Divine dancing lessons for moms

Even as women, who juggle bouncing kitchens of chaos and children,

we have the power to make a choice.

Will we take a deep breath and tune in

to the invisible reality that’s waltzing all around us?

Will we hear the Divine symphony in our souls?

Will we take a moment to listen?

Will we notice the angels singing?

Will we accept the heavenly invitation to dance in the eye of the inevitable storm?

The wild realities of raising kids can either distract us or teach.

God speaks to us through chubby cheeked little masters…

by drawing us into their world,

they lead us closer to His…

The question is:

will we give ourselves the freedom to follow?

Guidance prayer

Sometimes, life is complicated.

I can’t see far enough ahead to know-

I’m not sure, where this path leads-

or that one-

When I don’t know,

I remember: Faith is simple. 

I know who I want to follow.

I know how to call on Him with a prayer,

and I know how to listen

for His gentle whispers

in the quiet

of my soul.

Lord, guide feet as they fall to the ground.

Light paths,

open eyes …

Take hands, and

gently lead us

along the narrow pathway,

beyond our limits-

into the Light of Your Love.

Advent prayer

In the messy manger of our hearts,

help us prepare

for Your Majesty to be born again.

We don’t deserve You,

but we long for Your miraculous presence

to transform us with the power of

Your innocence.

Thank You for making Yourself at home in our souls.

Thank You for loving us as we are.

Thank You for revealing Your glorious plan for our lives.

 

Boundaries

Having an open heart around some people can feel

like forgetting to shut the front door during a monsoon.

All the leaves, mud and dirty water rush in …

soaking every crevasse with filth.

It’s not your fault, but you’re stuck cleaning up

ridiculous emotional messes.

People are like storms sometimes –

cyclones of selfishness, spinning out of control …

shooting debris of chaos in every direction.

We need to be like meteorologists of our own souls,

so we know when it’s safe to open up.

We also need to remember it’s okay to use the dead-bolt.

It’s our job as prayer warriors to love everyone,

not to let them destroy us.

Planted in darkness

All I wanted was the light,

but all I could see was darkness.

In every direction, I searched and

discovered more soil and worms.

So I shifted my attention away from the world around me

and turned inward.

I focused on the only good thing I could think of:

my desire for the light,

and my longing for it grew.

It continually expanded

until I suddenly found myself

bursting through a surface I didn’t know existed,

into a greater radiance than I’d ever imagined.

Within me, all around me …

everything shined with love.

All of creation encouraged me to bloom.

I wouldn’t trade my experience underground for anything.

How else would I have discovered what I’m made of?

How else could I realize how powerful I am?

I’ll spend the rest of my life planting seeds

and cheering for them as they reach the light .

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Living for eternity

We’d like to think it’s about marching into the world like soldiers

and taking control,

but it’s not:

It’s about letting go.

To manifest our highest potential in this world,

we must hand ourselves over to the designs of Another.

Our agendas are small-minded specs,

compared to the glory of His expanse.

I hope you open your heart in prayer –

I hope you live big and say yes.

I hope you let Infinite Wisdom stretch you

into a vessel of Divine Truth.

 

Silence and Spirituality

spirituality and silence

Before you enter into silence,

I think you should know how shook up you probably are

from living in this world.

The moment you get still,

you’ll notice debris of doubt and fear floating inside you.

You may panic and want to run back into your busy life,

but I pray you have the courage to be still and know

that all really is well.

And if you stick with the silence long enough,

you’ll get to watch every dark thought sink to the bottom

and transform into solid ground for Pure Light

to shine into your life

and illuminate every fiber of your being.

It’s the best thing that could ever happen to you.

But beware: the more you experience the Truth for yourself,

the more responsible you’ll be for shining it into this dark world.

Related quotes and scripture

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Saint Teresa of Calcutta

“The fruit of Silence is prayer. The fruit of Prayer is faith. The fruit of Faith is love. The fruit of Love is service. The fruit of Service is peace.” -Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Psalm 46: 10 “Cease striving and know that I am God.”

Reflection
When’s the last time you quieted your mind in prayer and meditation to sense the presence of God in your life? Do you struggle to take time for silence in your life? Do you value it or are you too caught up in busyness to even know what you’re missing?

Prayer
God, please send an outpouring of Your Holy Spirit to bless everyone reading this to get a sense of Your spacious, loving, peaceful presence in their lives. Help them carve out time to connect with Your Still Small Voice in prayer and meditation, so they can truly learn to discern Your guidance for their lives.

Action Step
Before the rush of the day, try to wake up a little early to intentionally spend time with the Lord in silence. With a quick prayer, offer God your day and invite His loving presence into Your life. Whether using scripture or a favorite prayer, continue returning Your thoughts to Your desire to connect with Him. Don’t quit if you struggle with negative thoughts, stick with it and your spiritual connection will grow stronger all the time.