"Be happy with yourself, choose joy.
Perhaps it is time for you to pray more and worry less."

...the angels



Trudy Griswold and Barbara Mark

Families are a microcosm of all that is.

In our own family we don’t have to look far in order to find every personality type or belief system that is possible. We have introverts and extraverts. We have Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, and Hindus. We have saints and sinners, elders and babies, affluent and insolvent, bright and mentally challenged, handicapped and healthy, educated and unlearned, talented and gifted, kind and cross, and, of course, male and female.

A family is an amazing thing. By birth or by marriage, we all have managed to arrange a beautiful bouquet of souls into a unit that somehow works… or doesn’t work, depending on the lessons being learned.

The Angels Speak:
You wonder how you came to be in your group called “family.” You chose it for all it offered your soul. Every one picks their birth family. There is much to learn in this unit, for no matter how much or little you use it, the family is the practice ground to learn many lessons while you are living on earth.

Q: My family is very small. Is this a handicap?
Angels: Your first sense of community was from your family. They welcomed you into life. Within this system you have been given opportunities to learn the lessons you were born to learn. Large or small, it is a perfect unit for what you are to accomplish.

Q: My family is so dysfunctional. Why?
Angels: That is why you chose it. So you could learn to be healthy and whole even in difficult circumstances. Sometimes parents and families are picked because they are such a bad example! Your job might then be to teach them better ways, or to learn from their model how to change your own self. A family is never chosen lightly. Your soul, even before birth, selected it carefully to maximize your living experience.

Q: My son just married a woman from another religion that we don’t believe in. I am finding it hard to be tolerant of her.
Angels: And that is the lesson… to expand the patterns of thought within yourself as to what is acceptable and what is not. We would suggest that you read a bit about what her beliefs are before you condemn them. Perhaps they will enhance your own understanding of who God is, or perhaps they will give you a deeper trust in the God you already believe in. Either way, you will be more at peace.

Q: I have nothing in common with anyone in my family. In fact, I moved as far away from them as I possibly could.
Angels: And that may be the lesson… to learn to live without a sense of family. It is a very hard lesson. But also a great opportunity to create your own family from nothing. If you marry, you will inherit a family from your spouse. You may have children, or select like-minded friends from which to create a “family of the heart.” Birth may be the most common way to create a family, but certainly not the only one.

Q: The military is my family.
Angels: And a good one it has been for you, too. You trust them, love them, they support you, and you learn from them. They have served you well as a family. Organizations can be families, too. Churches, jobs, institutions, clubs, and towns or areas can be a type of family. It is a rare soul who has no family at all.

Faith Builder: Think of the “families” you belong to and enjoy the sense of community you feel within them.

Trudy Griswold and Barbara Mark are sisters and authors of the best selling books Angelspeake: How to Talk with Your Angels and The Angelspeake Book of Prayer and Healing (Simon & Schuster). Both were awakened by their angels and have since been teaching people all over the world how to work with their own angels. Their website, in Spanish and English is www.ANGELSPEAKE.com.

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