Consult Not your fears
but your hopes and your dreams
Think not about your frustrations,
But about your unfulfilled potential.
Not with what you tried and failed in,
but with what is still possible
for you to do.
In every spiritual discussion I have, whether the topic be about the angels, God or even lately, the Blessed Mother, sooner or later we come back to the word, “Faith”.
Here is one of my all-time favorite explanations of faith, by The Blessed Mother, as given to visionary, Annie Kirkwood. (Whether or not you believe in visionaries is irrelevant. I just love what this says):
“Faith is very important in your life. Faith is the substance of answered prayers. Without faith your prayers would only be a repeating of words. Faith in what you cannot see, hear, or touch is very difficult, I understand, but then, spirit is unseen. To work with the very Spirit of God is to work with the unseen, unheard essence.
Faith is the substance, the key. Substance is an indication that something can be measured, that it has mass. But the substance of which I speak is not measurable. It is not seen, but can be sensed. You simply know in your heart that you believe. This creates a feeling of substance. And truly your faith is what gives your prayers their substance. It is the feeling, the belief, the attitude which creates the building blocks which God uses to answer your prayers. Faith keeps you connected to God-Mind from which all answers flow.
Many times while Jesus was on Earth he said, “Your faith has made you whole.”
He would ask, “Do you believe I can do this?”
Because without the faith of the person who is in need, nothing can be done. So your prayers are answered according to you faith. Do you pray believing? or do you pray with doubt in your heart?
Faith is a mental attitude. It’s the attitude which insures that no matter what I cannot see, or what I cannot hear, I believe. I believe without doubt that my prayers are now being answered, not in some far off future time, but now, this moment in time. God is All Powerful, this I believe. God can heal me and the world, this I believe.
What do you truly believe? What is the attitude of your belief? What do you expect to happen when you pray? Do you pray with fear in your heart? Do you have doubts? Do you allow anger to enter your heart while you pray? This will work against your receiving the answers you desire. Put all doubt out of your heart by praying to overcome your fears. Pray to have your faith made strong. Ask God to help you understand His goodness.
Does this sound phony? It is not! God loves each person on Earth with a Love which is Divine and uncompromising. God will help increase your faith, to overcome fear. His help is available to you to clear away all doubt. When you understand the Great Love of God, then all fear will dissipate. When you can comprehend the Goodness of God, you will not doubt. There will be no need for you to doubt or feel fear.
Your faith is expressed in many ways. By the confidence you have in God and Spirit. Faith is akin to trust. Do you trust God to give you only good? Do you trust God to provide for you? Prayers without faith are a vain repetition of words. The mere repetition of words will not bring answers into your life, or help.
Faith comes from the heart. It is a feeling of trust, confidence, an attitude of expectancy. This is why Jesus asked beforehand, “do you believe I can do this?”
He was asking, “Do you trust me? Do you have confidence in me? Can you believe enough to expect this miracle will happen?”
The blind were able to see, the lame could walk, and the dead were called forth into physical life. All this because of faith in Jesus’ word. It was confidence and trust in God which enabled Jesus to be successful. Their faith made them whole, not Jesus’ faith alone, but their faith along with Jesus’ faith opened the gates of heaven to the miracle.
Now Jesus said, “The things I do, you can also.”
Why is it that no one has been able to accomplish these feats? Because it takes faith, trust, and confidence in God. It takes the ability to see the innate Goodness which is God’s nature. It requires the trust to go out on a limb, so to speak, to step out and call on your faith and the faith in the hearts of those for whom you pray.
People still look to Jesus to return to bring these same kinds of healing into the world. But these same healings are available to all, through faith, through prayers backed with faith.
Jesus had confidence and trusted God entirely, but it took the faith of the person seeking the healing. It required the ability to trust completely, to remain steadfast to this belief, and then confidence in God to bring the healing. It was easy for Jesus to trust God. He could trust completely and totally in God because Jesus knew the Love and Goodness of God. He told of this over and over.
Faith is an energy in the heart which enables the answers to prayer to enter our lives. It does not take much energy of faith to bring results. And faith as an energy can be increased. You increase your faith through use, through the ability to begin to understand the Goodness of God.
When you can put the image of an angry and capricious God out of the heart, you will gain in faith. When you can begin to see the Goodness of God, you will increase your faith. When you begin to get a glimpse of the Great Love God has for this world, you will trust. You will have the faith to move mountains.
So pray and meditate for this world with faith. Trust God to give only good. No matter what happens on Earth, how the Earth moves or shakes, maintain your faith in the Goodness of God. Know that all events, mo matter how frightening, are for the good of this world, that we are one with God and we are one in God.”
( Mary’s Message to the World, by Annie Kirkwood, Perigee Books, 1991)
From The Angels:
Music: The angels guide you to immerse yourself in beautiful music. Music lifts your spirit above Earthbound concerns and elevates your thoughts to Divine love.
You have angels with you who want to help you through the healing properties of music. By drawing this card, the angels ask you to add more music into your life. They guide you to play soft background music while you dress, work, and play. They also ask you to whistle and sing often.
You may also have drawn this card because of your own musical gifts. Have you felt guided lately to compose a song, participate in a musical play, join a singing group or band, or play an instrument? These inner nudges may be coming from your angels, who can see your God-given gifts. They know that your musical talents will help others. So, they ask you to be an Earth angel by expressing your gift of song and melody.
Power: You now allow yourself to express your power. Being powerful is safe for you, knowing that you express your power with love.
You have all of the power of your Creator within you! All the power of Divine love, wisdom, and intelligence is available to you. You have the spiritual power to see angels and the future. You have intellectual power to tap in to the universal wisdom of the One Mind. You have emotional power to empathize with others, and physical power that is truly unlimited.
The angels ask you to give them any fears you may have connected with being a powerful person. Your angels see a quiet and beautiful aspect of your true power, stemming from the only power in the universe: Divine love. Allow yourself to shine with this radiant love so that your true power can radiate out into the world in miraculous ways.
Trust: Believe in yourself, and have faith that God and the angels are with you. Ask them to help you to lose the fears that block you from enjoying full faith.
Your angels know that you’ve been disappointed in the past. These experiences may have eroded your faith in yourself, other people, or even God. However, the angels remind you of the importance of holding on to your faith.
By drawing this card, the angels emphasize the value of self-trust. They know that you, like everyone, have made mistakes in the past. However, these mistakes have not eroded your true nature. You still have omnipresent God within you, and God is infallible. The angels ask you to trust in God and to trust in them. They will help you trust yourself.
Answered Prayer: Fear not, beloved one! Your prayers have been heard and answered.
All of your prayers are always answered. Sometimes you may not feel this way, because the answer comes in unexpected ways. Perhaps you receive an intuitive feeling or a new opportunity appears-or a book falls off the shelf. The angels answer our prayers very often by giving us ideas or information in these everyday ways.
By drawing this card, the angels request that you be extra observant. Notice everything that you hear, say, think, and feel. Be especially alert to help that comes to you, and be sure to accept that help. You do deserve this assistance, and many times God enlists people to act as Earth angels who bring you answers to your prayers.
Loving God, Father of all, you call me to abundance of life in you. This gift of life and grace is accessed by faith: a free gift that you offer to everyone. By means of it I can believe that Jesus is your Son, and that his Church is his Body. At the beginning of this day I ask for an increase of this gift that you gave to me initially at baptism. This gift of faith raises my natural gifts and abilities to the supernatural level – to the level on which you and I can directly relate with one another. I thank you for this gift. May its increase today cause great rejoicing in my heart and lead me to acts of loving service to everyone, beginning with my brother and sister fellow Christians.
Lord God keep us through the common days,
The level stretches white with dust,
When thought is tired, and hands upraise
Their burdens feebly since they must;
In days of slowly fretting care
Then most we need the strength of prayer.
God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
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