Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
I live in the City of Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. When I moved here 7 years ago I began to ask locals about the history of the name. No one really had an answer aside from, “It means Angels in Spanish.” But I know that names have great meaning in my faith. Angels are messengers. We know that there are angels who work for God and there are fallen angels who work against God. At least, that is what I believe and have experienced in my life.
I have had several angel encounters throughout my life. They started happening around the age of 6 when I attended church summer camp. Some of the angels I have encountered have simply been in the room, not saying a word. These angels were watcher angels. Other angels have come to me in human form with a very clear and timely message for my life. Like the elderly black man who appeared on the bench next to me in Express as I waited for a friend in a dressing room. He told me I should move to Hollywood and then proceeded to tell me why. I got up to tell my friend the news, but when I looked back he was gone.
Or the other man who appeared next to me as I stepped out of the back door of PIHOP and walked in perfect sync with me. His name was Stanley and he had fiery eyes and he game me messages about my body being the temple of God. Or the angel who seemed to float through traffic as I was at a red light on my way to an audition. He had gold coins in his ears and he passed my window and held out his hand for change. I told him no, even though I had 15 cents because I was rushing to an audition. He pointed to the cross on my rear view mirror and then seemed to fade as I looked in my rear view mirror.
But the most recent angel encounter that changed the course of my life was a man who appeared homeless. We had a powerful exchange on the streets of Pasadena and he gave me the following verse -
John 8:12, When Jesus spoke again to the people he said, ” I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Angels have been a big part of my life and I always look forward to the next encounter. Have you experienced angels? What message did you receive from your angel?
Do you have a bucket list? If you aren’t familiar with bucket lists, it’s a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket . Lesley Carter has a great post about it on her blog here. I usually go over my bucket list once a year to check in and see what I can cross off and what I would like to add. Here are a few things that I gratefully have been able to check off of my list -
- Move to Hollywood.
- Cut all of my hair off.
- Go skydiving (amazing!!!).
- Book a national commercial.
- Witness a miracle (even more amazing!!!).
I have about 90 other things on my list currently and I’ll dare to share a few of them with you. I plan to knock at least one of these off by the end of the year!
- Learn to play the harmonica.
- Learn to speak French.
- Visit Nova Scotia (I know… random!).
- Work with Oprah.
- Publish a book.
I’d love to hear what’s on your list. If you don’t have a list, I’d encourage you to create it. After you create it, take steps of faith so you can begin to check the desires of your heart off! Nothing is impossible to those who believe.
- Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. - James Dean
- If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. – Les Brown
- Do all you can to make your dreams come true. – Joel Osteen
- Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet. – Victor Hugo
- Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes
- Keep true to the dreams of thy youth. – Friedrich von Schiller
- The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. – Oprah Winfrey
- Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. – Henry David Thoreau
- A dream is a wish your heart makes. - Cinderella
What are your dreams? Whatever they may be, be encouraged and go confidently in the direction of the dreams that you carry. Cherish your dreams.
Earlier in the year I scoured the internet for inspiration in living a sugar free lifestyle. One of the sites I came across was Spoonful of Sugar Free. I was immediately taken in by the clever title and fun loving photo of the creator, Alex. Oh, and this amazing recipe for brownies. I recently interviewed Alex about what inspires her and how she got started. Check it out lovers!
- Name -Alex
- City -Tampa, Fl
- Occupation -Student Athlete
- Website – www.spoonfulofsugarfree.com
- Contact Info – firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve always been a fan of juicing, but this weekend I watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix and it reminded me why I was a fan. The benefits of juicing organic vegetables and fruits are numerous. Here are a few things that juicing has done in my life -
- Makes my skin illuminate.
- Cleanses me from the inside out, causing my eyes, teeth, hair & nails to look amazing.
- Weight loss
- As much energy as coffee but without the crash or addiction
- Mental clarity
I am sure I can think of a few more, but you get the point. The benefits of juicing vary for each person but whatever your health issues may be, juicing can help. It’s the quickest way to get essential nutrients into your body. If you don’t have a juicer at home, stop by your closest health food store or Whole Foods and grab a juice from their bar.
Below are several green juice recipes to help get you started. Cheers to health!
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about prayer. It’s such a powerful tool that has been given to us. We can use it to speak to God, heal other people & shift atmospheres. Those are just a few reasons why prayer is so important as a child of God. In the above passage, Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. I paraphrased it to ensure that I knew what He was saying .
Our Father, who is in heaven, You are holy. Let your kingdom come and your will be done here on earth like it is in heaven. Feed us today (physically & spiritually). And forgive us of our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Don’t lead us into temptation Lord, but bring us out of evil. The kingdom, the power and the glory are yours forever. Amen.
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