Greetings to you on this Holy Thursday,
Let’s talk about the joy of being a fit catholic mom.
Maybe it's been a while since you felt it. Maybe you started off with great zest, joy in your heart, spending time with the Lord in a quiet holy hour or out on a winding trail run where there was time to reflect, push your body and elevate your soul. You felt strong and life was beautiful!
You were not stressed out. You ventured forth with your children at ease...each nerve seemingly alive with passion for your health, happiness and holiness and being that creative active mom made you tick.
Do you remember that?
But now, the all-consuming daily task of raising saints and the workload surrounding it has left you pretty weary. You’re a little shell-shocked and wondering why you're so run down, why you have gained weight, why you don’t make time to exercise or pray. The task of getting out the door with the kids seems impossible, you eat with emotions and feel a deep dissatisfaction….where did you go wrong?
When you lose your zeal for life’s true goodness, it’s the beginning of the end. Things crumble, bit by bit...until one day you look in the mirror and the dream you had just isn't there anymore.
These verses of Proverbs 31 help set the tone for a good reflection on how we as moms should set about our lives in a joyful stewardship of our body and soul.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Good news is, there is a cure…
There is a way back up for YOU. If you’re wondering where that route is for you personally, I’d love to show you. Being a fit Catholic mom is rather simple…and so full of joy.
Hang tight and I’ll get to that when I write again soon. Until then, pray about where you’re at. Are you living your calling, letting yourself be healed and loving your family…and yourself?
May the graces of this Holy Thursday and the True Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist be enough for you for now…
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You wake up. You get dressed for success.
Chic pastel sweater? Check.
Cute hairdo? Check.
Miraculous Medal? Check.
You think this is the day that you’re going to turn some things around and get life pointed straight ahead again…
You even managed to sit the squirming family down to pray Morning Prayer and make that resolution.
You’re sure you see the GREEN LIGHTS ahead…finally!
But, it isn’t 10 o’clock before you’re getting wobbly…and your day’s structure seems unstable all of a sudden because…
Baby threw up on you and so you changed into sweatpants and felt less go-getter…
The teenager back talked and you blew your cap, so you had to add to your Confession list…
…all this before your husband called reminding you that the car must go into the shop in 15 min.! and he forgot to tell you…and isn’t there someone who could pick you (and all 4 kids) up and shuttle you back home?
So…by 11 o’clock you’ve already been buckled onto the rollercoaster of that day as it ratchets up and goes uncontrollable fast and flying back down…with your jaw agape and some high pitched sounds escaping at random between breaths…
Turning to food to feel better for your sorry self you EAT.
It may have been 6 Oreos, another coffee with creamer, a handful of overly salty nuts, a sugar filled juice to fire up your energy, a microwavable hot pocket of frozen who knows what and just one little handful of candy, cause one never hurts….
Then you bonked and hit RED LIGHTS you never saw coming.
You’re back into a cycle of broken and down trodden…that slide back down into the muck.
Just yesterday, Our Lord was triumphantly welcomed to Jerusalem and heralded as King.
Upon the donkey, he trampled the cloaks of the people who chose to lay them before him.
They wagged their palms and said their Hosanna’s…and you did too, but did you let him trample your cloak?
… of independence, the clock of self-righteousness, the cloak of superficialness, the cloak of despair, the cloak of self sabotage, the cloak of uncaring, the cloak of indifference…
Palm Sunday was the start-line of a great trampling…an uncovering and laying down of all of our mess for the Lord to trample this week.
Your problems need trampled and you feel like you can’t even get your cloak off to lay it down.
But He is passing by…now.
I know you want the cloak removed and trampled once and for all, so do I and so does He.
The simple truth is, there’s so much more to starting your day off on the right note than putting on amazing clothes, so much more to creating a new routine that sets up your day to win.
Here at Fit Catholic Mom, I am aiming to give you tools to make adjustments, break bad habits and help inspire you to take up your cross and run with it.
Here's one simple step to help you motivate this week:
Get dressed with intention and let that flow into how you eat, how you interact and how you pray! Know your clothing speaks volumes about your person.
May God richly bless your Holy Week!