A year of being GIVEN

I woke up early today and scrolled through a year of memories, yearning to wander a place I found myself a year ago. A year has passed. A year since I found myself wandering the streets of Washington D.C., a city I had only dreamed I could wander. A year since I found myself immersed in the presence of holy courage, love and mercy. A year since I made a promise to let myself be the gift I am, not just to myself but to my family, friends and the world I know. A year has passed.

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The GIVEN FORUM was the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. I stumbled in as a diamond in the rough, and I walked away with knowledge of my own shine and beauty.

I guess it only makes sense to say that without GIVEN – there is no #thefemgenius for me. When people say ‘God works all things for our good’ they don’t say that He can wait till the very last second to give you a chance to trust Him, and He comes through. That’s a story we will share another time.

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GIVEN was an experience that marked me. I got a glimpse the woman I am capable of becoming because I know my giftedness. I know I am loved. I know I am not forgotten. I know I’m being prayed for. I know I am united in spirit with 300 other women and 100+ religious.

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The week of prayer, laughing, crying, and just living in this joy of the moment taught me more lessons than I can count and my gratitude immensely deep. The lessons, the laughs, the beautiful silence. The love. The new friendships. The compromising. The sharing. The #nunselfiechallenge.

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There wasn’t one big highlight for me because everyday was so full and beautiful and there were so many moments I saw God’s fingerprints and the seeds that are deeply engraved in this project.

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My prayer is that we can point you to your Giftedness as we share ours. That you recognize that you are a gift. You are loved. You are good. You don’t stand alone. You are more than enough. We’re praying for you.

Laura

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Resident Poet. Seeker of things dark chocolate and coffee. Believer.

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