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A Date with Destiny

“Keep moving forward, no matter what; this is your call, your destiny!”

In order for the Kingdom of God/kinship to bear fruit on earth as it is in heaven, it is necessary for one to discover what her/his “Divine Destiny” is.

If you have pushed or tried to ram your will into a situation; the kingdom, as it is will not come. Let go and Let God; allowing the divine director, the “Inner Ticker” to guide your every step and you will always be on the right path.

What talents and gifts can you use to assist the whole of humanity, while following the plan?

“There is no limit to what you can accomplish.” Never relinquish any task or veer off the path because it seems beyond your scope or comprehension. The miracle is right around the corner.

God’s purpose is for one to discover the “mystery of God’s will.” In order to find out “who” you are, and “why” you are here; uncover the common thread/theme in your relationship with God and weave it into a new inner fabric design.

Your Destiny awaits you!

“Follow your path designed by God, inspired by the Spirit.”*

 

*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 79

Get to Know Me!

“My Spirit is in every fiber of your being.”

I am closer than breathing. My Spirit resides within you. Get to know me!

Ask the questions and the answers will come if you dare to be so bold; honor who you are and step out in truth.

Don’t put all your eggs in any one basket. Discern every situation and don’t falter in your faith.

See me as your constant companion. Take me everywhere with you.

When you can’t figure something out, ask for my help. Put me in the middle of everything.

“Our Spirit slowly awakens as we open ourselves up to God’s healing balm.”*

 

*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 70

 

Heart Call

“The Love of Christ poured forth for my dignity; for my humanity.”

Can we tap into God’s Love as pilgrims on the path? Yes!

Are you ready to answer the Heart Call and for “God’s Love to fill me with new life?”*

“I Love You from the depth of my being, from infinity.”**

The first attribute of right relationship with Christ is faith. The 2nd is Love, “I meet you via the Shekinah Spirit and it travels straight to the heart, if one is open.”

On this special day; while praying for a friend or beloved, take a moment to pause and meditate on these words:

“I salute the Divinity of Christ within you and I send you God’s Love.”

*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life

**30 Messages of Hope

Held by the Grip of God

“There must be the agonizing grip of God’s hand on you— your life is in the grip of God for that very purpose.”

When I first read, “Held by the Grip of God” in “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, it really struck a chord with me,

Most of us who work in ministry or do other types of service work are called by God.  “We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has “laid hold of” us.

Many people step into ministry thinking they are “Called by God” and they soon find out the truth; they are not called at all.

There are days we need to hold on tight because we can’t believe what we are witnessing from another.  My faith can wobble when I step into places that take me out of my comfort zone.

I have to remember, once God has a hold of me, I must cast out the idea, “Well, I’m really not suited for this.”

I have a choice. Even if I have a bad day or my thoughts run asunder, I can stick out my hand and not let go because I am “Held by the Grip of God.”

I have a small shelf of books next to my desk. When I have an off day, I pull one off the shelf, close my eyes and pick a page; it is what I need for that moment in time.

 “Please pray for me. There is such terrible darkness within me as if everything was dead. Ask our Lord to give me courage.” (Mother Teresa, Come Be My Light)

Who Is It That You Look For? Part 3

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“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for; the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:3)

 

Perhaps your faith has been tested. You are not alone.

Here is the 2nd stanza of the poem: Who Is It That You Look For? Is it I, He?

I felt alone and weary. My body ached and cried.

I did not want to leave you. I didn’t want to die.

In the midst of a darkened hole, upon a stone slab bed;

I was no longer alone, without a place to lay my head.

My father he was with me, listening through it all.

The ground and walls shook hard as I answered ‘your’ call!

The sun rose so high on that Sunday morn’.

My clothes were white and dazzling, not a stitch was torn.

In the sleep I awoke to a brand new me. (DMOL, Patricia A. Zorn, pg. 57)

For Week 2, think about this:

“By faith we understand that the universe was created by God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Heb. 11)

Risen Jesus, in your Gospel we discover such a clear hope. It sustains faith even in situations where there seems no way out.” (Bro. Roger, pg. 16)

Sacred Space

Jesus took time out from his family, friends and ministry. He encouraged others to: Go into the room, close the door and pray. (Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg.15)

Have you made a decision to take this spiritual journey?

We are preparing to enter our 2nd week on this awesome expedition of “Who Is It That You Look For?”

Before we continue, let’s take a break.

I encourage you to set aside a time and space where you can be alone. Remember, there are no steadfast rules in this co-creative process.

“Many desire a place to get away from the outer fringes of life, seeking peace and harmony.”

The blessed area I am referring to is located outside of a traditional church setting or other place of worship.

Your sacred space can be anywhere you want it to be.

Infinite possibilities are blooming around you.

“When I was growing there in secret you knew I was there.” (Ps. 139:15)

Get ready! Part 2 of “Who Is It That You Look For?” will be posted tomorrow.

Forgiveness

Look with the eyes of your love upon our many imperfections” (LCC)

There is a lot of discussion out there about women and the topic of forgiveness; who can give it and who is deserving of it.

Each day, as children of a loving God, we make choices and decisions based on what one perceives to be right or wrong. Sometimes the decisions are life changing and sometimes they are not. Only the person making the choice can discern inside her/himself what the spiritual consequences are and how to proceed, with the power of the Spirit leading the way.

The psalmist writes, “Be merciful to me, God, because of your constant Love”, therefore God is loving and merciful.

We are misinformed to believe another flawed individual, since none of us are perfect, has the ‘divine power’ to grant mercy or forgiveness. The truth, is we can go directly to God through prayer seeking mercy and forgiveness.

Of course, God works through others and we can ask another for support or inspiration. One can intercede and ask God to help anyone who suffers from unworthiness or an old memory; allowing the for the power of the Light of Christ to shine forth truth and understanding.

In the end, it always comes down to two key players; self and God.

Jesus spoke about forgiveness two times. First, when asked by one John’s followers about how to pray; the complete, perfect, “Lord’s Prayer” was birthed. In this context, the line we focus on is: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” This covers both sides of the street. If I have harmed myself or another through action or deed, I can ask for forgiveness and receive it.

Next, we have Jesus’ final words: God, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” Hilda Charlton wrote, “God forgive us our ignorance. We do not understand your ways that you have worked everything out right for us. God free the heart of everybody and to be free souls in a free world.”

I’ve included Don Henley’s song, “The Heart of the Matter.” I use this song on my retreats when we discuss the topic of Forgiveness. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YuOCM2V-Uk

Jesus, I am letting go. No more anger, no more pain. I just want to be whole again.” (Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg.62)