Practical Living

We all have so much to balance – family, marriage, motherhood, home, career. These stories share ideas and life hacks to help you set priorities on your most hectic days, have fun, and live a life of satisfaction and abundance.

Seek the truth, pass it on, and look for the blessings

Laura Phelps

More than ever, I am grateful for Scripture. For truth. For hope with handles, a faith I can grasp with both hands. God’s promises? No small thing. They are what get me up and out of bed, sustain me throughout...

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Just Wait, That’s All.

Angelina DeVincenzo

It was 11 PM and pitch dark as I crept up Signal Mountain for the first time. My best friend had warned me that the path to her new Tennessee home was lined with hairpin turns. Although I heeded this...

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Longing for Something More

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

The holidays are coming and the influx of catalogs in my mailbox confirms it. I can’t seem to throw them away because their contents might offer me the perfect Christmas gift for my husband, the ideal accessory for my house,...

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Costly Compromise and Dancing with the Gray Zone

Laura Phelps

As a mother of strong-willed toddlers, I was instructed to “pick your battles.” Now, as a mother of strong-willed teenagers, I still follow this instruction. Having held a full-time job as “Ultimate Enabler” while working a part-time position in the...

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“May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.”

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Dear reader: We have updated one of our favorite blog posts, originally published this time last year. We hope it provides you with a sense of peace and contentment with your place in His plan. “May you trust God that...

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The Problem With Our Need For Enough

Laura Phelps

More often than I like, or even care to admit, I feel 100% at the end of my rope. It is embarrassing to write, you know…to even say the words, “I am losing all hope.”  It goes against everything I...

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Restoring Brokenness

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

As our hearts reel from an acute awareness of the sin in our beloved Church, the call for each one of us to become a saint rings loud and true. I don’t know about you, but when I think of...

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The Beauty of Longing

Maria Koshute, writer at The Young Catholic Woman

The Walking with Purpose Blogging Team is excited to mix things up this week! We introduce to you the fabulous Maria Koshute, a blogger we discovered over at The Young Catholic Woman (TYCW). We immediately fell in love with her...

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You Are Not The Hero Of Your Story: thoughts on surrender and living in the Father’s Love

Laura Phelps

My youngest child was just four years old when we moved from California to Connecticut. The main reason for this major uprooting? To be closer to family. My sister, just a few towns away now, suggested she take my four...

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The Hardest Part of Middle School, Why It Is Killing Our Girls, And How We Can Save Them.

Laura Phelps

I arrived at the home of an 8th grade boy, whom I had never met. I had no idea what his mother looked like or what her name was.  My daughter, also an 8th grader, had texted me the address....

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What is BLAZE?

Angelina DeVincenzo

At the end of my first year of BLAZE, I turned to my darling group of middle school girls and asked them what they had learned. One girl responded and said, “In BLAZE I learned that God loves us no...

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Introducing Blaze!

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

In her book Yes Please, author Amy Poehler wrote something that really stuck with me. She said that early on, she determined that her currency was not going to be her looks- it would be her sense of humor. What...

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Day-to-Day Battles, Sister Warriors, and The Real Questions Women Are Asking

Laura Phelps

“Following Jesus is not for the faint of heart. The day-to-day battles that intersect the life of a daughter of God make binge-watching Netflix very appealing.” (1) I love that quote. I love it so much. This is the first...

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When Our Faith Takes a Hit: My Biggest Lesson Learned from Fearless and Free

Laura Phelps

When my nine-year-old son rode his scooter down a steep hill in flip flops, and took a nasty tumble that resulted in a broken collarbone, the pain and suffering that followed made perfect sense. In fact, too much sense, and...

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The Warrior: Bit by Bit. One Small Step. Let’s Do This, Ladies.

Laura Phelps

I am feeling wholly unqualified to talk about The Warrior, the final lesson in Fearless and Free — a lesson that is all about our supernatural weapons, learning what they are and how to wield them. I do not feel...

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The Wrestling – The Battle in Your Mind and Will

Laura Phelps

It happened without my even noticing it; this inner voice that would remind me over and over again about all the things that weren’t right in my life. All the things that were wrong with me. And all the things...

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The Gift of Sisterhood, the Blessing in your Brokenness, and the chicken bone in my car.

Laura Phelps

Five years ago I had breakfast with a fallen away Catholic, a lukewarm Catholic, and an evangelical Protestant.  (Sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn’t it?) I was the cradle Catholic who had just met Jesus Christ personally, and...

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Sacred Space and Solitude

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

The best gift I have ever received is a pair of noise cancelling headphones. At the same time, I love my family with every fiber in my being, and am anxious to know all the details of their lives–what they...

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Celebrating Easter Monday with all those Marys

Laura Phelps

I always found it to be a little ridiculous that my mother gave all three of her daughters the same middle name, or a variation of it: Mary.  We are Kathleen Mary, Lisa Marie, and Laura Mary. With so many...

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Facing my own poverty and responding like the dogs. Lent is getting good.

Laura Phelps

We were living on Carmine Street in New York City’s West Village, just between Bleeker and Sixth Avenue, when our first baby was born. It was an incredible spot, a real diamond in the rough, that spilled out into a...

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Invisible Fences For Those Who Wander

Hello, my friend! Today I’m welcoming back one of my favorite people to the WWP blog: Laura Phelps. One of my favorite things about Laura is the way she makes me laugh. She also shares my love for Jesus and...

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Starting the New Year Like Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Laura Phelps

  “As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:4 It’s surprising to find myself struggling to find the right words when it comes to writing about Mary. Not because I have no...

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Borrow This Saint Squad When you Need Backup for Your Teenage Driver

Hello, my friend! Today I’m welcoming back one of my favorite people to the WWP blog: Laura Phelps. One of my favorite things about Laura is the way she makes me laugh. She also shares my love for Jesus and...

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Necessary Hardships

There is such grace in getting older. Such wisdom in perspective.  When I was younger, I viewed problems as obstacles; unfair circumstances that got in the way of my living the life I believed I desired and deserved. And maybe...

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“May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.”

“May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.” St. Thérèse of Lisieux I’ve noticed something interesting about what gets me on and what gets me off of social media. Boredom gets me on, and...

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Why Be Intentional About How to Go Forward When There’s No Going Back

Hello, my friend! Today I’m welcoming one of my favorite people to the WWP blog: Laura Phelps. One of my favorite things about Laura is the way she makes me laugh. She also shares my love for Jesus and women,...

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The Elf on the Shelf is Stressing My Spirit. You Too?

Dear friend, The Elf on the Shelf is stressing me out. For those of you who haven’t noticed this little fellow in the stores, here is his happy little story: “The Elf on the Shelf® is a special scout elf...

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Where You Can Turn When You Need to Feel Emotionally Safe

It had all started out like a Norman Rockwell painting. We had just moved into a new neighborhood, and after living on a busy street for years, we were so grateful to be able to head out the door and...

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God is Calling: Will You Step Out?

There’s a lot to be said for playing it safe. It’s predictable, comfortable, and doesn’t cause ripple effects. It gives us the impression that we aren’t hurting anyone. We’re neither hot, nor cold—we’re coasting in neutral. But playing it safe...

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Show Up and Be All There

This October feels good. I feel awake and full of hope even while I’m a little bit afraid to breathe in my own house. Let me elaborate. As many of you know, I have seven kids. Since most of them...

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When a Nap Isn’t Enough- Ask God for Guidance

Some days, everything just seems a little bit out of kilter. My three-year-old, Charlotte, had one of those days this week. We just COULD NOT GET IT RIGHT. The pink cereal bowl seemed like a good choice until the milk...

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Show Others God is Real by Suffering Well

Is there someone in your life who you long to see experiencing the more that a relationship with Christ brings? Do you find you lack the right words to articulate just how much your faith means to you, and wish...

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Out of Kilter? Try to Gain Perspective

You know how it goes. Sometimes you reach that point where you think you cannot possibly handle one more little thing going wrong or you will lose your mind, and then that one more thing happens. So it’s been a...

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God is Faithful: Don’t Be Weighed By Worry

As I carried the overflowing laundry basket up the stairs, it occurred to me that its weight felt nothing like the heaviness that was sitting on my heart. I had been reading about world news this morning, and article after...

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Remain in Christ the Anchor

2015 is here! I love turning to a new calendar page, using fresh notebooks with no markings, and looking ahead to limitless possibilities in the coming months. But the minute that someone suggests I make a New Year’s resolution, I...

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Overcoming Weaknesses When the Best You’ve Got Isn’t Enough

It has come to this. My two-year-old, Charlotte, ate cookies for lunch. We have officially limped over the finish line of one of the longest summers in history, and that was the best I could do today. Summer break began...

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Getting Out of a Funk with Some Good For Your Soul Music

Disclaimer #1: I realize that I was a teensy bit stressed with my rodent issue during my last post. You truly deserve an upbeat, life is PERFECT message for this happy month of July, but I’m writing this when I’m...

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3 Tips for Keeping Above Water When You Feel Tested

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you...

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Why We Need Jesus

Dear friends, In my writing and speaking, I often quote other authors in order to more succinctly illustrate a point I am making. After receiving feedback from the July Positively Purposeful message, I feel it’s important to say that the...

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How We Own Our Mess? We Confess Our Sin

When, when, when am I going to learn? I am certain that God is wondering just how many times it’s going to take for me to get it through my head that there is a limit to what I can...

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Remain Steadfast

As I stood in the checkout line at the grocery store today, I noticed the woman behind me showing her daughter the delicious deli-prepared meals in their cart. I looked back at my two bulging shopping carts and thought ahead...

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Coasting on Fumes: Practicing Spiritual Discipline

A risk we all run when we love others lavishly is neglecting to take care of ourselves. What begins as a passion of the heart-a pure desire to help-can actually place us in a dangerous position where we find it...

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Unexpected Gifts Hiding in the Advent Calendar

“All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.” James 1:17 As Christmas approaches, I’m freshly inspired to create the perfect Advent setting in my home. I picture beautiful arrangements of greenery and berries...

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