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Saying Goodbye

Friday April 12, 2013

About.com is retiring the angels and miracles topics on its network, so I won't be able to serve as your guide here any longer. But I wanted to express my gratitude to all of you for being a part of this community, and to let you know that you can still visit this site anytime to read the archived articles.

Even though there are many more articles about angels and miracles that I'd planned for the future and won't get to write, the material that's archived can at least serve as a healthy introduction to both topics.  I'm glad that so many of you have let me know that God used the articles I've already produced to give you the information and inspiration you wanted. All of the hard work I've poured into this site for the past two years has been to give you all the best content possible to enrich your lives, so it means a lot to know that I successfully did that.

If this site is revived at some point in the future, I'd love to return to serve as your guide again. No matter what, though, I'll still be working on projects to inform and inspire (you can still read fresh articles from me at Crosswalk.com, and I plan to publish a novel called Dream Factory that features guardian angels sometime later this year). You can continue to connect with me through my website or my Google+ profile.

Most of all, I want to encourage you to keep learning all you can about angels and miracles, because they provide important glimpses of God's love at work in the world. Whenever you think about angels or miracles, please remember that you are loved!

Thanks and Blessings,

Whitney

Pleasure and Pain

Wednesday April 10, 2013

The memorable encounters that both St. Francis of Assisi and St. Teresa of Avila had with angels inflicting pleasurable pain on them show how closely these two seemingly opposite feelings are actually connected when it comes to experiencing God's love. Love hurts because it changes us, but it's worthwhile to endure the pain because the pleasure of pure love is more powerful than anything else we can experience.

Too often, we numb ourselves against feeling the emotions God wants us to feel in order to grow. Allowing ourselves to feel means experiencing both pleasure and pain. God himself feels the full range of emotions in relationship with us -- his creations, whom he loves deeply. God could choose to avoid the pain of loving us, but thankfully, he doesn't.

How is God calling you to experience love fully right now? Do you sense his encouragement to open up to him, so you can receive more of his love? Do you sense his urging to let his love flow through you to other people who need more love in their lives? Saying "yes" can hurt, but it will always be worthwhile!

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Fire That Heals, Not Burns

Tuesday April 9, 2013

When the prophet Isaiah saw a vision of seraphim angels praising God in heaven, he was afraid at first when an angel broke into the earthly dimension and headed straight for Isaiah with a fiery coal. The closer Isaiah got to holiness, the more aware he became of his own shortcomings. Isaiah was afraid of heaven's fire burning him up in judgment.

But the angel's coal didn't burn Isaiah; it healed him. The angel used the coal to deliver a stunning message of grace to Isaiah, and to strengthen him to start serving God in fresh ways.

This story shows that we can approach God and his angels with the confidence that they'll meet us where we are and help us move on from there. We don't need to try to attain a certain level of holiness before reaching out to God and the angels; we only need to open ourselves up to the pure, fiery love of heaven and trust that it will reach out to us!

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Burning Passion

Monday April 8, 2013

The angels who are closest to God -- the seraphim -- literally burn with the fire of passion for God, so they appear with flames of intense, fiery light. Their passionate love for God compels them to worship God constantly in heaven, and the radiant light that their passion produces can overcome any darkness.

Seraphim angels remind us that pure love for God is passionate love. When we allow passion for God to completely envelop us -- as it does with the seraphim -- it will produce a fire in our lives that can inspire and motivate us to worship God constantly, in every situation. And the more we worship God, the more we can draw closer to him and experience that wonderful love he offers not just his highest-ranking angels, but every one of us!

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Something About Mary

Friday April 5, 2013

Frequent reports of the Virgin Mary showing up in miraculous apparitions all over the world fascinate me. Mary seems to be very actively trying to communicate with people, and she seems to be using lots of miraculous power to do so. The more I learn about Mary, the more I want to learn about her messages.

I've posted a collection of famous quotes about Mary's miraculous power that I hope you'll enjoy.

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Watering the "Faded Flowers" in Your Life

Thursday April 4, 2013

In one of the Marian apparitions in Kibeho, Rwanda, Mary gave several girls a miraculous vision involving the crowd of thousands of people who had gathered in a schoolyard to hear her latest message. In the vision, the people's appearances changed so that every person in the crowd looked like a flower. Some were vibrant and healthy flowers; while others were faded, as if they were dying.

The fresh flowers represented people who had healthy relationships with God, while the faded flowers were those who had let the burdens of their lives discourage them and damage their faith. After explaining the meaning of the vision, Mary asked the girls to "water" the faded flowers by praying for them.

We all know some people who have turned into "faded flowers" because they've pulled away from God after experiencing suffering in this fallen world. But the good news is that faded flowers can heal and be vibrant once more, if they receive the "water" of support and encouragement that they need.

So today, consider how you can reach out to the faded flowers you know by praying for them, and offering them encouraging words and practical help, too. When you water the faded flowers in your life by letting God's love flow through you to them, they can miraculously grow to become fresh flowers with spiritually vibrant lives!

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A Miraculous Apparition Leads to a Popular Prayer

Wednesday April 3, 2013

Hope you enjoy the article I've just posted about the miraculous apparition during which believers say that the Virgin Mary taught the Rosary prayer to Saint Dominic, who then started to spread it around the world.

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Smelling the Roses

Wednesday April 3, 2013

People who want to focus less on the stress of the daily grind and more on what's important and inspirational often say that they're making time "to smell the roses." That phrase takes on an even deeper meaning when you consider how often roses play a part in miracles and angelic encounters.

The scent of roses in the air when no rose flowers are nearby is a sign that an angel may be communicating with you. A rose fragrance may also accompany the delivery of a blessing from God, such as a miraculously answered prayer.

I can recall several times from my life so far when I've smelled roses indoors with no flowers present; each time, it was after praying for peace about challenges -- and the rose aromas arrived in the air just as peace started to settle in my soul. The sweet scent of roses after prayer serve as tangible reminders of God's sweet love, helping me sense the reality of something I believe in, but which can sometimes seem abstract.

Those moments of supernaturally smelling roses are special blessings that don't occur regularly. So in the midst of my daily grind, I try to make time to smell natural roses whenever possible (even while grocery shopping, I try to sniff the roses in the floral department!). I hope you, too, will make time to "smell the roses" (both literally and figuratively) as often as possible. When you do, your senses can come alive to miraculous moments in your daily life that you may miss otherwise.

Have you ever experienced an angelic encounter or miraculously answered prayer that included the scent of roses? If so, consider sharing your story with our readers by emailing a brief description of it to me at: angels@aboutguide.com to post on our site.

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Carefully Crafted Patterns

Tuesday April 2, 2013

During the Virgin Mary's apparitions in Guadalupe, Mexico, she carefully arranged a variety of roses inside a poncho belonging to a man named Juan Diego, to form a miraculously imprinted image on the poncho. The detailed image contained symbols throughout that communicated the Gospel message in ways that had special significance for the Aztec people, those for whom Mary designed it.

Mary's meticulously designed image ended up blessing many people in different ways. With that one example of handiwork, Mary answered the local bishop's prayer for a sign involving roses, Juan Diego's prayers for encouragement, and millions of other people's prayers for spiritual guidance.

Looking back on my own life so far, I can identify patterns of how God has worked not just in my own life, but in the lives of many others, too -- connecting all of our lives together in carefully crafted ways. Many of my answered prayers have also affected the lives of others; and their answered prayers have affected my life. In retrospect, I can see how God has worked everything out to accomplish good purposes in all of our lives -- not just individually, but together.

If you're going through a difficult situation now and don't sense God's work in your life, it may be because the pattern of God's behind-the-scenes work hasn't yet blossomed fully into view. But at the right time, it's possible to catch glimpses of the beautiful patterns God is making in our lives. So I hope you'll keep searching for the miracle of God's handiwork and trusting that He is always designing something good for you!

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Kicking Off April 2013

Monday April 1, 2013

Hope you enjoy the many new articles about angels and miracles that I've got planned for this month, April 2013. Here are some that I've just posted to kick off this month's coverage; I'll post additional articles throughout the month:

* Seraphim Angels: Burning With Passion for God

* A Seraphim Angel Gives Saint Francis Stigmata Wounds

* An Angel Pierces Saint Teresa of Avila's Heart

* Bible Angels: Isaiah Sees Seraphim in Heaven

* Saint Mary's Appearance in Guadalupe, Mexico

* Saint Mary's Appearance in Kibeho, Rwanda

* Famous Quotes About Saint Mary and Miracles

* Sacred Roses: The Spiritual Symbolism of the Rose

* Tea: A Miracle Drink

* Which Angels in Islam Carry God's Throne?

* Can Angels Help Me Predict the Future by Reading Tea Leaves?

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