Message from Spirit — Time to Awaken to the Gift of Your Life!

I was reminded recently of how important it is to live as fully as we can the life purpose and mission that we were all sent here to fulfill. Each is so unique and important. I am also always being reminded about the importance of sharing our brilliant gifts in the world.

Urgency to Wake Up

I have been getting some strong messages from Spirit about the URGENCY of WAKING UP to every precious moment we have here. Having been married for almost five years, I am very grateful for my very kind and caring husband Sharbel. I am also so deeply grateful to God and the angels for my precious English springer spaniel Harry, who reminds me every day about the beauty of unconditional love and the fleeting nature of our time here.

I am so grateful for my wonderful husband, Sharbel. We are on what we call our “marriage adventure.” June 21, 2019 will mark our fifth wedding anniversary!

I wrote this blog post some time ago and was waiting for the right time to publish it. I hadn’t even realized that this was a Mother’s Day weekend when I decided to publish what would become a five-part blog series. It makes perfect sense because the message of this blog is in complete alignment with the way my mother lived her life. It also resonates strongly with her philosophy of life.
On this Mother’s Day weekend, I have been thinking a lot about my mother and missing her. She was an incredible inspiration for me. I so admired her amazing spirit, her zest and vitality, and her love of life. To learn more about her and our deeply bonded relationship, you can read a Mother’s Day blog post I wrote several years ago here.
My mother was the second eldest of six children and was the one who lived the longest. I am sure it was because of her love and appreciation of this gift of life and also because, despite so many challenges, she really enjoyed life and always focused on the blessings in her life. She grew up in the Depression. Her father left her mother for another woman, breaking her mother’s heart, along with hers and those of her siblings. She had such a difficult childhood and worked so hard throughout her life until she was able to retire. She had a number of surgeries and illnesses. In the last years of her life, she could only walk with a walker and had to use an oxygen machine to survive.
Her health was compromised by years of smoking even after she had quit so many years ago. She watched my father die a slow death from lung cancer. And she watched my stepfather transform and slip away day by day in his battle with Alzheimer’s.  I could go on and on with the many heartaches in life she endured. And through it all, she rarely complained. She battled through every challenge in her life and was always hopeful for the next positive surprise life might offer her.
Ginger at Alstede's Farm

My mother, Ginger, enjoys an afternoon at Alstede’s Farm. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2010. All rights reserved.

There was nothing she loved more than dancing. It was dancing weekly at New York’s Roseland Ballroom near Times Square that revived her spirit after a serious surgery. When she had to have spinal surgery when her legs were going numb or when she fell and broke her hip and had to stay in rehab for a number of weeks, she never complained. And even though she could no longer dance, she was grateful to still be able to walk, even if it was with a walker.
When I was younger, she was good friends with a woman named Adele who used to watch me after school.
Adele had that same zest and love of life that my mother had. Despite not having much material wealth, she was very wealthy in her joy of life. It was something that came from within. She loved the sun and fresh air even on the coldest of days. And she loved parades. On several occasions she took me and my sister to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. She was never so happy as when she enjoyed a wonderful outdoor free event.
She, too, had so many challenges in life. The victim of a terrible car crash the day before her son was getting married, she lost her husband in that crash and also sustained much damage herself. She was destined to walk with a cane and a limp after that. I was born shortly after that accident and became a kind of physical therapy for her as she pushed my carriage and learned how to walk again. Despite all that Adele suffered in her life, I always saw her smiling and laughing. She taught me how to play many card games and was my companion whenever I was sick.
It seems that some of us who incarnate know well the blessing, richness and value of life and honor it with gratitude no matter whatever else is going on in their lives. Unfortunately, I was more like my father, who often saw the glass half-empty and complained about what he missed out on in his life. It was understandable because in addition to being a child of the Depression, his father died of acute appendicitis one month before he was born, leaving his mother a very sad and distraught widow.
I always admired my mother’s inner strength and ability to recover her balance no matter what was thrown on her path. She always told me she believed someone was watching over her. On Mother’s Day, I am so grateful for her positive, uplifting spirit. When she could hardly breathe from her battle with COPD, she finally decided she wanted to return home to God. It was a difficult transition because, even at the end, she was still fighting to hang on to one more breath of life here.
I honor her, Adele and all the strong and resilient mothers who serve and served as powerful role models for the children they love so much. At my wedding, I played the Bette Midler song, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and dedicated it to her. There was nothing my mother wanted more than to see both me and my sister thriving and enjoying the gifts of our lives.
When I am feeling sad and demoralized about all the contrast in life, I can hear her telling me to take a vacation from worry. I can see her inviting me to sing and dance or go out in the fresh air and enjoy the beauty of nature.
I can sometimes palpably feel throughout my day just how sweet and extraordinary the simplest of moments are, from watching Harry take sun baths on our patio and sniff the lavender bushes in our back yard, to seeing an inspirational sunset, or the beautiful clouds that form over the mountains near our home. Even the simplest moments of having a quiet dinner by candlelight or taking an evening walk in the mountains can bring a sense of peace and appreciation. There can be miracles of beauty and love in almost any moment.

It’s so much fun to watch Harry roam around our back yard sniffing all the bushes. He especially loves the lavender bushes! Photo by Donna El Haber, 2019. All rights reserved.

There is so much grace in just seeing a beautiful sunset. We take walks in the evening around our neighborhood in the mountains and are lucky to see so many beautiful sunsets. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2019. All rights reserved.

Even with so many blessings in my life, I can still complain and whine and not be as grateful as I should be. Some days, instead of being mindful and grateful, I can be grumpy and focused on lack or what is missing. I can be thinking of some much-improved fabulous tomorrow, missing out on the countless blessings of today. Or I can insidiously compare myself to others, always finding myself lacking.

Padre Pio’s Important Message

Saint Padre Piό, a Roman Catholic priest from Italy, lived an extraordinary life of devotion both to God and those he served. His amazing prayers helped create so many magnificent miracles.  I have visited the National Centre of Padre Piό in Barto, PA, several times and always felt a strong connection with this beloved saint. Anyone who visits there will experience the beauty of the small and big chapels. You can walk upon the sacred grounds, see a movie about the miracles he facilitated, learn about his life, and put your petitions of prayer in the slot under the gorgeous picture of Our Lady of Fatima.

At the Padre Piό National Centre in Barto, PA, you can put your prayer petitions in the box below the magnificent painting of Our Lady of Fatima. I have done so and many prayers were answered. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2015. All rights reserved.

In the small chapel, there is a remarkable lifelike wooden statue of Padre Piό. When you stand close to it, it appears his eyes are smiling and his entire face becomes so animated. While standing in front of this statue, I received some channeled messages from Padre Piό.
The message I recall most is that Padre Piό misses being here on this Earth plane. Although he suffered throughout most of his life with the painful wounds of the stigmata, among other physical, mental and emotional struggles, he just loved being here. He so loved to connect with souls in physical form, embracing and blessing grateful visitors and seeing the hope in their eyes and joy in their hearts as he prayed for miracles on their behalf. He misses all the beauty he saw and the grace he witnessed during his remarkable  lifetime.
It was a strong and powerful message for me not to take anything for granted. Even with the pain, heartache and struggle that are part of every life, our time here is very precious and should be appreciated and savored. The message was about awakening to the grace within each precious moment and the gift of being here in physical form.
To read another blog post about important messages from Spirit, click here.

This remarkable lifelike wooden statue of Padre Piό is one of the many blessings at the National Centre for Padre Piό in Barto, PA. It seems as though his spirit comes to life when standing close and looking into his eyes. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2015. All rights reserved.

Because these messages from Spirit were so powerful, I created a special package to help others shift their mindset from pain and sadness to mindfulness and gratitude. It is called my “Time to Awaken to Joy and Abundance Packages.” The Angel of Awakening, Remliel, oversees this work, along with Ramaela, the Angel of Joy, and Fortunata, the Angel of Prosperity. If you would like to learn more about my Bronze, Silver and Gold packages  I offer, please click here. I also have a single “Time to Awaken to Joy and Abundance” counseling session for those who need a reminder to shift into a higher vibration and affirm all the good in their lives.

Remliel is the Angel of Awakening who oversees the work I do with you in my “Time to Awaken to Joy and Abundance” package. Ramaela, the Angel of Joy, and Fortunata, the Angel of Prosperity, are also involved. Remliel from Rev. Dr. Kimberly Marooney’s “Angel Blessings: Cards of Sacred Guidance and Inspiration.”

Wherever you are, after reading this post, close your eyes and say a sweet prayer of gratitude for all the blessings in your life. You may not even be aware of the many seen and unseen blessings moving in mysterious ways throughout your life. Your visit to my site and reading this post is one of the blessings in my life and I am so grateful. If I can help you in any way on your path to awaken to the miracle that you are and to all the many blessings awaiting you, please reach out to me at Or you can schedule a free 30-minute get-acquainted session with me at
Know how blessed you are to be here in this moment and to have incarnated at this time. So much grace awaits you. Spirit is asking us to shift into gratitude, to quiet our restless minds so prone to seeing what’s missing, and to embrace the magnificent blessing of being here to give and receive so much love, light and so much grace.
Wishing you a brilliant awakening to the miracle that you are,
Rev. Donna El Haber
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