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I’m amazed at what happens when I get out of the way

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Mother Maui welcomed me with open arms. After experiencing the “cold snap” in Rhode Island, the warm sunshine felt so good on my face and I couldn’t wait to take my shoes off and walk the beach. 


I jumped back into my life head first as I prepared for the workshop, “Radical Abundance:  Creating the Life You Want.”  It was held at Kaunoa Senior Center in Maui.  What a wonderful group of women showed up – the oldest at the ripe age of 97. Her name was Pat and what an amazing spirit and attitude she had.  I want to be like her when I grow up. She danced and shared her light with all of us.

I am continually amazed what happens “when I get out of the way” and let Spirit have its way. Of course, I planned a schedule for the day, but I am always open to listen to Spirit when a change is needed. While in prayer and meditation the morning of the workshop, I sensed God wanted me to do the forgiveness meditation and exercise that I had done in other workshops. This was not a part of “MY PLAN” but I listened and put it into the schedule for the day. As I reflect on the day and the comments from the women after the workshop, this was the most powerful part of the day. 

When the forgiveness exercise was completed, I wanted to play a song called, “Be Gentle with Myself” but couldn’t get the tape recorder to get to that song (number 5) so I just started with the first song.  When the exercise was over, we all stood in a circle holding hands and lo and behold, “Be Gentle with Myself” started playing. I couldn’t have planned it better. What a lesson in trusting and letting go of my plans. The workshop was a great success and I have another one scheduled in a few months.

I love to see what happens when I listen to the voice of Spirit and not question the “WHY” I am led to do something.  A couple of days before I traveled to Rhode Island I went to my bank to withdraw some money. The tellers at the back are so friendly and always comment on the jewelry I am wearing. This one particular day, I got into a conversation with Diane and she told me she worked with the youth in her church. I was led to tell her about my book, “Simply a Woman of Faith.” She said, I would love to read it.”  I told her I had a book in the car and wanted to know if she wanted to buy one.  She said, “I will have to pray about it.” I said, “Okay.” As I walked to my car, I heard God say, “Give her your book as a gift.” I grabbed a book from the car and walked back into the bank to give her the book.  I said, “God wants you to have the book as a gift.” She was so touched and thanked me profusely.

A few days ago, I went back to my bank to deposit some checks. When I walked in, Diane got so excited and said, “I knew you would be back. I wanted to call you, but I decided to wait because you were going to the mainland.  I loved your book and have told everybody about you and your book.  In fact, my minister wants to meet you. When I finished your book, I gave the book to Juanita, the teller next to me and she loved it too and is going to send it to her son.  She was so touched because her mother died a few years ago and her mother’s name was also “Honey.”  Juanita was off that day.

I shared in last week’s blog how my mother “showed up” for me on New Year’s Day when I received the “HONEY” packets from Starbucks.  I heard God say, “I want you to go to the bank and give one of the “HONEY” packets to Juanita tomorrow.  I didn’t question it and said, “Okay God, I will do that.”

When I walked into the bank, Juanita spotted me immediately and quickly came from behind the counter to greet me and give me a big hug. She had tears in her eyes and said, “I loved your book and am sending it to my son to read.  I have to tell you what happened because you are not going to believe this. I started to read your book immediately when Diane gave it to me at the bank.  On my lunch hour that same day, I went to the Salvation Army to browse around. I went to the book section and there staring me in the face was a brand new copy of your book for one dollar.” My jaw dropped open and I had “chicken skin” as they call it in Maui. What are the odds of her finding my book at that perfect and right time when she needed it? I call it a “Godincidence.”

After she told me the story, I smiled and said, “I have a gift for you from God.” Now her jaw dropped open as the tears flowed down her cheeks when I handed her the HONEY packet. She was visibly shaken up and touched by the gesture.  As I left she said, “You made my day and I feel so lifted up. I know my mother came to me today.”

I have learned to listen to that “small still voice of God” within or intuition. Whatever you may call it, it doesn’t matter, what is important is that you trust it and follow the guidance.  It does take practice and a willingness to get out of your comfort zone and letting go of worrying what others will think of you.

It is such a joy to experience daily miracles and see what unfolds when I step out in faith and let go of my plans.  I guess that is why I am called, “Simply a Woman of Faith.”

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