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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

31 Day Novena

Hellllloo Fam!

First off, what is a Novena?

Novena - Novena (from novem, nine), a nine days' private or public devotion in the Catholic Church to obtain special graces (Catholic.com)

For the month of July things were changing for me and they were changing fast, with no control on my end. To keep my head on my shoulders I needed to put my full trust and faith into God.

What better way to do that then invite a bunch of his favorite people (saints) to pray with everyday with specific intentions?

My friend and I were both dealing with the same problems and changes so we decided to do this novena together.

We first googled for a few days to find a 30 day Novena that we could do for a month. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any 30 day Novenas; only 9 and 54 days. So we said why not? Let's make our own Novena. Since there are 31 days in July and we were a little behind with starting because we didn't think it would be so difficult to find a 30 day novena, it dragged on a little into August, which was actually awesome and worked out perfectly..it's sort of like God had something to do with this..

So for every 3 days we put our 100% attention and prayer into one specific saint with one specific intention. The whole Novena was for ourselves & self worth, our future vocation and trusting in God with whatever He has planned for us. 

I've never done a novena before but I knew that this was the perfect time to start one because of all of the craziness going on in my life and I had to remember each and everyday to always point it back to God and "If this is what God wants then so do I" mentality if I was going to be able to get out of my bed everyday. This would help me keep my life centered around Christ because every morning - or before bed - I said whichever prayer was for that day and it either ended my day on a great note because I was able to put all of my worries and fears into Christ or go through the day with no anxiety about anything because I knew that God had me and He was not going to let go.

Because Julianna is such a fantastic person and extremely crafty, she put the Novena in a PDF so it was easier to read and more official of course! There is a table of contents that is set up for the month of July and into August, but you can honestly say this 31 day Novena whenever you like! 

After the last day, I took a few days to reflect on how I was feeling before I started the Novena, during the Novena and after the Novena as well. I'm also very happy that I journaled through this 31 day process - which if you are going to say this novena, I suggest you journal as well. 

Speaking with Julianna a few days ago we were able to converse and share our experiences:

"This has been the biggest step forward in my relationship with God/the Holy Trinity that I've ever made." - Julianna

"I received so much healing from this, it was crazy. I don't think I've ever been healed so quickly from such a painful experience." - Lillie

Hope you enjoyed this and pray about saying this novena! I also loved that I had an accountability partner as beautiful and holy as Julianna, so Julianna, if you're reading this, thank you for all you have done and supporting me through these 31 days.

xx, Lillie

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