Monday, September 14, 2009

Something New

My bags are packed and in the morning I am headed to North Carolina for the first School of the Spirit residency. For the past few weeks, I have gone from excited to panicked and back again in less time than I would have thought possible. Even though I have the schedule of what we will be doing for the next few days, I really have no idea what will happen.

I keep looking at the list of people that I will probably know quite well and wondering what they are like. What will we learn about ourselves and each other? What will we leave behind and what will we take away? What will my life look like in two years at the end of this program?

It is thrilling and scary and I am glad everything is in motion. Although I have had doubts, I know that I felt led to apply for this program and many friends have encouraged my leading. I am grateful to have the support of my faith communities. Now all I have to do is go.

I also wanted to post an update to last week's post. I am very happy to say that Jana has been improving every day. She has been breathing on her own and talking to family and friends and she moved out of the ICU a few days ago. Best of all, a neurosurgeon who looked at Jana's MRI scan said that he thinks within six months any brain injuries will no longer be apparent.

There is so much to be grateful for and so much ahead. Please continue to hold Jana and her family in the Light. And please hold me in the Light as I travel, learn, and grow. Thank you.


  1. Dear Ashley, I have been thinking of you, and holding you in the Light, and wondering what your experience has been like. I look forward to hearing about it. I bless your courage.

    I also wanted to thank you for the ways you help me be faithful. Your fierce reminder not to apologize for being faithful has been with me lately, and has helped me stay grounded so that I can stand up tall.

    Love and blessings,

  2. Staśa - Thank you for holding me in the Light during my residency. I felt so much better being there knowing that friends were praying for me. I am glad that what I said has been helpful. I am grateful for your faithfulness and I hope that your new home will give you the love and support you need.


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