Your worth

I am the very opposite of what I’m told a woman should be.

Fortunately, I have the strength to rebuke those voices,

and I know Who gave that strength to me.

What does it say about society,

when a woman can feel the power of God’s love coursing through the depths of her being,

and she has the grace to sense the pulsing grandeur of eternal life,

while her heart still beats …

What does it say about the world we live in, 

when she follows the illumnated path,

laid out especially for her by angels,

and she’s filled with a soulful knowing

that the  journey is worth every step out on faith …

What does it say about life, when her only peril on the road to freedom

is the pressure to conform to this age?

Why do we bully women into superficiality?

Why do we try to steal her innate connection to the power of God that wants nothing but good for all of us?

This is how it’s always been.

The question is:

Will we respond with courage of conviction

or will we give in?

Will we be forged into unshakable diamonds of eternal beauty

or will be be turned into dust?

Prayer for lives shattered by violence

Jesus, we know You are near to the broken hearted, and we know you save those, who are crushed in spirit.

Please send an infinite shower of graces over all the innocent people, whose lives have been shattered by acts of violence and hatred.

Send an outpouring of Your Spirit like a balm of sweetness to console them during their time of grief.

Fill their hearts with the peace that surpasses understanding, and give them the strength to persevere through this painful time of change.

Surround them with a faithful support network, which provides unconditional love and leads them ever closer to You through this time.

Give them the grace of pure forgiveness in their hearts, so they can experience freedom from all anger and bitterness, which would tempt them to despair.

Infuse them with Your strength to persevere through every emotional, physical and financial struggle they must endure.

Heal their broken hearts, and help them to see this struggle as a spiritual opportunity to grow closer to You in a powerful way.

Infuse them with Your wisdom, understanding, knowledge and other spiritual gifts to deepen their connection with You.

Create beauty out of the ashes of their loss, Lord – like only You can. And give them the grace to Glorify You by their faith and courage through this tragedy.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Are you personally dealing with the aftermath of violence? Please share your story in the comments below, and we will lift you and your loved ones in prayer. Thank you and God bless.

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 for very long.

I credit my sensitive disposition as one of the factors that sparked my spiritual journey, which has forever enriched my life.

So if you’re a worrier, I see that as great news.

Don’t get me wrong! I’m not an advocate of fear by any means. I agree with Jesus, who  advised us to “be not afraid” in a myriad of creative ways.

But I also see anxiety as an excellent launching point to grow a soul-satisfying faith life.

I mean! So many people wander the earth in a superficial way, carelessly trodding through life oblivious to people around them and the negative effects of their insensitivity.

Worriers don’t make that mistake.

Worriers  tend to be highly sensitive people, who feel things deeply and naturally want to care for others. Worriers tend to be thoughtful, compassionate and fiercely loving human beings, who are wired to pay attention to the emotional landscape all around them.

Though worriers run the risk of getting overwhelmed, it’s because they’re perceptive and brave enough to notice the heartache and risks that really do exist all around them.

I see this a good thing because we can’t pray for a problem that we don’t even know exists.

The mind of a worrier is a natural prayer list creator – we just need need to practice shifting our fears into faith, so God’s grace can start transforming us into the prayer warriors He’s calling us to be.

Here are a few habits that can begin to transform your fear into faith:

1 – Take time to quiet your mind in prayer and meditation every morning
The early hours are best for this because it’s quiet, while everyone else is sleeping. This literally can rewire your brain to be more peaceful.

2 – Cultivate mindfulness throughout the day
Pay attention to your thoughts, take more deep breaths. Notice when you’re starting to think fearfully.

3 – When you find yourself panicking, pray instead
When you pay attention to your thoughts, you have the power to shift into prayer. For example, if a news headline makes you fear war, pray for peace. When you’re concerned about a friend, cover her in prayer. When you’re afraid of losing your job, pray for God to guide you to a more secure one.

It really is this simple! Just stick with it. Grace is transformational, but it takes time to rewire our brain from worrying into warrior-ing.

Do you struggle with worry? Comment below, so we can pray for you to experience more of God’s peace in your life?  

The Power of Mothers who Pray

Do you believe in the power of a mother's prayers?

Is there anything more powerful than a mother who prays?
She doesn’t look like much, I know …
on bended knee, alone
But isn’t there something about a woman who opens her heart to the Lord?
Who is brave enough to realize her own vulnerability in loving these children so much?
Who is strong enough to admit she can’t raise them alone?

Is there anything more powerful than a mother who puts her trust in the Lord?
She seems a little crazy, I know.
Pouring her heart out to a man, who is invisible.
But isn’t there something about a woman, who is wise enough to let go of her illusions of control?
Who is brave enough to admit that even Her love for them isn’t enough?
Who is strong enough to believe a sacred truth she can feel deep in her soul?

What about a group of mothers who pray together?
Busy women, who take time out of their schedules to meet each week,
entrusting each other and God with their concerns?

What about the mothers, who are brave enough
to unite in faith and friendship,
lifting each other up and praying
as passionately for the needs of each other’s children as their own?

What about a group of women,
who open their hearts to lift up the needs of a larger family,
a school?
an entire community?
children they may never know?
How powerful can they be?

I’m not kidding myself.
I know that even together, we don’t have the power to move mountains or part seas.
But I also know the deeper truth that
United in prayer as mothers,
we can expect to see God do even greater things.
I pray He gives us the eyes to see His miraculous love all around us.

Reflection: Are you a praying mama? If not, how can you incorporate more prayer into your busy life? 

Prayer: God bless women to be inspired to turn to you and entrust their children to You. Help increase faith and trust in You! 

Action Step: Get up 15 minutes early to spend time in contemplative prayer! Have you tried lectio Divina? Grab some girlfriends and meet weekly to pray together! 

Answering the calling

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It’s like a little ball of light in your heart that glows

and gets bigger the longer you follow it.
Brighter
and bolder too.

It will help to know some things in advance.

While mesmerized by the brilliance of it,
You can fully expect to be led into dark places that terrify you
and make your soul scream with the heaviness of every emotion you’ve ever avoided.
You will ache deeply.

The light will be your only consolation until it’s gone.

One day after putting all your hope and trust in it for years and
letting go of everything else in the process,
it will disappear entirely from your view.
You will be left alone,
lost in the deepest woods to fend for yourself with no comfort.

Being prepared for this won’t make it any easier.
But please know in advance that this journey is worth the toll it takes.

You are going somewhere.
Your trust was not misplaced, and
when the light comes back it will be more radiant than the brightest dawn.

You will be illuminated with every love, joy and truth known to man.
The glistening purity will pierce your soul, and
You will know the difference between who you are and what it is

Suddenly, you will be free to do more than blindly follow:
You will become one with the light.
Others will sense something luminous in you and have an opportunity to decide for themselves.

Is there any other path to freedom?

Reflection: Have you ever thought about what your calling from God is before? Have you ever had a sense that God was nudging you to follow him in a particular way? Did you listen? Have you ever prayed to God for guidance? Do you have the courage to follow Him even if He asks you to do hard things? 

Prayer: God bless everyone reading this to hear Your calling for their life! Fill their heart with a sense of Your presence, adn give them the courage to follow Your voice, along with the strength to persevere through their highest calling from You. 

Spiritual Toolbox: If you’re still learning to tune into Divine Guidance, I encourage you to try Lectio Divina. It’s an ancient practice of diving into the Word of God in order to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit. Learn more here. 

Prayer for Healing Addictions

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone, the new is here.”
-2 Corinthians 5:17

God bless and heal our loved ones, who are struggling to break free from addiction to harmful substances and behaviors.  

Sometimes it feels like we’re losing them to the darkness of their issues. They’ve changed so much it feels like their bright, beautiful spirits are fading away. We love them, and we’ve tried so hard to help them!

But Lord, our efforts have failed to heal this disease of substance abuse. We’ve learned that all we can do is surrender them with prayer into Your loving arms and hope for the best.

Only You have the power to break the chains of their addictions. Only You have the power to heal them and restore them into the loving people we once could trust. 

Please pour Your grace over every aspect of their lives!

Bring Your spirit of healing into any underlying issues, which made them vulnerable to addiction in the first place.

Help them experience Your love, which we know is what they’re really craving, even as they try to find comfort in dangerous substitutes.

Fill them with the supernatural courage it will take to find healthy replacements for every one of their addictive behaviors.

Strengthen the very essence of their being, so they can break free from all of the harmful patterns they keep repeating.

Surround them with supportive people, who have overcome similar issues and can lovingly walk them through every step of the recovery process.

Help them to realize how deeply they are loved and how very much they will be able offer others, when they are restored to health again. Open their hearts to realize they are totally forgiven by You for all of their mistakes, no matter what they’ve done: all they have to do is let go of their addiction.

Guide them to the perfect 12-step program, along with doctors and counsellors to address all their medical needs on their path to wellness.

Give them hope in You and a vision for a better life! Give them strength to persevere through the recovery process, no matter how long it takes.  

Please provide protection and healing for those, who have been hurt by the behaviors stemming from their addiction as well. Let this addictive pattern stop here, Lord.

We entrust them to the power of Your Divine Mercy, forgiveness and healing always! Thank you Jesus! Amen.

Do you have a loved one, who is suffering from a problem with addiction? Please share your story below, and we will lift them up in prayer right alongside you!  God bless.

Gorgeous chaos

There are some things we want
that we can’t work for to get.

Snow falls down from the sky on a Tuesday
and stops
that night without ever asking if we had enough
or even if we wanted it in the first place.

Of course, we did.
at least a part of us did;
the part that likes to gaze out the window at fluffy beauty raining down like joy …
the open part of us,
the awe and wonder.
The stalwart core of us that’s willing to embrace the cold and bundle up
to experience magic first hand at a moment’s notice,
oblivious to the bitter chill in the air.

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There are things we can work for too.
we can set goals and accomplish them.
we can make money and keep things orderly.
we can stick to the plan no matter what’s falling from the sky.

I think we have a choice to make when snow comes.
It makes sense to decide it’s too cold and wet to go outside;
There really will be too much laundry.
But will we reject an outpouring of gifts from the heavens because of a little mess?

Who created this gorgeous chaos anyway?
Don’t you think He wants us to experience it?

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I opened up the deepest chamber of my heart and made a choice.
Then suddenly, I felt something in my soul hop on her sled.
She slipped down to the edge of the yard faster than she expected.
I found her beaming at the bottom of the hill
with fluffy flakes swirling around her face like a picture frame,
expressing the purest joy.

Reflection: This poem is not about the snow!  It’s about accepting God’s grace, which isn’t always easy or practical. We all know God’s plan for our lives is more amazing than we can imagine, but we don’t all have the courage to follow it. Are you open to the gorgeous chaos of God’s vision for your life? Or are you missing the blessings because you’re so focused on being in control?

Prayer: God, give us the eyes to see the gifts and guidance you give us and the courage to accept them with open hearts and minds. Amen.