God has recently been telling me, “Give it away” and that is just what I am doing! I’ve invited some beautiful souls from my favorite Facebook community for women in the 50+ season of life, The Consilium: a Gathering of Wisdom and Grace (link). Enjoy the words from their hearts and, if you don’t mind, would you leave a comment to encourage them? Feel free to join us over at The Consilium (link) – we would love to see you there!


Today, please welcome Marie Bride:


I have spent the last week praying, requesting prayers.

It is difficult to be a grown up and watch someone you love so much go through struggles, frustration and pain. When all you can do is watch and pray that they will be able to move past that place where they are not sure why? Where? How? To precede forward and you can stand there and allow your presence and support for them known. But you also are praying for the wisdom to share to bring them hope in a place that seems to have stolen their hope. To share with them that, this to will pass and we will again embrace the Glory, Hope, and Peace of His own Divine Presence! We will again proclaim His Victories in our lives!

My precious niece who was expecting for the first time lost her baby last Sunday and as I bow before the King of Heaven and earth I beg to bring her comfort from You Dear Jesus.

I realize this precious infant is with You Lord Jesus! It is our loss that we will never cuddle this precious bundle closely to our earthly bodies inhaling that awesome sweet smell that only a newborn possess. Those first kisses of your perfect little cheek, the incredible awe of counting your fingers and toes. That cute little fist that grabs our finger and holds on for life as if you are grabbing our heart to form a bond only meant for you. I now that you were a perfect miracle my sweet little angel and when my journey here is complete I will meet you at the heavenly gates I Love You precious angel Your Great Aun-tie Nana XOXOXO

Isaiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.

 For two years I was on teams for retreats, Christ Renews His Parish, at our parish and this is from one of my CRHP Sisters. It blesses my heart and soul to share this from CRHP Sister Leah!

I was headed out for my long-awaited computer time when I received this awesome tag.

Leah: Just so I make mention, this is a quote from the Monks of the Weston Priory from their song wherever you go:

I want to say something to all of you
who have become a part
of the fabric of my life.
The color and texture
which you have brought into my being
have become a song,
and I want to sing it forever.
There is an energy in us
which makes things happen
when the paths of other persons
touch ours
and we have to be there
and let it happen.
When the time
of our particular sunset comes
our thing, our accomplishment,
won’t really matter a great deal.
But the clarity and care

 with which we have loved others

will speak with vitality

of the great gift of life

we have been for each other.

 Please share a prayer and a comment as we keep our focus on the King of Glory!

Dearest Lord Jesus,

Before Your Divine presence I kneel and calm myself that I may invoke Your perfect gift of Holy Spirit to reveal Your will in my current situation.




About Marie Bride


           An avid reader and lover of books from the time I learned my prayers at age three. Passionately in love with the Lover of my soul Lord Jesus our King of Glory! Child of the Heavenly Father, choir and hand bell member, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, aunt, godmother. Past wife, Cathecist teacher, Religious formation teacher, Eucharistic Minister, Christ Renews His Parish participant and team member, high-end retail sales representative, financial advisor and numerous other events and activities.

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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