With that being said... I am literally taking words from He Speaks to You by Sister Helena Burns, FSP this week. It's a great devotional if you haven't heard of it. It's a daily format, but each month is broken down by different topics. And, it's written by a young woman FOR young women. It's great!
So, here is what pg. 107, April 14 had to say. It's not exactly related to despair and vocation, but I think it can help give perspective if when/if you are feeling that way!
[God speaking to you] Do you find discerning your vocation difficult? Do you find discerning My will in general? Trust me. I am not hiding or playing games with you.
God's Word: "For God is not a God of confusion but of peace..." (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Words of Wisdom: A young woman struggling to discern her vocation said: "I wouldn't wish discernment on anyone!" Discernment is universally an intense, foggy, time-consuming experience- and maybe it's supposed to be that way! Why? Perhaps so that we focus, realize how important the decision we're about to make is, and take time to decide well. If we falter in our decision later on, we can remember and retrace the whole process.
To Do: In whatever you're discerning now, ask yourself: What brings me true peace? Take note of when you experience peace. Follow the peace.
To Journal: Discernment is like transition because it's about change. Most of us don't like change. Think of some transitions you've already been through. What helped you?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, if nothing else, discernment teaches me patience. Help me to learn from the whole process.
*bolded emphasis added by me*Thanks, Amanda, for the topic this week! :)
Who are you right now as a young, single woman??
(here is a blurb to help you see what we mean and to get your juices flowing:
We place so much of our identity in other people, in their reactions and responses to us, in whether they take the time to text us or like our status on facebook. We desire approval more today than ever, and we seek it constantly. So what happens when you’re removed from the reactions of other people and you’re left sitting alone on a bench by the bay with no reaction or encounter except those from God?
I’ll tell you what happens. You begin to meet yourself. Because the truth of your personhood is how you are seen in the eyes of God, and it’s never more revealed to you than when you take time to leave everyone else in the world and to ask him who you are. I thought I was alone when I moved to St. Augustine in August, but what I really had was the most intimate time with God I'll probably ever know, and it’s revealed several things about who I am that I never really saw.)
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