No Regrets - Friday, August 31, 2012 | Daily Word

No Regrets - Friday, August 31, 2012 | Daily Word


No Regrets
I LOVE MY LIFE.
Like a string of colorful beads, the days of my life follow one after another. Every bead, every day, contributes to the whole.
As I reflect on the days of my life, some may seem brighter or more colorful than others; some may appear cracked or chipped, yet each day is precious. I have been strengthened by challenge, broken open in crisis, and sustained through it all by God within. I have been humbled by my errors and encouraged by my successes. I’ve been blessed by friends and family as we’ve lived through times of joy and sorrow. For every loss I’ve grieved, I have been blessed by a time of love.
I have no regrets. I love my life!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.—Psalm 23:6

Faith - Thursday, August 30, 2012 | Daily Word

Faith - Thursday, August 30, 2012 | Daily Word


Faith
I AM ALWAYS MORE THAN I BELIEVE I AM.
Faith expands my vision. It allows me to see with my heart what may be invisible to my eye. If I focus on the limitations I perceive about myself or my circumstances, my mind can fill with negative thoughts about my resources and abilities. Faith reveals a new vision. Faith invites me to see myself as a beloved child of God with innate creativity, health, wisdom and strength.
Faith stretches me to reach for new opportunities and claim my inner power. I am more than I have believed. Faith reveals that I am smart, strong, healthy and creative as I draw from the all-sufficiency of Spirit within. In faith, I step out to accomplish the work Spirit has for me and to create the life of my dreams.
Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.—Matthew 15:28

Recovery - Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | Daily Word

Recovery - Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | Daily Word

Recovery
GOD’S SPIRIT OF RECOVERY IS FULFILLED WITHIN ME NOW!
If I am recovering from an ailment, I claim with faith and certainty my divine birthright to wholeness. I reclaim my power, knowing that my wholeness already exists in God-Mind. I am already perfect and complete on every level.
To embrace total well-being­—in body, mind and affairs—I focus on the positive, life-enhancing conditions I want to experience. I trade negative notions for revitalizing thoughts. I affirm empowering words that bless and reinvigorate my life.
In this way, my recovery accelerates. I am revived inside and out. As God’s spirit of recovery fulfills itself in me, my inner perfection is matched by an outer expression of health, renewal and accomplishment.
He … strengthens the powerless.—Isaiah 40:29


Unity - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | Daily Word

Unity - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | Daily Word

Unity
AWARE OF MY UNITY WITH GOD, I WALK CONFIDENTLY.
I know I am not alone or unsupported in life. I am aware of my unity with God. Whatever my aspirations, I have the One with and within me who supplies the insight and guidance I need to fulfill my intentions.
In my unity with God, I do not compare my accomplishments, my appearance or my possessions to those of others. I fill a unique role, and I have unique gifts to share. I am happy to be me.
In my unity with God, I have faith in my ability to make wise judgments, to meet challenges with spiritual strength and resilience, and to think and act with decisiveness and courage. In unity with God, I develop and grow and help others do the same.
For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.—Proverbs 3:26

Worthy - Monday, August 27, 2012 | Daily Word

Worthy - Monday, August 27, 2012 | Daily Word


Worthy
I AM WORTHY AND DESERVING.
I act now to break the unworthiness habit. I let go of any ideas or past beliefs that I don’t deserve the life of my dreams. I step into the light of Spirit—and claim my biggest and best life.
When I let my imagination run free, I see what I truly want. It may be harmonious relationships, a healthy life, a fulfilling career, or meeting a special someone. Or perhaps I want to climb a mountain, raft the rapids, or travel around the world.
All of my dreams are important. With God, all things are possible. I open my heart and mind to daring new ideas. I anticipate a fabulous life, and I rejoice as it manifests. I am worthy of all I desire.
These are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.—Mark 4:20

Presence - Sunday, August 26, 2012 | Daily Word

Presence - Sunday, August 26, 2012 | Daily Word


Presence
THANK YOU, GOD, FOR YOUR PRESENCE.
Turning within for meditative prayer, I feel the presence of divine life, love and light that sustains me through every experience. As I gently breathe in and out, I feel divine life flowing through me, healing me, physically, emotionally and mentally. Every struggle dissipates into the nothingness from which it came.
I contemplate the indwelling presence of divine love providing all I need and divine light showing me the way. God within sustains me, energizes me, and inspires me to my fullest potential.
Thank You, God, for Your presence that heals, strengthens and soothes my soul.
You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.—Acts 2:28

The Sermon On The Mount - Chapter Thirty-Three

The Sermon On The Mount - Chapter Thirty-Three

The Sermon On The Mount


Chapter Thirty-Three
Anxiety Forbidden
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"

Matthew 6:25

It will be seen from the title of our chapter that another subject of practical importance is presented to our notice in the verse we have now reached. It is a subject which immediately concerns each one of us, for in varying degrees all are guilty of the very thing which is here forbidden, namely worrying over material things, yielding to anxiety about future supplies. This is something which is highly dishonoring to God, a sin which we need to make conscience of, confessing it with shame and seeking grace to avoid any further repetitions thereof. The very fact that such anxiety is here forbidden not only exhibits once more the exalted standard of piety which is set before us in the Holy Scriptures, but also evidences their uniqueness, their Divine Authorship, for there is no other book or religion in the world which condemns inordinate solicitude over the temporal necessities of life. Proof of this assertion appears in the fact that the natural man is quite unaware that anxiety about food and clothing is a SIN.
Not only is such anxiety wrong, but it is a sin of great gravity. It is not simply a constitutional infirmity which we may excuse, a mere trifle we need not be concerned about, but rather is it a foul iniquity from which we should seek cleansing. To be fearful about the supply of future needs, to be worried that we may yet be left to suffer the lack of temporal necessities, is to be guilty of wicked unbelief. It calls into question the goodness and care of our Creator. It manifests a lack of faith in His wise and gracious providence. And if we be Christians, it betrays doubt of our Father's love. And surely these are evils of the deepest dye. Moreover, as we shall yet see, such disquietude and distraction of mind is, in reality, the workings of covetousness, the lusting after things we have not, which is a sin of great magnitude. Oh, that the Spirit may convict us of this wickedness and subdue this iniquity.
It has been pointed out in previous chapters that the main draft of our Saviour's Sermon from verse 19 to the end of chapter 6 was to dissuade and deliver His hearers from the spirit of covetousness. Having forbidden the practice itself (v. 19), and disposed of those objections which the corrupt heart of man might frame to excuse himself in the committing thereof (vv. 22-24), Christ now struck at the very root of covetousness and sought to remove the cause thereof, namely a distrustful and inordinate care for the things of this life, especially for such things as are necessary for the maintenance thereof. This is clear from His words in verse 25, and the attentive reader will note that the same line of thought is continued by Him to the end of verse 34. Such unusual repetitions as "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat" (v. 25), "Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat?" (v. 31), "Take therefore no thought for the morrow" (v. 34) intimate not only the weightiness of this Divine precept, but also our slowness in heeding the same.
"Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on" (v. 25). Before proceeding to amplify what has been said in the last paragraph, let us point out that there is a close connection between this verse and those preceding. It may be regarded as Christ's meeting a further objection against what He had insisted on. He had forbidden the laying up of treasures on earth, and had warned against the making of mammon our god. To this many might answer, There is no danger of usdoing that: so little of this world's riches come our way that we can scarcely procure the bare necessities of life. Even so, says Christ, you too are in grave danger: the fear of poverty and worrying about the future as truly ensnare the souls of the poor as the love of wealth does the rich. Distrustful and distracting care about supplies of temporal needs is a sure sign that the heart is fixed on earthly things.
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life." This is another declaration of Christ's which must not be taken absolutely or without limitation (compare our remarks on 5:34, 42). If scripture be compared with scripture, it will be found that there are two kinds of "care": a godly and moderate one, a distrustful and inordinate. The former is enjoined upon us by the Word of God. For example, in Proverbs 6:6, wisdom sends the sluggard to the ant to learn diligence and providence for things needful. The apostle Paul points out that it is the duty of parents to "lay up" for their children (2 Cor. 12:14), and declares that "If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel's (1 Tim. 5:8). From these passages it is quite clear that there is a lawful care to be taken even for the things pertaining to this life, nor do the words of Christ in the passage now before us conflict with this to the slightest degree.
There is a solicitude about temporal things which is a duty, varying according to a man's station in the world. God requires him to be diligent in business and prudent in its management. He is obligated to provide for himself and family so far as health and industry will permit. He is required to live within his income, so that he may owe no man anything." He is to guard against any of God's bounty being wasted or squandered in prodigality. It is his business to look ahead and seek to provide for those demands which may be made upon him in the future-by additions to his family, by illness, by old age. He should, so far as is consistent with piety and charity, endeavour to make provision for those dependent upon him, so that if he should die first, those left behind will not become a burden upon others. It is not faith but presumption which would lead to carelessness therein, fanaticism and not spirituality which inculcates the neglect of all proper means.
Yet it should be pointed out that there is real danger lest the above-mentioned duties be extended beyond due bounds. None ought to be so occupied with the consideration of providing for the future that he be unfitted for the discharge of present obligations or the enjoyment of present privileges. None ought to attend to such duties in a way that is distrustful of Divine providence. None ought to be weighed down with anxiety over them. The following rules must regulate us therein. First, attention to the needs of the body must be subordinated to our seeking after the welfare of our souls, for temporal affairs must never crowd out spiritual and eternal concerns. Second, in diligently walking in our earthly calling we must strictly see to it that we deal uprightly and honestly with our fellows, seeking to acquire only those things which are needful and right. Third, we must leave the issue or success of all our labors and endeavors to God: ours is to use the means to the best of our ability and opportunity, His is to bless and prosper according as He deems best.
Let it be clearly understood then that when Christ gave commandment "Take no thought for your life" He was very far from forbidding us to look ahead and make provision against a future livelihood. Foresight and foreboding are two very different things. That which our Lord here prohibits is not the making of careful preparation for what is likely to come, but the constant occupation of the mind and distraction of the heart over what will never come. It is not the foresight of the storm and the taking in of sail while there is yet time which He reprehends, but that after we have taken in the sail we continue to gaze at the horizon with such fear and unbelief that we are weakened thereby and disqualified for the discharge of far more important duties. To be tormented by anxious thoughts about the future is unworthy of our manhood, let alone of our Divine sonship, and is most dishonoring to our Creator.
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life." Observe the force of the opening "Therefore." Seeing that they who set their hearts upon earthly treasures do neglect the true riches and do lack the single eye of spiritual wisdom to discern heavenly treasure, and are therefore the slaves of mammon, be not concerned, harbor not immoderate and distrustful thoughts about things needful to your temporal life. Because it is impossible at one and the same time to make earthly and heavenly things the principal subject of your thoughts, all anxiety about material things is improper. Note, too, the "I say unto you"-I, your Master, upon whom you depend for instruction and direction in all things needful for both soul and body-so as to command their attention and compliance. "He says it as the Lord and Sovereign of our hearts; He says it as our Comforter and Helper of our joy" (Matthew Henry).
"Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for your life" (Amer. R.V.), which conveys the idea better than the A.V. The care which is here forbidden is a tormenting one, which disquietens and distracts, which disturbs our joy in God, and destroys our peace. When concern over making provision for the future leads the heart away from God and produces distrust, it has become sinful. Foresight must not degenerate into foreboding, diligence into worrying. It is carking care and distressing fear which are here reprehended. It is distrustful care we are called upon to guard against. We are guilty of this when we trouble ourselves about the issue of our labours: when having used the means and performed our duty we vex ourselves over the success, instead of relying upon God's providence for the blessing of the same. It is this distrust of God which draws the covetous hearts of men to employ unlawful means in the obtaining of worldly things-such as lying, fraud, false weights, oppression of the weak.
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on." To take it on its lowest ground, such things as food and clothing are not worth worrying about. In a few years at most we shall no more need the staff of life to support us and shall be where the coarsest shroud will serve as well as a royal robe. Of what worth are those things over which death has dominion? Why be so foolish, then, as to make our chief concern those things which perish with the using? And how much worse is our offence if, instead of being content with such things as a gracious God has provided us with, we lust after and bend our best efforts to acquire something of a superior quality. What will it matter a hundred years hence whether we fed on the fat of the land or the poorest of fare, whether we were dressed in silks and satins or the cheapest of garments? But it will matter everything whether or not we fed on the Lamb and were clothed with the robe of His righteousness!
But to look higher. Why is it that there is so little fruit from the preaching of God's Word? How few realize that this worldly care one of the chief hindrances thereto. Yet, that this is the case is clear from the teaching of our Lord in His parable of the Sower. There He informs us that "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful" (Matthew 13:22), so that worry over poverty is as fatal to spiritual fruitfulness as is gloating over wealth. Alas, what a large percentage there is in our congregations who can neither pray, hear the Word, nor go home and meditate thereon, without their poor minds being distracted with such worldly thoughts and carnal anxieties. Our minds are so constituted that they cannot at one and the same time be stayed upon the Lord and fixed upon next winter's new coat or hat.
Having sought to show something of the sinfulness of worrying about temporal things, let us seek to point out how it may be avoided. This is to be found in following the counsel which is given to us in the Word of Truth. "Commit thy way into the Lord: trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass" (Ps. 37:5). "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee" (Ps. 55:22). "Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established" (Prov. 16:3). "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you" (1 Pet. 5:7). It is not that these passages exempt us from performing the duties of our calling and using all lawful means therein, but that in the performance of duty and after the use of means we must leave the event and issue for good success to the blessing of God. Such a course involves the exercise of faith and the complete submitting of ourselves unto the sovereign pleasure of Him with whom we have to do, and who alone can give the increase.
Thus the tradesman, whose business it is to buy and sell, must be careful and diligent in his business, disdaining all lying and deceit, misrepresentation or overcharging, and then refer the success of his trade to the blessing of God. Thus too with the farmer and crofter: he must faithfully do his part in ploughing and sowing, and then leave the harvest to God's good providence. This is the apostle's counsel: "Be careful for nothing," that is, after a distrustful and distressing sort. "But in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God" (Phil. 4:6). Thus it is clear that the anxiety and worry are opposed to prayer and thanksgiving, being a hindrance thereto. Instead, after using lawful means, we are to pray God's blessing thereon, that when it comes we may give Him thanks, yea, thank Him now by faith's anticipation.
But is it not hard for flesh and blood to abstain from anxiety about success? How, then, shall we be enabled to leave it wholly with God? By laying to heart the precious promises of God which are made to those who depend upon His mercy and goodness, laboring to live by faith thereon. "It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows": while men trust to themselves or in the means, moiling and toiling as they will, theirs is the bread of fretfulness; but in sharp contrast therewith, "so He giveth His beloved sleep" (Ps. 127:2). In sleep there is a laying aside of care and a forgetfulness of need. Those who trust in and love the Lord are delivered from fretting and fuming, and are given rest of soul. "The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing" (Ps. 34:10). If we had no other promise in the Scriptures than this, it is sufficient warrant to make us rest upon God's providence, in the sober use of lawful means. "Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed" (Ps. 37:3). What more can we ask than that?
"He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high; his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him, his waters shall be sure" (Isa. 33:15, 16). No matter in what period of the world's history our lot be cast, how evil the days, or how sore and severe God's judgments upon the earth, if we fulfil His specified conditions, then (even though drought and famine be upon the land, as in the time of Elijah) our bread and water are sure.Nowhere has God promised that His child shall befeasted with dainties, but "verily thou shalt be fed."Such was the blessed assurance of the apostle, "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19)-not all your desire or greed, but need. Now if faith be really mixed with these promises, then we shall be quietened from fear and our hearts will be kept in peace.
How shall we rely upon the mercy of God in the hour of death if we are afraid to trust His providence for the things of this life? But when serious losses a us and everything seems to be against us, must we not redouble our efforts and look increasingly to the use of means? Nay, rather is that the time to cleave more closely to God and rely upon Him to undertake for us. If the blessing were in the means men would not be so often crossed in them. God knows far better than we do what is good for us, and therefore we should rest content with His providence, no matter how He may disappoint our expectations for temporal things. Lack is often better for God's child than plenty, adversity than prosperity. So David found, "Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept Thy word" (Ps. 119:67). And many a saint since then has had reason to exclaim, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted" (Ps. 119:71).
"Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" Observe how Christ here distinguishes between life and food, the body and the clothing, and that He does so with the purpose of showing us how senseless is our worrying over the supply of temporal things. This first reason of His to dissuade us from such anxiety may be stated thus: the life is greatly superior to food and the body to raiment, and since the Creator has bestowed the former, therefore much more will He provide the latter for their sustenance. Therein the Saviour teaches us to make good use of our creation, and by a contemplation thereof to learn confidence in God's providence for all things needful to our natural life. "Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet Thou dost destroy me!" (Job 10:8): thus the patriarch persuaded himself of preservation because God had made him. "Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Hun in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator" (1 Pet. 4:19): because God is our faithful Creator, in death we may fully rely upon Him.
If the Christian be trusting in God and attending to duty, he need have no fear that he will be deserted by Him and left to starve. God called us into being and furnished us with a body without our care, then is He not well able to sustain the one and clothe the other? Dependence is the law of our being: we are obliged to leave unto God the size, form, color, and age of our body: then count upon Him for its maintenance. As long as God means us to live, He will assuredly feed and clothe us. He who brought Israel out of Egypt with a high hand and delivered them from death at the Red Sea did not suffer them to perish from lack of food in the wilderness. "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things!" (Rom. 8:32): such a guarantee should be amply sufficient to quieten every fear and allay all anxiety about food and raiment.

Prosperity - Saturday, August 25, 2012 | Daily Word

Prosperity - Saturday, August 25, 2012 | Daily Word

Prosperity
ALL GOOD FLOWS FROM GOD, AND I OPEN TO RECEIVE IT.
Balancing my checkbook is a good way to see if my spending has exceeded my finances. If so, my buying choices may be out of balance with what truly blesses me. The desire for bigger or better material goods brings little lasting satisfaction. By valuing what is truly important, I can realize a fulfilling life now.
All good flows from God, and I open to receive it. I give thanks that my needs are met. I give thanks for the love I give and receive. My family, friends and pets are priceless gifts from God.
God is the One Source in whom every need is fulfilled. I am prospered as I hold this truth in mind and heart. God provides greater good for me than I could ever imagine.
For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds.—Matthew 7:8

Online Prayers, Monthly Affirmations and Daily Inspiration - Daily Word Affirmations

Online Prayers, Monthly Affirmations and Daily Inspiration - Daily Word Affirmations: "Monthly Affirmations
Affirmations are positive statements of Truth. By affirming Truth we are lifted out of false thinking into the consciousness of Spirit. Each time we pray positively and faithfully, we are calling forth the divine activity that is always within us.

We focus on these daily prayers and affirmations throughout the month for greater expression of our divine inner light. Giving thanks in advance, we claim each affirmation as true for ourselves and our loved ones, remaining open and receptive to the highest good for all.

July 2012
Inner Peace
I am in harmony with the serenity in my soul.

Guidance
One with the mind of God, I am clearly guided.

Healing
I am one with the energizing life of God.

Prosperity
Through my connection with God, all my needs are abundantly met.

World Peace
I affirm peace on planet Earth.



August 2012
Inner Peace
Peace is my true nature.

Guidance
God in the midst of me is wisdom and intelligence.

Healing
The healing light and life of God flow through me now.

Prosperity
All good flows from God, and I open to receive it.

World Peace
Drawing from Divine Love within, I am a peacemaker.

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Inner Peace - Friday, August 24, 2012 | Daily Word

Inner Peace - Friday, August 24, 2012 | Daily Word


Inner Peace
PEACE IS MY TRUE NATURE.
I could live in a fortress with ample supply of material goods, but unless I have inner peace, I will not feel safe and secure. Peace does not come from outer conditions. Peace comes from the depth of my soul, where I connect with God. In the stillness, I go within to access this peace.
As I rest in the Silence, I feel the presence of God. I relax as all tension drains away. My calm centeredness radiates out to my friends and family.
Outer circumstances may fluctuate and change, but the presence of God never does. It is a refuge wherein I am safe, supported and loved. I am one with God. No person or thing can disturb the harmony of my soul.
For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.”—Psalm 122:8

Grace - Thursday, August 23, 2012 | Daily Word

Grace - Thursday, August 23, 2012 | Daily Word


Grace
I AM RENEWED, VITALIZED AND UPLIFTED BY THE GRACE OF GOD.
One of the heaviest burdens we put on ourselves is self-condemnation: blaming ourselves for our real or perceived wrongdoings. As long as we permit ourselves to carry this burden, our spiritual growth is impaired.
We can acknowledge our errors and short-comings, and where possible, correct them—but once we have done this, it is time to forgive ourselves and, with a humble heart, let God’s grace heal any guilt or blame that remains.
The law of grace is: “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Only when we forgive ourselves do we open the way for God’s grace to renew, vitalize and uplift us.
See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up.—Isaiah 52:13

Life - Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | Daily Word

Life - Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | Daily Word

Life
A LIFE LIVED LOVINGLY IS A LIFE LIVED FULLY.
From time to time, I may get frustrated with certain aspects of my life. I take a moment now to reflect, realizing I have the power to change whatever needs changing. In The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran writes, “Your daily life is your temple and your religion.” The way I live reflects my values, purpose and intention. My life matters.
As I share the love of God within, my life is enriched. When I treat my family, friends, co-workers and others with understanding and respect, all of us are blessed.
I live my life on purpose—mindfully and intentionally. I speak and act with authenticity, confidence and enthusiasm, and I live a full and fulfilling life.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life …. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?—Matthew 6:25

Pray for Others - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | Daily Word

Pray for Others - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | Daily Word: "Pray for Others
I BEHOLD THE CHRIST IN YOU.
I have faith in the power of God at work within every person for whom I pray. I see each person filled with inner light, innate strength. I see each empowered with divine wisdom to overcome any challenge.

Whenever I think of my dear ones, I hold them in love. I see them free of limitations and overflowing with infinite opportunities. I think of them and affirm, “I behold the Christ in you, the perfect spirit, soul, mind and life of you.”

I trust in the power of God in those I care about. I have faith that all things are possible in their lives; that all challenges can be transformed; that all disease can be healed; and that all dreams can come true.

Beloved ones, I behold the Christ in you.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you.—3 John 1:2"

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World Peace - Monday, August 20, 2012 | Daily Word

World Peace - Monday, August 20, 2012 | Daily Word


World Peace
DRAWING FROM DIVINE LOVE WITHIN, I AM A PEACEMAKER.
From the Unity book The Quest, we read: “There is a level in every human soul which knows no conflict, competition or contempt, a level which knows peace, harmony and love.” The core essence of every person is Divine Love. Let us live from that essence and recognize our Oneness.
People from all corners of the earth hold in their hearts the desire for peace. We demonstrate and promote peace with each act of acceptance, kindness and respect. As we pray for peace in the world, we can also pray to live peacefully within ourselves.
Inspired by Divine Love, I observe my thoughts, feelings and behaviors today. I reinforce the attitudes that foster peace and resolve to heal those that do not.
Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.—Romans 14:19

Be Inspired! - Sunday, August 19, 2012 | Daily Word

Be Inspired! - Sunday, August 19, 2012 | Daily Word


Be Inspired!
I AM INSPIRED TO GREATER ACTS OF LOVE AND COMPASSION.
When I am inspired, I am motivated to act. I may admire many people, but if someone inspires me, I am moved to take action I might not otherwise consider. Jesus’ acts of love and wisdom inspire me to step out of my comfort zone and make a difference in the world.
Jesus lifted up those who were oppressed and powerless. He reached out without regard to race, religion or social standing and shared generously. Today I am inspired to find new ways to uplift others with support or encouragement. I share of my talent and treasure, because I am an open channel for the flow of abundance in God’s world. I know my actions make a difference as I follow in the footsteps of one who inspires me.
But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.—James 1:22

Well-Being - Saturday, August 18, 2012 | Daily Word

Well-Being - Saturday, August 18, 2012 | Daily Word

Well-Being
I AM WELL IN BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT.
Daily exercise keeps my body flexible. Each step I take is a tribute to the life of God within me. I feel the renewing energy of God flowing through me with every movement and every breath.
My mind is exercised as well when I read, learn a new skill, or do mentally challenging games. I take advantage of every opportunity to maintain mental acuity.
My spiritual well-being is ensured as I connect with loving, positive people, regularly pray and meditate, and maintain an affirmative attitude.
I am centered in the presence of God, and the love of God flows through me to establish a complete sense of well-being. In body, mind and spirit, I am whole and well.
Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light.—Luke 11:34

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread


Living In Community

August 18, 2012

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Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. —Philippians 2:4
Texas Ranger baseball player Josh Hamilton has battled the demons of drug and alcohol addiction. So when his team won their playoff series in 2010, Hamilton was concerned about the postgame celebration. He admitted that it’s not good for a recovering alcoholic to be in the midst of a “rainstorm” of champagne. But something beautiful happened. Instead of champagne, his teammates stocked the locker room with ginger ale so that Hamilton could be included in the celebration. What a great picture of community and putting others’ needs above your own.
This is what Paul meant when he commanded the Philippians to count others as more significant than themselves (2:3-4). Being united to Christ made the Philippian believers members of the same family and gave them a special bond. Thus their attitude toward one another was to be expressed in practical ways: unity in love, sacrificial service, and discovering how to help others even when they didn’t realize they needed help. The motivation for this type of normal Christian behavior is the example of Jesus Christ.
Like Hamilton’s teammates, let’s carry each other’s burdens. When we selflessly love our neighbors, we are expressing our love for God. —Marvin Williams
Beautiful lives are these that bear
For other lives their burden of care;
Beautiful souls are those that show
The Spirit of Christ wherever they go. —Abbott

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They Are Watching

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A professional football player’s team was having a terrible season, losing week after week. A reporter asked him how he stayed motivated to play hard and give his best even though his team lost almost every game. He responded, “My dad is watching that game. My mom is watching that game. You better believe I’m going to do my best!” He recognized that there was more at stake than just winning or losing. People were watching, and that reality always drove him to do his best.
Jesus reminded us of this reality in the early portions of His Sermon on the Mount. We should live our lives with a recognition that what we do is observed by those around us—and this visible life makes a statement about our God. He said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). How does the light of our lives shine? By bringing the heart and character of Christ into the situations that engage us every day. By showing compassion as He did for the marginalized or forgotten. By displaying concern for the Father’s name and reputation.
People are watching us. The question is, What do they see?
Show me the way, Lord, let my light shine
As an example of good to mankind.
Help them to see the patterns of Thee,
Shining in beauty, lived out in me. —Neuer
Let your light shine—whether you’re a candle in a corner or a lighthouse on a hill.

Awareness - Friday, August 17, 2012 | Daily Word

Awareness - Friday, August 17, 2012 | Daily Word

Awareness
I AM AWARE OF GOD IN ALL OF LIFE.
As a child, I grew in awareness as I learned to walk, speak and read. Today my awareness is still expanding. Even as an adult with a lifetime of experiences, I am still learning new things.
I have learned, for instance, that I find exactly what I am looking for. So today I focus on finding God—and I do. I see God in all things.
I see God in the beauty of the sunrise. I experience God in the love I feel for my family and friends. I see God as creativity in the work of an artist. I hear God as enthusiasm and joy in the laughter of children at play.
With spiritual awareness, I take a deep breath and know God as all of life.
The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord, searching every innermost part.—Proverbs 20:27

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Plugged In

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My wife was working at home on her computer recently when she suddenly noticed her laptop battery power was low and the computer was about to shut down. The computer was plugged in, though, so it shouldn’t have been using the battery. Following the laptop cord to the extension cord, she finally noticed that the extension cord was actually plugged back into itself instead of the wall outlet! She looked at me, amused, and said, “There’s a devotional in there somewhere.”
As she said it, I was reminded of a passage of Scripture on the power of God: Isaiah 40:27-31. Isaiah identifies the true and unending Source of strength from which we must draw ours—“the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (v.28). Then he speaks to those whose strength is ebbing, encouraging them to wait on the Lord to find their strength renewed (vv.29-31).
Jesus spoke of us as branches abiding in Him as the Vine (John 15:4-5). It’s a parallel to Isaiah’s powerful closing, which promises that if we’re plugged into God we will “run and not be weary, . . . walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:31).
When we find ourselves weary and distressed, we need to plug into the true Source of strength and life.
We are more than conquerors
Through Him who loved us so;
The Christ who dwells within us
Is the greatest power we know. —Carmichael
The Creator of the universe knows no power failure.