In a moment of quiet contemplation, I fix my thoughts on my heart center, and very quickly, I feel the love of God. Allowing my attention to rest here for a few moments, I declare silently: I am the abode of Love.
Love is synonymous with God. It is unfailing and unchanging, mine to draw upon at any time. When I allow Love to permeate my entire being, it becomes a powerful force, driving out any doubt, sadness, or fear.
My heart fills with the mighty magnetic force of Love, and I am empowered to do only good, to share only love. My every thought, word, and action express the love of God in me. Aglow with God’s love, my heart becomes a magnet attracting good from every direction.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.—Proverbs 4:23
I treasure the act of prayer—communing with Spirit about what is on my heart and mind. I may say a prayer of gratitude for a specific blessing, or seek a change in circumstances. I may pray for clarity about a difficult decision or for the needs of a loved one. As I live in constant communication with Spirit, my life becomes a prayer.
Answered prayer comes to me as an opportunity, a divine idea, a sense of hope, or perhaps a serendipitous connection with another. Whenever I pray, I feel connected, one with God. I believe in and expect answered prayers. I pray for “This or something better,” and I give thanks. As my prayers are answered, my faith grows.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Faith is the perceiving power of mind coupled with the power to shape substance. It is knowing that what I seek is already mine in Spirit. Through the power of faith and the energy of God, I cocreate experiences of health, abundance, and joy.
Faith is like the steel used to reinforce and strengthen concrete. Steel provides a strong foundation on which to build a desired structure. Likewise, faith provides a stable foundation for creating the life I want to live.
I allow faith to permeate my mind, filling me with the assurance of God’s good. Day by day, as I live in faith, it grows stronger and my life unfolds with ease and grace.
Who is a rock besides our God? The God who girded me with strength, and made my way safe.—Psalm 18:31-32
I HONOR GOD’S GRACE BY EXPRESSING MY UNIQUE GIFTS.
Robert Browning wrote that there is “an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness.” To know this inmost center, he said, we must open a way for the “imprisoned splendor” to escape.
When my attention is focused outward, I may find that I compare myself to others or wish I was in some way different or better. When I turn inward, I see through the eyes of the Divine and realize my innate wholeness and perfection.
I embrace my unique combination of God-given gifts and acknowledge my heart’s desire to express them. Uplifted and inspired, I joyfully share the richness of my divine inheritance with the world.
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.—1 Peter 4:10
THROUGH THE POWER OF MY WORDS, I CREATE MY REALITY.
Words are powerful tools that shape divine ideas into manifest reality. My words are always formative—what I think and consistently affirm becomes true for me.
Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore taught that the throat serves as a doorway from the formless to the formed worlds. The words I choose generate emotions and reactions in myself and others, establishing our beliefs and stirring us into action.
When I am attuned to Spirit within, I use the power of my words to create good. I support, uplift, and encourage myself and others. Conscious that what I routinely affirm becomes my reality, I choose words that create a stream of good in my life.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.—John 1:1
ROOTED IN THE WISDOM OF GOD, I AM STRONG ENOUGH TO BE FLEXIBLE.
As I interact with others, I may find it challenging to accept a different idea or point of view. My body may tense as I prepare to defend my beliefs. Instead, I consciously choose to pause, relax, and remember there are many paths to the top of the mountain. We each find our own way, and no single path is the only right one.
As I open my heart to listen to others, I also hear guidance from within. Divine wisdom tells me what to say and do. When my life is firmly rooted in God, I have the strength to be flexible.
When winds blow, the tree that bends remains intact, while the rigid timbers snap and fall. As I consider new ideas, I am strong enough to be flexible.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts … and my heart exults.—Psalm 28:7
If a loved one faces difficulty, I pray for them. When I watch a news story or witness an accident, I pray for those involved. Prayer connects us soul to soul. Spirit is active in all beings at all times, and a simple prayer from the heart can help reestablish wholeness.
Praying for others strengthens my faith. I trust the loving power of God to touch the hearts of those for whom I pray. When I see results or evidence of divine order, I am reassured and my faith deepens. Although I may not always know the outcome of my prayers, my faith assures me that needs are met in the right and perfect way. I am grateful that the spirit of God is with us and within us at all times and in all circumstances.
I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.—Ephesians 1:16
Sometimes life seems anything but simple. Yet the more I focus on how complicated a situation is, the more complexity I create. My imagination never pauses. Left to wander, it will often create problems and obstacles.
But I can choose differently. I let go and surrender the situation to the power of God within. I give my imagination a rest and listen for divine guidance. I know that God’s guidance is neither complicated nor negative. It is simple, peaceful, and true—it feels right.
Back on the right path, centered in God-consciousness, I now direct my imagination to envision the good unfolding in my life, and I am grateful.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything.—John 14:26
I BLESS THIS GLORIOUS PLANET AND ALL THAT LIVE UPON IT.
In Genesis we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth … Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land’ … God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
Today I express my deep gratitude to God for this planet and all its glory. To show my appreciation, I take care of my earthly home. I start a garden, plant a tree, or pick up garbage in my community. I enjoy a walk in nature or meditate at sunrise.
I bless the Earth by caring for it and respecting its delicate balance, which allows all life to coexist in harmony and flourish in abundance.
I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.—Ephesians 3:14-15
We often think that money, possessions, and external conditions bring happiness. But it is my consciousness that determines true happiness.
My state of mind affects my perception of the people, places, and events in my life. At the same time, my thoughts and words influence my experiences. Knowing this, I assume responsibility for my own state of happiness.
Attuning myself to Spirit, I contemplate the love of God within me, for out of this love all blessings flow. I contemplate peace, which dwells deep within my soul. Out of this peace flows harmony with others. With my thoughts on these gifts of Spirit, I feel gratitude welling up within me, and happiness springs up naturally.
Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding.—Proverbs 3:13
This Easter morning, I rejoice in Jesus Christ for demonstrating that no worldly tomb can imprison the living, loving, eternal Spirit of God. No matter what the circumstances, the resurrecting power of the Christ within restores and uplifts us.
Whatever challenge I may be facing, I experience new faith and hope in the spirit and message of Easter. I rejoice in knowing I can “die” to my former self and be born anew—transformed and triumphant—through the power of the risen Christ in me.
The Christ within invites me to rise up and walk in newness of life. I am liberated from any thoughts of weakness. I am free, powerful, and victorious. Thank you, Jesus Christ, for showing us the way to resurrection.
Today I choose forgiveness for myself and others. I let go of the perception of how things should have been and open my heart to accept life as it is. I make a choice for my serenity and peace of mind.
I forgive any error I may have made in my thoughts, words, or actions. I quickly release any harsh judgment and step into expressing my best self. In so doing, I become more accepting, tolerant, and free.
As I forgive others, the Divine in me connects to the Divine in them. Even if no apology is spoken, my forgiveness cleanses me of any bitterness. Forgiveness creates harmony and builds communication and understanding. By forgiving both others and myself, I gain an open heart and peace of mind.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.—Psalm 86:5
Good Friday signifies the day on which Jesus was crucified and laid in the tomb. It symbolizes the process of transformation followed by resurrection. We can see it as a time to rest in God and enter into a higher state of consciousness as we release what no longer serves our spirit.
Today I prepare for my own transformation as I retreat from the world and enter the Silence. In this sacred space, I let go of any worry or fear. I release any sense of inadequacy or doubt. I let go of anything separating me from the love of God.
At rest in Oneness, I reawaken to my spiritual nature. I am one with the light and life of the indwelling Christ.
Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid.—John 19:41
In springtime, all is made new. As buried bulbs push up through the ground, I behold the cycle of Life at work. I discover the same kind of drive in me to create a new life for myself.
I am free to release old ideas, habits, or preconceptions. I choose to think and do only what supports my highest good. Each moment offers me the gift of making a new choice. I deserve the life I dream of—the life I was meant for. Every day I remind myself: I am free! I am free! My freedom grows as I trust in my God-given power.
The seed of new possibilities has been planted in me. I blossom in every area of my life. I am happy, joyous, and free!
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.—Galatians 5:1
If I have been feeling angry or critical, I recognize that I may be disconnected from God’s peace within. Today I rise above these feelings, release them, and reconnect with the presence of God in me. As I meditate, I feel divine love moving in and through me. Loving-kindness begins to emanate from me to each person I meet.
Love is the greatest harmonizing force in the world. It dissolves any feelings of negativity or judgment. It fills my heart with peace.
As I discover and express the peace of God, I share it with others. As I do, they, too, awaken to peace within. As each individual recognizes and expresses peace and love, the world is blessed. One person at a time, we contribute to a world of peace.
A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.—James 3:18
When I need guidance, I go directly to the source of divine wisdom. I close my eyes and relax into my breath. I gently release the chatter in my mind, letting thoughts drift away like faint clouds sweeping across a blue sky. Settling into this silent place of peace, I find the all-knowing mind of God. I ask, rest, and listen.
God’s will is always for the highest good of all concerned. It reveals next steps that unfold easily without force or manipulation. Divine guidance nudges me toward my good. I recognize its wisdom as an inner knowing and a feeling of peace in having received the answers I seek.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.–Romans 12:2
If ever I fear I don’t have enough, I remember the story of the prophet Elisha and the poor widow. Elisha advised the widow to fear not, but to recognize what she had. He blessed the small amount of oil in her home and had her gather more vessels in preparation for its increase. Oil flowed, every available vessel was filled, and the widow was able to provide for her family.
Prosperity was demonstrated through the widow’s gratitude, faith, and action; the good she prepared for came to her. I demonstrate prosperity as I bless and appreciate all I have and make room for more. All I need flows freely to me. As I receive with faith the riches of God’s kingdom, abundance is mine.
Then go in, and shut the door behind you and your children, and start pouring into all these vessels; when each is full, set it aside.—2 Kings 4:4
[Intro:] Jesus, You?re the center of my joy. All that?s good and perfect comes from You. You?re the heart of my contentment. Hope for all I do. Jesus, You?re the center of my joy.
[Verse 1:] When I?ve lost my direction, You?re the compass for my way. You?re the fire n? light, when nights are long and cold. In sadness You are the laughter that shadows all my fears. When I'm all alone, Your hand is there to hold. Oooh
[Chorus:] Jesus, You?re the center of my joy. All that?s good and perfect comes from You. You?re the heart of my contentment. Hope for all I do. Jesus, You?re the center of my joy.
[Verse 2:] You are why I find pleasure in the simple things in life. You?re the music in the meadows and the streams. The voices of the children, my family and my home. You?re the source and finish of my highest dreams.
[Chorus:] Jesus, You?re the center of my joy. All that's good and perfect (All that?s good and perfect comes from You). You're the heart of my contentment (You?re the heart of my contentment). Hope for all I do (Hope for all I do).
[Vamp:] Jesus, (Jesus,) You are (You are) the center (the center) of my joy (of my joy). [3x] You are everything (Jesus,) everything (You are) everything (the center) Yeah everything (of my joy). You're my joy (Jesus,) in my sorrow (You are) You're my heart (the center) for tomorrow (of my joy). When I'm nowhere (Jesus,) feeling sad (You Are) You're the lifter (the center) of my height (of my joy). You're my music (Jesus,) You're my song (You are) You're my joy (the center) all day long (of my joy). Jesus, (Jesus,) You're the center of my joy (joy, my joy).
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