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Daily Prompt – Promises 

My best friend’s favorite Bible verse years ago was Jeremiah 29:11. I know there are many people who love this promise of prosperity. “I know the plans I have for you.” Or, God Knows the Plans He has made for Me!” God’s plans are amazing, filled with abundance and joy, For Us. And the joy that He gets watching us walk through those plans.  How He cheers us on each time we fall/fail. “Get up! We got this!” God doesn’t want us to live destructive, depressed lives, He wants to give us abundant lives filled with Hope and Prosperity. In this season of Holidays let us willingly receive God’s blessing of prosperity. 

For most of my life I have felt that I have been waiting for my life, “the sparkling, abundant, joyful path” that God promises here. I had a taste of this “Promised Land” years ago where I had someone believe in me. 

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Daily Prompt – Construct

We are in a time where many people are wanting to construct a world of peace where the needs of people and the environment are taken care of .  We have all been tossed about by the drama of the US election , and now all eyes have turned to the drama unfolding at Standing Rock .  There is so much uncertainty in the world , so much anger . Until we all, adults and cognitive children, take a step away from our egos and self-centered-ness, we will not attain the world we crave to live in. So, instead of praying just for peace, let us pray that all people come to a place of self -less-ness. Don’t get me wrong, pray for peace, but peace won’t come until attitude changes.


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Daily Prompt – Vigor

Image result for images of strengthThere is no one with greater vigor, strength, boldness, or heart than an empath on a mission. Whether that mission is to help someone heal, wake someone up to something greater that waits to fill their lives, righting the ecology of our fair planet, or speaking out in support of a political view-point. All empaths meet every day with everything they are and everything they have. What we all don’t excel in is taking care of ourselves. We always come last, our needs, wants, and desires are always over looked to the benefit of those we love most. Many of us give to the point were we feel that we don’t matter to those we love because there is no one willing to take time out to get in our faces and say, “Stop!” What we all need is that “partner” that won’t take “no” for an answer, who will take us by the hand, tuck us in bed with soft music playing, take all family, animals and all out away. And tell us, “Don’t get up unless you have to. I will take care of things for a while, you don’t have to. I have this for you.” May the Divine Most Holy God give each of us this person.

 


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Tools or Witchcraft 

I know I haven’t written in some time, but this subject has been on my heart.  For the last year I have been exploring the  ancient healing practices of Reiki, crystals, and meditation.  Many of my dearest friends would and probably have said that I have walked not only off the deep end, but that I have walked away from the God I have served from the day I was born.  I can assure these dear ones that that is not the case.  For the last 10 years or so I have not been fed in the church like I was when I was young. I want the meat behind the Word, I want to truly live, and serve as the God I serve calls me to. I believe that God created all there is, the energy that flows through our bodies and all living things. I believe that God gives us this energy to use in healing, and bringing peace to the world. Reiki, crystals, and meditation are nothing more than tools to accomplish what God has called us to be, and do. God created our bodies with energy centers that assist the body in its daily function.  When those centers are out of balance they need to be brought back to the balance God intended.  Reiki and crystal healing use non-chemical energy to bring that about. 

One of the major problems for people today is the incredible amount of stress and depression that consumes not only our emotions, but affects our bodies and relationships in an adverse way. The Holy Scripture tells us time and again that we should meditate on His Word, allow it to become ingrained in our very being.  We are to know ourselves and those close to us. Meditation allows lessons to be assimilated completely, which helps us to react to a situation in love and self-control, without having to think about it.  It becomes an automatic action to what is before us. Meditation helps us to ground and center ourselves in the truth, to know ourselves, and honestly confront what we need to change. 

Allowing these practices I’m my life have helped me become healthier both physically and emotionally.  My soulmate, and best friend of my heart has brought all of this to my life and I thank God that He loved me enough to bring this loving man back into my life.  God wants His people to live abundantly, with joy and a light heart. Not in depression, need, and want. We are not truly useful if we are struggling every minute of our lives to just keep it together and and only desiring an end to our pain. 

Be a good Girl Scout and use your tools and resources wisely. 


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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 – 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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Week 9: Persecuted for Christ

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Matthew 5:11-12 New International Version (NIV)

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad,because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Last time I took a look at what it was to be persecuted for righteousness sake – for acting in a morally correct manner. And I pointed out that the verse didn’t mean to be persecuted for being a Christian, but for making the choice to live a moral life. This week’s Scripture is all about being persecuted for being a Christian or living a Christlike lifestyle.

Jesus uses words that we typically use for verbal abuse, and they are but looking further into the word “insult” actually has a stronger note of something that could be viewed as physical abuse. The Greek word, “oneidizō “ is what is used here and one of Strong’s definitions is to cast in one’s teeth. Gives me a picture of someone trying to bite or rip apart the object of their hatred. He (Jesus) ends by saying you will be falsely accused of all kinds of evil things. Here the Greek word is, “poneros” which is meant as an active form of evil in actions and speech and was used to describe Satan and demons.

Jesus, himself accused of being in league with the devil, and the Pharisees believed that all the good He did was done by the power of the devil and not God Almighty. Jesus also points out that the prophets were also persecuted this way. Persecution is nothing new it has been going on for as long as there have been people on the earth.

So, what is it about Christians and the prophets that cause people to be so insulted and enraged? It goes back to my last discussion on how we mirror the things that someone wishes they could be and are not by choice. Living a Christian lifestyle is to truly be a servant, to promote health and healing in those that are hurting and are unable to care for themselves. This is so contrary to today’s lifestyle that promotes living for self and using any means necessary to get a desired end result. Any charitable lifestyle is contrary to secular lifestyle and will be seen as a visible condemnation to the person living a lifestyle built on selfishness.

So, my question is this, “Are you being persecuted for your Christlike lifestyle?” I would say that if you are not, then you aren’t living your life loud enough. I can’t sugar coat this to make it more palatable for most of my readers. Rediscover the lifestyle we  were meant to live as Christians. Honor the leaders around you who are trying to bring you back to the simple loving lifestyle you were meant to live. I am not saying don’t take care of yourself and your basic needs, what I am saying is get rid of whatever keeps you from being open to the mission of Christ,

“to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise  instead of a spirit of despair.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)

Verse 12 gives us the reason we can go into this attitude with joy,

“12 Rejoice and be glad,because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” We are not alone in our persecution, we are part of group of people who have stood up for God Almighty before us.