Friday, March 9, 2012

Blessings




May the light of your soul mind you, 
May all of your worry and anxiousness about becoming old be transfigured, 
May you be given wisdom for the eye of your soul, 
to see this beautiful time of harvesting. 
May you have the commitment to harvest your life, to heal what has hurt you,
to allow it to come closer to you and become one with you. 
May you have great dignity.  
May you have a sense of how free you are, 
And above all may you be given the wonderful gift of meeting  
the eternal light and beauty that is within you. 
May you be blessed, and may you find a wonderful love in your self for your self.


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Countdown: 30 days till Easter.
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Credits: John O'Donohue


Thursday, March 8, 2012

I cannot do it alone



I cannot do it alone; the waves run fast and high, 
And the fogs close chill around, and the light goes out in the sky. 
But I know that we two shall win in the end - Jesus and I. 
I could not steer it myself - my barque on the roaring sea - 
What of that? Another sits in my barque, and pulls or steers with me. 
And I know that we two shall come into port - His child and He. 
Coward, wayward and weak, I change with the changing sky - 
One day, eager and brave, the next not caring to try; 
But He never gives in, and we two shall win, Jesus and I. 
Strong and tender and true, crucified once for me, 
I know that Jesus never will change, whatever I do or be. 
We shall finish our course, and get home at last -  
His child and He.

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Countdown: 31 days till Easter.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Trust in the Lord



If I have hurt Thy tender heart today, 
Dear Lord - forgive me, 
If I have pleased Thy loving Heart today, 
Dear Lord - bless me. 
And fill my heart with love 
and deepest sorrow; 
And give me grace to live 
a good tomorrow.


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Countdown: 32 days till Easter.
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Credits: Mildred Atherton

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

PUSH


A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.

So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down; his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary, Satan, decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind: "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn't moved." Thus, giving the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.

Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this?" "Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough." That's what he planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.

"Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?"

The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push.

And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.Yet you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. This you have done. Now I, my friend, will move the rock."

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just a simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong ... just PUSH.
When the job gets you down ... just PUSH.
When people don't react the way you think they should... just PUSH.
When your money is "gone" and the bills are due...just PUSH.
When people just don't understand you ... just PUSH.

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Countdown: 34 days till Easter.
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Ask & it shall be given


During this lent season, let's pray to God to give us the strength to forgive others.  If we ask, our Heavenly Father will certainly give us the strength. 

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Countdown: 35 days till Easter.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

The two letter word - 'as'

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. - Matthew 6:14

Have you ever noticed the presence of that little two-letter word in the Lord's prayer? It says "And forgive us of our sins as we forgive those who sin against us." Did you catch that? The word "as" implies that we cannot be forgiven until we offer that same forgiveness to others. In case we miss the "as," Jesus makes it very clear in the next verse: "But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." (Matthew 6:15)

Forgiving someone who has treated us poorly, said evil things about us even broken up our family, is a very difficult thing to do. It takes Godly intervention to truly offer forgiveness to people who have deeply wounded us. But God commands us to do so, and God would never command us to do anything that He wouldn't provide the ability to do.

Right now, let's pray for God to give us the strength to forgive those who have hurt us. Not only will God give us the power to do so, but He will also empower us supernaturally to love them, even though we hate what they did.

Bitterness is the poison we swallow, hoping the other person dies. Let's enjoy the release of this terrible burden by experiencing the cleansing power of forgiveness during our brief life in this world.

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Countdown: 36 days till Easter.
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Credits: RFTH