He wants to have a love relationship with you. He sent his Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins and mine. Live Stations Hope Other Ways to Listen Hope Faith Christian Living Why Believe? Ways to Support Join the Hope Media Player Error Update your browser or Flash plugin. Hope Related Articles. Get daily encouragement straight to your inbox LifeWords will encourage you every day with a piece of Scripture and a practical application to your life from Hope By that I mean I have received the grace to accept the the thoughts that come into my mind, and letting them go as they come.
That takes time. It is my ego that originates the thoughts. But I see the grace in my observing that they are a distraction from my basic intent to go inward to meet the oncoming God. When and if that happens it is a moment of Silence. Truth and trust —so central to the message of God. So where you sit to hear God speak becomes so important.
For me,messages received in the Tabernacle of life are those which I learn and pass along to others. Thank you for such a thought-provoking piece. As I write, I am sitting on a small island listening to the sheer silence of the night. I find it so consoling and so easy to converse with God in this space. Your article provides an opportunity to explore silence. I admit it is so easy to pray here in such a relaxing place. Unfortunately I get very frustrated when I sit in my parish church at home in front of the Tabernacle and try to experience the same silence.
The movements, coughing, whispering and general noise really disturb me. You write about sitting in silent prayer. I would dearly love to learn to experience silent prayer in the midst of normal life and avoid feeling so agitated. Befriending them and considering them as normal aspects of life and having a friendly attitude towards them would make them less disturbing. The man coughing, the baby crying, feet shuffling, the rooster crowing, the frogs croacking, even the internal dialogues that go on in our mind etc are all part and parcle of daily life.
They could all become vehicles for silent meditation with an attitude of acceptance. That said, it still has to be said that external silence is a big help to internal silence and when it is possible, looking for the least noisy part of the day to do the silent meditation is always preferable. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. What Is Ignatian Spirituality?
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Anger About My Roof. I love the notion, enough is enough. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here. You have entered an incorrect email address! Loretta Pehanich. Marina McCoy. Rebecca Ruiz. Tim Muldoon. Vinita Hampton Wright. All rights reserved. The other day I was in my tiny office in the back of the church when I heard an African man talking to the ladies at the front desk.
First of all, I love that accent, so my ears perked up when he started talking. He had been to a ministry several blocks away from our location in order to receive financial assistance with his rent. He explained that he understood we are not affiliated with them, but as he was driving by the church, he felt compelled to come inside to talk through it. However, when he retrieved his mail that morning, he found an eviction notice. So I went out, introduced myself, asked for his paperwork, told him to have a seat, and went back to my office to call the person who leads that Ministry.
As it happens, in addition to my part-time work at the church, I also do the finances for the Ministry in question. After a few back and forth calls, it was determined that his file had been misplaced and indeed, the payment for his rent had not been made. A few more calls were made, including one to his Landlord, who accepted the explanation and agreed to wait to receive the past-due rent and I was able to walk back out and tell him his situation was remedied.
By this time, hours had passed, and this poor man who had been in the office so upset and nervous finally had relief. He thanked everyone in the outer office and then asked to speak with me privately. Inside my office, he took both of my hands in his and asked me if I would allow him to pray with me. Tears streamed down my face as I listened to this man, a stranger, praise God for having prompted him to stop into my office.
He thanked God for me; he asked God to continue to place me in the path of people who need my help; he told God to continue to use me as his instrument; to continue to allow me to minister, not just in the finance office, but in the community. He said that when he entered the office he was scared and afraid and he felt alone and hopeless and that because of my actions, he was leaving renewed and restored and secure in the knowledge that God still listens to prayers and offers aid in remarkable ways.
It was beautiful.
In other words,God met me half-way with something glorious that I would never have imagined for myself. Depression lifted. Joy inserted. You ARE appreciated. You ARE loved. You ARE doing exactly what I expect of you. I love you. Carry on. Why are you not caring for yourself as I have instructed? I feel the heaviness in your heart and I hear all of your lamentations.
You are not taking care of your body.
You are not practicing what I have taught you. Your body is a temple for your spirit. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. This applies to the way you treat yourself as well. You do not belong there. You are a light to many in your world. You deserve to be happy. You deserve to be respected. It has always been easy for you to make sacrifices for me.
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Today, this moment, I urge you to find the narrow gate and enter it, forcing your sadness and low self esteem to the backseat. Serenity: You are free from stress and your disposition is of greater inner peace and tranquility. Even if your unable to resolve a current task at hand, your peace of mind and faith will allow you to trust that the angels and God will take care of you. The angels reassure you that tranquility and refreshed peace of mind is within you.
You have the power of your Creator within you, all of the His greatness brings into focus who He is; faithful, righteous, good, honest and it diminishes the negative problems you are facing. You have all the power of Divine love it is unlimited allow yourself shine. He is the one who with just his voice spoke the world and universe and cosmos into being, yet he is interested in the smallest and most intimate details of your life. Trust in God and your guardian angels this will be an exciting time in your life.
Embrace the changes flow with the current of love everything will work out. I delight in your laughter, your smiles, your honest tears and your vulnerability. Continue to speak your truth without concern of what anyone may think or feel or do or say. This is between you and I and I am pleased by your love.
This is between you and me and I am pleased by your love. Enjoy the new energy in your life, including new opportunities, people, and projects. Drastic change can be frightening the angels surround you now with loving energy. The angles are recalling your inner child. Remember the excitement of the first time you learned to ride a bicycle or getting ice cream.
Laughing and having fun relaxes you. The angels want you to know this relaxation gives you a greater inflow of ideas, spiritual connections, Divine guidance, and energy. Your energy and positive personality attracts wonderful and helpful people to you. Power: The power of your Creator is within you. Archangel Michael: Rapid change is often unsettling and can be stressful, but only because it seems to be too rapid and therefore threatening. Remember that you have agreed on the higher level to be part of the change, and that the changes are to bring in Light, Love, Joy and Abundance.
Operate from your Heart rather than your head. If there is fear, then it is coming from your head.
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Stay grounded and open, and be practical. If you are in the flow of Divine Creative energy, then you cannot fail. Archangel Michael is making his presence known to you. Remember that you are Safe and Protected at all times, and that all is in Divine Order at all times! If you trust Divine Order, and not your old habits, you will be fine!
God and the angels will help you stay true to yourself during trying times. When I leaned over to unlock the car door, I felt a concentrated breeze pull together and shoot right up my nose. I was popping through some of my old writing and I found the following recount of an experience I had back in I post this as a reminder that we are ALL special to God and if we are open to receiving signs, they absolutely do come in all forms.
There is never a time, place or situation where all of heaven are not present in our lives. We are most definitely not alone. In that same moment I swirled around, nose to the air, giggling and sniffing like a lunatic. I was breathing in pure and utter joy. The aroma of roses is just one of the signs The Blessed Mother uses to signal Her presence. Thank you so much! I love you! I giggled some more. I am impatient.
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I pace up and down the aisles just filling time. I am to go find a particular Doctor and escort him. I have no idea who or where, but I leave to go find him. I cross the threshold and step into another dimension. I am put out because I have to find the Doctor and no one bothered to tell me who or where he is.
I make my way up a crowded street, notice a huge group of people and I fall into line with them. I realize enough to know this is the line where I will find the Doctor. I follow the crowd up a grassy hill to a church-like structure. I always loved him. The architecture is fabulous. In the left corner, a girl stands at a card table.
People go to her, she hands them their tickets and they go inside. I feel slightly uneasy. Will she even speak English? I am thinking she will not have a ticket for me because I am certainly not on her list. I was only looking for the Doctor. She picks up her pad, writes something, tears it off and hands it to me.
My eyes lift to meet hers. I support myself by holding her forearms and she is leaning over me slightly trying to bring me back up. This place is reserved for special people. I feel relieved. I bring it up to my face to read, still holding onto Vicka for support. Overcome, I rise to my feet and start to back away from the dear girl. I am not special enough to be here. I know what this place is. This is not my place! Yes, you ARE meant to be here. She still knows you by name. She loves you.
We love you. Only the Holiest of Holy are allowed to be present. She giggles and takes my hand. You are. We step across the threshold of a packed Cathedral-like structure. I am so humbled and embarrassed and overcome with emotion. She leads me to the front, where I see another familiar face.
Why is she facing me?