Called and Caffeinated
Finding Dew in the Desert feat. Sonja Corbitt

Finding Dew in the Desert feat. Sonja Corbitt

October 7, 2021

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Show Notes

Day after day, as I tearfully left my baby and away from the NICU, I would cry out to God, “how much longer?” It’s hard to believe that Nora was only in the hospital 126 days. It felt like 126 years. Why do the deserts of our lives feel so long, and what do you do when your faith begins to waver? Are you supposed to just get through it, or can you learn something when you're deprived of legitimate needs?

Sonja Corbitt’s new book, Just Rest, came to me at the perfect time as I struggled to process my hell ride of 2021. It parallels the deserts of our lives with the Israelites’ 40 years of wandering in the desert before entering the Promised Land. Just as they, we must learn the lessons of our deserts in order to take possession of our promised rest.

If you’ve struggled to see the point in your suffering (I have,) this episode is for you. Sonja and I discuss the tremendous hope and healing waiting in the desert if only we can open our eyes and our hearts and let God stand in the void.

Topics Discussed

  • How the desert is a seemingly contradictory “fertile emptiness” and “fruitful wasteland”
  • Seeing the “dew” to refresh and sustain us
  • Two methods to identify how God is working on you
  • Disciplining your thoughts and habits
  • Seeing past the immediate deprivations and identifying the deeper issues that God wants to heal in your desert

Resources

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Loving Life When Your Spouse is Nowhere to be Found
Beauty Inside and Out feat. Nicole Caruso

Beauty Inside and Out feat. Nicole Caruso

August 26, 2021

You know when a woman walks by who looks absolutely fabulous and confident? Is that woman you, or do you wish you could feel more comfortable in your own skin? Until recently, I was the latter. Between years of self-image issues, changing shape constantly from three pregnancies in five years, and hanging on to hand-me-downs I don't like because I feel guilty giving away free stuff, I've rarely felt fabulous in my clothing.

Enter Nicole Caruso, former writer for Verily Magazine and author of Worthy of Wearing. Nicole's worthiness movement is taking the Catholic Instagram corner by storm, pioneering an outside-in approach to recognizing your self-worth. Dressing well isn't vain, and showing your personal style is an opportunity for evangelization.

I've been on my own personal style journey this year, and I could not be more excited to share how it's a major part of my healing experience! If you feel you have nothing to wear despite a closet full of clothes, or like you're overdue for a style upgrade, this one's for you.

Topics

  • What is the Worthy of Wearing movement?
  • Reclaiming style from the fashion industry
  • What is personal style, and how do you begin to develop yours?
  • Editing your closet
  • Shopping strategies to get a great closet that fits your budget
  • The modern, integrated Catholic woman, and how to be one
  • What to do if you often feel like “I can’t wear that”

Resources

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Beauty Inside and Out feat. Nicole Caruso

Beauty Inside and Out feat. Nicole Caruso

August 26, 2021

You know when a woman walks by who looks absolutely fabulous and confident? Is that woman you, or do you wish you could feel more comfortable in your own skin? Until recently, I was the latter. Between years of self-image issues, changing shape constantly from three pregnancies in five years, and hanging on to hand-me-downs I don't like because I feel guilty giving away free stuff, I've rarely felt fabulous in my clothing.

Enter Nicole Caruso, former writer for Verily Magazine and author of Worthy of Wearing. Nicole's worthiness movement is taking the Catholic Instagram corner by storm, pioneering an outside-in approach to recognizing your self-worth. Dressing well isn't vain, and showing your personal style is an opportunity for evangelization.

I've been on my own personal style journey this year, and I could not be more excited to share how it's a major part of my healing experience! If you feel you have nothing to wear despite a closet full of clothes, or like you're overdue for a style upgrade, this one's for you.

Topics

  • What is the Worthy of Wearing movement?
  • Reclaiming style from the fashion industry
  • What is personal style, and how do you begin to develop yours?
  • Editing your closet
  • Shopping strategies to get a great closet that fits your budget
  • The modern, integrated Catholic woman, and how to be one
  • What to do if you often feel like “I can’t wear that”

Resources

Thank you to today's episode sponsor Chews Life Rosaries! Get 10% off using code CAFFEINATED10 and spoil all the cute babies in your life with beautiful handmade gifts!

Thank you to our other sponsor Catholic Match! CM is the largest Catholic dating platform. Start your love story by clicking here and creating a free profile.

Life-Changing New Catholic Personality Typing System feat. Brennen and Audra Nakane

Life-Changing New Catholic Personality Typing System feat. Brennen and Audra Nakane

August 12, 2021

The Nakanes couldn't believe it when they discovered a personality typing system that maps not only to reality, but also to scripture! It's not just a fun Facebook quiz; this system is a powerful key to understanding the Triune God, the personality you were given, other people, motivations, and free will. Brennen and Audra Nakane have been researching, developing, and writing about Nakane CAPS for over a decade. This is one of the longest C&C episodes, but it's the audio equivalent of a page-turner. Enjoy!

Topics Discussed

  • The 7 motivants and how body language expresses them
  • How the motivants map to scripture and to God
  • Using the motivants to deepen your prayer life
  • Increasing relationships and communication using Nakane CAPS

Resources

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Beat Discernment Overwhelm! Which Religious Communities Should I Visit?

Beat Discernment Overwhelm! Which Religious Communities Should I Visit?

July 28, 2021

Never be overwhelmed by discerning religious life again! In this Q&A episode, follow this simple method to narrow down your search from the entire universe to the communities you're going to visit in person.

Questions for journaling included in this episode:

  • Do I see myself in a cloistered or an active community? Why?
  • Is wearing a habit as part of religious life important to me? Why?
  • Do I want to travel and serve in many places, or would I prefer to stay in one location? (I included this one because certain orders may station you around the world in several different convents!)
  • What are my unique talents? (If you don’t know, think about what people often tell you you’re good at, or what people often ask you for help with.)
  • What forms of prayer am I most attracted to- charismatic praise and worship? Rote prayers like the rosary? Lectio Divina?
  • Who are the particular groups I feel called to serve? (The elderly, homeless, mothers in need, children?)
  • Where do my gifts particularly shine? (teaching, nursing, cooking, writing, hospitality, etc?)
  • What service experiences have I found most satisfying in the past, and why?
  • When I envision myself in religious life, what do I picture myself doing?
  • Are there any particular orders whose spirituality I’m attracted to- Dominican, Carmelite, Franciscan, etc.

Questions for Zoom conversations:

  • What do you love about your life?
  • What does the schedule of a normal day look like?
  • What do your community members do for fun and recreation?
  • What’s the story of your founder?
  • What do you most love about your charism?

Resources

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Perception & Contemplation feat. Dony MacManus

Perception & Contemplation feat. Dony MacManus

July 18, 2021

“Listening with a capital L is the secret to life, the secret to love, because you can’t love what you don’t understand, and you can only understand if you listen.”

What if it were your actual job to contemplate? To perceive deeply? That’s how Dony MacManus sees his calling as an artist. He spent three weeks just drawing Michaelangelo’s Pieta, and he shares how that experience healed and changed him.

Living in our distracted world, I know it’s a struggle to concentrate enough to enter into authentic contemplation. Dony’s artistic perspective will help you counteract fast culture with slow gratitude, appreciation, and relationship.

  • Perception is the “grammar” of contemplation
  • How Dony vacillates between conceptual (“architectural”) and perceptual (“musical”) realities when he begins a work of art, and how it relates to Christian prayer life
  • What "Forward in tradition" means, and how that creates great culture
  • How to begin to contemplate using sacred art
  • Why contemplation is like dating
  • How to concentrate in a distracted world

Resources

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I Don’t Trust God with My Future…What Now?

I Don’t Trust God with My Future…What Now?

June 30, 2021

A little while back I got a message from Kathryn who’s struggling to surrender to God’s will for vocation, career, and living situation. She wrote, “Every time I surrender what I want to God I just get sad, like I’m giving up. How can I surrender my desires God when I don’t even think he cares, when I don’t think he wants to give me what I want?”

My heart went out to Kathryn and I knew right away I wanted to devote an entire episode to her question. During my vocational discernment journey, I did many ugly cries in adoration struggling with exactly this same issue. In this first-of-its-kind Q&A episode, I’m sharing how to build your trust in God for true peace and an unstoppable faith.

Leaning into this massive question is scary, hard, and uncomfortable. But I’m absolutely stoked for Kathryn and anyone in this particular struggle because it’s the threshold of an entirely new, authentic life.

In this episode:

  • 2 journaling prompts to diagnose the cause of a lack of trust in God
  • Practical steps to take to see God’s faithfulness and providence in your life
  • How to give God your “down payment of trust,” even if you’re nervous about it
  • The moment that made me love surrender (I hated it at first!)

Resources

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Hearing God Through Prayer Doodling feat. Ali Hoffman

Hearing God Through Prayer Doodling feat. Ali Hoffman

May 25, 2021

“The Holy Spirit is moving now- he doesn’t want to wait five years until you’ve got your life together.”

It was my honor to share a beverage with the incredibly down-to-earth and inspiring gal pal Ali Hoffman. From discussing grieving your dreams to awkward parties and how to host them, Ali and I are your cheerleaders in living out today well, whatever God's calling you to right now.

Show Notes

  • Finding your personal charism
  • How to get started prayer doodling, especially if you judge your own art abilities
  • Praying in a time of desolation
  • Letting go of perfectionism
  • Grieving lost dreams well and accepting difficulties
  • Your questions for Ali answered!

Resources

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Everyday Discernment feat. Tim Ferrara

Everyday Discernment feat. Tim Ferrara

May 11, 2021

Life is mushy. It’s exhausting living in the gray. That’s why tuning into our inner compass- conscience- and learning what the voice of the Holy Spirit sounds like, are vital in discerning everyday decisions. God doesn’t care what color shoes we choose. But many small decisions are important because they add up to the big moments. The more we’re attuned to the ‘quickening’ of the Holy Spirit, the better we can make each little decision (and the quicker we'll know!)

The nerd in me loved learning Greek words associated with discernment from my guest in this episode, author Tim Ferrara. Discernment is both a gift and a muscle that you build and exercise, and today’s episode provides everything you need to form your discernment training plan.

I recorded this episode back in November. At that point I was a week into an unplanned but necessary two-month social media hiatus. If you sometimes wonder why you keep scrolling, I think this one will be great for you. 

Topics Discussed

  • Diakrisis- the Greek origin and meanings of discernment
  • How studying a dollar bill teaches us to identify counterfeit truth
  • “Living your best life:” New age or authentically Christian?
  • The Holy Spirit as ‘family lawyer’
  • Kronos vs. Kairos: How these Greek descriptions of 2 different kinds of time help us discern
  • 3 questions to discern whether you’re called to be on social media
  • Why the Israelites had to kill a sheep to leave Egypt, and what it means for us
  • Learn to tune into how events, things and people affect your spirit

Resources

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