Faith, Hope, & Love

Life, faith, surviving depression, Soulmates, relationships


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What God has Shown You

If you believe in God, or a higher power – what has your experience shown you? Faith is a very personal individual experience. It is not and should not be based on what you have learned from someone else. Yes, look at the scriptures your individual faith has, and ask yourself – is this true of my experience? When you listen to someone else teach – has this been proven true for me as well? Psalm 48:3 – God is in her citadels; he has shown himself to be her fortress. Investigate for yourself – what God has shown you.

Lord God, help everyone discover you for themselves who you are. Help them to hear you and not the opinion of someone else who thinks they know better. Amen.

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Daily Prompt – Harmony 

16Live in harmony with one another. (Romans 12:16)


I believe that harmony is a desire of many people, to live in peace and harmony with those around them. How do we attain this harmony? Is harmony an attitude like gratitude or is it something that happens like magic in rare moments? 


There is a way to achieve harmony, but to attain true harmony we have to look at ourselves, our personal, and extended worlds. True harmony is the ability to bring all things together to work for a common goal or a common good.  Like a musical chord that takes different notes and joins them together to make a single voice, so is harmony. 

Many years ago I was in a Sunday School class where our group premise was that “you can’t help someone until you help/heal yourself.” This is true for living a life of harmony as well.  Until you bring all yourself into harmony you can’t bring harmony to what is around you, whether that be for your family or beyond. 

So, how do we get the orchestra that is our body, mind, soul, and spirit to work together and in harmony? We must look within. Take care of all the facets of our lives. 

As for my last question, is harmony an attitude or magic? I think that harmony is both. It is a decision to make your life balanced and healthy; and, when all things come together in balanced harmony it feels like magic, giving great joy. It is these moments that we show those around us that harmony is possible. 

May Harmony fill your days.

 

 


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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 – Echo

Okay, we have been talking about relationships in one of my Facebook groups lately. And those of you who have read my blog know that I have made somewhat of a study on relationships, what makes a good or great relationship, and what the Bible has to say about marriage. So, 10 years ago I spent 9 months studying the book of Ephesians and spent quality time on the passage about marriage in chapter 5. That passage starts by admonishing women to submit to their husbands(ya, right. Ain’t happening with me. You choose me you choose fire. A true sharpening of mind.). In a sense, it is telling women to be an echo of their husband’s leadership. To be a reflection, or mirror of him. For me this is a can of worms and questions, especially since I have gotten into mindful living. This is an argument for taking great thought in who we allow in a place of authority. This is a reason to truly know the person you intend to spend time with whether as a deep friendship, soulmate, or life partner. This is one of the reasons I am thankful for the distance between my soulmate and I. It is creating time to truly know this man, his philosophies, and what moves his heart. It gives me the space to be separate to make my own decisions on these issues, without the physical draw that would be a distraction. If I am going to put myself in a position to echo someone that I have allowed into a place of authority over me, I want to understand and agree with what he projects.

In the beginning of our current time together he corrected my theology, and I jumped down his throat about it. I was not on the same page with him. I was just learning about metaphysics, trying to figure out exactly where he was coming from. To be honest the difference from the man I knew years before and what I was getting now kind of separated my head from my shoulders. But over the last year I have moved a lot closer to where he is spiritually and theologically. Am I an echo of him? Kind of, but many of his ideals are still in the development stage in my mind.

My point here, mainly for the ladies, is this: be mindful about who you allow in your life, and consider all the ramifications to your decision. Guys! Please be someone we will be proud to echo out into the world around us. And ladies – up lift your man. He needs it. Don’t take everything he dishes out as gospel, you have a mind and heart of your own. You may be able to help him see the world or his views from a different angle that will soften him and help him be a better him.


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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.