I woke up feeling very depressed about the current events in my life, past and present. A painful divorce, two surgeries and no money in the bank were weighing heavenly on my mind. I went to the beach to ask God a few tough questions. I was screaming inside. PLEASE help me. I walked on the beach and heard a faint voice within -“Keep walking.” I was trying so hard to trust God and understand what was going on.
I noticed the Jerry and Esther Hicks book sitting on the beach chair as I kept walking. I wondered who was reading the book because I had just finished reading a book by the same authors. Curiosity made me wait around until the person came back who was reading the book. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a woman with a long purple coat coming toward me. She smiled and we said hello to one another. I immediately asked her about the book and the conversation began and lasted for 4 hours. Pat invited me to lunch and by the time we left, I knew everything would be alright. That was my introduction to Pat Hastings, Simply a Woman of Faith. She was the answer to my prayers. She spoke with me as though she knew my score. She shared her experiences and I shared mine. It was so easy to open up to her as she listened intently to my story. She seemed to really care. In our conversation, Pat shared that she was an author and had written a book and released a new CD. I was really taken aback when she offered to give me a copy of her book as a gift “knowing that I didn’t have any money.” She said her book would give me hope.
I thanked her and told her I would read the book by the weekend and get back to her. I started the book that night and couldn’t put it down. I loved it and finished it in one sitting. Her message of faith, hope and Godincidences came through every page. I knew if she could get through the things that she did, so could I. The following week I went off my prescribed pain medication. I didn’t know how scary and painful this withdrawal would be. And I didn’t know if and when it would ever end. I remembered Pat was also an alcohol and drug counselor. I immediately called her for help. Her soothing voice of love and compassion lead me through the process. She prayed with me on the phone and her prayer’s were reassuring and helped me relax. I know that I have a new friend and that God is working in my life. Pat was clearly my guiding light. I am so grateful for her and our “GODincidence” that beautiful day on the beach.
I have shared in recent emails that my daughter Mary just bought a farm. Mary owns Farmacy Herbs in Providence and now she will have more land to grow and harvest herbs, as well as have some of her own animals. Mary has dreamed of owning her own farm since she was 16 and she’s now 35! One year ago she found a farm in W. Greenwich that she fell in love with. It was a lot of money and she didn’t have any money! But that didn’t stop her from dreaming and visualizing herself on that farm. A short time after that, the farm was taken off the market.
A few months ago, a friend who is also a farmer told Mary about a loan she received through the USDA. Mary contacted them immediately to see if she would be eligible. One of the requirements was that she should be in business as a farmer for 3 years and that was exactly how long her business had been operating. She contacted the owner of the farm and asked if they were still interested is selling the farm. They said “Yes.” She applied for the loan and the best part was that the price of the farm was significantly lower than last year. She was also able to get the loan at an interest rate of 1 ½%. It is totally amazing that she was given a loan with no credit of her own. Mary also has plans on giving retreats and workshops at the farm.
My whole family was there to help Mary move in. I felt really excited for her as we unpacked the boxes and found the perfect spot for everything. My excitement was doubled as I visualized my family helping me move into my house on the water, which has been my dream for many years. I even have a picture of my dream house on the water in my intention book that I pray with daily.
I told Mary how I visualized my house on the water as we were unpacking boxes and she said, “Mom, you have to start looking for houses on the water now.” “But, I don’t have that kind of money for a house on the water,” I said. “It doesn’t matter, I didn’t have any money either and look what happened.” Wow, wasn’t that great wisdom coming from my daughter. I followed Mary’s wisdom and have started looking for houses on the water. I trust that the right and perfect house will show up and the money will come easily and effortlessly.
What you think about, you bring about. Although it took many years, Mary never gave up on her dream to have her own farm. I will not give up on my dream to have a house of the water. Think positive, believe and visualize that good that is coming into your life. Have faith that dreams do come true and watch the miracles happen.
What are you thinking about? Are you bringing about what you are thinking about?
I will never forget the sacred moment as I stood with my ex-husband and daughter in her new kitchen. Tears welled up in my eyes as I watched her father hug her and tell her how proud he was of her. We were all in tears as she hugged me and I also expressed how proud I was of her. A little later, she looked at us both and said, “I want you to know how happy I am to have both of my parents helping me move into my new home.”
My ex-husband and I were divorced 11 years ago after being married for 30 years. It’s been an extremely difficult time for him accepting the divorce and he made it clear to me that he didn’t want any part of me. I prayed daily for him, asking God to heal him so we could be friends. When I told my children that I wanted to reach out to him and call him, their response was always “Mom, don’t do it, he doesn’t want to talk to you and you have nothing in common.” That hurt because he was the father of my children and I wanted for us to be able to be in each other’s presence without the tension and knot in my stomach.
About a month ago, I received a call from my ex-husband who lives in Florida that almost knocked me off my feet. I panicked and thought one of my children had died or something really bad happened. I don’t think he has ever called me since the divorce. After he reassured me that nothing was wrong, I asked if I could call him back since I was at a friend’s house and couldn’t talk.
I prayed before I picked up the phone to call him back that we could connect in a peaceful manner. Shortly after our conversation began, he said, “I want to put the past behind me because life is too short to hold onto grudges.” I couldn’t’ help but wonder… “am I hearing him right?” I had waited and prayed all these years and in that moment my prayers were being answered.
Our family shared the fourth of July together and I am so grateful. My children were happy to see their parents talking and interacting with one another. As I have shared in many of my emails, God answers prayers in the perfect and right timing. It takes patience, perseverance and an expectant faith.
Don’t ever give up on your prayers, miracles can and do happen when you believe.
I got off the phone from speaking to my friend Joanne and thought about her comment. “Pat, God always answers your prayers.” Sometimes, it’s almost immediately and sometimes it takes years for my prayers to be answered. I believe God always answers prayer in God’s perfect timing and in a way that is for my highest good. But it does take patience, perseverance and an expectant faith to trust that the prayers will be answered.
On a human level, I like it when I see immediate results, don’t you? Asking for what I want at yard sales is one of the ways I see God providing for me and answering my prayers. While visiting my friend Mary at the nursing home recently, she commented that she liked my pocketbook and that she didn’t have one of her own. “I will see what I can do,” I replied. As I drove home, I spotted a yard sale. As I walked in, my eyes went directly to the box with all the pocketbooks in it. I found a lovely black bag that I knew she would love and the price was perfect at fifty cents. Of course, I turned my car around and brought the pocketbook back to Mary. As I handed her the pocketbook, I said “Mary, do you see how much God loves you.”
My daughter Mary has had a dream for over 5 years to buy a farm. Her dream is coming true and she is settling on the property today. I am so proud of her and what she has created in her life. She is also a woman of faith. Recently she said to me, “Mom, I need a vacuum cleaner, twin size sheets and a blender, will you please look for them at the yard sales this weekend?”
My prayer was “God, it’s beautiful today and I don’t feel like driving around all day, could you please let me find what Mary needs right away?” I figured I might as well get right to the point and ask God specifically for what I wanted. I stopped at the first yard sale and didn’t find anything. At the very next yard sale, I was delighted to find 2 vacuum cleaners for sale. The best part was that they were only five dollars each and in great condition. At the next yard sale, I asked when I walked in “Do you have any sheets?” “Yes, but I am not sure what size they are,” the man answered. Of course, they were exactly what I asked for – twin size sheets and the bonus was that they had a comforter to match and also in perfect condition.
You may be saying to yourself that this never happens to you and asking why your prayers aren’t answered. It may be because you are not really expecting your prayers to be answered. For example, you may ask God for something and then immediately say to yourseIf “I know this will never happen, my prayers are never answered.” Or the belief may be that it’s wrong to ask for what you want or that you don’t deserve to have your prayers answered. We limit the good God wants to give us by our limited thinking and beliefs.
Open your heart today, trust and ask God for what you really want. Then believe and have patience that the Universe is aligning it all up for your highest good.
P.S. I found the perfect blender at Salvation Army a few hours later!
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