Archive for November, 2015

Renewing Your Mind: Giving Thanks No Matter What

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

We all have something to be thankful for — even just the fact that God let us wake up today. But as Thanksgiving approaches and the holiday season begins, it’s easy to let our minds wander to what we wish our lives were like rather than how they actually are. Our culture is full of idealized images of complete happiness around the holiday season. By comparison, our real lives rarely measure up. So it’s tempting to dwell on the blessings we’d like to have and gloss over the blessings we do have.

In other words, despite our many blessings, sometimes we have to intentionally remind ourselves to give thanks.

It can help to pray for a fresh perspective on gratitude. When we learn to give thanks in all circumstances — no matter what — we start noticing more and more of the blessings that God is constantly pouring into our lives.

A good way to shift your  mind’s focus in that direction is to reflect on something new in your life that has blessed you recently. Dwelling on that one blessing will inspire you to discover others, even when you’re going through difficult circumstances. For me this year, that one recent blessing is the kitten who joined our household last month. Adopting Whiskers brought tremendous joy into my life, and pondering that brings to mind many other blessings I’m celebrating this year. Of course, I still face challenges and sorrow this holiday season, as I’m sure you do, too. My life, and your life, will never fit our idealized plans in this fallen world. But still … we all have reasons to give thanks!



Renewing Your Mind: Unconditional Love After an NDE

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The idea of unconditional love appeals to many people, but actually practicing the concept? Not so much.

At first, when researching miracles associated with near-death experiences, I was shocked to discover that being an NDE survivor increased the risk of divorce and other relationship problems. Since people tend to become much more loving after going through NDEs, it makes sense that their relationships with family and friends would improve as a result. But, too often, their relationships broke down after they came back to life. Why? The culprit seems to be the fact that they choose to love unconditionally in a world where love is usually expressed with conditions attached. Quite simply, many people become uncomfortable when they encounter unconditional love, because it challenges them to respond in kind, and loving without limits is challenging for most of us.

This is hitting home for me as the holiday season approaches. My extended family is still struggling with dysfunction that continues to lead to gossip, slander, and exclusion despite the efforts of some of us to work for healing. I’m learning that although unconditional love is a valuable goal, some people are so stuck in unhealthy ways of thinking that they can’t achieve that goal until they’re willing to turn for God to help — and that decision is one that only they can make for themselves.

But the good news is that each of us has the power to make that choice. Even when others don’t respond, it’s always worth choosing to love.




Renewing Your Mind: More Compassion After an NDE

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Survivors of near-death experiences (NDEs) develop more compassion for others after resuming their earthly lives. It’s an important lesson to learn, because compassion comes from love — and love is the essence of God, so it’s the most powerful force in creation, and the ultimate goal of all spiritual growth.

But what about those of us who haven’t had an NDE? I’ve found myself feeling jealous as I’ve researched these NDE articles that I haven’t experienced a glimpse of the afterlife myself. But I’m not in any hurry to die, and I’m sure you’re not, either. So it’s good news that we all can learn the valuable lessons that NDEs teach simply by reading about them.

I’ve been especially impacted by learning more about the life reviews people go through during NDEs. In those reviews, people not only see how the decisions they made in their lives affected others, but they also feel what other people felt emotionally when they made those choices. Now I often think more carefully about what I say and do in light of how compassionate the choice would be. I sometimes ask myself, “Would I like to see this in my life review?”

NDE survivors who have the courage to share their stories have so much to teach us all about compassion!

If you’ve ever had an NDE and would like to share your story on the Angels and Miracles site I produce to inspire and encourage others, please consider sending it in.

Thanks, and Blessings,


Renewing Your Mind: Psychic Abilities After an NDE

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Lately I’ve done some fascinating research into ways people’s lives change after they return from near-death experiences (NDEs). Not only are their journeys into the afterlife full of mind-blowing miracles, but the rest of their lives after coming back are significantly changed.

One change people report is developing psychic abilities after an NDE. A friend of mine who had an NDE (after childbirth complications), had this happen to her. After returning to life afterward, she started to be able to sometimes read the thoughts in other people’s minds, and she noticed more messages from God in her dreams.

I’ve never had an NDE myself, but I can’t read enough of NDE stories. There’s so much to ponder and learn from those who have nearly died and come back to tell about it.