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MOST RECENT

So much of creativity is about the process not the product.⠀

I hope it’s okay to share what I wrote a few nights ago in my Examen Journal...⠀
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“I’m scared that Ruah and She Speaks [more on what this is next week!] will fail. Help me surrender this process to you. Help me to feel your beauty here in this messy and in between place.”⠀
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This process is drawing my heart most definitely closer to God. I’m giving all that I am and all that I create over to my Maker as I finish up the final details for next week’s launch of Ruah. Dwelling in this in between is a delicate dance of leaning in and leaning on Love. And Love never fails.
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#creatingtolove #ruahbooks #creatingtoloveshop

Ruah! The book and more (what?! YES, more!!!) are coming! Next week! ⠀
🙌🎉🤗😍📚🎨👏😘!⠀
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Watch for the launch celebration and get your copy beginning Tuesday April 17th!⠀
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#ruahbooks #creatingtolove

Taking a deep breath here.⠀
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Today I want to introduce you to a project close to my heart. After launching The Examen Journal this past fall, I heard a very tangible need for simpler, more accessible prayer resources. Our days are so very busy, and we long for God's presence in that chaos. We want to breathe in Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. We crave the chance to be still and meet Him in that quiet place in our hearts.⠀
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And so, we pray. We recite prayers, we read scripture, we write in our devotionals. And yet, I believe we need to slow things down even more. Ruah comes from the Hebrew word meaning "breath" or "spirit." The Ruah series encourages the individual to do just that...to be breathe in, slowly and deeply, the Spirit of God. ⠀

Do it now. Take a long, deep breath. How does it make you feel? Refreshed? Maybe wanting to take another? ⠀
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The Ruah series encourages everyday faithful to encounter well-known Scripture passages and prayers with deeper intentionality and mindfulness. It is in quiet, purposeful prayer that we come to know and be known more fully by God. The book is loosely modeled on lectio divina and provides a guided opportunity to more deeply enter into conversation with God. Each book includes a perpetual journal to jot down insights and prayers whenever you feel like doing so. ⠀

Check out my stories to see more about Ruah! The first Ruah book is centered on Psalm 139 and will launch next month. Tag a friend that you think might be interested in this!⠀
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Friends, creating Ruah has already allowed me to breathe in the Spirit in ways I never knew possible, and I pray that should it make its way into your hands that it will do the same for you!⠀
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#creatingtolove #ruahbooks

5 months with my Examen Journal. 5 months of daily conversations with God. 5 months of whispers and shouts of every emotion imaginable. 5 months of deepening this friendship. 5 months of learning more about myself. 5 months of wrinkled pages, a bent cover, and a well-loved book.⠀
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Friends, a year ago at this time, I would never imagined that so many of you would have shared this beautiful journey with me. The Examen Journal has transformed my heart and I pray that it has done the same for you, too. Thank you so much for sharing the past 5 months with me!⠀
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If you’re new here(welcome!), you can learn more about it in my bio ☝🏻 or over at @theexamenjournal.⠀
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#creatingtolove #theexamenjournal

➕ For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. Ephesians 2:10 ➕
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God gave me a passion for helping women through Christ's love and I almost said no to missions because I couldn't see how that fit the specific passion and plan I had. Thank you, Lord, for asking me to give up my plans so that I now can experience your greater ones. ❤️

Hey prayer warriors! I'm going to try to post weekly prayer intentions that would really bless our community and mission. These are in no particular order. Thank you for joining our mission in prayer!!!! 🙏
Prayer Requests for this week:
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🔹 Clare - one of our Missionary community members is heading home for a few days. Her grandpa passed today. Prayers for her, her grandpa, and family.
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🔹 Our apartment - It should be ready in a couple weeks. Pray the construction goes easily and there are no issues slowing it down.
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🔹 Wendy - a local young woman who has known the missionaries here for a while and comes around often is going through a hard time as her family copes with her brother's recent suicide.
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🔹 Lillian - owner of the flower shop closest to us. Please pray for a great week of sales for Valentine's day so she can support her 3 children.
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🔹 Rachel - fellow missionary sprained her ankle. Please pay for quick healing.
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🔹 Door Ministry - that we may be able to speak with and meet the needs of all who come to the mission house needing help this week.
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🔹 Spanish - for miraculous learning of the Spanish language for all the missionaries here.
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🔹 Community Retreat - this weekend we will come together for a community retreat to pray and talk and decide on our community and individual schedules. Many decisions will be made so please pray for clear discernment for us.
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🔹 New ministries - although I'm waiting to put more details out here, we are working on beginning a few new ministries here and would love prayers for encouragement, perseverance, and discernment.
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🔹 Confidence for all - that we may find confidence in the daily hard work we are putting in and not be discouraged because it can so easily feel like we aren't doing enough in this beginning time of learning.
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🔹 For our fellow missionaries all over the world - some are homesick, others already have parasites, and we all are beginning to discern what God wants us to do.
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Thank you!!! 🙏 🙌

Girls Night Scavenger Hunt around town! So much fun. Married women totally won but the Holy Spirit sent the single ladies to mass (trying to get a picture of Padre for the game) when no one showed up! #SometimesWeAllWin

We celebrated our first Lord's Day Dinner in Mexico with the challenge to go out and meet 3 new friends and invite them to dinner. I invited the owner of a flower shop, a man Kent met the other week who speaks fluent English, and one of the priests who I hadn't met before. 😊
I was nervous since my Spanish is next to nada so I made these invites first and loved passing them out. Padre Antonio walked in smiling with his invite saying, "where's my friend???" I shouted back, "Oh mi amigo!" haha 🤣
The priests here are awesome and such a blessing. ... For dinner we made a simplified Chicken Tetrazzini which is one of my favorite dishes my parents make. Everyone loved it! What a great evening. 💙

Pope St. John Paul II >> 💛 The liberating message of the Gospel of Life has been put into your hands… Like the great Apostle Paul, you too must feel the full urgency of the task. […] This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops! 💛

Homily at World Youth Day, Denver, August 15th, 1993

These two are my ❤️.
I needed some alone time the other day so they went out and climbed the mountain together. ⛰️
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God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. + 1 John 4:16

Beautiful week 2 in General. Now we're headed to a Super Bowl party! 😊
We had a little taste of the door ministry this week with praying over people, taking a woman to get groceries, and buying medicine for another. Only the beginning. ❤️

We ventured out to an old dinosaur museum in a rancho about 20 mins away from GC and the chapel was a gorgeous bonus. Checkout the inside! ⬅️

I'm not on the internet for #fridayintroductions so I'll do it now and call it good. 🤗
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I'm Alison - 31 for a few more weeks. I'm married with one adorable kiddo you see in my pics. We are first year Catholic Foreign missionaries with @fmcmissions, currently serving in General Cepeda, Mexico. Actually we're even currently staying in the same bedroom that we stayed in during our first ever mission trip which was to General in November 2016.
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We're excited for this upcoming year! (First year requirement is only social media on Sundays so that's why I post a ton and then disappear the rest of the week 😉)
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Pic is from riding around in the back of @kk_aaron's truck today on a tour of places to buy groceries. This particular stop was at a gas station that also had a butcher and large dairy section. Who knew? 🤣 🐄 🇲🇽

This week we were blessed with "downtime" as we learn simple things like how to buy/cook food, how to get around town, where things are in the mission house, etc... There's always so much to learn and it's nice having this time to get some basics down in the beginning. We are also spending a lot of time building friendships working our missionary community and finding a home since our family will rent outside of the main mission house. 😊 It's been a crazy, beautiful week.

@opsouth - Fr. Francis and Fr. Mark from @opwestfriars at #CatholicConvo

These soft pinks and greens are calling my name 😍 Sometimes when I stop to think about how truly beautiful the world is, when I pause and really soak in God’s wondrous creation, when I actually open up my eyes to the glory around me, I can’t help but be absolutely stopped in my tracks. What has inspired you lately? #creatingtolove

Thank you @emilyblumehannon for this lovely share of #theexamenjournal in your beautiful reflection 💛.
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I think becoming a mother has made me particularly aware of where and how I fail, and I want more than anything to be better for my son. There is nothing so humbling as realizing how great a role you play in shaping another little person who will one day be a man. I have so many fears—most revolving around my family. I know, though, that the root of all of that fear is a lack of trust in Him. This year I want to trust more, to let Him work wonders in and through me, and to feel the total freedom that comes from surrender. Jesus, I trust in You.

Time for another Friday introductions! 💛 Whether you’re a new friend or if you’ve been cozying up with my feed for a while, I’m delighted you’re here! How’s this for some random facts about me:⠀
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1) I wear a granny shower cap in the shower (unless I’m washing my hair which I do twice a week). It’s pink and I love it 🙋🏼‍♀️.⠀
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2) My husband and I just finished watching the latest season of When Calls the Heart on Netflix. I can’t tell which one of us is more obsessed 😂. ⠀
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3) If I could eat any food every day for the rest of my life it would be cheeseburgers, hands down...preferably from In ‘N Out 🍔.⠀
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4) I want to cut my hair soon and I can’t figure out how much to take off. I never really style it and I think I’m wishfully thinking that if it were shorter I might actually attempt to make it look cute every day 🤷🏼‍♀️.⠀
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5) The smell of a new box of Crayola crayons is my favorite. I’ve been known to sniff a box or two when walking past the school supply section of the drugstore 🖍.⠀
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In all seriousness (and actually I was being serious about all of the above but you know what I mean), I’m so deeply grateful that you’re here. Thank you for making this community so very special just by being you!⠀
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#creatingtolove #fridayintroductions

My sweet new friend Maddy over at @nogreaterloveblog is giving away a copy of The Examen Journal so go check out her feed now!
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I was so humbled to be interviewed by her for her blog; she’s truly a gem and her heart is leading others to God in beautiful ways!
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#creatingtolove #nogreaterloveblog #theexamenjournal

My evening pause...after the (often) craziness of their bedtime. My quiet time...after loud, fun, full days. My opportunity to converse with God...in the midst of all the noise we face on a daily basis.⠀
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@theexamenjournal is transforming my spirituality in beautiful ways. Has it changed yours too?⠀
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I would love to hear; share with me below or send me a DM 💛.⠀
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And if you’re interested in getting a copy for yourself, the link is in my bio ☝🏻💛.⠀
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#theexamenjournal #creatingtolove

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