Prayer—A Divine Conversation

Prayer—A Divine Conversation

Prayer—A Divine Conversation

Prayer is a conversation with the Divine. It’s God’s gift to us. There is no need for perfect words or recited prayers (although at times those are an excellent gateway into heartfelt prayers) as long as it flows from the heart. 

God desires constant communion with us. He wants to be with us, to guide us, to protect and assist us, so that we can serve in Love.

How then do we pray?

What is the correct way to get God’s “attention?” Do we say the Lord’s Prayer—Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy Name.

That’s an excellent place to start. And, it’s the prayer Jesus taught His disciples. But, do the words come from the heart—your soul? Or, do you recite them from habit?

Relationships require constant communication. It’s the same with God. We listen (key word here) and speak. We communicate.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is our intermediary to God, and prayer is a way offered by the Holy Spirit to reach God. When we become aware of the Spirit in us, our lives then become a continual prayer. The way we interact with the world around us is our prayer—our life song!

Every morning, before I remove my eye mask or the sheets, I declare, “Thank you! Where do You want me to go today? What do You want me to do today? What do You want me to say and to whom? Lord, here I AM and today is a great day for miracles!”

These simple sentences I offer up, as my first conscious words, set the tone for the rest of my day. I’m put in the perfect mindset to serve Love and to remain in awareness of God’s Presence.

Praying For Others

When I pray for others, in my mind’s eye, I place them on the Altar of God. Then I ask for my perception of them to be changed if I see anything other than holiness and grace“Where I see weakness let me see strength.”

“Where I see disease, let me see health.”

“Where I see lack, let me see abundance.”

As I place my life in God’s hands, I don’t feel the need to ask for things or pray in fear due to a sense of urgency or lack. Instead, I pray in gratitude—asking to receive what is already given and what is already there.

Let’s pray.

“God, I give you my heart. Use me for your purpose. I am here to serve Love, and I desire to be in Your Presence every moment today. Allow me to be Love to everyone.  Let my life be Your song. Help me to live in the moment because that is where You are. Yesterday is over and tomorrow is unknown, but at this moment I am blessed. Thank you, and today is a great day for miracles!


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What Is It Like Living With One Kidney?

What Is It Like Living With One Kidney?

What is it like living with one kidney?

I’ve been asked many times what it’s like living with one kidney? And, have I experienced any side-effects from donating a kidney? My answers—amazing and no!

On July 7, 2011, I donated a kidney to complete stranger—David Ensley after hearing God’s Voice tell me I was his perfect match. Crazy, I know but David and I were 1-in-20 million perfect match.

Living with one kidney hasn’t been any different than living with two. Physically, I can’t tell the difference except I now limit anti-inflammatories. Offering complete disclosure though it has caused some minor aggravations nothing I haven’t been able to handle.

Although life has continued as usual at the same time it hasn’t. On a physical level, I am healthy. I work, eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of rest.

But, it’s my spiritual life that’s been anything but ordinary!

As I mentioned, I decided to donate because I heard a Voice tell me I would be the one to give to David. At that time in my life, I felt lost and needed direction. So, I started meditating and journaling. I asked God to use me as a blessing. However, I had no idea the impact that request would have on my life.

Why did I decide to donate?

I believe living kidney donation is a calling—whether it’s donating to a family member, child, or a complete stranger. It’s an inner nudging that won’t go away no matter how hard you will it.

When I first heard David’s story I had no idea living organ donation was possible. But, I couldn’t stop thinking about him until I acted on the words I heard that night in the kitchen— “Amy that person will be you!”

My family and friends thought I was crazy and honestly, many times I felt the same way. But, my soul was convicted, and I couldn’t turn back.

Caution—saving the life of another human being is a miracle that not only alters their life but yours as well.

So, how has my life been affected?

First, my connection to God, the Source of all beings, has grown. I more clearly hear things I’m called to do like writing a book detailing my donation experience—Daring to Believe (available on Amazon). When I was researching the idea of kidney donation, I couldn’t find many books on the subject, and those I did see were boring and clinical.

Then a few years after the surgery, I wrote a memoir. In it, I detail the authentic experiences I had with hearing God’s Voice to donate; my feelings about completing the donor application; telling my family about my decision to donate and their reactions; and the actual surgery itself including a few “inconveniences” I encountered afterward.

Daring to Believe is a resource for those who are considering kidney donation and what to expect living with one kidney. It’s also for ordinary people who want to feel inspired to be extraordinary.

After the kidney donation, I felt compelled to become active in my community. About 5-years ago joined the NC Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation. We raise money to help educate communities about kidney disease and offer screenings to provide early detection for those at risk.

I also co-chair the Annual Kidney Gala and have just recently joined the NKF Big Ask/Big Give Program—teaching people in need of kidney transplants how to ask for a life-saving kidney and for people who want to give, how to say yes.

Eventually, I started speaking to groups about my experience as a living kidney donor. I found I enjoy inspiring others to hear God’s whispers in their life whether it’s to be a kidney donor, a doctor, a lawyer or a parent who then encourages their children to be great things.

Mostly, I love watching David live his life with his wife, children, and his grandson—that gives me the most joy. Knowing that I helped to make a difference and, in many ways, it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

In conclusion

Physically living with one kidney has not affected my quality of life in any way. If I had more kidneys to give I would do it a hundred times over—no question. I’ve heard other donors reflect the same sentiment.

Spiritually, I found my soul’s purpose and continue to thank God for the many blessings I’ve received as a result of answering yes to my calling.

I pray that as I share my story of living kidney donation and how God changed my life with six little words, that people’s lives are saved. And, as we to listen to the quiet voice within, may we be blessed.

What might you be called to do if only you dared to believe?




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Impossible, Right? Not with God.

Impossible, Right? Not with God.

Impossible, Right?

Not with God!

I read an inspiring story today about a lady who heard the voice of God instructing her to feed the homeless. Over the years, many people have probably listened to this same calling, but her story is incredible because at the time she was homeless, as well.

When you hear God speak directly to you, it can be unsettling, to say the least, but especially if it doesn’t make logical sense. At that time in her life, how could she of all people feed the homeless? She needed food herself.

Impossible, right? Not with God.

Although she found herself in the same position as the man she desired to help, this lady dared to believe what she heard. She marched into the local Catholic church and told the priest she was going to start a program to feed the homeless and he was going to help! And, that’s what they did.

This lady now works at the church and no longer lives on the streets. And, the program God started through her—its still going strong! Impossible, right? Not with God

I can relate to her story. I too heard God’s voice telling me I would do the impossible—donate a kidney to a man I didn’t know; and, oh yeah, I would be his perfect match.

Let me tell you once this happens; you hear God speak to you, it’s not something you can forget or try to ignore.

God is persistent.

I attempted to rationalize what I’d heard because let’s be honest I wasn’t the healthiest person in the world and the thought of giving away a body part, well, that was just certifiable. Granted, I had asked God to use me for a miracle but couldn’t I just give money to someone instead? (be careful what you say—He takes you literally!)

God kept nudging me. Eventually, I surrendered and called the transplant clinic.

Seven years later, I’m still not the healthiest person in the world but David—well, he’s alive and there’s a little guy who calls him Grandpa.

David and his wife, Suzanne, recently celebrated their anniversary at the Grand Canyon. Impossible, right? Not with God.

In my book, Daring to Believe, I offer you a funny and inspiring story about hearing God’s voice and daring to believe in the impossible. I write about my journey as a living kidney donor—not only regarding the processes and tests required; but, also the emotional and spiritual healing my family and I experienced as a result. 

I want to leave you with a poem written by Teresa of Avila, titled—You are Christ’s Hands.

You are Christ’s Hands

God has no body now on earth but yours,

No hands but yours,

No feet but yours,

Yours are the eyes through which he is to look out

God’s compassion to the world;

Yours are the feet with which he is to go about

Doing good:

Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.

What might you be called to do if only you dared to believe! Impossible, right? Not with God.


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2018 Charlotte Kidney Walk

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Whatcha Thinkin’ About?

Whatcha Thinkin’ About?

Whatcha Thinkin’?

Inquiring minds want to know your thoughts.

Have you ever stopped to listen to your thoughts? What do you tell yourself? Are they loving or fearful? Beautiful or ugly? Encouraging or defeating? True or false?

Our mind never sleeps. It’s powerful and always creating. Most of the time, however, we are oblivious to it.

God gave us a wonderful gift of free-will, and our thoughts are the result of that precious gift. Therefore, we control our thoughts—God doesn’t and can’t because of His endless love for us.

Now our soul—our beautiful soul—that’s entirely God. The center of our being or rather our spirit is the source of everything good, pure, and light. It’s always right and perfect because it’s always holy.

On the other hand, the ego resides in our mind and exists as a result of separation from Spirit. The ego’s primary purpose is to protect us from what it perceives as reality, and that stinker loves to be right—so much so, that it will lie and manipulate to convince us of what it’s telling us it right. (Hence the term—the devil inside!)

I’m sure this all sounds crazy but hang with me, and hopefully, it’ll all make sense.

A Mustard Seed

Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have the faith of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthews 17:20

A mustard seed is the smallest seed in the world, and yet when it’s planted and fertilized it grows into a magnificent tree.

Jesus tells us in the Book of Matthews that if you have faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you can move mountains.

But, how?

A Course in Miracles teaches that when our thoughts and beliefs combine, a powerful surge occurs, and mountains move.

God’s mighty gift of free-will affords us the privilege to choose love or fear. We can either follow the Spirit or the ego. The choice is ours.

But, if we hold the power to our thoughts, how exactly do we choose love over fear?

Well, I’m glad you asked. God would like you to know.

We control our thoughts by releasing fear, or the negative thoughts that the ego is bombarding us with, to the Holy Spirit allowing our truth to shine through.

Speaking our truth allows the love of the Spirit to flows from our heart through our throat and finally filling our minds and thoughts. The throat chakra is the bridge that allows eternal love to conquer our misguided fear. (Don’t know what a chakra is? Check out this video. Intro to In-body Chakras)

Since darkness is the absence of light, then fear is the absence of love. Love cannot exist where fear resides.

By releasing fear, we give the Holy Spirit control of our thoughts. As a result, miracles are created, and mountains move.

My Truth

Growing up I felt different and separate from the rest of the world. It appeared that everyone else got “it” but me. Although, I didn’t know what “it” was so I told myself that God must’ve created me by mistake and He didn’t love me, or I would’ve understood “it.”

I still don’t know what “it” is, but what I do believe now, is that God truly loves me but most importantly, has always loved me from the beginning of creation. I’m beautifully and wonderfully made!

Today this is my truth, and as a result, I’ve witnessed miracles created, and mountains moved. I have, and continue, to release fears that hold me back—keeping me from heaven on earth and my purpose. It’s a daily and most times moment-by-moment release, but it’s working, and I’m thankful.

What are you thinking…right now…this very minute? What do you want to finally release?


Try this breathing technique to calm your thoughts and let go of fears. Sit quietly with your feet on the floor and close your eyes. Watch and feel your breath as it enters through your nose, and flows through your body. Hold for a few moments. When you’re ready, exhale through your mouth. Visualize any fears and negative thoughts falling back into the earth.

Breathe in: I am light.

Breathe out: I release all darkness within me.

Breathe in: I am worthy.

Breathe out: I am willing to see the truth.

Breathe in: I am fearless.

Breathe out: I let go of attack.

Breathe in: I am love.

Breathe out: I allow the Spirit within me to lead me to my truth.

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2018 Charlotte Kidney Walk

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God’s Angels—Who is Your Janelle?

God’s Angels—Who is Your Janelle?

God’s Angels—Who is Your Janelle?

Have you ever met someone who inspired your soul or brightens your day all with only a smile? If so, you may have entertained one of God’s angels.

Last week I attended the MODEXShow in Atlanta, and if you’ve ever worked a tradeshow you know, it’s exhausting—long hours and constantly on your feet. And then, you always have to be “on” with everyone you meet.  It can make for tiring days.

Thankfully though, I met Janelle—one of God’s angels in the form of a bathroom attendant.

Immediately, I found her spirit infectious. I could tell she loved her job, but it was more than that—she took care of everyone who walked into her space. She was never without a smile or a kind word to offer. You felt important when you met her, or at least, that’s how she made me feel.

Many times, when I entered her sacred space I was greeted by an angelic voice—Janelle loved to sing, and she shared it with anyone who cared to listen.

She didn’t like the fragrance the convention center provided, so she brought her own. Not only was the bathroom clean and tidy but it smelled inviting making you forget about any worries you may have carried in with you.

Then one afternoon…

I made my usual trip to the restroom with the anticipation of seeing her smiling face. But, Janelle wasn’t in her regular spot, and I knew something was wrong. That’s when I heard soft tears coming from one of the stalls. Janelle reluctantly offered me her story, and with an open heart, I listened.

Janelle was homeless. She had been living in a shelter when she was offered the temp-job during the tradeshow. Happily, she accepted.

This job meant a new freedom for her—the possibility of not sleeping on the streets or in a shelter even for a few nights. However, she needed to find a place to store her belongings.

She received permission from a kind person at the shelter to leave her bags there temporarily only to receive a call the next day informing her she needed to retrieve her belongings by 3 pm or it would be put out on the streets. Janelle’s shift didn’t end until 7.

All she had in the entire world fit into four garbage bags!

But, Janelle didn’t miss a beat.

Wiping her eyes she announced, “That’s okay. God provided me with this job, and I believe Him for a place to sleep tonight and clothes for tomorrow’s shift. I have all I need.”

My mind reeled as Janelle’s familiar smile returned, and once again she greeted people as they entered.

I left Atlanta last week inspired. Of all the influential people I shook hands with—CEO’s, Presidents of companies—the bathroom attendant brought me the most joy.

Janelle didn’t let her situation affect her spirit. She knew she would be taken care of and she dared to believe that anything was possible even in the face of uncertainty and adversity.

I’ll probably never know what happened to Janelle, but I’m confident that by God’s grace and love she is smiling and hopefully singing a beautiful song.I’ll always remember her and will continue to offer up prayers for her continued abundance.

Oh, and by the way, the meaning of the name Janelle—God is gracious!

Who is your Janelle? Who has God sent to inspire you? Have you met one of God’s Angels?


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Thursday Mornings With God-4/5

Thursday Mornings With God-4/5

Got Miracles?

What are miracles exactly?  And, why are some people granted miracles and others appear forgotten? That begs the question, does God give miracles to everyone randomly and if so, why?

In my book Daring to Believe, I share about being a 1-in-20 million miracle match for David Ensley. Based on our circumstances, it was considered a miracle that we were such a close match.

It all started when I heard God tell me I would be the one to save David’s life. I had been asking God to use me as a vessel for His grace and healing. One night my husband, Chuck, told me about David’s story that he had read on Facebook.

I felt such intense compassion for David, and I replied, “I hope someone steps up to help him.”

First Miracle

That’s when our first miracle happened.

I heard as if in a conversation with someone, “Amy, that person will be you.” At that moment, I knew I would donate a kidney to David.

I know some people question whether God speaks to us—heck, even Joy Behar on the View said that when people hear voices, that’s the definition of crazy. Right?

But it happened, and it was single-handling one of the most amazing, outrageous, and incredible experiences of my life.

God didn’t stop there.

You see the key to miracles is believing in what you want beyond all limitations. It’s a knowing that the miracle has already happened and that you deserve it. Unfortunately, not everyone feels they deserve it.

Although on a soul-level I knew I was David’s donor, it took a while for my head to believe it and acceptance to sink in. I mean, there were many obstacles to overcome. The approval process was lengthy and encouraging my family to accept my decision proved more challenging than expected.

At times, I questioned God’s faith in me to be that “person.”

I had been asking God to use me as a vessel of His grace, and I received just what I asked.

But, let’s get back to my original question—what are miracles and why does it appear some receive miracles, and others are not?

First of all…

Miracles happen every day—all day. Think about it for a moment. Each morning when you wake up, and we take in that first deep breath and stretch, do we need to remind our heart to beat? No. It just happens. Miracle number one.

Birds automatically know how to find food and where to take shelter in the rain. If God can give the birds everything they need, why don’t we think He’ll grant us the same miracle?


We don’t ask.

The Bible states, “ …ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9

We need to ask and then act as if it’s already happened. We need to “pray it into existence” with conviction. Remember, Jesus only healed those who asked for healing.

And, thirdly…

Our egos tend to get in the way. We think we are separate from the rest of creation—from God. If God is all things and is everywhere, then why is it so difficult for us to accept He’s us, as well. Not just a part of us but our true selves—our souls.

Think about it—if you fill up a bucket with lake water does it quit being lake water just because it’s in a bucket? No. It’s just held in a different form.

It’s the same with God. God doesn’t quit being God whether He’s in the form of us, or a bird, or water. If God is truly omnipotent, then He’s everywhere and nowhere all at the same time.

God, or whatever your reference is—Allah, Krishna, Buddha—He/She is what connects all of creation. God is our breath—our being. That’s why there is no difference between me, you or the person on the street. Everywhere we look God says, “I AM that.” There is no separation.

We are spiritual beings having a human experience. We create our realities based on the lessons we need to learn during this lifetime.

Our egos want to control our thoughts, but we have the power to surrender and ask God to make His thoughts our thoughts.

We must accept our divine existence and step into the life of living consciously with an expectation of daily miracles.

So, if you’re not experiencing miracles change your thoughts and you’ll change your world!


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