In 1977, while on vacation in Trinidad, I was introduced to Silent Unity, a 24/7 prayer ministry using affirmative prayer to provide others with faith, courage and strength. A delightful old woman named Miss gave me their devotional magazine, Daily Word, to take home. I subscribed to it for many years and have recently been re-introduced to this wonderful organization. The following prayer has been in my possession for over forty years and is within my daily vision. Happy Sunday.
“The light of God surrounds me; The love of God enfolds me; The power of God protects me; The presence of God watches over me. Wherever I am, God is!” James Dillet Freeman (March 20, 1912 – April 9, 2003)
On Thursday I picked up a library book, Memories of Heaven, by Dr. Wayne Dyer (one of my favorite authors) and Dee Garnes, who was his assistant at one time. It is a collection of short stories about very young children remembering where they were before they were born. It is a fascinating and easy read.
Many of the related memories are of being with God and choosing the parents they wanted to be born to. Some are of being here for a short time in another life and deciding to leave at an early age, (child deaths). Some related to changing their minds in the womb and not completing their journey, (miscarriages).
Because I have an open mind about so many things it is easy for me to read this book and consider the possibilities of these tiny testimonies. Besides, when my youngest son was just over two years old, he suddenly stated during a nap time, “I died you know, Mommy.”
I had had a miscarriage three years before he was born.
It makes it easy to wonder where am I from? Happy Saturday.
I’m always interested in what others think of God and so it is that I convey the thoughts of some top thinkers today.
The beginning of power is consciously opening our minds to God and being receptive to his presence, his spirit, his voice and his will. Charles L. Allen
To know God is to live. Leo Tolstoy
Never measure God’s unlimited power by your limited expectations. (Our Daily Bread Magazine 2010)
I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details. — Albert Einstein
People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him. Pearl Bailey
I’ll leave it at that and perhaps visit this subject another time.
Yesterday, a tradesman came by to give me a quote on something needing repair. His attitude was one of superiority and arrogance. No matter the price of the job, do you think he is going to get my business?
It is said that arrogance is a personality trait forged in childhood. If so, like many childhood traits, this lesser part of our personalities needs to be done away with and replaced with a dash of humility.
If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Our land does need healing and so does that contractor’s attitude. In a world needing compassion and understanding more than anything else there is no place for arrogance.
Just when I wonder why our world isn’t wonderful anymore, something from the past comes along to remind me it still is.
Someone called me last night to find out where in the Bible did a mountain move.
I couldn’t think of the answer because I’m not sure that a mountain physically moved, but I did tell her about having a faith strong enough to move mountains.
If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain move from here to there and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20
Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Mark 11:23
If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2
How many times have we said things we regretted? How many times have we wished we had phrased a sentence differently, or praised someone instead of berating them?
A little mini book came my way yesterday called “Watch Your Language” or … Why You Should Pay Attention to the Words You Use. The author of this intriguing piece of writing is Elena Consear Ramos who has obviously felt first hand the stinging blow of unkind and thoughtless words, as many of us have.
She takes us through how the choice of words can wound, insult, destroy, demean, and in many ways have a debilitating effect on a person’s life.
In her book, Elena carefully lays out the need to think before we speak, and in so doing shows by example that she does have a way with words.
Elena’s mini books can be found on her mother’s (Pam Consear) website: http://www.AllHandsArt.com
Awareness is paying attention to the things that unfold in our lives that we would normally ignore. When we concentrate on awareness we realize that it is the little things in life that grab our attention and actually make us more aware. This has obviously been on my mind for several years because I have written two poems about being aware; one in 1979 and the other in 2016.
A NEW DIMENSION
Somewhere between each rising
and setting of the sun
a new dimension opens up
to each and everyone.
It’s there for us to welcome
a new challenge, a new day
we need only make ourselves aware
in every subtle way.
We need only make our senses
come alive, alert and more
responsive to the little things
we usually ignore.
So seek that new dimension
it’s there for everyone,
somewhere between each rising
and setting of the sun.
ON BEING AWARE
With pleading voice
I asked the Lord
to make me more aware
and in that instant
watched a sparrow
catch an insect
We never know when something uplifting will come our way or from whence it will come. In this case I was uplifted by a picture and a memory and a reminder that I am still a kid at heart.
When I saw this little guy in my Inbox yesterday it reminded me of a wonderful little song I learned as a child, “God Sees the Little Sparrow Fall.” Here is one verse and the refrain. Happy Sunday.
God made the little birds and flow’rs,
And all things large and small;
He’ll not forget his little ones,
I know He loves them all.
He loves me, too, He loves me, too,
I know He loves me, too;
Because He loves the little things,
I know He loves me, too.