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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.