This week’s must-reads:

1. “Ephphatha.” “Be opened.” Not ironic at all that this Lily opened this morning. 🙌🏻 God is definitely working on my heart, asking me to be more open to His will (I just know it). Such hard work to trust in Him even though He’s come through each and every time I’ve needed to rely on Him. Hard and holy work that I know can lead to greater joy. Has God been asking you to be open to something lately?

2. “My husband and I have this extraordinary love between us and when you have love you want to share it. The more you share it, the more and more it grows. I became a mother because I wanted to love. I wanted to fill our home with laughter, memories, and love. I wanted to carry children in my womb and bring them into the world. I want to give of myself to my children and love them.” – Amy

3. “Is it possible in today’s world to be a faithful Catholic, loving wife, devoted mother and a successful businesswoman?”

4. “This week I sat with our three year old while he worked long and hard on building block towers. He had to come to grips with the laws of physics, that you can’t put a huge block on a tiny foundation and expect it to stand. Each tower crashed and the blocks rattled on the same ancient floors. I held him while he cried and then watched as he bravely tried again… This is the sum of what I hope he learns about loving another person. Before you can make high towers, it’s best to build a good strong base. It comes from laughter, empathy, forgiveness, accepting the other person’s struggle, and knowing yourself.” – Leah Harrod Rupp

5. “The Lord loves us relentlessly and if he relentlessly keeps putting something on your heart there’s a reason why.

Because He believes in you.

And I believe in you too.

We sell ourselves short. We hesitate to share our gifts. We don’t apply for jobs. We hesitate to negotiate for ourselves. We compare. We hide.

Enough.

We don’t have to be perfectly qualified because we have Christ. What more do we need than a Savior who has incredible plans for us?

Take👏 That 👏 Step 👏.” – Brick House in the City

6. “In pregnancy, as in all other times, God’s ways are not our ways. Each marriage and each family is called to sacrifice just as Christ sacrificed for His bride, the Church. We need to continually thank God for everything: the good and the bad, for the health and sickness we experience. Each couple is called to seek God’s will and to carry the crosses they are given with joy and patience. When they do, they will see the wonders that God has planned for each of us.” – Anthony J Caruso, MD, MPH, FACOG

7. 6 Points to Help You Understand How to Live a Chaste Marriage

8.  “I just don’t hold on as tightly to my own agenda (anymore). I don’t measure as many of my days by to-do lists. Productivity and social status have lost their glean almost entirely. I’m humbled. I just to want to express some small part of who I am in the world, to love people well, to spend time with those who don’t have time for any other bullshit. So motherhood narrowed me, but it’s also focused me. It’s made me as clear as I’ve ever been about what matters — and what doesn’t. I spend so many more of my moments on what does. I let go. I let go. I let go.” – Courtney E. Martin

9. “NaPro is more successful than in vitro fertilization (IVF) at achieving live births and at treating the underlying medical factors causing infertility…. Dr. George Delgado explained how explains how NaPro has been shown to successfully treat pms, ovarian cysts, repetitive miscarriage, endometriosis, postpartum depression and other issues.” – Janneke Pieters

10. “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?” – Mother Teresa