Trust, Ponder, Praise: Consecration Day 19


Welcome to our 33 day Marian Consecration Retreat as we prayerfully anticipate the commencement of the Year of Mercy. Join us as we share the book 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC.

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Today’s Reflection:

Imagine you’re a 13-year-old girl. You wake up one morning. There’s an angel in your room. He tells you that you will conceive a child by the power of the Holy Spirit. The child will be a boy. He will be great. He will be a king in the line of David… and, oh ya… he will be the Son of God. In fact, he will be God.

Wow! That’s a pretty big morning for a teen-ager! How would you react? Take a moment right now. Close your eyes and imagine God telling you a plan for your life that seems so surreal, so impossible, that you don’t even know how to begin to make sense of it. What would your initial response be?

There have been many times in my life when God’s plan seemed so far from what I thought it was. I have experienced changes that were completely unexpected and events that appeared beyond my abilities to cope. When such events occur, the easy reaction is to ask, “Why Lord? Why me?” The right (and sometimes not so easy) reaction is to pray, to give God praise, and to thank Him for the change, even if you don’t understand it. When we face challenging times, the most perfect response is to follow in the footsteps of Our Blessed Mother—to trust, to ponder, and to give praise.

When Mary experienced those incredible (and I do mean incredible) moments, such as being told she would be the mother of God, or being told that a sword would piece her heart, she didn’t question God, rather she kept all those things in her heart. She prayerfully pondered them. And in her Magnificat she responds by singing praises to God.

To Ponder:

When faced with difficult times that I cannot comprehend, do simply ask, “What does this mean?” Or do I prayerfully ponder, like Mary, and ask, “What does this mean in light of God’s will for my life?”

Let Us Pray:

Blessed Mother, as painful and difficult changes enter my life help me to follow your example. Help me to trust in God’s plan of sheer goodness for me, teach me to hold those things in my heart that I don’t quite understand and ponder as you did, and in that moment, guide me in my song of praise to the Lord.

Copyright 2015 Kelly Wahlquist


About Author

Kelly Wahlquist is a dynamic and inspiring Catholic speaker whose gift of weaving personal stories and Scripture together with practical advice allows her audience to enter more fully into what Blessed John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict, and Pope Francis have called us into - to be witnesses of our faith and part of the New Evangelization. She is the Program Manager for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, co-creator of and speaker for the Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs for the New Evangelization, editor of Catholicism 101 -a program by Jeff Cavins on the basics of Catholicism- and a contributing writer for,, and The Integrated Catholic Life, an eMagazine about integrating faith, family, and work. Kelly has a blog on her website that focuses on that which Pope Francis has called us to—Living the Joy of the Gospel. She, her husband Andy, and their three children live in Minnesota.


  1. The thing about God’s will that I struggle with – to be completely honest — is it isn’t necessarily always my will. I want to avoid strife, pain, poverty, sickness, and any other challenge you can conceive of. I want my following Christ and praying every day to mean I get a free pass – not only a get out of Hell free card but that I get to do this all relatively change and discomfort free. Yeah — see the rub, that ain’t what God promised.

    Today I will focus on praising God – whatever the day brings I will praise His Holy Name!! Thanks for the thought provoking reflection Kelly!

    • Thanks Allison for the comment. I had a good friend once tell me, “When you are having a really bad day, crank up the Praise & Worship music and sing at the top of your lungs!” Sometimes praising God elevates us! (It works!)

  2. Kelly thank you for a fruitful retreat prayer time this morning. I have to admit that a good examen has been missing in my life. All to often, my bedtime prayers are rushed in my tiredness, and that keeps me from pausing to ponder God’s movements and blessings in my life that unfold during the course of the day. I’ve found a helpful app this morning to try to remedy this and will be looking forward to tonight’s intentional examen. Thank you for sharing your gifts and for being a true light who always points me towards Mary and Jesus.

    • Thank you my friend for sharing your gift! I love the encouragement you offer to all… and the great advice! I think I’m going to need that app you found. And don’t be too hard on yourself if you fall asleep during those bedtime prayers. I was telling my grandma once about how I felt badly about falling asleep during my Rosary and she said, “Don’t worry. The angels finish it for you.” Blessings on your reviewing of your blessings!

  3. Today really resonated with me, especially this: “Oftentimes, we don’t recognize the many gifts that God pours out to us in our daily lives. What we do recognize are daily annoyances, burdens, difficulties, and inconveniences.” My blog is all about finding God in the everyday ordinary of life and ever since I’ve started I can honestly say I do notice God more, even in the harder moments of life. I believe God placed this blog in my heart and I am for sure experiencing the fruits in my own life. Today’s reflection hits home for me and reinforces my need and desire for this consecration. The last few days I’ve been intellectually stimulated but have felt like I was starting to lose heart. I’m back on track.

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