And my mom was there for five days, day and night, praying, day and night. When I would wake up and look at her, that's what she was doing. Yeah. She was praying. And so that's where my strength in prayer came from. So, yeah. Sorry. No, it's okay. Thank you for sharing that. I just, just hearing that about your mom, it's just touching, 'cause how special and sweet are moms, I guess. Hello. Hi. I'm Jennifer. I'm Olivia. Nice to meet you. You too. You want me to go first? Sure! Why do you believe in God? Ooh, ooh, ooh. Well, I believe in God because I have had my own turmoils and my own confusion in life. And God is one being that I have turned to and asked Him for help, and ask Him for guidance and help in getting through my trials that I've been given. And the strength to get through those trials. So God for me is a really big part of my life. And I try to bring that, and share that with other people. I think I believe in God because I value my relationship with Him. I think, I find that without it, where would I be? Without the things that have been given to me, or my beliefs, where would I be? And also, I think there's a lot of things in this world that are unexplainable. And I don't think that it's just because of chance. I think that it's because of God. Just the circle of life, or the way things work, or the way we have what we have. How did it turn out that way? I think it was because God had a hand. Definitely. Put that there for you. Exactly. Definitely, yeah. Okay, my turn? Yeah. All right. Ever felt disappointed or angry with God? Talk about it. All the time. I think I get frustrated because I'm like, Olivia, I know the best way. It's my life, shouldn't I know what's best for me? But sometimes I don't think that I do. And I've had struggles with mental health, and friendships, and just all sorts of stuff like that where I just find myself on my knees like, why? But I think that all of our trials are given to us for a reason. And in the moment I found myself angry, and upset, but afterwards I was able to look back on the situations that I went through, and been like, thank you, 'cause the lessons you learn are valuable. I agree, I agree. He always has a lot to teach us, doesn't He? Yeah. How would you describe your personal spiritual journey? Rocky, bumpy. So, let's see. In my earlier years I was so busy with my kids and just kind of day to day life. And going here, and going there, and just getting everything done. Just day to day life with my kids. So I didn't take a whole lot of time for that spiritual prayer and things like that with God. And later on in life, and there were times where I was like, oh, I need your help. I can't, I don't know if I can do this. I just, I need your help. And there were times that I did ask for that help. But not, I think it was just, oh, I'll just do this myself. It was kind of, I don't need nobody else. I'll just do it myself and roar. I'm gonna do this. But later on in life I experienced some things that were life threatening. And so when I made it through all of that, my mom was actually there through all of it, by my side. And she prayed. She sat there and prayed day and night by my hospital bed. And I believe that's what brought me through all of this to where I am today. Really, I was put in the hospital, I had a stroke. And I had an artery in my neck dissect. The clot was at the base of my brain and the doctors weren't able to do anything for it. If they operated on me, it would send the clot to my brain. So there was really nothing that they could do. But, so it was basically, I was in the hospital to see which way I was gonna go. And my mom was there for five days, day and night, praying day and night. When I would wake up and look at her, that's what she was doing. She was praying. And so that's where my strength in prayer came from. So, yeah. Sorry. No, it's okay. Thank you for sharing that. I just, just hearing that about your mom. It's just touching 'cause how special and sweet are moms, I guess. They are. They're there for you, kind of like, how we're talking about with God there for you when maybe you don't necessarily deserve it. But, yeah. But they are there. They're there. Yeah. Okay, what spiritual practices do you find most helpful in feeling connected to God? Honestly, I'm gonna go with a more untraditional one. 'Cause my brain goes to prayer, that kind of stuff, sacrament. But I think sharing experiences and hearing things from other people, that just makes me feel so connected. When a friend shares, I don't know, a trial they went through and how it helped them. Or when someone shares a miracle. I think that that's the time that I feel so connected 'cause I'm just like, it's not just me. There's people all around the world that are experiencing, and feeling feelings, and that kind of stuff. Connecting to God in their own way too. So I think getting together and sharing those experiences is impactful, I guess. I like to, I think that's nice, I like that. But I like to kind of go out and be a part of nature, be a part of God's creation. Just look at the beauty that He's brought into the world. And sometimes the ugly makes its way into the beauty, but it's also part of God's creation too. Sometimes that snake crawling past me, ooh, it is part of God's creation, but I don't like him. Same thing with those creepy, crawley spiders, no. Mosquitoes, ugh. You take the good with the bad, and it's all part of nature, and it's all part of God's grand design for all of us. So, yeah, that's my part of, my way of feeling connected with Him. It just, experiencing everything that He's given to us. So we read and then start the timer, correct? Correct. Okay. All right. Sounds good. What do you think others get wrong about God? Oh, I think that He is, that He punishes people. I think they get that wrong. And sometimes maybe He does when you're really bad. But I think He is open for forgiveness. I think people think that they go through their trials and that God gave it to them because they're being punished. I'm sorry, I'm sorry. No, you're fine. I agree, yeah. Okay, what do you think others get wrong about God? I kind of agree with what you said. I think that people think that God is harsh, or mean, that He does things and punishes people on purpose. I don't think it's that way at all. I think God is compassionate, understanding. I guess I wish that there's a lot of things that people knew more about God. Not the things that they necessarily think already. I wish they knew the good sides too. Yeah, that's my answer. How would you describe God? Oh, oh my goodness. I don't know. I think that part of building a relationship with God is trying to figure out what He's like, who He is. But I don't know. I would say that I think God is compassionate, understanding. I hope funny. I hope that we have God with a sense of humor. Oh, I think He does, I think so. Sometimes I'm like, man, you really thought you were funny this time. So yeah, that's how I describe God. How would you describe God? I think full of light. Light, and love, and peacefulness. I think that's what you find in Him. You find your light and you find peace. And you find, sometimes you find quiet in your head when your head's kind of going a million different directions. So, yeah. I think he's just full of light and goodness. That's good, yeah. I agree. I feel like God is big, small. All encompassing, but humble. There's a lot of different descriptions. Definitely. Yeah, for sure. Okay, what do you think happens after we die? I think that our family is there waiting for us. I hope that our family is there waiting for us. And I like the idea of just feeling peace, and then waking up, and just happiness, and all the people that you love most in the world are waiting there for you. What do you think happens after we die? Oh, so after we die, I think that our souls go to heaven, and we are reunited with our loved ones that we've lost. And we get to watch our loved ones that we left behind, and still take care of them, and be a part of their lives. Even though they don't see you, but they know, they can sense you and still know that you're there. And guiding them still, and taking care of them. Good. Yeah, okay. I feel like we did a good job. I do. That was kind of different. High five? Yes, ma'am. Woo! Girl power. I was pretty nervous at first. Then once we started I was like, this isn't bad at all. No. Yeah, once we got into it a little bit. I definitely started to get nervous before. Me too. I was like, woo, anxiety. But we did good. Yes we did, girlfriend, woo!
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