I Believe In Angles, Don't You?

I Believe In Angels, Don't You?

They are real, and they are here to help

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Whenever I started writing this article about angels, I couldn't get the ABBA song "I Have A Dream" which includes the song lyric "I believe in angels, something good in everything I see," out of my head. Specifically, the Mamma Mia version. (I like Amanda Seyfried's singing voice.)

I believe in angels, and I want you to believe in them, too. If you have ever read the Bible, you know that angels are mentioned quite a bit in there. The Old Testament and the New Testament mention them a lot, and they are directly involved in human affairs. Some more famous examples are angels help Lot and his family escape the city of Sodom, the angel Gabriel announces God's plan to Mary (for her to be the mother of Jesus), and angels roll away the stone on Jesus' tomb when He is resurrected from the dead.

Angels have always been a part of life on earth (you can trace it back to the Garden of Eden!), and they still are. Angels are all around us.

I'm not sure how familiar you are with the concept of angel guardians. They are heavenly beings that God created specifically to aid humans during their lifetimes on earth. There is a specific angel guardian for each person on earth - a specific one just for you.

Your angel guardian is praying for you right now. Actually, your angel guardian (with its outstretched wings and immense knowledge of God's truths) has been praying fervently for you since you were born. It hasn't been taking any breaks. It rejoices when you rejoice and it weeps when your heart is heavy with sadness.

God appointed a specific angel from heaven to accompany you through the ups and downs, and this angel loves you SO MUCH.

This sweet heavenly being likes putting good people and graces into your life, whether you asked for glimpses of heaven's love or not. Has something random ever brightened your day? Have you had a surprise conversation with someone that made your heart lighter? These occasions were encouraged and helped by your angel guardian AND the angel guardian of the people in that experience.


Sometimes, I feel guilty about asking God for help. I think to myself, "Nah, I don't need help. I can handle (insert some awfully hard spiritual or physical trial I'm going through) alone. I got this! God, you can take a day off."

But then I remember God doesn't want to take a day off, that I'm not the Savior of the World, and I definitely can't do anything on my own. It's a humbling experience to ask God and my angel guardian to give me the help I need to live more fully. I'm always satisfied with the moments of holiness I partake in when I ask Jesus for help. God is good.

God wants to help you have peace on earth, battle your doubts and spread joy wherever you go and with whomever, you meet. Ask for the things that will help you grow as a person, and trust that God will respond.

Believe in angels, because they are truly our best friends. Holy, always available, and selfless.

By the way, you can pray for angels. You can ask heaven to send graces to your angel guardian, the angel guardian of your friend, and more. Angels benefit from intercessory prayer, too. Cool, right? (The answer is yes.)

Have a blessed day!

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit

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1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

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Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

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Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

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God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

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We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

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Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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