Experiencing God’s Grandeur

Gazing over the vast canyon

of Your unconditional love,

I begin to sense the depths You would go

to carve a place for each of us in Your ethereal home.

Everything gorgeous points to Your majesty.

The grandeur of nature exists, so we can marvel

at Your presence in it.

You call to us from beyond this world,

boldly proclaiming Your love.

Sometimes an unlikely wildflower

finds a way to grow in the cracks between ancient stones,

miraculously bathing in rich enough soil …

and I am nourished by hope.

 

A reminder to believe in miracles

I’ll never understand how you stopped believing.

The sun is shining, and your shades are drawn tight.

Why are you curled up in a ball on the couch,

when lavender breezes are right outside,

waiting to gently tickle you back into the flow of Life?

The full moon illuminates even the night,

but you hide in the shadows  –

bogged down in the mist,

I can’t imagine why.

There is a glistening ethereal reality singing your name.

It’s calling you right now …

Can you hear it in your children’s playful voices?

What about your bounding, smiling dog?

It’s like a radio with heavenly stations at your fingertips;

and you’re tuned into static instead of Love.

Can you at least try twisting to hope for a little while?

I want you to hear the melody of God.

I want you to dance to the tune of His miraculous healing power.

I’m telling you, it’s been there all along …

calling you out of darkness…

You were never really alone.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been blind –

The Sun will rise again,

And you can be there to see it this time.

Even you can come back to life.

What’s stopping you?

The riches of prayerful silence

If you could begin to fathom the wealth of graces

waiting for you under the surface of life,

you wouldn’t hesitate to dive right into the crystal clear pool of silence.

You would swim boldly,

deep into the beauty of hope.

Even though you’re terrified,

while the frosty water bites your skin

and you imagine creatures hungrily swimming up

to devour your last resolve …

If you had even an inkling of the gemstone treasure waiting to nourish your soul in the quiet depths of contemplation,

you would never quit.

You would surrender even your breath to dive ever deeper,

until you lose yourself completely

in the sacred mystery of His love for you.

I’m telling you the good news beause someone once told me,

and I had the grace to believe.

I dove into faith and lost everything,

even my own life

before I discovered the miracle of infinite riches He’d created me for.

Now I’m alive in truth, bejeweled in dignity.

I finally realize my worth as the daughter of a King, and

I want the same for you.

The question is:

Do you have the courage to your heart wide enough

to receive these graces?

Will you take the plunge?

Related Scripture

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” -Luke 9:24“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” -Luke 9:24

 

The gift of noticing God in our daily lives

How can we experience heaven on earth

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!  

God bless anyone who is contemplating suicide

God bless anyone who is contemplating suicide

God, there is nothing more heartbreaking than finding out a loved one has taken their own life.

Too often in our humanity, we do not see each other’s pain until it’s too late.

But You know our hearts. You see those of us, who are losing hope.

You sense their desperation.

You know the deep roots of their anguish, even as they try to hide it from everyone around them. 

And You love them with a purely unconditional love.

We know You want to free them from this sorrow!

With our prayers, can you please reach out to them in a special way today?

Help the people around them sense of the gravity of the situation.

Inspire the right words and gestures, which will touch their heart.

Fill them with a glimmer of hope and just enough courage to reach out for help. 

Guide them to the right doctors, treatment facilities and medications.

Grace their counselor with the wisdom to support them through this dark time.

Surround them with role models, who have become wiser and more faith-filled after going through dark times of their own.

Help them to cling to You through this storm.

Keep them afloat with every possible consolation, encouragement and comfort. 

And over time, heal them on the deepest possible level.

Free their spirits from sorrow, so they are more aware of Your peace than they ever have been.

In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

**If you (or someone you care about) is contemplating suicide, please know there are people who care about you, who can help. For more information, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours per day at 1-800-273-8255. 

Please comment below, and lift you or your loved one up in prayer! 

 

 

prayer for a miracle

You are the God who performs miracles, you display your power among the peoples.
– Psalm 77:14

The miracles on earth are the laws of heaven.
– Jean Paul

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
– Job 5:9

God, today I am on the edge between giving up and letting go.

I need your help. In fact, you are my only hope. I am asking You for a miracle.

I have tried everything humanly possible to solve this problem, and it is not getting any better. At this point, I have no logical reason to believe it ever will.

Truly, I am facing the impossible. I am reminded of how powerless I am.

So I turn to You. 

I know that by Your Very Nature, You are pure love.

I know You are infinitely powerful.

I know You want good things for me.

I believe that You absolutely can heal and create anything You want; I am sure this problem is manageable in Your Hands.

The miracles on earth are the laws of heaven

Give me the grace to surrender every aspect of this situation into Your Loving Hands.

Instead of clinging to my fears, give me the strength to more fully grasp Your Love.

Help me to see this situation from Your perspective.

Open my heart to accept whatever lessons You want me to learn through this challenging time.

Make me a better person, for having gone through this.

Give me the grace to desire Your Will above all else.

And please give me eyes to see all the miraculous ways You are guiding, guarding and blessing me through this, so I will be truly grateful for Your gifts. 

Thank you and Amen!

What miracle are you praying for today? Post below, and I’ll pray with you! Thanks:)

for anyone who is battling cancer

“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” – C.C. Scott

“We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” – Winston Churchill

God bless the beloved children of Yours, who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Give them the grace to seek Your help.

Fill their hearts with Divine Peace, even in the face of physical pain and uncertainty.

Help them to experience Your strength in a special way through this time.

Give them a greater sense of hope and faith in The Divine Physician that You are. Remind them of Your Infinite Healing Power.

Help them to embrace Your heavenly perspective, that even this too shall pass.

DESSERTS

Remind them that Your love is infinitely more powerful than any illness.

Guard the hearts of their loved ones through this; protect them from worry, fill them with faith.

Surround them with a strong support network for every step of this journey, that they may be wrapped in Your love through the presence of others.

Inspire others to provide help with their responsibilities, Lord, so they can rest and focus on healing to the greatest possible extent.

Help them to embrace opportunities to grow spiritually through this time. Cultivate new levels of compassion, wisdom, courage and appreciation for the gift of life.

And most importantly Lord, You know that we want! Please heal them fully. Remove all traces of cancer from their bodies and restore them to perfect health in a dynamic way, as quickly as possible.

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Whether through the gifted hands of a doctor or a pure miracle from heaven, we trust that You will take care of the details of their healing in Your perfect timing.

But even more importantly, help them to trust You and and accept Your Divine Plan for their life.

Leave their spirits brighter, more clear and fulfilled than they ever were before this diagnosis, so that whatever the outcome, Your Love can shine through them more than ever before.

Who are you praying for today? Please share, I’ll pray for each one individually!

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