Shine Your Light…Be a Positive Inspiration

November 30, 2017

I have written several articles about the light we have within us, and how God loves it when we act as a beacon to shine this light to those around us.

I was inspired again as I read the Bible verse that most prominently discusses this idea. Matthew 5:14-17. It says “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. 

Another version puts it like this… “Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop? And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light. So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.” (The Passion Translation).

Do you want to be an inspiration to others? Keep in mind that the Spirit of God (this wonderful light) dwells within you. You can inspire others by simply removing any barriers to it and allowing it to shine. And the great thing about this, is that God is glorified as a result. In addition your own life will be blessed.

I challenge you today to let your light shine brightly, and see how many people you can “brighten their day”. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

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A Different Take On The Lord’s Prayer

November 21, 2017

If you’eve ever been in any type of Christian church, I’m sure you have heard and probably recited the Lord’s Prayer. In some churches it is known as the “Our Father” prayer.

In case you are not familiar, Jesus was instructing His disciples of how NOT to pray. Then He showed them the ideal way to pray, which is provided for us with this prayer in the New Testament.

I recently read this prayer in several different versions, and I was able to break it down and make it simpler than it already is. Here’s what I came up with, not taking away from its original meaning. See if this resonates a bit easier for you:

Our Father in Heaven; May your name be kept holy. May your heavenly kingdom come (the one that you say is in our midst) and let it be our central focus; May YOUR will be done on earth as it is in Heaven; Please give us all we need for today; Forgive us for the wrong things we have done, and help us forgive those who have wronged us, helping us let go of any resentment; And do not cause us to be tempted, but save us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, power, and glory forever. Amen.

I believe this is already a very easy prayer to pray, but as I broke it down thanks to the many Bible translations, it made it even easier and more relevant to my life.

I share this with you in hopes that it makes it easier for you to use this prayer for effective communication with God. As always, I invite you to share how it helps you, or other ways for us to pray more effectively. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


A Positive Affirmation About Self-Talk

November 14, 2017

If you’ve read this blog or my books, you know that one of the most significant topics I discuss is using positive affirmations to enhance the quality of your life. If you are not familiar, positive affirmations are positive phrases, messages, or scripture verses you repeat to yourself over and over again. The purpose is that, if your mind hears it enough times, it begins to believe it. For more information about using positive affirmations, I recommend these articles…How to Make Your Affirmations Believable and 7 Excellent Positive Affirmation Tips  , along with my free book…The Ease and Keys of Rapid Manifestation.

I learned about using positive affirmations from many inspirational authors. These are people who have changed many lives and empowered many people. What’s exciting to me, is that I recently found information in the Bible that encourages the use of affirmations and self-talk. Psalm 1:2 says that the blessed man delights on the Law (Word) of the Lord and meditates on it day and night.

I researched this information a bit further. I found that the original Hebrew translation says that the blessed man “soliloquizes” on the Word day and night. When I looked up the definition of soliloquy (say that 5 times fast), it is defined as “an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character’s innermost thoughts” (taken from Dictionary.com).

In essence, this is what we do when we use positive affirmations. I fully trust the individuals who I learned the idea of positive affirmations from. However, I was encouraged to know that God Himself in His Word recommends using positive self-talk and repetition of His faithful promises to keep our minds pure and empowered, thus enhancing our lives and of the people around us.

So go ahead…it’s OK to talk to yourself. I promise I won’t call you crazy, especially because I do it all the time. Of course, you may not want to do it in front of other people, and you need to keep the affirmations positive. Focus on God’s Word, or simply repeat what your intention is. Once your mind starts to believe it, you take positive actions, which bring positive results. Once again, I invite you… talk to yourself and tell yourself great things. God encourages it. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Blogging In a New Direction

November 12, 2017

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know I’ve been inactive for quite some time. It’s for a variety of reasons. The main one is that I have gone against my own advice and allowed circumstances to govern my actions and thought process.

As I get back to writing information that hopefully inspires and empowers people, I am taking just a bit of a different turn. I have recently discovered excellent resources that translate and explain the verses of the Bible in different ways. I have used these resources (widely available online and on smart phone apps) to enhance my knowledge and understanding of what God’s word says, and I have used it to enhance my own life. It has been very enlightening.

My goal is to share the different takes on these verses along with the concepts I’ve learned and written about previously regarding how to use this information and the power of your mind to take your life to a higher level.

I will say that you don’t have to be a Christian to benefit from this information. If you have further questions about Christianity I would happy to share the faith further. However, my main objective is that you benefit from the Biblical information presented, use it to enhance your life, and empower those around you as well.

As always, I encourage you to share your own thoughts and how you may have used this information or how it relates to your own life. I sincerely appreciate your faithful readership and contribution 🙂


A Simple Way to Allow God to Do His Thing

February 16, 2017

I am lucky enough to have many blessings in my life. I am very thankful for the wonderful things God has given me. However, I believe I would receive a lot more from God if I simply stayed out of His way and let Him do His work in my life. God is limitless, yet I often put my own finite body and plans in the way of His, which are much more powerful and prosperous than my own.

I am currently reading “A Course in Miracles”. It is a somewhat complicated, yet thorough course that teaches what I am mentioning here. That is, relying on the Holy Spirit as a guide instead of my own ego-based, very limited wisdom. As long (it is made to take a year to get through) and sometimes difficult as the course is, there are plenty of small gems to be found and immediately applied. I share one of them today, which comes from chapter 18 part 3…

“I who am host to God am worthy of him. He who established His dwelling place in me created it as he would have it be. It is not needful that I make it ready for him, but only that I do not interfere with his plan to restore to me my own awareness of my readiness, which is eternal. I need add nothing to his plan. But to receive it, I must be willing not to substitute my own in place of it. ”

In plain English, this is saying that God who lives in you, is a part of you, and never leaves you is willing and waiting to work on your behalf. If you don’t see things happening, you may want to reflect on whether you are indeed in His way and not allowing Him to do His great work in your life. How can you hinder God? As the quote says, we can do that simply by trying to do it all ourselves and trying to add our own wisdom and work to a divine plan of blessing He already has for us.

I sometimes feel guilty and shameful when I think of this. How can I dare try to out-do God in my own limited wisdom? Why would I even think about getting in His way and not let the all-powerful God work on my behalf? The good news is that the minute we ask for forgiveness for something like this, we are instantly forgiven. At this point the key is then to yield, let God do His work, and watch the blessings begin to pour into our lives.

For me, and hopefully you, this is great news! You don’t have to do it all. In fact, the only thing you need to do is to be sensitive to His presence, pray and ask Him for blessings, and then wait for two things. One is to allow him to guide your steps and determine what action you need to take. Once you do that, your next task is to simply step back and allow Him to work. When you do that, your blessing will manifest at the proper time.

This makes it all sound very easy, and it is! The hardest part for most of us is giving up the temptation to run ahead of God and make things happen in our own power. I recommend the advice above and believe that you are a worthy dwelling of God and His spirit. Know He wants to work on your behalf, and let Him do it. Even though I still go too fast at times and create unnecessary stress, I know first-hand that when I slow down, stop striving, and allow God to work in my life, that’s when miracles happen. And they will happen for you too. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


How to Live in the Kingdom of God Now

December 1, 2016

Is it possible to enjoy the benefits of God’s kingdom right this second? Don’t we have to wait til we get to heaven to truly experience God’s kingdom?

I can only imagine what heaven will be like. I believe it will be far greater than anything I could possibly imagine. However, who says I have to wait until I die to experience God’s kingdom?

The truth is, the kingdom of God can be experienced by me and anyone else right here, right now. How do I know? For the Bible tells me so. Luke 17:21 says that the kingdom of God (some translations even call it the kingdom of heaven) is within you. Other translations say that the kingdom of God is in our midst. Either way, this tells me one thing…. The kingdom of heaven is part of me and I am part of it. It is all around me and it is all around you. Whenever you are consciously aware of it, you can experience the kingdom of heaven NOW!

Another popular Bible verse advises to seek first the kingdom of God and all else will be given to you. (Matt 6:33). Knowing that the kingdom of God is within you and in your midst, you are in essence seeking what you already have. A great thing is that all you can ever want to be or have is a part of this great kingdom of God. So when you seek the kingdom first, it’s no wonder that all else is added to you!

So how do you experience the kingdom of God on a regular basis? Simply be consciously aware of it. Remind yourself constantly that you and the kingdom are one. Remember, it is within you and all around you. Mentally “seek first the kingdom” as often as possible during the day. As you do so, your faith, love and joy automatically increase! This is because they and all other positive emotions are fruits of the wonderful kingdom of heaven that, as you are constantly aware of them, automatically manifest as you seek the kingdom first. Of course then, you begin to experience miracles on a regular basis.

Remember, the kingdom of God is something that can be experienced any time. Seek it first, and all will be added unto you. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Use Your Imagination to Dream God’s Dreams

January 13, 2016

 

The following is part 2 of an excellent sermon I heard recently about the power of imagination. Following these guidelines can change your life. I invite you to listen, apply, and enjoy 🙂

Most people don’t imagine because they’re afraid of failure, but doubt and fear neutralize what God wants to do in your life. Pastor Rick explains in this message how to let your imagination be governed by faith, not fear.

Source: Daring to Imagine, Part 2