Faith Over Fear!

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I see so many reluctant to talk about God lately, as if they are ashamed to talk about core beliefs. It makes me sad.

The other day I was cleaning out drawers and came across two diaries from when I was a little girl. One was written in third grade and the other was written during sixth and seventh grade. I was shocked and elated to find that I talked about God all through each book! Of course, there was a fair amount of, “So and so was mean to me today” and “I have such a crush on _______”, but I’m pleased that I talked a lot about my prayers and my gratitude to God. Sometimes people look at me as if I’m some kind of freak because of my belief (I hate saying “belief” because to me, it’s absolute knowledge), that God is still in the business of opening doors, working miracles and speaking to those of us willing to listen and pray. I’m happy to have written proof that I’ve always been this way!

I observe that today, a great deal of people love and celebrate darkness. Just look at what’s popular in film and television: zombies, vampires, serial killers, meth makers, prison stories, corrupt government shows, gypsies, naked daters, Apocalypse and more. Our television commercials depict our beloved M&M’s and pop-tarts and Mr. & Mrs. Potato head exhibiting cannibalistic behavior and no one seems bothered by this? Halloween has become just as popular as Christmas, if not more so.  America is currently celebrating the courage of Bruce Jenner coming out as his new persona, Caitlyn. (I’m not against Jenner’s right to choose, I just don’t think this needs to be celebrated at the level it currently is.) I know I cannot be the only person in the world who looks at all of the above with a certain level of sadness?

We are politically correct and tolerant of Atheism, crazy fantasists, Race, Sexual preference, illegal immigrants, obesity, religious beliefs etc, except when it comes to standing for our own personal beliefs. We are afraid to make those public out of fear of what others might think or do or say. So many people have said to me that they don’t post or talk about God.  When I ask why, I never get a really valid answer. This leads me to believe there is fear involved. Fear of ridicule. Again, I say, it makes me sad.

Yes, of course, I know that not everyone in the world is afraid. I’m just making a general observation based on what I have seen in my personal life. I am also not making a declaration that all scary TV shows and films are bad.  I actually like a scary movie once in a while provided it’s a suspense-based film and not filled with gratuitous gore etc.

I guess I’m just trying to say that I hope and pray for the day that we take a giant step back and break things down to the simplest form:  Are we celebrating the light or are we celebrating the darkness? Are we still putting God at the forefront of our lives?  Are we still praying?  Are we still listening?  If the answer is yes, then will you pray with me for our world, that more of us will have the courage to stand for what is truly right. Pray with me that more of us will turn our backs on the celebration of darkness and instead will stand in the very real light of God’s love. Just as the photo at the top of the page implies, Our faith should at all times, be bigger than our fear.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. -Matthew 5:16

 

Prayer for Today:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,  that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:14-21

From The Angels:

Abundance: Life proceeds out of your intentions for it.

The implication of that are enormous. Your messenger angels are guiding you, embrace this and accept this wholly, and intellectually, you will find yourself experiencing more power, more joy, more creativity, more abundance in every form, more peace, and more love than you ever imagined.

Spiritual Growth: Integrate spirituality to a higher degree in your daily live! Enjoy the process!

You are seeking a higher connection a renewed connection with the Divine and you wish you could immerse yourself read, study, learn, or meditate take it all in at once. The exhilaration of moving up to a higher level of consciousness is challenging slow down and enjoy the process.

Trust that the same Power that brought you to your spiritual path will also take care of everything for you.

Truth & Integrity: You have the strength to stand strong in the midst of difficult situations, and the wisdom it takes to make good decisions. If something in your life isn’t working, be willing to release it to God and the angels.

Understand you are important, and know that you are called to add value to the world around you. No matter where you are in life today, you have potential to increase, grow, to be strengthened, and to move forward. God created you for His good purpose and you are His masterpiece!

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Can you please help me?

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It’s been a few minutes, hasn’t it?  I’ve missed being here sharing, but as life often goes, I’ve not allowed myself the luxury of taking the time to sit down and write out the contents of my heart. (This HAS to change at some point!) Part of the reason I’ve been away is because in addition to my regular work, my husband and I have been devoting more time to our production company, Trinity Angels Productions. (Clever name, huh? wink-wink)

Today, I’m reaching out to ask for your love and support for our recently launched “Dino” campaign on Indiegogo. (Indiegogo is a crowd-funding site for Independent film makers.)

 Charlie (my husband) and I have written a beautiful, family-friendly, faith-based film and we are seeking initial funds to get going. If you click through to the campaign, you will be able to read all about it, see the short teaser we’ve put together and also view a video with interviews from some of our actors (and from Bobbe and Charlie).  Yes, you read that right, if you click through and watch the teaser at the top, then read the information about the campaign, you will reach another video that is full of interviews and YOURS TRULY is the very last person to speak!

There are a number of ways you can help:

1. Contribute – even small contributions raise  popularity and give us more visibility.

2. Post to Facebook and/or other social media – in the end, the more people that hear about us, the more likely we are to meet our target.

3. Share this blog with people you feel may be interested.

4. Talk about this project to others.

5. Pray for our success!

I feel I should mention (and you will read in the campaign), that while we absolutely want to make a financially successful movie, we’re doing this because we’d like to see our society stop feeding itself with so much gratuitous sex, violence, drugs, etc. in entertainment.  We’d like to be part of something that will help bring family entertainment back. We want to be able to prove that faith-based film and television can absolutely be popular and profitable. (And let’s face it, we need a little more God in American these days.)

So many people say that there is nothing we can do to stop what’s being produced and put out for us to watch.  YES, there IS. For more than two years, Charlie and I have worked in the world of reality television production and we have seen, first-hand, the how’s and why’s of what is being produced. Believe me when I say, it has nothing to do with entertainment.

Dino is a small budget film that is the first in a series of faith-based projects we have ready to go.

I’m appealing to those of you who have been my loyal friends and followers for eons. This project is so dear to me and I am praying hard and doing everything I can think to do to get the word out!  If you have enjoyed my blogs, you will absolutely LOVE this film!

Would you please consider helping us on our way?

With sincere gratitude,

 Bobbe

PS!!!  This campaign expires on July 7, 2015.  We can only collect funds until then, so time is of the essence!!  Thank you again and again!

 Help, help, help, help, help, help, help!

Film Teaser from Trinity!

I wouldn’t ordinarily do this, but I’m proud of this film our production company is developing and I wanted to share the teaser. This is a faith-based film that tells the story of washed up, cynical, end-of-his-game, mobster, Dino DeMartino and his unlikely young teacher & partner in redemption…Ruby Carter. I’d appreciate your comments, likes and shares. Thanks so much!!!

#film,#Trinity,#indiefilm,#God,#faith.#inspiration,#gangster,#rehab

© 2015, Trinity Angels Productions

Where are you on the Integrity Scale?

 Integrity, Integrity, Integrity, Integrity, Integrity, Integrity, Integrity, Integrity

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in·teg·ri·ty
noun
 
  1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
    “he is known to be a man of integrity”
     
  2. the state of being whole and undivided.
    “upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty”

It’s been on my heart to write about integrity for some time now.  At first I wanted to write because of a wrong done to me.  I’m still feeling the burn of working with someone for almost two years on a number of projects–who in the end–turned out to be a huge disappointment.  (“Huge” isn’t even the word I should use here…”infinite” comes to mind; so do other words like: liar, ego-maniacal, incompetent, greedy, ungrateful, irresponsible, immature, manipulative, spoiled,and did I say un-integrous?)

I’ve stopped short of writing the details about my experience, because sharing them in a public forum won’t make me feel any better. It would just make me look vengeful.  (Don’t you just hate those times where you know better?) It’s not proper and it’s beneath me.  I believe it’s also morally wrong. Two wrongs do not make a right.

Just the other day I had an encounter that left me with similar feelings. I was held captive at a business meeting listening to one person monopolize all of the time with talk about herself, her experience, her perceived power, her expertise, her wealth, her enormous network of people who stand ready to jump when she says so, etc. It was nauseating. What made it worse was that every word that came from her lips with regard to the Industry we were discussing, was old. I’ve been in my business now for almost ten years. She was repeating back to me what I’ve known for the past eight. My experience is vastly more than hers with only one difference. She has loads of money and I do not. I came away from that meeting knowing I’d been played. She was actually picking my brain, not vice versa and worse, in the end, she belittled me.

At any time during this unfortunate encounter, I could have stopped her from continuing, but that would have been rude and disrespectful of me. Instead, I sat listening intently, focused on what she was saying and in the end, I thanked her for her time. What I really wanted to do was scream out in frustration, but I didn’t.

The fact is, we all know when we’ve been played and it stings when we realize it. Sometimes the sting is tiny and sometimes it’s enormous and it threatens to leave a cavernous HOLE in the heart. (Both the aforementioned experiences punched my spirit in the gut.) It’s darned hard to try to live according to moral values in a world seemingly full of unscrupulous people. It’s even harder to sit still and be silent when someone is lying straight to your face or trying to take supreme advantage of you.  Still, I do it. I refuse to bend, because in my life, I know who’s watching.

God sees.

This morning I awakened from a dream where I was riding on a series of escalators.  In the dream I was meditating on the Ten Commandments.  So before I got up for the day, I laid there reflecting, “Do I even remember the Commandments in order?”  Turns out I could remember them all except one:  Thou Shalt not Bear False Witness. (Isn’t that hilarious?)

I wondered for a time why on earth, this was the one that escaped me? Then I decided that because it took me longer to remember, it held more emphasis in my heart. (God’s mysterious way of putting an exclamation point over what I all ready feel. Gotta love that He works this way!)

Like I said, God Sees.

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From The Angels:

Harmony: Strife, confusion and conflict be gone. A difference of opinion has clouded your thoughts.

If you change your focus and look for the common ground of peace, you can bring harmony into your relationships again.

You know that one of the most powerful ways you can fight for your relationships is to be a peacemaker? Beloved child of God, you are a peace-lover at heart. You are bringing unity into your relationships.

Focus and look for the common ground of peace, you can bring harmony into your relationships again, you become an Earth angel. Remember, God and the angels tells us that blessed are the peacemakers. When we dwell together in unity, we honor God and open the door for His hand of blessing in every area of our lives!

Enchantment: Recapture your childlike sense of wonder and awe. View the world as a magical place.

Remember when you were a child and how magical the world seemed? The sense of enchantment is the spirit of our inner child. Somewhere along the way, did you lose that sense of wonder?

The angels ask you to recapture your magical sense by remembering that a miraculous power surrounds you. Ask God and the angels to help you with anything-small or large. Don’t worry-you aren’t removing angels from “more important” tasks when you ask for their help with everyday situations. They truly want to support you so that you are free of worries. In that way, you exude the joy and wonder of children who trust that they are taken care of. And when you are joyful, your Divine light inspires everyone who sees you.

Archangel Michael: Rapid change is often unsettling and can be stressful, but only because it seems to be too rapid and therefore threatening. Remember that you have agreed on the higher level to be part of the change, and that the changes are to bring in Light, Love, Joy and Abundance.

Operate from your Heart rather than your head. If there is fear, then it is coming from your head. Stay grounded and open, and be practical. If you are in the flow of Divine Creative energy, then you cannot fail.

Archangel Michael is making his presence know to you. Remember that you are Safe and Protected at all times, and that all is in Divine Order at all times! If you trust Divine Order, and not your old habits, you will be fine! God and the angels will help you stay true to yourself during trying times.

Today’s Prayer:

A Prayer for Integrity:  Father, You know the true content of my heart though others may be fooled by my words and actions. So it is with You that I must keep a short account and pray from a genuine heart that I will act in accordance to Your revealed will and think upon those things which are honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Thoughts form in my mind before they are spoken from my mouth, so I pray that You would purify my mind, keep my tongue from evil, and enable me to stand for that which is honorable in Your sight so that I pass the tests of life and hear you say, “I am pleased with your integrity.” In the name of Jesus I pray.  Amen.

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A Letter from God

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 NIV)

My Own Dear Child:

Yesterday you gave me those issues over which you feel you have no control. I’ve been watching you struggle over what to do or not to do. I’ve heard your feelings of helplessness and your prayers for a solution. Today I want to pat your head and tell you that not only do I love you, I delight when you turn to me with those things that are beyond your reach. I do not expect you to be perfect in this lifetime. I know you make mistakes and I know when there are issues you need help with. Often times, you don’t have the insight to know what is best for you or for those in your life….but I do. I AM here.

I’ve made you a promise, that whatever you bring to me in faith and love, I will heal and make right. When you do your part; let go and let me work in your life. Know that whatever the case may be, I am with you and I am constantly working behind the scenes to bring light and love and healing for your issues. When you ask me to Bless someone, do you think that I wait until the time is right to do so? No, dear child…my actions are swift and immediate.

You must remember and hold dear, the fact that all things happen according to my time, not your own. Just because you do not see immediate results, does not mean I am not listening and acting on your prayers. There is a Blessing for you in learning to trust me. When you give something to me, give it to me. This means once something is in my hands, you are to let it go knowing that I’ve heard you and I am working. Do not reach backward to try something new, for this is the same as taking your issue back out of my hands. If you trust me and have faith in me, KNOW that I am hearing you and working for you. Rest in this, dear child. Wait, watch and see. There is no one more equipped to handle your issues than me.

You make me proud. I watched you yesterday as you moved through your feelings of doubt and dread and refused to step off your path of faith in me. Your faith is growing and I am continually Blessing you.

Continue to reach for me and I promise you: you will feel my love for you and receive miraculous healing solutions to all of this life’s issues. Continue to carry love for your neighbors, your loved ones and even those you pass in your daily life. I am with you.

I love you with the greatest compassion you can imagine. I will not let you down.

Drive forward! ~God.

© Bobbe Ann Crouch, 2011.

~~~ A letter from God.  A letter from God.  A Letter from God.

From The Angels:

Retreat: Spend some time alone in quiet thought. Clear your mind, and focus on your truth and priorities.

Are you pushing yourself too hard, beloved child of God? The angels remind us that rest is a natural cycle in every living thing. Think of the mighty oak tree that grows in spurts and then rests. It draws its nourishment from deep within the earth, and takes its time before growing upward again. Like the oak tree, it’s important for you to nourish yourself with spiritual and emotional “food.” While you are resting, take time to reflect on your heart’s true feelings and desires. Your angels speak to you through your heart, and when you listen to and honor your feelings, you walk hand-in-hand with God and the angels. You will know that it is true Divine guidance, and not just your imagination or wishful thinking if it speaks of your desire to make a difference in the world.

Self-Acceptance: You are important and know that you are called to add value to the world around you.

You have rich treasure inside you that people need. You have more in you than you realize, and you can accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

No matter where you are in life today, you have potential to increase, grow, to be strengthened, and to move forward. God created you for His good purpose and you are His masterpiece!

Answered Prayer: Each day connect with your soul allow the divine light in. Your prayers have been answered.

In your life find a way to experience spiritual devotion through prayer or meditation in a way that brings out devotional qualities. These qualities or energies are healing. They drive away anger. All of your prayers are always answered.

The angels request that you be observant of everything you see, hear, touch, taste, smell, or sense in any way it is an aspect of Divinity.

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Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God;
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise;
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.

Psalm 100
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Dearest Lord:
You are awesome.  Thank you for your enduring love and for your patience with me when I make mistakes.  Help me to continue to reach to you first, for I know that You alone, can see the road ahead of me.  Please increase my faith and help me to live a better example of Your love.
Please keep my family safe and protected, please heal the relationships that need to be healed, and help me to continue to try to be a good steward for you.
Thank you for all of my Blessings, even the ones I’ve yet to realize.
I love you.
Amen.

Anxiety Doesn’t Keep God Mindful.

There are so many great devotionals being published on the Internet.  When I hit a lull in my day, I often flip open my mail and just pick something with a good title.  Most of the time it’s exactly what I most need to hear.

This morning I’m having a hard time getting my eyes open.  Sleep has not been my best friend this week.  For some reason, Charlie and I have formed a habit of eyes popping open at two in the morning and then lively conversation for the next hour or two.  I love the conversations in the dark where we talk about just about anything and everything-it’s a blessing.  It absolutely beats tossing and turning, analyzing life’s lessons.  (Not that I EVER do that-cough.)  However, sometimes the morning comes too soon for my taste.

Today’s blog is brought to you by bleary eyes and my perfectly appropriate mailbox!

Happy Sunday!!!

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A Good Gift from a Good God

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children. Genesis 50:20–21

Sometimes, as ridiculous as it is, we believe that worry gives us some measure of control. Or we believe anxiety keeps God mindful of our problem. We fear that without the pressure of our fear, He might forget what we want from Him.

But our anxiety and demanding prayers accomplish nothing. We fear giving up our fear because if we don’t worry, who will remember to care? If we don’t worry, would God decide we really aren’t concerned about the issue? If we don’t worry, are we giving up hope of God involving Himself in our world?

Cutting across all our stubborn reasons for remaining in our fear, Paul wrote, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). God’s joy and peace are available to us as we trust Him; they are not the result of absolute guarantees about the outcomes of our worries. We have a choice: Will we trust Him and receive His joy and peace, or will we insist on seeking our joy and peace from resolved fears and changed circumstances?

The choice really is ours. We can hang onto our fears, insisting that until they are resolved, there is no way for us to enter into rest, or we can see those same fears as the door by which we can enter a rest far richer and sweeter than the rest that might arise from a tenuous arrangement of perfect circumstances. It is a rest that believes that a life without all the pieces in place, a life in which we do indeed suffer lack, is still a life to celebrate, a good gift from a good God.
By Sally Breedlove

©This devotion is excerpted from Guideposts: Women’s Devotional Bible.

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From The Angels:

Intention: Your intentions create your experiences. What do you intend to happen? Make sure that your thoughts and feelings reflect your true intentions.

By drawing this card, the angels ask you to take an inventory of your expectations. What do you expect to happen today, tomorrow, or in the future? These expectations are the seeds of your intentions. An intention means that you have set a goal and intend to achieve it.

Your intentions drive your experiences. The angels ask you to choose and infuse your intentions with love. See yourself and others as happy, successful, and peaceful. By holding these spiritually minded intentions, you help yourself and others. The angels can help you replace negative mental habits with more empowering thoughts, if you ask for their assistance.

Retreat: Spend some time alone in quiet thought. Clear your mind, and focus on your truth and priorities.

Are you pushing yourself too hard, beloved child of God? The angels remind us that rest is a natural cycle in every living thing. Think of the mighty oak tree that grows in spurts and then rests. It draws its nourishment from deep within the earth, and takes its time before growing upward again. Like the oak tree, it’s important for you to nourish yourself with spiritual and emotional “food.”

While you are resting, take time to reflect on your heart’s true feelings and desires. Your angels speak to you through your heart, and when you listen to and honor your feelings, you walk hand-in-hand with God and the angels. You will know that it is true Divine guidance, and not just your imagination or wishful thinking if it speaks of your desire to make a difference in the world.

Self-Acceptance: You are a perfect child of God, and every part of you is wonderful. Your angels guide you to let go of negative self-judgments and to enjoy being you!

“You are much too hard on yourself,” your angels say to you through this card. Although you enjoy having high standards, it’s important to view yourself through loving eyes. Berating yourself only makes your spirit sink. Self-improvement comes from a positive mind-set.

See yourself through your angels’ eyes, and you will see someone who is a perfect and holy child of God. Although you have made mistakes in the past, there is nothing that you could have ever said, thought, or done that would change God’s love for you. The angels see past your surface mistakes; they see the beating heart of God’s love within you. They love you unconditionally, and they ask you to love yourself in the same way!

Today’s Prayers:

In the joy of your heart,
Your light remains.

In the gift of your caring,
Your light remains

Where you reached out to help,
Your light remains.

Where you sat in silent peace,
Your light remains.

In the place where you worked,
Your light remains

In the stillness of the starry night,
Your light remains

In the light of each day fully embraced,
Your light remains.

Like the touch of an Angel,
Your light remains.

When you live as a light,
Your heart is joined in the Infinite Light of Love.
And that about you which is eternal … remains.

Rev. Jacquie Riker – 2003
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This is the beginning of a new day.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever,
leaving in its place something I have traded for it.
I want it to be a gain, not a loss;
good, not evil;
success, not failure —
in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it today.

Author Unknown

Shine from within.

In keeping with weekend tradition, today’s post is a reprint from days gone by.  Be back Monday!  -Bobbe

People Who Shine Within Don't Need the Spotlight

For the most part I do very well maintaining a certain level of sanity amidst the strange things that happen around me and in this world.  I try to follow my own philosophy which dictates that I “keep my eyes on my own paper”.  Although I pay attention to what others are doing and saying, I try not to let it seep in so deep that I get emotional about any of it.  I’m not perfect and it doesn’t always work out the way I’d like, but for the most part, it’s a good philosophy that serves me well.

The only person I’m in charge of is me.  I cannot go out into the world and force people to see things my way.  (I wouldn’t even want to because I’m not always certain my way is the best way for everyone.)  I can only hold myself to my own standards and refuse to take part in things that I feel are against God’s laws and my interpretation of them.

I can turn off the latest batch of reality shows that promote physical violence & discrimination as okay.  I can decline to buy the magazines that spread fifthly lies and promote unhealthy lifestyles.  I can refuse to pay money to rent or go see movies that have no real moral or message.  I can thoroughly research political candidates and try to vote for the one(s) who appear to mirror my own belief about what’s good for my community.

I don’t need the latest iPhone so I can bury my head in it all day to keep connected to the latest posts and tweets.   I don’t need to post incessant political views and then argue with others who do not feel the way I do.  I don’t need to get involved in taking sides when my friends are fighting.  I don’t need to participate in the latest gossip or even worry what others are saying about me or jump on bandwagons that don’t belong to me.

What I do need to do is listen to my heart and follow it’s direction at all times.  It’s important for me to stop being afraid to stand up for my faith and belief in God and the angels.  It’s important for me to walk with God at the center of my life and pray that others will also.

I’ve been listening to the Blessed Mother’s direction for twenty years now and the message She gave to the Medjugorje visionary, Marija, yesterday resonates loudly in me.  “Be carriers of peace and goodness in this world.”  To me that means placing God first and being of service to others in this world as my priorities.  It means feeding my spirit with things that are pure.  It means letting go of resentments and fears and anything else that isn’t authentically me.

She states that this world is “without joy in the heart, and is without a future, because it does not have its heart open to God.”

Turn on the Television here in the United States and it takes exactly two seconds to find evidence of this by what we allow on our channels.  For goodness sakes, one of the most popular, best-selling books out there right now is pretty much porn for women.  Really?  Is this what we’ve become? The most popular television show is about zombies.

I’m not here to condemn anyone for what he/she finds appealing but for me, it’s evident, that if enough of us don’t really pull back and re-asses what’s truly important, we’re headed for big trouble.

I find that when I’m marching to the beat of my own heart with God leading the way, I truly do carry a spirit of joy, regardless of whatever may be going on around me.  I wish the same for everyone out there.

July 25, 2012 Mary’s Message to Marija

“Dear children! Today I call you to the ‘good’. Be carriers of peace and goodness in this world. Pray that God may give you the strength so that hope and pride may always reign in your heart and life because you are God’s children and carriers of His hope to this world that is without joy in the heart, and is without a future, because it does not have its heart open to God who is your salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.”  (Read More messages)

From The Angels:

Archangel Michael: Rapid change is often unsettling and can be stressful, but only because it seems to be too rapid and therefore threatening. Remember that you have agreed on the higher level to be part of the change, and that the changes are to bring in Light, Love, Joy and Abundance.

Operate from your Heart rather than your head. If there is fear, then it is coming from your head. Stay grounded and open, and be practical. If you are in the flow of Divine Creative energy, then you cannot fail.

Archangel Michael is making his presence know to you. Remember that you are Safe and Protected at all times, and that all is in Divine Order at all times! If you trust Divine Order, and not your old habits, you will be fine! God and the angels will help you stay true to yourself during trying times.

Divine Guidance: If you could see yourself as spirit sees you, there would be no doubt about the importance of this life. You would understand why it’s so vital that you wake up fully and walk the Earth like the Divine being you truly are. Your angels are inspiring you make your best efforts to create a life worthy of remembering. You know the potency of using your next present moments to masterfully create a new way of being.

Being able to make miracles happen is fundamentally a result of how you choose to align yourself, how you choose to use your mind, and how much faith you have in being able to use it to affect your physical world.

You have teachers, observers, and divine guidance available at any time. This world is your arena for growth and learning with the specific purpose of serving and evolving into higher levels of love. There is a higher power working in the universe beyond mere cause and effect. Pay close attention God and the angels are trying to speak to you.

Listening: It’s easy to get busy in life trying to do everything at once. You can listen and work at the same time but sometimes multi-tasking isn’t the best use of our time. Sometimes we have to stop, look people in the eyes, and give them the gift of listening.

We need to take time to deposit value in their hearts. We need to support one another, and listening is an amazing way of doing just that.

As you go about your day, the angels remind you to give people the gift of listening. It seems like such a little thing, but those little deposits will eventually make a big difference. When you make deposits in people, you are making deposits in eternity, and that is what pleases the heart of God.

Today’s Prayer:

Father, we thank thee for the night,
and for the pleasant morning light;
for rest and food and loving care,
and all that makes the day so fair.

Help us to do the things we should,
to be to others kind and good;
in all we do, in work or play,
to grow more loving every day.

Children’s Bedtime Prayer – Rebecca Weston – 1890

 Shine from Within!  Shine from Within!  Shine from Within!

Sadness & Simultaneous Reality

The following is a reprint of a blog I did a long time ago.  It still speaks to me today in a major way.  I’m posting it today so you will know that I was absolutely right. God has heard and answered my prayers and He did heal the situation with my beautiful daughter in a miraculous way.  Today, she is back in my life and I could NOT be more grateful.  Ask. Believe. Receive. Say thank you in advance!  -Love to all!

Never Panic, Just Pray

::Sigh::

I guess I woke up on the proverbial “wrong side of the bed” this morning. There is a feeling of sadness that I can’t shake. Though I try to determine the source of it, it’s not coming easy.

I do recall having a beautiful dream. It was the type where unexpected Blessings just kept pouring in and I spent the entire time wandering around in a state of constant awe over my good fortune.

In the most important part of the dream, I am standing under an umbrella in front of a gorgeous swimming pool. The air is crisp and the sun is shining and when I look up, I see my daughter walking towards me. Her hair is blonde again (it’s dark in real life). For a split second, I panic, not knowing what to do, but I hold my ground to see what might come next.

She stops in front of me and I hold my breath almost waiting for her to shout at me, but instead she hugs me tightly and she and I burst into tears. It is such a beautiful, unexpected moment. I know in that instant that God has answered my prayers in miraculous fashion and I cannot let go.

I suppose my sadness this morning has to do with the fact that while everything else in my life seems to be going okay -even great in some respects- that part of my life is still very much unsettled, at least for me. It’s been a little over three years since I’ve had any form of relationship with my beautiful daughter. (Long story for another time.) There is never a day that passes that I don’t feel the silent tug that says, “How can this even be reality?”

It’s a constant choice to put on a brave face and to commit to my heart that God will heal this situation, eventually. I must choose to look at that dream as a blessing for me. I know the umbrella was symbolic of God’s love and protection. Whenever I dream of water or beautiful pools, I know I am communicating with heaven, as this is a long-standing sign.

I choose to believe my dream was and is a message from beyond letting me know that there is work being done behind the scenes and I am to carry on with the things I can do right now. So I continue to bolster my faith, pray hard and keep my life in order before God.

It’s not always easy but it is always possible…and just as I finish up writing, the song, “You are Not Alone” begins to play. Yes indeed.

There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. Carl Jung
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SIMULTANEOUS REALITIES

An Angel Reminder: Life is multidimensional.

Life isn’t black and white, this way and not that way. Have you ever stopped to think that when you’re in the midst of unhappiness about one thing, you can be simultaneously happy about another? So, we can’t say that we’re totally unhappy, because happiness is coexisting with unhappiness. The angels know that we are always experiencing simultaneous realities, even if we’re not aware of them. We can move in and out of these realities at will; we don’t have to remain stuck in one or another. No one feeling is every permanent unless we prefer to remain wedded to it–and even then we have to try awfully hard to sing on one emotional note and ignore the chorus of other experiences that make us the complex and fascinating creations that we are.

What simultaneous realities are occurring in your life right now? If you are in pain, stop and think of anything that is good in your life or that brings you joy. Realize that you can experience seemingly contradictory emotions concurrently and that your thoughts are like doors opening onto different rooms. Feel free to go into any room, at any time.

An Angelic Reflection: I try not to allow any one feeling to determine my perception of reality.

(Angel Courage: Terry Lynn Taylor & Mary Beth Crain. © 1999 Harper San Francisco)

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The Secret of Contentment

Philippians 4:4-13

In today’s reading, the apostle Paul says he has learned the secret of experiencing contentment in all circumstances, good or bad. Does it surprise you that he wrote this when he was in prison, unsure of his future?

We’re often discontent even when all is going well. Consequently, we wonder how it’s possible to be truly content during our most difficult trials, especially when there’s no end in sight. So what is genuine contentment? Paul is speaking of a freedom from worry and frustration about everything in life–even unfulfilled desires.

It’s usually when we cannot control or change our situation that we feel discontentment. As long as our satisfaction depends on whether certain things actually work out, we’ll allow circumstances to cheat us out of peace. I’m not saying there’s some spiritual stage where you will never again experience anxiety or frustration. But what matters is how we respond when those feelings grip us.

This is something that the apostle had to learn. Paul endured amazing suffering, from shipwrecks and hunger to unjust imprisonment and beatings (2 Cor. 11:24-30). He had gone through countless situations that were uncertain, extraordinarily painful, and seemingly hopeless. But he finally discovered that contentment could not be dependent upon his circumstances.

How do you respond when circumstances are out of your control? Do you get angry? Do you try to escape? Does despair make you want to give up? Paul chose to give his anxieties to Jesus in exchange for peace that “surpasses all comprehension” (Phil. 4:7). That same peace is available to you!

© In Touch Ministries, Inc. © 2009 All Rights Reserved.

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From The Angels:

Divine Guidance: If you could see yourself as spirit sees you, there would be no doubt about the importance of this life. You would understand why it’s so vital that you wake up fully and walk the Earth like the Divine being you truly are. Your angels are inspiring you make your best efforts to create a life worthy of remembering. You know the potency of using your next present moments to masterfully create a new way of being.

Being able to make miracles happen is fundamentally a result of how you choose to align yourself, how you choose to use your mind, and how much faith you have in being able to use it to affect your physical world.

You have teachers, observers, and divine guidance available at any time. This world is your arena for growth and learning with the specific purpose of serving and evolving into higher levels of love. There is a higher power working in the universe beyond mere cause and effect. Pay close attention God and the angels are trying to speak to you.

Body Care: Your powerful angels work to heal the challenges that life presents and help balance your body, establish healthy habits, release any worries, protect you in your travels, and arrange happy encounters.

By removing unhealthy psychic toxins, this allows you to receive intuitive insights. This is an important aspect of connecting with a higher power.

When you are overwhelmed, take shallow breaths. It is during those times when deep breathing exercises can help you re-focus, breathe peace into the situation, and release old patterns or negative energy that no longer serve your purpose. If you feel tense, go outdoors for some fresh air, and ask your angels to help center your breath and oxygenate your mind, body, heart, and soul.

Self-Acceptance: You are important and know that you are called to add value to the world around you.

You have rich treasure inside you that people need. You have more in you than you realize, and you can accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

No matter where you are in life today, you have potential to increase, grow, to be strengthened, and to move forward. God created you for His good purpose and you are His masterpiece!

~~~

Today’s Prayer:

Dearest Lord,

I can’t.

You Can.

Please Do.

And Thank you in advance.

I love you.

Amen.

Traditions

It’s Sunday and I’ve decided that I should really take this day off each week.  My schedule is completely crazy -most days I work two jobs and then come home at whatever hour, plop in this chair and write what’s going on in my heart.  Seems I start and finish each day with writing, which isn’t such a bad thing because it’s what I love, but…

I believe Sunday should actually be a day of rest, rejuvenation and family for all of us-even me.  When I was growing up, every Sunday we went to church and then we would pick up lunch and take it over to my Grandparents, where we would spend the rest of the day, eating and talking and sharing.  I confess that as a teen, my patience with this tradition often waned, but I always participated and as an adult, I’m very happy I did.

I’m grateful for my memories of those times.  When I think about my Grandma, I can still smell her delicious pecan pies and sour cream cakes and I remember how I always got to drink coffee with her. She was usually asking me questions about how I felt and telling me how pretty my hair looked.

I remember my Grandfather in his art studio and how he would stand back with his arms folded, studying the next move of the paintbrush.  I remember the smell of his cigarette smoke and how no matter what day of the week it might have been, he always had on a tie.

I remember us all sitting in their tiny living room and knowing that when the doorbell rang it would be my Aunt Bobbie and Uncle Jack arriving for the second shift.  We’d stay and visit a while and then would clear out so they could have their time.

Anyway, what I’m saying is that it’s important to keep certain traditions alive and if you didn’t grow up with any, there is no better time than now to establish some.  For about three years, I was estranged from my family, so during this time Charlie and I established our own traditions and it felt good.  One of my favorites was the Sunday tradition of going to Mass and then out to breakfast at Karma Cafe…one of our favorite local breakfast places.  We’d order and then sit reading the paper together, taking turns reading stories aloud to one another.  After breakfast it was usually a stroll along the river punctuated by a long sit on a bench swing.

Now that all fences are mended, our Sunday tradition has turned towards going to be with the family at my Mom’s house. We eat junk food and tell jokes and enjoy getting on one another’s nerves.  It’s always a good time.

Did you have a Sunday tradition when you were growing up?  Do you have one now?

PS–I wrote this yesterday!  I AM taking today off!  ((hugs and love))

 

From The Angels:

Emerging:  You are awesome in so many ways, and you are beginning to trust and reveal your true nature more easily.  At one time, you may have believed that you had to hide your feelings from others (or even from yourself!).  Now, however, you realize how vital and attractive expressing your authentic self is.

Your angels are guiding you to honor your true feelings by expressing them to yourself and others.  The angels will help you lovingly talk about your feelings so that no misunderstandings occur with friends and loved ones.  Your angels will never guide you to do or say anything that could hurt you or anyone else!  They will also ensure that your life will emerge to a new level of inner peace as you let your true self come out and play.

Power:  You have all 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.

Divine Timing:  Your prayers are being answered;  there is not doubt about that.  However, everything operates according to the Universal Laws of Diving Timing.  This means that certain pieces of the puzzle must first fall into place so that other parts can come to fruition.  If you try to skip or rush certain pieces or parts, the whole plan will lack a solid foundation.

Don’t try to force open any doors that appear closed to you.  Instead, ask your angels for guidance to see if the door closed because of negative expectations, or if it’s simply a sign of Divine Timing.  Look for other doors that do open, and walk through them with faith and gratitude.

Today’s Prayers:

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor and all blessings. To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, Who is the day through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour, Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air, And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods, by which You cherish all that You have made.

Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water, So useful, humble, precious and pure.

Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire, through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You my Lord through our Sister, Mother Earth who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs. Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon for love of You and bear sickness and trial. Blessed are those who endure in peace, By You Most High.

Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death, from whom no-one living can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will. No second death can do them harm. Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks, And serve Him with great humility.

-Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon – St. Francis of Assisi
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Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now,
and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen

-Christian – Traditional

 

Torn Up Soul

NOTE: The following reprint is from my May, 2010 Archives.

Seems that any time I start to feel better and back on track, something else comes along to push me down in the mud. I never know where it will come from next and I don’t mind saying, I’m really tired. However, lately when this stuff happens, I take it as a sign that I am on the right track and that I should carry on with what I’m doing. I might go down for a little while, but I will continue to get back up and eventually,I will stay up.

What I think is strange is that there are people out in the world who feel justified and triumphant when they perform acts of sabotage and deceit towards others. It baffles me as to how anyone can find joy in harming someone’s  reputation, property, livelihood and even their very soul.

I get it though. I’m supposing that somehow this makes the attacker feel better about him/herself. It’s a method of avoidance…easier to attack and hurt another than to go within and work on oneself. Of course, understanding the motivation behind a person’s harmful and hurtful acts doesn’t take the pain away.

The only way out is through.

I’m grateful that since childhood, I’ve had an angel whispering in my ear saying, “look around the corner.” I can’t remember when or why it first started or if it was ever truly explained to me. It’s just always been part of me. What it means to me is that when I’m at my lowest point, a Blessing is close at hand, and that I should look for it.

So this is what I’m doing today. It’s so funny the imagery that comes to mind. I picture myself face down, arms over my head, covered in mud, yet my eyes are open wide, darting around watching for the miracle that’s sure to follow.

TORN-UP SOUL   Torn Up Soul Torn Up Soul Torn Up Soul

An Angel Reminder: “Call the world if you please ‘The Vale of Soul-Making.’ Then you will find out the use of the world.” John Keats

Have you ever felt like your soul has been torn up into pieces? Anguish comes in waves crashing down on our hopes and dreams, leaving fragments of sadness and doom. In this space we cannot imagine that anything good is at hand, yet the angels look at us and see tilled fertile ground ready to be planted with the seed of hope and faith. Pretty soon we start to feel the seeds growing in our soul. The lights come up, and life looks different. The angels are always near planting positive seeds. Your job is to know this. When you feel like your life has been torn apart, let hope give you great imaginings of blessings to come.

When our soul is torn and tattered, we feel confused and helpless. It is okay to feel helpless from time to time, but it is difficult for anything new to happen if we stay helpless. Remember that while our soul is suffering, our spirit still says, “Go for it, start anew.” And our heart says, “Don’t worry’ the suffering means you have loved, and love is never lost.” When one part of you is lost and helpless, let the other parts join with the angels and take you flying.

An Angelic Reflection: I am a fertile soul, cultivated with love.

(Angel Courage: Terry Lynn Taylor & Mary Beth Crain. © 1999 Harper San Francisco)

 From The Angels:

Meditation:  Meditation is very important for you right now. Enjoy practicing it often.

A quiet mind hears the voice of the angels more easily. This card is your angels’ way of asking you to quiet your mind so that your angelic communications are loud and clear. First thing in the morning, spend at least five minutes with your eyes closed, and breathe deeply three or four times.

Ask your angels a question, and then listen as intently as you would to a dear friend. Don’t strain to listen; if you chase the answer, it will evade you. Instead, continue to breathe in and out deeply, and allow yourself to relax. Tell yourself that receiving angelic communication is natural for you, and that it is actually an everyday experience. The more you relax your mind, the easier it is for you to hear the answer.

Emerging: Your true self-radiant, powerful, successful, and intelligent-is now shining through the surface. Allow your true self to be visible to others, for you lift them up and inspire them.

You are awesome in so many ways, and you are beginning to trust and reveal your true nature more easily. At one time, you may have believed that you had to hide your feelings from others (or even from yourself!). Now, however, you realize how vital and attractive expressing your authentic self is.

Your angels are guiding you to honor your true feelings by expressing them to yourself and others. The angels will help you lovingly talk about your feelings so that no misunderstandings occur with friends and loved ones. Your angels will never guide you to do or say anything that could hurt you or anyone else! They will also ensure that your life will emerge to a new level of inner peace as you let your true self come out and play.

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.

BONUS:  “Your desired outcome will occur in the very near future. Have patience and faith, and don’t try to force it to happen.”

Yes, you will receive your wish. However, Divine timing means that patience and positive visualization are needed right now. Ask me to help buoy your faith so that you don’t slip into negativity. You can speed up the process of answered prayers by having more faith in their inevitability. Conversely, doubts or worries about ‘how’ your prayers will be answered will slow them down.

Remember that the ‘how’ of answered prayers is up to the Divine wisdom of the Creator. Although you may feel urgency or even panic about your prayers, please trust that we angels are working nonstop behind the scenes to help you. Keep surrendering and releasing these worries and fears to God and the angels. The more that you can stay centered in faith, the more easily we can assist you.

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Today’s Prayers:

If we are peaceful,
if we are happy,
we can smile,
and everyone in our family,
our entire society,
will benefit from our peace.

Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk – Thich Nhat Hanh

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Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
That my life may only be a radiance of Yours.

Shine through me, and be so in me
That every soul I come in contact with
May feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
So to shine as to be a light to others;
The light, O Jesus will be all from You; none of it will be mine;
It will be you, shining on others through me.

Let me thus praise You the way You love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example,
By the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
The evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.

Amen.

John Henry Cardinal Newman