Lifeguard: A Poem about Faith

The Bible helps me to understand the world around me and the world inside me. As I read the stories in the Bible that discuss common fears, moments of desperation, and moments of triumph, I invigorate myself to do the impossible with God’s guidance. Reading the Bible has shifted my perspective on life and life…

Mantra: I am love

Focus on the things you want in life, not the things you do not won’t. Why? Because thoughts become things. When we practice mindfulness we begin to recognize our thought patterns. One of the transformative truths that I learned, is that when I practice mindfulness I am paying attention or taking note of what I am thinking,…

My Trip to South Africa – Day One: Welcome to South Africa!

South Africa is pure magic. I’m not kidding. I experienced a spiritual transformation during my exploration of the majestic country. It was during my trip to South Africa, when I confirmed my belief that everything in life is spiritual. I am forever changed and more thankful because of my adventures in the Motherland. In late September…

Enjoy the Journey: A Poem

Enjoy the Journey — Jessica Leanice Be confident and know that a promise made by God, is always kept. The Universe responds to God’s command. Mountains are moved. Doors are opened and closed. Paths are made. All is done for your good. All is done for your good. Trust and believe. Stand on God’s promise. Read…

Kombucha or nah?

Perhaps you have noticed a variety of kombucha teas at your local grocery stores. But, have you dared to try the fizzy drink like I have? Here is one reason to give it a try if you haven’t already. Kombucha teas help you have a healthy gut! Kombucha teas contain live and active cultures of…

Worship Wednesday: Living in Gratitude

In my twenties, I began seeking guidance not only in prayer, but also through the word of God, which I believe has transformed my perspective on life and guided the way I live now. We all know it can take Catholics a little while before they truly read and meditate on the Bible. Through reading…

Mantra: I am faithful

According to Brother David Steindl-Rast in Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, faith is trust and courage. When we think of faith, most of us are familiar with definition found in Hebrews 11, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” But, do we know how to apply this truth to our…

Mantra: I am grateful

I am grateful. Three words that have significant power and meaning. “I am grateful,” is my mantra for this month. After reflecting on my life and noticing that I complain more than I should, I felt that I should acknowledge the numerous reasons to be grateful. The most prominent reason to be grateful, is that we are human beings. As human beings, we have the ability to make choices, to use language, to feel, to eat – oh, how I enjoy eating good food – and many more unique qualities of being a human.

As Mark Nepo so eloquently states in The Book of Awakening, we are precious human beings, we are rare, and we are awake. Our consciousness could be inside an ant instead of inside a human body. Imagine how difficult that experience would be. Instead, we are conscious living souls inside a human body, and we must recognize this experience as a gift. Our lives are a gift, so why not live now? Nepo encourages us to ask what we need to know now, say what we feel now, and love what we love now. Life is short, we all know that. But, we do not always act as if we know the truth about our existence.