My or Our Way is very unique, it is very much custom-designed by God because we are each a one of a kind individual.
I have been very much encouraged with the direction my life has been taking in these last few months. As strange and unusual as this times is we are living in with the COVID pandemic. This season of restriction has also been a time of self-discovery. Having been given a time to reflect, ponder and contemplate, it also gave me the opportunity to make life trajectory steps. That I believe will make an impact on me for the rest of my life.
I became an explorer by taking vows in the Community of Aidan and Hilda USA (CofA&H ) around April 2020, giving me a Celtic Christian Community to be a part of. This gave me the opportunity to be in a group with those of CofA&H looking at a rule or way of life and reading the book Water from an ancient well and having discussions with the author, who at times would join the group in our discussions. This has been a wonderful experience, just being part of a community. I had been adrift for so long, so I took a step of becoming more intentional with my vision toward Celtic Christianity.
I also took steps toward being intentional toward my Spiritual Formation and took a leap of faith toward becoming a Spiritual Director, having an interview, and was accepted into the Fall Creek Abbey School of Spiritual Direction and my first Cohort meeting was September 18, 2020. They are a wonderful group of people and we will learn a lot from each other.
I loved the definitions we as a group formed, helping us define our exploration of what Spiritual Direction is and what we will be facilitating.
I have also entered full-time status from my part-time position at the O’Brien Library at United Theological Seminary. This is wonderful, however, has added a lot more responsibilities which I need to grow into and learn to manage. It dawned on me that I have actually quite a lot going on in my life and wonder why I’m overwhelmed at times.
It is the transition of change, anticipating the great things the Lord wants to do in and through my life. A song has been going through my head the past few weeks. Through it all, through it all, I’m learning to trust in Jesus, I’m learning to trust in God. https://youtu.be/iB2pPCydEjs Pressing me into my life verse: Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not to your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge God, and God will direct your path or make your path straight. or presently this proverb made a further impact with the following translation.
Proverbs 3:5-12The Message
5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.
I was looking to lead a Pilgrimage in 2021 with my church. This has however been put on hold till 2022. I, however, have been looking into what other options to pursue and a Challenge given me by Shanda Sumpter and Pedro Adao, gave challenges throughout the week-long Entrprenurial talk. I was to take action by giving an overview of my vision. This is still a work in process, looking for clarity from the Lord, and further research. I also had led a Celtic Zoom class over this pandemic period, for my church, Tipp City UMC, this gave me further teaching experience.