Encouragement to seek God in ordinary moments

God hides the ordinary. Eternity wants to be found. In this moment, will you choose to look? Thomas Merton said “To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything.” I agree. I don’t think God lives exclusively in church, and I don’t think spiritual experiences have to be lofty, angelic or mystical (though […]

Simple Faith: Keep Your Heart Open

If mercy is for any, it has to be for all. The poor and sick are human, just like the cruel and ruthless. If our love can’t embrace the truth about hard hearts, it’s not soft enough yet. Without mercy, justice will turn us into stone, too. Wouldn’t life be easier if everyone was kind, […]

Thank You God for the gift of true and faithful friendship

Friends are like angels with pants on, who have the power to show up in ways we can see. Friends are God’s way of reminding us that His love really is with us, even when the prayer thing isn’t working out the way we hoped.   Saint Thomas Aquinas said “There is nothing on this earth to […]

Spiritual Journey: When it’s time to step out on faith.

You’ll never feel ready. There’s never going to be a better time. There are no guarantees in this life. But you can count on the Truth: a step into the unknown for God leads into the Light you’re longing for. What’s stopping you? My son likes to look at the stats of my Unite in Prayer […]

Encouragement for when you need more patience

I’m just a surfer waiting for the next wave of grace. I’m just a surfer praying for the strength to catch it. As humans with goals, there’s only so much we can do.  We’re affected by circumstances beyond our control like our giftedness, other people’s choices and world events. Though it’s important for us to […]

Simple Faith: Cultivating friendship with God

Prayer is a cup of coffee with our Creator, who loves us perfectly. We become the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Today, I encourage you to ask yourself: Is Jesus on your top five list? Saint Teresa of Avila said “Prayer is nothing more than spending a long time […]

Unite in Prayer for Peace

Creator of heaven and earth, Thank You for loving each and every one of us. Forgive us for ways we have harmed each other in our humanity. Today, I ask that you apply peace like a soothing balm to our aching world. Heal hearts that long for You. Through hearts, soothe families. Through families, soothe communities. […]

Encouragement to persevere in prayer

Like smooth stones skipping, every prayer has a ripple effect. Love creates invisible waves of grace that change everything. Saint Augustine said “Faith is to believe what you do not see; The reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” We certainly don’t always see the ripple effect of our prayers right away, and […]

My experience with vision boarding as a form of prayer

When I was younger, I turned to God to get what I wanted out of life. I was educated and had always been a caring, hard working and relatively well behaved person, but I noticed in the adult world, those weren’t necessarily the characteristics required to achieve happiness. Things just seemed to mysteriously work out […]

Voices of Unity: Maya Angelou “Still I Rise”

  A world renowned poet and activist, Maya Angelou was a master of connecting with people’s hearts and souls. Growing up in segregated south, she experienced poverty, racism and child rape. Instead of breaking her spirit, these challenges opened her to the depth of human experience and informed her ability to write with faith, power, […]