Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dragonflies in the Weather Forecast: An Angel Message

With all the recent catastrophic storm models pictured on various weather tracking systems, Yahoo News this week reported on an unusual phenomenon that lightened the forecast. Epic size dragonfly swarms appeared on weather radars in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  It was reported by some that the migrating swarms looked like late summer showers at first glance.

 It may sound rather odd, but this happy forecast brought a smile.  In Japan, Dragonfly is a symbol of new joy and light.  I'd also heard that when a dragonfly appears, it is a message to trust in the power of Light.  Now is the time to shine!

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Photo: from web

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Out of the Cracks and into the Sunlight: An Angel Message

Some of you may be wondering how the buttercup plant fared during Dorian. This amazing wild buttercup has been such a good teacher, bringing many lessons:  Bloom where you are planted;  All things are possible with God;  Take it one day at a time, in gratitude;  Do your best and let God do the rest.

As you may recall, her seed had been planted by the wind over a year ago.  What a surprise to find a spindly little green vine growing out of a narrow crack in the stucco wall by our backdoor.  I waited, curious to learn what it was.  Then she bloomed one day.

Wild buttercup in crack after Dorian
Buttercup! A childhood favorite!  I was happy to greet my flower friend in my coming in and going out each day.  As you can see, over the last year and a half, she has grown very tall, branching out in new directions.  I marvel at her height, as she towers above the doorway, while planted in such a restricted place. 

With the impending storm, I worried that the high winds in the forecast may ruffle her branches and cause her to break.  I thought about putting a physical shield around her, but then I remembered a better solution.  Why not ask the angels to watch over and protect all the flowers, trees, little animals and birds in the wake of the storm. 

The next morning, what joy to see the hardy buttercup had not only survived, but cheerfully greeted me with a big golden smile.

Wild buttercup after Dorian

I looked up the symbolism of the buttercup again.  It is a messenger to develop better self-worth.  With proper self-worth, we can succeed in every environment.  (Even in a small crack in the wall!)  Buttercup affirms that the power of our words will be increasing, especially when applied to healing.  This buttery flower alerts us to opportunities for new life directions and for sharing our light with others. 

Thank you, Angels for all that you do to love, guard, guide and comfort.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Ref. Nature-Speak, Ted Andrews

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Wilderness Testing: An Angel Message

Angels send messages in heartwarming, unexpected ways, that often can make you shake your head in smiling wonder.  I'm so grateful for their creative messages that arrive at the right time in just the right way to speak to our soul.

The morning after Hurricane Dorian, Elliot and I took a drive to Lake Helen. As we parked by a tree, I noticed a man in a gold van, looking out at the lake. 

For privacy, we parked on the other side of the old cypress tree to enjoy the lakeside view.  With the car windows rolled down, a fresh breeze cleared the air.  The lake was a beautiful vision of serenity.   The sun shining on the rippled waters, fully restored by the heavy rains.  A family of long-legged sandhill cranes had come to the lake to fish.

With a deep sigh of relief, we were thankful that Dorian had passed by Florida, and for all the prayers.  We were also praying for the recovery efforts in the Bahamas.

It was then I heard the gentleman in the van reading his Bible outloud.  I listened to the powerful words carried on the breeze.  It did feel as though the angels had orchestrated the timing as it was a favorite passage.

 After Jesus had received the Holy Spirit, He had been led by the Spirit to the wilderness where he spent 40 days and 40 nights fasting and praying.  At the end of his 40 days, the devil showed up to test Jesus' spiritual muscle. "Turn the stones into bread," the devil  first tempted the hungry Christ. 

The adversary comes when we are at our most lowest, most vulnerable point, he believes we will fall for his tricks in our weakened state.  But Jesus knew better. In the wilderness,  Jesus was tested three times by the devil.  (You can read about it in Matthew 4:11.)

 Satan is so crafty he even quoted Psalm 91:11 telling Jesus to prove who He is by commanding His angels to help cast him down from a tall steeple where Satan has precariously placed him.  But Jesus knowing the truth, rebuffed the temptation to use His power unwisely, and to rely on the will of His heavenly Father to see him through. Three times He was tested.  Three times He rebuffed his adversary. 

Looking out on the pristine lake, I heard the wonderful words of encouragement that rang out in the sunshine. "Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him."
Angels.  I smiled.  I know the angels were with us in the storm, and we were tested to stay strong and abide in the Secret Place of the Most High. 

Life is like that.  We go through trials and just when we are close to the finish line, the opponent shows up to test our faith.  During those trying times, if we can cling to Christ, and keep running our race, moment by moment, we will cross the finish line in victory.

So, no matter what you may be facing today in your wilderness experience, please take comfort in knowing that you are not alone, the Holy Spirit is within you, guiding you.  And, you, dear friend,  are in the presence of angels, who are eagerly waiting in the wings to rush in and refresh you when it's all over.

Enjoy your day with the angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Artwork:  Angels Ministering to Christ in the Wilderness, Thomas Cole

Monday, September 9, 2019

Donkey, A Call for Love: Angel Message

On Sunday afternoon, Elliot and I took an impromptu ride to the local orchid farm.  It's a sweet place to visit in the countryside.  Not only do they have beautiful exotic flowers and plants inside of a large warehouse, but we love to visit the animals, especially the Jerusalem donkey.  A few years ago,  this gentle brown burrow helped me get over a fear of him. As I shared in another blog, he stuck his face over the fence and looked me straight in the eye.  His irresistible  spirit was so adorable, I had to reach out and give him a pat on the snout. That was the beginning of our bond.

So from time to time, Elliot and I would stop by to enjoy nature and share love with him.

On Sunday, it had been a long time since our last visit to the orchid farm.   As we parked the car, and were  crossing the large grassy field to his private area, we were in for a surprise.  Elliot spotted our four-legged friend laying down by the fence, basking in the sunshine.

We were a good distance away, when the donkey picked up on our signal.  He quickly jumped up on his feet, staring our way.  Alert, ears pinned back, watching.

As we came closer, he began  BRAYING, like never before!  LOUD and LONG! He BRAYED like his heart was breaking. It was so loud, I expected folks to come running out of the nursery, but they didn't.

We called out,"We're coming to see you!"

 It's hard to describe what we heard and saw in that DYNAMIC OUTBURST OF LOVE!

 I didn't get a photo, but this one I found on-line captures the intensity of his greeting. 
web photo

As we approached the fence, he was still vocalizing, LOUD, rapidly breathing in and out, HEE! HAW! Mouth wide open, big teeth looming, giving his ALL.  It was really something to behold! And we couldn't help from laughing.

When he calmed down, I rubbed his coarse hairy ears, and caressed his sweet face. Softly I asked him, "Do you know how special you are?"

 Big brown eyes looked up at me with such love. 

"You're a Jerusalem Donkey!" I told him. "And, today is Mother Mary's Birthday (9/8).  Your devoted donkey ancestor carried Mother Mary, on his back, on a long journey from  Nazareth to Bethlehem so baby Jesus could be born in a stable."

My donkey friend listened intently, flicking his ears while I patted his back, noticing the reason for the name Jerusalem donkey.  Two dark lines naturally form a single cross on his back.  He looked at me as I continued to pet him. I went on to tell him how a donkey had helped Jesus' family flee from King Herod and travel to Egypt shortly after Jesus was born.

He seemed satisfied that donkeys had played such an important role, humbly serving the royal family.

We had a good visit, and when it was time to go, he was content, grazing in the grass by the fence.  I, too, was thankful that the angels had nudged us to the orchid farm to receive such an outpouring of LOVE.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Beautiful Skies after Dorian: An Angel Message

Dear friends,

Thank you for all of your prayers and positive thoughts during Dorian. We are safe and protected,  thankful the path shifted off shore, bringing minor winds and rainfall to central Florida.  It has been a long prayerful, scary watch at times, as the slow moving storm approached, with plenty of opportunity to work our spiritual muscle.   

Then last evening after the storm had passed, the sky in our neighborhood became a golden pink canvas, such a beautiful blessing that I ran to take a picture.   

Before the sun had set, the sky then turned a beautiful purple.

This morning an amazing photo appeared on line after Dorian passed by Jacksonville!  An abundance of heavenly purple clouds.    
 Photo: Amy Pope-Latham, LCSW 

Nature speaks with love.  On our neighborhood walk this morning, this cheerful red flower had bloomed in full glory during the storm.

I am so thankful to all of our guardian angels, God's representatives,  who guide and protect us.  I hope that more people will embrace the reality of the angelic realm, and invite them into their lives.  It is comforting to know that we are never alone.  The more I practice  Psalm 91, the more I can fully appreciate the unseen help in our midst during life's journey.

Today my heart holds the people in the Bahamas and the Carolinas in prayer.  They, too, are in the midst of angels.  No one is exempt from God's Love as we go through our trials and tribulations. 

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

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

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Lake Restoration with Heavenly Help

This morning Elliot and I took an impromptu ride to a local farmer's market in nearby Lake Helen.  Afterwards, we stopped by our favorite spot, the lake in that town. We'd read some good news about it recently in the local paper.   Over the years, this is the place we would come and bring our chairs, eat lunch, read, and just enjoy the tranquility of the lake.   The herons, ibis, ducks, osprey, turkeys, fish, and occasional turtles added to the flavor of our outing.

Then in 2016 that all changed when invasive hydrilla clogged the waters, sapping the oxygen from the lake, killing fish, and making the lake unsafe for boating and swimming.

How sad that what once had been a serene spot in nature was now being choked off by fast-growing hydrilla. At that time, prayers were sent up to ask the angels for help in restoring the lake for all to enjoy.

Working with the angels brings results.  In the news last week, we read how a community action team got together and made things happen.  Money was funded to dredge the lake and volunteers worked weekend after weekend to manually cut out the invasive plants that were hauled off by a local paid trucker.   As we witnessed this morning, all their hard work had paid off.
Lake Helen 7/6/19

Today it did my heart good to see the clear lake's moving waters reflect blue sky and white clouds like a mirror.   Happy families of ducks and sandhill cranes were hanging out with the peeps who were fishing in the beautiful lake.
Lake Helen, 7/6/19

We thanked all of the angels for helping to restore the lake and the team of caring people to answer the prayer.  Like I mentioned in yesterday's blog, I've been trying to silently acknowledge every one's guardian angel.  It takes practice to remember.

It was amusing on the way home, Elliot and I stopped for an Italian lunch.  Walking into Angelina's, the oldies song Earth Angel happened to be playing on the restaurant's sound system.  How perfect is that, we thought, again thanking the Earth Angels for their tireless dedication and service.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Friday, July 5, 2019

Our Guardian Angels Ever Present

In the 1990's, the awareness of angels skyrocketed as people began talking about these heavenly companions and sharing personal experiences of being touched by an angel.  The popularity of angels soared from angel documentaries, TV shows, books, magazines, art, music, jewelry and angel artifacts.   The cover of Time Magazine featured "The New Age of Angels.  69 percent of Americans believe they exist. What in heaven is going on?"

That was when my life began to change, and I became aware of the presence of angels in everyday life.  Angels are real, and now more than ever we are in need of their help.  My hope is to have a revival of God's Angels that will light up this world like never before. 

 It can only happen with our willingness to call upon them to assist us.  We don't have to stand helplessly by and do nothing in the face of these overwhelming changes we all face.  With prayer and the assistance of angels, we can succeed, but it comes with a price.  We must stay vigilant as we go about our day.  Driving along, we can send blessings to the guardian angels of those on the road with us.  In the midst of errands, we can choose to silently acknowledge the guardian angel of the cashier at the grocery store and also the guardian angels of those in line.  When we walk into a building, we can acknowledge the guardian angels of the business or store, and thank them for their service.  We can each become a floodgate for the angels to take charge and change the atmosphere of entire cities just by recognizing the guardian angel for each person in that city.  Silently thank them for their tireless work to assist humanity.  Pick an issue of concern, any issue, and ask the angels to come bring their light, love, peace and harmony into that problem.  Ask and watch, see what happens just by our willingness.

Another thing we can do is when we meet someone, silently greet his or her guardian angel.  With this faithful practice, soon we will be experiencing a touch of heaven wherever we go just by bringing the awareness of angels along with us.

And, most of all, remember to speak to your own guardian angel.  To give thanks for all the help you receive and for their commitment to watch over you.

I'm excited to know that there is this powerhouse of infinite love and peace that is just waiting for us to activate our gift of free will and to lean on the side of heavenly grace.  To choose love over fear, to look for the good and not be deceived by appearances.  Tough job, but we are here to do it.  We can with the help of our dear guardian angels and the heavenly host. 

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Angels in the Snow

The child within us is simple and
daring enough to live the Secret.
~ Lao-tzu

With the intense summer heat baking most of the globe, and tempers flaring, what better way to chill than to think of making angels in the snow.  Close your eyes and remember what it was like to be a child.  Then do something refreshing to cool off. 

Peace is a choice.

Have a great day with the angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Window in the Sky: An Angel Message

An old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and can be the medium of angel messages  at times.  It may seem like nothing extraordinary is happening until my focus shifts ever so slightly, and I get a joyful glimpse through an expansive lens of the big picture.

That's what happened at  Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine last week.  A thunderstorm was brewing when Elliot and I arrived, so we decided to wait it out in the parking lot rather than drive back to the hotel.  After a torrential downpour, and some heavenly rumblings, the sky cleared and we were able to go inside the Mission museum.

A seat was waiting at the far end with a spectacular view.   While taking a photo with my cellphone, I was surprised to see the reflection of the cross on the cloudy museum windowpane.  It made an unforgettable picture.   A giant window appeared in the sky with a view of the giant cross.

With all of the adversity happening now, I don't know anyone who isn't carrying a cross of some kind.  It could be a failing relationship, a health issue, or a financial set back.  Whatever it may be, it is comforting to know there is more happening in the unseen realm than we realize.

 It did seem to me as though God's angels were revealing a gigantic hidden window on the world, a window of faith, where blessings will pour forth. 

Angels are with us to help and to guide, to protect and to comfort. Our trials are gifts to help us grow and come up higher in consciousness, to be all that we can be. I was so thankful for the message that came through the storm.  A message of trust and faith and gratitude for each passing moment, and to expect good for God is ever present. 

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Monday, June 24, 2019

Ding! World Service Bell: An Angel Message

While I was sitting on the sofa, getting ready to meditate, Hei-Hei hit the silver world service bell with his paw!  A first for him. A metallic DING rung out in the early morning air.  Like Clarence, the second-class angel told George Bailey, in the classic movie, It's A Wonderful Life: "Every time a bell rings, an angel is getting his wings." 

Elliot and I had a good laugh.  You gotta love that Hei-Hei!  Often he has delivered angel messages in playful ways.

World Service Bell

I was thankful for the reminder.  We can each serve the world by ringing for angelic assistance. With the many faceted heartbreaking disasters, the world is in need of divine intervention. Our prayers are the leavening to raise human consciousness and bring more Christ light. 

 It's comforting to know that I can be helpful by quieting my mind, and serving up  a prayer for peace.  Heavenly help is ever present, so why not make the time to ask to be a blessing. 

Thank you, Angels for all that you do to help us awaken to our divinity.  Thanks Hei Hei for the reminder to ring the world peace bell and watch what happens. It doesn't have to be a physical bell, just a little willingness to be of world service by taking time to pray throughout the day. 


Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen  

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Rainbow!

The past two weeks have brought daily thunder showers, soaking the garden.  The lawn has turned bright green and is growing tall in need of a good mowing.

 Last night's downpour brought an early evening surprise.

 A rainbow over the house!  The sky was drizzling as I stepped outside to get this quick photo.  It's been a long time since I've seen a rainbow. The sun shining through the clouds brings a promise of hope.   A most welcomed sign of peace and prosperity. 

Enjoy your day with the angels.  And, watch for signs and wonders.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Passing Our Tests with Patience and Peace: An Angel Message

Many years ago, I learned an important lesson about keeping a good attitude when challenges present themselves.  It's not the challenge itself, but our reaction to it that counts. 

One morning, long before dawn, an annoying little mosquito buzzed by my ear, waking me up.  Not wanting to disturb my peaceful state of mind, I tried to think of the sound as a merry tune of love.  If God is All in all, then even a tiny mosquito must share in this loving substance of Life. 

With that loving thought, I nodded off again, enjoying a little more sleep...until my troublesome troubadour did another "fly by." 

This time, my patience was thin, and I aggressively swatted the air and hid under the comforter to avoid the early morning pestilence. 

As I laid there, with my head under the covers, I got to thinking about the power of that tiny insect. Compared to my size, that little bug was way out of his league.  Yet, I let this little "thing" disturb my peace.  That pest was a lot like my ego, circling my head with menacing thoughts, trying to challenge my identity as a Child of God, a spiritual being, made perfect in His image and likeness.

I got out of bed with more conviction to watch my thoughts.   To stand guard at the door of my mind and arrest any disturbing ideas that may try to enter.  I wanted to see peace, first.

It wasn't long before I was put to the test. 

With renewed conviction, I began the morning meditation.  Before long, my neighbor's stereo rattled our windows playing  "Riders in the Storm."  I found the timing and lyrics amusing.  Halfway smiling, I decided to go with the blaring decibels and not lose my peace in the Storm. To go within and be present with God.  External conditions had no power over my inner peace unless I let them.

Peacefully, I finished the meditation.

All went well until later that morning another test appeared.

While working in my little den, Angel, our tuxedo cat jumped up on my laptop. Her furry body blocked my view as I tried to blog.  She refused to move so I patiently put her down on the floor. 

In a defiant leap she flew to the file cabinet and jumped up knocking my Kindle reader to the floor.  It hit so hard, I was afraid it was broken. That's when I lost it.   Angel took flight in a streak of black-and-white fur, along with my peace.

I picked up the Kindle, afraid to open the book cover.

When I lifted the purple lid, the screen instantly lit up with an amazing ad. 
Goosebumps rippled as I stared at the featured book ad: ANGEL WINGS!

I could almost feel the laughter of angels at my look of surprise.  I mean, what were the chances?

 I couldn't believe the timing!

 I looked twice, bursting with laughter.  Angel Wings! 

Not only was the Kindle reader in great condition, but it had been a tool for Angel cat to deliver a timely message in a playful way. The synchronicity taught me to see more clearly how all seeming adversity has a touch of divine order whether I may like it or not. In other words, all things work together for lighten up! 

Later that morning, my logical mind wanted to check the Kindle again to see if the angel ad was still there. Angel Wings no longer lit up the main screen, but the angels had made a lasting impression on the divine timing and order of all events.  Everything is in divine order.

The book title,Angel Wings was the message for me.  Not the book, just the title.

I love the creative medium of angel communications.  An unexpected word  from a friend, a synchronous license plate, a jingle on the car radio, or even a testy moment with a feisty feline named Angel that illustrates how patience and peace are the keys to getting my angel wings.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Sunday, June 16, 2019

A Surprise Pod: An Angel Message

Happy Father's Day!  This morning a third pod from our star orchid bloomed. (The neglected straggly plant that had been left outdoors after its last bloom last year.)   When I set it on the mantle, I noticed it had a third small pod, sealed tight, I didn't think it had a chance to bloom like the other two.

But I was wrong.

A few days ago, I was guided to add a loving spoonful of water to the potted plant. That TLC may have boosted its flower power.  Just another reminder for me not to judge based on appearances--lots of wonderful things are in the works, yet to appear in the physical.   So relax and let things be as they are.

Enjoy your day with the Angels and try to remember that a spoonful of love goes a long way.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Friday, June 14, 2019

What Are You Putting Out There? An Angel Message

Many years ago,  a lesson on sound waves wafted in when our next door neighbor installed a mega CB antenna.  Like a giant space needle, it stuck up above his roof hanging out with the towering hardwood trees. Elliot and I joked that Jim could hear music all the way from China! 

Something amusing happened during his first transmission.  In the early morning, our little blue boom box picked up Jim's conversation with a distant CB pal.  Awakened by a bedroom full of static  and our neighbor's booming voice, we tried to figure out how his broadcast could be coming through. 

Later, when he was told about his privacy issue, Jim tried to ground the antenna even more.  But the next morning, before he went to work, his frequency was still coming through loud and clear in crackling conversation on politics.  

Although Jim has since moved on, his long-term vacant house recently had an extreme makeover, awaiting new residents.  But that tall towering CB antenna remains.  A reminder for me to watch what I'm putting out there.   

Amazing how invisible sound waves are constantly moving in the upper atmosphere, broadcasting our conversations.  So our loving angels are in constant communication,  broadcasting peace, love, harmony, and joy. 

 When our desire is to tune in to their high frequency band, inspirational thoughts can come to mind and be put into play.  With our consciousness attuned with the angels, we, too, can pick up and receive heavenly inspiration.  Creative thoughts can come to mind and be put into play.  Ways to lead happier, fuller lives while joyfully serving others. 

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Flower of Life Symbol: An Angel Message

Some of you may be familiar with the Flower of Life. I first heard of it in the mid 90's while attending the Conclave of Archangel Michael in Banff, Canada.  I recognized the flower as one I doodled as a child.  Little did I know that it was one of the oldest symbols known to man.  The Flower of Life was inscribed on Pyramid walls by the Egyptians over 6,000 years ago.  The simple visual symbol can be found in temples, art, manuscripts and cultures from all over the world.

As you can see, the pattern of  overlapping circles forms the Flower of Life, that so beautifully illustrates the inter-relatedness of all that Life weaves together in an infinite six-petaled flower pattern.  It you look at another way, you can see its comprised of repetitious ribbon like straight lines that move in multiple directions.

Leonardo da Vinci studied its form and mathematical properties.   Throughout history, artists, architects and philosophers have known the Flower of Life symbol for its perfect form, proportion, and harmony.

Several weeks ago,  DaVinci's Flower of Life Challenge turned up at a neighborhood yard sale.  I would have missed it, but my son pointed out the board game on a table just as we were about to leave empty-handed.  A bit of synchronicity was at play as he had been reading a book on Leonardo daVinci.

The Flower of Life is a  simple visual reminder that everything is connected to everything else.  Every person is connected to every other person.  Some connections are more obvious than others, but everything relates to everything else.  So what we do to another, we do to ourselves, on some level, as we are all part of the whole.

This morning while out for a walk, I spotted Dan Brown's DaVinci Code in the little library book box window as I passed by.  More synchronicity, the language of the angels, abounds in our little neighborhood.

Enjoy your day with the angels.  Everything we do and think sets energy in motion and shapes what will unfold somewhere within our life. My goal is to be more loving and kind.  By the way, years ago my husband was shown, if he squinted, he could see a tiny six-pointed star formed in the center of each Flower of Life.  I loved the reminder that we are all Light.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Friday, June 7, 2019

Then...there were Two! An Angel Message

More confirmation in the art of just letting things be happened this week.  The second wild orchid pod pushed its way open, without any help from me, not even a drop of water.  This beautiful exotic plant had been forgotten in the garden after it shed its final bloom last year. I took it to the garden and tucked it underneath the shelter of a palm plant.  And, as I shared in a recent blog, I caught a glimpse of purplish pink as I sat on the garden bench enjoying the morning sun.  What joy to see that it had bloomed on its own, a gift from nature, just when I needed the message to let go.

So, if you're feeling like you have to do something to make something happen, sometimes the best thing we can do is just let nature take its course, unless otherwise directed.  It's all part of a divine plan that is on schedule, teaching us patience as well as some other needed virtues, like humility, unconditional love, and forgiveness.  Sometimes our desire to push things along, to do it my way, to force an issue, can thwart the growth and hold up the natural flow.

I'm so thankful for these sweet nature messages from the angels.  Trust is at the very heart of each problem, and the answer is always Love.  The angels remind me to relax, and know that God is in control and all is well in spite of appearances.

Enjoy your day with the angels.

Love and joyful blessings!

Rae Karen

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Angels Give a Helping Hand: An Angel Message

During last night's meditation, our silence was interrupted by a loud crash in the kitchen.  Hei-Hei was up to something.  He was up on top of the kitchen cabinets. Everything on high seemed to be untouched...the teapots, cookie jar, and antique bottles.    Then I saw my favorite little angel statue had fallen off the windowsill and was laying on the kitchen counter.

To my dismay, her tiny outstretched hand had broken off, and was laying in the sink.  At least it was a clean break, but I wondered what the message may be.  An angel losing her right hand didn't seem like a positive sign. 
 And this was a special angel to celebrate the 1,000th Angel for You blog. Nine years of blogging about the power and presence of the angels.  I turned her over to read the label.  The sweet angel holding the little blue bird, went well with the statue's title: "Sing The Prayer in Your Heart."  

As I sadly picked up the tiny angel hand in the sink, my son spotted a little treefrog, clinging to the kitchen windowpane, near where the angel had stood. I smiled.  So playful Hei-Hei must have knocked the angel from the sill while trying to reach the frog.

Elliot was going to glue the angel's hand back on, but it was getting late so I suggested waiting until tomorrow.  

This morning while on the porch, an angel thought wafted in about the message. The angel was symbolic of giving me "a hand".  This blue bird angel had been posted on the windowsill by an old photo of my son and me taken many years ago.  The angel is going to help us.  I smiled as the treefrog's appearance was another reminder to Fully Rely On God.  

I'm so grateful for these powerfully uplifting visual messages.  A wonderful reminder that our angels are always ready to give us a helping hand. All we have to do is remember to ask and be grateful for their loving service.  

Enjoy your day with the angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Special Delivery: An Angel Message

Our little Hei-Hei sleeps quietly on the front porch throughout the night, but long before 6 a.m., he starts his day by rattling the screen on our bedroom window.  Sleepily, I silently ask the angels for harmony--for him to settle down a little longer until I can wake up more fully before planting my feet on the floor.   This buys me about fifteen minutes as long as I remain quiet and don't speak to him, but send love. 

To my surprise when I opened the front door early this morning to greet him, he had a message for me.  A  little piece of white paper was on the welcome mat where he patiently waited for me to let him in for breakfast.  I smiled, picking it up. 

That tabby cat had taken one of the old fortune cookie sayings off the table and been chewing on it. Curious, I wondered which one, recognizing a special angel delivery. Although the words on the fringes were missing, I could decipher the wisdom.

               "We make a living by what we get,
                but we make a life by what we give."

Oh how I love that feisty furry feline, reminding me of the importance of giving.  Angels deliver messages in very interesting and fun-filled ways, but the most important thing is for the message to get through.  That's why I'm learning how important it is to pay attention to details.  God is in the details. 

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings!

Rae Karen

Friday, May 31, 2019

The Howdy Bird: An Angel Message

Earlier this week, Elliot and I had a rare treat at lunch in Saint Augustine.  This curious baby bird landed on the outer window ledge by my side of the table.   Wide eyed, he stared up at me, cocking his little head and opening his mouth wide. His sudden appearance brought a rush of joyful goosebumps as I told him I would save some bread for him.  When I took the picture, he flew down  to the ground by the bushes.  He was so endearing that I wanted more, so I peeked over the ledge and called to him.  To my surprise, his little wings fluttered back up on the outer window sill where we could clearly commune eye to eye.

His timing was uncanny as we were talking about going back to Virginia for a visit.  A confirmation of sorts.  The Red Lobster restaurant had been one of Mom's favorite places, not that she had ever dined at this one.   It did seem as though that little birdie was a sign that Mom is still with us, an angel on the other side. I know Love is eternal, it never dies.

 Later I read in Animal-Speak, that the dove is a symbol of traditional feminine and mother symbols. "It is a ground feeder, reflecting the need of keeping contact with Mother Earth and the creative possibilities of the feminine energies on earth."  Dove also represents peace, maternity, and prophecy.

This heaven-sent messenger was especially comforting as a dear friend of ours was preparing to graduate from earth school, a spiritual birth. 

Leaving the restaurant with my biscuit in a paper napkin, I looked for the little birdie, but he had  flown away.  Crumbling the bread, I left it under the bush, in case he returned for a snack.

Something amusing happened when the cropped photo had been uploaded on my computer.  I let out a little laugh.  The truncated CHOWDER lettering on the window now backwards spelled HOWD!  HOWDee.  The Howdy Bird!  I love these playful angel messages that wing their way into our lives  just when they are needed the most.

Enjoy your day with the angels and look for the happy things to fill your day.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen