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Bearing Fruit

“By your fruits you are known.”

What does this mean? We will have to go deeper to answer this question.

What about the fig tree described by Jesus?

We are preparing for a new season; a mirror reflection of who we are and being “of” this world.

The time is near for our convergence with the Holy Shekinah Spirit, “when the branches become green and tender” and the tree starts putting out leaves, it means that “summer is near”.

Pentecost will be Sunday, June 4, 2017. How do we prepare for this event?

Whether in ministry or in life, we are called to be and Jesus asks us to bear “good fruit.”

Take a moment to reflect: What I am doing in my spiritual life or community to bear fruit?

At times, we fall short of this goal; relying on our own power to see life through that stems from unrealistic expectations that did not begin with God, but grew from our own “vain imaginings.”

Where is my foundation? Do I have my feet firmly planted on the ground?  We don’t have branches, leaves or trunks because we have not laid the foundation by preparing and planting seed (more on this next week).

“Fruit of the Vine will become one’s spiritual food.”

Reaching Higher

“When they call to me, I will answer them.”

We are to lift our heads higher in order to see more of heaven.

Jesus says, “Bring me your misery, depression, wants, woes and I will bear them away as a child in its mother’s arms; stay sheltered and rest. When they are trouble, I will be with them.”

“Rest in me. Speak to me.”

When We Bless Others, God Blesses Us!

“Blessings and promises from God are from everlasting to everlasting.”

When we bless others, God blesses us.

Its okay to wait upon the urging of the Holy Spirit as God’s timing is perfect. “I make myself known to all by the Spirit within.” (Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 83)

Recently, I was being directed to let go of an item that was passed on to me.

Following the cue from Spirit, I found myself at a local thrift store donating this item and other wares that I no longer needed.

As I was handing the icon to the volunteer behind the counter, the power of the Spirit covered me. I felt blessed.

Overwhelmed in the moment and close to tears, I walked away from the counter and went out the door. I took a deep breath and continued on with my day.

Later in the week, God kept his promise; a dear friend presented me with a wondrous gift.

Yesterday, I had a package delivered by the “Blessed Trucking” company.

I am humbled and awed at the power of the Spirit and how God moves in my life.

Hold on to this statement of truth: “When we bless others, God will bless us.”

 “God is the creator of the world who does not tire or grow weary.” (Is. 40)

Who Is It That You Look For? Part 4

“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” (Mt. 4:16)

Owl

We continue our journey together and as always, we pick up spiritual gifts along the path.

A few nights ago, I had a dream and there was an owl on my pillow, next to my head; quiet and alert.

I always take special notice when the winged ones show up in a dream. There is a message for me and perhaps, for you as well.

Owl’s hunt at night and have the ability to see what others may miss. The message from this awesome creature is not to be distracted by what you see on the outside.

Here are the first two lines of the 3rd stanza of my poem: Who Is It That You Look For? Is it I, He?

So take my hand in silence, in goodness and in faith.

Never despair again about your long due wait.

(DMOL, Patricia A. Zorn, pg. 57)

Here are tips for Week 3:

  1. Appearances can be deceiving. “The eyes are like a lamp for the body. If your eyes are sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eyes are no good, your body will be in darkness. So if the light in you is darkness, how terribly dark it will be! (Mt. 6:22-23)
  2. “To Thine Own-self Be True.” Do not allow the disconcerted confusion or despair to interfere with your journey or the work you have been called to do.

“You shed light on the road leading to heartfelt compassion. You tell us turn to God and believe.” (Brother Roger)

On Whose Power?

Dear God, Kick me out of me, so I can see more of you in me!”

We sometimes muddle through life wondering which way to turn. Shall I go left or right?

In the early hours before dawn, I took time to pause. Located outside my little chapel are a set flood lights leading into the back yard. Flurrying into the light were moths and other insects.

Some chose to not get burned and began to swirl, like a fire fly. Those who charged in without cause fell to the ground.

Over and over, I am shown that of myself I can do little to change a situation. There comes a time when stepping back, breathing and being allows God to move in and point the way. Any frets, worry or discontent are abated and true spiritual power is acquired.

Take comfort in the one who guides every step of our journey, “I am beside you. Follow all things in my guidance.”

On whose power? God’s Power. There is no problem without a solution and no wonder too marvelous to be experienced!

Stepping in and out with Christ requires one to get out of the way, so God can move us from darkness to light, despair to hope and belief to unbelief.”

(Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, Page 51)

Seek Peace in the Light

 

In you is the Source of Life. In your Light we see the Light.” (Ps. 36)

Negativity creates a sheath of fear that creeps across whatever screen we have in front of us. We are powerless over the changes happening within and around us; especially the stuff in life we have no control over.

Fear knocks one-off her/his center of being and interferes with the presence of the Light and flow of the Spirit.

As followers of “The Way”, our goal is to be a reflection of Christ’s Light and spread the good news that God is with and within us, wherever we go.

We have the innate ability to rise above the fray and uncertainty, allowing all to find peace within. “The one who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life for her/his guide.” (Jn. 8:12)

Regardless of who you are or what your station in life is, take a moment to reflect on these simple words:

Seek peace and you will have peace.

Create havoc and you will have discord.

Rise above life’s circumstances and look for a higher purpose in all areas of being.

Seek, Believe and Walk in the Light!”

Where We Walk is Holy

 

Show us your way and let us walk in your path.”

The following excerpt is taken from my new revised book, “Awakening to the Inner Ticker of Life” (formerly published as 30 Messages of Hope) by Rev. Patricia A. Zorn, soon to be released; more information to follow)

A while back I had a dream. I was standing in a house on the beach. There were no windows or doors in the house.

I looked around and saw rays of sunlight bursting through all the openings in the house. I felt as if I was standing in heaven.

The water was clear. I could see the foundation of the house, it was made of sand.

As I walked around the house, there was a presence of hope around me. The sand felt cool beneath my feet.

The tide flowed in and out. Clusters of pebbles began to roll in. Some stayed behind becoming part of the foundation and others were swept back into the sea.

I looked closer to examine the small stones. I noticed there were sharp edges sticking out. The process of erosion has not had time enough to wear away the rough spots.

Pebbles represent obstacles that come up in life and can cause us more pain by stepping on them.

The mental obsession of whatever issue has blown in from the deep sea, can block the rays of the sun and the entrance of the Spirit.

There will always be rough seasons in life. The goal is to not get worn down but find relief in the moment.

I have come to believe that things and people change; passing away from one’s sight and moving out of the picture.

I have to allow God to move me around a bit like the pebble and wash over me, so I can once again walk on holy ground; maintaining a strong spiritual foundation that will hold through any storm or season that comes my way.”

We You are doing so. This is the way. The way of uncertain future and faltering steps. It is My Way …

Put all fear of the future aside Know that you will be led. Know that you will be shown. I have promised.” (God Calling)

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