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What I Learned this Summer

September is upon us, which means that it is time to pause and reflect on this past season to prepare for this next season!

(Linking up with Emily P. Freeman, who hosts this wonderful blog series.)


Three months ago I wrote about what I learned this spring. I knew that the youth ministry position at my parish would be posted soon, but I had no idea what the future would hold. Well, I am excited to announce that about a month ago I did get the job as the Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry! It is the dream job, and I have really seen God work in this whole process and continue to work as the school year begins!

This was the sunset the evening that I found out about the job offer.

For prayer in this season of life, I was doing an Examen before bed, and it has been so interesting to go back and see the patterns with all that has happened in three months.


Gratitude

 

I saw three consistent themes in what I was thankful for.

  1. That God was working in such mysterious ways, like the random opening in the ideal childcare for our son the day that the job got posted.
  2. For the people in my life, my family, my friends, the people I encountered each day.
  3. Any accomplishments that I had, whether that was a productive day cleaning or at work, or getting a second interview or a job offer.

What was God trying to reveal?

Stay faithful.

This phrase came to me over and over again in prayer. The last three months have been an overwhelming time. I didn’t know if I would get the job and if my life would completely change, or if everything would stay exactly the same. “Stay faithful” was continuously whispered in my heart during the application process and now during this time of transition for me and our family and friends.

Be present.

After I got the job, this have been repeatedly cropping up. This means being present with my family, with the people I minister to at my parish and in Y&W, and the people in my life that I may randomly encounter at work or the grocery store. For me, there is a blend of getting off my phone to be present with the people in front of me, and there is also needing to intentionally be present with my close friends that primarily are on my phone (although I did get to finally meet Anna in real life!)

These are all friends that I have met on the internet. I know people that that relationships in real life are deeper but I beg to differ. I do agree that meeting in person solidifies your friendship.
These are all friends from the internet, none of which are axe murderers (I think).

When did I feel close to God?

This I found to be so interesting. I have been very open with my struggles as a stay at home mom. I felt isolated and lonely, which is what I needed to start Young & Wild. This summer, I saw that I saw God in my life through the people I encountered, my children and husband, strangers at the store, and all the people I meet through youth and young adult ministry.

Next, I also felt very close to God in prayer, which seemed obvious to me, but I took a closer look and saw that it was especially in the Eucharist in Adoration or at Mass. Scripture also came up a lot, and worship music. Maybe I need to make a playlist soon?


Welcome, Fall.

I hope my summer lessons may help you ponder on your summer. May they help us live holy, happy, and healthy lives this fall.

At the staff retreat before the school year begins

Thanks for being patient about my hiatus. September is a bit of a crazy time. Peter is in Germany for a week. Zelie starts preschool. I’m prepping for Confirmation. Oh, and we’re moving across the street into a slightly bigger townhome. As if there wasn’t enough life change already! Please keep me and my family in your prayers. 


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I’m looking forward to chatting with you next time! Until then, let’s take small simple steps towards being more intentional. 

-Ryian

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