3 Ways to Get Through a Big Change

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ings for us, but in reality, we are hesitant, and we do not trust God to give us what is good. We think we need to make things happen for ourselves. This novena helps us to focus on the ultimate goodness and superiority of God’s plans over our plans all the time and in all things.

Are you going through a big change in  your life right now? Many families experience transition this time of year — as kids go back to school or move out and start jobs or go to college. If that is you and you are struggling with the change — I feel you!

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“Whatever amount of time you normally spend in prayer, if you’re going through a big change, you need to be spending more time in prayer.”


I wrote a book all about life changes as kids grow up: Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood. But this week on the podcast, I am sharing three ways that can help you through any kind of challenging changes you might be facing right now:

1. Accept how you feel.

Take the time to think about how you are feeling and accept it without judgment — the good, the badm, and the ugly. Let yourself feel the way you do and give voice to your feelings. Trying suppress or otherwise refusing to acknowledge your feelings will only add more stress to the way you are feeling.

2. Pray more.

Whatever challenge you are facing,  you need God to get through it. Add more time for prayer in your days. You might get to an extra weekday Mass or make time for adoration. Or just pray a novena — I especially love the Surrender Novena for challenging times!

3. Give yourself grace.

If you can find a way to be a little less busy or take some chores off your plate during a challenging time, definitely do! The stress of change can be an exhausting thing to experience, and so any way you can give yourself grace and space to process it will be a big help to you thriving — and not just surviving — a time of change.

I also share with you how you can get access to the free playlist I put together for Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday. It’s a collection of songs that I find inspiring on the themes I cover in the book, and I hope you will enjoy listening and praying along with it too. You can get the playlist when you text the word WHISPER to 33-777

At the end of today’s show, we continue our mini book club for Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday. This week we focus on chapter 7, all about meeting God in prayer.

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Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean is the author of many books on Catholic marriage, motherhood, and women’s spirituality, and a well-known Catholic podcaster and media figure. In all of her efforts, Danielle encourages and celebrates all women on their unique vocational paths. She is the host of the Girlfriends podcast as well as the author of Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Woman’s Guide to Catholic Motherhood, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday, and You Are Enough.

Danielle is a dynamic retreat leader and an engaging speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, education, marriage, and motherhood. She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 26 years and together they have 8 children.

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