Sept 22nd

“Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” – St. Pedro Arrupe

Some changes that have taken place since I arrived at Covecrest:

By His grace I am more intentional with my time. I go to bed by 10:30pm (which is crazy for me since I used to work the night shift as a pediatric nurse, so my bedtime was typically around 1:00am if I wasn’t working, and if I was working I up all night at the hospital – major change!). The cool thing about being intentional with how I use the time given to me, is that I end up being more productive , and I live more fully. I am more rested which truly affects the rest of my day in a more positive way.

The first thing we do as a community every morning is prayer, as Alex (one of the missionaries) described, our days are abounding in grace if our first fruits of the day is prayer. And what is prayer if not allowing God to encourage you and speak truth? I did pray everyday before moving here, but too often it was the last 5 minutes of my day, and not the first on my list of things to do.

What have we been doing this past week?

Formation – meaning we have different sessions addressing our faith journeys, everything from surrender, to discernment to what does it mean to be a man/woman after God’s own heart etc. Lots of good truth has been spoken to each of us.

Getting to know each other – the girls and guys each had a couple of days to retreat together and form a stronger sisterhood/brotherhood, we have our meals together, we’ve played games (yuker, balderdash etc.), shared our favorite music (I LOVE MUSIC!), prayed together, cried together, and really gorwn together as a family.

Thanks again for your prayers/support – they make a world of difference and they make God’s mission a reality. :)

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