On Retreat

I’m sitting at the kitchen island this morning with loads of faith and quilterly thoughts. I get to see the sunrise in some way this morning and I do love a good sunrise and sunset, each one unique and experienced differently by each person, a different perspective, and a different location. I’d also go enjoy the front porch if the mosquitos weren’t out in full force. We have a rain barrel that I’ve put some dish soap in to stop them doing their thing however there are grasses and other areas with moisture that offer them protection and places to grow.

In two hours (from the time I’m writing) I’ll be at our parish on retreat, Listening to the Voice of God with Fr. Albert Haase, for a good bit of the day. The retreat is based on Father’s book Saying Yes: Discovering and Responding to God’s Will in Your Life. Then as a possible Book Study I purchased and will read The Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I have a feeling that if we read this one it’ll be for one of the longer studies. As I looked at these recent purchases and other books I’m currently wending my way through including Introduction to the Devout Life and Hallie Lord’s Falling Home I had this wee realization of that moment of searching, seeking the what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. How is this time of life going to be shaped? Where are the growth opportunities? What are my Spiritual Gifts and how do I offer them for our Lord’s use here and now? Where am I squandering life and how do I correct this?

Gotta fill up the coffee mug, brb.

And the thought process this morning that prompted the writing was thinking about all those encouraging posts I wrote when so much seemed dark and bleak. Right now while I feel lost in some ways I’m thinking that I’m on the right path and doing the “saying Yes to God” that I need and want to do. I’m wondering how long I’m going to need to “sit with” this retreat day for a bit before writing about it.

Praying for you today.

God bless,


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