How are you doing? Not so great? Me too.
This week, I’m sharing from my heart about some of the ways this time of quarantine and social isolation has been challenging for me and my family. I want to encourage you to know that if you are struggling, it’s alright to admit that. It’s OK to not be “quarantining well.” Whatever that means.
Snippet From the Show
“If you’re looking and saying, ‘What’s wrong with me? I’m not happily baking bread and giving thanks that my kids are schooling at home right now…’ I’m here to tell you, nothing is wrong with you.”
God is not doing this to us. God is not punishing the earth and cleansing us from our sins with this horrific virus. Human error and evil has created this mess, and God is right here with us in all the ways we are suffering as a result of it.
It can be hard to see God in our suffering, but every way that we suffer is an invitation to grow closer to God and to grow in holiness as a result of seeking God in our pain.
I share two meaningful Bible passages this week for us to reflect on: Luke 7:11-15 and John 11:21-25. In these passages, we see how Jesus seeks us out and meets us in our suffering. He has pity on us and wants to heal us. We also see that inside of our suffering is a challenge from Jesus himself, asking us if we believe.
Thank you for being part of this week’s show. Know that I am grateful for you and am praying for you always. God bless you!
I have received so much feedback from all of you about my newest book and the first chapter that I shared with you at the end of episode 210. Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood is a book in which I share from my heart about the very real changes, challenges, triumphs, and joys of being a mom in an “emptying nest.” You can read that sample chapter at Ave Maria Press. (Use the coupon code BEAN20 to get 20% off your order!)
Please join me on Thursdays at 1:00 pm ET for a book club based on themes in the book. See you over at Facebook!
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Meet Danielle Bean
A writer, speaker, wife, and mother, Danielle helps women from all walks of life discover their dignity and worth so they can find peace, balance, and joy in family living. Danielle has been married to her husband Dan for 23 years, and together they have eight amazing children. Currently, Danielle serves as brand manager at CatholicMom.com and host of The Gist, a talk show for women on CatholicTV.
Danielle’s books include, You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth and Momnipotent: The Not-so Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood, as well as her latest book, Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood.