Spiritual Journey: When you’re finally ready to surrender

Here it is, Lord – I have one last thing to give you, and I’m finally ready. I’ve been clutching it heavy to my chest for so long that I started to think it was part of who I am. But I finally realize, it’s just a rain cloud- and I’m the vast openness beyond- […]

True beauty

Will you cultivate superficial beauty only to be admired? Or will you allow your God-given natural radiance to shine? I hope you find the courage to show them your insides. Underneath all your vain attempts to belong in this world, you really are stunning. With your gorgeous, peace-loving presence and spiritual connection, you have the power to leave […]

Own your sensitivity

It’s crazy, but it’s true – I have to warn you. They’ll literally try to talk you out of being yourself. they’ll go to dramatic lengths to complete this task- It’s like they have an advertising campaign specifically designed to silence you, but don’t let them fool you. Trust me: There is no such thing as […]

Joy on the faith journey

“Joy is the net, which catches souls.” – Saint Teresa of Calcutta Have you ever picked up a children’s book of Catholic saints and seen Saint Sebastian gazing upward toward heaven aglow with eyes of love, then been a little horrified to see he had bloody arrows in his chest portraying his martyrdom? Did you panic a […]

Shift your focus to faith

To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle. – Walt Whitman To fully experience the joy a life of faith can offer, we must cultivate a spirit of gratitude. Life can be hard, but the truth is: God is walking with us through it all, whether our hearts are […]

Your broken heart can be your breakthrough

 You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. -John 16:20 Out of difficulties grow miracles. -Jean de La Bruyère Who longs for suffering? Only the saints. Rather than welcome sorrow, most of us would do anything to avoid it. When pain sneaks into our hearts like a Trojan horse anyway, we may start to notice […]

How to transform your fears into faith

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. I am a born worrier, who has been transformed by grace into a prayer warrior, who doesn’t stay stuck in fear […]

Are you growing closer to God through your struggles?

Have you discovered http://www.explore.org? You can actually watch a live cam of wild grizzly bears catching salmon in a river in Alaska’s wilderness. It’s a breathtaking glimpse into the majesty of creation. As I soaked in the wonder of it from my couch in Iowa, what really started to catch my eye were the salmon. […]