Saturday, December 19, 2009

Love Attracts Love . . .

Cease straining after anything and simply allow things to unfold. 
Do not allow worry to bind you and blind you, but learn to cast all your burdens upon Me so that you are free to do My will and walk in My ways. 
I cannot use you when you are tied up with yourself and cannot see the wood for the trees, so relax and let go. 
Be still and dwell on the wonders of life. 
Let your mind be stayed on Me. 
Open your eyes and see Me in everything, and give eternal thanks. 
When you can see Me in everything, your heart is so full you cannot fail to give thanks; 
it simply bubbles up in you and flows out. 
You cannot hide a heart full of love and gratitude, for it is reflected for all to see. 
When you are in a state of joy and thanksgiving, you attract others to you.
Everyone enjoys being with a soul who overflows with love, for love attracts love.

Daily Guidance ~ from Eileen Caddy's book ~ "Opening Doors Within"

Friday, December 18, 2009

Where does Your ~ PEACE & JOY ~ come from?

From Sign Posts ~ Daily Devotions ~ Thursday, December 17, 2009

Seek peace and pursue it. ”1 Peter 3:11b"

God's kingdom is a kingdom of peace. That's sometimes hard to imagine when we see so much conflict in our world. War, poverty, crime, domestic violence, and even the simple arguments that fray the connections between ourselves and others keep us from experiencing God's kingdom of peace. 

When conflict happens in the world, in our workplace, or in our families, we find ourselves finding ways to feel justified in our separation. We sometimes get to the point where we no longer even want to resolve our differences. We seem happier rooted in the "right-ness" of our own position than in modifying our opinions in order to be at peace with others.

Imagine what might happen if the next time we had an argument with our co-worker, we actively sought peace instead of avoiding their presence or trying to undermine them, or speaking to them angrily. We might be surprised to find our soul expanding with joy rather than being crimped by malice. 

It isn't really that hard to seek peace and pursue it. The key is trusting that any mistreatment we receive at the hands of others is taken up into the heart of God. We don't need to hold onto hurt. 

Instead of focusing on how we've been mistreated, we can choose to look for goodness in our co-worker. It is surely there. When we remember that those who oppose us are more like us than different, we easily notice their goodness. When we desire to experience that goodness, we will find ourselves walking into our co-worker's office with a smile of blessing, rather than a face hardened with the creases of anger. 

Peace really comes easily. It comes when we let go and look for goodness.

Gracious God, when conflict rages around me, let me look for goodness and shine a light on it.

~ . ~

"The aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," not only embraces the whole of a man, a being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally WHAT HE THINKS, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts."
~ . ~

Having a child together ~ is not only about genetics and DNA but also so much more about personalities. It is because of who Mary and Joseph were that shaped Jesus into who He was to become.   

Children, do what YOU do, not what YOU say. 

Think about it ~ Jesus became who is was by how Mary and Joseph related to him. He understood and knew unconditional love as a gift from 2 very special people. God FULLY trusted Mary and Joseph to raise HIS Son into the Man of God He was to become. 

Do I hear an Amen!? 

Oh that we could be more like Mary and Joseph!

May we all ~ in this season and in all our days to come . . . learn to be more like the parents of Jesus, ~ Joseph and Mary . . . by being Complete in our Father God ~ resting fully in His Grace, Joy, Peace and Love and minute by minute learning how to give these (HIS) gifts away ~ thereby ~ changing this world into the fullness of Glory!

So, Again . . . 

Do I hear an AMEN?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

It's Already Yours . . .

You already have what it takes to be anything you want to be, to have anything you want to have, to live the way you want to live.  The ability to create the life you desire, is already yours. Your job is to find that ability, make use of your potential, and take the actions that will lead to the achievement you desire.

It is foolish to wish that you could get something for nothing.  Foolish, and quite unnecessary. Because you already have everything you could possibly want, if you will just find it and make use of it.

You won't get something for nothing, and you don't need it anyway. Look inside yourself. Find the value that is already there, and make the most of it. Whatever you truly desire, you already have the ability to acquire. It's up to you to make it happen.

Why Self-Acceptance is SO Hard
by Jane Powell

"Accepting yourself as you are takes courage."

Who are you? Do you know? Take time to think about your values and goals. What do you believe in? What is important to you?

Decide that you will never compromise your integrity by trying to be or say or feel something that is not true for you. Have the courage to accept yourself as you really are, not as an ideal or as someone else thinks you should be.

Most of all, know that at the end of the day, you are wonderful woman capable of wonderful things.

Get this week off to a great start. Reach into yourself, grab something of real and meaningful value, and give it to the world.
There is something truly beautiful within you that is longing to be expressed. Let it out where it can see the light of day and, more importantly, where others can benefit from it too.

Set aside your worries, anxieties and frustrations and touch the part of you that knows how beautiful life can be. Allow your natural creativity to be ignited as you work to give life a gift that is uniquely you.

To be truly fulfilled, you must make space for that fulfillment. Give of yourself and open up a place within you where that fulfillment can find a home.

Look around you right now and you'll see countless opportunities to make a difference in your own special way. Every time you do, you'll experience how absolutely right it feels.

That is what true success feels like. And it can be yours this very moment.
Ralph Marston

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Adventactually . . . Waiting for an important arrival

Today's SignPosts Daily Devotions

Monday, December 7

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
—Luke 1:79

It seems we’re always waiting for something or someone. We’re waiting to make a bigger salary, we’re waiting for a new or better job, we’re waiting to heal from a sickness, we’re waiting in line, we're waiting see our loved ones. During the time that we are hoping to get what we don’t yet have, we are in a place of darkness.

We’re like the father Jesus talked about who was waiting for an important arrival—the arrival of his wayward son. Even though his regular activities went on as he waited, there was darkness in him as well. He felt the darkness of not knowing if or when the son would actually come home. When he finally saw his son coming toward home, he ran to meet him with joy in his heart. For him, the dawn from on high had broken upon him. Light had replaced the darkness in his heart.

We, too, await an important arrival—the arrival of God into our lives. The word Adventactually means important arrival. Whenever we are waiting for the coming of God it can feel like we are in darkness. We do our daily activities but, like the father in Jesus’ story, we wonder if or when God will come and lift our darkness.

The promise of Advent is that God is always coming to us. We can look across the field and see God’s presence in the people and world around us. We can become silent and still, and look inside our own heart and feel the presence of God. Unlike all the other "waiting"in our lives, we can know that God is always present if we just take the time to see and notice.

Gracious God, remind me that you are always arriving in my life and scattering the darkness away.