My dear friend Joanne and I walked through my condo last Tuesday night and I said goodbye and blessed my beloved home for the new owner (who is coming). I had been saying goodbye and releasing my home slowly for the last 2 months so the final goodbye was fairly easy.
Then Joanne and her partner Linda invited me to their home for a delicious dinner and a glass of wine. We laughed as we remembered funny stories over the years that we had experienced. It was the perfect farewell dinner for my flight the next morning to Maui.
Joanne drove me to the bus in the morning at 7 AM, and as we hugged goodbye, we told each other how much we loved one another. I was feeling peaceful when a question popped into my mind that immediately caused some stress. I said to myself, “What am I going to do with myself when I get to Maui?” Since I don’t know what the “Master Plan”is yet it seemed like a logical concern. I have lots of skills and gifts, but I don’t know yet how God will be using me to do His work.
Almost immediately after asking the question, I looked out the window of the bus as a big truck passed by and I started receiving messages from God. The name on the truck was PRAY trucking company. I almost laughed out loud and said, “Okay God, you want me to PRAY, I can do that just fine, but I think I would like to PRAY and PLAY!” I think God liked that too because God wants my happiness and for me to live in joy. What better way is there for me to live in joy than to play? If it is not fun, I don’t want to do it.
Shortly after the PRAY truck, I noticed a sign on a billboard that read “HIRE POWER.” Yes, I have HIRED my Higher Power to run my life. I am not in charge anymore because I have handed over all of my affairs to my Higher Power to manage my life. I strive to live in this space on a daily basis and I wish I could say that I always do, but I don’t. I sometimes forget and think I am in charge and try to make things happen. Can you imagine that?
When this happens, I lose my peace because I am not aligned with God’s will for my life, which is peace and love, so this is a lesson to be learned over and over again. We are always being called to go deeper with God and to trust that no matter what things look on the outside, we are never alone and that there is a divine plan.
The messages continued to “show up” and they got better and better before I even got on the plane. The next thing I saw was a billboard that was advertising a phone and it said, “Do Whatever You Want.” I really liked that and promised myself to keep that in mind and in my heart. Doing whatever I want means that I need to know what I want! In coaching clients over the years, I’ve noticed that one of the main problems people have is that they don’t know what they want. How can the Universe give them what they want if they didn’t know what that is? Do you know what you want? Do you struggle with not feeling good enough or deserving of what you want and more good in your life? I know what that is like because I was there for a long time too. It is only by committing to a daily spiritual practice of prayer and meditation that I was able to change those negative messages and move forward. Today I know that I am ONE with God and deserve all good things.
When I sat for my morning prayer the day after I arrived back in Hawaii, I knew that Mother Maui was welcoming me with wide, open arms. It was a gorgeous day with sunny skies and a warm breeze to keep me cool. This is truly a magical place and I felt so blessed to be in the energy of love. I almost cried when I saw the rainbow coming out from the ocean. I knew that it was meant for me to assure me I was right where I needed and wanted to be.
I wanted to move to Maui and with the grace of God and cooperating with Spirit, I am living here. I went to the pool for water aerobics the other day and met a woman who was visiting Maui from Idaho. She asked me, “Where do you live?” I started to say, “I live in Rhode Island”……. but then quickly remembered that I live in Maui! It was the first time I said it out loud and I started to jump up and down and dance. I thought OMG I live in Maui.
Just a few hours later as I was thinking about finding an apartment to rent here and I thought, “OMG, what did I do?” Isn’t it amazing how we can be living in bliss one minute and then in stress the next minute? I know it is normal to vacillate when there are big changes happening
in our lives, so I quickly asked God to help me remember that I was following my heart and God’s plan for my life.
I admit there are a lot of “unknowns” in my life right now and I liken it to being in the HALLWAY of my life. One door has closed and the other one hasn’t opened yet. I don’t know what my life is going to look like; where I will live, the car I will buy, the work I will be doing and the people who will be in it. I have been there many times over the years with jobs, moves and relationships, and it is truly a place where my faith is nurtured and strengthened if I allow it.
Being in the hallway can be very stressful because I don’t know when and how the door in front of me will open. Today I can make the choice to live in peace trusting God is in control. I don’t have to live in stress banging on the door and demanding that it be opened according to my plan. It almost sounds ridiculous, but that is what we do sometimes. I have learned to trust that eventually the right door will open.
To stay in this place of peace while I am in the Hallway, I will use all the tools that I know that have worked for me over the last 35 years. I remind myself of all the times that God has prepared the way for me and then I trust that God is working things out for my good. Most importantly, I will stay connected to God by staying in the moment, being grateful and enjoying the adventurous journey I am on.
Meanwhile, I am living in paradise and have a beautiful place to live on the ocean (for free) for the next few weeks, as I wait and trust God for the perfect and right apartment to find me. I no longer have to push, work hard, and drive myself crazy in the process. That was the old way of doing things and it just doesn’t work for me anymore. I have hired a HIGHER POWER to handle the details. So it is “Hands off Pat!” I “show up” and do my part and let God do the rest.
An affirmation that I have used for years is this: Everything I need is streaming toward me; I open my hands and receive. All the abundance, money, peace, love, happiness, relationships are mine now. I just need to believe.
Creative Ideas – Ernest Holmes pg.135
“I believe that the Spirit within me, which is God, makes perfect and peaceful the way before me. In this faith and knowledge, I discover a great peace of mind, a deep sense of belonging, a complete realization that God is right where I am. I put my whole trust in God and feel an intimate relationship with the presence and power which controls everything. The Spirit gently guides me, wisely counsels me. I know that the love which envelops everything flows through me to everyone, and with it goes confidence, a sense of joy and of peace, as well a buoyant enthusiasm and zest for life.”
God wants to help you and give you what you need, but you must ask. If you believe, God will lead you to the right person or situation at the right and perfect time that will help you. Sometimes, you will be the person or the answer that someone has been praying for. I have had several experiences of this recently.
For example, I was invited to be a guest on Deb Ruggiero’s Amazing Women Radio Show, which I really enjoyed. It was aired last June and to my surprise and delight, it was aired again the day after Christmas. The very next day, I received an email from a woman who had never heard the show before. She was sitting on the floor and turning the channels when she heard my voice on the radio. In her email, she wrote “I have been praying for a long time for someone who could help me with my life. Can I meet with you this week?”
A couple of days later, I received another email from a woman who had also listened to the show for the first time. She explained that she was driving home from work and had just prayed and asked God to send her someone she could talk to. She needed to get clarity about whether to divorce her husband of 37 years. We met the following week for coaching.
My next email was from a woman who had said a pray before she went to bed, asking God for a sign. She was very troubled and needed God’s help. When her alarm clock went off – she woke up to the sound to my voice on the radio. I am meeting with her this week for coaching.
Most recently, I had a workshop at All That Matters Yoga Center that was cancelled due to the snow. I decided to offer each of the women who signed up a complimentary ½ hour coaching session with me. One of the women contacted me to make an appointment after she received my email, a few hours after she prayed and asked God to send her someone who could help her.
Part of being Simply a Woman of Faith means recognizing that God wants to help YOU and give you what you need, but you must first be wiling to ask, and then trust that help is on the way- when you PRAY.
How may I serve YOU on your journey?
The angel card I chose (or shall I say chose me) while in prayer on New Year’s Day was Divine Guidance. It read “Something significant and profoundly meaningful would awaken me to the reality of the Divine in my life and I would encounter the energy or spirit of a loved one.”
Suzie’s symbol was the butterfly. Since her death, she has graced me with her presence through seeing the butterfly, especially when I am about to speak to an audience. She is my Earth Angel.
The first time “she showed up” was the morning after she passed away. As I stood on the balcony with the sun shining brightly on my face, a butterfly encircled my head for a few minutes. Tears rolled down my cheeks because I knew in my heart that Suzie was gracing me with her Love and presence. There is a legend that the first butterfly you see after a loved one dies is their spirit coming to you to let you know they are safe.
Fast forward to my “Divine Visitation” from Suzie today. I had just finished my prayer and was feeling very excited and a little nervous about the new program “Integrating Spirituality into Your Business” that I was starting that day for VA Hospital employees. After Suzie died, I bought a butterfly hanging for my dining room window to remind me of her. As I looked out the window, I noticed that the sun was shining on one of the butterflies and it absolutely glowed – to the point that I couldn’t even see the butterfly anymore. I KNEW and felt Suzie’s presence and love.
A few hours later, I received an email in my inbox from someone requesting my newsletter. Her email address was SuzieQ. My son Brian was involved in Habitat for Humanity and a few months after Suzie died, they built a house in her name and it was called SuzieQ.
I am very grateful to God for all the signs He sends. I am grateful to Suzie for being my Earth Angel and showing up. My eyes and heart are open to receive. How about you? Are you open to receive messages and signs from your loved ones? They are waiting to communicate with you.
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