Before I went into the ministry I had began my professional career as a dancer on stage in musical theatre. Like any dancer I had started preparing for this work with much training, practice and rehearsal. What a dancer hopefully develops as one goes along is technique, a solid background and form that carries one through to succeed. That technique is ones foundation. Similarly, athletes, through their practice and diligence, develop a technique and the strength to help them achieve their goals. In whatever we endeavor to do a firm foundation is key to our success.
Our technique on which we can depend as we move through our daily individual lives is our faith and belief in the promises of God. Through our prayer, meditation and worship experiences we have hopefully encountered the Spirit of God in new and exciting ways that can sustain us when times seem their darkest. This foundation of experiencing the presence of God, this undergirding of recognizing and experiencing that Divine Presence, is that beautiful assurance that reminds us that even on the cloudiest of days the sun continues to shine on the other side of those clouds. Our faith reminds us that the clouds are temporary, they will move on. Our faith also assures us that even in those cloudy times God has not gone anywhere, God has not left us. That which is in the beginning is with us still now. The clouds are a momentary blip, but the presence of God is with us eternally.
Want to work on developing your technique and faith in God? Continually affirming that you now and always walk in the Divine Spirit of God is a wonderful way to begin. Knowing that wherever you are God dwells also is the universal truth that helps to carry us forward to amazing new experiences of Spirit’s blessing and grace. Pausing to say, “thank you God” throughout the day is another. Our scripture says “settle it beforehand in your minds.” Affirm God’s presence with you as the truth of who you are, for God will indeed provide you with all wisdom and strength.
“Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.” (Luke 21: 14-15)
Affirmation: “God is my rock, my foundation is firm. I live my life today with affirmations of God’s presence in everything I do.”
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 for our SpiritSong service at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA. This Contemporary Celebration and Praise service is 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. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
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. We are an open and affirming congregation.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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