Waiting has not been my favorite thing to do, but I have learned over the years that it is essential to my spiritual health and well-being to wait on God. I arrived in Maui 5 days ago and it is beyond words how grateful I feel for this opportunity and adventure. In prayer this morning, I became aware of “old behaviors” creeping in and robbing me of my peace. Rather than resting in the energy of BEING and trusting in the divine plan to unfold in its own time and own way, I felt tempted to control and make things happen. I thanked God for this awareness and strengthened my resolve to live in the moment and trust the divine plan. “By waiting and by calm, I shall be saved, in quiet and trust lies my strength.”
It’s hard to believe that only a week ago I was on a cruise ship to Mexico and here I am today writing this newsletter while sitting on my lanai, overlooking the ocean, and enjoying a glass of iced tea. The cruise was amazing and the highlight for me was winning a contest on the ship, called Dancing with the Stars. As some of you may know, Dancing with the Stars is my favorite TV show. Since dancing is my passion, winning the contest was a thrill beyond words. My partner Armand and I connected immediately as soon as we started to dance and when he lifted me up high into the air, during our last dance in the Galaxy of the Stars ball room, it felt like God was lifting me up to the heavens.
As I reflected on this experience and its deeper meaning, I remembered a dream that I had during a very difficult time I had while writing my book, where I wanted to give up. In my dream, I was climbing a set of stairs that were leading me to heaven. As I reached the top of the stairs, I saw a Star. I reached out to touch the star and then in my dream, I became the star. “I am a star that shines brightly to lead others to the God within” became my daily mantra. It is my desire to inspire others by sharing my story of God’s love and transformation with the world.
We are all stars that God is calling to shine brightly. The world needs you and your gifts. Do you believe in yourself, or do you not feel good enough? Are you letting your light shine for the world to see, or are you living in fear, not believing you have gifts to share with the world? Just like I was lifted up in the air during the dance, God wants to lift you up and give you all you need to live your dream. You are a star that shines brightly to lead others to the God within.
Through the grace of God, I learned to let my light shine. I faced my fears, believed in myself and stepped out in faith. As a result, today I am living my dream and so can you.
God is my ever-present help and unlimited source of my supply. I rest in quiet expectation and my fear based emotions transform into faith-filled realities.
I am overwhelmed with gratitude and joy as I prepare to leave for my cruise to Mexico in two days and then on to live in Hawaii for 6 months. I truly am living my dream and everything has worked out perfectly, just as God promised. In prayer this morning I came across something that God had led me to notice in a People’s magazine 5 years ago, and then I remembered.……….
I was in the middle of writing my book, Simply a Woman of Faith and was feeling discouraged. I even wanted to give up on it because I felt so overwhelmed and inadequate. I went to bed sobbing and saying to God, “I can’t do it, you have chosen the wrong person.” The next morning when I went to work, I was straightening up the conference room and picked up the magazine on the table to throw it away, when the pages opened up to these words – “I have a plan that will make all of your dreams come true.” I sat down and put my hands in my face and cried some more. I knew in my heart that Spirit was speaking to me.
Have you ever felt that desperate and wanted to give up on your dreams? I shudder to think my dream almost died inside of me because of my fear and that I didn’t believe in myself. Of course, those words from Spirit and my daily prayer of “showing up” gave me the courage to finish my book, leave my job of 20 years as a therapist, and now today, leave my home, family and friends to live my dream in Hawaii. I know it is God calling me there and I trust everything will unfold in peace, ease and grace. I believe that “you get what you expect” and I am expecting many doors to open to adventure, miracles and magic.
For the last month, I have been in the process of “letting go” on a daily basis, so the new can come into my life. Even though I am very excited about the adventure ahead of me, and what God has planned, it has not been easy. The tears have flowed when I thought about leaving my home of 12 years because it has always been a healing, sacred sanctuary for me. Saying goodbye to family and friends has been difficult also. My new tenant, Carrie Ann, moved in on January 1 and we both feel so blessed and in awe because we know this has been a match made in heaven. I could not have chosen a more suitable spiritual (and neater) woman to rent my home while I am in Hawaii. Right before sending this out, I received an email from Pat in Maui welcoming me to my new home that she was getting ready for me to move in to. She wrote, “A new year, a new life and I look forward to your aloha moment in Maui.” And so do I.
God has a plan that will make all of your dreams come true. Never give up on yourself, your dreams or God. You are not alone. It is God who has placed the desires of your heart inside of you. You have a gift for the world and God needs you to be His/Her instrument. Believe in yourself and the miracles that will find you. Be grateful and say Yes to receiving all that God has planned for you.
Did you ever wake up in the middle of the night and your mind was like a blender? That happened to me recently when I woke up at 4:30 a.m. and my mind wouldn’t shut off. This surprised me because I had been so peaceful about my move to Maui. I still hadn’t rented my condo yet nor did I have a place to stay in Hawaii and it was only a month away. I prayed and just kept repeating “I let go and let God” and focused on being grateful. I finally got back to sleep and when I woke up a few hours later, my peace had returned.
Let me share what has enfolded and the miracles that have happened. I met Carrie Ann a few weeks ago at Concordia Center for Spiritual Living when I participated in a ceremony called “Proactive Thanksgiving.” We were invited to bring up to the altar a symbol of what we were visioning for ourselves. “Proactive Thanksgiving” is thanking God for what you want before it happens, which to me, is faith. I shared I was being called to Hawaii for 6 months to teach, speak and write my new book, “I Know it’s Grace.” I said “I am thanking God for the right and perfect person to rent my condo and the right and perfect place to live in Hawaii.”
After the service, Carrie Ann walked up to me and inquired about my condo. She said, “I just moved here from California 6 weeks ago and am living with friends and starting a new job tomorrow. I’m not sure if I’m emotionally ready to leave my friends and if I can afford your place.” I invited her to come to dinner to see my place and we both agreed to pray that it would be for the highest good for the both of us.
She came to dinner the next week and loved the place. I felt excited about the possibility of her moving in because I trusted her. My spirit knew that she was the woman that I had been praying for and that my home would be a sacred and holy place for her. She fit exactly what I had envisioned for the right and perfect person to rent my condo. I screamed with joy when she sent me an email saying “Yes, I want to rent your condo.” She was the only person who looked at my condo, but you only need one person to rent it!
On the same day I received the email from Carrie Ann saying she was renting my condo, I received a call from Pat inviting me to stay with her and her husband in the condo they had just rented in Maui. Let me explain: Pat is Ellen’s daughter, my “Earth Angel” who I stayed with in Hawaii for the month of September. Pat and her husband Bob just moved to Hawaii 3 weeks ago and were staying with Ellen until they found a place to rent. When Pat called she said, “We will be renting a condo in the same complex as mom and you are invited to share it with us and have your own bedroom and bath.” I knew this was a gift from God. The condo is beautiful and overlooks the ocean!
God is faithful and when we trust God’s plan, let go and let God and step out in faith, miracles happen. I can hardly believe that my condo was rented and I found a place to live in Hawaii on the very same day. Now that is GOD!!!! If I hadn’t gone up to the altar that Sunday to share that I was leaving and thanking God for the perfect and right person to rent my condo and the perfect and right place to live in Maui, Carri Ann would not have known about it. God’s timing is perfect and God has me covered!
My desire is to INSPIRE. Don’t wait another minute longer to follow your dream and step out in faith.God has you covered too!
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