Category Archives: Healing

Mercy – The Gift Of Not Getting What You Deserve!

Someone said: Grace is getting what we don’t deserve and mercy is not getting what we do deserve!” And I think that sums it up pretty well. We talk a lot about grace and most of us seem to be pretty good at sharing it, at least with people that we like?!?

Mercy is often a little bit more of a challenge. I don’t think it’s because we don’t need it or because we have not receieved it. I think it’s probably because we don’t want to admit to ourselves or others that we need it, but we do need it and in a more desperate way than we might imagine.

The fact that we are sitting here, reading these words is a testimony to the reality that God gives us mercy, because everyone of us should have been taken off of the board a long time ago, but God, Who is rich in mercy, loves us and had seen fit to forgive us and give us space and grace to grow into what He knows we can be.

If we will be honest with ourselves, we can look back on our lives and see time after time where we have made mistakes, missed the mark, not measured up, just flat blown it, but God is loving, patient, kind, gracious and merciful. Look back – can you see it? It’s beautiful, when you actually take the time to look back and aprreciate it.

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” -Matthew 18:21-22

Now if God shows us mercy for our mistakes/sins/failures and allows us to begin again, then we should do the very same thing for one another. God’s gifts of love, grace, mercy, forgiveness and restoration are woven into the tapesty of the Universe for all of us to receive and share.

Be sure to take all of the good things that God has given you and share them with others and one of the greatest ways to do that is by not giving people the wrath, judgment and condemnation we think they might deserve, but instead the gifts of love, grace and mercy. Now that is a beautiful gift that keeps on giving…

The Positivity Of Negativity!

Negative Emotions -Everyone of us have them and many of us have no clue what to do about them. I grew up, believing negative emotions were bad and to be avoided at all cost, so I spent most of my life trying to not have them, only to realize that I was fighing a losing battle. So I did the next best thing I could think of and that was to pretend they did not exist, which was really a great big mistake, because then they kick your behind and leave you laying on the side of the road for dead.

It has taken me many years, but I have finally started to learn that the best things to acknowledge them, own them and most importantly – to learn from them. Negative emotions are feelings that usually generate an attitude of being sad or mad and can cause you to not want to be around others, act out in detremental ways or retreat and isolate yourself from life. If left unchecked, negative emotions can lead to being miserable, depressed and even dangerous, but if acknowledged and ultimatley owned, they can become some of our greatest teachers, leading us to discover incredible things about our life and it’s living.

I will not take the time to go into all the ugly details here, but there have been several times in my life, when the negative emotions started to get the best of me. I have “felt” that list up above in the picture and been weighted down to the place that I thought I was going to drown under the weight of it. In fact, there have been times when I felt I was ready to give up and sink to my no more.

As I look back on all those terrible, horrible and ugly times, the interesting thing is that no matter how dark my lremedy have gotten, there was always a light. It may have been a very small speck at the end of the tunnel, but it has always been there. At times shining bright as a beacon for others and at others times, just a little speck, a gentle reminder that even though I may feel like it, I am not alone.

God created me and gave me my life, but this human experience is not all that there is. Wayne Dyer says that we spend our lives as human beings looking to have a spiritual experience, when in reality we are spiritual beings getting to have a human experience.

If you were just paying attention, then I revealed the secret to learning from and overcoming your negative emotions, rather than having your negative emotions overcome you. Did you catch it? Let me just tell you – PERSPECTIVE MATTERS! How you look at things and how you see things matter and if you are looking as a human being, then you are defeated, but if you are looking as a spiritual being, then the negative emotions that are allowed to come into your life, must have some higher purpose???

This is why the Scriptures teach us: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” -2 Timothy 1:7 As spirtual beings God has given us power, love and self-control. Individually all of these are magnificent and powerful gifts, but collectively they allow us to live, grow and develop on a whole new level.

Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because He is trying to change your heart. This is why God allows the negative to flow into our life, because we have the power to learn from it and change it into something much more powerful, enabling us to experience the things only experienced by the divine. We can live the lower levels of humanity and be controlled by the negative emotions of life or we can live at the higher levels of the spirit and discover unlimited and supernatural power to do the miraculous – your choice???

Ego Vesus Heart!

Sometimes it seems as if I am in a constant battle with my ego and I know this takes me away from the things I really want, the things that my spirit knows is best for me. My ego is the idea that I am what I do, what I have or what I think other people think of me, and the truth is: I am so much more and so are you!

This battle with my ego often causes my heart to become hard and encourages me to be moody, arrogant and selfish, which is the exact opposite of what I really am and what I truly want to be. I was created with a soft and tender heart that says: “I am peace, humble and giving all wrapped up in supernatural love.”

When I am my real self, my spirit self, the self that God created me to be, then God is able to move through me and it is such a wonderful and amazing experience that words cannot even come close to explaining. This is an experience where self gets out of the way and allows Spirit to shine all the beautiful gifts to and through my spirit’s presence in this human experience.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” -Ephesians 4:31-32

So take a few moments today to realize this life is sometimes a very real battle, but it is a battle worth engaging in and ultimately winning. And to win the battle with the ego, we must focus on doing two things:

1. We must get rid of all, not some of the by-products of ego. We have to take on, take out and get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, slander and every form of malice.

2. We must replace the empty space with kindness, compassion and forgiveness. In others words: We give to others what God has given to us. We cannot give something to someone else, if we do not have it for ourself, so first we must receive the kindness, compassion and forgiveness and then we are empowered to share it with others.

Getting rid of the bad and replacing it with the good empowers us from the inside out and gives us a victory that cannot be obtained in any other way. It is a battle, but it’s a battle worth fighting to get our heart soft, tender and ready for the supernatural seed of the Almighty…