It's never too late to turn one's life around and begin enjoying the blessings God has in mind for us! After years of terrible struggle, Robyn shares, "I moved in with my sister, began 12-Step programs and went back to church. I earnestly started to improve my life." After making new choices, Robyn has a profound yet sacred experience of being visited by her late mother and grandmother, and then being shown family and friends on the other-side celebrating her spiritual growth.
–the power of communication with our Father in Heaven
I appreciate all who are praying for our world and know many of you join me in surrounding our world with as much love as we can! Our prayers do make a difference in our world and the lives of those we pray for. We can pour our heart out prayerfully for our families as well, strengthening them and our eternal bonds of love. We create loving ripples when we pray for others, whether they be those who are close to us or someone we encounter as we move through our lives each day. Yet if we have not tended to our personal relationship with God, our ability to help others is lacking our full capacity—and especially when it comes to our loved ones, we want to be able to implore the Lord mightily on their behalf. When that sudden emergency happens or a certain situation appears bleak—there is always something we can do—we can pray! And when unable to physically be with someone very close in our heart who is suffering, how grateful we are to be able to send them our love by praying for them. At such times, what a blessing it is to know that our prayers are heard, answered and bless those we pray for.
I have a large and extended family and so have found myself incredibly thankful for the gift of prayer through many emergencies and challenging events with loved ones dear. Recently, I found out that my sister's health had taken a turn for the worse and that even on morphine, she was suffering terrible pain. My heart yearned to rush to her, however, I currently have responsibilities that prevent me from doing so. I reassured her that I would come to her as soon as I could and that I was praying for her, that the whole family was praying for her and that I would have my WAVE angels pray for her as well. How grateful I felt to be able to make such full use of prayer!
This morning my sister called me very excited and said, “Betty, I don't have any pain! What's happened to me?”—and I promptly told her, “That's the power of prayer!” She had fallen asleep before taking her pain medication and somehow slept through the night. Upon waking up she was surprised it was morning and felt inside her pocket. Sure enough, her dose of medicine was still there. She expected to be in so much pain that she would not be able to get out of bed. Instead, she was pain free and able to get up and accomplish some activities that she had not been able to do through the physical trauma she had been experiencing. She quizzed me insistently wanting to know what could have happened and I responded to her, “Accept the gift! Who knows what tomorrow will bring? God has blessed you today—rejoice in his gift and follow your heart.” I thought of the scripture from Psalms 118:24, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
It is in our connection with God's spirit that we can find comfort in troubled times and help others do the same. Through our Heavenly Father's presence and influence in our lives, our steps will be guided and we will feel the gift of discernment more clearly in the choices we make. As we take the time to pray, to quiet ourselves and invite God's intervention into our lives, we can feel his presence and connect with our own spirit that is within our own heart and is always connected to its Creator.
Here on earth, communicating with God is a two-way street that requires both desire and effort on our part to connect with him. And we can be certain that God will do his part in answering our prayers but he has promised us, with our agreement before coming to earth, that he won't intervene in our lives without our invitation. Through prayer, we invite him into our lives and build a personal connection to him that will lift us and strengthen us throughout our mortal lives.
While in God's presence during my near-death experience, our communication just flowed with a oneness that was effortless on my part. But then I came back to earth with the knowing that this was not my true home and I yearned for that closeness to God that came so easily while in Christ's presence. Here on earth I felt separate from him and found mortal language limiting, yet I knew I had to learn how to use the gift of prayer and wanted to do so more fully than I had before my experience. I remembered that while in the spirit world, I could look in on the earth...just as I might look into another room. Conversations on earth are heard in heaven and understood regardless of language. The Spirit speaks a universal language, deeper and more powerful than voice. It communicates accurately and clearly, piercing through ignorance or false understandings while recognizing each person's true desires.
It is our desires, not the wording or form we use, that provides the energy that makes our prayers effective. Though we can never learn too much about prayer, one does not need to sign up for a course of study or even have much experience with prayer to be able to pray powerfully. All that is required is the desire to connect with our Creator. With true desire, our prayers not only ascend to heaven, but they nurture us as well. They take form as an energy that if visible would be seen to add light to our presence or the aura that radiates around us. Our souls literally glow brighter in prayer as our spirits communicate with the Father of our spirit; it is through prayer that we bring life to our very soul.
Any form of prayer is a personal moment in the presence of God. Christ encouraged his followers to pray without ceasing, meaning our hearts should always be in communication with God. Our thoughts can be prayers too so that whatever our physical circumstance, our soul can be on its knees in prayer. Through prayer, we are reminded of who we are and where we are going—and what God would have us do. By listening for God's answers to our prayers, we can learn the language of the Spirit and grow toward greater attunement with his will . . . but before we can listen . . . we first must invite.
In his eternal love,
You Say — God Says
Help when feeling helpless.
You say: “It's impossible”
God says: “All things are possible.” (Matthew 17:20, Luke 1:37, 18:27)
You say: “I'm too tired”
God says: “I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: “Nobody really loves me”
God says: “I love you!” (John 3:16, 15:9, Romans 8:39, I John 3:16 )
You say: “I can't go on”
God says: “My grace is sufficient.” (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: “I can't figure things out”
God says: “I will direct your steps.” (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
You say: “I can't do it”
God says: “You can do all things!” ( Philippians 4:13)
You say: “I'm not able”
God says: “I am able.” (II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: “It's not worth it”
God says: “It will be worth it!” (John 4:36, Roman 8:28, Galatians 6:8)
You say: “I can't forgive my self”
God says: “I Forgive you!” (Romans 8:1, I John 1:9, Isaiah 1:18)
You say: “I can't manage”
God says: “I will supply all your needs.” ( Matthew 6:31-33, Philippians 4:19)
You say: “I'm afraid”
God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear.” (II Timothy 1:7, John 14:27)
You say: “I'm always worried and frustrated”
God says: “Cast all your
cares on me!” (I Peter 5: 7)
You say: “I'm not smart enough”
God says: “I give you wisdom.” (I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: “I feel all alone”
God says: “I will never leave you or forsake
you!” (Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 23)
Help finally came the day I was led to open my Bible to four specific verses. The first was Proverbs 16:3: “Commit thy work unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” During my experience, I had learned that our thoughts create our lives. Knowing this, I had tried to change my thoughts, but that had not worked. I could not concentrate long enough to do it.
I was then led to Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” I had also been shown that the kingdom of God was within us, and that we are the temples of God and he dwells there when we let him. I had also witnessed that God is love, and I knew that without love in my heart—not just for others, but for myself—I was lost....
The final two verses were Matthew 7:7-8: “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek and ye shall find: knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth: and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
These verses confirmed what I already knew, what I had seen, but now I understood that in my misery I had lost my faith in God. I remembered I had been told knowledge comes before faith, and while it was clear that I had knowledge of his existence, had even experienced his presence, I realized now that I had not internalized it, made it a part of me.
Ask? I had done that, but I hadn't been focused enough to know what to ask for. And though I had asked for help, I had not been open to receive it until I let go of my ego and allowed God to guide me to the answers, as he did now. I had been blind before, shielding my eyes from everything except me and my self-pity.
Ask. Seek. Knock. These are action words of faith. But before any of these could be applied, I had to have desire as my driving force. I had that now, and I knew that my continued journey would require a powerful faith, in God, in me, and in the world that surrounds me. —The Awakening Heart, pages 30-31
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Thursday, August 21st
Life's Purpose Is to Bring Me Closer to God
In life we don't remember. We cannot hear, see or physically feel God. We act blindly and perhaps our true colors or our true ignorance comes out. These revelations about ourselves teach us what we need to work on to become more like God, and he kindly gives us the time and space to work on them. No purpose of life is given to force us from God. —The Ripple Effect - page 89
For the Lord thy God is a merciful God; he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee… Deuteronomy 4:31
Father, as I walk in faith, sometimes faltering and often triumphing, my awareness of how much I want to serve you grows. I dream of my return back "home," and I hope to return there with honor. Bless me to become more aware of the quality and consequences of my choices. And help me always to remember that you forgive me when I choose imperfectly.
Affirmation: My thoughts and words strengthen my health, lift my spirits, and give me life.
Remembering without ceasing
your work of faith,
and labour of love,
and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ,
in the sight of God and our Father... Thessalonians 1:3
“When I think of the cross, rather than thinking of Christ's suffering, I like to imagine Jesus ascending in a grand burst of light with his majestic and radiant countenance...having completed his mission perfectly! —Triumphant over physical and spiritual death through the gift of infinite forgiveness made possible through his endless love for us and his perfect obedience to the Heavenly Father's will. What an example he is for us to follow! The Savior is our greatest teacher, mentor, counselor—and the best friend any of us can have!…”