We have a match made in heaven
I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for. We will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our home for 8 of our dear friends. Since all of us are “transplants” from other places, we are now “family” and grateful to have one another.
There was no way I could have imagined that my first visit to Maui for Thanksgiving 8 years ago would have changed my life forever. I had always dreamed of “visiting” Maui, probably just like everybody else. I fell in love with Maui that first Thanksgiving so when my friend, Ellen, invited me back the next year to stay in her condo, overlooking the ocean, for a month while she traveled, I jumped at the chance.
While I was there, I was very surprised when I heard the “Small, still voice of God” invite me to come back to Maui to live for 6 months. Of course, I had to deal with all the voices in my head that said it was impossible to do. I think the strongest voice was, “Who do you think you are and that I didn’t deserve to do something that extravagant.” I had all kinds of questions like: How could I leave my family, friends, business and community? Where would I live? Who would rent my condo in Rhode Island? Of course, the biggest challenge to deal with was where would the money come from?
When Spirit puts something on your heart that seems “impossible” and you “listen, trust and ACT” doors open, almost miraculously. As I look back, I know it took a lot of courage and faith to trust myself and to trust it was the voice of Spirit and not just my own voice. I had enough experience of listening and stepping out in faith to know it was truth and I could trust the voice within.
After doing battle with God about why I couldn’t possibly move to Maui and facing my fears, I finally surrendered and said “YES.” I went back home and told my family and friends that I was moving to Maui for 6 months. Of course, they were shocked and had all kinds of concerns and questions. All I knew for sure was that I was following my heart and trusting Spirit to do the rest.
Within a few weeks of returning to Rhode Island, a woman from my church rented my condo, but I still didn’t have a place to live when I arrived on Maui, but trusted something would “show up.” Two weeks before arriving on Maui, I received a phone call from a friend inviting me to live with her and her husband in a 2 bedroom condo that they had just rented.
The condo overlooked the ocean and I paid $300 a month. That is totally crazy because to rent a room for a night is over $200. I truly was in heaven and I learned how to relax and enjoy the journey. My plan was to continue my coaching practice and speaking engagements while I was there. That was not God’s plan. I heard very clearly, “I want you to learn HOW TO BE.” I am so grateful that I listened because God’s plan was so much better than mine.
When the 6 months ended, I knew my heart belonged on Maui and that I wanted to live here permanently. Of course, I had to deal with the same voices and fears. After much prayer and meditation and discernment, I went back to Rhode Island and put my house up for sale. My house didn’t sell, but I was able to rent it, which I am still doing.
Many of you know who have been reading my blog for years that I knew I would meet my soul mate on Maui. I don’t know how I knew, but I JUST KNEW! I didn’t know it would take so long and I was often impatient. He was right in front of me all the time, but I didn’t know it. Larry and I were best friends for 2 years before my eyes were opened and we fell in love. We built a beautiful foundation of friendship, trust and respect. I have come to trust that God’s divine timing is perfect and you can’t push or make things happen the way you want them to be.
For as long as I can remember, I said to my family and friends, “Someday, I will live on the water and I don’t care if it’s a lake or a pond.” I thought it would be in Narragansett, Rhode Island, which would have been fine. Never did I dream it would be in Maui, HI.
It is beyond my wildest imagination what God has provided for Larry and I. We live in a beautiful home that has a 160 degree view of the ocean that our bedroom overlooks. We can see the whales jumping out of the water when they are here. We have no idea how long we will be here so we enjoy it to the fullest and live with an attitude of gratitude. We take nothing for granted and we live our lives to the fullest because we are not promised tomorrow, all we have is today.
So many women I hear from and friends are discouraged that they haven’t met their soul mate yet and that they will be alone, especially in the later years of their lives. I share what Spirit has done for us, not to boast, but to inspire and encourage you not to ever give up on your dreams. Larry and I have built a relationship that is built on love, honesty and respect. Spirit has brought us together and we truly have a match made in heaven.
When you follow your heart, trust, live in faith and listen to the “Small, still voice of God within” miracles will happen for you too.
“I want to die. I wanted to kill myself at the moment you arrived.”
I woke up early (earlier than my usual 7a.m.) one day last week and immediately had the idea that I needed to take a walk in my neighborhood. I have lived in Maui Meadows for 9 months now and have never taken an early morning walk. I have a lovely routine every morning that I follow which includes breakfast, some yoga, prayer, journaling and meditation. I usually take a walk late afternoon when the sun goes down and it’s cool outside. I thought to myself “Why do I need to take a walk before I do anything else, perhaps I am going to meet someone that I hadn’t met before.” So, I got dressed, put a little makeup on and off I went. It was a lovely walk and I waved hello to other early morning walkers, but when I returned home, “nothing seemed to have happened.”
I would love to be able to share a powerful story that unfolded, but nothing happened – at least that I could see. You may wonder why I am telling you this story and even say, “Who cares that you took an early morning walk.” As I thought about it, I realized that I wasn’t attached to the outcome and I didn’t question myself or even wonder what that was all about. You know how that goes! I have learned to listen to the still small voice of God within and my intuition. When I listen to Spirit for the seemingly “small things” that I hear or feel I am to do next, I prepare myself for the bigger and more important things I am called to do. That voice may be referred to as God, Intuition, Spirit, Higher Self, Soul, Higher Power, Source or Universe.
We are all given the gift of intuition, but we may doubt it and not think it is from God or we ignore it because we don’t think it is important and have the time to act on it. It takes practice to follow our inner voice. The more you step out in faith, trust and listen to that small still voice within, the more you make yourself available for Divine Assignments. Ask Spirit to lead you; trust you will be led; expect that you will be led, and then step out in faith and do whatever it is you hear Spirit inviting you to do. Start out small and test the waters. Your words could transform and change another’s life dramatically.
People have asked me, “Pat, how do you know it’s God’s voice and not just your own voice or your ego?” And I tell them, “I don’t always know and It’s only afterwards when people tell me it was exactly what they needed to hear, that I know.” Sometimes it’s scary, my heart pounds and I want to walk the other way when I receive a message for someone. I could be totally off base. I need to let go of my ego and not worry about what others will think of me. I’ve also learned that I need to let go of the outcome, like when I took the walk and “nothing seemed to happen.” It often seems like it comes out of nowhere and just pops into my head. I feel a quickening in my spirit and then I listen and am still. Usually, when I don’t want to do it and I say, “You really don’t want me to do that, do you?” it’s a signal that’s from Spirit. If I am not sure, I ask for a sign or a confirmation that it is from God. I pray and ask for it to get stronger or to just take the desire away. Sometimes I know what I’m going to say and other times, I have no idea what I’m to say and the message comes when I open my mouth. I trust it will come and it always does.
It is important for me to say that “it is my voice” that I hear in my head but it feels different and I recognize that it is God’s voice because I have had a lot of practice since I have been on the spiritual path for many years.
I would like to share a powerful story of when I listened to that small still voice of God within from my book, Simply a Woman of Faith.
“As I drove across the Newport bridge for my weekend R&R, I prayed to be led and open to God’s spirit. Thoughts of my graduation day lingered in my mind. What a thrill it was to walk across the stage and receive my bachelor’s degree at the age of 44. I felt grateful for God’s love and presence in my life, and I wanted to share it with someone, especially someone who needed to hear they were loved.
God please lead me. I want to do your will.
I settled into my room and took a late morning nap before heading out to lunch to my favorite restaurant overlooking Narragansett Bay. I loved watching the boats and yachts come in and out as I sipped my lobster bisque. After lunch, I plopped my beach chair at the edge of the ocean along First Beach, watching the world go by. When I got bored, I took a long walk along the beach. The hot sun felt nourishing and the ocean breeze kept me just cool enough. All weekend long, I listened in my heart to hear God’s voice. But I heard nothing.
I’m disappointed God. I wanted to meet someone and share your love with them, but it’s almost time to go home. Maybe I missed something. I drove out to the ocean one more time before leaving, still quietly hoping God would lead me to someone. As I drove my car along the ocean road, I clearly and loudly heard, PULL OVER HERE. I quickly turned off the road and parked in the parking lot. I eagerly walked to the ocean, sensing God was at work. There were many people and children sitting on the rocks, playing ball and enjoying the sunshine and warm summer breeze.
Okay God, now what? Is there someone here who needs to know your love? YES! I heard quietly in my spirit. As I scanned the area, I noticed a woman sitting by herself on the rocks. She looked immersed in her own thoughts. Deep in my heart, I knew she was the one God wanted me to talk to. What do I say? What will she think of me? Am I nuts? Maybe this is all in my head and I should just go back to my car. I couldn’t; I felt compelled, propelled to follow through.
I know I asked you to lead me God. Why am I afraid and doubting you now? My heart pounded. I nervously walked over, stuck out my hand and introduced myself. I didn’t waste any time, because I knew if I did, I may have chickened out. “Hi. I’m Pat Hastings.” Looking at me kind of strangely she said, “I’m Susan.” “Susan, God wants you to know that He loves you very much.” Her jaw dropped. I could see that my words had taken her off guard. Yet, nothing came out of her mouth. I’m sure she wondered, “Who is this woman and where did she come from?”
The color drained from her face, and she stared at me in shock and disbelief. Tears rolled slowly down her cheeks. Then, the flood gates opened up as she sobbed uncontrollably and her body shook. I wasn’t expecting this kind of raw emotion and didn’t know what to do to comfort her. God, I need help. What do I do now? I gently put my hand on her shoulder and silently prayed. I realized I didn’t have to do anything, but just be there with her. It seemed like an eternity before she got herself together and calmed down. As she looked into my eyes, the words came tumbling out, as if we knew each other for years.
“I want to die. I wanted to kill myself at the very moment you arrived.” I gasped, trying to keep my cool. “Why? What happened?” I nervously asked her. “My husband cheated on me and left me for another woman. We were married for twenty five years and I thought we had a good marriage. I don’t know how I can go on without him. I was so distraught that I missed a few weeks of work. My boss called me into his office yesterday and fired me. I’m better off dead.” My heart went out to her as I reached out for her hand.
“I’m sorry for your pain, Susan. God sent me here today to tell you He loves you. God wants to help you. He knows your pain and what you’re going through.” Her body relaxed and her face lightened as she intently listened to my words. “I thought God abandoned me too – that I was being punished for something. I desperately need to know God loves me and I’m not alone. How can I thank you Pat for coming into my life today?” We sat and talked for a long time about God’s love and how He helped her in the past. She wanted to trust and believe He would do it again. God touched her heart and soul that day and slowly hope and confidence returned. Convinced God loved her, she found the courage to go on and face her problems. We thanked God together, both knowing our meeting was divinely appointed and a GODincidence. We kept in contact for a few years through telephone. Susan went back to school and became a kindergarten teacher, something she always wanted to do.
The presence and power of God is within all of us and we are the instruments that Spirit wants to use in this world if we are willing to trust God, ourselves and our intuition. I hear you saying, “But I don’t hear God like you do Pat.” I ask you, “Do you want to hear God and are you willing to do whatever it is that you hear?” Of course, to hear that small still voice of God within, you must we willing to take the time to listen. Having a daily spiritual practice is crucial to spiritual growth. Are you willing to commit to 10-15 minutes a day to pray and meditate? I assure you that your life will change and you will experience miracles in your life if you are willing to make that commitment to yourself first. You are worth it.
It’s a joy to know I’m making a difference in someone’s life and helping them on their journey to healing and wholeness. It really is fun. Try it you might like it! You can do the same because you have the same Presence and Power within you.
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