Small Success #1
Held an incredible women's retreat at my parish on Saturday. SEEKING THE PEACE OF FORGIVENESS! This was my first FREE retreat - after being convicted in prayer that charging was limiting who may be able to receive the message God was sharing through me and these retreats. While, of course collecting a fee for attending is necessary to cover the cost of food and hall rental, the Spirit was inspiring me a whole new level of trust. Divine Providence is a real mystical part of the belief in God. If you are going to trust God ... then you need to TRUST GOD!
God, as expected, did not let me down. Over 60 women signed up to attend - many hearts were touched and healed during our morning together. I made new friends, and got to reunion with old friends. The Spirit came in a glorious way - and of course Divine Providence covered the costs of holding the retreat. While I did not walk away with my coffers overflowing - I received just what I needed. More importantly, removing the barrier of an admissions fee, assured that others were able to receive JUST WHAT they needed too!!
Small Success #2
Kevin and I, along with about 15 others from our Parish, completed thisDo-It-Yourself 33 day retreat in preparation of Consecration to Jesus through Mary (Marian Consecration). This was my 3rd renewal of the consecration - though I think this was the most prepared I'd ever been. Most likely due to the fact that each week I had to prepare a short presentation for the group - as part of our facilitating the retreat at our parish. It was a treat to prepare for it with some very old and dear friends, and to make some new ones as well (DO you see a fabulous pattern to my week!).
This also coincided with my finishing another 54 day - Rosary Novena - this one for Financial Stability. I realize I still have lots to learn on how to best manage money; but feel I have grown leaps and bounds in the last 6 months. The hope of this novena was more for a continued peace in my heart and perhaps renewed hope in what God is doing with us financially. With a big amazing new project on the horizon, being able to make sound fiscal decisions; and maintain peace and stability is a VERY GOOD thing to pray for! What I love about the 54 day novena is the 27 days of petition followed by the 27 days of thanksgiving - no greater act of trust than to THANK GOD AHEAD OF TIME (as on of my favorite in my Saint Posse, Ven. Solanus Casey, would famous for saying)!
Small Success #3
The theme this week seemed to be all about spending time with old friends; while making new ones! Today I choose to share my A Seeking Heart August interview between Sarah Reinhard and I. She's the old friend -- and coming next month you will meet some of my new friends; who are co-authors with me in a new book, co-edited by Sarah called: The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion (Ave Maria Press)
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