One of the most vital messages Jesus shared was a simple invitation to be a peacemaker: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Every person is created of God with the potential to be a peacemaker. We have spiritual power and through our peaceful thoughts, words, and actions, we can create a peaceful world.
Whatever may be occurring—near to me or across the globe—I maintain an awareness of peace. The peace of God can be known and recognized in all situations and is brought into expression as serenity, trust, goodwill, and friendship. Through prayer, I strengthen my practice of peace. I think peace, speak peace, and act in ways that foster peace. I am a peacemaker.
MY GRATITUDE OPENS THE DOOR TO BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS.
Praise and thanksgiving have the power to increase our experience of good. Charles Fillmore once wrote that travelers quickly learn that “praise and thanks melt the hardest heart and often open the door to amazing hospitality.” The prophets knew the power of thanksgiving, as “Praise the Lord” is frequently repeated in the Psalms.
On my journey through life, I recognize the power of appreciation. I praise every part of my body, and I am energized with greater health and vitality. I pay my bills with gratitude in the divine flow of giving and receiving. As I bless others, I unlock the door to greater love and harmony in my relationships. Through gratitude, I open wide the door to Spirit’s infinite bounty.
Celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you.—Deuteronomy 26:11
I DEMONSTRATE MY FAITH IN EVERY THOUGHT, WORD, AND ACTION.
I am firmly rooted in the knowledge that God is my source. Faith is my foundation. Nothing can shake my steadfast faith.
If any condition seems to have power over me, I return to the one Truth: God and I are one. If God cannot be moved, I cannot be moved. I cannot fail, because I am one with God, the Perfect, the Infallible, the Creator.
I demonstrate my faith in every thought, word, and action. I use positive language and stand strong in the face of adversity.
Because my foundation of faith is solid, nothing can knock me off center. Just as a great redwood stands tall and strong, I root myself deeply in my faith. I am strong. I am invincible. I am faith-filled.
Continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith.—Colossians 2:6-7
Anew pair of shoes, a new job, or even a passionate relationship may capture my attention for a time. I may consider these the objects of my desire for a while and even revel in them, but there is a longing within me that cannot be satisfied by anything in the outer world.
My deepest desire is to know God. I experience God in meditation, in nature, and in the loving embrace of others. God’s presence is found in the fluidity of the present moment. When I focus on the experience of God, I am one with everything—other people, nature, the sun and stars. I am as ancient as the Universe and as new as the dawn. My desire to know God leads me to oneness, and I am at peace.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you.—Psalm 73:25
The spirit of God is at the very core of my being. It is my Source of eternal youth and life. I recognize this flowing force that keeps me alive, breath by breath and heartbeat by heartbeat.
I do not limit my capacity to express the life of Spirit by being inflexible or stuck. I refuse to become crystallized in old thoughts or ways of being. I affirm my true nature in Spirit—I am an ever-flowing, ever-renewing expression of Infinite Life.
I live this truth by expressing openness and resiliency. I am flexible in mind and body. I am conscious of my life, energy, and strength. I express the vitality and youthfulness of Spirit within.
For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song.—Isaiah 55:12
The psalmists often refer to God as the source of refuge and comfort. In troubled times, I also turn to Spirit. God is my refuge and comfort. Like an unfailing friend, God is with me always.
I know without doubt that God is with me in gladness and in tears, and I feel at peace. In the midst of adversity, I am never alone nor separate from the unconditional love of the Divine.
If at any time I feel restless, anxious, or unsure, I connect to my Source of life and love through prayer. I speak words of gratitude for my next breath and the miracle of my heartbeat. The comforting Presence permeates my being. I open to the love of God, my abiding comfort.
You will increase my honor, and comfort me once again.—Psalm 71:21
What a gift it is to be in nature and to behold its glory! Whether I am hiking in the deep woods or strolling through a city park, I have the opportunity to connect with the natural world.
My time in nature sharpens my awareness. I walk among the leaves dancing in the breeze, while flowers of lively colors greet me cheerfully. A bird’s call invites me to watch its antics and marvel at its flight.
Communing with nature reminds me I am one with all of life. I behold the sacredness of living things great and small. I am richly blessed to be part of the natural world. In gratitude, I cherish and care for it.
I went down to the nut orchard, to look at the blossoms of the valley, to see whether the vines had budded, whether the pomegranates were in bloom.–Song of Solomon 6:11
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