Grace in Tension (with Claire McGarry)

This week’s guest is Claire McGarry, author of Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary. Claire and Danielle discuss ways that all women struggle to find a balance between our inner Martha and Mary. Claire shares her own experience and insight in ways that are sure to inspire you!

Snippet from the Show
Let God be your shelter. Let him be your comfort.


You can find Claire McGarry on Facebook, Instagram, and You can also reach her blog Shifting My Perspective via or

When faced with stress and tension, there is a process we can take in order to allow God to transform our anxieties. The acronym for this process is G-I-F-T.

G – Gage what the stress or tension is. Sit with God and discern what is at the root of this stress or tension.

I – Invite the stress in. Our tendency is to push stress away. However, when we face our stress, we are able to lessen its power over us.

F – Filter this stress/tension with the gaze of God. God looks upon everything with eyes of love. If we can look at our stress or tension through the filter of his gaze, we can reach the next step.

T – Transform the tension. Act with God and transform your stress or tension.

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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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