Like many of us, author Nancy Wiltgen learned to recite prayers as a child, prayers that stayed with her into adulthood. Then one day, worried about her daughter, Nancy prayed, unaware that she was about to start an amazing journey that would change her life forever. Mary began coming to her in beautiful visions and calling her name-even as Nancy worked her factory job. Confused, yet drawn to the images and Mary's voice, Nancy started reading the Bible, where she discovered that although she had talked to God, she'd never learned to be still and listen to him.
Written as a dialogue between herself and God, Bridging Over with Guidance is the story of Nancy's spiritual transformation, with insights that will speak to the heart of anyone seeking a deeper relationship with God. She is unafraid to ask him questions: Why did she have visions of Mary, and why did she stop having them? Why were certain people in her life? What was the reason behind some of the painful circumstances in the prayer group she attended? What's more, she has learned to listen to his answers.
From her newfound awareness of Satan's attempts to interfere with her life to learning to cope with people's discomfort with and disapproval of her new spirituality, Nancy's path has led her to places she never anticipated. Bridging Over with Guidance is about the experience of one woman's discovery of the bridge between the spiritual world and everyday life.
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BRIDGING OVER with GUIDANCEMy Personal Relationship with God
By NANCY WILTGEN
iUniverse, Inc.Copyright © 2012 Nancy Wiltgen
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Chapter OneBridging Over with Guidance
Many years ago, I was just an ordinary person. I grew up with problems just like everyone else. Its true life has its share of problems. Does anyone know why these things happen to us? Of course, no one sits around thinking about why things happen to you in your daily life. Things just happen! The people you meet sometimes can steer you in the wrong direction or even pull you into their problems and without thinking, you can be involved in a whole new set of problems.
We are very fortunate if we have friends that last a lifetime and there are a few. Others just seem to fade in and out of our lives. Did you ever wonder why? Of course not.
Sometimes life takes a sudden change. This could be a move to a new area or perhaps a new job. It could even be the death of a loved one.
Most people are so busy with their plans for their daily lives that there is no time to sit and ponder or I should say, 'think' about why you are here and if there is a purpose for your existence. These questions sound silly, don't you think? Generation after generation, we walk in each other's footsteps never questioning the reason why, or perhaps afraid of disappointing others.
Sometimes strange things or events take place but we are afraid to share them with others for fear that we will be judged by them. Therefore, you quietly sit by and say nothing, or you have a choice in the matter. This is a chance to step out of the box and reach out to whatever is beyond your imagination. There you can find the purpose to why you are here, why there are problems, and who can help you by giving directions if you need help and are willing to listen and be obedient. It is not an easy lifestyle at the beginning and it is not for wimps! It takes courage and guts to stand up and fight for what you believe in. In the end, you will find out that it was worth the battle you were fighting for, for yourself and others around you.
Doors were opened to me that I did not know existed. I fell into a whole new world. There was a silent passageway that connected me to this new world and it was not by my choice. I did not understand what was happening, but I knew God would carry me through anything. In a case of perfect timing, God guided a friend of mine, who handed me a poem entitled "Guidance":
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance. When I saw G: I thought of God, followed by u and i. "God, u and i dance." God, you and I dance. As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life.
I would like to share my story with you on how it all began.
Many are Called
Why are these things happening to me? I do not understand. There were pictures in my mind and they were in color and they moved freely about as I watched them. It seemed as if I were looking into another dimension. I was hearing and seeing the Blessed Virgin Mary. Lord was I having a mental breakdown?
You were called to a wonderful new and exciting life style for a reason. Before you were born, I knew that you would choose me. Even when you were a little girl unknowingly, you had a relationship with me through my mother, Mary. Through a child's eyes, you were searching for me, your savior. As an adult, there were many things you needed to learn about the Holy Spirit. Many barriers needed to be broken. As a new creation in Christ, I was able to touch many lives through you. You are a new springtime to others of sharing our stories and praying for lost souls. You are a strong warrior that will lead others to have a relationship with me. Doors will open in my timing. Many are called and few are chosen, my little dancer.
Savior—means a person who rescues someone or something from disastrous circumstance.
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April 20, 2008
Is there a purpose for me going through a time of having visions and hearing voices speaking to me?
Yes, my child;
At the beginning of your journey with Me you did not understand what was happening to you for a reason.
The visions of Mary allowed you to find comfort and peace with her. Under my directions, she led you to me, your Savior. When Mary spoke audibly to you it was an opening for a rebirth for you into the spiritual realm and at the same time the other voices you were hearing was that of Satan pulling you into another direction. I was there with you all the time my child.
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April 27, 2008
Did my spiritual journey start because I was praying to you about my daughter's problems? I remember all of a sudden I felt as if I was standing right next to you and I began to speak to you as if you were another human being. I had never done that before ... was that wrong?
No, my child;
Your spiritual journey started with prayer because you no longer felt in control of the situation. Prayer is a conversation with God that many people do not understand. For many years you recited prayers from memory, it was a one-way conversation. You were never taught how to sit and listen for the still voice of God, but I heard every prayer you said from a small child until now. Through conversations, I am able to direct your path. Do you remember when you fully understood it was me you were speaking to, that you began to ask forgiveness for the things you had done wrong in your past. This is what is called repentance. Many people do not fully understand the word repentance, but through prayers the door was opened to you to begin this new life with me, Your Savior.
Conversation-an informal spoken exchange of thoughts and feelings Repentance-remorse (sorry) for past conduct (behavior)
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May 4, 2008
My Dear Lord;
When the visions began and I was hearing voices speaking to me I felt so confused, yet the voice of Mary told me where to go and who to talk to. Many were people I did not know very well and some were strangers. Yet they were full of information I needed at that time. I felt I was walking blindly into a situation. I did not understand. Because I was so confused I never even put it together that it was a religious experience. When I finally realized it was you, Lord, that was speaking to me, I felt unworthy that you would want to spend time talking to me and I need to know if this is possible? I thought this only happened to people in the Bible and saints. These are the important people of when you came to earth, and walked among them, people in bible stories.
Many people at some time in their lives experience a vision or hear a voice call to them but dismiss this event as something strange or a special event that happened in their lives. With many, it only occurs once or twice in their lifetime. They do not put it together that it was a gift from God; linking the real world with the spiritual side. Many people hear about it but never experience the spiritual side so they do not fully understand what is involved in a calling from God.
My child, you were walking in blind faith and seeking me as you never did before. I placed all the right people in the right timing to guide you closer to me, your Lord and Savior. As for feeling unworthy many people who are called to do God's work feel this way. Many people question, "Why me?" However, I know the outcome and purpose for each individual. You are my vessels that can be used to touch many lives around you. You are my hands and my feet. The Bible is full of stories of people on a spiritual journey. Each has a special story to tell with meanings to teach others about their walk with God. With Mary, she said, "let your will be done to me." With Jonah he ran. With many, the touch of God changed their entire life and gave them a full purpose for serving God. My child you are my hope to touch many people's lives. I have given you a strong foundation in your spiritual journey with me. I am a God for all generations, my child.
May 11, 2008—Mother's Day
I want to thank you for the beautiful visions of Mary that I saw in my mind's eye. I felt so close to her even giving her a kiss on the cheek mentally. But I don't understand why did you stop the visions of Mary coming to me? I felt that I slipped into a state of depression for nearly six weeks after the vision of Mary stopped. Why?
My dear child;
I sent Mary to you for a very special reason. Because I knew you had a strong bond with her since your childhood. As I watched you stand on a kneeler and talked to her as if she was alive. But it was only a statue, do you remember sitting in the front pew and staring at the statue of Mary while you watched for the lips to move but they never did? The nuns told you that Mary would speak to you some day but it was in my timing that this occurred. Mary was my gateway to Me. You needed to break away from the real world and come follow Me, your Lord and Savior. It was during this time that you learned that not all visions come from God. Do you remember the time Mary came to you and you wondered why the veil was over her face? Then the veil fell open revealing the face of a space creature. That vision was not of God. I know how you tried to block the visions that were coming to your mind. It was something you needed to learn. As for the depression, you were struggling between the real world and the spiritual world at the same time. Mary was your comfort zone in both worlds. She was the link between both worlds. So, my child during this time you had to learn to move forward with my help. It was a time of learning about spiritual battles and still be able to walk in the real world with my help, your Lord and Savior, my child.
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May 18, 2008
My Dear Lord;
Before this all began, I do not remember hearing the phrase "spiritual battles." I feel as if some sort of veil was lifted before my eyes. I was looking into a whole new world unknown to me. Is this coming from my imagination Jesus?
No my child;
This is not your imagination. It is I, Jesus Christ of Nazareth the Nazarene that speaks to you my child. It is I that seeks a personal relationship with every human being. Through the love of Christ, I can direct the path of each person. Yes, my child the veil was lifted from your eyes so that you might learn about the attacks of Satan. This is all known as spiritual battles.
You were not aware of the ways of Satan at the beginning of your spiritual journey. Satan was out to destroy you in many ways. Do you remember the time when you were told, through your thoughts, that if you drove your car through a wall and you died that all the voices you were hearing would stop?
There were many things that happened to you during this time in your mind and in your real world. Satan wanted you to think you were going crazy. But I interceded to help you fight through the battles. That is why I gave you a spiritual director, Sister Elizabeth, who prayed for you and your husband; I also gave you a spiritual family, of which some of them also heard me, your Lord and Savior. This was the beginning of your strong foundation in Christ. You were strong links with each other to help fight Satan's attacks. In your minds and the real world, my presence is always with you my child.
You are the Student
May 25, 2008
My Dear Lord;
At the beginning of my spiritual journey, I felt like I was attending a school in my mind. You were the teacher and there were no books from which to learn. Were you combining the two worlds together and why did this take place?
You had moved into a new level in Christ. It was I, Jesus Christ of Nazareth that was teaching you to keep your focus on me. While you were walking in both worlds at the same time, it was I that began to teach you about colors. When you see the color green, it was to remind you that the Garden of Eden was a luscious green when it was first created. Blue was the color of Mary's dress. Yellow stood for the Son of God. Red was for the blood of Christ. Purple stood for royalty.
I also taught you about numbers. Each number represented a meaning. The number one stood for "One God." Two was to remind you that there were two worlds going on at the same time. Three represents the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Five, there are five decades to a rosary. Whenever you see a set of fives, it signals a high five between you and I.
Between the colors and numbers, it kept your mind busy and you focus on the things I was teaching you in the real world. I was blending in the stories from the Bible. For many years, Satan had consumed your thought patterns. Now as a child of God, you had to learn a new way of thinking, and be able to listen and follow me, your Lord and Savior. I needed you as a vessel to touch other lives around you. You are my ambassador to reach others and teach them how God has touched your life. You will connect with others in my timing so that other people will learn to be open to the Holy Spirit in their lives. You will also be human links with one another as a support group to fight Satan. I know it has been difficult for you at times living this lifestyle, but many people who follow Christ have to give up many things for the love of Christ, my child.
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June 1, 2008
My Dear Lord;
This is true. My thoughts were very negative before this happened to me. I can look back now and see how my mind seemed to be on a treadmill, with thoughts being played over and over. I took it for granted that this was normal. I did not realize that this was not how others think. I can see now how you broke my patterns of thinking.
When I began to change, I felt as if I fell into an underground world. Yet I met other people who understood what was happening to me. Lord, do you remember at the beginning of my spiritual journey you gave me three songs that blended both of my worlds together. Was there a special reason why this happened?
Yes my child;
I gave you three songs that blended your real world with your spiritual side. Each song had words, which were a message to you from Me, your Lord and Savior. The first song I gave you was Let It Be. The main message was when mother Mary comes to me speaking works of wisdom "let it be."
The next song I gave you was In the Garden. The words I chose for you were "and He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own."
The final song I gave you was One Day at a Time. The words that reflect your journey were: "Show me the stairway I have to climb, Lord for my sake, teach me to take one day at a time." This is what I call puzzle pieces. As time went on, I gave you more pieces to build on. Your love for me needed to be blended into your real world. I wanted to show you that the Bible stories could come to life, your life my child.
June 8, 2008
Can you please tell me how the Bible stories are connected with my real life? At the beginning of my spiritual journey, I was told that I was pioneering in my field. Lord, what does this mean?
Many people grow up and never read the Bible. Some never attend a church service. Yet it is I that probes the mind and tests your heart. I chose people not because of their ability but I chose the ones who are open to the Holy Spirit. These are my vessels who become leaders in my name. They are my chosen people. Through your writings, I will reveal to you and others the presence of God was with you all your life.
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Table of Contents
Bridging Over with Guidance....................1
Many are Called....................3
You are the Student....................10
A New Concept....................17
The Gift of Visions....................35
Linking and Speaking in Tongues....................50
Weapons of Warfare....................55
Harvest of Souls....................63
Walk with Me....................71