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?  

Do you know the feeling of being uplifted?

Christ Gave Me Wings

Did you know that poetry can be considered contemplative prayer on paper? Or in this case, contemplative prayer on a computer screen;) Dive a little bit deeper into your life of faith by pondering the meaning of the words below and reflecting on the questions afterwards. God bless you on your spiritual journey!

This poem explores themes of friendship, Christian community and taking leaps of faith. Enjoy! 

Christ gave me wings

Christ gave me wings even though I’m still on earth,
only they’re not made of feathers but friends.
They shimmer with inside jokes and thoughtful gestures.
They’re colored with personalities,
laughter and support.
If you look closely, you’ll see how glittering prayer and inspiration
are woven into their core,
strengthening them into communities and families that are powerful.
They lift me up and strengthen me to lift others too.

Christ gave me wings even though I’m still on earth,
not because I’m an angel though.
I think it’s because I stood on the edge of a cliff looking up at the stars and
down at the valley below sensing something more.
Alone and wondering what was next,
I believed in the very depth of my soul I had a future to soar to –
So I jumped,
and all these people appeared out of thin air.

I don’t have to be an angel to know the feeling of being uplifted.
It’s funny the way people can’t fly, but we do.
When we’re guided by our spirits;
When we’re brave enough to trust that invisible sense He gives us –
we find each other,
and we rise above it alldo-you-believe-god-has-a-plan-fo-ryour-life-are-you-willing-to-leap-into-the-unknown

Reflection: Do you have a strong sense of community in your life right now? Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone to surround yourself with supportive network of like minded people? I hope and pray that you are. Everyone deserves friends, who truly care about you and lift your spirits. I encourage you to keep the faith and keep searching until you find a strong sense of community!

Prayer: God bless anyone reading this to find a loving, supportive faith community to learn and celebrate life with!!

God bless those whose hearts are set on a child they haven't met

Prayer for the adoption process

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west… Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth.”
– Isaiah 43:5-6

God bless families, who are longing to bring their child home through the process of adoption.

We know the desire to love a child comes from You.

But the journey to adopt can be long, hard and heartbreaking.

If adoption really is Your will for this family, please fill them with an unshakable sense of their calling.

Create a steadfast resolve in their hearts.

Give them the patience to work through all of the paperwork, meetings and uncertainty.

Pour Your perfect peace into their souls through the ups and downs, the excitement and disappointments …

Bless them with all the financial, emotional and spiritual support they need to work through this entire process.

Fuel them with hope that all their sacrifices will be worth it the moment they meet their precious child.

We trust that by Your divine power, across all barriers of time and space, You have already chosen the exact child, who will be the perfect addition to their growing family. 

Please create a straight and smooth path, so they can bring their son or daughter home as soon  as possible.

Guide them to the right adoption agency, bless all the paperwork to go through easily, and protect them from getting caught up in any legal loopholes.

Give them a deep sense of faith that You have everything under control, and their child is going to be okay.

In the meantime, surround their child with an army of angels. 

Provide them with loving caregivers, who are supportive and responsible.

Ensure that all of their basic needs for health and nutrition are met.

Give them a sense of Your miraculous presence with them, so they will feel deeply loved from the earliest moments of their lives, in spite of any challenges they go through.

Protect their innocence, faith and trust in the process of life.

Pour Your perfect peace that surpasses understanding into their souls.

Give them a deep sense of knowing that their forever family is on their way.

Create a breathtakingly beautiful family through this adoption process, God.

Transform their longing for each other into a deeper longing for You.

Help them to know Your steadfast love in a more tangible way than they could have ever imagined before going through the adoption process.

Increase their capacity to be conduits of Your love to others.

Bless them with infinite joy and closeness with their beloved new child and each other.

Guard, protect and guide every member of their family, always.

Are you or someone you love working to adopt a child? Share your story below, and we’ll lift you all up in prayer!  

How can we experience heaven on earth

The gift of noticing God in our daily lives

Earth’s crammed with heaven…
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.
― Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
Aurora Leigh

When’s the last time you reflected on the very best moments of your life?

For my Theology of Spirituality graduate studies, I’m reading a memoir called “A Severe Mercy” by Sheldon Vanauken.

I know. It sounds like a delight, right?

It actually really is, on a very deep level.

During the grieving process of losing his young wife, Sheldon realized to a profound degree the significance of the best, most love-filled moments throughout the life he’d shared with her.

In spite of their constant battle with the busyness of mundane responsibilities, some memories had a spiritual significance that transcended time and space. He said “I realized that without conscious awareness of it I had had – we all have had — other glimpses of the eternal.”

This realization helped him connect with the timeless essence of his wife in heaven and grow in deeper awareness of God’s presence in his life.

I hope he’s right that we ALL are given glimpses of heaven through experiences on earth. I know I have been. 

I have divine childhood memories of being totally lost and free in the bliss of my imagination playing with my brother.

Running through the fall leaves as a cross country runner, while laughing with friends gave me a transcendent feeling of freedom and connection with what I now know is grace.

Through falling for the love of my life and marrying him, I have experienced countless moments of divine perfection. The joy we share, along with the security of unwavering love and support can only come from God.

Many moments with our children are heavenly as well. Rocking my babies and letting loose to giggle and play with my growing boys stand out as particularly divine, along with a growing sense of connection of our family as a whole.

All the very best experiences of my life include a sense of connection with others, pure love and freedom in being able to relax and be myself, with my spirit, senses and emotions all fully engaged. 

At times I have made the mistake of giving credit to the person, place or thing that seemed to make so happy.

Through my own sorrows and life experiences, I have learned to let go of that illusion.

Now, like Vanauken, I give credit to God for creating that sense of transcendent joy through relationships and experiences.

I increasingly realize that everything is vulnerable to change on the physical plane, except His eternal love which is with us always.

We just need to have eyes to see Him in the people, places and experiences of our lives.

The more we focus on the timeless bliss of His love for us through prayer and meditation, the more of His spiritual freedom we begin to experience and the more gracefully we’ll pass through the disappointments of life.

He is truly available to us all through faith, in every circumstance.

When have you glimpsed the eternal in your life on earth? I pray you can clearly see God’s presence in your life!