I am always guided

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I’m so grateful how I’m always guided, protected and provided for and, often before I even know I need something.  It can be something small or big like moving 6,000 miles to Maui almost 8 years ago. Spirit is always communicating with us when we are awake and paying attention.

Here is what happened this week. I planned a mini vacation to a neighboring island called Lanai.  I met Melissa on the ferry a few months ago and she invited me to stay with her in her cottage.  The day before leaving, my eye glass chain holder for around my neck broke.  My day was full and I didn’t have time to go into town to buy a new one.

I decided to go to Rainbow Attic, my favorite consignment store close by to see if they had something to hold my glasses. I had seen eye glass holders there before, so I knew exactly where to look. I searched and searched the bin, but to no avail.

I kept asking God to provide and lead me to eye glass holders because I didn’t want to lose my glasses when I went away.  I was about to leave the store as I walked past a jewelry case. There were at least 20 necklaces hanging from the rack. I literally grabbed a necklace and couldn’t believe my eyes.  It was exactly what I was looking for. My glasses fit beautifully in the holder. Not only was the price right, but the color matched my Maui Jim sunglasses.  God is good!

Melissa and I had a great time exploring the island, snorkeling, shopping and eating out. I noticed the woman’s shirt who was sitting at a table across from us at the café. It said, HONEY in big letters. My mother’s name was HONEY and after she died 50 years ago, the song HONEY was released by Bobby Goldsboro. I have heard the song many times over the years when I’ve needed to feel my mom’s presence.  I smiled as I felt my mother’s presence and wondered if she had a message for me?

The next day I received a text from Melissa expressing her gratitude for our visit. She wrote, “Thank you for your time and special love. I feel a warmth from you, that, honestly, is rare.” I thanked her for the text and forgot about it until the following day.

I was in the bathroom when a light bulb went off in my head. It felt like my mother was trying to communicate the truth with me. When I was growing up, and my mother was drinking, she would often say, “You are COLD, just like your father.” It’s obvious my parents’ relationship was struggling.

I didn’t really understand what being COLD meant, but it didn’t feel good and I hated when she said it to me. I never saw myself as COLD, but I’m sure at some level, it was buried in my subconscious.  

Here 50 years later, God uses Melissa to speak to me to tell me the truth. I am loving and WARM and have always been.

I know today, it was my mother’s alcoholism and personal problems that made her say things that weren’t true and were hurtful.  It had nothing to do with me.

Thank you Spirit for the truth of who I am and have always been and thank you mom for communicating with me and being there for me when I’ve needed you the most.

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