May my living reveal God’s Goodness


Heat, humidity, and July activities are sure signs that we are in the depths of Summer! It is in July when I secretly long for the arrival of Fall, anticipating less sticky and slower days. The celebrations this time of year are always a welcome blessing, yet I can tolerate only so many hot dogs and hamburgers before I begin to crave homemade soup.

Perhaps the biggest challenge I have during this time is that I grow another year older. To change things up a bit, I gave God my birthday this year. Enjoying a Sabbath Day at my local retreat house, I devoted the day to the one who gave me life. One cannot argue with a day off work, quiet time for prayer, and even an hour spent on mindful creativity. It all sounded wonderful until I checked in, looked around, and muttered to myself, “why am I here?”.

As per usual on the sacred grounds of this place, God did not waste any time in responding as He guided me to a journal entry written in March of this year.

“Close your eyes and let yourself be carried away on the flowing current of My grace; close your eyes and do not think of the present, turning your thoughts away from the future just as you would temptation.”

Exerpt from The Surrender Novena

Settled on an outdoor bench beside a water fountain, I set my phone on silent, closed my eyes, and basked in the glorious sounds of nature. I opened my eyes only to glimpse a bird bathing in the waterfall. The water looked refreshing as the bird immersed its face and then fluttered about to cover its wings. Seemingly enjoying the water feel, yet staying only long enough to fulfill its purpose.

I figure God must have given the bird reason to stay and enjoy for that brief moment, and perhaps the same would happen to me. The sound of the water invigorates my soul, allowing me to close my eyes once more, relaxing my body and spirit.

Not having a schedule for the day felt strange. However, lunch served at a specific time helped me to stay on track. Following my silent meal, I made my way to the creativity room. Intimidated by the urge to want to create a masterpiece, I let my mind go back to the sounds of the fountain.

The peacefulness of this day was proving to be fruitful in many ways. I felt connected to God, the sacred place, and my spirituality. Then it happened. I checked my phone to see what time it was, only to glimpse a special email gift. Staring at the screen, I debated whether or not I should open it. After all, I promised myself I would not look at anything outside the present moment. The Holy Spirit then gave me a nudge as I realized I was reacting within the confines of the here and now.

Inhaling a deep breath, I clicked the email, and there it was, the final approval and release form for my novel. This retreat house, a gift unlike any other, served as the epicenter when God revealed His plan for Bella’s Beautiful Miracle. A flurry of emotions befell as I considered the length and breadth of Bella’s journey.

I hesitated only for a moment, unsure if I wanted to sign in the presence of family or bring this to fruition in the sacred space where it all began. I dove into a prayerful conversation with God, and within minutes, I printed the page, signed my name, and scanned it back to the publisher.

Breathing in the stillness of the accomplishment, years of work, and God’s influence, I was carried away on the flowing current of God’s Grace. It was only after the initial shock wore off that I realized an inscription on the pen holder upon the library desk.

“Gracious God, Thank you for the gift of today. May my living reveal your goodness.” Pat Bergen C.S.J.

I pray God will continue sending opportunities my way which reveal His Goodness and Glory! One way I know for sure is always to consider if the action, consideration, or event is pleasing to and praising God.

On a side note, that particular email was the only one that came as an alert on my phone that afternoon. A reminder to pay attention to heart nudges, as they are often gifts and insights from the Holy Spirit. 

Blessings,

Kimberly

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Blessings!

Kimberly

A Written Prayer


Jeremiah 30:2

“Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book.”

Time spent alone with God can produce inner feelings and insights for you. Sitting with God and engaging in conversation as this happens can be very helpful on your spiritual journey. Going one step further and writing it down gives us another way to connect with God while we pray. Keeping a journal can be scary and intimidating but also a beautiful way for you to see where God is leading you in prayer.

Here’s an example of how journaling in prayer gave me a “wow” moment. I think I mentioned before that while I was recovering from shoulder surgery I had my dominant arm in a sling. This made it difficult for me to write down everything I wanted to share with God in my journal. One morning God put it on my heart to write down one important sentence on the page and then when I was able to write again I would go back, reflect and journal.

Well! Let me tell you that God must have known exactly what I was going to be feeling and all that I wanted to say. About a week ago, I flipped back to those pages, and as I reflect on what was written nearly 4 months ago, I am able to finish that one sentence seamlessly as it relates to my present moments with God. I sat in wonderment looking at two pages side by side realizing that I had journaled the same passage and felt the same about it, even though the first entry was in October.

I thought to myself, “well there was no growth there because nothing with that passage has changed internally in me”. God knew differently, and eventually so did I. The Holy Spirit whispered to my heart that this area of my life needs some work. I looked again at the two pages side by side and and knew this was something God wants me to focus on.

The subject is “self forgiveness” and it stems from a broken relationship. I have been in prayer about this for several days now and I have come to realize that I am keeping myself jailed, not physically, but emotionally and spiritually.

The fruit from my journaling and reflection on both past and present journal entries has given me a task…to surrender these feelings…forgive myself…and allow God to do the rest.

I have shared these personal feelings and insights with you because
I promised Jesus I would follow Him and make fishers of men.
I promised I would listen to Gods call even when it means being vulnerable.
I promised you all that I would stay true to you and keep it real!

So, after all that… I have one question…did you journal today?
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