Renewing Your Mind: Angels and Addiction

April 20th, 2016

Addiction is a widespread issue in our society. We’re all prone to developing addictions, because we’re all tempted to seek fulfillment in someone or something else besides God. The list of what we can become addicted to is long: food, sex, gambling, alcohol, shopping, cigarettes, work, the Internet, etc.

I used to silently judge people who got drunk, smugly taking pride in the fact that I barely drank any alcohol at all. But then I realized that I had just as much of a problem with compulsively eating chocolate. None of us is immune to falling into addictive behavior. We all have to choose, day by day, to devote ourselves more to God than to anything or anyone else.

Angels, who are God’s messengers, are valuable allies to have in the fight against addiction. That’s why I’m writing a series on angels and addiction for About.com, covering such addictions as pornographyfood, and alcohol and other drugs. Hope you find the articles helpful! And if God or one of his angels have helped you recover from an addiction, please send me your miracle story or angel story to post on the site to inspire others.

Thanks, and Blessings,

Whitney

aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com

Renewing Your Mind: Body, Mind, and Spirit Connections

April 6th, 2016

Emotional stress can lead to physical pain. The body, mind, and spirit are connected in ways that affect each other when there’s a problem with one part of the system. Fortunately, the angels who answer our prayers are also closely connected, so when we pray about a health issue, God may send us help from different angels working together. The archangels Michael and Raphael often join forces in healing work, since Michael is a master of empowering us to overcome fear (which causes stress) and Raphael is an expert at sending us guidance for the physical healing process.

I discovered how well Michael and Raphael work together when I woke up with pain in my jaw during a particularly stressful season in my life. While sleeping, I had been grinding my teeth because of anxiety caused by stress, putting pressure on my jaw and causing the pain in the process. I asked God to assign both Michael and Raphael to help me. Later, not only did my jaw feel better, but my mind was more at peace, as well.

How can angels help you with your own health right now?

If you’ve ever had an angel answer a prayer about your health, consider sharing your story about the experience on the About.com angels and miracles site to help others.

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Spiritual Energy in a Place

March 23rd, 2016

As soon as I walked into a certain section of a restaurant where I was eating dinner with my husband, I felt uncomfortable. The longer I stayed, the more feelings of stress and even fear came over me. It seemed like I was being threatened, but there was no visible reason for me to feel that way. I was about to learn that the reason had to do with spiritual energy attaching to a place.

On the way out, I discovered from reading a sign about the restaurant’s history that a tragic event accompanied by strong emotions had happened there. Years ago, when the section of the building I was in had been a private home, a husband had discovered his wife in bed there with another man. Enraged, the husband shot the man, murdering him in the place right around where I had been.

I felt better immediately when we left the restaurant — and even better still after I prayed about it.

By contrast, I’ve had the opposite experience of feeling waves of joy wash over me in some places of worship as soon as I’ve entered and joined people gathered there to pray. All the positive energy being expressed there through prayer was tangible in the atmosphere of the room.

Both negative and positive spiritual energy can attach to certain locations where it’s expressed in emotionally intense ways. Thankfully, angels can help clear negative energy out of places (like our homes) and bring positive energy in when we pray. So now that it’s a spring and we’re cleaning house physically, let’s do some spiritual spring cleaning with angels, as well.

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: A Friendship with Your Guardian Angel

March 9th, 2016

We most often think of people as our best friends. Yet each of us has angels who are lifelong companions and would make great close friends once we get to know them: our guardian angels.

For years, I thought of my guardian angel as a nice yet distant being who was ready to jump into my life during a crisis to protect me from danger, but otherwise focused on other work as needed in heaven. Now I know that God intends the guardian angels and people he pairs up to be in regular contact with each other. Since angels don’t interfere with free will, they wait patiently for us to show interest in developing a friendship with them. If we do, they respond. If we don’t, they must be content with just working in the background of our lives.

Learning about the close friendships that saints (like Padre Pio, Gemma Galgani, and St. Patrick) had with their guardian angels has inspired me even more to get to know my guardian angel better through prayer. Hope you’re inspired, too! If you’d like to share a story of how your guardian angel has helped you, please send it in for me to post on About.com to inspire others.

Blessings,

Whitney

 

Renewing Your Mind: Loving Thoughts Have Energy

February 24th, 2016

The electrical energy of our thoughts is so powerful that it can cross through dimensions, sending signals between us and those who have died. As we think of them in this earthly dimension and they think of us in heaven, those thought signals go back and forth, and sometimes they’re strong enough to break through in ways we can perceive. What strengthens thoughts the most? Love.

While researching a series of articles on animals in heaven and the signs and messages they may send us, I discovered that for pets, just like for people, bonds of love become thought energy that fuels communication and connection back and forth.

My daughter’s beloved cat Liberty died on the day I started working on that series. Liberty was a sweetheart through and through, and she had a special place in my heart, as well. I miss Liberty tremendously — but I know that she still exists, and that sending my love to her now is as simple as saying a prayer, asking God to deliver the message to her. Liberty has sent her love, as well, by appearing in one of my dreams.

If you’re grieving the death of a person or a pet, you can be confident that the love between you will never die.

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Love that Transcends Romance

February 10th, 2016

Every Valentine’s Day, society turns the spotlight on romantic love. But as exciting as romance can be, it’s only one aspect of love. Love, in its fullest expression, connects us to God. It’s God’s pure, complete, and unconditional love that truly is the greatest love of all, because God is the source from which all love flows.

The story of why St. Valentine is the patron saint of love reflects that reality. It was ultimately Valentine’s love for God, not just the way he helped romantic couples, that made him the saint who inspired love’s holiday.

So whether or not your romantic life is going well this year, you still have a lot to celebrate on Valentine’s Day. God’s love is for everyone!  As I write this, I’m blessed to have a good marriage and a loving husband. But my deepest love goes beyond my marriage, and my number one guy is God, no matter what.

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Keeping Your Legacy in Mind

January 27th, 2016

I like to read the obituaries of people who have recently died. This habit of mine sometimes strikes others as creepy, but for me, it’s a fascinating way to learn about the legacies people leave behind after their earthly lives have ended. It’s also a powerful reminder of the importance of using the time I have left in my own life to focus on what truly matters most.

What information do others who knew deceased people consider important enough to include in their obituaries? Sometimes it’s only what a resume would mention (lists of accomplishments from careers and volunteer work). But sometimes, the obituaries include information that goes deeper, describing something about who the people were in terms of their character, what they believed, and how they acted on those beliefs. I always wonder if the souls of those people can read their own obituaries from the afterlife — and if so, what they think about how their loved ones have presented the stories of their lives.

Doing lots of research into the afterlife lately for my stories on near-death experiences on the About.com Angels and Miracles site, I’m even more convinced that those of us who are still in the throes of everyday living have many valuable lessons to learn from the dead. The most important one? Live every day that God gives us in light of what matters most — eternal values — so we can leave the best legacy behind when it’s our turn to go.

Have you had a near-death experience and would be willing to share you story to help others looking for inspiration and encouragement? If so, please consider sending me your story to post on the About.com site.

Blessings,

Whitney

 

Renewing Your Mind: Quiet Strength

January 13th, 2016

My favorite scene in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie is the light saber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren on the snowy cliff. When Kylo Ren mentions the Force, Rey remembers to turn her mind toward the Force for the strength she needs and, in the heat of battle, engages in quiet meditation!

What a great illustration of the truth the Bible describes in Isaiah 30:15: “…in quietness and trust is your strength.”

The best way to handle any kind of stressful situation, I’ve learned,  is to quietly and carefully turn to the real Force (the Holy Spirit) for guidance. Meditation may seem passive, but it’s actually an active process of discerning wisdom and receiving strength.

Messengers of the Force (angels) often meet us during meditation to send us the strength we need. I’ll be posting a variety of angel meditations on my About.com angels and miracles site, and here are four to get started that I hope you’ll find helpful:

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: New Year Guidance from God

December 30th, 2015

As another new year approaches, it’s a great time to pray and think about what goals to set for 2016. The process doesn’t have to be overwhelming; it can be as simple as asking God for guidance and then acting day by day on whatever insights he gradually reveals to you.

Sometimes we think we have to hear a dramatic message from God that clarifies everything we’d like to know before we set goals. But God doesn’t usually guide us that way. While God may sometimes make a dramatic announcement to get our attention about something, more often, God leads us is in subtle ways that motivate us to keep up a close daily relationship with him. God wants us to walk beside him, listening and trusting. He doesn’t just hand us a map for our spiritual journey; he acts as our personal guide!

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Making Room for All People

December 23rd, 2015

For years during the Christmas season, my family and I have gone to an event called “Bethlehem Walk” at my father-in-law’s church that’s designed to give people an impression of what it would have been like to be in Bethlehem on the first Christmas. I’m grateful that I’ve also been able to travel to Bethlehem itself, on a trip to Palestine and Israel. Whenever I think about Bethlehem, I think about the part of the story that says there was no room for Mary and Joseph to stay at the inn where they were hoping to spend the night. Since there was no room for them, Jesus ended up being born in an animal stable.

Hospitality involves more than just welcoming people physically into our homes; it involves welcoming them emotionally into our hearts, as well. That decision begins in our minds.

How often has there been “no room at the inn” of our  minds for the difficult people we know — like a gossipy neighbor or critical coworker? This Christmas, let’s try to make room for difficult people by opening our minds up to listening, caring, and respect in deeper ways that grow our faith.

Blessings,

Whitney