Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

Well-Being with Whitney: Saint Patrick as a Role Model

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

This week people all around the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, which was inspired by the life of Saint Patrick, one of the world’s most beloved saints. I have Irish heritage (from the Shannon clan), so I naturally love St. Patrick, but I also admire his wisdom on well-being.

Patrick was a man of great faith who relied on God for the wisdom to live well. Check out my new article “5 Ways St. Patrick’s Life Shows the Power of Prayer.”

Patrick was also a person who noticed and appreciated the wonder of life. Read more in my new Thrive Global article “5 Lessons on Wonder from St. Patrick.”

Praying and celebrating are two vital aspects of well-being that we can pursue any day of the year!

Well-Being with Whitney: Silence Speaks During Times of Uncertainty

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Since the old year will soon transition to the new year, this is a great time to reflect on our lives so far and how we hope to change them going forward. It’s also a time of uncertainty that can discourage us, unless we’re intentional about centering ourselves in what never changes — God’s love for us — in the middle of uncertain circumstances. Spending time in silent reflection (through prayer or meditation) empowers us to discover something ironic: silence actually speaks.

What comes through in the middle of silence is God’s voice, which the Bible describes in 1 Kings 19:12 as a “still small voice” or as a “gentle whisper.” It’s an incredibly powerful voice — but quiet enough to inspire us to listen carefully for it. God doesn’t shout at us above the noise of our lives. Instead, he motivates us to pay attention to his messages by speaking constantly in a loving way that we have to care enough to seek out. Silent reflection is like tuning our ears and minds into God’s frequency that has been broadcasting all along.

One winter day seven years ago, I heard God’s whispering voice while taking a silent prayer walk and wrestling with great uncertainty. My husband Russ needed a lifesaving kidney transplant and a great guy from our church had volunteered to donate a kidney to him. Right before the surgery was scheduled, however, the plans fell apart. That unexpected change made it a real possibility that I’d be a widowed single parent sometime soon.

God didn’t answer any of my questions that I asked on that walk, but in the midst of my uncertainty, he did something else: He sent me a powerful sense of peace. I didn’t know what my future held, but I did know that I could trust God, no matter what. When worry crept into my life (as it often did) after that walk, silent prayer and meditation centered my soul back into the place where I could receive God’s peace again.

Thankfully, a few months later Russ underwent a successful kidney transplant thanks to another hero from our church who made the lifesaving gift. But even before I knew what would happen, I felt at peace, because God met me in the silence and spoke just enough for me to renew my trust in him.

Whatever scary uncertainty you’re facing right now, I hope you’ll make some time to reflect on it during silent prayer or meditation and listen for God’s response. Even in silence, he has something to say to you.

More About Contacting Your Guardian Angel

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

I’ve completed the series on contacting guardian angels through prayer or meditation and hope you’ll enjoy these new articles about communicating with the angel who is closest to you:

Contacting Your Guardian Angel

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Have you ever wanted to meet that hardworking, faithful angel whom God has assigned to watch over you — your guardian angel? If so, I hope you’ll enjoy the new series I’m writing on my site about angels and miracles, called “Contacting Your Guardian Angel.”

Communicating with your guardian angel is a two-way street. So far, I’ve posted some articles that focus mainly on what you can do and say, and I’ll soon be posting articles on what signs or messages your angel may give you during prayer or meditation. Here’s what I’ve posted already:

Blessings, Whitney


Angels and Crystals

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

This month on my site, I’m featuring articles about the fascinating connection between angels and crystals. People have used crystals as prayer tools to help them connect with angels since ancient times.

What is it that draws something physical like crystal rocks and something spiritual like angels together? Electromagnetic energy — the kind that’s constantly at work in the air around us, but that we can’t see with our eyes. That may sound odd, until you consider that many other kinds of invisible energy moves through the air around us: from cell phone and TV broadcasting signals, to sound waves and microwaves.

Some of the new articles I’ve posted include:

* What is an Angel Prayer Crystal?

* What is the Black Stone of Kaaba?

* Sacred Stones: The High Priest’s Breastplate Gems

I’ve also posted new articles about famous archangels like Haniel, Jophiel, and Raziel that I hope you’ll enjoy, plus profiles of various crystals and their spiritual meanings.



Praying to Angels Versus Praying to God Alone

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Many people agree that angels are God’s messengers to human beings. But the issue of whether or not people should pray to angels is a controversial one. Check out my new article about it on!

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As always, I’m looking for readers’ stories of encounters with angels or miraculously answered prayers. They can be short, and I’ll edit them for clarity so you don’t have to worry about spending a lot of time writing them. If you have  a story you’d like to share, please email it to me (in the body of the email rather than as an attachment) at:

The Angels of Prayer, Blessings, and Work

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

This week on my site, I’m featuring more famous archangels: Selaphiel (the angel of prayer), Barachiel (the angel of blessings), and Jehudiel (the angel of work).

Hope you enjoy these new articles! As always, if God has blessed you with a miraculous answer to prayer or an angelic encounter, please consider writing the story down and emailing it to me at: I’ll post it on the site to inspire readers!