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17. Embracing Beauty in Difficult Seasons of Life

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In life we all experience difficult seasons, what does God tell us to do to still remain in Him through it all? 

One image that resonates is Jesus in the boat with His disciples. As the storm arises, Jesus is sleeping and the disciples are freaked out. They begin to question Jesus and ask if He is even going to help them. Jesus rebukes the storm, then it’s silent and Jesus asks the disciples if they have faith in Him. 

This story can be extremely relatable especially in seasons where you feel like God isn’t anywhere close to you. When the storms of life come, God has purposefully allowed that to happen. Not only will you grow in faith but for you to trust Him in the middle of the storms.

“Suffering is a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” -Mother Teresa.

In the middle of your difficult seasons, it may feel like God isn’t there. Our difficult seasons are one of the ways that God grows in intimacy with us. He is the essence of beauty, all that we see and experience on Earth. He suffered and died on the cross for us and entered into our own sufferings. 

What advice do you have for the woman who is walking in a difficult season? 

Advice for the woman who is walking in a difficult season:

1) Keep some kind of gratitude journal or gratitude jar. Put at least one thing in there at the end of each day. It will help change your outlook on life and develop an attitude of gratitude.

2) Reflect on your own experiences & go out of your way to immerse yourself in beauty. Beauty is healing because God is beauty, truth, and goodness. Spend a few minutes outside in the mornings and experience the beautiful scenery around you. Allow yourself to be creative–paint, draw, hand letter, knit, embroider, etc. You do not have to be “good” at it to be creative. Just spend time creating with the Lord.

3) Set aside a few minutes a day for intentional prayer time with the Lord. Turn off your phone and eliminate distractions. If you can, give the Lord your first fruits of your day–meaning create time in the mornings for your daily prayer. 

What is one piece of advice that you want every young Catholic woman to know? 

“You are a beloved child of God. That is your identity and nothing can take that away from you–it doesn’t matter. Know that you are a daughter of the Most High King and lean into that because from there comes everything else about you.” -Cecilia


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