Make Space In Your Dreams For Spirit/God

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In 1971 John Lennon wrote “Imagine,” a song that expressed his dream of world peace:

“Imagine all the people

Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one.”

The life we desire, and the world we aspire to experience, begins anew when we realize that the presence, power and energy of God shows up for us through our thoughts. In our thinking. Even before the words can be formed our thinking was setting the stage for our experience. In our imagining, our seeing visions, our dreaming of dreams. Here is placed into the fertile soul of mind the seeds of that which we can nurture and begin to see bear fruit. We need to dare to imagine, to visualize and to dream that we may experience. But that planted seed needs nourishment in order for it to grow and show up in our lives in ways that have meaning, have tangible substance and worth. Let our imagining, our visions and our dreams then become our action. Our action in our words, in our smiles, in our embracing of another. Action in our service to others. Let our imagining be one of seeing love and light wherever we may be. Love that heals and encourages. Light that exposes the darkness of negativity and floods that space with a new Truth so that we may be transformed through the energy of the Christ Consciousness. Imagine peace in our community, our country and the world. See it, visualize it and then see and visualize those actions that can bring the dream to reality. Let our action become speaking out when we see injustice, reaching out to comfort those in need, let our action seek to do those things that will be part of a movement to change our world so that the worth and dignity of all people is celebrated and affirmed. All people. There can be no peace until the dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of nationality, gender, sexual orientation or faith practice is celebrated as a beautiful expression and path toward a greater realization of the presence of Spirit.

Our imagining begins with what it is we would wish to experience. Affirm that which we would wish to experience – proclaim that which we would wish to experience – and with grateful hearts offer up thanksgiving to God, that Spirit is indeed moving in our lives.

Imagination is powered by faith and followed by positive and intentional action. It is followed by new vision and possibility and it is powered by knowing that God can, will, and does indeed provide all that we need to move forward – with that imagining – to creating a new picture of our lives in vivid colors and textures.

Imagine and believe. Start now if you haven’t already and continue to grow in your vision each and every day. Each little step we may take is actually a mighty leap forward for us all. There is much we need to do under Spirits guidance to change our circumstances and our world, but the good news is we don’t ever need to do it alone. The outcome is not all on our shoulders. The same Spirit that gave us each the dream also gives us what we need to make that dream a reality. Spirit/God is shouldering the weight; it is our vision, our dreams, our faith and our action that can give that dream its direction and it is Spirit giving us the energy to move forward. Instead of waiting for the dream to become a reality before living within that vision how about we endeavor to start living that dream now, in each and every way we can, to move our consciousness toward seeing it come to life.

We have always thought too small, with too much limitation as to what we can do on our own. Celebrate the imagining, the dream, but always leave room for God to make that vision even more wonderful than our limited consciousness could have ever conceived.

Faith is always powered by action and one could even say without action faith is just an idea, not a lifestyle. It needs to be our lifestyle with our every breath and our every thought.

So let our action begin with thanksgiving and gratitude that our dreams are guided now and always by perfect Spirit working in and through each and every one of us. Starting from that centered place of joy we can move ever closer to not just imaging, but experiencing, miracles.

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! God does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, this Spirit deeply and gently within us.” (Ephesians 3: 20-21, The Message)

Never limit your view of life by any past experience. The possibility of life is inherit within the capacity to imagine that life is, backed by the power (Spirit) to produce this imagery, or Divine Imagination.” (Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind, page 187)

Affirmation: “What new imaginings can God and I bring to reality today?

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

 

 

 

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We are each spiritual beings having a human experience.

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What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are.” (1 John 3: 1, The Message)

I often write about this subject, in varying words, but I think it is important to continually return to, for the truth of who we really are can get so lost and confused in the midst of all that goes on around us.  The events of our world, and the words of others can so easily tear us down.  Events and words can only effect us if we allow them to.  If we agree to participate in what the world and other people are doing we can soon build a hardened crust around ourselves and forget that through the unconditionally loving thought of Perfect Spirit we are so wonderfully made.

We are each spiritual beings having a human experience. So often in our thinking we have that reversed. We think we are first and foremost human, physical bodies trying desperately as we journey on this earth to connect with some form of spiritual truth. Our physical being however is just the human presence that we wear so that we can experience life with one another while we are here on this planet. When we realize that we are first spiritual beings our connection to Spirit/God becomes not only more easily understood, but lived.

God loves us so much, cares for us so much, wants relationship with us so much and God wants us to understand who we are. As children of God this beautiful spirit of truth and grace and unconditional love is the very core and essence of who we are. That is first, all else is built from that place.

So from being spiritual beings God has given us our humanness, our thinking minds and our ability for discernment. God has given us wonderful human experiences that can make our time on this earth the fulfillment of God’s kingdom here on earth. I think our humanity is terrific and wonderful. It is rich with possibility and can give us so much joy and happiness. Our humanity opens us to amazing revelations of Spirit that can act through us to make this journey we call earthly life so much more meaningful.

But, as humans we often experience physical things that can be overwhelming. Our bodies hurt, our hearts break, we go through dark places that seem endless and with seemingly no a passageway out.

Psalm 23 says, “Though I walk through the darkest valley.” Whatever that valley might be, whatever that burden we carry, we are guided back out into the light and restored to our rightful place in God’s house. The Master Teacher Jesus, through his life, his teaching and his resurrection has demonstrated for us that the Christ Presence, Christ Consciousness is one of pure love, inclusion, acceptance and affirmation.  It is a non-judging, non-duel thinking consciousness that sees possibility in the face of limitation and hope in the face of despair.  There is meant to be joy in sharing our unique individualities and a willingness to experience and learn from our shared experiences.

Our humanity is rich and prosperous with unlimited possibility when we know we are first and foremost spiritual beings living a humanity that is filled with the energy and vibration of perfect creation.

Affirmation: “I am forever standing in the presence of God on Holy Ground.

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

Transformation can be as easy as changing your very next thought

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12: 2)

This scripture, from the Apostle Paul, is one that has long engaged me for much reflection and study throughout my life. And from Pauls’ letter to the church in Philippi, (Philippians 2: 5), Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” This is a theme that appears in Paul’s writings often. It is an idea that was very important to him and one that he felt foundational for first century followers of the Christ and church to understand and to live. To the Roman church in his letter he wrote that we are to have relationship and spiritual companionship with Jesus Christ and in doing so we are “to allow God to transform us inwardly by the complete renewing of our minds.” In his letter to the church in Corinth he wrote that, “we are to have the same mind of Christ.” To the church at Philippi, “put on the mind which was in Christ Jesus.” To the Apostle Paul one cannot even begin to understand Jesus until we have a Christ Consciousness of service as did Jesus himself.

So, what is this Christ Consciousness that Paul is asking us to have? If you were to ask that question of Paul he would tell you that Jesus was speaking of a particular level of human consciousness when he told us these comforting words, “the Kingdom of heaven is within.” There it is. The kingdom of heaven is within. We need look no further than within our very selves, each and every one of us, to find that for which we have so long been searching. Within. Right where we are at this and every moment. Not far off – over there – or over there – or out there – but within. Right here.

Being transformed by the renewing of our minds is our remembering that which is within. Being transformed by the renewing of our minds and remembering to seek the mind of Christ in all that we do, think and say changes our game plan for what is about to happen in our lives and the lives of those around us.

The mind of Jesus. Think on that for a moment. What mind did Jesus demonstrate for us as he traveled about in his life and ministry?

It was the mind of Jesus that never saw the people he encountered along his journeys as “the other.” It was this mind that never labeled these people as worthy or unworthy of his attention.  Jesus certainly understood the teachings of his elders, certainly the Pharisees, that this or that group is untouchable, not part of us and separate and out of favor with God’s plan. Each time I read the stories that include the Pharisees I am amazed, and yet amazed yet again, to see how narrow-minded and opinionated they were. They witnessed the healings of Jesus time and time again. Each time they saw Jesus heal someone they too had an opportunity to be healed of their bigotry and to be transformed into new life, but they just couldn’t see what was before them. The mind of Jesus reached out to the hurting, the sick, the lame, the blind, people all around him. In the mind of Jesus he didn’t ever see people as “the unworthy.” He saw them as human beings, creations of a loving God, he saw them as souls that were longing to experience new life and new possibility for their lives. The mind of Jesus never saw defeat and pain when the truth of God’s presence was right there. He saw that there was victory and abundant blessings available for all. To have the mind of Christ is to have what we in the 21st century call NON-DUEL THINKING. Not a “this or that,” not a feeling of being “separate,” not a “you vs. me,” and certainly not a need to label everything putting certain things down so one can feel superior.  But he understood the unity of humanity as all living in the Kingdom of Heaven right here, right where we are now and always. Each of us together – united as one.

In Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, the phrase “Kingdom of Heaven” or “Kingdom of God” meant being in God’s very holy presence. Each person he encountered he saw as citizens of this kingdom. Each person he saw – each thought that he had – was a thought of blessing and peace and possibility for all.

In our more modern time I look at the life and ministry of Mother Teresa and see one who not only had the mind of Christ but was transformed over and over again as her work transformed the lives of all those with whom she touched. No “this or that” thinking in her life. She saw all as precious children. Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, everyone.

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. A renewing that shifts your thinking from seeing with blinders – and through a veil – and to make a decision to see and to serve as Christ saw and served.

Can you imagine if this was how everyone saw life? Wow. If we all saw our world through a mind of Non-Duel thinking and belief? No longer would there be bigotry, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, anti-semitism, misogyny, hatred, lies and the biggest hurdle to our lives – FEAR.

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

But the Apostle also charged us do something else. He wrote, “Do not be conformed to this world.” A tall order isn’t it? Easy – not so much. Possible – yes. Paul cautions us – that as we look around seeing lies and distrust and people who do business with questionable ethics, with greed as ones motivation and goal, who speak falsely and hurtfully about others, as we see them puff themselves up to feel superior – as we look around and witness that – that we not fall into that way of living. Do not see that as so present  that we come to accept that as the new norm. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Seeing what is around you -choose another path. Make another decision. Set your intention to be one of LOVE and dwelling in the perfect presence of Spirit.

Where do you want to be? What do you want to experience? What is your destination of choice?

Fear is perhaps one, if not the, most terrifying force that our “world” would like for us to dwell in. Fear will stop us in our forward movement of life each and every time. Fear will entangle us in the worlds orbit so fast we won’t even know we are orbiting in it until something catastrophic happens to us. Fear will change our perceptions of life, focus our vision to latching onto negativity and it will devastate us. But, do not conform to the world. To fear. To the system that seeks to suck you in.

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Seek love. Remember to pray. Meditate. To talk with God/Spirit. Remember the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, right where you are, so God is right with you. Within. Waiting, longing for your presence at every moment.  This is true in whatever faith you practice.  Spirit is with you.  Are you with It?

We have to live in this world, but we can change this world. In our present day world, in the midst of our lives, filled with the everyday ups and downs of modern life, surrounded by a mindset – ever so prominent – that can foster and nurture a defeatist attitude and tear us apart, the apostle tells us to not dwell in that negativity, but to see our world and our place in this world as Jesus would beckon us to see and experience. The world will be forever with us, but, yes, we can change this world.

I think the words of the bumper sticker are very true. “Change your thinking – change your life.”

Paul writes of a freedom of spirit that awaits us whenever we make the decision to turn to it, recognize it, recalculate, reboot and accept it as our way of life. He tells us that Spirit is near. As close as our very next thought.

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

We wouldn’t starve our bodies, so why are we starving our spirits?

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And after Jesus dismissed the crowds, he went up to the mountain by himself to pray.” (Matthew 14:23)

I set today aside as a dedicated “me” day. I don’t mean for that to sound selfish or ego driven, but today I decided to concentrate on those things that would bring me inner peace, joy, energy and inspiration.

I started out earlier than usual today and began with some meditation. Turning within, communicating with the always present Perfect Spirit of God, and setting forth my intention for the day. A day to feed myself both physically and spiritually for my journey onward. After meditation and a protein shake it was off to the gym. A brisk half hour on the treadmill and then a tour of the machines for some muscle exercise. It felt good, I had fed my body the physical life support that we should all do to stay healthy, strong and fit.

That was step one. Returning home (and vowing that there would be no TV news today to throw off my communion with my spiritual source) I put on some sacred chanting music and read for several hours from a couple of inspirational books. More mediation has followed. I did meet a friend of an iced tea at a neighborhood spot knowing that our conversations are always life affirming and positive affirmations of a deep friendship walking with, and supporting, one another through the ups and downs of life. This was good. It was unexpected, but a pleasant addition to my “me” day. (I think it is important when we have these Sabbath days that we remain open to what may come our way that can add to our experience of peace, knowing that we can always decline any invitations that might throw us into a negative space).

The rest of my afternoon, after a lovely lunch on the back deck of the house, will consist of more reading and deep reflection. It is a lovely cool day today and perfect for being with nature. Tonight I will cap off my day attending a beautiful Taize meditation service that is led by a friend of mine and is always followed with a potluck for fellowship with those in attendance.

Why do I write all of this? From someone who is good about going to the gym and trying to eat right (as I know many of you also do) it also occurs to me that though we can be good about feeding our bodies we all too often starve our spirits. Our spirits also need nourishment and a chance to in turn nourish us. Taking time for meditation, prayer, reflection and affirming the presence of God all around, through, and as us, is an important part of helping us to lead abundant productive loving lives. We can get, and do, become so distracted with the events of life that tending to our spiritual self most often gets pushed aside until we suddenly face some crisis. Then we stop and wonder what happened. Well, what happened is that we were running on empty. Our spiritual self was being neglected and our conscious human minds were thrown into a state of “I have to do everything myself.” (Or worse). What happened in that moment probably would have happened anyway, but when we run on empty we are much more likely to react negatively before we think, make the wrong choices and make a bigger mess out of things. Running on empty we are less likely to handle life’s occurrences in the ways we would much rather be engaged.

Maybe there is not a whole day we can always set aside, but that should never stop us. Never forget to feed your spirit. A few moments of meditation, a positive affirmative prayer of thanksgiving, even a “thank you Spirit/God for always being with me,” will feed you in so many beautiful ways. A nourished spirit and deep personal spiritual practice will always be a life changer.

Okay, writing this mediation has been a great part of my “me” day. Thanks for sharing a bit of it with me.

Affirmation: “I stop and say thank you for the presence of Spirit/God that is always the source and engine of my life. Wow, that felt great!”

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

What truths about yourself do you proclaim with your words today?

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Faith is built up from belief, acceptance and trust. Whenever anything enters our thought which destroys, in any degree, one of these attitudes, to that extent faith is weakened.”   (Ernest Holmes)

Why do we say affirmations of faith and belief? Why, for over nine years now, have I written an affirmation at the end of this column and why do I send out a positive affirmation each morning on Twitter? We say affirmations of faith because they remind us, in a positive and uplifting way, of who we are as God’s precious creation.

But are these words powerful? No, not in and of themselves. We can say these words, and carry around affirmation cards by the bundle, but we have to believe and proclaim that what the message is saying to us is the truth about who we are. They are to remind us that as spiritual beings our humanity has enormous potential and purpose.

Our words alone can’t get us there, but our feelings, experiences, the stirring of our soul and our inner belief become a state of mind that changes us. What affirmations do is get us going in the right direction. They remind us of the truth of who we are as God’s creation. They remind us that as spiritual beings our search for our humanity is a process. Each day we can move closer toward the fullness of our humanity, and our spiritual nature, becoming true and real partners with one another in this marvelous thing that we call life. Our affirmative thinking picks us up when we stumble and it gives us hope that in the darkness of life there is still light waiting for us up ahead.

When Jesus healed the blind, the lame, the bleeding, when he raised Lazarus or the little girl from the dead, he was seeing beyond the appearance of the physical and seeing through to the truth of the spiritual.  Jesus saw possibility where it is all too easy for us to see limitation. Limitation is merely an illusion of a fragmented mind, but as we meditate upon, affirm and proclaim that unlimited Spirit moves in and through us, acting as us, we can begin to shatter that illusion of separateness and lack and begin to see the Divine Light of Spirit as the true energy and vibration of all that we are.

Why affirmations, why affirmative thinking? They remind us of who we are as the perfect creation of an unlimited Creator God.   They stir up our realization and recognition that the Spirit of God dwells within us and is always available to us to meet our needs at this and every moment.

Affirmation: “I let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart reveal the fullness of God’s presence.

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

Be still, be silent, be confident

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Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.”   (Romans 12: 12)

Poet and author Marion Woodman has written a statement filled with truth: “A flower won’t open if I yell at it and say ‘Bloom!’”

Many of us spend much of our time yelling at life to become what we would like it to be. We try really hard to force circumstances into being a certain way and we often rail aloud if things don’t go the way we think they should. Just like our flower, we can yell at life all we want, but the truth is it is going to bud and bloom in its own time.

We do this with God as well. Maybe if we just prayed “louder” God would finally hear us. Maybe if we shouted and stomped our foot for emphasis God would really get the message. The answer is not to get louder, but to become quieter. We are never going to understand God’s answer over our shouting, but we will find it in the quiet, in the silence. In our stillness we will begin to understand and to see how the answer we seek is developing, growing and reaching out to us. Like the flower, we will see that our answer begins in a small way, grows with us through some time, and begins to bloom for us as our recognition and vision becomes clear as to what this answer means to us in a very deep and meaningful way. The more we begin to find comfort and peace in the waiting the more our answer will come into focus before us. Be still, be silent, be confident. God loves you and will show you all you need to know just when you need to know it.

Affirmation: “My answer began before my prayer was ever uttered. God is in my prayer, in my answer and also in my waiting.”        

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

 

Is it God’s work or our work that makes things happen?

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“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”   (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

In Marjorie Thompson’s book Soul Feast she asks, and then answers, a very interesting question. “Is it God’s work or our work that makes things happen? The answer to both, is yes!” This quote from her book says so much as we endeavor to have relationship with God. God of course is capable of doing mighty and beautiful things in our lives, but we have a part to play in that as well. We have to keep alert, to recognize the blessings of God that abound in our lives and to be in communion with God in gratitude. Sometimes the easiest way to do that is to stop and, even in the midst of trial and strife, look for the blessings and gifts that God has provided us. We start counting our blessings, from the really big things, to the smallest of things, and what we discover is that the list just goes on and on. It has no end. The unlimitedness of God pours out a treasure for us to accept.   As a wise minister from my childhood used to say, “God is in the blessing business.” When we begin, with gratitude, to concentrate on all of the many gifts of God it seems that more just keep coming.

Meditate on your blessings, visualize the gifts that Spirit has poured out to you.  Use your gifts to bless and affirm others.  Your well can never run dry for Spirit God is infinite abundance and peace.

Affirmation: “Stopping to recognize the blessings of God, I see that they are indeed never ending and a feast for my soul.”

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

Magnificent Is Spirit’s Dwelling Place, And It Lives Within Each Of Us

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Let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.”   (1 Peter 3: 4)

We think of our dwelling place as our home, that place where we live, or perhaps our church, where we worship. Our dwelling place conjures for us a place of peace, security and overall comfort. It is a place that brings us a renewal of strength and restores us back to being in balance with life.

For too long we have thought our true peace, our true dwelling place is a physical space.  For too long we have looked outside of ourselves for what we believed to be mysterious and remote.  I think our true dwelling place is found within. Deep inside each of us is that wonderful spark of Divine Spirit that is the seed of our very creation and it longs to be acknowledged and given reign in our lives. This Divine Spark is pure, without judgment; it never labels things positive or negative, black or white, and it always is constant in its purpose. Because this spark of pure Spirit is the foundation and center from which we are to live our lives, it is the true essence of all that we are; however, in our humanness we have lost track of that non-judgmental and perfect Spirit within us.

Scripture tells us that Spirit groans to be made known within us. It says to each of us, come rest with me, you are tired and spinning your wheels, come sit with me and I will restore you to divine wholeness. One that is clear, easy and beautiful. Put your yoke upon me and let’s go together through this wonderful adventure called life.

Spirit is always calling to us – wanting to take us to our inner dwelling place. It is where we began and it is a sacred and holy place. Far too often the distractions of life and our ego centered desires pull us away from that place. There seems to be a tug of war going on so we can get what we want, have what we want, and be something different to the world than we were created to be. When we can relax and let God lead us, let Spirit direct us, let the Divine Nature within us carry us along like a feather floating with the current of a river, we will be so much happier. When we are able to do so we will come to realize that as we have been seeking Spirit, Spirit has been seeking us. Our dwelling place within beacons us to come and rest, and to truly discover all that we are, all that we are meant to be, and all that we can do to help light our world.

Affirmation: “Life is a wonderful adventure when I turn within and let Spirit/God guide me forward in all things.

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

Choose Your Words Carefully – You Are Proclaiming What You Wish To Experience

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 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”  (Psalm 19: 14)

Anyone who has followed just about anything I write has most likely come to the conclusion that I believe in the power of affirmations. Daily affirming the presence of God in all of God’s magnificent glory working in, and through, and as our lives, has a powerful way of lifting our belief and trust to new levels of faith. First person, present tense affirmations such as, “Right now I am experiencing the presence of God moving me to new understanding and clarity in my life” are game-changers. They help to move us to a new awareness of that presence that is always with us and to the truth that we are never alone.

There is another powerful way to affirm God’s presence and it is one that is not always easy for people to do. It involves looking at oneself in the mirror, right in your eyes, not moving your gaze, and speaking to yourself in the “second person.” In this way we would affirm, “You are a beautiful creation of a God who knows only good. You are a blessing to all with whom you come in contact and you touch the lives of many.”

The interesting thing about this exercise is that, one, it is often easier to see the fullness of God for another than it is for oneself, and, secondly, it can be difficult to look oneself in the eye and not allow old tapes of our feelings of limitation and lack to overcome us. Deep within all of us lives the sum total of everything we have experienced in life. Good or bad, these thoughts, just beneath the surface of our consciousness, have shaped and formed us to be who we are. Looking at oneself in the mirror and affirming the truth of who you are as God’s creation will begin to change how you see yourself and your place in God’s world.

You are wonderfully made by a God who loves you unconditionally.   Remember to tell yourself that often and then go forth to live that truth in the world. Live that truth in the words that you utter, and in the thoughts that you think. Words and thoughts both for yourself and for all those with whom you encounter. Your life will change in wonderfully miraculous ways.

 Affirmation: In the mirror: “You are a child of God. Loved completely, just as you are.”

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

There is a comfort in knowing we don’t have to know everything

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For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13: 12)

We all seek to gain more knowledge, we all desire to know how things work and what we can do to move things along when what we desire to experience seems to be moving slowly. In our frustrations with life we often think, if we could just put our hands on certain things we could push, or pull, or force what we want to happen.  Our sense of needing to know, to understand and to have ready answers seems to be an entitlement that under some circumstances we need to release.

I think there can often be comfort in our not knowing, for it is in our not knowing that we realize we also don’t have to make everything happen. We don’t have to shoulder burdens beyond our capability, or have to feel as though we need to fix the world. Some things are just not meant to be our burden. We can relax and have trust and faith that things are being handled. We can stop and remember that there is a power in the world far greater than us that loves us and pours forth a blessing that awaits our acceptance of it.

For example: We don’t have to make the universe work, God does that. We don’t have to make the tides of the ocean move in and out, God does that. We don’t have to make sure the stars stay in the sky or that the sun rises and sets each day just when it is supposed to do so. God does that. We don’t have to make our healing happen, God does that. We don’t have to make the answers to our prayers happen we just need to trust that we are unconditionally loved and blessed abundantly. God will take care of our life and do so better than we could ever imagine.

There is a great deal unknown to us about the mystery of God working in our lives. What we can know is that God does create for us and we can see the results of that creation all around us, but “how” God works we do not need to know. We do not need to know the HOW because we know the WHY, and the why is that we are cherished, blessed, given the gift of perfect grace, supported and renewed beyond all human measure and that God loves unconditionally.   Yes, unconditionally.  We don’t have to know all the details. What we can know is that in God’s infinite wisdom and abundant power God has it all handled.

Those things we are to know, and those things we are to do God will reveal to us when and was we need to know them. As we release our hold on always having to know or be “in charge” we open up a new space for miracles to appear in our lives in beautiful ways we had never before thought possible.  Releasing our hold on what we think has to be creates room for what more beautifully can be.

How do we move toward accepting this truth of God in our lives? Two words can make all the difference. Just two words can change our thinking and perspective and get us started on a whole new outlook. Those words? “Thank you.”

Affirmation: “I don’t have to know how God performs miracles, I only need to know that God does. Thank you”  

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

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We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

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