Faith is simpler than we make it out to be

All God really wants is our awe

and wonder at His majesty.

Wherever we are,

whatever we’re doing,

we can stand together in spirit-

at the foot of His perfect love,

eternally pouring beauty into the world.

Whether we’re at church or home,

in the mountains or on a train-

we can pay attention;

we can gaze at the vastness of all that He is;

we can marvel at His grandeur all around us.

Everything beautiful points to His glory-

it’s our simple job to notice.

The more we allow our actions to flow from that awareness,

the more our presence can lead others to Him.

 

Related Scripture

John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.”

Luke 10: 38-42

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.

Good news

If you take the time to remove each stone

one by one,

a doubt and fear at a time –

gradually,

the Living Waters will begin to flow more freely through you.

If you want to experience the bubbling joy of infinite Divine Love,

heavy lifting pays off.

 

Related Scripture

Isaiah 44:3 “For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants.”

John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”

 

 

 

What to expect when you follow the still small voice of God

On my honeymoon in Hawaii years ago, everything was perfect except we could never figure out how to get to any of the obscure nature viewing areas we’d read about.

Whenever we asked for help, the locals led us on strangely roundabout paths. One would direct us this way to a random landmark that looked like all the other ones along the road, and we’d miss it. Then another would send us back in the other direction or into the jungle on a randomly flooded dirt road – even though we had nothing to do but relax and find our way, it drove me crazy not knowing where we were going. I guess my type A personality collided with the mellow, trusting aloha spirit.

But in the end, all was well. We eventually made it to our beautiful destination with a few extra funny stories under our belts. Just thinking about it brings back wonderful memories.

As I’ve grown more spiritually connected over the years, I’ve decided the Still Small Voice of God operates a little bit like the Hawaiian locals on our honeymoon.

When I ask for guidance, God doesn’t give me the whole plan at once – He just nudges me randomly in a particular direction I don’t understand, and when I inevitably get lost, He nudges me again back into the opposite direction or up a windy road that kind of scares me. I’ve come a long way in learning to trust these little angel whispers, but just like it did with the aloha spirit-my type A personality sometimes collides with the purely peaceful, infinitely wise Holy Spirit.

In the end though, I’m always glad I trusted the Lord. He has led me to some truly gorgeous places of freedom that I could have never found or even imagined were possible without Him. For that! I am incredibly grateful.

Lord, help us hear Your voice in our hearts, so we can follow You always! Even though You lead us in winding ways we don’t fully understand, we know Your way is always best. Thank You for Your guidance always. In Jesus name, Amen. 

What’s Your relationship with the Still Small Voice of God? Do you follow the angel whispers or intuitions? Share your experiences below, and I’ll pray for your connection to God to grow even stronger! 

Me Too Prayer (for courage to speak out against sexual assault)

Thank you God for the swell of voices, who have found the courage to speak out against sexual harrassment and assault. It’s awesome to see the truth coming to light and justice being served in some instances.

Today, I ask that You rise up even more brave warriors of truth to speak out against their abusers.

Reach deep into their hearts and remove any self blame and fear, which has been instilled by manipulation. Fill them with an inherent sense of their own worth, courage of conviction and the power to hold their abusers fully accountable for all acts of sexual harrassment and violence.

Embolden them with full realization of the positive impact they can make by sharing their stories and stopping their perpetrator in his tracks. Surround them with supportive loved ones to encourage them every step of the way through this painful process, and give them the strength to follow through and fully report all instances of abuse.

Bless their stories to be heard, believed and vindicated with justice in work places and through the full extent of the law. Protect them from backlash and persecution from their abuser. Uphold justice and place accountability exactly where it belongs: on the shoulders of the perpetrator. 

Even though it’s hard to speak out, allow this courageous act to be part of the healing process of moving forward from trauma. Pour Your grace like a balm into their deepest wounds of these brave truth tellers, who are willing to sacrifice their privacy to do what’s right. 

On behalf of these courageous acts, create an increasingly large tidal wave of truth, justice and accountability for those, who commit sexual crimes. Make the world a safer place, one act of justice at a time.

In Jesus name we pray,

Amen

Are you a victem of sexual assault, harrassment or molestation? Do you know someone, who was? Comment below, and I will lift you all in prayer for healing. God bless you on your healing journey. 

Prayer for teachers

Thank You God for the gift of every single teacher, who pours into our kids on a daily basis.

Please bless the hearts of educators in a special way today. Give them the grace to feel deeply appreciated for all they do on behalf of our young people.

Build a supportive, encouraging community around every teacher, Lord. Move mountains to provide them with all the support and resources they need to effectively educate each child in their care, regardless of their unique needs. 

Grace teachers with the gift of extreme peace and patience to deal with curve balls from students, families and policies, which affect their ability to do their job. Fan the flames of hope in them, even in the face of adversity. Give them a spirit of strength and perseverance to never give up on a single child. 

Give them a heart to see each child as a gift, especially the ones, who are most difficult. Grace them with empathy and wisdom to understand where each student is coming from physically and emotionally, so they can develop effective strategies to support them in learning.  

Help them to fully realize the powerful role they play in kids’ lives. Fill them with a steady stream of inspiration to maximize the positive impact they can have in creative ways.

Fill them with motivation, drive and boundless energy to keep up on all of their responsibilities to their students, families and personal lives – work wonders through, them Lord. Multiply the effectiveness of their efforts, and bless all areas of their lives for Your glory.

Throughout their busy days, I ask that You be their Comforter, Counselor and Guide, Lord. Work through educators in powerful ways, so Your Spirit can be deeply felt by students- even in schools, where teachers aren’t technically allowed to share their faith. 

Reward and bless teachers for their efforts on behalf of children, so all the blessings they give comes back to them as greater miracles than they could ever hope for.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Are you a teacher? Is someone you love a teacher? Comment below with a school or teacher, and I’ll lift you all up in prayer. Thank you and God bless. 

Thank You God for being our rock

Lord, Thank You for the power of Your Word and Spirit. Thank You for the sacraments of Your Church.  Thank You for all the faithful, who are doing Your work in the world. Thank You for the guardian angels working on our behalf. Thank You for Your voice in our hearts. Thank You for being so trustworthy and strong. Thank You for all the marvelous signs that point to Your Glory all around us.

Please give us the grace to follow You and build our lives on the solid foundation of Your Truth, always.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Related Scripture

Matthew 7 24-27: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

 

Find a way to do what you loved as a child

At my son’s recent field trip to a literary festival, one of the speakers said “the happiest adults are those, who find a way to do what they loved as a child.”

This caught my attention because after ten years of being a stay-at-home mom, I sent my baby to kindergarten this fall. I’m in a transition period of my life and open to possibilities of what to do next.

Yes, I love writing, and that’s where most of my drive is right now. But what did I love as a child? Building forts in the neighbor’s lilac bushes when they were in bloom, playing running bases in the front yard with my brothers, creek walking and riding bikes into town for cheese fries … none of those seem like good arrows pointing into the direction of a fruitful career.

But randomly this afternoon, I was flooded with a wonderful childhood memory, which makes me think I’m on track with my writing. I adored my silver-haired 6th grade English teacher Mrs. Obrien. She was a woman of great imagination, who brought each of us a tuppence from her annual trip to Ireland and dazzled us (or at least me) with tales of how she swam across an entire lake on vacation every summer. I also loved her dramatic re-enactments of classic literature – she was my favorite middle school teacher by far. 

More than anything, I loved how she’d have us write poetry by hand, then use colored pencils to decorate the page. I think it was my all-time favorite, most centering, even meditative, assignment in grade school.

In the past year, I’ve been surprised to find myself called to write mystical poetry. I absolutely love expressing my faith in this way and teaming it up with photography to illustrate the message – though it is hard work, it feels centering and satisfying to my soul. The creative wellspring is flowing.

BUT – I’ve been struggling to embrace this calling because I don’t think it’s a very practical thing to be doing, and I’m not very confident about sharing my work because I’m shy and prefer to be private with my faith.

The more I pray about it, the more I’m lead by God to continue writing and stretching my comfort zone by sharing it as much as possible. The writing has been a delight, the sharing a struggle.

Realizing this common thread back into my childhood regarding my love for poetry and images is reassuring somehow – at this point of stepping out on fath with my writing, it helps me trust that God created me for a purpose and this is part of it. He’s had this plan for me all along, and my job is to be obedient to His spirit like I have been for many years – this is just the next step in my journey, no big deal.

Psalm 139 13-14 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

So what about you? Do you know what God created You to do? What did you love doing as a child? Could you carve out a little time to resurrect that part of yourself soon, just to see what happened? Comment below, and I’ll lift you in prayer to live a fulfilling, joyful life doing exactly what God created you to do. We’re all in this faith journey together. 

Related Scripture

Matthew 18: 3-4 3 “Truly I tell you, He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”