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            If we want our lives to look differently we have to do more than cut down the weeds of negativity in our lives, we have to pull them up from the ground in which they thrive.  We have to so engage with our thinking and patterns of doing things so that as soon as a negative or defeatist thought begins to emerge within us that we cancel that thought and replace it with one that is life affirming. 

            Our thoughts and beliefs have created our life to this point and they can change that pattern and create the life we would truly wish to live.   The good news is a positive thought is ever so much more powerful than a negative one.  (Think light overcoming the darkness)  We can begin at this very moment to change those things we wish to experience.

            Think of a thought or belief like a seed.  That thought is planted in the soil of our minds and it soon begins to grow.  Negative thoughts, like some seeds, produce in such a way that they can simply take over our entire lives.  Soon, all we see is defeat and lives that don’t work, and we seem powerless to do anything about it. 

            The God of all perfect creation, however, awaits your acknowledgment of Spirit’s perfect presence right where you are.  Around you, with you and as you.  Affirming this presence of the Divine we can soon become much more aware of our everyday thinking.  The words we use.  Do our words uplift, or destroy?  Do our thoughts bring peace, or unpleasantness?  Do we see possibility, or do we insist on seeing lack, limitation and a well run dry?

            Living our lives consciously, one positive, affirmative thought at a time, will soon clear out the thorns of discord and pull up the roots of those thoughts we know longer wish to dominate our thinking and our lives.

            There is no time like the present to start.  We can begin right now by praying: “Thank you God for new beginnings that begin with my very next thought.  You God are in my thoughts and my thoughts are of you.  You, God, are the very presence of positive, peaceful, affirmative energy and vibration.  Today I choose to experience more peace, more love and more of all your Divine creation that makes my life more meaningful.  I see with new eyes, think with a new mind, and experience with a new reality.  Thank you, thank you, thank you God.   And so it is, and so I let it be.  Amen.”

             May you truly have a wonderful New Year filled with all those things you wish to experience.

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

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.  Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them.

Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer.  As always, we will share communion together.  Everyone is welcome.

First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604.