Joan's message of hope
I dream dreams and God turns them into reality. He has blessed my life in so many ways and permitted a fulfilment of many of my personal dreams. Having now entered my seventh decade of life, I often start my day with prayers of gratitude for the many blessings received.
The point of this message is to encourage you to dream. If you believe in your abilities and are willing to work very hard, you too can realize the fulfilment of special projects that you hope to accomplish.
The secret is simple: never give up. Sometimes God allows us to wait; His timing is not always the same as ours. There is no magic wand that can be waved but by believing in Him and trusting in divine providence, you will have joy as you travel the road to success.
How do you measure success? Is it financial? Is it achieving a goal, one step at a time? In the gospel we are told that just as God looks after the smallest sparrow, He will care for us. We must put our lives into His hands and then give our very best effort. We will have times of discouragement and obstacles to face along the way but we must persevere.
If our dreams are realistic (which means not depending on winning a big lottery for happiness), we can achieve them. We live in a hectic world, and preserving oneself seems the ultimate goal for some people. I used to keep myself so busy that I hardly had time to think, let alone pray. I was afraid of the future, afraid of old age, and afraid of not achieving what I considered real success. Then one day, when I was turning 40, God stopped me. He reminded me about my soul, and that it too, had needs. He suggested I send my soul to the 'cleaners'.
I went on a spiritual retreat, spent three days in silence and through confession I was freed of the guilt of my past mistakes.
God doesn't keep a record book, and the passion of Christ permits us another chance. Take time to ponder and dream and always trust in His mercy.
Joan Levy Earle