GNO with Catherine Estes: Folding Towels, Crying in Public, and Reading the Bible

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Jesus revealed Himself to me in my thirties, entirely changing my life. Every time I see a sign up sheet for volunteers, I feel compelled to put my name on it. I work on these volunteer projects in between being a wife to Mike and mother to two boys. 
What would you tell the “younger you” about marriage?
When my children were small, I spoke with a pastor who told me my husband was my priority (after God). I told him I didn’t think that I lived that way because my small children took up a majority of my time. The pastor told me not to confuse what takes up my time with what my priorities are.
What would you tell the “younger you” about body image?
Don’t weigh yourself. You can figure out if you have gained or lost weight by how your clothes fit you.
What advice would you give a young bride?
It really doesn’t matter how the towels are folded in the linen closet-your way or his-as long as the towels are folded.
What advice would you give a new mother?
When dealing with your baby crying in public and worrying about disturbing those around you, remember the sound of your baby crying seems louder to you than to other people. Also, when your baby begins to cry, start a timer. Your baby rarely cries as long as it seems.
What is a lie that you believed as a younger woman that you dont believe now?
When I was younger, I believed that you could read the Bible and accept certain parts while letting go of others. I no longer believe this is true. Now I know the hard or confusing things in the Bible aren’t to be discarded when they don’t seem to fit the times. Instead I believe I need to learn how God wants me to fulfill His direction in all circumstances, even when that direction is countercultural.   
 
Your friend, 
Catherine
 
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