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”.

 

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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

The Matter of Change


Yesterday, during my quiet time I came across some very interesting quotes about how to go about changing ourselves.

Self awareness is the first step to self improvement.

A change in behavior begins with a change in heart.

We defeat ourselves or gain victories by the thoughts we think.

Become addicted to constant and never-ending self improvement.

Never neglect an opportunity for self improvement.

When you look in the mirror see more than your face…see your self.

Put off your old self….to be made new in the attitudes of your minds. (Ephesians 4:22,23)

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)

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Let It Be


There is so much in our world that we don’t understand should we take the words of John Lennon of the Beatles, and the scripture,  Luke 1:38 “Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Happy Sunday.

 

When Tears are not Enough


A fire in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Tuesday, killed seven children ranging in age from four months to fourteen years. Their father is in life threatening condition and the mother is remarkably unharmed…physically.

Can anyone even fathom the devastation this mother is dealing with?

Tears are not enough to wash away the enormity of this woman’s suffering in the moment and in years to come…her own tears and those of all who mourn with her.

Some will ask where is God in all this.

Along with the rest of us…Jesus wept. (John 11:35)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking Back


Looking back on yesterday’s post, “A Take on This Spiritual Thing”, I don’t want anyone to get the impression that I’m coming out as a saint (although our pastor says we are all saints)…far from it.

Some of the things that I regret saying and doing that could have been handled in a much better way got me thinking about my own spiritual side. Hear what St. Paul said in Romans 7:15, I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. NIV

How many of us can relate to this passage of scripture. I know I can and do.

Tomorrow’s post is going to strike some of you as weird but it shines a light on the thoughts we sometimes have that we aren’t even aware of. Till then…

A Take on This Spiritual Thing


After taking some time off from writing, I’m back on the page with something I did a few years ago under the above title.

What is it like to be a spiritual being having a human experience? From my point of view it couldn’t be better. When Spirit takes over, changes are made to our humanness. As St. Paul says in Romans 12:2 “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This can mean many things to many people. For me it meant a complete mental housecleaning.

The ego is the first to go. It clutters up the thinking process, always trying to be number one. Does being number one really matter? If so, to whom does it matter? The ego of course. Ego being what it is would not understand taking a back seat to an insult. Was the insult really meant to hurt us or was it intended to rid that person of his/her own hurt? A spiritual being would see beyond the actual act and not react in a way that would be harmful to the antagonizer. The spiritual being sees with the heart, feels with the heart, and tries to get to the true heart of matters.

Super sensitivity must be eliminated. It is good to be sensitive when it keeps us aware of our surroundings, the needs of others, and our own fragility when dealing with extraneous forces. However, to be super sensitive can be debilitating, causing us needless hurt when we take uncalled-for remarks too personally and dwell on them until our senses no longer have room for sensibility. The spiritual being allows for hurts and loves anyway.

Judgement is the next to go. This means allowing others to have and speak their own beliefs without jumping in and telling them where they are wrong (in our opinion of course). It means accepting the person not the deed when an unkind act has been committed. The spiritual being recalls the admonition in scripture, “do not judge or you too will be judged”. (Matthew 7:1 NIV)

Next on the list is eliminating bad habits. For me it was giving up swearing, smoking, and among others, procrastination. (I made a New Year resolution on this one but put it off until the next year.) All this is a cleansing procedure which helps to open us to our higher good.

All in all, spiritual beings recognize human weakness and prompt each other to become the best we can be by overcoming.

That’s my take on this spiritual thing. What’s yours?