FIAT: Faith in All Things Lent, Nesting, & Bible Study

Greetings on this second Friday in Lent! Today we’re chatting Lent, nesting, & Bible study.

Kristi shared what it meant this year to be expecting alongside Mary in Advent (see post here) and today she chats nesting and how it relates to spiritually preparing yourself for Lent and what’s to follow.

Grab a cup of tea (it’s red raspberry leaf for Kristi) or coffee and join in the conversation!

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Links Kristi Mentioned in the Podcast

Brittany, of Equipping Godly Women Bible Study Posts:

How to Read the Bible

How to Study the Bible

Bible Study Methods (a class from Arabah Joy, referenced in the above post)

How to Stop Getting So Distracted During Prayer & Bible Study

Catholic Bible Journaling

The OSV/Blessed is She Bible available on the Blessed is She website.

Catholic Women’s Bible Journaling group on Facebook

Catholic Icing Journaling Resources

 

No Meat? No Problem!

When my marriage started, I was all about that meat. The sheer suffering I endured during Lent as a child and young adult was a real, intense experience (check out last year’s Meals Sans Meat post to see what my mom served that made it this way). To this day, my family teases me about how much I love meat, but consuming it has drastically changed since my marriage to The Scientist. He loves meat as well, yet his digestive system does not agree. Since our first year of marriage, we have been slowly limiting our meat consumption. Now I’m all, “No meat? No problem!”

As a couple we read the Dr. John A. McDougall book The Starch Solution, which has become the base of our diet in our household. We still eat meat, just not every day. We choose one day to eat meat and the rest we are meatless.

Going meatless not only helped our health and pocketbooks but it has increased my creativity in the kitchen. Using more dried beans, rice, and potatoes in new ways really opened up our culinary capabilities to diversify. This Lent we are all meatless using both vegetarian and vegan recipes.

Here are some of our favorites!

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers with a Salad

Ingredients:

1 can of Black Beans

2 medium size sweet potato or 1 large sweet potato

6-8 tbsp of whatever flour you want. We use tapioca flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tbsp smoked paprika

½ tbsp. Worstchestshire sauce

Directions:

Throw all ingredients in a bowl and mash up

Form into patties

They hold up well in a frying pan with some olive oil

Cook them for about four minutes on each side

Put them on a bun with all the toppings serve with a salad

Mexican Lasagna

Ingredients:

8-10 Corn Tortillas

2 Refried Beans Can

2 cans of Green Chili’s

1 large Can of Dice Tomatoes

2 small Onions diced

2 cups of Cheddar Cheese

1 cup of Enchilada Sauce (optional, we don’t use any)

Directions:

Spray a 9×13 pan

Lay One Layer of Corn Tortillas on the bottom

Spread some Refried Beans on top of the Tortilla

Spread green chili, diced tomato, and onion on top of tortillas

Spread Cheese on top of that

Keep on repeating until you run out of tortillas

Place in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

 

Of course, there’s always the classic PB&Js, too. Or if you need more inspiration, head over to our Pinterest board, Meals Sans Meat.

Fear, Friendship, and Family

If you follow our social media pages, you know that this weekend was one with moments of fear, friendship, and family. Allow me to explain.

Fear

While teaching a children’s Lenten program with four other catechists, including Superman, my ankles disappeared into my calfs and continued to grow as the dreaded cankles. I’d also been having headaches and not feeling Belle move as much. Then, to my dismay, I looked down at my hands and the palm and fingertips were blue. Like blueberry Violet Beauregard blue.

Not good.

The Director of Children’s Faith Formation and a few of the Knights of Columbus who were relaxing post-fish fry sprang into action to get me sitting, take my pulse, and check my blood pressure while I had my midwife on the phone. The other catechists jumped in to finish teaching without me.

I was really scared, as was Superman, but Little Miss was there, too, and so I was strong for her. I downed 32 ounces of coconut water, took an Epsom salt bath, and went to bed with my feet up.

All ended up being fine, and I kept hearing Bob Marley singing “Don’t worry about a thing because every little thing’s gonna be alright.” with which I was confronted the next day at my midwife’s office when the midwife on duty said those exact words to me.

Yeah, sometimes God speaks to us through reggae.

Friendship

This weekend, many of my friends came together to throw me a blessing shower. It was essentially where they brought diapers, wipes, or a freezer meal (or both…or clothes…Or hospital snacks) and a prayer for me while in labor.

It was seriously fun, even though I had to leave in the middle for my midwife appointment and then return, and I was moved that these women (including Rachel’s mom!) took the time to not only celebrate Belle, but also cultivate a prayer for me.

Bridgette, Kristi, and Rachel at the Blessing Shower.

Family

Sunday was spent with family. We got up early, ate a leisurely breakfast, went to Faith Formation, grocery shopped, and ended our day in Mass, where we were asked to bring up the gifts. That totally made Little Miss’s day, especially because Fr. Joseph took the host from me, handed it to her and said, “I want you to present Jesus.” She beamed and he blessed our family, starting us off on the right foot for the week.

How was your weekend? We’d love to hear about it!

Reflecting on Ash Wednesday 2018

Happy Ash Wednesday 2018 (or as we called it here, Ash Valentine’s Wednesday)! Today we’re briefly popping in to reflect on the second reading from today’s…uh, readings.

2 Cor 5:20—6:2

Brothers and sisters:
We are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Working together, then,
we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For he says:

In an acceptable time I heard you,
and on the day of salvation I helped you.

Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.

We are ambassadors for Christ.

I love this sentiment. It’s so perfect that these are words to begin our Lenten journey. We are, indeed, ambassadors for Christ. Ash Wednesday allows us to show that exteriorly. But the entire penitential season of Lent allows us to show that interiorly and exteriorly.
Ask yourself the following questions this Ash Wednesday 2018:
  • Is what I’m “giving up” helping me to lead others to Christ, as an ambassador would?
  • Are my almsgiving practices showing to others the generosity and mercy Christ showed to me, as I am called to do as an ambassador for Christ?
  • Am I praying fervently that I am reconciled to God?
  • Am I praying that others come to Christ through my example, as an ambassador for Christ should be?
We are ambassadors for Christ. For Christ.
On Ash Wednesday 2018, let us show the world Christ through our own actions.
Let us truly and wholeheartedly be ambassadors for Christ.
May your Lenten journey be wholly blessed, and may it bless others as well.
The Hail Marry Team

Praying with Your Husband Part I: Rachel

One thing that the 2018 Marriage Survey of our readers showed us was that we all want to pray with our husbands, but going about that isn’t exactly our strong suit. So, we decided to come at this from our own experience, hoping to share some of the journey with you. This is Part I in our Praying with Your Husband 2018 Series, featuring Rachel’s tips on identifying your prayer languages. Check back each remaining week in February for more insights and tips from Rachel, Kristi, and Bridgette and here’s a bonus from the archives: a guest post from Old-Fashioned Girl’s Chloe Langr.

Praying with Your Husband Rachel

Three years into this journey with The Scientist, we’ve come a long way in our prayer life together. When we first got married our prayer life was all over the place. We did not have set times or a place to come together to pray, and we weren’t even on the same page when it came to how to pray. Having come from different praying backgrounds, getting on the same page was difficult.

Praying the Same Language

Having two different prayer languages and fusing them into one is an ongoing journey. Growing up, praying was a part of everyday life; not only in formal form, but also with everyday, free-form language.

The Scientist grew up with more of formal prayer and a strict schedule. Coming together to pray for the first time was all over the place.

We decided to learn our “prayer language,” which we based on the 5 Love Languages. I have no idea if that is a thing in the Catholic World, but it is definitely the way we learned to pray together in our home.

Our “Prayer Languages” are: Acts of Service, Touch, Adoration, Love Letters to God, and Giving Gifts. They’ve really helped us to connect with God.

Acts of Service

Volunteering or doing acts of charity with your spouse as a prayer makes you intentional about said prayer. It’s that feeling that you are communicating clearly with God while working for others and, if this is your prayer launguage, can make your prayer life feel fulfilled.

Touch

Holding hands with your spouse or embracing one other while praying can improve your focus on communicating with God. With your spouse giving you that physical support, that you may not realize you need, when praying can promote peace and calmness in your everyday life.

Adoration

We based this one on Quality Time. This is our main language in praying. We feel that spending time with God in his real presence brings us closer together. Spending that quality time (whether in Adoration, daily Mass, in bed together, at the kitchen table) with one another to pray also has us, as a couple, together with God, which is, after all, how this covenant began.

Love Letters

This one is based on Words of Affirmation. Journaling is an effective way to converse with God, whether solo or as a couple. Creating a Prayer Journal that both you and your spouse can write prayers in can bring better communication with your prayer life and your marriage in general.

Giving Gifts

Spending money as a couple in order to help others and pray for others strengthens our foundation. Through almsgiving, donating to charities, adopting a family, donating to a shelter, or any other kind of outreach, we feel connected to not only those we help, but one another and God.

What’s Your Prayer Language?

Think about your love language (and your hubby’s), and how that applies to your prayer preferences. What’s your prayer language?

For more ways to utilize love languages in your marriage, check out this post.