celebrate Jesus in all His resurrected glory than in a state of unblemished grace?
  • Add an extra daily Mass at least once a month, twice a month, once a week, or as often as you are able.
  • Adoration. Find the Adoration Chapel nearest you and go. to. there. as often as you can. I’m trying for a couple times a month, but hope to get to once a week. And, finally:

1.  FRIENDLY ADMONITION Here’s where I beg.

I implore  you: please, for the love of God and all things holy, do not attempt to do all of the things on this list. Lent isn’t about checklists, remember? It’s about rending our hearts and being in closer relationship with Christ. Put down the mental and/or physical checklist and pray. Ask your Heavenly Father to speak to your heart, and choose to do only one thing, like Mary in the Gospel.  And stick with it.

Peace!

heather