Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Gift of a Rose: An Angel Message

Last week, I was out in the garden with the hose providing some much needed TLC.  From across the way, I noticed a single red knockout rosebud about to bloom.  The other rose bushes have long shed their delicate blossoms, but here this joyful little messenger was radiating a gift of love.   It may seem rather silly but in that instant, I felt the loving touch of my mother, Mary.  She loved roses and her front yard had many fragrant rose bushes that she tended well.  Funny thing was earlier that day I was really missing her, something that I thought had been healed. 

In joy, I smiled, feeling the power of love, it never dies, but blooms forever in our hearts.  When I returned to take a photo the next day, the little red rose was bursting in full glory.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Look for little touches of love to brighten your day.

Joyful blessings,


Rae Karen

Sunday, November 3, 2019

A Call for Love: An Angel Message


Sometimes a drive out in the country helps to clear your head.  The daily news takes its toll even if you try to keep it at a small dose.  Prayer and meditation are important.  Another remedy can be helpful.   Step away, and be still.  Do something different.  Take a break from your problems and just be, thankful.

Yesterday afternoon, Elliot and I stopped by the rural orchid farm to say hello to our donkey friend.  Sometimes things run hot; other times, cold, or just plain lukewarm.  I'll admit when Alahambre came to see us at the fence, some of my old fears had returned.  His enormous mouth, big teeth and steady gaze made me a little uneasy. 

 Elliot stepped right up and reached over the fence, patting the burrow, and talking lovingly.  When he was done,  I held back, not trusting. 

His enormous face turned my way.  With big brown eyes he seemed to say, "Now it's your turn."
I looked at him and had to smile.  His loving spirit was so eager and open, before long I was stroking his brow, and whispering sweet words as I gently picked the sticky burrs off his back. 

A funny thing happened as I was walking toward the purple lotus pond to see the Koi fish.  He kept pace with me, walking along the other side of a wire fence.  As I moved away from him, I heard one of those painfully long woeful HEE-HAWS! 

His call was so loud that it shattered the serenity of the orchid farm. 

I turned to see him. 

What a heartbreaking call for LOVE.  With nostrils flared, ears pinned back, baring his front teeth, he was in high-gear. 

It may seem strange to say what I felt in that moment.  My heart melted.  He really does love me!  I thought, in amazement, wondering why.

What could I do, but return to the fence, reach out, and answer the Call for Love.  I gave  him another warm friendly "I love you, too" pats on the head.  And, all was well.

LOVE is the answer.

Is there someone who needs a LOVE pat from you today?

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,


Rae Karen

photo:  Our donkey friend at Orchid Farm 11/2/19

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A Treat at the Backdoor: An Angel Message

Coming home, as I reached the backdoor, what a surprise!  Seven blooms on the wild buttercup plant!  The most yet.  As you can see the plant is still growing strong, thriving in the crack at the doorstep.  Through all kinds of weather, she has gained strength, branching out and reaching up for the light.  A good message for us all in these challenging times.  Against all odds, with Christ's love, we have what it takes to persevere and grow through adversity to victory.  It just takes a little faith...the size of a mustard seed.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,


Rae Karen 



  

Monday, October 21, 2019

Kaleidoscope of Thoughts: An Angel Message





On my last birthday, I bought myself a kaleidoscope at the gift shop in St. Augustine.  It's amazing to turn the lens and playfully watch all the different patterns of beauty appear like a stain glass window.  The following quote by James Allen in his book, As A Man Thinketh, 
illumines the power of our thinking.

The world is your kaleidoscope, 
and the varying combinations of colors 
which at every succeeding moment it presents to you 
are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever moving thoughts.

~JAMES ALLEN


 What a great metaphor on the power of personal observation, and the responsibility that comes to light with it.  How are my own thoughts coloring my world?  Love or fear.  Harmony or discord.  Joy or Sadness?  

If everything is consciousness, it's important to watch what we're creating as we go about our day.  Our thoughts will not be kept secret for long as they quickly become habits that soon develop into circumstances.  

I've been trying to put into practice this important discipline whenever I feel my critical thoughts pulling me down, getting the best of me.  


1.  Don't judge.

2.  Don't react.
3.  Extend love.

It takes vigilance, but something I continue to work on. God is Love. God is All.  And when I stay focused on the light of that truth, I can experience a sweet harmony even in the midst of outer chaos.  It happens one step at a time.


Enjoy your day with the Angels!  




Rae Karen

(photo from the web)


                     




Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Molting! A Revolting Development: An Angel Message

In late August, while sitting on a bench at the Fountain of Youth Park in St. Augustine, I wondered where all the peacocks were?  It was a late summer afternoon, with a soft breeze coming in from the inlet. 

Peacocks always brighten my day so I quietly asked the angels, if we were supposed to see one, it would just show up.  On our last visit, in May, there had been quite a party of exquisite fanning peacocks to help celebrate my birthday.

The angels were at work because before long, a lone peacock appeared in the parking lot.  I was thankful for the sighting.  Elliot and I curiously watched as it busily pecked in between the shiny grill work on a parked SUV.  

Elliot joked. He's doing a maintenance check  Oil. Washer fluid.   

Amused, I wondered if it was a way to sharpen his beak.

What happened next caught me by surprise.  

A sightseeing trolley, packed with tourists, pulled up in the parking lot.  The driver/guide spotted the alpha peacock, who had since moved away from the car.  

Through the trolley loudspeaker, the tour guide told the visitors that the peacocks were in molting season.  They were shedding their showy train of feathers, but they would regrow in time for mating season in the spring. 

So, now I had the answer as to why these beauties were few and far between.  I had no idea that the peacocks lost their beautiful tail feathers each year. 

Another lesson was forming, though.  

A lesson to watch what you put out there, because it will come right back in your face!  

What that driver said next, got my dander up! 

His boisterous voice rang out from the loudspeaker, "Peacocks are about the dumbest birds around!"  He shared a personal story about an experience he had one day.  While waiting for a tour group, he had watched that stupid alpha peacock attack its own reflection.  It had pecked away at a car bumper for over an hour.  "How STUPID is that?" He bellowed.   

I wanted to jump up off the park bench, and speak favor over these exotic birds, but I didn't.  

He went on to brag how he had shouted at that alpha peacock, calling it names. "STUPID! DUMB! YOU'RE PART OF THE PHEASANT FAMILY, AND LIKE YOUR ANCESTORS, YOU WOULD MAKE A DELICIOUS MEAL!" He laughed.

That apparently did it! The peacock sprang into action, squawking LOUD!  It flew up on the hood of the trolley car, pecking at it.    

I had compassion for all of those visitors on vacation, especially for those on a once-in-a-lifetime visit to St. Augustine. They had gotten an earful.   Elliot and I watched with a sigh of relief as that menacing driver pulled out of the parking lot, proud as a peacock, hauling a train full of wide-eyed tourists. 

What a trip!

We are teaching all of the time.  And, this was one of those instances that speaks so clearly the lesson it conveys.  I asked the angels for patience and forgiveness.  

After the trolley had gone, peace returned and I softly called to the peacock.  I told him that he was not stupid, and that he was a beautiful gift from God. And, to ignore what that driver had said about him.  We loved him. God loved him.

To my surprise, the peacock came close to the bench, and peeked through a leafy branch.  His train was bedraggled, missing the 6-ft long feathery turquoise eyelet quills.  But, he was still beautiful to me, and a messenger to stay watchful for my own thoughts and actions.  Am I bringing more love to the world, or not.  Am I wasting precious time pecking away at myself, not recognizing the mirror of my own excessive self-absorbed actions.  That what I perceive as an attack from another is only an unhealed aspect of myself? 

Watchfulness is the keyword of the peacock because of its many feathery eyes.  Autumn is a time of turning, a season to willingly let go of the old to make way for the new.  Like the trees and the peacocks, shed what no longer works, and joyfully look forward to a springtime resurrection.


Molting Peacock - Fountain of Youth
Enjoy your day with the Angels!

Love and joyful blessings!


Rae Karen

Peacock in Molting Season at local Rehab

Monday, October 7, 2019

Tortoise On the Move: An Angel Message


Yesterday while on a drive to the lake, this huge old tortoise crossed the road in the town of Lake Helen. Excitedly, I whipped out my phone camera, amazed at how fast those short little legs were making tracks over the grassy field. 

Elliot laughed, reminding me that the tortoise won the race with the over-confident hare.  Rarely do we see turtles, especially an enormous, ancient-looking tortoise traveling the road, with years and years of experience. With his house on his back, he is always at home, wherever he goes. 

 Our fellow journeyer, seemed to say, Keep on moving toward the goal, doing your best day by day, and you will be victorious.   If the odds seem against you, whatever you do, don't give up! With God all things are possible.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,


Rae Karen

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Out of Gas: An Angel Message

Recently an angel postcard came in the mail from a new postcrossing friend in Germany.  She interpreted the German quote for me.

Angel

In life, there are 
sometimes moments
when a person
comes to meet us,
as an angel, to
help us or to speak
a word that will remain
unforgettable.
   --Dan Lindholm

Sometimes an opportunity comes along, out of the blue, to be an angel for someone.  It's not always convenient, but well worth the effort.  Several years ago, Elliot and I were walking around downtown, enjoying a leisurely afternoon.  A man in his twenties approached us asking for a gas can.  His car had run out of gas in the NO PARKING ZONE on busy New York Avenue and he was afraid he'd get a ticket.

We suggested he try the nearby hardware store.

 "I don't have enough money to get a new one."  He said, before walking away.

Something didn't feel quite right as Elliot and I returned to the parking lot, leaving him alone to solve his problem.  But neither of us had felt a strong nudge to go the extra mile. Just as I was about to get into our car, another man walked by wearing a JUST DO IT! T-shirt.

Recognizing an angel assignment, we set out on a mission, and drove by his parked car.  We had plans to return home,  get our gas can, fill it up at the station, and he'd be on the move.  Only he wasn't there by his car. We went on with our plans anyway, but when we stopped by again, he still wasn't anywhere around. 

It seemed like a lost cause, but then an angel thought said, just be patient, so we waited.  Minutes passed, and I tried to send him a mental message to return to his car.  His problem had been solved.

Time passed, with no sign of him.  Another angel thought prompted me to affirm: "Divine Mind (God) knows where this young man is."

I listened for guidance.  An idea came to me.  Go to The Christian Science Reading Room across the street.  My  friend was working the desk that afternoon. Maybe she had seen him?

 Guidance was correct.  The young man had stopped there for help.  She had given him some money and a container for gas.  He had headed for the nearest gas station several blocks away.  We drove up to the gas station to give him a ride, but he was no where to be seen en route or there.

The word "Patience" kept coming to us.  Don't give up. 

So once again, we returned to his empty vehicle to wait.   Before long, he showed up, carrying a can of gas.  With a surprised grin, he gladly added our contribution to the fuel tank, grateful that he now had enough fuel to get home.

The angels guided me to ask him,  "Do you believe in angels?"

He nodded.

It seemed important for him to realize that he is never truly alone.  "Angels  nudged us to help you today." I told him. 

He gave us a big smile. 

Recently, he'd been released from the hospital. He lifted his shirt to reveal the stitch marks across his back that came from a bad car accident. He almost died and was in a coma for quite while, but now he was so thankful for a new lease on life.

It turned out his name is Michael.   I told him about Archangel Michael, the powerful Archangel whose name means Who is Like God?  The protective warrior Archangel who helps every seeker on the path to fulfill their life purpose by removing obstacles in the way.

He looked surprised, as if no one had ever spoken to him like this.  He smiled and said, he'd been to church for the very first time last week.

I was so thankful to the angels for the message to be patient and not quit in the middle of an angelic assignment.

So today why not be open to ways to be as an angel to help or speak a word that will express Divine Love.

Enjoy your day with the Angels!



Rae Karen

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Butterfly Effect: An Angel Message

I always ask the angels to lead me to what I need to find as I run my errands.  At our local library last week, they guided me to a wonderful book.  It was tucked inside a wicker basket along with other little inspirational books for sale.  The cover of a butterfly cut-out taken from a map of the world caught my eye.   The Butterfly Effect, How Your Life Matters. 

Fascinated, I read about the scientific explanation of "the butterfly effect".  It goes something like this.  A butterfly could flaps its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air--eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.

The author, Andy Andrews, writes about how Science has shown the butterfly effect to engage with the first movement of any form of matter-- including people.  The butterfly effect has been promoted to the status of a law, known as The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions.  

In other words,

Every single
thing you do
MATTERS.

"By your hand, millions--billions--of lives will be altered,
caught up in a chain of events by you this day.

Do I make a difference?

When I move...
when I act...
when I do something...

does the universe notice?

DO I REALLY MATTER?"

To quote some powerful inspirational truths about you from this book:

You have been created as one of a kind.

On the planet Earth, there has never been one like you...and there never will be again.

Your spirit, your thoughts and feelings, your ability to reason and act all exist in no one else.

The rarities that make you special are no mere accident or quirk of fate.

YOU HAVE BEEN CREATED IN ORDER THAT YOU 
MIGHT MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
YOU HAVE WITHIN YOU THE POWER 
TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

That's quite a wake-up call, don't you think?  So why not celebrate your life as a gift to all you meet in both thought and deed today.  Believe in Yourself (like the tag on this butterfly blouse says!) You make a world of difference by your every action so choose wisely.



Love and joyful blessings,


Rae Karen




Sunday, September 22, 2019

Give Peace a Chance: An Angel Message

Ever notice the timing of things?  How something may catch your eye...and, there is a vague zsst or an angel buzz, that signals it is meant for you. The why factor may not be clear at the time, but on a deeper level, you know, so you buy it.   

That's what happened when I came across this old black and white photo postcard of John Lennon.  It was tucked inside a vintage box of old cards at the local antique store.  John Lennon making the peace sign at the Statue of Liberty was a reminder for me to give peace a chance.

Last year when the international call went out to send postcards to Dusseldorf, Germany in celebration of their world peace mission, I spent several days looking for a meaningful card.  Little did I know I already had the perfect card. An angel must have tapped me on the shoulder.  So John traveled with the Statue of Liberty and joined thousands of other postcards celebrating peace that were posted on their giant bulletin board.

"Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me."

Enjoy your day with the Angels!  Look for the happy things of God's Love to come to you.

Love and joyful blessings,


Rae Karen


   

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.

LIFE IS A BOOK UNWRITTEN
  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