Hi, ladies! Happy Monday!
Here's this week's newsletter for ya!
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This steak & zucchini recipe looks delicious this week. I have a feeling steak is going to get sold out at the grocery store come Thursday. ;)
Are you staying home or going out for Valentine's day?
This shepherd's pie sounds like a nice stay-at-home dinner date.
These sausage pizza sweet potatoes looks good too.
In yesterday's Gospel reading, Jesus told the apostles, "From now on, you will be catching men." He was speaking about evangelizing and bringing people closer to Him.
We've spoken a lot about our strengths in the last few weeks, and how God specifically gave the ones that we have to each of us. We know that He's given them to us to use for good (for Him). And so I want to challenge you this week to reflect on how you're evangelizing with those gifts...
You don't have to be doing something huge or radically different than what you do in your everyday life to evangelize.
Your evangelization might look like raising faithful children and being a good and holy influence on them and their friends, and their friends' families.
Your evangelization might look like sharing bits and pieces about what a faithful life looks like -- the good and the challenges -- on instagram.
Your evangelization might be traveling around the country and speaking about Christ and His love for us all. In either case, you and your strengths are powerful and can be used to "catch men." How are you doing it? What does it look like in your life?
If you still haven't been able to grasp what your gifts are, take this week to reflect even more on that. You are not without them and God absolutely wants you to know yourself in this way, because by growing in this self-awareness, you're also growing in awareness of who He is, and in what His loving plan for your life might look like.
Here's a prayer from Pope Francis on this:
"Lord, teach us to step outside ourselves. Teach us to go out into the streets and manifest your love."
But don't forget that "going out into the streets" will look different for each of us.
And lastly, here's some inspiration from Mama T about it all:
"Joy is a net of love by which we catch souls."
I'm praying that you will feel more and more joyful as you grow closer to our Lord in prayer.
Home Decor this Week
Here's a cute front door mat for this week (or pretty much anytime you're feelin' it).
I've started putting all of our pink stuff out around the house (pillows and flowers, mostly) for Valentine's Day & early Spring (I know, I know, it's still a while away -- but it makes me happy!), and this vase would be such a cute addition. Love that color. Another one I like. And here's another cute one that makes me think it'd be a great gift.
Saw this guest bedroom sign the other day and thought it was cute.
This is not cheap, but it is a beautiful image of Mary. I've seen it around for years and have never seen it go on a sale price less than $99. So while I wouldn't consider this a budget find, I thought I'd still share it in case you hadn't seen it before. You might be able to find the same image on etsy, and maybe a paper print would cost much less.
This is such a pretty napkin holder, and I like the idea of it holding cleaning bottles too. A way to fancy up the kitchen countertop!
Budget-Friendly Fashion Finds
This shoe is adorable and an amazing price. Block heels are one of my favorites right now.
I'm really liking this trench coat.
This floral duster is gorgeous.
I really like the detail on the neck of this sweater.
Thought the scallops on this shrug were cute.
Love the cut of this dress, and that color-blocking.
This coral dress gives me feelings of Easter.
Here's a little splurge (nice gift idea for Valentine's Day!): a really cute pink poncho.
And I'm always a fan of a slouchy knit blazer.
That's all for now!
Praying for you beautiful women this week -- that you may feel seen, known and loved for who you are. Annie