A Message from God
This is God.
I will be handling
All your problems today.
I will not need your help.
So, have a nice day!
The above message, found at www.AngelScribe.com, well reflects the philosophy of the woman behind the Web site: Mary Ellen, the Internet AngelScribe. Mary Ellen never makes plans, preferring to rely upon God to set up her lifetime sequences. She surrenders her will, and in doing so she not only expects miracles, she gets them. In fact, the title of her book, Expect Miracles, is Mary Ellen’s mantra.
Author Emily Dickinson advised, “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” Lucky for us Mary Ellen’s soul is wide open.
About 20 years ago, Mary Ellen heard some very special messages in her heart. These words were so loving and uplifting she couldn’t help but share them with those around her. Initially nervous over exposing such deep sentiments to strangers, she swallowed what she calls that I look dumb feeling and focused instead on how her messages might help others. Although she did not know it then, those messages had already been marked for a very special destination.
Mary Ellen’s guidance comes from a group of benevolent angels she calls the Ladies of the Light. “When I pick up a pen in the morning,” Mary Ellen explains, “I hear vibrationally, a gentle, loving voice in my heart center. When I put pen to paper, the messages that are scribed are inspirational and uplifting. This is how the name AngelScribe came into existence.”
Often when we open a spiritual door with pure intent a snowball effect occurs, and Mary Ellen’s messages were no exception. People everywhere seemed to hunger for more of the Ladies’ angelic advice. The more Mary Ellen shared her messages, the more affirmation she received of their ability to uplift others. Delivered in poetic form, the words she shared struck a chord of response that resonated within the hearts and souls of those around her. She would be told repeatedly, “This is exactly what I needed to hear.”
In 1996, Mary Ellen said hello to the Internet and the rest is AngelScribe history. There followed the Angels and Miracles Good-News-Letter read by people in more than 40 countries, a Web page, a self-published book, an Internet prayer team, the Expect Miracles book and promotional tour, and a second book, A Christmas Filled with Miracles.
Expect Miracles is a collection of inspirational stories from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences. “It is my deepest wish that, by reading these stories shared by people from all around the world, you too will begin to expect miracles in your life,” Mary Ellen writes in the preface of Expect Miracles. “May you find a story in your life, possibly in this book, that opens your heart and mind and allows you to blossom into the great spiritual being that you are.”
Mary Ellen says that every morning upon awakening she asks God to make her a Divine Vehicle in the lives of others. “The first time I asked,” she writes, “the most amazing things happened: somewhere, somehow I was continually placed in just the right spot, on my daily path, to assist someone. And the practice continues to work. More times than are countable people have said to me, ‘I just prayed for an answer to that question and here you are telling me what I needed to hear.’ Folks have said to me, ‘You are an Angel, you showed up just after I prayed for some support.’”
Each of these miracles is like a gentle nudge from God affirming we are walking on the right path. Of course, sometimes the reverse is true and God must tell us we are going the wrong way!
The stories in Expect Miracles truly are heartfelt and uplifting. A real feel good book, it was published August 2, 1999, by Conari Press, the same publisher who gave us Random Acts of Kindness and The Woman’s Book of Courage.
In a note from Conari, the publisher explains how getting the book into print so smoothly was a miracle in itself. “A volunteer for the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation subscribed to Mary Ellen’s Angels and Miracles Good-News Letter,” the publisher writes, “and forwarded it to Conari Press.” As they developed a relationship with Mary Ellen, the publisher goes on to say, a space in their spring 1999 to-be-published list miraculously opened. That space was filled with Expect Miracles.
Nor is the barefooted lady on the book cover a coincidence, according to Mary Ellen. One of her favorite forms of relaxation is walking barefoot in the woods which, she says, exhilarates the spirit and the legs. Because the publisher didn’t know she went barefoot from March to October, Mary Ellen chuckled over the book’s cover picture of woman on bare tiptoes reaching for a star.
Another miracle came in the form of the Tea Stain Angel. After working a 17-hour day on Expect Miracles, Mary Ellen stumbled sleepily, in the dark and without her glasses, to the kitchen stove to pour a cup of cold herbal tea. She spilled the tea, but was too tired to wipe it up. Early next morning, there was a surprise waiting on the stove.
“There,” Mary Ellen says, “staring up at me was a 7 x 5 inch Tea Stain Angel! The Tea Stain Angel has a halo, wings and her long hair is flowing over her right shoulder. (See a photograph of the Tea Stain angel here www.angelscribe.com/teaangel.html.) The angel is pointing with her right hand to the book clasped in her left hand. Her dress is complete with a frill at the bottom. Pretty amazing! Okay, really amazing! And just another day in my life.”
Another outcome of Mary Ellen’s efforts is the Angels and Miracles Prayer Team. Comprised of members from all around the world and of all different religious beliefs, its members are united in faith and love. Working quietly and often in the glow of candlelight, the circle sends out prayers sometimes by E-mail, sometimes by solitary whisper. Mary Ellen calls the prayer team a “vehicle where God’s energy is active.”
The prayer team evolved as a natural result of the newsletter, as more and more readers requested prayers from their AngelScribe. As time passed, Mary Ellen’s E-mail load grew so large she needed help to handle it all. When a woman named Judy wrote to say that reading the newsletter made her skin feel too tight to contain her spirit, Mary Ellen crowned her leader of the prayer team.
One more of many miracles came about when Judy was hospitalized for an extended stay. Mary Ellen asked Judy to recommend a temporary replacement. Working late one Friday night, Mary Ellen had the unusual urge to call a member of the prayer team named Cynthia. As the two women chatted, Mary Ellen spontaneously asked Cynthia if she would care to take over while Judy recovered. Cynthia quickly agreed.
Next morning, when Mary Ellen called Judy to give her the good news, she “nearly leaped through the phone.” Judy excitedly explained that she had been lying in bed late Friday night, thinking about whom could take over the team. One woman stood out in her mind, Judy related, but she was unable to remember her name. It was Cynthia’s name that Judy could not recall. Out of 50,000 people she and Judy had thought to contact the same person on the same night at the same time. Were the angels whispering?
When some of us read such stories we are excited and inspired and, maybe, just the teeniest bit envious. “Me too!” our minds whisper, “Can’t that happen to me, too?”
The answer is yes, and here are several ways we can invite miracles into our own lives. First, we must have love, for where love abounds angels hover overhead. Second, we must acknowledge the presence of the miraculous in our lives. As author Murray Stein said, “communication with angels begins when you recognize they are there.” Fourth, we must summon up courage to claim our spiritual selves as our divine birthright. Finally, we must surrender control of our lives to God with faith so strong that we EXPECT miracles rather than merely hope for them.
Turning our lives over to God may seem frighteningly uncertain, but it is an action based on rock solid faith and steely convictions. While such surrender may initially seem passive, it is in reality a peaceful and gentle gesture that sets a process into motion; it is a little like plugging a cord into a socket and expecting a lamp to give us light.
Volunteers are miracles in themselves, and without their help Mary Ellen could not accomplish her work. While there is no charge for the newsletter, donations are “lovingly accepted.” Help springs from many different sources. One volunteer, for example, an attorney by profession, did all the negotiations for Expect Miracles. Another created the AngelScribe Web site and continues to help maintain it and the mailing list. An airline pilot signed Mary Ellen up on his family’s flying pass, and another donated a brand new laptop computer so that Mary Ellen can keep up with newsletters while on the road.
Mary Ellen also has the loving support and friendship of her husband Howard and their daughter Ariel, as well. The world is full of kind and loving folks with the same vision, she says. “Expect Miracles is more than just a title of a book,” Mary Ellen says. “It’s a way of life.”
Mary Ellen’s creativity is aroused through many avenues. She loves the song Earth Angel, and the music of Mike Rowland, Herb Ernst and Gary Jess. One of her favorite ways of relaxing is to cuddle a sleeping cat.
Making money is not Mary Ellen’s motivation for continuing on as the Internet AngelScribe. She is instead driven by her desire to help others. “When you know something is good,” she says, “when you know you can do something, when you know it is your life’s path, hold it in your heart, focus on it, do whatever you need to do to make it a reality and never, ever give up. Do what your heart tells you to do.”
And her inspiration? That comes from Heaven.
Messages from Mary Ellen and Her Angels
The Ladies of the Light
God needs no defending. God sees what is in your inner souls and hearts. He sees your noble deeds. He forgives you no matter what path, what religion, what belief you currently hold.
There is no one perfect way to God. That is a myth perpetuated by each church and belief. You have all heard them say it.
One’s spiritual belief should be the most sacred and personal thing to each and every one of us.
We need to respect the beliefs of others as they need to respect us.
No one should ever pressure or attack a budding seeker. All are on different rungs of the ladder, and it does no moral good to shake another from their chosen path.
The same verse read to one hundred people will always translate one hundred different ways, all according to their current level of understanding.
The Universal Law to treat thy neighbor as thy self still stands. Read it again and feel its true meaning soak into your very soul.
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