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Jun 1 2017

CTL Ep 33- The Spiritual Disciplines of Motherhood with Catherine McNiel

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MacKenzie welcomes Catherine McNiel to the podcast today.  Living in Chicago, she is a mom of three and author of the new book, “Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline.”

While she loves the classical spiritual disciplines, Catherine talks about how these disciplines change so much when children come along.  Her ideas of solitude and communion with Christ were flipped upside down once having a family.  This idea of spirituality, that she had subscribed to, now took the form of communing with our Creator through the everyday tasks she took on as a mother.  She concludes that we are on a just as amazing path that God created to bring us close to Him through the daily rearing and loving of our children.

As mothers, our service tends to be invisible to where even we don’t often recognize the significance of our work.  However, it’s important for us to know that raising our children is making a huge impact and is a ministry in and of itself.  Catherine stresses the importance of needing to accept that our spiritual walks are going to look different and embrace that it’s an amazing opportunity for growth in our walk with God.

Catherine frames these revamped spiritual disciplines at the end of each chapter by focusing on a few different daily activities in which we can recognize and focus our minds back on Christ.  Because moms are pushed so thin, and typically exhausted, her goal in doing this is to re-shape our thoughts of what our communion time with God looks like in this season of life.  The role of motherhood is transformative and wears off all our edges.  It’s easy to get to a place of not knowing who we are anymore, but we have to remember the core of our identity is in Christ.  We have to keep looking at the person God is creating in us and remember that He began this good work and will complete it.  No discipline seems good at the time, but we emerge from these things transformed as He is constantly reshaping and molding us differently.

Motherhood empties us of ourselves and we have to be filled with God!  Catherine also encourages mothers to learn from each other rather than seeing each other as competitors.  It’s vital for us to offer help to other moms and have compassion with them while they are in the trenches of parenting.  Meeting them where they are at and serving each other as best we can is a huge encouragement and helps recharge moms along on this adventure.

Make sure to pick up a copy of Catherine’s book Long Days of Small Things and highlight it up!

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Find Catherine-

You can find Catherine on her website CatherineMcNiel.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+ and LinkedIn.

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10 thoughts on “CTL Ep 33- The Spiritual Disciplines of Motherhood with Catherine McNiel

  1. Serene

    I love this! I am an older mom and what Catherine has said and shared is so true! I am so going to recommend this book to the new and young moms!

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      1. MacKenzie

        This is so strange because it has had thousands of downloads but I have only heard from you three. Maybe try shutting out your podcast app and reloading? Or deleting the episode and then downloading it again or even listening from the cloud without downloading? I’m so sorry! I don’t think there is anythign I can do on my end. :-(

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  2. Danielle Osgood

    So bummed, I cannot hear the guest speaker AT ALL, totally silent on that part. I felt like this would be encouraging to me right now, but can’t hear her side of things. :(

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    1. MacKenzie

      This is so strange because it has had thousands of downloads but I have only heard from you three. Maybe try shutting out your podcast app and reloading? Or deleting the episode and then downloading it again or even listening from the cloud without downloading? I’m so sorry! I don’t think there is anything I can do on my end. :-(

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  3. Moriya

    Hello!
    I recently stumbled across your podcast (on my podcast app on my iPhone) and was so very encouraged. No kids yet but so excited for when they do eventually come. Hubby and I are trying. I did get some great ideas for our new mothers room at our church through this and I can’t wait to present the them to my pastor in a few weeks!
    I’ve listened to a few other episodes lately and just adore your spunk and fun questions at the end. They’re so original!
    Blessings.

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    1. MacKenzie

      Hi Moriya! Thank you so much for your sweet words! I have so much fun producing the podcast and it is a blessing to hear when people enjoy it and find it valuable! Thank you for sharing!

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