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Enjoy my art! One of my one of a kind belt buckles featuring St Joseph and his prayer.

I find much of my inspiration comes from personal experience. After all, to convey some of my thoughts and ideas I most likely would have had to experience them to get a full understanding and express my thoughts through my own words to get a message to you from what I know and understand to ‘be’. 

I have mentioned before that the true undeniable fact of getting spiritually strong takes much practice. I have been praying and meditating for many years now. I am glad I started when I did, but knowing now what strength it has given me in so many areas of my life, I wish I started sooner. To pray, to get more ‘tuned in’ to the universe and God and all things spiritual gives you such a clear sense of what is important, how to proceed and where to turn to get guidance and help.

I was inspired to write about a frightening experience I had back in 2008 on a flight that had to have an emergency landing. We hear about emergency landings all the time. Many are a change in flight plans, something happening on board that causes a reroute like a medical emergency …. not many of them are a full on emergency situations in which the crew is so rattled, they can’t even speak and go through the emergency crash procedures with you. This was the kind of emergency landing I was in.

The cabin phone rang (I was in row 5). The flight attendant picked it up and turned white. Said a few words and hung up the phone trembling uncontrollably. Fumes filled the cabin and the announcements start … The attendants were going up and down the aisle “When we yell brace… Cross your hands in front of you clasping the seat or grab your knees.” In a panicked state the 2  attendants walked up and down the aisles repeating this over the course of the event about three times. I’m sure they were on auto drive, in a hyper sensitive state thinking this would never happen … The plane was surprisingly silent, except for a baby crying. It is remarkable to see how people react in extreme situations …. The hollywood version I’m sure would depict screaming and crying… and people demanding to know what is going on. But in real life, all was quite except for the repetition of the emergency drill from the attendants.

I don’t know what passengers were thinking. We were on the way to the Ft Lauderdale airport and had to land in the first airport right inside Florida from Newark. It was a good twenty-five minutes before we touched ground from the initial announcement. As soon as you can see the runway, fire trucks and ambulances lined the path awaiting our arrival. Although, at the time and judging by the panic in the faces of our attendants, we did not think we were going to arrive.

Through this ordeal, I remember as clear as it happened yesterday, I was thinking…’This is not happening. This is not happening today. It’s not the time. I have a future ahead of me and I have kids that I’m going to have and my whole life did not include this in it’s plans.’ I just close my eyes and breathed. People around me were crying silently and I’m sure …. praying. I knew this was not going to happen to me today. I told the woman next to me it is OK all is going to be fine.

Well, we landed and firemen entered the plane then they finally let us off after they checked the plane … no explanation… no direction. They said a bus would be waiting for us to take us to our destination.

Well, I was there for a business trip one day meeting and flying back to NJ that evening… They didn’t even give us the option to board another carrier to finish our flight. Well, that was me and my hostility of this event ….

My point in sharing this with you was during the actual event, I knew in my heart that I had more to do here and my mission was not completed.

I knew my guidance and direction. My purpose and mission were concrete in my soul. If I had not prayed and built my spiritual core up, what would I have clung too at this time of extreme fear?

People were in the terminal crying and on the floor on their knees, punching the wall … this in fact was a very near death experience for many people that lasted almost a half an hour.

I am grateful to the pilots who got us on the ground safely, but for the crew who was aware of the seriousness and could not control their primal fear of the possibility of dying that day, made me feel horrible for those who were not ready for this in their lives.

Are you prepared to face the unknown? You think you have issues on the daily basis. Bills, small health issues, family and friend issues… Are you dealing with an unexpected extreme event? Do you feel helpless… I mean HELPLESS? Being on a plane in the middle of the sky and you’re not driving, that’s prime ‘helpless’ right there sister/brother! If you do feel helpless one day, how will you handle it? I know that my foundation through prayer, faith and believing that my future would be what I had envisioned it to be, was the rock. My belief in God delivering me the blessings that he instilled in my heart through my faith,was my hope that got me through that event.

Since I don’t consider myself a writer, I just supply you with my inspirations… My vocabulary cannot convey the ‘peaceful terror’ of this situation. The fact that a plane that was two-thirds full was quiet and calm cannot illustrate (by hollywood standards) the sheer terror that possessed the passengers this day and perhaps for long after.

Well, that’s my story. Even writing this I got real shook up and started to cry. I was scary indeed. Thankfully I know God and I have faith. So my other everyday issues are a breeze. Nothing is permanent. Solutions exist. Life goes on. My day can be filled with gratitude or complaining about what I don’t have. The choice is mine. I decided that day that I was going to arrive safely. I did.

This is not only a blog, but a group initiative to pray and pass on blessings! Read my first post to find out how you can get involved and be part of this mission to spread love:

https://blessingsgoround.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/introduction-to-blessings-go-round-how-to-receive-a-rosary-from-fatima/

What game was it that we played as kids … Person Place or Thing, right? When you described something and someone had to guess… Anyway I wanted to talk about God.

One of the big questions is ‘Who is God?’ ‘What does God look like?’ ‘Is God a man or woman?’ Isn’t that funny? I think these questions are so funny.  Isn’t that why we have Jesus? He is the son of God since God couldn’t be here in a physical human form. My idea of what God is, is not man or woman. We have given God a face in art, paintings and images so we as humans can associate ‘God’ to being an actual something. It’s too abstract to say God is energy… that God is in everything… every cell of everything everywhere. God is the essence of life. Even where nothing exists to the naked eye, something is there that will start life.

As well as starting life, things are kept in balance by God. God is an energy that creates. To create, things needs to be destroyed sometimes. To create a painting a white canvas is no longer a white canvas. If the earth didn’t change, dinosaurs would still be here. The earth is living and constantly evolving and we are here for just a blip. I don’t know what God has planned for this planet, solar system, universe or beyond. This is why Jesus was sent here to be the custodian of the people and earth. Filled with divine inspiration to help us be better people to each other and to this plant so God would be happy, proud and find us worthy enough to let us rent space on his divine creation for another day. To create a positive energy and balance among the humans, animals and plants. From God’s mouth to Jesus’ ears, he led the way for us to understand how to be worthy of taking care of this magnificent creation for the creator, God. Of course this is but one part of the role and relationship of how I see Jesus and God, others would sum up Jesus as ‘he died for our sins’ but I’m not getting into that right now.

So in short, my perspective of God is something as small as a nano-particle that if you divided it into a million bazillion pieces, God would still exist in it;  God is also bigger than our universe times a million bazillion.  Now I have a headache … LOL … I’m not smart enough to get so philosophical nor am I a physicist! Especially at 4:54 am ….

And a little more to think about, the most intelligent of the scientific community believed in God … no matter which direction you take your ‘worship’ or ‘faith’ in …all roads lead back to God. Check out http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/sciencefaith.html if you care to see the list of some rather famous peeps from the scientific community…

How are you feeling today? Grateful? Lost? Seeking your purpose? Are you looking for answers or to just spread positives vibes because YOU are so blessed and wish for the rest of mankind to feel as blessed as you? Would you like to join Blessings Go Round? We would love your energy to be part of the initiative 🙂 So as I always post the link back to my first post, here it is:

Receive a rosary, pray and pass it on: https://blessingsgoround.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/introduction-to-blessings-go-round-how-to-receive-a-rosary-from-fatima/

Here are the rosaries! As this being my second post there are two things I wanted to include; First, a close up of the 10 rosaries that I have and will send out; Second, … We have swallows! Rosary beads from Fatima Portugal; Blessings Go Round

Okay, I’ll tell you about my magnificent little creatures first. In our community here in Portugal, there are a few properties for sale and not maintained. Aside from uncut grass, debris and a poorly maintained vacant property, the big deal is the half full swimming pools. A haven for mosquitoes. I hate mosquitoes … and flies. I don’t like getting bit, nor do I like the fact that they carry diseases for us and our pets. I really, really was dreading them on a walk the other day with my husband and dog. The next day I woke up to find swallows nesting on the side of my house! What a splendid blessing we received! Just another way He has solved one of my problems in His own way. I complain about bugs, I get bug catchers! See how blessings work? It’s not what you ask for it’s how what you ask for gets delivered to you and you realizing the magnificence in the blessing. Here is a photo of my swallow working on his nest:

Here are the ten rosaries. Nothing fancy, but they are all pretty and each different. A side note; I have received only 1 request so far. I am a bit surprised that this is going slowly. Maybe people don’t need blessings? Maybe people don’t know who other than themselves to pray for so they are blessed? Maybe there is a lack of faith out there?? (I really hope not) I’m not sure … I would have jumped at the opportunity myself if I had seen this proposition somewhere. Well, as You who read this and really do ‘believe’ and have faith, you are the ones I am speaking too. I know you will step forward and be a part of this and share your miraculous stories as they happen.

 

Rosary #1 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Will you join us in Blessings Go Round? I hope you do 🙂
Please visit first post of my blog for more information on receiving a rosary and being part of Blessings Go Round.