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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)

RIGHT TRACK

What is that to thee, follow me!” (John 21)

Jesus was perfectly at ease in the conscious presence of the one who loves us with an everlasting love.

To Jesus, God was an intimate and friendly presence with the needle on the compass pointing in the right direction, assuring that one will stay on course and not become lost.

As spiritual beings in the midst of the human experience, we have a tendency to gaze or stay in the past becoming spiritually lost, looking for answers in places we don’t belong; blocking the blessings of today. We are not good receivers of being in God’s presence. One has to realign her/his thinking to the truth that God is close by.

As you trust God to show you the way, be encouraged you’re on the right track. Release all doubt and concern. Invite the Shekinah Spirit of God to work through you.

You can never be denied God’s wisdom and love, because you can never be separated from the presence of God. “Closer than God is breathing; nearer than hands and feet.” (Tennyson)

In his presence is power.” (Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg.37)

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)

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