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Here we are, approaching the first full week of 2014.  As I get back into the groove after the holiday season, I wonder how this year will be different.  I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I do like the idea of choosing a word, a word to pursue, a word to help remind me of what I want to focus on in my life this year.

Don’t worry, I’m not a person to ask you the tough questions and not ask them of myself! So here it is for all to see, my word  for 2014. ~ INTENTIONAL ~ For me, intentional means thinking and doing what I believe God wants me to do with focus and purpose. I’m using it for all areas of my life, Spiritual, marriage, relationships, career, health etc.  Word for 2014
To help me with my word, I am adding a catchphrase ~ WHAT I DO NOW WILL HELP CREATE MY FUTURE. The future can mean 10 minutes from now or 10 years from now. I realize we cannot totally control our future, but we can control our choices and decisions right now. This concept has helped me tremendously over the years, and I think it goes really well with my word  for 2014.

Here are a few examples……

Spiritual – I am going to be more intentional about spending time in meditation and prayer. Think about my catchphrase what I do now will help create my future. If I choose to focus on this now, my relationship with God will grow deeper in the future.

Health – I am going to be more intentional about eating for a healthy lifestyle. How? When I grab that handful of Oreo cookies, (oh how I love Oreo’s) instead of shoving them into my mouth without thinking, I will think about my catchphrase what I do now will help create my future. This will cause me to pause and focus on the purpose of the desired outcome for healthy eating.

You get the idea.

Now it’s your turn. If you were to give this this idea some thought, what would your word be?  What is the first word that pops into your mind?

If you think about who God has created you to be and how He has designed you, what word pops into your mind?

If you think about what you want your life to look like this year, what word pops into your mind?

Maybe you want a catchphrase, maybe you don’t.  Choose what works best for you.  I would love to hear your word if you would like to share.  Who knows, perhaps the simple act of sharing it will help you or perhaps it will help encourage someone else.

Thanks for reading.  Cheers!
Pam   

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Why is it that the holidays can bring out the best AND worst in us; especially at family gatherings?  It’s not that we don’t love and care for them, because we do. It’s just that weird dynamic that sometimes happens and then makes us get all wonky.  Hmmm, is that a word? I know all you wordsmiths are cringing. www.pathsofdiscoverylifecoaching.com

Last month I worked with a client who was feeling this way about being with her family during the Thanksgiving holiday.  She was NOT looking forward to it, but in the end she ended up having one of the best Thanksgivings ever.  Woot Woot!

Below are 10 tools that she and I have been working on and she put them to use during this holiday.  Much of it is about how we choose to deal with our expectations, mindset and perspective. Yes, I said choose, we do have a choice.

Tip # 1  Be thankful.  I know, how appropriate given this time of year! Seriously though, set your mind in thankfulness and gratitude. Thank God for the person or situation who is “challenging.” Look for small gifts each day to be thankful for and give that thanks to God.

Tip #2  Live in the present.  Stay in the moment.  Be conscious and aware.

Tip #3  Remember the book The four agreements. Don’t take things personally.

Tip #4  Show up who you want to be.

Tip #5  Look for ways to show Gods love.  Do or say things that show kindness. Even if it’s just a small thing like saying thank you for the meal, or sending a thank you card afterwards.

Tip #6  Put yourself in the other persons shoes.  Try seeing their perspective from compassionate eyes and heart.  Realize that we all see things for our own perspective, which manifests our reality and the way we run our lives. Also, remember the saying people do the best they can with the knowledge and awareness the have at the time.

Tip #7 Give yourself permission to set boundaries.  Take a break if you need it. Get off by yourself and get grounded again. Remember, you have nothing to prove.  You are on your own journey, they are on theirs. You are taking responsibility for your stuff and not care taking their stuff.

Tip # 8 Talk to God continually and ask Him for what you need. Let your family see that there is a change in you and that change is what God is doing in your life. Think abundantly vs. scarcity. Positive vs. negative.

Tip #9 Look at this time with family as an opportunity vs. a challenge.

Tip #10 One last thing, don’t forget to BREATHE!

BONUS TIP:  DO SOMETHING TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY FUN! Be silly, do something out of the ordinary, build a snowman… you get the idea.www.pathsofdiscoverylifecoaching.com

Here’s to the best holiday season ever! Cheers!

Blessings,

Pam

P.S. If you haven’t taken advantage of my free E-Workbook – How Full is Your Cup, please do.  It will give you many more useful and practical tools to help fill your energy cup this holiday season.  Just click on the blue button on the top right-side of this page.  Thank you!

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My journal entry this morning was like many other mornings.  I wonder if God ever says, “Do we really have to discuss this yet again?”  My entry goes something like this.

“Father God, I’m worried today.  I feel anxious about the upcoming events and how they are shaping our finances, career transitions, health etc.”  Then I proceeded to talk – blah, blah blah – about how I can’t see how everything will work out.  It makes me feel fearful and vulnerable.  While verbalizing my feelings to God, I realized I didn’t feel anything like I would have, had these life situations happened five years ago.  Whoo hoo, growth!  I am so thankful for it!  So to answer the question, no, He doesn’t get tired of discussing it!

I made the decision to lay all this worry down (AGAIN) at God’s feet.  (Yes, we do have a choice!) When I do this, often times I will see a picture in my mind of myself in front of God, taking the burden and laying it at His feet.  That load usually looks like a large black blob or box.  Interesting, that is telling about how it feels when I carry it around.  I laid it down and Psalm 23 came to mind.  I love The Message version below.

“God, my shepherd!  I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows; you find me quiet pools to drink from.

True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.Sheep- Paths of Discovery Life Coaching

Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.  You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of GOD for the rest of my life.”

I got to thinking about this analogy of the Shepherd and His sheep. I think God is giving us a picture of how He wants our relationship with Him to look like.  Most of us do just fine planning out our lives, sticking to our busy schedule, making a living, forming friendships, handling everyday issues.  We live life with little dependence on God for these everyday things.

However, when the big stuff hits, losing our job, divorce, serious health issues, death, bankruptcy, we come running to God desperately asking for help.  I think Jesus is trying to tell us in these verses that if we can get to a point where we are totally dependent and trust Him for the everyday stuff, food, water, housing, safety, then when the big stuff hits, it may not feel so overwhelming.

How you ask?  I think it’s a life long journey to get to this kind of complete trust, but here is one small step to take.  After reading Psalm 23 this morning, God gave me this picture.  It calmed my worry and confirmed once again that He is there and taking care.  Maybe it will help you too.

I am that sheep in the green meadow.  I am laying there in the lush grass, munching away not worrying if there will be any grass for food tomorrow.  I’m basking in the sunshine, rolling around on my back feeling totally peaceful, safe and provided for.  My mind is not filled with thoughts about where the Shepherd is going to lead me next because I trust Him to guide the way.  I don’t worry if there will be enough food, water or shelter on the journey to the next place because finding these things are top priority for Him.  I don’t worry about “the wolves” trying to destroy me along the path because He will protect me.  However, I do keep my eye on my Shepherd.  He moves me around from pasture to pasture quite frequently so I don’t want to lose sight of where He is. I don’t want to be left behind, fending for myself because it’s much harder and causes way too much anxiety!

Simply put, the Shepherd’s job is to take care of His sheep (me & you.) He loves His job and the sheep are His top priority. My job, as the sheep, is to keep my eye on Him.  Follow when He moves, trust Him to take me to the place that is best for me, and don’t worry about it!

It’s your turn.  If you’ve been worrying about something, try putting yourself as the sheep in these verses.  Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your experience.

Till next time,

Pam

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I know, you may be thinking I’ve gone off the deep end now. What could possibly be profound and meaningful in the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?

I have been promising you a “lighter” post for some time now.  Confession time – I actually wrote this a few years ago for my Life Coaching Newsletter.  However, I have made a few updates to it and it makes me chuckle, so I hope it makes you laugh a little too!

Something you may not know about me is that I am a Christmas animation movie enthusiast. I love those old animations like The Grinch, Rudolph, Night Before Christmas, (which I haven’t seen in years!) and the list goes on. If you share this enthusiasm, then I don’t have to try to explain to you the depth and suspenseful plot in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! However, for those of you have never seen this historical or is that hysterical show, I strongly encourage you to watch it; you are missing out on a piece of history! In my opinion there are 4 main messages.

Message 1: It’s okay to be a little kooky and different even if the bullies in your life scare the bejezuz out of you or try to make you conform. Remember Rudolph’s parents? They were ashamed of his red nose and tried to hide it so he would fit it. Remember Comet, the reindeer flight coach? Telling the other reindeer not to associate with Rudolph because of his nose, even though he had the best flying skill in the group – how dare he! Well, he sure wouldn’t make an acceptable coach these days! Then there was Clarice’s Dad. Well, I guess we can give him a little slack, he didn’t want Clarice to be involved with someone so “weird”, that’s pretty much a parents job – right?

Message 2: Be bold and be your authentic self. Those who God brings into your life will show up to support, and encourage you in your journey. Remember Hermey the dentist, and Clarice, Rudolph’s girlfriend? Just like Rudolph, Hermey felt he was an outsider and didn’t fit in. He was an elf, but really wanted to be a dentist! That was his passion, so he took the risk and followed his dream even though he had no idea how it was going to unfold. He was able to achieve that dream by meeting Rudolph. Clarice showed unconditional acceptance and love for Rudolph. She encouraged him, and searched for him when he ran away, even though it meant putting herself in danger. Don’t worry, she didn’t get hurt.

Message 3: Be attentive to who is showing up in your life, they are there to teach you something and may even save your life!  Remember Yukon Cornelius the prospector?  “Land HO!!”  He accepted Rudolph and Hermey just as they were. He was their traveling companion on their journey that “mysteriously” took them to the island of misfit toys.  There really are no coincidences in life.  While visiting the island, Rudolph’s eyes were opened to the fact that there were many more out there like him who had a special gift that could be used for a greater purpose. Yukon was concerned when Rudolph ran away and ended up saving Rudolph, Clarice, & Rudolph’s parents from the Abominable Snow Monster!

Side note… I just learned from our reliable sources at Wikipedia that the Abominable Snowman or Yeti is an ape-like cryptid said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal, and Tibet!  OH MY GOSH!  I hope I don’t run into him while Brian and I are in Nepal this February.  Below is an ancient and rare photo of this ape-like monster, hence the quality.  I hope it is not too frightening for you!  Kid’s beware!

The ancient, rare Yeti

Okay, back to the story… where was I… oh yes, Yukon Cornelius saves the lives of Rudolph’s parents, Rudolph and  Rudolph’s beloved Clarice!   See, I told you she didn’t get hurt. Yukon also gave Hermey his first dentist opportunity, in turn giving the scary Snow Monster purpose in life.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’ll have to watch the movie!

Message 4: Your gifts and talents are wanted and needed and it’s your responsibility to share them with the world. Your gifts were given to you so you can fulfill your purpose on this earth. So stop ignoring them or saying you don’t have any. Stop being afraid!  I know it’s not easy, if you have been reading my posts you know how fear has entered into my life lately.  However, God does not call us to have a Spirit of fear or timidity, but to have a Spirit of power and love.  Okay, that’s my sermon for the day. Onward…

What if Rudolph never returned home? Can you imagine? Santa would not have been able to distribute gifts that year and Christmas would have been cancelled! Oh my! Santa and the other reindeer needed Rudolph’s special ability to lead and guide him through the terrible storm. Rudolph showed grace and was happy to lead. He could have held a grudge and told them to…. well you know. Lastly, Rudolph made a difference in the world not just by saving Christmas, but also by helping all the “misfit” toys have homes of their very own.

Am I stretching it a bit too far? It’s up to you, but remember message 1… It’s okay to be little kooky.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Oh wait that’s a different story.

Blessings,

Pam

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I’ve been sort of stuck in my writing lately.  I know it’s because I’ve let myself become distracted, or maybe I should say a bit obsessed.  To be honest, I’ve been struggling to stay present, be in the NOW.   I feel a bit scatterbrained, but not to the point of crazy woman – yet.

It’s not because anything is wrong or hard in life.  Yay for that, given my last post.  It’s because God is showing Himself in some unexpected ways right now and inviting me to join Him.  It’s all very exciting – hence the scatterbrained state. Brian's Blog - Music by Brian Day

Here’s a bit of what’s been happening.  You may or may not know, but Brian (my husband) is a musician (his passion) –        along with his “day job” as a home remodeler.

Just about everyone I know wants to live life with more purpose and make a living doing what they most love to do.   For some that is easy-peasy.  For others, well it’s downright hard.

At some point in our lives we all just do what we have to do.  Sometimes we have to take that crappy job, or suck it up in the job we have.  We try to be grateful that we have a job and to try to find purpose in it.  We try to find other ways to fulfill our passion. For instance, do it as a part-time job.  Or, work like a mad-man/woman so we can retire early and THEN do our passion.  Or, maybe we just let that part of our hearts die, because it’s too scary and too difficult to see any other alternative.

At this point I’m guessing you are thinking, “Pam, you were just about to share about the exciting things that are happening, and now you have taken this detour to cynical town.”  Yes, you are right, I did make a bit of a U-turn.  However, if you are feeling like you are “doing what you have to do right now,” my hope is that the rest of the story will give you hope or inspire you.

Brian and I have been sensing transition in our lives for quite some time now.  We have been opening up to more purpose, more adventure, and more of a life that feels “fully alive.”  Last year we travelled to Italy and while there we were asking God for direction about this transitional time in our lives.  We visited Assisi and came upon this  plaque.

Plaque by St. Francis, Assisi, Italy

Brian and I read it at different times and later asked one another what we thought about it. Our reaction was identical. “What God?  We come all the way to Italy for an answer and your answer is to go back home and THEN you will tell us what to do?”  We laughed!  Then we remembered the second half of the quote. “At the break of day St. Francis with his reformed inner-self, desired only to conform to the will of God.”  Note to self: “It always helps to look at the whole picture instead of picking and choosing what I want to focus on.”

Later, I wrote in my journal, “God, how do you want me to conform to your will?  What does that really mean?”   The answer was,” Instead of thinking about My will as an event or something to be DOING, I want you to focus on getting to know Me more, to seek and accept Me more in all areas of your life and to be more like Me.  And through conforming to ME, I will provide opportunities that will give you ways to live out My direction, passion and purpose in your life. “

Hence, conforming to God’s will = Becoming more like Him.  How do I do that?  Get to know Him more.  How do I do that?   Spend time learning how He speaks to me and learn how to listen to Him.

Here we are a year later.  The inner work of conforming to God’s will has deepened my relationship with Him significantly.   And now, He is beginning to manifest the outer work – the opportunities – that will direct us toward living out more of His passion and purpose in our lives.

Opportunity #1:  God has provided the opportunity to participate in a conference/ awards show in Nashville Tennessee that will help Brian move forward in his passion – music.

You can read more about it here. Music by Brian Day

Opportunity #2: God has been talking to us about missions for years.  Just a few weeks ago a mission organization contacted us and invited us to come to Pokhara, Nepal to lead worship/music for their annual mission’s conference.   To be quite honest, I didn’t even know where Nepal was! (For those of you who don’t know, I play keys and sing.) This conference is a retreat for missionaries from all over the world.  It’s a time set aside just for them, to rejuvenate and recharge.

We have no expectations about the outcome nor do we have a clear direction of where we will be after these two events occur.  However, we know that it is God’s direction for now and we are taking the next right step as He reveals it.  Our lives are already feeling more purposeful, our hearts are becoming more fully alive and we are getting a chance to live out our passions in a greater way.

So what’s your story? What are you sensing God is doing in your life right now?

How is He asking you to conform to His will? Maybe it’s to do some inner work, take a leap of faith, take hold of the opportunities He is giving you, let go of control or fears, trust more…

Would love to hear what God is up to in your life if you feel led to share.

Peace,

Pam

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Travel back with me in time for a moment.  It’s October 13, 2010 and my husband Brian and I are boarding the plane, destination… Italy.  We are celebrating our 25th anniversary.  Wow, if feels surreal, little did we know the whole trip would feel this way.  We feel gratitude for the gift of three whole weeks, three weeks of bliss in this amazing country.  Fourteen hours later our feet are standing on Italian soil and we are waiting for our driver to take us to our hotel in Rome.  We named this trip, the trip of  “The Unexpecteds.”  By the way, Brian took all these beautiful pictures.

We set the intention to try our best to Be Present in each moment of our trip. We wanted to be as spontaneous as we could.  This offered a new sense of freedom to follow God’s promptings and understand how He wanted us to experience the people and the culture. In order to do this, we decided not to plan every detail, every attraction, and every hotel. We booked our first hotel in Rome and our stay with Jan in Chiusi.  The rest of the trip we went with what felt right at the time.  Little did I know that all God had been teaching me about letting go, facing fears, being unattached and staying in the moment, was perfect preparation for our trip.  

We stayed 4 days in Rome, just long enough to get the dolce (sweet) taste of this ancient city. It’s truly mind boggling if you stop to think about all the amazing people who dedicated their entire lives to create the art and architecture here. 

The Colosseum, Rome Italy

 

Hall of Maps, Vatican Museum – Rome Italy

 

After a brief and somewhat “chaotic” introduction on how to navigate the treno (train) including a set of pick-pocketers’ (hmm, is that a word?), we arrived an hour and a half later in Chiusi.  Don’t be concerned, we didn’t lose anything valuable. And had we not had this experience, Brian would not have had the chance to scold the two lady pick-pocketers’ by shaking his finger at them and sternly saying, “NO,” while I was walking quickly away yelling over my shoulder, “get away from them.”  I’m sure they were shaking in their boots.  LOL

Ahhh, Chiusi… now this is what we imagined a small town in Italy to be like. This leg of our stay we did pre-plan.  However, by God’s design it did not go at all the way we had imagined.  Again, another unexpected delight.  Because we wanted to experience more of the people and the culture we were led to a program called Work Away.  It is sort of like agritourism.    

Chiusi, Italy

This was the highlight of our visit to Italy.  We were honored to stay near a tiny village – Gioella- in Umbria with and amazing woman named Jan.  Jan is a big hearted, generous lady, and we feel so grateful that God brought her into our lives.  Jan opened her gorgeous home to us, cooked delicious food and took us on some amazing adventures. 

Jan’s olive grove, Gioella Italy

 

Jan’s backyard, Lake Chiusi

 

 A few of which were: 

  • The Chocolate Festival in Castiglione del Lago, where we heard a string orchestra from the local university and experienced the most divine hot chocolate ever! 
  • Her choir practice – they graciously allowed us to sing along.
  • What is Italy without wine?  How do you get wine?  Well of course you just go to the local winery and “fill er up.”   We also got the tour and SAMPLES yum.
Madrevite Winery, Vaiano Italy – filling up the demijohn

 

  • Jan took us to GMB – a lovely tea room where we celebrated my 45th birthday.
  • Next, a tour of the Frantoio where they press the olives that makes olive oil.  Of course, we didn’t know that the very day we were there was open house.  People from the local village came out to gather and celebrate the new oil and new wine.  Of course there were samples in abundance of the new olive oil on toasted bread and new wine, oh yes we had our fair share…ahh pure heaven.  
Toasting the bread at the Frantoio
  • Our last outing Jan took us to the Trasimeno Blues concert.  We had dinner and the concert featured Raphael Gualazzi.  This was yet another example of the unexpecteds of our trip.  Words cannot describe what a wonderful time we had and what an incredible, amazing musician he is.  Have a listen here.

Concert Hall, Trasimeno Blues- Città della Pieve, Italy

We were honored to be able to help Jan paint her living room, repair a few things around the house, and pick olives in her olive grove.  We loved meeting and getting to know a few of her lovely friends, Fran and Mike.  We had great fun with them while picking their olives and enjoying laughs and conversation over dinner.  Our trip would not have been complete had we not met these beautiful people. 

We traveled by train to Cinque Terre, a breath taking coastal national park that protects the Cinque (5) villages along the Ligurian Sea. 

Hike from Monterosso to Vernazza

 

Florence was amazing and the art was a sight to behold.  We visited many of the quaint, ancient hill towns in Tuscany and Umbria.  Chiusi, Castiglione Del Lago, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Assisi, and Orvieto. If we were forced to pick a favorite we would vote on Assisi.  It’s quiet spirit, friendly people and history of Saint Francis was inspirational.

St. Francis Basilica, Assisi, Italy

God taught me many things while experiencing another part of His creation and His people.  But I believe now more than ever, the thing that stands out to me the most is this.  Love conquers fear, love conquers labels, love conquers separatism, love conquers all.  We are all connected in one way or the other.  We can help each other even when we are across the globe, if we are willing to take a risk, trust, live  fully awake and experience the adventures that God designs for us. 

I look forward to our next adventure… who knows what it will be.

Namaste – “I honor the place in you where the universe resides…
I honor the place in you where lies your love and your light, your truth and your uniqueness and your peace. I honor the place in you where – if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me – there is only one of us.”   ~Leo Buscaglia

Pam

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We live in a fast pace world where waiting is not well tolerated. I’ve even felt guilty when asked, “what did you do today” and I was not able to come up with a long list of things that filled my time. Wow, how sad is that? I think many people view waiting as a waste of time. How dare we have 2-3 hours in a row where we can just BE.

So, what does it really mean to wait, to wait on God? I think of it as following God’s promptings, and being present in each moment. Waiting on God photo by Brian Day, Monterosso Italy

The rub is, our culture and sadly many of our church cultures say do, do, do, that will show our success, our worth, and our significance. However, God says, Remain in Me, Rest in Me, Wait on Me, Trust Me, Listen for My voice, just BE you, that amazing person that I created.

So how do we wait, follow God’s promptings, and stay in the present moment?

In my last post I talked about letting go, being unattached. I think waiting, being present in each moment to follow God’s promptings is intertwined with letting go.

Here’s a true story, simple yet pretty amazing to me. It was November of last year, I had been talking to God about direction, and to show me clearly what that was. Of course, I was thinking big things, like my career or moving overseas, or something outrageous. I was putting my box around it, defining what I though it might look like.

So what do I hear? Crochet hats… Yep, you heard me right, crochet hats. I discounted it thinking it was just me trying to think of Christmas gift ideas. But the words kept coming back and oddly enough I was feeling really motivated to do it. The thought of going to the store and finding some fun yarn sounded exciting.

Then the thoughts came, you know the ones… Thoughts like, you don’t know how to crochet hats, who are you going to give them to, no one you know really wears hats. You don’t have the money to buy yarn, you don’t have the time, etc, etc. Thank God, the feeling of excitement the motivation outweighed the thoughts.

I wanted to crochet many hats, like 5 or 10. Again, thoughts ran across my mind, you are crazy, this is ridiculous to spend the time and money to crochet when you don’t even know why you are doing it. I thought, well half the time I feel crazy anyway, so why not go for it.

I went and bought some yarn, now to figure out how to create a hat. I did know how to crochet, so that was a bonus. I met with a friend and told her what I was doing, my friends love that I’m a little off kilter. She said, oh I’ve been wanting to learn and my daughter knows how to crochet hats. Hmmm, who knew! 🙂  Another friend said, “I have some yarn I’ll give you!”  I love it that God cares about the details.Waiting blog post www.pathsofdiscoverylifecoaching

I had made about 4 hats, when I got an email from a friend (I’ll call her Trish for confidentiality sake) who is in China . She wanted to put together a gift set full of hats, scarves, blankets, for some of the students that she and her husband works with.

I told her how God was prompting me to crochet hats but didn’t know why or for whom. I wondered if she would want these hats. She said yes, I’d like to have them by Christmas.  As we discussed logistics, – getting them there in time, shipping them, etc. it started to feel like it wasn’t’ going to happen. She said, “let’s keep waiting and talking to God about it. If it doesn’t work for the students Christmas gifts, I’ll give the hats to the beggars on the streets.”

I noticed that I had a familiar feeling inside (here comes the lesson in letting go/ being unattached again) of not really wanting the hats to go to beggars. I really wanted the students to have them. I started trying to figure out how I could get them there in time etc.

I realized at that moment I was allowing myself to be attached, and I wasn’t staying in the present moment. I was taking control, looking towards the future and how I could make it all happen.

Then I heard God’s voice, “this project wasn’t mine to begin with, but His.” I thought about that and I knew I needed to trust, and let it go so it could be completed in His way. I told Trish that I wasn’t attached to who the hats went to, and that I would continue to crochet and wait.

A few weeks later Trish wrote and said,” I know where your hats are going!” She had just met a lady that is developing relationships with prostitutes there in her town. She is there showing them unconditional love and care.

Side note: For those of you who don’t know, many girls in other countries are sold into sexual slavery. Many times, they have no alternative because they don’t have the education to get a job, or the means to get the education. Check out this link for an amazing organization that is helping these girls get out of slavery. 

Back to the story… the lady who works with these girls told Trish, that she wanted to put a care package together and the hats would be an incredible gift for them! We didn’t even have to worry about the logistics, it was all taken care of.

This was several months ago. Yesterday I got an email from Trish with a picture attached. The picture was of several beautiful girls (oh they were so young it broke my heart) all cuddled together holding up peace signs with their hands. Guess what was on their heads, the crotched hats! I wish I could show you this precious picture, but for their protection, I am not able to.

So what’s the moral of this crazy story? Give yourself permission to slow your mind, your life down so you can hear the very important things that God wants to do in your life.

Listen, wait, follow His prompting, stay in the moment and let go of the outcome. Our lives are a much bigger picture than the boxes we keep around them. We can be used in ways we have never thought or dreamed of, if we will trust and realize that God is working not only in our lives but also globally, and it takes our lives to touch someone that we might not even know.

What stories would you be willing to share that relates to waiting, following God’s promptings and being present in the moment?

What challenges do you have with waiting, letting go, or hearing God’s voice?

Would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time,

Warmly,

Pam

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