The Last Quarter

"The last quarter" by Deanna Bartalini (

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2019 has less ahead than behind it at this point. I look at my plans, ideas, dreams for the year and I see some undone, some no longer necessary, some on track. What to do, what’s the focus for the rest of the year – I asked myself and then God. As I prayed, this came to me, “God wants me to do the work I think He wants me to do. Now I need to do it!” And over the course of a few days it became even more apparent that this was an accurate statement. My last quarter will be devoted to doing the work!

I was once a very impetus person, priding myself on making decisions quickly and correctly (ahem). I learned many lessons due to those decisions. Now I decide more slowly (usually) and take time to pray and discern. Which can lead to my desire to be sure, so sure that I keep asking the same questions over and over and over again. My discernment can become too introspective and I miss what is happening outside of myself and around me. I want reassurance. I want to know. I want to know the outcome before I put too much in. It can and has become a hindrance. And that was point of the words I received in prayer.

"The last quarter" by Deanna Bartalini (

Image created by Deanna Bartalini in, using free elements.

God knows the desires of our hearts: He put them there. God says trust. God says go. God says do. Or maybe rest. God says take my hand, step out in faith, I am with you. We are destined for greatness, yet we pause, look around, “Do you mean me?” Yes, He means you! And me.

This last quarter is for the God-work He has placed in me.

What will you do with the last quarter of 2019?

Copyright 2019 Deanna Bartalini


About Author

Deanna G. Bartalini, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. She and her husband Deacon John have two married children and a grandson. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. She writes at, serves as the editor of the blog, and is a contributor there as well as at Deanna contributed to A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion published by Ave Maris Press. She has written “Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control” one book in the series of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Our Sunday Visitor. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.


  1. Hi Deanna,

    I love this post. Here’s to all the great work you will do! I can relate to being introspective. I have realized that it helps me to have on-going communication with God to the effect of what I am doing and why with a request for redirect if I am supposed to be going a different direction.

    This last quarter I have some intentions for 8/15-end of ordinary time. Most of them are related to limits with technology so that I can better focus on other aspects of work/family life. It has been a fruitful time for prayer and reflection with less digital distraction.

    • Thanks, Amanda! I’m glad your time has been fruitful; I always think it’s good to plan and then follow through, asking, as you said, for a redirect from God. Thankful His mercies are new every day as He guides us!

  2. Margaret Dwyer on

    I love your brutal honesty here! I so can relate to this, and feel empowered now to “do” without knowing the outcome – rather to “trust” in God’s plan! It is hard to slug thru the unglamorous part of being a Mother – or writer – they are similar in so many respects. Each requires intentional effort – even when the world throws you distractions! I am truly inspired!

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