Spirit/God is always right where we are at every moment

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“I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 20)

Perhaps one of my all time favorite songs is “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for their Broadway musical “Carousel” it has never failed to lift me up when I have felt down. It has always brought me feelings of being closer to Spirit/God in times of stress or upset and it has always brought sensations of joy and happiness to my heart. Just hearing this song causes me to think thoughts of possibility, new adventures and new hope. It’s as if in the darkest of situations suddenly I remember that there is a light up ahead that will shower me with a new day and a new realization that even in those darkest moments I had not been abandoned.

This song was sung (at my request) at my ordination into ministry and filled me with excitement as I contemplated what lay ahead for me. On Palm Sunday two years ago the song was sung by Trisha Yearwood on television in the spectacular program “The Passion” and the night I saw this I just had to rewind the DVR several times and re-watch her magnificent rendition. I was brought to tears of joy and feelings of the presence of God washing all around me.

Whenever I am about to embark on a new project, a new adventure and especially a move to a new location, this song seems to just naturally come to mind. I wonder if it’s authors knew when they wrote it what amazing impact it would have in the years ahead. It speaks of a great and wonderful truth for us today; that through our lives we can never walk alone, for Spirit/God is always right where we are at every moment. We need not look far off in strange places to find this presence, but we need only look within. The beating of our hearts, the moving of our breath is a wonderful sign of Spirit’s presence and activity in our lives. In what we are doing now, and where we are going, through the deepest valleys of life and through the highest mountains of experience, we are loved unconditionally.

God is always a God of “What’s next?” As close as our very next thought.  God is always a God of creating something wonderfully exciting for us to experience. And God is always right with us at every moment, giving us everything we need, just as, and when, we need it.

Close as our very next thought?  Yes, absolutely.  Thank you God.

When you walk through a storm

Hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm

Is a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind

Walk on through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

 Affirmation: “Thank you God that I know I never walk alone.

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.

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

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Thank You God – I Never Knew That Was There Before

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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)

Recently I had my annual eye exam. Time to check my vision, order new contacts and make sure my glasses (for those times I put the contacts on hiatus) are up to date. It was nice to be told by the doctor that my vision has actually improved. I had sensed this, but having confirmation was great.

Seeing clearly to navigate our journey of life without mishap and to enjoy the creation of a loving God all around us is important. I think since I have also been studying Mindfulness Meditation, and practiced bringing my awareness repeatedly back to the present moment, (and away from distracted thinking) the world that I observe around me has gained exceedingly more meaning and beauty. The colors may not actually be brighter, the sounds more rich and the smells more fragrant, but they sure do feel that way to me.

As important as our physical vision is to seeing the beauty all around us, having a spiritual vision and connection with Spirit/God is also vital to our living the abundant life that Jesus promised us.

Our walk with Spirit/God is an exciting one. It is one that grows each and every day as we continue to build that relationship. Perhaps one of the most important practices for me is to begin each day with Spirit/God. First thing in the morning, before anything else leads me into distraction, I like to go into that quiet place and rest there with the Spirit that can perfectly prepare me for the day ahead. Sometimes I have many things to discuss with God in prayer and other times all I do is meditate on “thank you.” Either way, how we prepare to meet the day and its obligations determines how we will deal with the twists and turns that may meet us up ahead.

Our spiritual vision and understanding does get clearer as we practice being in the presence of our loving creator. Even in the rush of a busy day, driving through traffic, shopping in the grocery store, or with whatever we are doing, just remembering we are indeed “in the presence” can clear our way forward.

A wise and gifted teacher of mine years ago challenged us to throughout the day give conscious thought to our “being in the presence.” I have found that in doing so I do indeed see more clearly, hear more profoundly and experience Spirit’s grace more deeply.

Our scripture above ends with, “even as I have been fully known.” How comforting to realize that God knows us so deeply, loves us so unconditionally and in spite of our shortcomings holds us as a cherished citizens of Spirit’s creation.

Spirit/God has so much to reveal to us and is experiencing us fully and lovingly as we are experiencing it. I, for one, don’t want to miss out on anything.

Affirmation: “The fog lifts and the way is clear. Thank you God. That’s all, just 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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The Silence Is Not Empty, It Is Filled With Spirit/God

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The Spirit within me refreshes me daily. I feel myself saturated with the Life Essence Itself; I feel the same Life Essence flowing in me.” (Dr. Ernest Holmes)

So many people tend to think that when we enter into meditation and into the silence that the silence is empty and a void. That it is darkness, that it is without substance or purpose. Nothing could be further from the truth. The silence is not empty, it is filled with Spirit/God. We have sacred substance inside of each of us. We live in the midst of silence even though we probably think that we do not. In between each and every one of your thoughts, there is silence. No matter how fast you may think your mind is spinning, there is a space between each and ever thought you have. In between each and every word you speak, there is silence. Millions of moments of silence make up our day. These periods of beautiful pauses are available for discovery. Discovery of who we truly are and discovery of the presence of Spirit/God who has created us to be magnificent beings.

Because those periods of silence are so little known and experienced by us we miss a great opportunity to experience the fullness of God, deep within us, right where we are at every moment. A divine presence that is the true make up of our own spiritual DNA. When we stop and allow that silence to be elongated, to be stretched out and become a more intentional experience, we are able to absorb more of that beautiful Spiritual presence and truth in our lives. We are able to let millions of thoughts and impulses connect more deeply with our conscious mind and move us to seeing new and exciting possibilities in our lives. Even a few minutes of contemplative silence can make a huge difference. Why settle for a thimble full of Spirit when you can have a bucketful?

Easy to do? Of course not. Not because Spirit is unwilling to speak and make Itself known to us, but because our human minds love to race from one thought to another with lightening fast speed. Nothing wrong with this, we don’t beat ourselves up about it, it is just how we are built. But what I do know is that taking some time to be conscious of our breathing, keeping our focus on the breath in and out, is the beginning to our experiencing the amazing power of Spirit that lives within us. When the mind wanders again, and it will, just bring the focus back to your breathing. I also like to visualize the amazing light of Spirit all around, moving through and around me as I sit quietly. Always returning to the breath, in and out. Another thought arrives, don’t dwell there, just recognize it and let it go, back to the breath. It does get easier, like exercising a new muscle. Do we fail when we allow our minds to fly off into extraneous thinking? Of course not. Again, it is natural. Each time we return our thought to the breath we have actually celebrated an amazing new victory. We will certainly celebrate hundreds of new victories within a single time of meditation.

There are many wonderful techniques for quiet meditation that I like. Mindfulness meditation (as described here) especially helps me to power down from the craziness of life and emerge renewed, empowered and ready for what is next in this wonderful journey of life Spirit has given us.

This is the most pure form of contemplation we can ever experience. The indwelling and all encompassing silence of God being Its fullest self deep inside of us, right where we are. The merging of our humanity with our spiritual self. This divine unity is the seed from which all miracles can soon blossom.

I love the words of Presbyterian minister and author James Finley who has written, “When engaged in contemplation, we rest in God resting in us.”

Affirmation: God invites us to sit with Spirit in the silence and be changed, inspired and renewed. Why would I ever choose to miss that beautiful gift in my life?”

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.

Let Spirit’s Light Wash Over You

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If you have faith the size of a mustard seed.”   (Matthew 17: 20)

Faith is a powerful word and idea to contemplate. We can have faith in many things, we can have faith in people, and we can have faith in God. All too often it has been people who have let us down and because of that experience we come to the false conclusion that God will also let us down. We begin to see God in the image of humans, with capricious intentions, instead of seeing God as the steady, forever constant, Divine Essence of all good. Personally I have never understood how people who don’t believe in the power of God in their lives make it through each day. Yes, I have grown up as a believer, as a churchgoer, and as a Christian for my entire life. I have constantly seen and experienced how the power of God has gotten me through some pretty tough times and delivered me to the other side of those mountains. Scriptures that speak of having faith and continuing to trust in God have become my mantras in those difficult times. One of my favorites that has always gotten me through the tough times, is Isaiah 41:10. “Do not fear, for I am with you, be not be afraid, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Those words and those powerful thoughts have often been on my mind, as they are yet today, for there is much going on in our world that could discourage and defeat us. We are not charged to have great faith, but even just a little, like a mustard seed. These seeds that take root in the soil of our thoughts can grow into amazing structures of possibility, reaching for the sky in magnificent grandeur.

Feel as though your faith is lacking today? Feel dehydrated of the Spirit of God in your life? Take some time to sit in the quiet, to imagine the presence of God within you. Visualize the seed of God’s possibility deep within and trust that God is at this very moment nurturing that seed and blessing you abundantly. Think of Spirit’s Divine and perfect Light washing over and through you. Visualize that Light cleansing you of all self-doubt, fear, darkness and especially negative defeatist thinking. As that Light washes through you see that Light as it encounters each and every cell, atom and molecule of your being and turning them into glowing beacons of health, prosperity, possibility and newness of resolve. The old is washed away and replaced with the new pure and loving presence that is truly the real you. Do this often and allow your spirit to be renewed.

The great artist Michelangelo said that in creating his magnificent statue of the David all that he really did was chip away all the stone that was around the David so that he could reveal what was hidden within. That is what we can do as we contemplate this power of Spirit washing through us. It chips away all the negative, burdensome ideas and thoughts we have accumulated and reveals the magnificent creation of God that we truly are.

Faith, our belief in the things that are not seen scripture tells us. Faith, the assurance that joy always comes in the morning. Faith, our knowing without a doubt that as beautiful creations of God we need not fear, for indeed, God is upholding us with Spirit’s victorious presence.

Affirmation: “My faith is a mighty seed that grows each day to bless and strengthen me.”

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.

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

Relax, Spirit/God Has It All Handled

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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 don’t have to control it all and 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.

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. But what we can know is that God does create for us and we can see the results of that creation all around us. We need only look, and hear, and turn within and feel, to know that Spirit’s great creative energy and vibration is molding our collective and our individual world in perfect and divine order. 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 and supported and renewed beyond all human measure. 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. We can celebrate that abundant blessing poured out to us in our gratitude and thanksgiving to Spirit/God with our each and every prayer.

So, continue to lift up your prayers to Spirit/God. Continue to let your gratitude and trust in the one great mind of intelligent grace lead you to experiencing a great awareness of your place in God’s kingdom here on earth. Continue to meditate and experience the source of God energy deep within you. Continue to connect with God in those ways that bring your awareness of God closer, trust that God has everything handled in perfect order, trust that whatever you are meant to do God will lead you to doing, and remember to be watchful and alert, for your answers and your miracles await you.

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

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 Is The Dominant Focus Of Your Thinking Today?

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Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2: 5)

What is your life looking like today? Does it look the way you would like? Is it at least moving in the direction that you would like? Moving toward the fulfillment of all the things that would bring you happiness, joy and peace?

The thoughts that we have create our present moments and set the stage for our future.   Stop for a moment and think about each thought that you have. We know that thoughts create. We know that what we think about creates our next moment. We know that the thoughts we have today will create our tomorrows. It makes the need for our every thought to be very clear and specific and positive. We are called to be mindful of our thinking, for in our thinking we have the seeds of tiny, but powerful prayers. These prayers set the stage for those things we are open to experience and recognize and these tiny prayers are an indication of our outlook on life.

Imagine that each thought you have is like a bean. Positive thoughts are one color, say white, and negative thoughts are another, let’s say red. As you have each thought another bean is dropped in a large clear cylinder container. What do you suppose would be the dominant color of your container at the end of your typical day? Would it be crimson with negative and defeatist thoughts, or would it be white with thoughts of the healing, rejuvenating and uplifting power of God?

The prevailing belief is that if you want to improve the beauty of your home for resale you should renovate your kitchen and curb appeal. If you want to improve the beauty of your life experience how about renovating your thoughts and beliefs? Sounds simple, but it takes practice and persistence. God will help us as we begin with a simple prayer, “Lord, help me to begin to see a more positive, Christ-centered world in which I live. Help me to experience your presence and your grace in each thing I do and to affirm new possibility in all aspects of my life.” When we begin from a place of positive faith and trust, then, no matter what may happen throughout our day, we will be able to know we are in the presence of a powerful God, who loves us unconditionally.

Affirmation: “Today is a great day to release the past and experience a beautiful NOW. I begin by affirming the amazing presence of Spirit/God right here. Around me, through me, and as me at every moment.”

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.

 

Don’t Get Off the Prayer Highway One Exit Before Your Miracle

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If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given to you. But ask in faith, never doubting.” (James 1: 5-6)

Our scripture has much to teach us. God gives to each of us willingly, graciously and abundantly whenever we ask. But it also tells us something vitally important about our asking. It must be done in faith, without any reservation or any negativity.

In first reading this text one could think our prayers will be answered right away, that the answers we seek suddenly appear to us and that is that. Most of us know that doesn’t always happen and that our “never doubting faith” comes in to play here to sustain us as we experience God’s reply.

If your prayers don’t seem to be answered as soon as you would like, then what must we do? The answer? Keep the prayer going. Keep connecting with God in a reflective way and know that as you do so you are moving forward in the right direction. We don’t keep praying because we have not yet gotten the attention of God, but because we are seeking to gain greater clarity of the presence of God working and moving through our life. This is major. You don’t want to give up and get off the highway one exit before the destination. We need to keep that connection clear, never doubting. Author Richard Rohr has written so meaningfully that God doles out life and understanding to us in small doses. This is the good news, for too much information all at once would just overwhelm and confuse us. We are all trying to balance our human earthly self with our heavenly spiritual self and that takes time, dedication and perseverance. God will help us, so the journey is not impossible.

It is important to realize that who you are when you finish saying your prayer is a different you from the person you were when you began that prayer. You can’t help but be. You have changed. Not God, but you. You have changed. Your very words, feelings, thoughts and desires lifted up to God have moved you to a new understanding of God’s power acting in your life. You have been altered, transformed, remolded, brought into a new truth and reality of the presence of God always right where you are. You are changed. That is the joy of asking God, never doubting. We have declared our willingness to be changed. Our willingness to experience God in new and exciting ways.

Affirmation: “A heartfelt thank you to God is a powerful sign of belief in answered prayer.

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.

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

Be All That You Were Created To Be

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“I am the Light of the world.”  “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.”     (John 9:5, 10:10)

I know that we all have great ambitions and dreams. I know that I do and I continually pray for, and believe in, the desires I have that they may blossom and manifest into the fullest expression of life I can lead.

What I know and have come to believe through my years of prayer, meditation and contemplation about the presence of Spirit/God in my life is that we are each created to be more than we are currently experiencing. We see ourselves in a microcosm of being, both mentally and physically, but Spirit/God sees us in the fullness of all we have been created to be. I could find this frustrating as I try to be all that I desire to be and yet seem, through my limited physical mindset, to fall short time and time again, or I can know that as I continue in prayer and meditation to connect with Spirit that I am moving, even if it is slowly, toward all that I can be.

As I do my prayer and meditation practice daily I always begin by giving Spirit/God thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for what I have and who I am right now, as well as thanksgiving that I am moving forward to experiencing still more of God’s miracles in and through my experience. When we begin in gratitude and thanksgiving I believe we truly set the stage for God to enter the deepest parts of ourselves and open us to seeing more of what has been a part of us the whole time. Because we only can experience at the current level of our understanding and awareness starting in thanksgiving is a wonderful way for us to open up those inner channels to seeing more clearly, to feeling God’s presence more deeply, and to moving into a new elevated vibration of consciousness. Spirit/God will always reveal to us more of who we are if we are willing to connect and expand in our thinking, believing and vision.

There is a children’s story I love. It’s about some chickens and an Eagle. It seems this baby Eagle feel out of its nest one day and into a chicken coop. The chickens loved the little Eagle and took pity on it, so they raised it to be one of their own. They nurtured and treated the Eagle just as they did all the other little baby chicks. The Eagle started to walk around the chicken coop and copied completely the walk of the chickens. It walked like them, tried to cluck like them, did everything just the same way the chickens did.

Then, one day a full grown Eagle flew overhead and saw the little Eagle in the chicken coop, walking around like a chicken. This intrigued the big Eagle so it flew down and said to the little Eagle, “What’s up dude? Why are you walking around like a chicken? Don’t you know you are an Eagle? You were created to fly, to soar with the clouds, not walk around in a pen all day clucking like a chicken.” And so the big Eagle showed the little Eagle how to fly and soon the little Eagle became the beautiful creature of God he had always been created to be.

Spirit/God created us each to soar and prosper. Too often we have seen ourselves in a limited way when we need to see ourselves with the fullness of all we that we truly are.

Let Spirit/God reveal all that you are. Thank Spirit in advance for doing just that very thing and then know that more of who you are can blossom.   As you spread your wings to soar into the heavens of an abundant life a new vision and the real you will emerge. Remember Jesus said, “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.” He came that we might recognize all that we are created to be.

Affirmation: “Each day I grow in the realization of all that I was created to be. Spirit/God is, as always, my guide.”  

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.

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

Good Nutrition For Our Souls

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But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.”     (Romans 8: 9)

My brother sends me articles about nutrition and health via email just about every day. Not that he thinks I eat poorly, but eating well, and taking care of oneself, is something he is very passionate about.   Many of these articles speak about the fact that our physical bodies so often are suffering from inflammation. We may not even know it, but gone unchecked this inflammation soon affects us with sickness, decease and discomfort.

So, it made me think. What about our spirits? I think so often our spirits are suffering from an inflammation caused by separateness from God. (Or Spirit, or Higher Power, whatever is comfortable for you in terms of language). Certainly this is not separateness on God’s part, but on ours. We too often become lethargic and lackluster about our relationship with the flow of God’s perfect energy and vibration within and around us and we cut off this beautiful life affirming presence from fully nurturing us. Left unchecked, this inflammation of spirit soon causes our lives to spin out of control. When this happens we often wonder what went wrong and why. So, how do we treat this inflammation?

We need to treat this inflammation by continually affirming the presence of God in our lives. To connect with God even when things are going as we would like in our lives, not just when things go array. When things are going well a simple, “thank you, God,” will remind us that God is working and moving in our lives and our connection is strong. Taking some time for mindful quiet meditation can help us re-connect and remember that there is a power, energy, a Divine vibration moving through us that is longing for expression. This energy and vibration seeks to surround us with comfort, peace, joy and happiness and to project that out into the world not only for us to experience, but to invite others in experience that along with us. It is all too easy to forget who we really are, and what we are really made from, as Spirit’s creation, and in the process we spin out and live those lives of “quiet desperation” that cause us pain and sorrow.

Healthy eating habits keep our bodies well and energetic. Keeping our connection, our prayer life, our worship time, our quiet meditation experience, our service for God focused keeps our spirits strong. A shift in our thinking toward those things we wish to experience, and our acceptance that Spirit is always on our side, can begin to move us in the right direction toward living the abundant life we desire. When our spirit is healthy all of our life’s experience can fall into place in a beautiful and life affirming way.

Affirmation: “Recognizing God’s presence always right where I am my life flows with renewed peace, joy and possibility.”

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.

Where would you say is the level of trust you have in Spirit/God today?

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“Blessed are those who trust is in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.”   (Jeremiah 17: 7)

I have always loved the above scripture. Throughout my life when I have been waiting for some important occurrence I have stopped to reflect upon these words.   They bring comfort and peace to me in the face of uncertainty as I wait upon the Lord for the fulfillment of a dream.

The scripture has two thoughts for me. One, we are to trust IN the Lord, and secondly, that our trust IS the Lord. To experience the new life and grace available to us IN the Lord we most certainly need to connect with all the power and possibility that IS the Lord. It may be a subtle distinction, but one that is so powerful.

We all have times of uncertainty, and maybe even discord, as we seek to make decisions about our lives and our futures. Which choice should we make, what road do we take as we reach that fork in the highway, where will we find that place that will ultimately bring us the most fulfilling outcome?

We will always have decisions to make. We will always have before us a future that is not always crystal clear. Our scripture reminds us that our trust is IN the Lord and that our trust IS the Lord. We can rely on the presence and power of God to direct us in our decision-making and we can do so knowing that God has placed us on an exciting new journey of discovery that will always be for our highest good. Our trust is further multi-faceted for we must seek to understand the gift of God when it is presented to us. Yes, we prayed for a particular outcome and we were probably very specific about that. However, the answer we receive may be somewhat different than we expected and we must seek, in our trusting of the Lord, to recognize our answers to prayers as we receive them.

Example: I remember praying that I would receive a certain position, a job. I really wanted that, I could see it in my mind and I knew I would be good at it. Yes, hopefully in my praying and visualizing that job I would receive it as a reality in my life and it would bring me all that I desire. But what if ultimately that particular job is not the best for me? Suppose God, in infinite wisdom and knowing, understands that I would be miserable in that job and so another job is presented to me? Was my prayer not answered? Well, I suppose one could say yes, and no. No, it was not answered in the way I expected and thought I wanted it to be, but yes in that what I truly wanted was presented in my desiring a position that brought me fulfilling work, wonderful people with whom to work, a pleasant environment, minimal commute and good salary. Get the difference? Yes, the prayer was indeed answered and in a beautiful and exciting way.  Recognizing the answers to our prayers, and giving Spirit/God thanksgiving for those answers, is a powerful declaration of our trust, faith and belief in the power of God.

Most often I find that the clearest way to making new decisions and choices is found in entering the silence, that beautiful, wondrous place within where God dwells in all of Spirit’s fullness and glory. From that place of peace God can be revealed to us, through us and as us. Our eyes are opened to new and exciting possibilities and we can move forward with confidence and peace. Our trust IS the Lord now and always.

Affirmation: “I place my trust in the divine presence of the Lord and clarity, peace and right outcomes are revealed.”

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.