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I AM With You Always!

“A soul united to God and transformed by him draws from within God a divine breath.” (St. John of the Cross)

This week, we have all been in a state of prayer; getting ready for a storm.

There are many storms that come in life; emotional, physical, financial, etc.

Like many of you, there are times in my life that I am afraid. Fear is part of our makeup and nature. It’s ok to have healthy fears. It is the unhealthy fears, the obsessions that can overtake us.

If I use my prayer tools, darkness cannot invade my sacred space.

God does not send us negativity. At Calvary, Jesus said at Calvary, “It is finished.”

We can learn so much by bringing prayer into our life, whether it is embracing the lines from scripture or from another inspirational text.

I remember the first time I came across Psalm 91. This line resonated with me: “You are my defender and the most high my protector. You are my God, in you I trust.” God will stand for and with us when we ask for help.

“We need not fear any dangers at night”. If the sound of thunder drives me out of bed, prayer drops me back in.

Gods promise is: “When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and save them”.

 “Lo, I am with you always. I am always with you.”

In the Palm of My Hand

“Will I not meet all your needs?”

Wherefore, on any given day; why worry? Is your abundance in this life dependent upon man or God?

“How will I do this or do that?” “Take no thought of your life.” Trust God with the details.

Worrying spoils all the efforts and forward motion of the Spirit; stopping one in her/his tracks and is a robber of one’s peace.

Pursuant of our strength, it is via the power of the Shekinah Spirit that moves and breathes; in and through us.

Move forward in boldness and be blessed in the purpose of your life.

 “I have everything in your life in the palm of my hand.”

Beware of Darkness

“Speak to my children and tell them to move forward.”

In her book “The Wisdom of Florence S. Shinn” the author uses the backdrop of the Crossing of the Red Sea; describing how the locusts of doubt and fear can dog you at every turn.

When God’s children were crying out, he told Moses, “I have come to deliver them out of darkness and into a land flowing with milk and honey.”

We have a tendency to look at the road block in front of us, instead of finding an alternative route. This is an easy trap to fall into when life unexpectedly takes a swipe at us. It is not always easy to see the forest through the trees.

When meeting challenges in life or ministry there is always a wilderness to pass through before one reaches her/his Promised Land; not everyone gets it or understands.

Recently, when dealing with a difficult situation and under extreme pressure due to time constraints, I needed help. I searched the internet and found two companies that could assist with what I needed to be done.

The first person I spoke with couldn’t help. I didn’t give up. I dialed the 2nd number and the person on the other end had a cancellation and would help us to lighten the load; a window opened.

Shinn writes, “Each one of you has a Promised Land, a heart’s desire; but you have been so enslaved by your negative thoughts, it seems very far away and too good to be true. You consider trusting God a very risky proposition.”

God always steps in on the 11th hour whether we are aware of it or not.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve plodded along wondering which way to turn and then heard these inspiring words, “Don’t look back, look up and see all the greatness I have in store for you” encouraging me to chart a new course.”*  

“My Light is like a sword. I will come to clear the fields of darkness. The fruit (Spirit and Truth) that is ripe will already be harvested and that which is rotten will wither away and die.”

*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 81

God’s Firewall

“In the name, through the power and by the Word of the Living Christ, God builds a wall of flame around me.”

I received a confirmation to a vision I had regarding a message that was passed on to me, focusing on these words taken from Zech. 2:5, “I will be a protective wall around my people.”

The vision I had was of a “Wall of Light” (flame); golden yellow, like a thick fog, “I will build a wall of fire.”

Jesus said, “You have a firewall around you and your space, like a firewall that protects your computer.”

We put Jesus in the middle of every situation; in between ourselves and any problem or issue that comes against us.We have not been given a spirit of fear, but a powerful, loving and self-controlled mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7)

Through God’s Grace of Love we are raised above our own errors to meet the challenges of the moment.

“Show your faith and walk in trust.”

Trusting in God’s Love

God’s Love is here. God’s Love is there. God’s Love is everywhere!

Trusting me is directly proportional to how much I love you.

When you trust, you believe.  Your faith is activated and my Love will reach you in those faraway places. As you trust, I Love!

As you go about this day, remember: “I am Love.”

Search for me; not under a rock. I am in front, behind, to the left and to the right of you. I am all around you. Embrace my Love into your being,

Find solace and hope in my way, My Love.

I have never stopped knocking on the door of your heart.

“God is in love with us and keeps giving Himself to the world – through you, through me; make your life something truly beautiful for God.” (St. Mother Teresa)

Trusting in God’s Love = Transforming Relationships into Understanding, Sincerity and Truth

Steadfast

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When your faith is tested, let steadfastness have its full effect. So, let it grow and as your endurance is developed, you will be complete, needing nothing. (James 1:3-4)

There is great spiritual maturity that is found in steadfastness; the spiritual power to keep on moving when the going gets tough. This is a powerful realization that God is in charge. Good comes to those who remain true to the task while living in co-creative, partnership with God.

Life is a long series of adjustments as you move from one stage of being into another. It takes patience and steadfastness to wait for a particular communication or development to move into view, that leads to a new and different direction in life.

During these (dry) periods when there is no movement and you feel stuck in 3rd gear, know that the good God has in store is coming to pass.

As you prepare to follow a new charted course, act as if; pray and be; affirming divine order.

Every day around 5:30 a.m., I go out into the Chapel of Light to break bread, pray and be; shutting out the cares of this world.

Some mornings, the place is packed with supernatural visitors from that other place.

Right next to the altar is a little stool that I sit on when in meditative prayer. Directly in front of my stool, I have another small folding chair; this is Jesus’ chair.

If I have an issue or problem, I go directly to Jesus; placing all matters squarely in his hands. I feel the presence and the power of the Spirit of God moving in and around me.

As I go deeper into prayer and meditation, I wait and allow the process to unfold.

The answers I get are: “Yes”, “No”, “Wait, don’t do anything” or “Trust me.” I follow the Good Orderly Direction I receive.

Give thanks, dear friends, God is at work. Be steadfast in faith and trust in God!

Go into the room, close the door and pray.” (Mt. 6:6)

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)

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