Unity minister Eric Butterworth wrote, “Things may happen around you, and things may happen to you, but the only things that really count are the things that happen in you.”
Do I allow outer circumstances to disturb my sense of well-being or do I focus on maintaining harmony in mind, body, and spirit?
I center in my heart space, breathe deeply, and feel the peace of God flow through me. From the crown of my head to the tip of my toes, I allow the weight of life’s outer circumstances to dissipate. I infuse my body with thoughts of divine peace, love, and acceptance. As I achieve harmony on the inside, I express harmony to the world.
Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.—Matthew 6:33
I AM A SPIRITUAL BEING; I AM CONNECTED TO EVERYTHING.
I am a spiritual being, an expression of Divine Light, Life, and Love. I acknowledge and appreciate the gifts of Spirit in me and in everyone.
As an expression of Divine Light, I am infused with the wisdom of God and guided in wise ways. As an expression of Divine Life, I am filled with powerful healing energy that renews and revitalizes my body temple. As an expression of Divine Love, I embrace all people, animals, and the planet as a whole.
I am keenly aware of the powerful connection I share with all inhabitants of Earth. I honor and protect the delicate balance necessary to coexist. I am grateful for the gift of spiritual expression as Light, Life, and Love permeating all that exists in this world.
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!—Psalm 8:1
Advent has begun. It is a season of faith, peace, love, and joy; a time of preparing for the celebration of the Christ—the divine perfection in each one of us. The Christ is my source of peace.
Whether I am gazing in solitude at a star-filled sky or caught in the bustle of a holiday crowd, inner peace is always available to me. I am grateful for the sense of well-being that fills my mind and heart. During this season, I turn my awareness to the presence of peace in me. It is my constant source of serenity, my ballast in the storms of life. It is a steadying presence in all situations.
I give thanks for the Christ within—my ever-present source of peace.
For a child has been born for us … and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.—Isaiah 9:6
In my spiritual practice, I may need to move away from the crowd and find time alone with God. Whether I go to a formal retreat center, take a walk in nature, or create a few hours of quiet time at home, I find solace in my time with God.
I let this be my retreat from the activities of the world, a time to cleanse my mind and be nurtured by Spirit. In the Silence, I find a place of serenity where I know the Truth—the spirit of God dwells in me.
In the midst of my personal retreat, my awareness of God is magnified. I affirm God’s power, I am enfolded by God’s love, and I am guided by God’s light. Refreshed and renewed, I return to my activities with joy and enthusiasm.
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.—Psalm 62:1
DIVINE LOVE IS CONTINUALLY REVEALING ITSELF TO ME.
As I align my heart and mind with Spirit, I become increasingly aware of amazing events in my life that might be called “happy coincidences.” Perhaps an old friend calls unexpectedly and tells me exactly what I need to know for an important assignment. Or maybe I meet someone special at an event I hesitated to attend.
I am grateful for divine synchronicities. They remind me that I am connected to everyone and everything. Aware of my kinship with all of life, I feel immense love and joy. Nothing happens by chance; all is in divine order.
Synchronicities may be viewed as glimpses of Divine Love’s presence, which brightens my day and illumines my way.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God.—Romans 8:28
Sometimes my mind may fix on lack or insufficiency—“I don’t have enough”; “There isn’t enough time”; “That idea is impractical.” But I need not limit my vision of what is possible. Just because something was not part of my past does not mean it cannot be part of my future.
Thoughts of doubt and insecurity are simply remnants of an old paradigm that obscure my view. I am grateful that outdated patterns of thinking can be changed once they are acknowledged. I release thoughts that have limited me in the past and open to divine ideas, which are ever-present.
Greater healing, prosperity, and success are mine to claim as an expression of God. A new life is possible for me now.
For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.—Mark 10:27
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