We celebrated 3 years of marriage

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I am grateful to say that Larry and I celebrated our 3- year wedding anniversary this week. I found a love that is healing my heart and soul. Larry says, “God is loving Pat through me.” God is loving Larry through me. How can it get any better than that? Here is the prayer we said to one another on our wedding day.

                                                BLESSING OF THE HANDS

These are the hands of your best friend, strong and full of love for you. They are holding yours today as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as we continue your future together.

These are the hands that will passionately love and cherish you through the years and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when you fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it, support and encouragement to pursue your dreams, and comfort you in difficult times.

Most importantly, always remember that these are God’s hands loving you.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness and love with just a touch.

Our relationship continues to grow and flourish as we love and support one another. I really appreciate how Larry is PRESENT to me and is kind, patient, thoughtful and caring. He is always ready to listen to whatever I am experiencing and gives me the space to process my feelings, without judging or trying to change them. He has learned that I don’t want or need fixing. What I want is to be heard and validated. Once I feel heard, I am more open to listen to his wisdom. We love to play and laugh. We laugh a lot and it is great medicine.

My “leap of faith” to move to Maui and follow my heart was the best move I could have ever made because I have never been happier. I not only learned to love, honor and appreciate myself more deeply, I also found my soul mate, Larry. I prayed for 15 years to meet him and KNEW I would meet him in Maui.                                    

What does it mean to follow your heart? I’m sure we have all had experiences where we followed our hearts, even though it didn’t make sense at the time. It may be staying in an alcoholic marriage and trusting it would work out. It may be getting a divorce after many years of marriage. It may be leaving a career and not having another job. It didn’t make sense for me to move 5,000 miles away from my family and friends, but I followed my heart and so grateful I did.  

Following my heart means a deep inner “knowing” that I’m doing what is right for me, that I’m loving and trusting myself and that I’m being guided by a power greater than myself. When my heart is pure and coming from a place of love, Spirit always comes through and gives me what I need at the right and perfect time.

Following my heart is my soul inviting me to EXPAND and EVOLVE. There may be fear, and probably will be when you step out of the boat into the unknown. It’s like you can’t stop the flow and you don’t want to stop it. If you try to stop the flow because of fear, your dream will die inside of you.

It takes great courage and faith to follow your heart because it may mean disappointing those you love and they may feel angry or abandoned. They may not understand that you had to do what you did for your evolution and growth.  

Are you willing to follow your heart and step out of the boat? God will give you everything you need when you trust and have faith. I’m living my dream because I stepped out of the boat and trusted God.

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