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Week 11: Back to the Basics: Light Your World

14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV – Mt.5:14-16)

Every person is a light in their world, the light I’m talking about is our spirit/soul that radiates beyond our bodies and touches the other lives around us. The key here is what are we shining? Do we shine the principles of Christ, the Beatitudes, and the Fruit of the Spirit, or do we shine selfishness, anger, and hate? Of course, Jesus is encouraging his disciples and those listening to light their worlds with the kind of lives he described in previous verses, the Beatitudes, which are motivated and put in motion by love for all the people of the world.

In today’s larger world, and greater diversity covering every aspect of our lives, we have to look closely at what is lighting our candle; and, that we accept everyone no matter what they believe about faith, politics, or sexual orientation. Many of us have a strict belief system that refuses to bend to the progress of our times. My question to everyone whether you have a strict or liberal belief structure is – “Are you blowing out someone else’s light with your inability to accept someone else for who they are?” When our candle is lit by something other that complete “Agape” love, we have the potential to do more damage to those around us and cause further hurt.

Everyone has a light that has gone through times of trial that have either blown their light out completely, and some that have hidden their light behind great pain. I challenge everyone who reads this to take the time to examine yourself and your light closely, ferret out anything in your attitudes that are not lovely; then, ask yourself why you are holding onto something that causes hurt not only to others, but maybe yourself as well.

I love this Kathy Troccoli song, it makes you remember that not everyone has an easy life and that our love for others needs to be motivated by a love that is greater than what we can produce on our own.


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Daily Prompt – Wind

The wind is like emotion. There are times when it’s calm and pleasant, like a moment of peace. Then there are times when it is a tempest that will rip apart your world and all you hold dear.  The wind is energy that can be harnessed for the greater good of those around it. Emotion gives energy to create joy for friends and family. Allow the wind to blow in your life both the gentle and the tempest to grow you and make you strong. 


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Daily Prompt – Unstoppable

What is it that makes a person unstoppable? It’s ignoring the noise of the people around you telling you that it can’t be done, or you will never amount to be more than the box they have put you in. It’s saying a resounding NO to apathy, and limits. “I don’t care,” is nowhere in their vocabulary.  A person who is unstoppable is a force of nature that doesn’t stop when the world says to. They don’t allow the circumstances to cloud their view or divert them from the prize. 

It’s not easy to take the path toward being unstoppable.  Sometimes you have to get angry, sometimes you need to take a step back, but don’t let anyone or anything get in your way. Be fierce, and never give up. 


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Daily Prompt – Crisis

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My life is full of crisis, and I’m sure yours is too. Crises come in many shapes and forms from the insignificant to earth shattering. My life is full of the latter at this point. The trick is to find what works to help you cope with the stress, and reminding yourself that this is not the end of the world. It is a turning point, a chance to grow and learn, an opportunity to see the Divine work miracles that you didn’t know could happen. It is a place where faith and belief flourishes – it is a place where you learn who your real friends are. I have two examples, one is my soulmate – learning to live in a soulmate relationship has pits and hills all throughout. The other is having children with mental or developmental issues. Each day is different, sometimes there are small crises moment by moment, and some days are crisis free.

So, the question is, where do you go for support? Oddly enough, the people I am in crisis with. Most of the time, the people you love the most are the people who are either going through the crisis with you, or are your support through the crisis. But sometimes when everyone is in crisis we need to look to outside sources. The best suggestion I have is to have the Crisis Hot Line number on hand, as well as, other emergency hotline numbers next to your phone or loaded into your smart phone. Crisis is scary and creates a great deal of anxiety use all the resources you have in your community, many are free.

 


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Daily Post – Elusive

Soulmates

It’s a whisper of trust

It’s faith that the other is always there

It’s the quiet knowing

A melding of auras

 A healing touch 

A spirit of peace abounds 

It’s a fit unlike any other 

It’s a mirror to reflect what you need to see 

It’s the ghost of a touch that says I’m here

It’s the rain that grows your spirit 

A ray of sunshine on a bad day

A music that only two can hear

So elusive it can’t be explained and can only be felt. 

Pure Joy!