A Law of Attraction Reminder From A Runny Nose

October 14, 2013

Funny thing (or not so) happened in church on Sunday. I’ve battled a nasty cold all week, and felt significantly better that day. As a result, I was able to enjoy my renewed energy there that morning. However, as the pastor asked us to bow our heads and close our eyes, the remnants of my cold kicked in. It’s kind of gross, but I’ll share anyway. My nose starts to run. I mean, like it’s running away. And I don’t have a tissue.

The last thing I’m thinking about is the pastor’s prayer. I’m thinking…what am I going to do about this? OK, I admit it. The thought did cross my mind. Everyone’s eyes are closed and heads are bowed. No one would know if I used my sleeve. However, I knew God was watching. I didn’t want to gross Him out : )

What next? Well after a few semi-helpful and not so obvious sniffles to keep things at bay temporarily….Two things…one is I began praying. Maybe not what everyone else was, but I prayed for help, and that the pastor would hurry up and finish! Two, I kept thinking about tissues and how I could get one. My daughter was next to me so I would ask her. If not, I would just have to wait and make a mad dash to the restroom and hope that the runny nose wasn’t as obvious as it seemed.

Finally the pastor finished and we were able to lift our heads. I’m still focusing on tissues and asked my daughter immediately. She looked but had none. Now what?? She was smart enough to ask a friend. She had what seemed like a 10 pound bag. However, it had everything but tissues.

So now we are asked to stand. My daughter made me feel a bit better when she said it was not obvious that my nose was running. However, I still needed a tissue and just peacefully waited until the final blessing. As we were asked to stand, a big smile appears on my face. I am now reminded that, during many of these powerful services, people are moved to tears. There are tissue boxes all over the church! I look to the alter (only two rows away) and several full boxes are right there. The final blessing is given, and I make a mad dash to the alter, and….GOAL ACCOMPLISHED!!

This may seem like a crazy example, but it further proves the point of the Law of Attraction, and that when we focus our thoughts on something, it comes to pass. In this example, I first prayed for help. Then I visualized the end result. I did not visualize the messy potential. Of course it crossed my mind, but my primary thoughts were on what I wanted…the positive solution of finding the tissues to solve my problem and make me happy.

This is a small example, but it shows that for even something as insignificant as a runny nose things can work out for my best by maintaining the right thoughts. It can work for you in far greater situations too by following this same process. Pray for guidance. Then focus on what you want. Avoid focusing on the negative or the obstacles. Instead, focus on the solution and the realized goal. When you stay focused on that, you will automatically be led to take action. For example, as I focused on the solution of finding the tissues, I was reminded that many tissues are available throughout the church. It was just my job to go get it when the opportunity presented itself.

OK, have I shared enough personal details for one post? You can think of me if this ever happens to you. Seriously, I was reminded of the correspondence of this event to the Law of Attraction, and felt the need to share it with you. I certainly hope my nearly embarrassing situation can help you. Have an awesome day : )


Is It Wrong To Name It And Claim It?

July 2, 2013

Uh-oh. I’m treading on some dangerous territory today. I will reflect on a touchy subject, especially among those in the Christian church.

When you say name it and claim it, a wide spectrum of emotions and opinions is brought out. There are some that say that naming and claiming is simply expressing faith, while others say it is adamantly wrong to overstep our bounds in a world that is supposed to be controlled by God. They say it is completely wrong, and a philosophy we should stay away from.

After seeing and hearing several messages about this lately, I would like to share my take. First of all, being a Christian myself, I can understand why people have their guard up when they hear this concept. There are two main reasons I believe this is true. One is that people say by naming it and claiming it, you are taking God out of the equation and trying to control things yourself instead of surrendering control to Him. Second, they feel God is being used as a magic genie to bring us our earthly desires.

I can certainly understand those concerns. However, let’s take a look at the other side of the argument. I often break down the definition of faith. According to Hebrews in the Bible, faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. Simple translation…knowing exactly what you want, and knowing that if it’s according to the will of God it’s yours. When you look at that definition, isn’t faith naming and claiming? You are being sure of what you want, and believing it as true.

There are plenty of other scriptures that echo this concept. My favorite is Mark 11:24 which says if we pray for something and believe we already have it, it’s ours. Isn’t this naming and claiming? Other verses say “ask and it will be given”. “Pray anything in the name of the Lord and you will receive it”. In my opinion, those are both bold claims.

I have also heard some preachers talk about positive thoughts lately. One way to do that is to use powerful proclamations.  For example, you can empower yourself by saying things like..” I proclaim that this is going to be a great day”. What follows is usually a great day. What’s wrong with that?

In my opinion, if we are going to have our prayers answered, there is no other way to do it besides naming it and claiming it. I will be the first to say that we don’t do it at the expense of God’s sovereignty. He knows what’s best for our lives and we still need to submit to His will. He is also not to be used as a magic genie to bring all of your desires into your life. He wants to be more than that. He wants a relationship with you, and to be in control to guide you to the right place in life. However, He also wants to provide the abundance, greatness, and success that you are seeking. He wants you to see that His promises are true, and He willingly provides great gifts to His precious children.

I will say again, that I believe a name it and claim it way of life is not only right and good, but necessary to demonstrate the faith it takes to live the life meant for us. Know that God has ultimate control, and ask freely for the desires of your heart. You will see them come to pass. If your prayer is not answered and it’s not His will, it only means He has something better for you and you may have to wait a little bit longer to see it realized.

What is it you are seeking? Claim it in faith in the name the Lord. Believe His promises, and watch them manifest in your life. You will be blessed abundantly yourself, and will be in a greater position to bless others. That’s a claim anyone can live with : )


Expect A Miracle

March 5, 2013

I mentioned in my previous post that my mother in law lost her husband last week. As a way to support her, my family and I decided to join her at her church this past Sunday instead of going to our own. We very much enjoyed the service.

There was one part of this church that stood out most to me. As you walk into the church you see a big sign above the altar. In big letters it says, “Expect a Miracle”. At that instant, this church had my attention for good.

In my opinion, it’s an absolutely perfect message for a church to have. After all, we serve a God who is full of them, so what better place to “advertise” miracles than the church.

I am a firm believer that we receive in life exactly what we expect. If we expect failure, we’ll certainly get it. If we expect greatness and success, we will receive it. I’ve read this in several books, but it says if you were to go and gather water from the ocean, there are several ways you can do it. You can go with a tea spoon, and you will get what you expect. Instead you can go with a cup, or a bottle, or a barrell. Who will get the most water? The answer is obvious. In each case, you will receive the amount of water you expect, based on what you brought to collect it in. the key is for your level of expectation to be high!

I was inspired by that church sign, and now I pass the inspiration to you. Go through life expecting to be blessed, and expecting to succeed. If you expect success you will receive it. Then it has a snowball effect, and your life will be marked with blessings and miracles, all because you had the faith to expect them. After a while, it becomes natural to expect the absolute best.

God always works in great ways. You may not receive things as you expect, and some you may not get at all. However, keep in mind that God has only your best in mind. If you don’t receive one miracle, you will receive something better instead. The key is to believe and expect, and you will receive and be blessed. So what miracle are you expecting? Feel free to share. I will be happy to pray for its manifestation, and enjoy the success with you : )


Sharing The Light

December 28, 2012

Christmas has come and gone, and as usual it was a special time. One of our Christmas Eve traditions is attending a candle light service at our church. It is beautiful how the whole church is lit up simply by each person holding a small candle.

This year the pastor mentioned something I had never thought of before. He said that this beautiful light we were seeing from many small candles all started from one big candle. That big candle lit one small candle, which lit another, and another, etc. The entire church is lit with candles because people share the light with each other, a light that came from one main source.

I thought about this scenario and realized how true it is in life. God’s light is our main source. This light and the power of it can be a part of us as long as we “light our candle” with it. We can then shine this light, and more importantly, share it with others to help light their worlds. As we do this the light spreads. Our world and those of others becomes very bright with this positive light.

Imagine how much brighter this world would be if everyone obtained their light from the main Godly source and shared it with others. After all, we are told in Matthew 5 that we are the light of the world. Jesus adds that a city on a hill cannot be hidden, nor do we take a bright lamp and hide it under a bowl. Instead, we put the lamp on a stand and let it’s light shine brightly, and it gives light to all who are in the house. He further commands us to let your light shine among men so they may see your good works and God will be glorified (v. 14-16).

It is my challenge to make sure I am constantly in touch with this light and sharing it with as many people as possible. Let this be your challenge as well. Enjoy the blessings : )


A Refreshing Spiritual Workout

October 1, 2012

I am someone who is always looking for ways to refresh the soul, and I’m sure I am not alone. After all, this is our main connection to our Creator. The more refreshed your soul is, the greater your connection to your Source.

I read an article in the Pentacostal Evangel by Paul Louis Cole (7/8/12, p. 11-13) that provided excellent advice on how to refresh your soul and maximize your Heavenly connection. The author mentions the importance of finding time for physical exercise to refresh the body. He advises that we must also find time to exercise and build up the soul. The following are tips to do just that:

  • Turn off…the news, and any other negative media.
  • Turn on…messages of faith, peace, and uplifting power.
  • Read…he especially encourages Proverbs in the morning, and Psalms at night. Of course a thorough reading of scripture and meditating on it is necessary too. I will also recommend any other positive reading material that will uplift the mind and soul.
  • Encourage others.
  • Pray for yourself and others on a regular basis.
  • Declare faith over your life.
  • Stay connected through church, small groups, and communication.
  • Listen to positive music and encouraging messages.
  • Do the smart, wise things in all aspects of your life.
  • Decrease debt as fast as possible and never get there again.
  • Tithe regularly and find other opportunities to give financially or any way you can.

I found this to be excellent advice and felt the need to share. These concepts may seem simple, yet how many times do we get caught up in the fast pace and negativity of life? By focusing on these ideas, you can add positivity to your life and be a light to others around you. As mentioned, you are strengthening your Spiritual connection. This will add much blessing to your life, and others will feel the positive vibration and want to be a part of your positive world. I definitely recommend you find the time each day for your spiritual workout. Enjoy the blessings : )


3 Step Faith Formula

September 11, 2011

I am very fortunate to attend an excellent church. The worship is amazing, and the pastor’s messages are very relevant to life in today’s world. This in addition to the warm, welcoming environment that is felt inside the church.

I often talk about faith on this site, and felt the need to share some excellent information that my pastor provided about faith working in our lives. Based on His message, effective faith has the following qualities:

1. Faith sees the end – Many influential authors recommend seeing things from the end. See your goal realized. See the person you want to become. See yourself excelling at your job. When you visualize success, it helps develop the faith necessary to reach it.

2. Faith stays focused on the impossible – Just because you don’t see it in reality yet doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. Your goal may be reached tomorrow. Or it may not be reached until a year or more from now. Regardless, have faith that God already has your situation worked out. Once again, visualize success and act as if it already exists. The truth is that it (or something better) already does exist as long as you believe.

3. Faith stays the course – One author called it “unwavering” faith. Keep your goal fixed in your mind. Take the steps you are guided to take. Then keep going until you get there, or you are pulled in a different direction. By the way, don’t panic if you are re-directed because it is always better than where you thought you needed to go. Regardless, never give up. Keep believing, and you will get there.

I find this faith formula extremely helpful. Not only that, but it is very do-able. Here’s what has helped me. Take the main areas of your life, such as personal, family, financial, career, health, and relationships. Then for each, write down (it is very helpful to have this recorded on paper) goals and affirmations for each. I write about two or three for each. Then see yourself succeeding in each area. Develop the necessary faith by following these guidelines noted above.

 I am seeing more success in my life each day. Are things perfect? No, but they are getting closer every day to the ideal life that I envision. Following these guidelines will help you get there too. Enjoy the blessings : )