Courtney Vallejo discusses the transition from discerning God’s will to following His will.
Over the last few years, I’ve been working hard to be in line with God’s will, praying to align my will with His will, instead of the other way around. My family has moved a lot because of my husband’s job, and we’ve prayed over and over to go where He wants us. I know He’s guided us along the way and recently I’ve began to realize that He is calling us to very specific missions.
An opportunity will present itself, one we didn’t ask for, one someone else asked us to do, and it’s as if the answer has already been decided. It’s a different season from discerning God’s will. We don’t feel the need to question what He’s asking of us. We don’t feel the need to discern what He’s calling us to do. He’s making it so obvious that we feel the need to follow Him and although we are unsure if we have the skills to complete the mission, we move forward trusting Him.
I may still whine, I may still question if this is really His call, but I only question like a child does, hoping the parent may say they can skip the chore. I know what I have to do, but the daunting tasks can still leave me feeling overwhelmed.
Our extended family has been praying novenas recently for a special intention and in anticipation of St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)’s feast day on September 23, we’d recently been praying a novena to him. Padre Pio wrote a prayer for confidence and trust in God’s mercy. This is the opening section of the prayer:
O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Your divine mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Your Church. (PrayMoreNovenas.com)
May our hearts always be open to however the Lord is calling us to serve His people, the Church and the world around us. What gifts has the Lord given you, that you can use to bring other closer to Him?
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About the Author
Courtney Vallejo is a convert to the Catholic faith. She and her husband are homeschooling parents of three adopted children. She loves speaking at women's groups and Catholic conferences! Courtney is a Barton tutor for Dyslexic children. She writes for her own blog, CourtneyVallejo.com. She is also the co-founder of AMomRevolution.com and has a master's degree in Film Production.