Give And Get!

We all of a sudden find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic and we get a good look in the mirror at who we really are. And just what does the mirror reveal? It reveals a mixed bag of selfishness and greed versus sharing and generosity. And if we are honest with ourselves, we often find ourselves sometimes located on a tight rope between the two extremes.

All of this has made me think a lot about who I really am and what I am really about. I’ve made an interesting discovery! There was a time in my life that I gave to get, but this is not the life I choose to live now a days. Some where along the way, I learned that the giving to get things just doesn’t work for me. The thing that life seems to be teaching me is: I do not give to get, but I do get what I give!

We are spiritual beings living a physical human experience. In this physical world we live in, when we give something away, it is no longer ours, even though our spirit teaches us that it will eventually find its way back to us.

What we give away Indus it’s way back to us, because of SPIRIT. What I give in spirit, I receive in spirit. If I give love, I get love and if I give hate, I get hate. Whatever I put out into the world is ultimately what finds its way back to me is some way, shape or form.

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:7-9

We love to play the blame game, when things are not going the way we want them to go, but whatever we have or do not have in our life is a reflection of what we have or have not given. Whatever we want to harvest in our life, we must first be willing to plant and the best way to plant is in our giving. What are you giving and what are you getting? Compare the two and you will begin to understand…

Breaking Free Of The Jaded Life!

Live in this world long enough and at some point you are going to find yourself disenchanted and jaded by the sacrifices you’ve made, which have required you to forfeit the tenderness you were created in. This does not take away from the amazingness of this world, but it does cause us to miss out, because we are not tuned in and aligned in body, mind and spirit.

Living the jaded life leads us to become mean, cynical and sarcastic, which keeps us from living in the power of supernatural blessing. Most of us that get trapped in the jaded life style do not have or make time for reflection and instead get caught up, distracted and sent in the wrong direction by judging others, becoming overly critical and toxic in our negativity.

This is not a place or way we would normally choose to live our life, but once we get on the proverbial ”rat wheel”, it is very challenging to get off. At some point we get tired of it all, give up and become stuck or we become motivated to change things no matter what.

”Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” -Isaiah 40:28

Here’s the beautiful and amazing truth: We don’t have to learn anything new to break free of the jaded life, we simply have to believe, claim and live in the power of truths already revealed by God to us. Faith makes all things possible and the best way to grow our faith is to return to what we already know and trust, believe and have faith.

There is a door that leads to freedom from the jaded lifestyle and that door is unlocked with the key called faith. Unlock that door with your belief and watch the miraculous freedom flow from Heaven into and through your life and living…

Dealing With A Wild And Crazy Mind!

I used to love to watch and listen to Steve Martin do his “Wild & Crazy Guy” routine and it was very wild and very crazy. I think I loved it so much, because that is exactly how my mind tends to work. My mind tends to be wild and crazy with thoughts thousands of thoughts bouncing around in thousands of different directions. Can you relate?

It’s taken me at least half of a life time to learn that it does not have to be that way. I have the power at any given time, whenever I choose to direct my thoughts and control my mind. And when I choose to do this apart from my ego and yielded to spirit, the supernatural takes place and amazing things begin to manifest into my life.

Another word to describe my wild and crazy mind is chaos. And when chaos is present, peace has usually been sent packing. In order to get a mind of peace, I must deal with chaos and to deal with chaos, I must redirect my mind away from wild and crazy into the direction of love. The God mind is a mind of love, because God is love.

To redirect my mind to love is to make the choice to surrender my thoughts to God, to allow God to take my mind into His loving hands and reshape it into what it was originally supposed to be, before the chaos of sin got a hold of it.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. -Colossians 3:2

The key to getting rid of the wild and crazy thoughts of chaos that are running rampant all over the place is to set/focus/direct your mind on things above – the stuff of God, which is love. To set your mind on things above, you have to take your mind off of things here below – the earthly stuff that causes chaos and confusion.

It begins with a choice! You have to get tired of the way that is not working to find the motivation and discipline to do something about it and stick with it. This is why we go to love and not just any love, but the supernatural love of God, because it empowers us from the inside to make real life changes on the outside that enable us to live the blessed life we were created for.

So be a wild and crazy guy or gal if you want to and have fun with that, but don’t give up your mind. Keep it in God’s hands and under your control and you will be amazed at just how wild and crazy in a good way, this life here on earth can be!

There Is No Peace Without Forgiveness!

Several years ago, I can remember sitting on the front steps of our home and thinking: “All I really want is peace!” You can have a nice home, fancy cars, stylish clothes, cool toys, be surrounded by friends and have what you call meaningful relationships, but if you don’t have peace, it is really all just a waste. I set out on a journey that day to find it for myself and through a series of valley and mountain top experiences, I can finally say I am closer than I’ve ever been.

The key to peace is forgiveness. We cannot have peace without forgiveness. We have to forgive others and we also have to forgive ourselves. The Scriptures teach us that God, our Creator forgives us for our sins and failures. And yet even with this amazing truth in our head, it has no real power until we believe it and accept it into our heart. We are forgiven, but we must accept the forgiveness in order for it to have any real impact upon our life and spirit.

And if God in His perfection can forgive our imperfection, then we should be able to forgive ourselves and others. To not forgive others only hurts us and keeps us in a prison of our own making. Some people say: “Well, I’ll forgive the when they ask me to forgive them!” And the problem with that, is that they may never ask. You have the power to forgive, let go and move forward without their asking. Just do it, because that is what God has done for you.

Now let’s think for a moment about forgiving ourselves, which is actually probably one of the hardest things for us to do. We think I am not worthy, I could never deserve it and make up a thousand other excuses, but the truth is we think we know better than God. If God has forgiven us, then who do we think we are to not forgive ourselves???

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9

Remember: There is no peace with out forgiveness. Forgiveness is key to our experiencing the gift of peace. The God of love created us in love and for love and our mistakes do not un-create the love in which we were created. It is true, we make mistakes, commit sin and miss the mark, but when we accept God gift of grace and mercy, His love releases from the consequences of our indiscretion and into the amazing gift of His peace.

Delight In The Sunlight!

Some say the sun is our best source of vitamin D. The way it works is when our skin is exposed to sunlight, the sun’s ultraviolet rays interact with the cholesterol in our skin cells and provide energy so that vitamin D synthesis can occur. This process is essential to good health and vital living. Vitamin D in our system helps with the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of our living the blessed life.

The sun comes from our Creator, who gave us our bodies as a gift for our spirit to experience this human existence of growth and learning. This life in the flesh gives us opportunity to live in what would appear to be time and space. This slowing down process allows us to observe, listen, learn and grow from our successes as well as our failures.

Today as I stood outside, looking up at the beautiful blue sky, I could feel the warmth of the sunshine on my face and it was a beautiful reminder of the life giving grace of God. Just as the sun rejuvenates my physical body, the light of God rejuvenates my spirit by blessing me with undeserved gifts and blessings.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” -James 1:17

We all experience times of darkness, times when depression sets in and confusion reigns supreme. During those times, we must look to the light and open ourselves to its miraculous life giving power, which infuses us with supernatural strength, so that we might overcome the obstacles of the flesh and grow into our great big unlimited spirit.

Give yourself to God’s love and light and you will be amazed at how you overcome the chaos of fear and chase away the darkness of doubt and depression. Ask God to open the eyes of your heart, so that you might look to the heavenly son-light that cleanses, empowers and frees you for all you were created for…

Becoming Powerful!

Breath Is Life! Have you ever stopped to think about what an amazing thing BREATHING is? I mean if our breathing stops, then life as we know it stops. Breath is the evidence of an external force and supernatural source at work in, on and through us. A force and source which allows us to live, grow and experience the miraculous from the inside – out.

Notice Your Breath! Take a moment to pay attention to your breath. Inhale a deep breath and hold it for a moment, now as you exhale, think about and realize the reality of the power of breath. Isn’t it amazing! We don’t have to remind ourselves to do it. We just naturally breath in and out all day and all night long, asleep or awake. Breathing is an awesome gift from our Creator, a gift that keeps giving in so many different ways.

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” -Genesis 2:7

When we take the time to become aware of our breath, we are almost immediately reminded of God’s love. Breath is His gift of life to us, which enables us as spiritual beings to enjoy, learn and grow from this human experience. I breathe in God’s love, His endless love, miracles and blessings flow into my life and empower me to remember who I am. I am a child of the Most High God, the Creator of everything and the sustainer of all life. From within and all around me, I find spiritual nourishment from my connection with the divine.

Open up your heart, mind and spirit today. Pay attention to who and what you really are. Not a human being, but a spiritual being, empowered by the supernatural power of the One who created you. Breathe in God’s love, grace and mercy and breathe out love, grace and mercy to others. This participation with divinity is our super power to transform lives and change this world we live in.

Learn Your Lesson!

Have you heard the quote: ”Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”? From the best I can tell, this quote most likely comes from the writer and philosopher George Santayana, and in it’s original form he said: ”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana attended Boston Latin School and Harvard College, where he studied under the philosophers William James and Josiah Royce. He later became a professor in philosophy at Harvard.

Santayana’s philosophy, in a nutshell teaches that ”History repeats itself!” Ancient philosophy teaches that life is a spiral that presents us with lessons and when we fail to learn the lesson life presents, then life has a way of bringing the lesson back around again and again, until we do get it. It may be in the same form or in a totally different form, but its purpose is always the same, it is to instruct, grow and develop us into all we are created for.

”What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” -Ecclesiates 1:9

When things in life are not working, then there is something for us to learn. Failure to learn has consequences and will cost us something. When something is not working in our life, then we need to take this as an indication that there are parts of our mind, body and spirit that need integration.

This requires that we take on our ego, because we are so much more than what we have, what we do or who people think we are. If we are paying attention then this life is trying to teach us something. When we get what it’s teaching us, then we are heading to an amazing place.

What is this life trying to teach you? How are you going to learn from your mistakes? When will you start making decisions to integrate your life? Where are you heading with your decision or indecision? Why are you waiting? Seize the now, learn your lesson and grow your life! You will be glad you did…

Amazed By Grace!

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