This is a followup to my post a while back, the excerpt from He Speaks to You by Sister Helena Burns, FSP. I think it's so important to stop and reflect about what brings us peace in our lives, especially during our discernment process. I think it could be very indicative of where God might be leading us. Or, at least help us know a concrete way in our lives that God can speak to us.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11So, I love kids. I always have. Always will. From the time I was young, I loved the younger people around me. When I was in elementary school, I became a patrol and was stationed in a kindergarden class. When I was old enough, I began helping my swim coaches with the younger kids on the team. I babysat. I wanted to become a pediatrician (until I realized I didn't want to go to school for that long). I worked in childcare at the local gym. I eventually became a nurse... a pediatric one at that. And volunteered overseas at an orphanage.
Whenever there are kids around... I'm usually right there. They bring me so much joy AND peace. I am so fortunate to have a profession that involves kids every.single.day. They teach me so much about life. About love. About God. There is no question in my mind that I am supposed to be working with kids.
This also would lead one to believe that I am called to be a mom. Yes, I do believe I am. But, as we all know, this has yet to happen. So, if for whatever reason God finally reveals to me that maybe marriage isn't what will happen... then I know what I continue to do, working with kids, will bring me a sense of peace.
Hmm... what else brings be peace? Spending time in Adoration. And, going to the beach.
Unfortunately... I don't do these things as often as you would think. Which is weird... my parish has perpetual adoration AND I live not even 5 minutes to the closest beach entrance.
Really I have no excuses.
Oh and the beach. I have also loved the beach for as long as I can remember. The beauty of the beach reminds me of God's beauty, even though I didn't always know that growing up. The sand, the ocean, the waves are so miraculous to me. It's just so much bigger than me. To look out into the water... to feel like the ocean never ever ends... it boggles my mind. Just like God boggles my mind, too. He is just so big and majestic. His love goes on and on and on. It's mind-blowing. And I love being reminded of that every time I enjoy some time at the beach. There is just nothing better than sand between your toes, gentle waves and a nice breeze to bring about a wonderful sense of peace!
Why don't I do these things very often? One word. Laziness. There are no other excuses. Sometimes it's more enticing to just be a coach potato. Or hang out at Martha's and play with the babe (although... it's a kid, so she does bring me peace, too!!). But, it's so important to incorporate the other things in my life that will bring me peace, as well. Because who knows if I will have to switch jobs, or Martha moves, or I move. All of these things are not out of the realm of possibilities.
I think that's why we wanted to explore this topic this week. It's so important to find those things in your life that really bring you peace. It doesn't have to be your job, but you should be able to find one or two things that you can do, read, visit, or play that reminds you of God's love and fills you with peace. Once you are married or in a religious community, it will be those things that continue to bring you peace, even amongst the daily grind of life.
So, what brings you peace?!
Is it possible for a woman to pursue a man?
(what do you think about THAT?!)
It's that time again! Please let us know what things you want to talk about!!! :) Seriously, ladies, we can't continue to do this without your ideas!!!
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