What does it mean to pray without ceasing? “Pray without ceasing,” comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.”
There are probably more hectic days than not when you may find it hard to even pray, let alone pray without ceasing! This phrase has always jumped out at me. I wanted to share what this phrase means to me and hope that you… Continue reading
In the first Guided Life Ezine, I talked about a burning bush and how great it would be to hear God and have him show up in such a tangible and visual way.
What I’ve learned is that God does speak when we pay attention, when we learn to be still and listen.
In 1977 I landed my first job in the advertising business. At the time I was attending college to earn a business degree.
Each day I… Continue reading
This prayer for acceptance is taken from the Let it Go, 10 Meditative Affirmation Prayers CD. It is based on ten spiritual practices I discovered that allowed me to let go of the physical weight I struggled with most of my life, along with the emotional and spiritual weight I carried.
Acceptance is one of the most powerful spiritual practices that, if we do it, our lives will have greater peace and joy.
Accepting God’s Love
Too often, we… Continue reading
This prayer for caregivers was inspired by the following poem from a care receiver. The poem hung in the room my mother shared with another resident at her care facility.
My mother’s roommate never spoke. In fact, she never moved. She was bedridden. Walking into the room, my heart always broke for her. There at her side would be her devoted husband and caregiver.
My mother’s roommate died along with her husband. They had made it into their mid-90’s. Their… Continue reading
The following prayer to overcome fear, anxiety and worry, will help you focus your thoughts on God’s peace and presence.
Instead of focusing on your fear, anxiety, and worry, focus on the words that Jesus said to his disciples. “I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look… Continue reading
Anger is in the air. It’s in our political climate, religions, the media, and social media. Mean speech, injustice, inequality in pay and opportunities, prejudice in all of its forms, and let’s not forget anger about loss. The loss of relationships, loved ones, health… Yeah, there’s a lot to be angry about! But you can’t let anger consume you like a wild fire.
It’s Okay to Be Angry
We were created in God’s image. God gets angry too. Just… Continue reading
Why trust? You trust without thinking. You trust that any form of transportation will get you where you need to go. You trust the lights will come on when you flip the switch.
But trust is broken, even shattered when something happens that rocks your world: a senseless act of violence, a natural disaster, an unexpected diagnosis, a betrayal.
When you lose trust, you can lose faith and hope.
May this prayer renew your trust, to trust yourself, trust… Continue reading
I can only move my feet one at a time.
And I can only move my feet in the direction my eyes lead me.
Be the guide of my vision.
Turn my face to the path you have prepared for me.
Keep calling my attention,
tapping on my shoulder,
whenever I start staring towards my own
illusions and delusions.
In the name of Christ, the Light of the World, who illuminates our souls.
There’s a… Continue reading
Perhaps you are impatient because you are waiting on an important answer of some sort. Or, maybe you lack patience, because, let’s face it, we live in a world where everything is supposed to happen now. Nothing happens fast enough, from standing in a line at the grocery store to a business venture that you are working on.
Take a few breaths and read this prayer. Turn your patience into rest.
I come to you to ask for… Continue reading
Thank you that the darkness of night is over.
Thank you for your faithfulness of a new day bringing new hope, new light, and new opportunities.
I accept this gift of a new day with gratitude and gladness.
Fill me with your peace and loving presence.
Help me to be aware of your loving presence throughout the day.
Give me strength to handle challenges.
Help me to be a blessing to all I come in contact with today.… Continue reading