5 Things to Do When You Feel Helpless

Do you ever feel helpless or anxious? It is common to face difficult situations and feel helpless in the face of them. Today, Danielle shares five things you can do in these situations. She offers advice and encouragement for times of anxiety or discouragement.

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We can have peace in fulfilling our duty of the present moment.


5 Things to Do When You Feel Helpless

1. Read Scripture

If you are wondering about God’s will for your life, you should spend some time reading God’s word! Jesus reminds us, time and again, not to worry and to trust in him. Especially Luke 12:27 “Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet, I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.”

2. Pray the Surrender Novena

I love the Surrender Novena! We talked all about it in this podcast, but I encourage everyone to make this simple prayer part of your daily life: Jesus, I surrender myself to you. Take care of everything!” 

3. Do the next right thing.

You may not be able to take action and solve all of your problems, but God is calling on you to do something right now. What is your duty of the present moment?

4. Take action based on trust.

I share a passage from Searching For and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacques Philippe, about taking a leap of faith as a way of growing in trust.

5. Rejoice!
What a gift it is to know that we are weak. Read 2 Corinthians 12 and reflect on ways you can give glory to God through your state of helplessness.

At the end of today’s show, I share a message from Christine who describes a beautiful Lenten practice she is embracing this year.

Listener Feedback (34:58)

Listener Christine shares about a beautiful Lenten practice she is embracing this year.

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Solid Rock by Goanna (recommended by Bernadette in Australia)


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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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