Miracles News

January-March, 2019

Get in the Boat

by Rev. Paula Richards, O.M.C.

One of my favorite things to speak about is following Inner Guidance. What do we ask? How do we listen? And, more importantly, how do we learn to trust what we hear?

I definitely had to trust what I heard one afternoon while sitting by the river near my home. As I sat on the stone wall, a man who looked to be about my age cruised by in his motorboat. He was alone. For some inexplicable reason I had the feeling he was going to speak to me, so I wasn’t too surprised when he waved as he passed by. On his way back up the river, he slowed his boat and said, “Hello.” We struck up a conversation that quickly turned into a deep discussion about living on one’s own.

It seems crazy now that we could possibly have gotten into a deep conversation so quickly and under those circumstances, but we did, and I felt very comfortable talking to him. The problem was that it was difficult for him to hold his boat steady. There was no place for him to dock, and there was too much physical distance between us to talk easily. The next thing I knew he was shaking his head in disbelief and saying, “This isn’t something I would normally do, but I feel compelled to invite you aboard so we can continue this conversation.” And even more surprisingly, I found myself saying, “Yes.”

I couldn’t believe my own ears. Getting in a boat with a complete stranger? No one even knew I was at the river. They wouldn’t know where to look for me if I disappeared! But underlying those scary thoughts was a growing certainty that we were supposed to talk and that everything would be okay. We ended up cruising the river for over an hour. The man was considering leaving his wife and was nervous about being on his own. He had many questions and seemed to find information about my own experience helpful. We had a deep and very rewarding conversation. No contact information was exchanged. We both seemed to know that this was a one-time encounter.

I was quite pleased with myself that day; pleased that I was learning how to listen to and trust my inner guidance. I took all my precautionary thoughts into account, but then I went deeper to make my decision. My heart told me it was okay to go with this man, and I was right. I’m glad I listened. When I shared my adventure with a circle of my newest friends, I had to laugh at their reactions. I knew my friend, Mary, would understand. As I told my tale she sat there smiling and nodding in agreement, but the others were appalled. “Oh my God, Paula! How could you? You could have been killed! Nobody knew where you were!” On and on they went. I tried my best to explain, but they could not seem to understand why sometimes —

You simply have to get in the boat.

Rev. Paula Richards, O.M.C., is a Pathways of Light minister living in North Billerica, MA. View her inspiring videos at:
http://www.pathwaysoflight.org/home/video_links Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Web: spiritrisingministries.com

© 2018, Pathways of Light. https://www.pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, provided this copyright notice and website address are included.

Tell a Friend
Printable Page

Back to main page of Miracles News.

Has this page been helpful to you?
Your contribution in support of this site is greatly appreciated. To make a tax deductible contribution or become a supporting member online, click here.
Or send a check or money order to Pathways of Light, 6 Oak Court, Ormond Beach, FL 32174-2623 (USD only, please) Thank you for your support.

Articles by
Pathways of Light Ministers
and Others.


Advanced Search

Pathways of Light Membership

Support Pathways of Light with an annual membership donation or become a sustaining member through monthly contributions. Includes printed Miracles News magazine mailed quarterly. Click here.

Subscribe to printed version.

To have Miracles News magazine mailed to you quarterly, Click here.

Most recent entries

Miracles News has been viewed 1129243 times


Complete Archives

Subscribe to
Miracles News Online

To have Miracles News Online articles emailed to you free when they are posted each quarter, enter your email address here.

Email Address:

You will receive an email requesting confirmation. After you confirm, the Daily Inspiration articles will be emailed each day they are posted. These emails will appear in your inbox as from "FeedMyInbox." You may unsubscribe at any time. We recommend that you add "updates@feedmyinbox.com" to your address book so that the emails do not get sent to your spam box.

You may also subscribe to the RSS feed to have these messages added to your MyYahoo! page, Google Reader or Bloglines by clicking this image in your Subscribe to RSS feed browser's web address field above.

Free Online Resources

Electronic "Magazine"Sign up to receive periodic emails with thoughts to ponder, inspirational articles and the latest news.

Subscribe to daily emails of Workbook Lesson Insights.

ACIM Text Made Simple — answers to hundreds of questions about the Text. Click here.

Daily Inspiration Blog — Thoughts to inspire your day. Click here.

Inspiring journals by Pathways of Light ministers applying the principles of ACIM. Click here.

Miracles News — hundreds of inspiring miracle stories. Click here.

We'd Like to Hear from You

Request Free Printed Program & Product Catalog

Or call 1-800-323-PATH (7284) (US & Canada) or 920/894-2339.

Click here to email your questions.

Español: Para mas información oprime aquí para enviar tus preguntas por correo electrónico.

United Kingdom: Click here to email your questions about Pathways of Light in the UK or call +44 1803 612 929.

Give us your feedback or report site problems.

Pathways Ministers Audio/Videos

ACIM Minister Training

Inspired by the principles presented in A Course in Miracles, this ministry training focuses on accepting the mind healing that is guided by the Teacher within, the Holy Spirit. As our minds are healed, we become Holy Spirit’s instruments of healing. For more information click here.

ACIM Practitioner Courses

If you would like a deeper understanding of key principles of A Course in Miracles, the 24 Pathways of Light ACIM Practitioner courses provide a complete, multimedia package to help you make ACIM principles a ready resource to call upon in your mind throughout your day. Click here for more information.



More Teleconference info.


22nd May 2020 ACIM Conference 2020 LA, Rev. Maria Felipe

More In-Person Event info.

Featured Items

Tru Live Your Happy by Rev. Maria Felipe. A real-world approach to living happily, based on A Course in Miracles. Learn more.

True Forgiveness True Forgiveness by Rev. Jennifer McSween. The Proven Path from Pain to Power in 5 Simple Steps. Learn more.

Listen & Receive 30-Day Home Study Listen & Receive 30-Day Home Study Learn to receive insight for your life in a form that is perfect for you …heal fears, find joy & peace. Learn more.

Minister training based on A Course in Miracles Minister Training — based on principles of A Course in Miracles, including counselor training and ordination. More….

Miracles Practitioner courses24 ACIM Practitioner courses including 50-page study guide, CD's with facilitator. More….

From the Christ Mind From the Christ Mind scribed by Darrell Morley Price. A simple, yet profound message that you can immediately apply to current circumstances. More….

Hey, Holy Spirit,
It's Me Again Hey, Holy Spirit, It's Me Again by Rev. Myron Jones. An indispensable guide for anyone on the path of ACIM with insights on the 1st 90 lessons. More….

Forgiving KevinForgiving Kevin Audio book by Rev. Larry Glenz. A moving and inspiring true story of a father/son relationship that withstood seven years of addiction, recovery, and relapse. More….

Healing Family
RelationshipsHealing Family Relationships Applying the Principles of A Course in Miracles 6 CD audio book by Rev. Myron Jones. Learn how family relationships offer fertile grounds for forgiveness and healing your judgments of the world. More.