Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Celebrate Be An Angel Day Tomorrow! August 22, 2019

In 1993, angel author Jayne Howard-Feldman established August 22 as National Be An Angel Day.  Angels uplift us, and in gratitude for their loving service, people are encouraged to perform random acts of kindness and help those in need on this special day.  Use Be An Angel Day to reach out.  A small act of kindness goes a long way to bringing a touch of heaven to earth.  

Happy Be An Angel Day!

Rae Karen

Friday, August 16, 2019

A Crumbled Fortune Cookie: An Angel Message

Yesterday morning I selected three random angel cards for the day.  Something I recently started doing again.  To my surprise, the Angel of Forgiveness immediately appeared. Up next came the Angel of LOVE, followed by the Harmony Angels.  A perfect blend of spiritual ingredients for happiness -- and just the trio needed.

At noon we spontaneously opted for Chinese take-out and ate at home.  For dessert, I opened a crumbled fortune cookie and picked out the little scroll.

"Forgiveness does not change the past,
 but it does enlarge the future."

 Forgiveness! I laughed, amazed at the angelic reminder to keep practicing forgiveness for everything.  I knew something was up, because I've never had a fortune cookie like it before. Forgiveness effects the future.  I never quite thought of it that way.

Sometimes the angels need to speak loud so I'll get the message.  How sweet to come through a broken, but tasty fortune cookie.

That's the way the cookie crumbles...

Christ tells us to forgive 70 x 7 times, perhaps that's an indication of how often we may choose to entertain old grievances in our thoughts.  Forgiveness brings liberation--expansion.

And, the first person I need to forgive is myself.

My prayer for today is that forgiveness will set you free from a troubling past.  God loves you and His angels are with you to comfort, guide, and protect.  Expect the happy things of God to come your way today.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Friday, August 9, 2019

Woody Sings A New Toon: An Angel Message

Have you ever heard a woodpecker's song? Known for their drumming beaks, I didn't even know they could sing until a loud bird call broke the silence in our backyard one day. To my surprise, a BIG bright red headed pileated woodpecker swooped down on the branch of an old orange tree.  His song resembled the laugh of Woody Woodpecker, the cartoon character.

Woodpeckers tend to cross my path whenever I'm getting ready to make a change, or in the midst of transformation that calls for radical trust.     

Early this morning, the loud call of a bird, rang through the open porch window.  Hei-Hei, our tabby, ran to take a look.  Together we saw a large red headed pileated woodpecker on the utility post in front of our house.  His bright red hair stood on end like a mohawk.  We watched him peck away at the wooden pole, a call to wake up!

I ran for my camera, but when I opened the door, he flew down the street.

The pileated woodpecker beats out a message to follow your own unique rhythm.  Be wary of others trying to nudge you into a rhythm that isn't comfortable for you.  It's time to trust your own instincts-- even if you don't quite understand them.  Do what works in the manner best for you as the foundation is there to move in any direction.  Take your thoughts and give them action.  It is safe for you to do so.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Following the Angel's Nudge, An Angel Message

Have you ever noticed that once you're given an uplifting idea to do something helpful, it may quietly linger in the back of your mind, soon to be forgotten? 

Then, at some later date, spontaneity teams up with synchronicity and your memory is jogged, in hopes that you'll give your forgotten inspiration legs so it can run.  Often, angels need to communicate loudly to wake us up so we'll keep at it.  And not allow our ego's doubts prevent us from helping others in these terribly troubling times.   

That's what recently happened to me.  Months ago, an idea stirred in my mind to lecture on angels and the powerful protection of Psalm 91.  Over the years,  I've heavily relied on that psalm in my daily walk.  Through all kinds of troubling situations,  I've found peace and deliverance in the midst of turmoil just by choosing to believe and have faith in the authority this psalm grants each of us as a child of God. 

Last week, while browsing through a used bookstore in St. Augustine, my forgotten inspiration appeared tangibly on a book shelf.  Psalm 91, God's Shield of Protection by Peggy Joyce Ruth and Angelia Ruth Schum, was just the book I needed.  Peggy, a veteran Bible teacher,  takes you through the psalm verse-by-verse, explaining God's promises of protection in detail.  Powerful testimonies from legendary author Corrie ten Boom, actor Jimmy Stewart, survivors of Nazi and Japanese POW camps, police officers, and documented military accounts from Civil War to the war in Iraq all attest to the power of Psalm 91 in life-threatening situations.

Now more fully committed, I'm in the gathering stage of a new angel project.  The most important part,  I realize, is for me to get out of the way and just do it. 

I'll keep you posted, but in the meantime, you may want to read Psalm 91, God's Shield of Protection. And, pray Psalm 91 out loud each day to put its powerful protection into practice for you, your family, and our world.

For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
                             Psalm 91:11

Love and joyful blessings to you and your angels!

Rae Karen

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Crane Comes A Calling: An Angel Message

Yesterday at Lake Helen, while sitting in our lawn chairs by the still clear waters, the serenity of nature was suddenly interrupted by a loud SQUAWKING call.  It came from a nearby tree.  Wondering what bird was making his presence known, I got up to take a look.  It took several minutes to locate the raucous messenger.

 To my surprise, I finally spotted a juvenile crane, high up in the leafy treetop, he was out on a limb.

His wild cry seemed to herald in a new birth, as cranes are known to do.  He had gone out on the limb to get to the fruit.  A reminder, that we, too, must be willing to go beyond our comfort zone to fully appreciate the fruits of a new harmonious life.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Friday, August 2, 2019

Life is a Book: An Angel Message

Years ago this inspirational quote, etched on the wall at the Mount Vernon Visitor Center, made a lasting impression on me.  The words are from George Washington, the Father of our nation.

  only you hold the pen.

What will you write in your book today?

Have a joyful day with your Angels.

Rae Karen 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Taking It At Your Pace: An Angel Message

The sudden appearance of wild turkeys always brings to mind a gift of thankfulness and abundance.  Last weekend while out for a drive,  Elliot and I happened upon a rare blessing, a large family of turkeys were crossing the country road.  

We slowed down so the group could decide which way to proceed.  Some were heading to the other side of the road, while others were confused over which way to go and darted back and forth.  

We patiently waited, yielding to nature and giving them time to find their bearings.  Then to our surprise, they were soon in one accord and decided rather than crossing, they would trot down the road, leading the way.  In awe of nature, we slowly but thankfully followed the abundant flock.

I did manage to catch this photo as they finally turned off the road to gobble up the green grass. We were thankful for their message to be grateful in all circumstances.

Farther down the road and around the bend, we saw another unusual traveler.  Slowly we passed by a dusty old tortoise making tracks in his lane.  A wonderful reminder to keep moving forward in the direction you're being led.  After all, his slow, but steady pace won him the race, against all odds.  So don't give up, just keeping doing your best.

I love it when loving angel messages appear in nature.  The more I appreciate the beauty of the simple things in life, the louder nature seems to call, to celebrate her gifts, moment by moment.  So no matter if you're looking to trot or taking it slow and easy, enjoy the journey along the way.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Set-backs Become Set-ups: An Angel Message

This beautiful peacock caught me by surprise on Thursday morning.  We were visiting the sacred grounds at Our Lady of LaLeche, a favorite spot we like to come and be in nature in St. Augustine.  After an hour's drive, it was somewhat disappointing that our favorite bench in the shade that overlooks the inlet, was occupied.  So we gratefully sat down on another bench, with a water view in the sunlight, and soaked up the beauty and peace. 

Before long the hot sun motivated us to walk the shaded path on the Mission  grounds.  That's when I caught sight of a familiar profile.  A peacock was sticking its head out of a tall patch of green grass the gardener had overlooked. Elliot was surprised that I'd spotted the regal bird.  It had wisely nestled down in the cool green grasses under the shade of a tree by the shimmering sunlit waters. 

Wanting to luxuriate in that special moment, I sat down not far from him, hoping to get back up on my feet again. He didn't seem to mind my company as together we looked out at the tranquil view.

Later, to my surprise, when I gracefully stood back up,  I spotted something in the grass not far from him.  A long bronze colored peacock feather!   I almost didn't take it, but an angel thought said, why not?

 Kind of funny how things work out at times.  If our usual bench had been free, I would have missed the gift of the peacock. Whenever a peacock shows up, it's a sign to be watchful for my thoughts.  What am I thinking?  Love or fear.

More was to come.  In the early evening, following the lead of another angel thought, we stopped by Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth after dinner to look for peacocks. 

The timing was perfect. 

As we entered the parking lot, a parking spot was available just as this gorgeous peacock greeted us with a show.  Peacock represents resurrection energy and wise vision (watchfulness).     He majestically popped open his beautiful exquisite fan and began shimmying up and back.  All those expansive feathery eyes balanced in beauty as he proudly pivoted in the sunlight shining through the trees.  I was thankful for the lovely visual reminder to keep showing up at your best, and turning around to look for the good in every situation. 


Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Friday, July 12, 2019

Angel Signs

Often angels speak to us on the road when our attention is drawn to a particular vehicle.  On a drive to New Smyrna Beach on Wednesday, the bold lettering on this blue service truck caught my eye.  "If there's any delay, it's you

 Immediately a sense of guilt made me shrink.  The truck was two cars ahead of us, but I wanted to get close enough for a photo.  Gaining distance, farther down 44W, what a surprise to learn that I had missed the last part of the angel message.  
If there's any delay, it's you
 we pay!

What a relief!  I smiled.  All we need do is make the call, then let the angels do their work unless otherwise directed.

I was thankful for another opportunity to  acknowledge the truck driver's guardian angel, and all those guardian angels traveling the road with us.  It was a peaceful, smooth trip on a beautiful sunny day. Thank you, Angels.

Enjoy your day with your Guardian Angel.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Draw Back the Curtain: An Angel Message

Yesterday an afternoon cloud burst opened up the sky with a sudden downpour.  The curtains on the porch were closed to keep out the hot sun when I thought I heard the onset of a gush of heavy rain drops.  Every day this summer has brought relief.  I'm so thankful that the grass, trees and flowers are at their best without any help from me and my hose.

Later when the sun was breaking through the blue sky again, I opened the white porch curtains to take a look.  What timing!  As I looked up, what should be looking down at me?  Perched on a high wire by the house, a young red tailed hawk met my surprised gaze.  His feathers were soaked from the rain, so much so, at first glance I thought he was a fuzzy headed owl.  But a closer look, with my phone camera, revealed one of my favorite nature messengers.  A juvenile red hawk.  "Hawk medicine teaches you to be observant ...Life is sending you signals."*

Early this morning, 7/11. more synchronicity was at play.  I opened the daily inspiration  for July 11 (7/11) from God Calling by Two Listeners  (edited by A.J. Russell.) 

What a surprise that the subject title for today is Guardian Angels! 

"You are Mine.  Once I have set on you My stamp and seal of ownership all my Hosts throng to serve and protect you.

Remember that you are daughters of a King.

Try to picture a bodyguard of My servitors in the Unseen waiting, longing, efficient, to do all that is necessary for your well-being.

Feel this as you go through the day.  Feel this and all is well." 

The timing brought a smile, that again, more is happening than I can presently understand. I am grateful for the confirmation of silently acknowledging the guardian angel of all those who cross my path.  Not that I always remember, but the more I do it, the easier it becomes.

Enjoy your day with your Guardian Angel!

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

(*Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson, copyright 1988,  Bear and Co, Inc. Santa Fe, NM 87504)

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

A Surprise in the Mail: An Angel Message

Yesterday's mail brought a smile when I opened an envelope to find a gold guardian angel coin. From time to time, I randomly receive these angel tokens from a charity service.  The synchronicity was angelic as I had just given mine away on Sunday.

Our giving is our receiving. 

We can't make these things happen, no matter how hard we may try, but when they naturally occur, what joyful understanding comes with the gift.  A sign to keep on acknowledging the guardian angels wherever I go.  I'm so grateful for their loving, tireless, service to help us expand  and grow to fit the divine pattern for our life's purpose.

Enjoy your day with the Angels!  It's fun to expect the joyful things of God to come to you today.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Practicing the Presence of Guardian Angels

Last Sunday afternoon,  I was guided to give a guardian angel coin to our favorite server at a local restaurant.  With her in mind, before leaving the house, I had grabbed it at the last minute. The previous week, she had been under stress from working double shifts.  Opening the restaurant at 11:00 a.m., and then closing it, not getting home to her toddler and husband until after midnight.  At that time, I'd told her that she had a guardian angel, and she gave me a thankful smile.

Fast forward to this Sunday, when at the end of our lunch, I got the guardian angel coin out of my purse and handed it to her.  Her face lit up and she said, I didn't tell you last week, but when you told me I had a guardian angel, my sister had just died.  What you said, changed everything and I felt lighter knowing my sister is now an angel on the other side. 

I do believe our departed loved ones can act as angelic ambassadors for us in the heavenly realm, but it's comforting to know we also have our own guardian angel.

I was so thankful for the guardian angel timing as I had no idea what was going on in her life, but the angels helped me to be a heartfelt messenger.

The more I remember to practice "seeing" the guardian angels of those I meet, the more amazed I have become by the acknowledgement that something special is going on behind the scenes.  A touch of heaven is coming down to earth.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen