Listening to the Whisper
My recent silent retreat bathed me in God’s love and wisdom.
Within hours upon returning to the real world I collided with my every internal and external obstacle blocking me from being the ideal holy woman I desire to be. Disillusionment often knocks on the door following your open heart to God’s artistic chiseling of your soul and your life. Fortunately, you don’t have to stay there.
Tuning out the worldly clamor to listen once more to that familiar whisper that spoke to me during my weekend-long retreat united me with the spirituality of St. Therese of Lisiex, the Little Flower. Keep things simple, do the little things well for God.
I realized I could have a 180 degree different encounter in my relationships with my kids and spouse when I adjusted my attitude to one of flexibility, humor, and trust that things would work out for the best. The service commitment that had begun to overtake me like a flood became unburdened when I followed the advice of the priest who spoke to ministry leaders: meet regularly with your committee and invite them to move forward with you. Two meetings later I was already feeling lighter and more hopeful that I could facilitate the apostolate without being overloaded and out of balance. And the overwhelming feeling about my professional commitments transformed into clarity when I focused on what I do have rather than what I don’t. It made me be led by my strengths and not by my weakness, and trust in God’s plan on all areas of my life.
The breezy voice of the Holy Spirit restored and renewed me that yes, God would give me the grace to live to the high standard he sets for me despite my doubts that I really can do it.
The Catholic Women’s Guide to Healthy Relationships Tip: Know that God always gives you the grace to live up to the woman He created you to be.