Save Our Spirits

Dedicated to helping you get in touch with your spirit and with life again.
Dedicated to promoting wellness and a sense of being whole in all areas of our lives.
Dedicated to helping people live their lives joyfully, strongly, fully and freely.

Become whole. Become who you are in the here and now.
Become who you were created to be - a reflection of love.
   Heal your body.      Heal your mind.      Heal your soul.

Reflections of Love

                         As sons and daughters of God, we are Reflections of Love or Reflections of God. 

Maybe the subject of
GRACE is a place to start.

When God forgives our sins at the beginning of our conversion, He does not simply wipe sins away. He also invites us into communion with Him, gives us His Spirit to enable obedience, promises to provide all our needs, and adds everlasting life on top of all this! In other words, God sets the example of going above and beyond what is merely required of Him.      Grace


       Only against the inky blackness of the night sky do stars sparkle brilliantly.

                                                                                                                                                -John W. Ritenbaugh


What about looking to those reflections of love who inspire us to be more, who give us hope, who give us courage, who never give up, who care for our souls, who show us love ... 

 Christ           Mother Teresa           Gandhi            Kennedy               

        Martin Luther King, Jr.

                            Who inspires you to be a better person?

                                            Who inspires you to reach higher? To grow? To love?

They don't have to be famous. We have stars sparkling all over this planet in so many different ways, all helping us to be brave, to be strong, to be loving, to rise above our troubles...

    they are our parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, soldiers, kids .....  they are all over


Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.
                                                                                                            Chauncey Depew






Have the raw courage to stand out. The great vice of the ages is conformity. Be strong and fear not, for all obstruction melts away before real strength of deed and sincerity of character. When you triumph, thrice blessed are you. Glory and honor be to those who have the courage to win.

The time has come when every individual must rise from the slumber of indifference, from the orthodox complacency of the standard rules and regulations of society, and reach out, pioneering new fields of beautiful, ethical and spiritual progress. It is now time to experience the incredible majesty of living.

    David Wolfe

Wolfe, David, The Sunfood Diet Success System, San Diego, CA, Maui Brothers Publishing, 2000, pg.392.


                                                How clear is your reflection?


If our lives are going to be at all worthy, it will be because of two factors: What we aim for in life and recognizing who we are. The first may be simply described by saying, "You gotta have high hopes," and we can have no higher aim in life than to do the will of the Father. The second can be understood by grasping why psychologists keep trying to persuade parents to work to build their children's self-esteem. They have observed that, if children do not think they are anything or can do anything, are of no value and unloved, or have absolutely no skills, they will not do anything. They will spend their lives cowering in self-pity and spinning their wheels in ineffective, low-level activity. [emphasis added]



We have been summoned to a great cause. The summons is personal and specific. It presents us the challenge of choosing to live a life worthy of the awesome vocation to which God has summoned us. Our calling has become our life's work. God has summoned us to yield to His creative efforts at reproducing Himself, just as II Corinthians 3:18 instructs us: "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."


    Part of the journey is about going within and asking God for help in addition to going outward and giving of yourself to help the world.





                    Josh Groban - You Raise Me Up [Official Music Video]






(2012) – “Based on the amazing true adventure of Thor Heyerdahl, Kon-Tiki is the tale of a Norwegian explorer in 1947 who embarks on the voyage of a lifetime to prove a point. When the scientific community rejects his theory that South Americans were the first to settle in the Polynesian Islands, Heyerdahl resolves to prove its validity – and save his reputation – by embarking on the voyage himself. Recruiting a group of five men who are just bold enough to tackle the seemingly impossible trip, he builds a simple raft to original pre-Columbian specifications and sets off on the epic 101 day-long journey across the treacherous ocean to meet his fate, while the world watches.”


A certain lawyer asked Jesus, "Sir, which is the most important command in the laws of Moses?"

Jesus replied, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: 'Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.' All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them. Keep only these and you will find that you are obeying all the others."


If this picture, given to us in the Bible, is an accurate one, then it stands to reason that any idea of self-love or self-esteem that does not get us turned around and cause us to be as equally concerned for others' wellbeing as for our own is not going to be in our own best interest. Neither, may I say, will it be in the interest of others. In other words, a self-love that leads to selfishness is not going to do me any good. However, a proper self-esteem that leaves me feeling comfortable with who I am and frees me to give myself in service to God and to others, is the kind of self-esteem we are looking for. This booklet is written on the assumption that the view of human beings given in the Bible is an accurate one, and therefore any view of self-esteem that does not include being turned around and getting into a loving relationship with God and others will achieve nothing of lasting value.


This freedom allows us to value our gifts and who we are, and at the same time to value our neighbour and their gifts with equal honesty. We can accept who we are without either vanity or self-depreciation. True self-esteem is free of self-delusion and self-congratulation. True humility is not thinking less of ourselves than what we are, but not needing to focus on ourselves at all because we are comfortable with ourselves and our focus is elsewhere.


You must love yourself in order to love others." This is a popular expression, which most of us have no doubt heard at one time or other. In fact, it is difficult to avoid hearing it. There are many corollaries: You have an obligation to love yourself; You don't love yourself enough; Sins are the result of lack of self‑love. All of these statements are part of what might be called the "psycho‑religion of love," or at least, of self‑love. Is this kind of thought helpful to living the gospel, or not? Is it good theology? Is it good psychology? What is it based on?

Answering the last question first, its proponents claim it is rooted in Sacred Scripture. Christ said, "You must love your neighbor as yourself" (Mk 12:31). Thus, they claim, it is God who says you must love yourself. Then, the question is asked, "How do you come to love yourself?" The response often comes back, "through your relationships with others." By your relationships with others you come either to appreciate yourself as "someone special" or, if others‑‑especially parents‑‑don't treat you as they should, you do not appreciate yourself, you do not esteem yourself, you do not love yourself.

If you do not have this self‑love, the argument is, you develop all sorts of defenses, some of them very harmful. You put on a "mask" so as to be accepted, so as not to be hurt. Only when someone finally accepts you as you really are can you start to be the ideal person you were when you first came into the world. Or, so the argument goes.



Much is said on how we are to forgive others, but many of us seem to skip over the concept of forgiving ourselves. Believe it or not, it's equally important and vital to be sure we've forgiven ourselves, as it is that we've forgiven others! Unforgiveness brings much bondage into our lives, regardless if it's towards God, others or even ourselves. Bitterness (the fruit of unforgiveness) is a means by which many are defiled:



Loving yourself is an important part of enjoying and getting the most out of your life. It's also crucial for getting and maintaining satisfying relationships with others. Loving yourself is mainly having self-respect, which is the only dependable way to create love in your own life. To be able to be loved, you must love and respect yourself as much as you do others.


Loving God, Yourself & Others

by Joyce Meyer

Love requires action. It's not a thing we try to get for ourselves, but instead is an action we express to others through sharing and serving.

Because love is an action, I believe there are three different forms of love God has instructed us to demonstrate, or "live out." Each one needs to be in balance so they can work together. As you read on, consider whether each one is well-balanced in your life or needs some adjustments.


There's something important here that I think people often miss: You cannot give away something you don't have in you. How can someone love another person if they don't love themselves?




To seek God and find him, (to see him within), is the whole purpose of life. He [God] has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the allotted times and the boundaries of their habitation; so that they should seek the Lord, and perhaps might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from every one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in you all.

                                                                         The Mystery..Christ in You the Hope of Glory 


One of the most valuable of all of these resources is the mindset that we are involved in a war. There are times when we, as a soldier, are going to face privation and hardship. There are going to be times of pain—both physical and mental. There are going to be times of sorrow that may lead us to depression or even bitterness. There will be occasions when we will be in fear and feel a great sense of insecurity. There are times we will win our battles, but other times we will lose and thus feel guilty and maybe depressed. There are going to be times of obedience that give a feeling of exhilaration and of being in control, as well as times of disobedience when just the opposite will be the effect.

There will also be times when we will be aware that God is disciplining us—sometimes in terms of punishment for sin and at other times in training to prepare us to master what we are doing. There will be times of sacrifice and even times of death. Nevertheless, all of these are part and parcel of a soldier's life.


Like the hidden treasure (Matthew 13:44 ), the pearl is an object of value. It can be part of a treasure, but there is a difference between "treasure" and "the pearl." Jesus says in verse 44: "like treasure." However, notice what He says in verse 46: "one pearl of great price." The difference is that "treasure" is a collective noun. Treasure is made up of many pieces of gold, silver, coins, articles of fine clothing, art, or gem stones. We can think of it like the treasure of a pirate in a chest buried somewhere in the Caribbean. That is what Jesus intends in the Parable of the Hidden Treasure—many valuable things in a collection. In the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price He considers one particular object of great value, the centerpiece of His treasure. ….

The "pearl" is the church as a whole, whereas the "treasure" in the preceding parable is the church in its individual members. In the first parable, Christ is assuring us that He has His eye on us for ourselves—that we are immeasurably valuable to Him as individuals. However, in this parable, He switches the focus slightly to assure us that all of us as a body, His Bride, are important. We are the centerpiece of His treasure—the Bride who will marry the Son.


"The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil." 

(George Fox)


Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a

matter of course and prescriptive right.

                                                                    - Aldous Huxley, 1894-1963


    They drank the chalice of the Lord, and became friends of God.
                                                                            Magnificat, July 2015, pg. 362


 When I was little, some of my heroes were Joan of Arc and the three children of Fatima. Growing up on a farm, I also loved St. Francis and his love of all people, life and creatures. I feel a special reverence for St. Francis and St. Clare and for our heroes and martyrs who fought and fight so valiantly to bring the qualities of God into this world.

                What about you? Who are your heroes and what is it that you like about them and what they do?


“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”

                                                                        Franklin D. Roosevelt



                                                                Yield My Heart (Live) by Kim Walker-Smith



No masterpiece can be created without a risk, without the boldness and willingness to be wrong, to learn as you go and to claim your own power and admit your own responsibility. What we don’t realize is that God expresses Himself through us, but if we are not moving, we aren’t allowing Him to use us.



                                                            First they ignore you.
                                                            Then they laugh at you.
                                                            Then they fight you.
                                                            Then you win.

                                                                 Mohandas Gandhi


The frontiers of the kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution.” Most things in life are designed to insulate us from needing courage. We wear our seat belts, put on our helmets, and drive the speed limit (I’m not suggesting otherwise). But I am challenging the idea that everything in our life is supposed to be safe, predictable, and comfortable. Ask yourself, am I too comfortable to need courage?

… Now is the time to press in, to take another step up, to ask God for more boldness.

                                                                                                     Pastor Steve Mickel



What is your gift or special talent? What makes you special? What can you do well? What can you give to others that will help their lives be better in some way?

Can you write, sing, negotiate, play sports, take care of kids, plant flowers, talk to plants, speak, entertain, throw parties, laugh, dance, build, cut hair, draw or anything else? What kind of life experience do you have that could help others live better, make better choices or change their lives for the better in some way?

… anything you do well can be used to help others or to serve God in some way. Use it to be a role model. Be an example in whatever field you find yourself playing in.


An idea from a talk on youtube by Kim Walker-Smith ----- I will see if I can find it again and give you the site address.

Ask God what He was thinking when He made you.




I have found in my own life that if I remove all the darker energies and put in lighter and more Godly energies then it is easier to stay in a place where I am connected with God and with Christ. Our holy medals, crosses and crucifixes help protect us as well. Prayer is a very powerful protector. In the Catholic tradition, the Hail Mary is a powerful strengthener of the lower part of the body and the Our Father is a powerful strengthener of the upper body. As more and more of the joy of Christ fills my heart and body, my spirit feels more free and more connected to God. We literally do put on a new man or Christ as we connect to God. He holds us like a prayer and protects us from harm with His love, mercy and grace.


   Each one of us is a flower in God's garden.  



The image at the link below is a direct representation of what I had the privilege of being shown by God and by Christ in response to my questions: I didn't see God but I felt His presence. I saw Christ and the world for a few wonderful moments almost exactly as pictured at this link:


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I cannot draw very well but the closest I can get you to what I was shown is in these images. Jesus as guardian of this planet and in a white robe. Size about the same.




Jesus/Yeshua died for us. There is no higher kind of love. 

                                                            Think about it. He died to save each and every one of us



There is something very, very special about the cross and the crucifixion and the sacred mysteries of the Catholic church.


                            Rooftops - Jesus Culture (lyric video)



The church is still a child and has a lot of growing up to do. Still, she is destined one day to be a pure and beautiful bride of Christ.



Mary Magdalene herself had demons driven out and was cleansed and healed by Yeshua.


and let us not forget the men in this world. God also raised up Moses and King David, and both had sinned, including murder. God cleanses us and washes us clean and lets us start over anew with His endless mercy, love, grace and kindness.



Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress in a historic speech Thursday morning.

Here’s a full transcript of his remarks.


Here is the video:


Pope Francis Speaks Before Congress | The New York Times


It is through a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ, that we may come to a much larger understanding of Revelation, the seals, the trumpets, the writings of the prophets and the sayings of Jesus and others.

Why is this important? Because if we understand on inner spiritual levels, through the heart, the return of Christ - who is the essence of life itself - into your heart and the temple of your body and putting on the new man, one will have new levels of understanding the Jewish feasts, the seals, timing, the horses of the apocalypse, the horse the Lord will return on, the trumpets, the cosmos, others hearts, our will vs. God's will and many other things.

A person has many levels of understanding and each will receive what they need on their own level as God reveals to each soul what they need on their journey Home.

It is for you to discover the beauty of the reunion of your heart and soul with God in a sacred way and it is a journey between God and each of His children to be most cherished.


   "True self-discovery begins where your comfort zone ends."

                                                                                                Adam Braun

*as quoted from Guideposts, October 2015, pg. 23


                                                         Oh, mirror in the sky ...


My God, people do not know you! If they did, you would be loved far more than you are. If people only knew your wisdom, power, goodness, beauty, and all your divine attributes, they would all have become seraphim consumed with the fire of your divine love. this is my aim: to make you known, so that you may be loved and served by all. O my God and my Father, may I know you and make you known; love you and make you loved; serve you and make you served; praise you and make all creatures praise you. Grant, my Father, that all sinners be converted, all the just persevere in grace, and all of us attain to eternal glory.

                                                                                                St. Anthony Claret


                                Spirit Break Out - Kim Walker - CD Still Believe - Jesus Culture




   I keep wanting to type 8's over and over and over ....

                                                                  so as Buzz Lightyear says           To infinity and beyond .....


Okay ....

So, for me, a vision of unclean animals coming down in the midst of a conversation with God and a crisis, was about me obeying God and doing what He asks of me, no matter how strongly I might feel against doing whatever it was he was asking me to do.

It was all about me obeying God in all ways, including eating something I might not want to eat


     The words mysticism and contemplation are essentially the same. Many mystical people are totally involved in affairs of the world. What makes them mystical is their great love of God and how their lives stem upward from the all-consumed love. We don't have to grasp all the classic prescriptions on contemplation according to the master teachers, namely the saints known by their mysticism. It is not extraordinary that God is within and wants to speak to us, we need only to search within ourselves and discover that God may be calling us to a mystical life.

This is where the personal relationship with God comes into play and is a very important part of the outward reaching and giving to others as well as the inward journey with God and your own heart.


      Maybe we can all be saints - and recognize that we all have different gifts in different areas of life.

What is your special gift or talent that God has given to you?

From a Bible Study companion:

Quotes about peace:





                          Holy - Jesus Culture


                                   Prayer of St. Francis,(Make Me A Channel of Your Peace) sung by Angelina, EWTN


Lent 2016

                                              Passion of Christ




There is such a thing as
the shame of a warrior.  King, Queen, rich, poor ... anyone.  Perhaps it comes from this life or from another but it is known to the person and to God but not by anyone else in this world, unless God chooses to reveal it in some manner.

Remember that our behavior or what we have done in the past, or what has been done to us, is not who we are as a person or a soul. Remember that God loves us unconditionally, forgives us, even for murder and other evils, clears the slate and washes us clean when we repent and turn to Him. All is forgiven.

This shame can make us more determined, stronger and many other things, including becoming a very fierce warrior on behalf of God, especially because of His endless love, His forgiveness, His mercy and His grace but shame need not stay with us forever. God's love can heal this too.


Romans 3:23 New International Version (NIV)

                   23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,


                                                                     except for one unblemished lamb, who is our Lord and Savior.




                                                 How Can It Be - Lauren Daigle



Shame is often under intense anger or rage. It is more comfortable or often much easier to be angry than it is to feel ashamed or hurt. Your behavior, what you have done or what has been done to you is not who you are as a person or as a spirit. 

                                            "Shame and anger or rage hold hands." 

                                                                                    Barb Tonn,
An article on resolving shame. “Understanding
How Shame Binds Us and How to Begin to Free Ourselves."
       …The same is true with someone who has been deeply shamed. That shame can 
        develop into repetitive thoughts of guilt or obsessive-compulsive behaviors, all ways
        of controlling the shame. In fact, all obsessive-compulsive behaviors are just that – 
        strategies developed by the mind to keep a person’s deeper feelings dissociated.


                                                                                                           Ty C. Colbert

God is at the center.


Jesus is at the right hand of the Father.     Mary sits on the left hand of the Father.



                                                                                                pray ... and think on this ...


                                                          I Exalt Thee – Kim Walker-Smith


                                 Recessional - Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

Viaggio Apostolico del Santo Padre Francesco a Cuba, negli Stati Uniti d’America e visita alla Sede dell'Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite in occasione dell...

                                               J.S.Bach - "Now we thank all our God" [sic] from Cantata 79, arr. for Organ by V.Fox



                                                       Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos in Spain Gregorian Chanting


What about this one?


Top 10 cool things about stars. So go to the following web site

then read number 6 and then go to:  and see where the color green is located. 

White contains all colors of the spectrum and so ... what do you think?

               Dear God ... I love this stuff ... thank you for loving us and that being all we need really but this stuff is immensely fun at the same time.


                                                          Yield My Heart

                                             It's all about the heart.

     It's all about the heart. It's all about returning to the heart as a person, as a people, as a church and returning to our own hearts and to the very heart of God. it's about learning to love through everything and not running away, about being vulnerable and open to love and even hurts as well. It's being open to great joy and to another person and to God in His ways and even if not so easy to see at times, love in all its expressions. This could be said better but for now just know that it's all about what is in our hearts and love and God.

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