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Closed doors are a vital part of guidance. When God closes a door, it’s because there is another plan, a better plan. If He closes the door, He’ll open another- according to His timing, not mine. I keep moving in faith, even in the face of closed doors.

My mini-retreat vacation to Bermuda is a great example of one door closing and another opening.Last January, I had been invited to lead a retreat at one of the churches in Bermuda.  Unfortunately, they notified me in March telling me they couldn’t get the funding to bring me over there. Of course, I felt disappointed. I led a retreat in Bermuda last year in May and the women loved it.

I accepted the closed door and trusted that if it was meant to be to lead a retreat in Bermuda in May, God would open another door.  Several weeks after this, I received an email from a woman who attended one of my retreats several years ago.  She said “Pat, I’m a little nervous asking you this, BUT I would like to go on a cruise to Bermuda and I have no one to go with. Would you consider doing a mini-retreat on a cruise ship?  With all the women you know, I’m sure some others would be interested.

What a great idea, I thought and jumped on it. I called the Norwegian Cruise line and got the details. I put in on Facebook and sent out my newsletter.  Within a few days, several women called and booked the cruise. We leave May 14 for 7 days.

I have an intention book that I mediate with daily. One of my intentions is to be an inspirational speaker and lead workshops on  cruise ships.  God opened the door and I truly believe this is just the beginning.  Be careful what you ask for, YOU JUST MIGHT GET IT.

Namaste, Pat


  1. Pat: These women are in for such an amazing time!! I love this story- so many people (myself included) take that closed door as a sign of defeat (i’m working on that!). I love that you accepted there was a better plan for you. It indeed was better! I wish you calm seas and happy times. Can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back to land! 🙂
    With Love,

    Comment by Johanna Corcoran — May 13, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

  2. Hi Pat,
    I will be thinking of you on your cruise and wishing I was there, maybe next one. You have inspired me so much to pursue my dream in helpinfg women take a “time out” in their life by using my mother ‘s little bungalow as their retreat – We all need to get away from it all and for some women a week is not possible at this time, so a few days will help them so much – Your retreats have saved me – I have found myself again and I am able to dream again. Thanks for sharing all your wisdom and love and I know this retreat on the cruise will be just the beginning in another chapter of Pat Hasting’s life. Namaste’
    Mary Ann

    Comment by Anonymous — May 13, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

  3. Dear Pat,
    I love the Bermuda story. Your loving intention is sure guided by spirit. Thanks for sharing your faith experience, both inner and outer, with us. I can just picture you with the Bermuda breeze flowing through your being, as God Spirit does.

    Comment by Louise Yahnian — May 14, 2010 @ 12:36 am

  4. Hi Pat,
    Well, you are on your cruise and I thank you for sharing. I am sure it will be wonderful for you and
    all that could be with you. You are an inspiration to us all! Much Love, katherine

    Comment by katherine — May 16, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

  5. I just got turned down for a program I really wanted to get into. I was doing my best to keep thinking positive and I received this email with a title of “When one door closes, another one opens”. Thank you Pat. My life is changed because I met you so many years ago… think of you often!

    Comment by Kathy — May 17, 2010 @ 12:50 am

  6. Hi Kathy, very difficult when the door is closed in our face and we don’t understand why. It is only when the new door is opened that we understand. Hang in there and don’t give up. Thanks for writing. Pat

    Comment by admin — June 24, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  7. Thanks Katherine, it was a great retreat and vacation. God is good, Would love to connect with you and share our lives.

    Comment by admin — June 24, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

  8. thanks Louise, it was a great retreat and vacation. Look forward to seeing you at the IWWG. Blessings Pat

    Comment by admin — June 24, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

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