Sunday, April 15, 2007

Week One

1. Have I done my daily spiritual practice?


2. What unexpected opportunities has God put in my path since I last checked in?

A couple of things. First, a woman I was scheduled to meet with for childbirth classes was rushed to the hospital with severe pre-eclampsia. Instead of normal classes, I went to the hospital and talked to her about the cesarean she was going to undergo. I finished with a meditation, which left us both grateful and calm. Jesus figured prominently. I think the Holy Spirit knows a thing or two about birth. Her baby was born this morning and both are doing well.

The second was that I decided to call a friend of mine who has been battling a chronic heart condition to check in. Not only have we scheduled lunch, but he told me that a mutual friend of ours lost her son last week. I missed the memorial yesterday, but called her today to express my sadness at her loss. We are going to get together in a week or so. I think God was at work in both cases.

3. Of the things I committed to doing, which have I done or not done since the last check in?

I have done everything I promised I would do. I made a prayer list. I prayed it everyday. I called my friend.

4. What am I being called to do between now and the next time I check in?

This is vacation week for my children. I believe God is asking me to be present to them this week. Have fun. Enjoy them. Love them. Also, I think I am being asked to say prayers with them at night before they go to bed. I also think that when I feel fear about our economic situation, or anything else, I am to get down on my knees and pray.


Mother Laura said...

Hi Rachel,

I thought I left a comment thanking you for your prayers but it seems to have been lost. We have a very workable solution for taking the better postdoc, and I am very very grateful to God for the guidance and to you and everyone else for the support.

Many blessings on your blog retreat.

Rachel's Big Dunk said...

Thanks, Mother Laura! I am glad things are working out for you.