Letters to His Roses

Time to Choose

Time to Choose

“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

Romans 12:1

For over twenty years this verse has been one of my favorites….just ask the retreat team that I worked with for over twelve years.  Little did I know what implications this would have for my life.

Early in 2014, life’s struggles, idols, stresses, and years of not listening to the voice of God, brought me to a place of overwhelming darkness and hopelessness that I could not escape.  What followed was a soul-crushing journey that eventually brought me to a CHOICE….either FOR GOD or against Him…..life or death, enslavement or freedom, and in that moment I chose FOR God… for life.  That decision was my act of offering and sacrifice. I presented myself to God and surrendered to HIS will even though I could not fathom how my situation would improve.  In my decisive moment, I didn’t know God’s whole plan for my life, but I knew it was time to whole-heartedly trust Him and take a leap of faith. And with that offering God blessed me, and my life became an amazing journey back to peace, light, and an abundant JOY that I had never known.

We all come to such moments in our life….in what direction are we going… are we choosing for good or for evil…. walking toward God or further away from Him? Will we submit to HIS will in our life or persist in going our own way?

My prayer is that God will send His Holy Spirit into the hearts, minds, and souls of all who read this.  In your moment of choice may you choose a life with God, surrendering to His will while not knowing the plan. 

Karen Baglieri

Member of the Sisterhood of Mary

Mystical Rose of God


Laura is a mother, writer, artist, spiritual mentor, and founder of Hope’s Garden. She has experienced the redemptive power of the spousal love of Christ the Bridegroom and like the Bride of The Song of Songs is passionate about sharing the truth of His intimate love for each one of us. Creativity and art have been at the heart of her healing journey and she feels called to share her creative talents with the hope of bringing beauty and the love of God to others.

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