Decide to Believe


There are many people who find it difficult to believe that God really does exist, and that he is waiting for us to acknowledge that fact.

There is a simple solution to this dilemma…just decide to believe.  Happy Sunday.

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The Brave and Heroic


In her book, Passionate Presence, Catherine Ingram quotes from the Bhagavad Gita:

If you want to be brave, look at those who forgive. If you want to see the heroic, look at those who can love in return for hatred.

If you are having a reading day, may the words you read inspire your thoughts. Happy Saturday.

Removing the Stumbling Block


Sometimes we are our own stumbling blocks. We can’t get to where we want to go because of the need to be in control at all times; not only of our own lives but the lives of others.

We are inclined to blame anyone or anything for the circumstances we find ourselves in but find no fault of our own.

It pays huge dividends to look and think outside the box…to see the big picture and where we fit into it.

Soul searching is the best tool for opening the door to a more meaningful, satisfying and peaceful life.

Taking inventory of the negative thoughts and feelings we have harbored over the years, viewing them for what they are, and telling ourselves “You can afford to let go of that” will ultimately have a freeing effect and set us on the road to a more meaningful life.

Just as we have our teeth, eyes, bodies examined regularly, so should we examine our inner being on a regular basis because it can often be the cause of our discontent, depression and anxiety.

We must learn to live an examined life..preferably on a daily basis, and if we find that self examination is not doing it for us then seeking a trusted mentor can often be of help.

Sincerity is key. It does no good to skim the surface. Digging deep into our inner being and being open to finding our stumbling block is the only way to remove it.

Ephesians 3:16 says it well, “May God, according to the riches of his glory, grant you to be strengthened in your inner being through his Spirit”.

 

Love Knows No Bounds


You wouldn’t think one could write about feeling love just by attending a concert. But I can.

I attended a St. Patrick’s concert on Saturday night and what I saw and heard touched my heart and soul with love.

Two sisters performed Scottish (Scottish not Irish) dancing while their mother explained the origin of the dances. Their younger sister sang to the accompanying guitar of their dad. The only boy in the family was a very helpful stage hand. It was truly a family affair.

There was a violin duet, a bell choir, a harpist, an Electronic Bagpipes player, and a trio of gents who were brilliant in both song and instruments.

A beautiful rendition of “Lots of Ireland in My Soul” was sung by a lady in memory of her husband who had composed both music and words. Two other soloists filled the hall with lovely song, as well.

At the last minute, one of the performers couldn’t make it and the MC stepped in on short notice with a beautiful rendition of “Danny Boy”. He also did a comic take on “Memories” which had the audience laughing.

There was a husband and wife team who moved us all with “It Is Well With My Soul”; he played the piano while his wife played a steel drum and beautifully sang the hymn. And then there was the same young man’s astounding piano performance which had the audience on their feet at the final chord.

My heart was full of love the whole evening and I’ll tell you why. All of these marvelous performers are members and/or adherents of our church; attendees, employees, volunteers, choir members…wonderful people.

And that’s what I mean by love knows no bounds.

 

Sunshine Mountain


When I was a child, I learned to sing “Climb, Climb Up Sunshine Mountain”. The music and words made me feel happy and free. I heard it on You Tube yesterday and it still made me feel happy and free. I hope it makes you feel the same way. Happy Sunday.

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. (But not all of them, obviously.)

 

 

 

Five Senses


Yesterday, I came across the following in a journal:

Enjoy regularly stimulating your sense of sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.

Today let’s be aware and enjoy stimulating each of these senses. Happy Saturday.

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Do Not Be Afraid


I know of a few people who have been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, including Alex Trebek, well known host of the TV game show, Jeopardy. This is a very frightening diagnosis and these people need our prayers. An extremely appropriate scripture appeared to me in my quiet time yesterday and I thought of all of these people. As much as it is possible for some, and to all others, happy Sunday.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV